Quilt Storage: Up and Away
After years of quilting, I'm beginning to have quite a collection of my handiwork. Many quilts are hanging on the walls of my home, but many more need to be stored. I know I'm not supposed to fold them, so how can I store them? And where? They tend to take up a lot of space, you know. If I had an extra bed, I could just spread them flat, and that would be great. But, since I don't have that luxury, I've decided to:
a) roll them around a padded rod, and
b) store them high in the unused space of my closet.
It looks like this:
The rod is regular closet doweling. I've padded it with batting scraps, wrapped in inexpensive fabric. Both are held in place with hot glue. The brackets are U shaped, so the rod slips in and out easily (see below.)
As you can see, I've got simple tags pinned to the end of each quilt. The gray/green fabric to the left is from my stash. It's simply thrown over the top, as a dust cover. I've pulled it back in this photo.
Rod (before padding) and bracket:
I have two of these poles rigged in the closet of my studio. Each one holds at least six medium size quilts. Although they're bulky, I can move them in and out by myself, by standing on a chair. I really like the way this setup avoids fold lines, AND frees up the closet space below.
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