Sunday, January 31, 2010

On display

It suddenly dawned on me that I never showed you the ladder I got for my birthday with actual quilts on, did I? I had planned to paint it, but somehow never got round to it. While decorating for Christmas I brought it in, placed it against a bookshelf and started folding and hanging quilts over the rungs, and I must admit I liked the effect. And it has become quite the conversation piece, drawing lots of attention to my quilts. Instead of having quilts draped across the armrests on the sofas or piled in a chair, they are put on display in such a way that people notice them and ask to see them properly. And vain quilter that I am, I must admit that I enjoy that a lot. ;-)
I rotate them, so that there are always at least two on my sofa - something easily accesible to huddle under when the evening gets chilly, you know? - and so the ones hanging get refolded from time to time. The ladder has five rungs, but the lowest one is too close to the floor, so I really get to display four at a time. I'm not sure how good an idea it was to ask for it to be tapered, because the quilt at the top has to be folded a lot more than the rest, so you don't get to see as much of it, but never mind, it works the way I had hoped it would, and that's the main thing, isn't it? The rungs are rough and need a bit of sanding, and I worry about the wood leaving marks on the quilts (I have covered them with towels before hanging the quilts now) so once the weather is a bit warmer, I will get round to that painting or at least a bit of varnish.
I cropped the picture a bit to hide some of the mess here, but I see I should have removed a pile of books from the floor as well. Oh well, we can't all have stylists - this is how it is here, anyway - housework gets done, but not every day... I actually worked to a strict rota of 45 minutes of sewing and 15 minutes of housework during the day yesterday and got quite a bit done. Enough so it doesn't get too embarassing if people arrive unexpectedly...
I finsihed quilting my X-block quilt yesterday and got the binding on. A bit of hand-stitching now and it will be done. And I started a new project - pictures soon ;-)

1 comment :

Kristin L said...

I like the ladder as display device. The best part is that it encourages people to admire the quilts!