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Monday, March 18, 2013

Quilt Room Project

Hi Everyone,

Did you all have a marvelous National/International Quilting Day?  I spent it at an antique show and a Civil War battlefield.  I didn't take so much as one stitch!  I usually spend my weekends with my husband--so I don't often quilt on those days. 

On Sunday, my husband seemed a bit bored, so I got him to help me with a project for my quilt room.  If you have been following me for a while, you may remember my post about my quilt room after we got moved in and settled.  If you haven't, you can read about it here.

I have loved the room and haven't made too many changes.  I could always use more storage, though (can't we all?) and I found this blog post on pinterest.  If you scroll about halfway through, you will see this picture.fabric-storage-wall (1)
The photo is linked to a blog, but try as I might, I couldn't find out anything about this rack thing.  Isn't it cool?  In my quilt room, I have this area:



See how the wall with the two quilts is "free" but there isn't much clearance for anything to be up against it?  I thought that "rack" would work out great here.  I did some figuring.  The wall is just over 4 feet wide.  I decided that we could make one pretty easily.  We bought 3 1x4s that were 6 feet long.  One of them was for the top, so my husband cut it to 4 feet. (You can also have them do it at the home improvement store.  We got our stuff at the "blue" one, not the "orange" one.) The rack would be six feet high and 4 feet wide.   I decided on having 8 dowels for the "rungs."  Why 8?  It just seemed right.  We got dowels that were 3/4" thick and 4 feet long.  Again, it seemed right--not too thick, and not too thin.  I took one of the side boards and marked it.  First I marked where I wanted the top dowel to be, and then the bottom--you don't want one too close to the floor!  Then I split the difference between so I had eight marks for the holes.  My husband has a spade drill bit that drills 3/4" holes--that is a necessary item!  This next step is important, too.  Clamp both side board together with the marks on top and drill all the holes through both boards at the same time so they are perfectly spaced! We sanded and then he screwed the sides onto the top.  Next we put most of the dowels in (to help stabilize it) and took it to the wall to position it.  We marked where we wanted it to be and set it aside.  To hang it, we took a piece of 2x2 and screwed it into studs along our marked line.  Then we sat the rack on it and screwed up from the bottom of the 2x2 into the top of the rack.  That was it!  It took about an hour and a half and all the stuff cost less than $36!  If we weren't renting, I would have painted it, but I didn't want any paint to rub off onto the wall.

Here it is!

See all the stuff I started putting on it?  I have lots more room, too.


 
Here is the top.  Can you see the darker board?  That is the 2x2 that it is mounted to.  The top makes a nice shelf for display! 
 
Right now, I have put up unquilted tops, blocks for on-going projects, and other incomplete projects.  I also  have a partially used jelly roll hanging there.
 
 
This is going to be great when I'm doing a project with lots of strips and strip sets.  Also, it will be a great place to hang borders, etc.  I'm just thrilled with the added storage!
 
 
I hope you all have a great day!
JoAnne


16 comments:

  1. Looks like a wonderful addition to your quilt room. No wonder you are thrilled!
    I can't believe it took only about an hour and a half.

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  2. Such a good use of a awkward space and put to good use. I recognize a few little quilts I've made as well. One that is a Thimbleberries pattern from years ago, the 3 flower in a row. I wonder if I can find that one in my pile of stuff.

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  3. I love it JoAnne. It is on my to do list. When I can get into my sewing room as it has been used to store everything whilst we had a move around. But it didn't seem to get put back. But you've inspired me to clear it out. xxx

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  4. Very nice!

    You could use extension curtain rods for more rungs, if needed. Of course, they wouldn't support too much weight.

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  5. Great project, I love the little shelf on top!

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  6. Awesome! What a wonderful addition to your quilting space. You've inspired me to make one of my own!

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  7. That looks extremely handy. Although if I had it in my house, I know the cats would think I made it just for them! But I can see how great it would be to organize strips and such for a current project and also to display some of your works of art. Nice job!

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  8. Wow, that's fantastic! I love it. Putting that on my summer project list.

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  9. What a great project! It looks so handy! I always need another place to hang fabric, UFO's, or completed projects I just want to be able to look at. This would certainly fit the bill. Now if I could just find some wall space.......thanks for the inspiration :-D

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  10. Love it! Going to have to show DH so he can add to his ever growing "honey do" list ... LOL FABULOUS storage idea!! Linda

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  11. I love it! Such a good idea.

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  12. Brilliant! I love it!

    *wondering where I could put one like that*

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  13. Great idea for hanging things that still need attention...it keeps them front and centre so they don't get forgotten. Well done to both you and the Mister!

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  14. Love your quilt hanging rail! I followed your link to your post about the sewing room. How lucky you are to have such a nice space. I would never leave! It would feel like my retreat from the world.

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  15. Very nice, JoAnn! Perfect for that spot!

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  16. Found your blog through a Pinterest post. Love your hanging rack! Works well in that spot.

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