How to hang a quilt is easy. Just add a hanging sleeve to the top of the quilt backing after it is quilted and before binding a quilt.
This quilting technique is a must as there is very little tolerance when entering your quilt in a show. If the judges can't hang your quilt they send it back as an incomplete quilt.
Hanging sleeves are an absolute must at times...
...it is important that you know how to hang a quilt if you plan to enter a show.
Each show has their own set of rules so learn them all.
For any quilt you intend to display on a surface other than a bed you will want to add a hanging sleeve on the upper back before you add your binding.
The tube type hanging sleeve is added to the quilt backing after the quilt has been quilted and before binding a quilt.
A dowel rod is then inserted in the tube which can either be hung on a couple of nails or in conjunction with a nice looking wood quilt wall hanger.
The wood quilt wall hanger attaches to the wall and is a permanent fixture and will allow you to change out your quilts using the sleeve hanger on the back of the quilt and a dowel rod.
Generally, the sleeve will be added in a permanent manner and sewn into the top binding of the quilt backing but you can also make the sleeve hanger a temporary addition simply by not stitching it in the seam when adding the binding.
In this case you would simply hand stitch the tube to the top edge of the quilt and remove it when it is no longer needed.
Be sure the sleeve is cut on the straight-grain from matching fabric used in the quilt backing. Using the straight-grain will minimize any stretching of the fabric.
Or you can make the sleeve from a tightly woven fabric as long as it is compatible with the colors you used in the quilt backing fabric.
Quilt shows generally require a 4-inch hanging sleeve on twin size to king size quilts. Miniature quilts will have a smaller sleeve (2 to 3 inches wide).
Hanging sleeves, will always be required if you are entering your quilt into a show, no matter what size your quilt is.
The sleeve is made of a tube of fabric which provides protection from the rod or dowel used in the hanging process.
When adding a sleeve it supports the quilt and allows it to hang evenly.
The first thing the judges notice about the way a quilt hangs is if the sides curl the quilt is out of square which they frown on.
To earn a first place ribbon this quilting technique becomes very important.
How to hang a quilt using a hanging sleeve is outlined here:
It is extremely easy to proudly display all your quilts for your enjoyment as well as let others rant and rave about your work. How to hang a quilt couldn't be easier.
Watching a video is sometimes easier to follow...
A wood quilt wall hanger is a very simple project and can be either purchased or hand made. Actually, you don't need a quilt wall hanger at all to display your quilts...a hanging sleeve and a dowel rod will do until you get around to making or buying a wood wall hanger.
I display my quilts in several ways. A retired TV hutch makes a perfect quilt hutch, a ladder holds several quilts and of course I use several wall hangers. Here take a look at my sewing room furniture
Remember, any quilt is worth displaying and entering into a local quilt show. What better way to gain experience to improve your chances of becoming a proud owner of a ribbon. The judges will tell you what is good and what you can improve for your next public viewing.
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