Heritage, Volume 3, Number 4, Spring 1986 Page: 26
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slant is the least expensive and least
time-consuming method of placing a
quilt on display, and avoids stitching
and other intrusive treatments of
If a quilt is in sturdy condition, without
tears or holes, it is possible to
hang the quilt for display. There are
two commonly used methods for preparing
a quilt for handling: a casing
with a flat lath strip, or a velcro
Casing mount: To prepare a casing
mount, first measure the width of the
hanging edge of the quilt. Cut a 12"
wide strip of muslin 1" less in length
than the width of the quilt. Cut the
strip of muslin in half. Fold each strip
so that they are 6" in width and machine-sew
to make a tube. Turn the
remaining raw edges under 1/2" and
hem. The casing pieces are
placed / to 1" below the upper edge
of the quilt, 1" from the edges and
with a 1" space between the sections.
Using a cotton thread which matches
the colors on the front of the quilt,
hand-stitch the casing sections in
place. Use small stitches (approximately
1/4") on the front and longer
stitches (/2 to 3/4") on the back, and
make sure that all of these running
stitches are parallel to the top edge of
the quilt. Stitch two rows along the
top of the casing, approximately 4"
apart. Before stitching in the bottom
rows, move the bottom edge of the
casing up approximately 3/4" so that
there will be enough space to accommodate
the hanging strip without
creating a bulge at the front.
The quilt can be hung from a wooden
lath or molding strip inserted through
the casing. Because of the split in the
casing, an additional hanger can be
placed at the center of the quilt to
Velcro mount: A velcro mount is
easily constructed and provides even
support across the hanging edge of a
quilt. Velcro is available in several
widths. One piece of two-inch width
velcro, or two 1" wide pieces should
be sufficient for most quilts.
Cut a 4" wide strip of washed muslin
the same length as the hanging edge
of the quilt. One side of the velcro
can then be machine-stitched in the
center of the muslin strip. Turn
under the raw edges of the muslin
and place on the back. The strip is
placed /2" below the top edge of the
quilt, and 2" in from either side.
Using running stitches as described
above for the casing mount, handstitch
the muslin strip into place
using at least two rows of stitching at
the top and bottom of the strip.
The second half of the velcro is stapled
to a molding strip which is then
attached to the display wall. To hang
the quilt, simply press the two halves
of the velcro together.
Sara Wolf Green is Senior Conservator,
and Bobbi K. Studstill is Assistant
Conservator, at the Texas
Memorial Museum. All photos are
courtesy of the Texas Memorial
Commoner, Lucy. "Bulletin No. 13:
Warning Signs-When Textiles Need
Conservation", Cooper-Hewitt Museum
and the New York State Conservation
Green, Sara Wolf. "Maintenance
and Storage of Quilt Collections",
Conservation Notes #14, November,
1985, Texas Memorial Museum,
Orlofsky, Patsy, "The Collector's
Guide for the Care of Quilts in the
Home", Quilt Digest. Kiracofe and
Kile, San Francisco, CA, 1984, pp.
Smithsonian Institution. "Care of
Victorian Silk Quilts and Slumberthrows",
Division of Textiles, National
Museum of American History,
Washington, DC (undated).
(1) UV shields to cover fluorescent
lights are available from your local
(2) General Electric manufactures an
inexpensive foot-candle meter. Lux
and UV meters are also available
from: Frank W. Joel, Ltd., Oldmedow
Road, Hardwick Industrial Estate,
King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 4HH,
(3) Acid-free tissue and neutral pH
tissue is available from: Conservation
Materials, Ltd., 240 Freeport Boulevard,
Sparks, NV 89431 or Process
Materials Corporation, 301 Veterans
Boulevard, Rutherford, NJ 07070.
(4) Archival storage boxes are available
from either Conservation Materials,
Ltd., or Process Materials Corporation
(see #3 above)
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