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Re: quilt racks 05 May 2008 22:34 #17836

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Nancy, I know your question was rhetorical but as far as I can tell lots of manufacturers of "things" have never really used them because a lot of things are made in such a way that they are not useful. Why would you put a vanity desk type area in a motorhome and not have enough room near it for a chair to sit on and not have knee room? Why make a kitchen cupboard that is so small you cannot put a standard dish in it? etc. etc.

But seriously check into some Amish or Mennonite furniture stores. I have seen some beautiful usefull quilt racks in those stores in our travels. They are useful because the Amish and Mennonite women make quilts. Nuff said.
Ann

My son lives very near a large Amish community, so there are lots of Amish furniture stores nearby. The next time I visit him, I'll check it out. Thanks again.
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quilt racks 05 May 2008 06:54 #17810

Nancy, I know your question was rhetorical but as far as I can tell lots of manufacturers of "things" have never really used them because a lot of things are made in such a way that they are not useful. Why would you put a vanity desk type area in a motorhome and not have enough room near it for a chair to sit on and not have knee room? Why make a kitchen cupboard that is so small you cannot put a standard dish in it? etc. etc.

But seriously check into some Amish or Mennonite furniture stores. I have seen some beautiful usefull quilt racks in those stores in our travels. They are useful because the Amish and Mennonite women make quilts. Nuff said.
Ann
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Re: metal quilt rack 05 May 2008 00:10 #17801

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snowplow3840 wrote:
I am no expert on hanging quilts (but have done quite a bit of research on storing other types of textiles and keepsakes to avoid damage) but here are some thoughts.

First I would do something to seal the green paint so it will not rub off on anything as it may be impossible to display a quilt without touching the rack at all.

Next I would get some "pipe insulation" It is a tubular shaped substance that is used to put around water pipes that are in danger of freezing. What I have seen is green and is slit so it will fit around the pipe. I would put that on the wire like hanger. And then I would cover the insulation with quilt batting and muslin Just wrap it and do a few stitches along the edge to keep it together. That should pad your quilt enough to not make a crease and with the batting and muslin you shouldn't get any chemical seepage from the insulation.

It is a shame to give away a gift but if you can't stop the green from shedding you may have to. Better that than ruin a treasured quilt.

Keep us posted on your quilt rack adventures.

Ann [/i]

Thanks so much snowplow3840!!! I would have never thought about the pipe insulation--that's a great idea! For now, I'm using one of the quilt racks in my guest bathroom as a magazine rack. I haven't taken the other one out of the box.

Rhetorically, why would anyone make a quilt rack that can't be used "as is" to safely display a quilt? I wonder if anyone makes a quilt rack that comes ready to use with the muslin covered bars--I'll check the internet. If not, then I smell a business opportunity.
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04 May 2008 23:04 #17798

Sherry great information. I have seen quilts get ruined by both cedar chest and wooden quilt racks, Yellowing and rust stains. These stains are not easy to get out either. My Grandmother had afew beautiful quilts that did this.
For those who store thier quilts by folding them they need to re-fold them often so they don't get these creasing yellowing stains.
If you store your quilts on a bed I would use a white sheet in between each quilt,and ontop. Make sure the little ones don't play or eat on the bed.
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Re: storing quilts 04 May 2008 17:53 #17781

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We have a guest room. When we have no guests, all my extra quilts are on that bed. When a guest comes (and I have one coming for a week on Tuesday), they get to pick which quilt they want to use, and the others get folded up and tucked in one of the closets until they leave.

Pat in Rockport, TX

Thanks to Sherry M and Pat for the quilt storage tips. I thought I knew the correct information but these posts expanded my horizons. Thanks mucho!
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metal quilt rack 04 May 2008 16:47 #17776

I am no expert on hanging quilts (but have done quite a bit of research on storing other types of textiles and keepsakes to avoid damage) but here are some thoughts.

First I would do something to seal the green paint so it will not rub off on anything as it may be impossible to display a quilt without touching the rack at all.

Next I would get some "pipe insulation" It is a tubular shaped substance that is used to put around water pipes that are in danger of freezing. What I have seen is green and is slit so it will fit around the pipe. I would put that on the wire like hanger. And then I would cover the insulation with quilt batting and muslin Just wrap it and do a few stitches along the edge to keep it together. That should pad your quilt enough to not make a crease and with the batting and muslin you shouldn't get any chemical seepage from the insulation.

