Compression Quilt Hanger (Do-It-Yourself)

A few weeks ago, I was digging through blogs and the internet in general looking for a way to display wall quilts.  Now that we are full-time Texans, I wanted to choose a location to display the work my daughter and I do.

After digging around for a while, I came upon a blog by Susan Myers: Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom and found this great tutorial for a Compression Quilt Hanger for Under $20.

Mahogany HangerAfter reading her instructions thoroughly, I decided to make only one change; I used 1×3 pine for both the top and bottom. I started out staining the pieces with Varathane Golden Mahogany and as you can see, it was very orangy.

I waited for this to dry and put Minwax Dark Walnut 2716 over it. This color was absolutely perfect. After Walnutit dried, I applied several coats of Minwax water based polycrylic and I was done.

As you can see, the finished product is beautiful and will go with any quilt project I want to display.

I have been thinking that while this design is very nice and inexpensive to make, I wonder if there could be a way to use heavy-duty magnets between the two pieces.  This may make changing out different quilts much easier and there would be a bit more flexibility in the designs of the hanger itself.Our Best Friends

If I figure out a way to do this, I will be sure to share!

The first quilt designed for this hanger is a tribute to many of the dogs and cats that have shared our lives over the years.  I call it “Our Best Friends”.