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Sunday, September 07, 2008
Up on the wall
So, it's one thing to say you're just going to hang a big old quilt up high on a wall—it's another thing to figure out the logistics and then actually do it. Usually I hang quilts by using a piece of lattice molding that goes through a sleeve on the back. The lattice has holes drilled in each end that slip over screws that have been put into the wall. For a quilt this large, I decided the lattice needed at least 3 points of support so I split the sleeve in the back and drilled a 3rd hole in the center. Then, how to measure and get those screws waaaaay up there on the wall in all the right places? We decided we needed a second piece of wood that already had the carefully placed screws in it that would then be attached to the wall for the quilt to hang on.
Here's Ray up on his tall ladder measuring and leveling the mounting board. After some head scratching and high level mathmatics we figured out that finding the center of the board, and the center of the wall, then matching the two up was much easier than measuring from each side of a sloping wall! Duh.
We rolled the quilt from the bottom to make it easier to handle and up the ladder Ray went once again.
The hanging rod holes slipped easily onto the protruding screws. Slick.
Ray carefully unrolled the quilt as he came down the ladder. It looked great, but then we noticed that the unpainted board showed at each end of the quilt, so Ray went back up the ladder, handed the quilt down and painted the ends of the board.