Storage Tip: Ladders

If you like to make lots of quilts, or you just happen to have lots that you want to display, then finding a storage solution that isn’t a huge piece of furniture is a challenge. One of the ways you can display lots of quilts and have them at hand to wrap around you on the sofa, but easily move them, is to use a ladder. At one time or another you may have used a ladder to try to take pictures of your quilts, but I mean to actually hang your quilts on the ladder as a decoration that doubles as storage.

Ladders for quilt display have been the rage at Quilt Market booths for some time now. They can display a few quilts in a small space and it can be easily moved. The quilts are easily accessible, and easily replaced.

This ladder is from my old bunk beds from when I was a kid!

There are plenty of ways to find a ladder to use for your quilts. Searching online for “blanket ladder” will get you dozens of styles and types, in a huge variety of price ranges. By going to a local vintage flea market, I found several wooden vintage ladders under $25. I also found several woodworkers selling “blanket” ladders that came in variety of finishes, also for around $25. One of the differences is that a ladder meant to climb is going to be more narrow, whereas a ladder made for displaying your quilts is going to be wider and will show more of the front of the quilt. Where you plan to put your ladder may help determine which you want.

This blanket was made by a local woodworker.

One of the tips I recommend is to wrap the rungs of your ladder in acid free tissue paper. This way, the wood treatment of your ladder will not mark or transfer to your quilt over time. Another good tip is to rotate the folds of your quilts every few months, so that creases do not become permanent and any fading from light is not concentrated on one area for too long.

Tell me how you like to store your quilts by leaving us a comment on this post on our Facebook page! I’d love to see some photos of how you store your quilts.

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Day 29 – Top 5 Blog Posts from 2019

Last year I posted about the top 5 blog posts according to the number of hits they got, and I thought I would do that again! Be sure to click through to read them!

#5 is “Spool School _ Which Way Does It Go?“, which I published back in January about how to tell which way a spool of thread should be positioned on your machine. It’s super helpful if you are new to quilting or sewing.

#4 is “Honoring the broken needle – Hari Kuyo” which was published in February. This was about the Japanese tradition of honoring your broken needles that happens in February.

#3 is a throwback to Nov 2018’s popular post on the Facebook Quilt Scams. More on this one later…

#2 is from April, and is all about “Basics for Labeling your Quilts“. This one surprised me as being so popular, and wow, so many of us are bad at labeling our quilts!

And last but not least, #1…again for the second year in a row… is the 2018 post about Facebook Quilt Scams. I get messages all the time from people who have been taken in by these and want to know what to do about them, but unfortunately, I have no way for them to recover their money.

So there you have it! Top posts from me and my blog for 2019!

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Day 28 – Financials… The Income vs Expenses chart

I’m starting the beginnings of my data analysis for 2019 and this surprised me… this year my expenses were up and my income was down. This surprised me for a couple of reasons.

First, I traveled SO MUCH this year that in my mind the income had to be greater than before. I mean, when you do over 50K miles in travel and 122 days on the road, the income should be amazing, right?

Second, I really felt that this was an up year. It’s not that it is a bad year, but comparative to last year, it’s down.

Here’s a look at why the year was down. While I booked more workshops at shows, the sales AT those workshops were down. My sales to distributors was down and flat (again). Freelance writing was also way down. Sadly, with the bankruptcy of F+W Media, my royalties on things like my DVD, etc, were also down.

As with any business, it’s good to take in the numbers and not try to get too focused on the “down” part, but to focus on how to make those categories viable again. It’s important to always look for new revenue streams too!

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Day 27 – Absence and Change

I’ve been away from the blog in the middle of my own blog challenge. It wasn’t supposed to be that way, but it happened.

On Dec 16th I flew to Orlando to pick up some very special cargo. That would be my boyfriend, and all of his belongings, and a very long and kind of rainy drive back to Chicago.

I had every intention of blogging during that time, and well…. It didn’t happen. And then, there was the move in, and all the things that happen when you merge two lives into one. Finding places to put everything in a house that’s already full. Who gets this or that side of the bathroom, the bedroom, the closet…. a life. He helped me decorate the tree and get a little of my Christmas spirit back. I’m enjoying this time immensely, and he’s a fabulous person to have all of this to do with.

In the meantime, I’m enjoying having someone to geek out with, to see Christmas lights with, and to share my adventures with. The cats immediately loved him, so he must be a keeper, right?

So… I’m sorry I have been away, but I’m back now, and I hope you all had wonderful holidays!

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Day 14 – The vintage gift pillows you never thought possible.

You really need to click through and read on, my friends… While in Houston Quilt Festival this year, I stopped at one of my favorite vintage linen vendors to buy pillowcases. If you know me, then you know I have a LOVE AFFAIR with vintage linens that include the handwork of our foremothers. That’s someone’s handwork, someone put time and effort into that and here it is for sale and I feel I must rescue it.

This particular trip I found a few funny hand towels, and a pillowcase with a cross stitched car on it. For $6, I could not pass it up. But underneath the car pillowcase is the one I’m referring to.

Now at the show, I even remarked to the vendor what my initial thoughts were: That this is a pillowcase to tell your husband tonight is “good to go” if you know what I mean. We laughed and had a chuckle and I bought it because it was funny. Then I unearthed it for last night’s Facebook Friday Live video.

And you all agreed with me! And that set me off to find out if these were for real, and YES, they are. On top of that, there’s a NO! Thanks to Ebay, these pillowcases are often referred to as “wedding game” pillows and were made as bridal shower gifts. There are bunny themes (which is hysterical) and also a pair of poodles that I can find so far. Also thanks to Ebay, this is coming to my house soon!

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