How to Frame a Quilt for Wall Hanging

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The craft of quilting produces textile art suitable for hanging on a wall. You may prefer the creature comforts of a handmade Wedding Ring quilt on the bed. But that intricate section you stitched together as a sample, or smaller quilt blocks that demonstrate particularly fine work, belong on the wall, not in a drawer. Frame quilt art so you can appreciate it every day.

Simple Quilt Section Display Frame

Preserve the quilt by fixing it to fabric stretched over a frame. This method is appropriate for small squares to small quilts -- a full-size quilt will be too bulky and heavy to frame for wall hanging.

Things You'll Need

  • Quilt

  • Sealed wood framework

  • Cotton

  • Rust-free stainless staples

  • Staple gun

  • Needle and thread

  • Hanging hardware (optional)

  • Shadowbox (optional)

Step 1: Stretch a piece of fabric over a sealed wooden framework.

A wooden framework is similar to a canvas stretcher for artists' work but it isn't adjustable. You need one that is larger all the way around than your quilt piece. Choose cotton fabric that contrasts with the quilt colors, stretch it smoothly over the frame and around to the back, and fasten the fabric to the frame with rust-free stainless steel staples.

Step 2: Stitch the quilt piece to the fabric.

Hand-stitch the quilt section to the stretched cotton. Center the quilted material on the backing and either zigzag through all the layers with parallel lines of stitching or take large zigzag stitches around the border of the quilt section to attach it to the backing.

Tip

A heavy quilt section will hold up better and resist any damage at the stitching when hung if it is sewn with many parallel lines running through the quilt blocks rather than attached around the border.

Step 3: Hang the framed quilt section on the wall.

Use a frame hanging kit to add hardware to the stretcher frame or employ the hardware -- hooks, screws and wire -- that came with the frame.

Step 4: (alternative) Protect the quilt in a shadowbox.

Hand stitch the quilt section to a large piece of cotton. Wrap the cotton taut around a piece of acid-free foam-core backing that slips inside a shallow shadow box. Assemble the shadow box, with its glass or Plexiglass front keeping dust and dirt off the quilt, and hang it on the wall.

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Deborah Harding

Deborah Harding has been writing for over nine years. Beginning with cooking and gardening magazines, Harding then produced a gardening and cooking newsletter and website called Prymethyme Herbs in 1998. Published books include "Kidstuff" and "Green Guide to Herb Gardening." She has a Bachelor of Music from Youngstown State University and sings professionally.