When you start out quilting, you have very clear goals: make a quilt for this bed, then that bed, then...that bed again? At some point, you have to start looking for other ways to display those gorgeous works of art.
Good news: quilts make excellent wall hangings and you can get away with making smaller quilts to adorn your walls. But how to hang them — that part's not so clear cut. At least, until now.
Each of these methods makes use of a hanging sleeve on the back of the quilt . Make sure you add one!
Method 1: Curtain Rods
A heavy curtain rod from your local hardware store or big-box retailer might be your best bet. Most curtain-rod systems are adjustable, so you can probably hang every size of quilt, even king. Plus rods with decorative ends can make your quilt look extra-pretty.
A small curtain rod is inexpensive: If your quilt is less than 48-inches wide, it'll probably fit on a rod that costs less than $20. But if it's bigger than that or weighs a lot, you'll want to go with the thickest, sturdiest curtain rod you can find. Allen Roth rods are ideal for heavier quilts because they won't sag.
One major downside: If you have typical walls covered in drywall, you'll need to drill permanent holes to install the anchors that support the curtain-rod holders on both ends. Do this carefully or you may end up with many more holes in your walls than necessary and an extreme feeling of annoyance.
If you don't want to add a hanging sleeve to your quilt, look for rings that can hang from curtain rods that clips attached. Clip to your quilt, and slide those rings on the rod.
Method 2: Magnet Systems
Magnificent Quilting Company sells Magnetic Invisible Quilt Hangers , which secure your quilts to the walls using extremely powerful magnets. The magnets attach to the wall using Command adhesive strips you can buy at any hardware store.
You’ll also need to buy several of the galvanized metal strips shown above on the right. Typically used in construction, they should also be easy to find at the hardware store.
This method can seem a little confusing, but essentially, you're connecting the metal strips to make a rod that slides into your quilt’s hanging sleeve. The magnets on the wall hold the rod — and your quilt — in place, without having to drill any holes into the wall. Win!
Method 3: Beaded Jewelry
This method only works for very narrow wall hangings or small table runners. Just insert a beaded necklace or bracelet into a small sleeve on the back of the quilt and hang your work on any nail or hook in your house.
The upside is you could display two pieces of craft (quilt and jewelry) at the same time! You could even bead the necklace to to match the color or design of the quilt. I once used a beautiful necklace my son strung for me and was thrilled to see his work supporting mine.
Look around. Isn't there a wall that would look nicer with a quilt?