How to: Hang an Art Quilt
Disclaimer: If you ask 100 quiltmakers how to hang a quilt you will quite likely get 100 different answers, many of them variations on a theme, so really, this post is about how I hang MY quilts.
My ‘rod’ of choice is a flat length of timber about 2.5cm high by 5mm thick. This timber is cut so that it comes a few cm short of either side of the quilt (that is, take 6cm off the width of the quilt). Screw eyes are then inserted into both ends of the timber. This makes a very sturdy hanging device that can be hung on screws drilled into the wall, or off a gallery hanging system.
Previous to this I used dowels instead, but the quilt doesn’t sit quite as nice when you use a dowel. I also like to use thin slats of timber (slats from blinds are perfect) for smaller quilts. You can drill holes directly into the ends of the slats instead of using screw eyes – just be sure to cut the slats a bit longer (3cm shorter than the width of the quilt rather than 6cm shorter).
Here you see a quilt hung with a gallery hanging systems (these are great where you’d like to be able to change your artwork around).
More simply, place the rod against the wall where you’d like the quilt to go (take note of how far below the top of the quilt the rod will sit), use a level to level it (!), and use a pencil to mark the wall through the screw eyes so that you know where to drill. Drill two screws into the wall where the marks are, insert the rod into the quilt and hang it off the screws. Easy, inexpensive and completely invisible.