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Show me your storage on the wall ABOVE your quilt frame

Old 07-25-2014, 01:15 AM
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Do some of you have found a way to use all the wall space located above your quilt frame (in case it is against the wall like I intend to put it; don't have the space and the desire to do pantographs from behind for now). 98 inches width is quite a space lost if you don't find a way to use it. I was first thinking about putting some kind of shelves, but access there would be a bit hard if the frame can't move easily. Any ideas or suggestions?
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:47 AM
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You might be able to devise a way to hang your batting rolls from the ceiling. I'm not sure you will be able to put your frame completely against the wall. I need to go to both sides of my frame to load my quilts. I do have casters so I can move my frame easily. This might be a consideration for you.
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I don't have a long arm but I might run a curtain rod with the rings with the little teeth on them for hanging my finished quilts. Wall art would be nice to look at and could stay up a long time.
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And you can always change it with the seasons!
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I don't have a long arm but I might run a curtain rod with the rings with the little teeth on them for hanging my finished quilts. Wall art would be nice to look at and could stay up a long time.
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:13 AM
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I think the idea of storing the rolls of batting there, hang a long closet rood from chains attached securely from the ceiling (make sure you get a couple of screws into a joist). It would be a job getting it up there, but you wouldn't need to change it often and it sure would be handy. Just reach up and roll off what you need!!
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:03 AM
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You might be able to devise a way to hang your batting rolls from the ceiling. I'm not sure you will be able to put your frame completely against the wall. I need to go to both sides of my frame to load my quilts. I do have casters so I can move my frame easily. This might be a consideration for you.
There will be some space left on each side, so lets say the back of the frame only will be on the wall. I like the idea of the roll of batting hanging from the ceilling, but I would have to work hard on DH to have him doing this kind of installation.
Quilted wall would be very nice and inspiring... but where to put all my stash???
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:41 PM
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I keep my thread, rulers, etc. Behind my machine. I have the table on furniture movers so I can move it whenever I want to, though I don't have it against the wall. I also have 3 short bookshelves to give me a little more storage and a place for my bobbin winder.
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:16 AM
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Beautiful and practical!
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:48 AM
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I do not have a long arm/quilt frame but I do have a very, very useful shelving arrangement that straddles both a treadle sewing machine and a vintage sewing machine in a cabinet. The arrangement extends from the wall, outward. I designed it and DH made it. It might give you some ideas that would help

Please forgive me but there are no pictures. I have not figured out how to get my Mac's or my iPad's pictures loaded onto the QB. I promise myself that will be someday soon. Another gracious QB member has volunteered to hold my hand and walk me through.

The "thing" has long legs that morf into the support posts for shelves. The first shelf holds quilting books. The next shelf holds sets of the plastic drawers I found at various stores - on sale, natch. We decided the sets of plastic drawers allowed me to see what was being stored and made it easier to get to things. DH made sure it will hold a lot of weight and is very stable. The "thing" extends from the floor to almost the ceiling. DH made me S hooks that will hang off the support pieces and I surprise myself at how useful those hooks are.

I like using vertical space and a set-up like this one allowed me to arrange that space just where and how deep and how tall I wanted it. (I do not hit my head when I am sitting at the machines below the second shelf. Good thing because I am clumsy! The first shelf with the books is narrower than the one above it so besides not crowning myself, the books are just a reach up for me.) The depth of the shelves wound up to be whatever does the jobs I wanted done. I also have spotlights hanging from the bottom of the first shelf that allow me to put light just where I want it. The wall space between the floor and the first shelf is open so I can have something attached to or hanging flat on the wall.

Granted, this is not a lovely, elegant organizational piece but it does the job and the design can be manipulated according to need. Function is important at my house.

I hope the above makes sense. Again, sorry about the "no pictures" problem. Please do show us what you finally decide on. I, for one, am always interested in a better way from one who has done it.

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Thanks Pat, your explanations are very clear, no pictures needed to understand what you did.

I had the idea to do something like you described, but my question is : would it be easy to access if I can't really move my frame? My vintage cabinet are no larger than about 20-25 inches. Even if I don't move them, I can put a chair in front of it and have access to the top shelves. But a frame is about 30-40 inches...
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