Mini quilts are as popular as ever! We quilters seem to love making, swapping and collecting those delicious little quilt nuggets. After all, they’re fun to make, and usually don’t take nearly as much time to complete as a throw or bed-size quilt. Minis also give us the chance to try our hand at a new technique, or bring to life a kitschy design that we may not feel the need to replicate for our beds.
The problem is finding a way to display these little quilted art gems! If you’re fully committed, adding a hanging sleeve or rod pocket to the back and hanging them as art is totally on point. But, what if you have limited wall space?
That was my predicament. Not only did I have limited wall space, I also didn’t want to add a pocket or hanging corners to all my completed mini quilts. Here’s how I turned my narrow hallway wall into a display area for my minis. Side bonus—they’re super easy to swap out for the seasons, or when you need a décor change.
You will need:
- Spray paint
- Small plastic anchor bolts
- A drill
- A screwdriver or screw gun
- Small felt furniture pads
- Regular size binding clips
- A level
- A pencil
- Measure the length of the space you want to use, and buy enough yardsticks to fill it end to end. (You may not want to completely fill your wall, so use as many yardsticks as you’d like.)
- Spray paint the yardsticks a similar color to your wall so they blend in.
- On each end of each yardstick, mark where you will drill (make sure the hole is at least ½” away from the end). Place 2–3 stacked furniture pads behind the mark on the wrong side of the yardstick (the side that will face the wall).
- At each mark on the yardsticks, drill a hole large enough for the anchor bolt to go through—drill through the yardstick and the furniture pads.
- Mark the holes on the wall, so you know where to sink the anchors. Be sure to keep the yardsticks level as you mark.
- Using the instructions on the anchors, sink the anchors into the wall at the marks you made.
- Screw the yardsticks to the wall into the anchors. The felt pads will act as spacers to keep the yardsticks away from the wall.
- Use binding clips to hang your mini quilts to the yardsticks.
Now you have your own gallery space to showcase your favorite mini quilts and change them out easily depending on the season or your mood!
Kelly Biscopink is Contributing Editor for Quilty magazine.