We were due to display the quilt on 26 February but, as the day drew closer, we became worried that the weather might be against us! Having experienced some bright, almost spring like days the weather turned and became very cold; it even snowed! The house was covered in a beautiful scattering of white flakes which fortunately didn’t prevent us from hanging the quilt.
When I began the project, I didn’t fully appreciate the breadth of technical details to be considered when hanging the quilt. I thought that we could put it on a pole, drill into the wall and it would be ready for display. It turns out that when you have a quilt the size of ours, the considerations become more complicated due to the weight of the fabric.
The day begun with laying out the quilt and testing the hanging sleeve. It was decided that the sleeve needed to be considerably shorter than the overall width of the quilt to prevent bunching when eventually positioned on the poles.
The frame was painted in grey to allow the quilts colours to have maximum impact when displayed. Anthony Bailey, our designated handy-man, came to help with the fitting. He assembled the various pieces of the frame on arrival and then drilled the frame onto the wall, with some assistance from me. I have remained positive and fairly relaxed throughout the project but, on the day of hanging, I began to feel the pressure! Had we calculated everything correctly?
Whilst this was happening, Liz, Sam and Pippa were busy stitching the hanging sleeve on to the back of the quilt. The quilt is hung on one long pole across the top of the quilt, with the frame exposed above and below the quilt.
Once up on the wall, the quilt could be seen in all its magnificence. It is a quilt made to be seen on a wall, more like a tapestry than a bed quilt. The quilt tells of so many different stories and perspectives in such a personal way, that to fully appreciate each individual square, you have to keep coming back to take another look.
A few days later, the interpretation panels arrived to help explain the quilt project to visitors. One panel was displayed next to the community quilt, whilst the other was placed on top of the English paper-pieced Admirals’ quilt, which will be on display in the Admirals’ Room throughout 2018.