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Thread: Yikes! what size?

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    i have a gentleman that is going to make me a quilt rack that hangs on the wall. he wants to know what size (how wide). i don't have a wall hanging picked out at this point and want to be able to use it for lots of different wall hangings.

    i don't think i'd ever hang a bed-size quilt on the wall (have floor quilt racks for those). i know wall hanging patterns come in all shapes and sizes.

    what size would you recommend? for some reason i have 50" stuck in my head, but i'm just not sure (they're only $20, so i'm getting two).

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    50" would be a pretty BIG wallhanging! Maybe get one that size & one 36" - 40"?

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    I think the 36-40 would be good also. The average wall hanging will fit into that easily.

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    36-40 would be good, but I don't know anything about it. Trust your feelings and go with 36-40 for one, and 50 for the other :wink:

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    thanks ladies -

    i think maybe i'll get a 36" and a 48". the wallhanging patterns that i have (but haven't made yet :D ) would fit into those sizes.

    any more input?

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    Sounds like a good reason to start another project.

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    Do you have a pattern for the rack? I'm hoping my bro-in-law will make me one for Christmas.

    Where in NW Ohio are you? I'm in Whitehouse.

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    Hi Anna - nope, no pattern. i saw this guy at the Grand Rapids Apple Butter Festival. he only had two quilt racks there and someone swiped the last one just before i reached for it :( so he gave me his name and told me he'd be at the Craft Fair at the Toledo Rec Center over Thanksgiving weekend. he's going to make them and have them there for me.

    Hi neighbor! I live in Perrysburg! we should get together! where do you do your quilt shopping (mostly?). i spend time at the Quilt Foundry in Maumee (so close). I also do the block-of-the-month at Sonflower. i LOVE to drive out to the Door Mouse in Bettsville, about 3 times a year.

    I see that you are a park ranger. which park? we love the metropark system!

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    I hang lap quilts of 60x60 size, but I live in "open concept" and have some cathedral ceilings. It all depends on your home in my opinion. Where do you want to hang the pieces? Better the rack is too big than too small. You can always hang a narrow piece next to a wider piece to fill a gap.

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    Hey there, Patty, I grew up in the 'Burg--that was a loong time ago. We live at Oak Openings where my husband was Manager/Ranger (now retired and often underfoot) and in the summers I'm a ranger at Yellowstone. Too bad being me.

    When you get your rack, I'd love to see it so my BIL can make one for me. I'm hoping to be able to switch quilts quickly and easily. And the room I'll put mine is has really high ceilings, so I can go pretty big. Most of the stuff I'll put up there runs in the 5x6 foot range.

    Does the Quilt Foundry have a long arm? I've been going out to Wauseon to Corner Quilts. Just picked up a new pine tree pattern--it uses specific material and the thing absolutely glows--one of the most amazing quilts I've ever seen. It's called Alpine Wonder by HD Designs (Mary Lou Hallenbeck) in Brooklyn MI. I usually try to do something unique, but this thing is drop dead gorgeous. Now I have a big time incentive to get the house cleaned so I can sew!!!
    CU soon,
    Anna

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    I have several quilt racks and both hold full sized quilts without a problem. My advice would be to make sure the holding bar sits far enough away from the wall to give room for the folded quilt to hang on it. Some rods are too close to the wall to get your folded quilt tucked in there. Good Luck! Remember to cover your rod with some scrap material as you dont want your quilt sitting on the wood.

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    Hi :!:

    I was just reading quilting forum and I saw you ladies live in NW Ohio :-)

    I live in Maumee Ohio--I usually go to JoAnne's and the Quilt Foundry. :D

    It would be nice to get together sometimes :D

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    Hi :!:

    I was just reading quilting forum and I saw you ladies live in NW Ohio :-)

    I live in Maumee Ohio--I usually go to JoAnne's and the Quilt Foundry. :D

    It would be nice to get together sometimes :D Yolanda

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    Hi Yoya, sounds like our Ohio clan is busy this month. I'm waiting for a special order from JoAnne's for window seat cushions. I've been searching for the material for over 3 years! Had my heart set on it, then couldn't find enough. I got 5 yards out in Montana this summer, but that's not enough. Maybe they'll call today.

    And speaking of quilt hangers, I saw one somewhere that held the quilt by pressing the top between 2 long boards that sort of screwed/clamped together. Does anyone have something like that? Or have you seen a pattern for one?

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    i've seen the compression bars all over the internet, but i haven't seen a pattern nor do i know how they work. interesting concept, though!

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    this is about the pinching ones.....my husband made me one and it's a pain in the neck to change quilts. you have to hold the new quilt up straight while you're pinching or it doesn't hang straight and then you lose the top edge of your work. when you hang it up it's heavy and your arms get tired.

    the better one he made for a different wall was this. he got nice wood, stained it to look like woodwork. screwed a backboard to the wall painted white to disappear and used brass screws to attach the 'woodwork' board to the white board at both ends for feature hardware. it hangs butted right against the ceiling where woodwork would go. he made the whole thing 10' long. i'll never hang a 10' quilt, but the board sticking out looks planned and like an accent. i slide the 'woodwork' board through the sleeve and it accommodates every size. it's nice because every time i finish a quilt, whatever size, i get to see it a while before it goes away. at the change of seasons. i put on whatever one i'm not using. i love it.

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    butterflywing - would love to see a picture! this sounds like something maybe i could do myself!

    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabricluvr
    butterflywing - would love to see a picture! this sounds like something maybe i could do myself!

    thanks!
    okay, this is another one of the same type. i'm showing this one because i have a pic. on this one the backboard and the frontboard are both white. it has a quilt on it but i hope it shows the board. it's in my living room.

    it's pretty dark in this one, so i hope you can see it. if i turns out bad, i'll take ones of the other one.
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    fabricluvr.. you can definitely do this yourself with help only on the holding it up. he drilled holes in the backboard before attaching it to the wall. he used anchors to screw the backboard to the wall. here's where you need help. screw through the backboard and the wall to attach the backboard firmly. that never comes off again. he drilled holes in the ends of the front board and drilled matching holes in the backboard, but he didn't screw through yet. at this time we slipped the frontboard inside the sleeve. now you need help again. with someone holding one end, you screw the other end through both boards loosely. go to the end being held for you and screw that firmly. go back to the first end and firm up the screws. make sure you center the quilt as you go.

    does that make any sense? one person can do the building, but you need some help in the holding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    does that make any sense? one person can do the building, but you need some help in the holding.
    ahhh, now i get it. there are two boards, but the top/front one goes through the sleeve on the quilt. hmmm . . .

    thanks for the idea!

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    That's a simple enough concept. . . I'd have to go back and put casings on my my stuff, but that wouldn't be the worst way to spend a couple of days. I think that might be how I go.
    Thanks, Butterflywing!

    PS Fun quilt, by the way!

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