It is a shame to give away a gift but if you can't stop the green from shedding you may have to. Better that than ruin a treasured quilt.

Keep us posted on your quilt rack adventures.

Ann [/i]
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How To Store Quilts At Home 04 May 2008 14:03 #17769

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Yesterday, my sister surprised me with two (new in the box) green painted metal quilt racks that she purchased at an estate sale. I noticed when I took one out of its box that there was a little green paint on the packing materials, so I rubbed the bars with an old white cloth to see if the paint would rub off--it did! Do you have any suggestions on how I can cover the bars to be able to use the quilt racks? I'm also concerned about the sides of the rack that are also green painted metal. Should I spray a coat of polyurethane over the entire quilt rack or will polyurethane also gas off?

By the way, the bars are pretty thin--maybe 1/4". Putting a quilt on a bar that thin would be like hanging it on a hanger. So, I'm considering some sort of tubing over the bars. Any suggestions, besides donating the quilt racks to the Salvation Army?
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26 Jul 2007 19:36 #6796

Sherrym,
Great tips! I have my grandmothers quilt on a quilt rack, I will have to go move it. I dont want to ruin it. I better tell my monkey sister about this. Thanks for sharing.
Linda
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How to Store Quilts at Home 29 Apr 2007 20:58 #4072

Sewbug asked: "Is vacuum sealed a good thing?"

Sewbug,

I would be a little leary of the plastic that is used in the Seal-a-Meal. The fact that you used acid-free tissue and rolled it is great, but most plastics contain chemicals that continue to off-gas for years. I've never used vacuum packaging - is all the moisture drawn out? If any moisture is trapped in the package, it will mold on your quilt and the stains will never come out. I forget which is the bad kind of bag - polypropyline or polyethelene - I can find out and let you know. You might want to look on the label for the bags you use and see if it tells you what it is made of. If it doesn't, to be on the safe side, I would store it in a muslin bag, but that, of course, is up to you.
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29 Apr 2007 16:35 #4066

I too keep all my quilts on the bed in my guest room, It's easy to turn back each one to show people that ask to see them, I don't have to unfold, hold up, refold. My DGD baby quilt I made is rolled up like a log in acid free paper, wrapped in acid free paper, and vacuumed sealed with a Seal a Meal. Is vacuum sealed a good thing?
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storing quilts 28 Apr 2007 21:48 #4041

We have a guest room. When we have no guests, all my extra quilts are on that bed. When a guest comes (and I have one coming for a week on Tuesday), they get to pick which quilt they want to use, and the others get folded up and tucked in one of the closets until they leave.

Pat in Rockport, TX
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28 Apr 2007 18:32 #4032


Sherrym,

Wow, you're advice couldn't have come at a better time, at least for me! My Mom is in a cleaning out mood, and she was ready to throw out her wedding gown, veil, and lace gloves. Along with a quilt that my Great, Great Grandmother made. Believe me I scarffed all of it up and took the quilt to an certified quilt appraiser, and boy am I glad I did, it's worth alot more than I thought! Then last week Mom cleaned out another room and came across another quilt that she doesn't even remember who made it, but it was on their bed when they were first married almost 60 years ago. And she said that it was only an old hand-me down then. As soon as my appraiser gets back from Paduca, I will have this one appraised too. Unfortunately she washed this one in the washer (at least it was on gentle) and was about to put it into the dryer when I walked in the door. Boy was I glad I timed that so well, and told her to dry it flat as some of the quilting was coming out and some of the sashing was shredded. I knew that I couldn't store any of these things in just any box and that I needed acid free tissue but the rest of your advise is wonderful!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: How To Store Quilts At Home 28 Apr 2007 13:03 #4028

Sherrym wrote:
I don't know if anyone is interested...

A very big THANK YOU for this information! I love knowing that I can now protect my projects. :D
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28 Apr 2007 11:09 #4025

Sherry, thank you so much for posting this valuable information, it is very much appreciated here! Not that I produce all that many heirlooms, LOL, but I've printed it out for future reference.

Thanks again,

Jorja
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