Moving is such a bother. Don’t get me wrong. I think I’ll love my new space but I don’t yet. Last night my goal was to hang some of my quilts to make it feel cozier. Part of the problem is many of my quilts are not in the new space yet. They are still in boxes at our real house. So I was looking around last night playing with the twenty or so quilts I have in the apartment while trying to remember those still at home. I know there are two big quilts I want to hang in the living room so I left one wall reserved for them.
My husband, Bake, and I talked about color coordination and mood. Many of the quilts I had in the old apartment were pink. Pink is not my favorite color but it’s thought of as a really feminine color. After I moved into my apartment, I started “suggesting” that Bake should move to Golden to join me. When it became obvious he wasn’t chomping at the bit to do that I started telling him that I was going to add more and more pink things until he did. He just laughed at me but I did start adding pink. I bought lamps at the Goodwill and painted them pink. I made pink quilts. I painted the knobs on the bedroom furniture pink. And still he laughed. He decided to join me when he was ready, I don’t think the pink had any effect whatever. But it was fun to do. It still make both of us smile.
He suggested we hang the pink quilts in the living room. I got out the four I wanted to use and decided what order to hang them in. He offered to help. It seemed like a good idea…at the time.
When I hang quilts, I want to get it done so I can see how it looks. I’m in a hurry. Shortcuts are a good thing. So I eyeball where I want the quilt and hang the bracket for one side. Then I measure where that bracket is so I can get the other one at the same height. I only have to measure one bracket for each quilt. I purposely stagger the quilts if there are several of them on a wall. I put some higher and some lower. And I want the difference to be noticeable so the viewer knows it is planned. I think the differing heights give movement and interest to the display.
Bake, on the other hand, wanted a row of them all at the same distance from the ceiling. Since he was helping, I thought I could live with that. That was my first mistake in the project. I don’t like them all the same height and to do that he had to measure both brackets on all the quilts. It took us forever.
My second mistake was that I failed to consider how high the TV is. The quilt in the middle is a Jenny Haskins sampler quilt and you can’t see eight of the blocks because the TV hides the bottom half of the quilt.
The drop-leaf table on the left is temporary. We intend to bring our roll-top desk from the real house to go in the spot where the table is. Mistake #3 is that the roll top will cover much of the quilt on the left. I think we’ll probably start all over with this wall when Mom’s quilt show is over. She has most of my smaller quilts and they’ll be a better fit on the available space on this wall.
The second wall was easier. There is only one quilt and it couldn’t be in a row with the others or the bottom of it would drag on the air conditioner. This quilt is a Linda Lee Vivian style serger quilt with machine embroidered quilting.
The next photo is a quilt block stretched on a frame. It sticks out from the wall about ½”. Behind that quilt block is the breaker box. If we need to get to the breaker box, it’s a simple matter to lift the frame off of the hook it is hanging on. I love that we hid the ugly breaker box.
The last two quilts we hung up last night were these two in the dining room. Some of you are wondering about the table since I say this is the dining room. It’s not here yet. The table will be centered under the quilt on the right. That quilt is the first quilt I did free-motion quilting on. The quilting is pretty scary. It’s easy to tell I was a beginner but I love the bright, fresh, clean look of the quilt anyway. The pattern is from Sweet Briar Rose by Black Mountain Quilting. The quilt on the left is from Susan Cleveland’s book Piping Hot Curves.
At this point I’m wondering if we are going to continue hanging quilts tonight or if we are going to take down what we’ve done and start over. It makes me tired to think about it.
But for now, I have a quilt to pattern.