For Christmas this past year my grandma made everyone quilted table runners and Cyle and I almost immediately knew that ours would fit perfectly on the wall in our hallway. We have been looking for something to hang in the awkward space in our hallway right outside his office and our bedroom and this seemed made for that spot!
Not only does this quilt have more sentimental value than a framed picture or art (this was given to us handmade by my grandma the Christmas we got engaged- so pretty sentimental!) but it also adds more dimension and texture to the wall than a photo. I’ve been experimenting the past few months with adding more character and “odd” items to our walls rather than just mirrors and framed things.
To hang the quilt you need a few basic items that every household should have (and if you don’t have these items, buy them, you’ll thank me later!)
- Thread (I chose white since the fabric was light yellow and white that I was sewing through)
- Sewing pins
- 1” thick ribbon- any color
- Nails- or teacup hooks
Cut your ribbon into two 3-4” strips. Fold each strip in half and pin them to each top corner of the quilt- leaving about 1/2” space from ribbon to edge on both sides. If you have a very long quilt then you need to add one or two more ribbon strips to the top as well, but ours was only about 16″ long.
Thread the ribbon and sew the ribbon onto the quilt. Anytime I hand sew something I always use way too much thread and sew and knot it more than necessary- I guess I’m paranoid that it won’t “stick” 😉
The next step is more of a two man job- so grab yourself a slightly tall helper- fiancés work quite well. Have your helper hold the quilt up to the wall with the right side facing the wall. Adjust where the quilt is at accordingly. Once everything is in place and looks level (fabric is hard to level, so it is best to just eyeball it) use a center punch to mark the holes where your nails- or teacup hooks- need to hang on the wall.
(Obligatory photo of my ring to show off how beautiful it is- oh, and to show you how the quilt hangs of course…)
Last, you just need to put the nails into the wall where you marked with the center punch and hang the ribbon on each nail.
The reason we used nails is for two reasons:
- This isn’t too high traffic of an area where people will be bumping into the quilt and potentially pulling the ribbon of the nails.
- The teacup hooks we have/could find all stick out far enough to where the quilt wouldn’t hang flush with the wall, and the top lip would be pushed down from the hooks.
If you want to hang your quilt in a more high traffic area and the teacup hooks just don’t look right- you could nail the ribbon to the wall as well- however I’d be careful since you could end up tearing the ribbon if someone accidentally pulls down the quilt- like a toddler, vicious mutt, or Aunt Edna after too many glasses of eggnog.
(Please excuse the mess in his office, we were in the midst of reorganizing it and as you can tell mounting his brand new TV)
Later on if you change your mind and want to take the quilt down you can easily use a seam ripper for the thread in the quilt and take out all of the thread. As long as you didn’t use a big needle and thread- the holes from the thread should be barely noticeable.
I can’t believe how long it is taking for our house to get to that “close enough to finished” mode- we have lived here for just over a year and every month I change so much!
Any of my fellow homeowners feel this pain?
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