Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Quilt Ruler Storage

Well, I finished the heart on the churndash block the day before the guild meeting... nothing like a deadline to make me get it done. :D But I do like the way it came out, I'll have to remember it for the next time I do a baby quilt:


I quilt in my living room, so I wanted some neat way to store all my squares and rulers and small mats. It needed to look nice and match my living room colors. This is what I came up with:



I planned it around all my ruler sizes. The little bargello block fits those odd shaped triangles, and under it, a pocket for my 6 and 6½ inch squares. Under THAT, a pocket for either my rotary cutter or scissors. On the right, a big pocket for my 12½ square, my rotating cutting mat, and the big triangle shaped kaleido-ruler from Marti Michell. The long skinny pocket along the bottom, made from the log cabin squares, holds my 18 x 3 and 18 x 4 rulers, (one printed in black and one printed in yellow, quilters understand why you need both) plus a couple of EZ angle rulers, one 60° and one 45°. The backing fabric has 4 layers of interfacing instead of batting, so it folds, but it's pretty stiff.

Only one problem, it's really heavy when it's fully loaded, I've got to find a sturdy way to hang it. I want to be able to take it down if I ever have non-quilting guests come over, so I can't just hammer a nail in the four corners. :-D

I originally had five loops at the top that fit over a hanging rod, but the fabric sagged in between, so I took them off. Now I'm thinking a sturdy thick dowel, in a hanging pocket with a couple of gaps, and I'll put some of those coated mug hooks up to put the dowel in. Then maybe I can come up with something else to fit on the cup hooks when company comes... lol

Any other suggestions?

8 comments:

Vicki W said...

Very clever ruler storage!

Sunny said...

I think that a sleeve with the dowel is a much better idea. That is the best way to hang a quilt anyway. You should only need 2 cup hooks at the ends. The dowel will help with the sagging problem for sure. Here is just one way to do the sleeve. I really like your idea for storing your rulers and stuff. I have mine nailed to the wall. Yours looks prettier. I may have to change mine!

Ann said...

Looks great....Instead of cup hooks, use curtain rod holders! They are prettier.You could even use a fancy curtain rod rather than a dowel. Then, for a "replacement" when non quilting friends come over, I'd say you just need another wallhanging of the same size! Whatcha think?

Sweet P said...

Great ruler storage idea. I like Ann's idea for hanging it and having a wallhanging to use in it's place. Brilliant!

KCQuilter said...

What a great idea for ruler storage!! I never quite have mine in a convenient location LOL!

julieQ said...

Nice ruler storage!! I sure like your applique on patchwork, that is a wonderful combo.

Susan said...

Ann's idea is close to what I was going to suggest. Any way to add something to the back to stabilize it all? I was thinking of very thin masonite or a side of cardboard box - something that would provide some resistance to sagging. Maybe even just a strip across the top, inside the same sleeve as the rod for hanging.

LaRae said...

hi, i'm a lurker..that's really a good idea for storage..do you have a door you could hang it from, on weath hooks that hook over the top?

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