Oh my gosh...it's taken me HOURS to figure out how to keep the blog from turning my photos!! So weird. But...I did it! (yay me!)
As you all know we've moved to Australia (Brisbane, to be more exact) and we are renting a house. The owners have a strict three-hole-per-wall rule. Yes, every ounce of my American is trying to wriggle around it. I mean...can it be an average?? I was chatting to a friend about it and she said, "the property manager in me," I pause to note here that she used to be in real estate, "would say three holes means three holes." *deep sigh* Right. Three holes.
Which means I had to figure out a way around this. That's when I remembered something my brilliant that my friend Arlene showed me. She has about a million (okay...not really) mini quilts hanging in her studio and up the stairs to the main floor of the house. They are beautiful!! But I asked her how she hung all of those?!?
I'm going to be honest here...I just can't deal with hanging quilts. It's always time consuming and never looks quite right. I found a wire from Ikea that attaches to the wall with hanging clamps that works great for big quilts (but, that's six holes and way beyond my three hole limit). Then there's the Hang It Dang It that works great for switching out quilts quickly. But for mini quilts...yeah...not so much.
Until I visited Arlene. She uses Command hooks to hang her quilts! Isn't that a brilliant idea?!? The perfectionist in me had to figure out how to get them all straight and how many and...well, let's just say I have a tendency to make things a million times harder than it actually has to be.
So D and I went off to the hardware store (Bunnings, in case you wanted to know) and found these clear Command hooks. They are the decorating clips...the tiniest guys you can find.
I then measured my quilt and decided I wanted a clip 1" from each side and one in the middle. Since the quilt is 16" wide that's one at the 1", 8" and 15" marks. Using my ruler as a guide I did my best to get them in their proper spots...okay...so they aren't straight...this was my first one.Using my ruler as a guide I did my best to get them in their proper spots...okay...so they aren't straight...this was my first one.
Using my ruler as a guide I did my best to get them in their proper spots...okay...so they aren't straight...this was my first one. Then I put them up there according to the instructions (which means leaving them for an hour).
It's really important that I say right here you need to be sure to turn the hooks upside down!! If you put the hooks facing up like you are meant to then the quilt won't slide into the hook part.
After an hour was up...I slide the three parts into the upside down hook and, voila! Hanging mini-quilt! Isn't it great?!?
The only downside?? When it's windy and the quilts flap around because the window is open too much they come down. I can live with that! :D
To clarify: The hooks are upside down and you slide the binding up into the upside down hook.
Happy quilt hanging!