Documenting a Quilt

Documenting a quilt is much more important than most people realize.
If a quilt is put together and cared for diligently, it can last 100 years or more! With proper documentation, information about a quilt that might be easily lost or forgotten over time, can be preserved for generations to come.

The way that I document quilts is with hand embroidery work. Reason being is, hand embroidery work seems to stand the test of time very well. Your hand embroidery work can be placed on the front or the back of a quilt. Being done by hand instead of machine, the documentation can be anything from a picture to a hand written note.

By putting the year a quilt is created, whom or what the quilt is about, you can be sure that future generations will have knowledge of the treasure they have.

Here are a couple of examples:

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“Tradewinds” Design Quilt

It is amazing the different quilted items that can be created from clothing. At 90″x 90″, this memory quilt is one of the latest that was brought to life from a variety of men’s clothing. Corduroy from two different pair of pants for a border, and a large variety of other clothing (primarily shirts) are featured in the “Tradewinds” design of this quilt.
Being able to wrap oneself in a custom memory quilt made of clothing and other personal items such as this one, can make for a soothing and comforting experience. Creating a tangible bit of history, memory quilts ensure keeping the memory of an individual and / or event alive for many generations to come.

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Hanging Your Custom Quilt

Quilts make any home feel warm and inviting.  They can even add a special touch of unique decor by being displayed hung on a wall.  That is why I like to offer the option of a Hanging Sleeve for on the back of any quilt that I create.

Hanging Sleeves lay flat when not in use.  They are made from the same material as the rest of the back of your quilt.  So when not being used, you don’t even notice them.  However, whenever you wish to display your quilt on a wall, you’ll be able to simply run a dowel through the top of it.

Decorative or hidden hooks on either end of the dowel support your quilt.  This allows the weight of your quilt to be dispersed evenly a crossed the dowel and helps your quilt hang evenly.  More importantly, it keeps your quilt in good repair.

You should never hang a quilt for any length of time using thumbtacks or spins.  All the weight of your quilt will be hanging by these small pin wholes.  Over time, this can cause damage to the quilt.  This is especially so for antique quilts orheavier quilts.

For Quilts Without a Hanging Sleeve

I highly suggest that you use some form of a quilt rack for display, there are several different styles available.  From a clamp style that runs the length of the top of your quilt to a simple rod that the quilt is folded and draped over.   For quilts without a Hanging Sleeve, I highly recommend the use of a quilt rack.