One for the “Other Half”

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Project by brianinpa posted 09-18-2008 09:48 PM 1865 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this a few years ago; soon after we bought our house.

My wife and I grew up in the “Pennsylvania Dutch” area of Pennsylvania, and because of this fact my wife has her own hobby: collecting quilts. When we bought our house she commented that she wanted her quilts hung on the wall in the living room, so I had to make a rack to hang them on.

The wall is 19’ long so I new it was going to have to be a different type of a quilt rack. I also knew I was going to use regular closet-rod dowel so I needed a way to mount the dowels on the wall. As you can see, she has quite a few quilts so there needed to be two rows of dowel rods: in fact there are 4 dowel rods because I could not find closet rods 19 ft long.

The three mounting brackets in the middle support the rods and the two end brackets keep the rods from moving too much over time. If you notice the bracket in the middle is double the width of the other two middle brackets to provide more space where all the dowels meet.

The wood is red oak and the finish is a colored stain: she wanted it painted but I refused to paint the oak, so we settled on a colored stain. A benifit of having this rack on the entire wall is that we don’t use the heat in this room too much, but a small problem this rack caused is that one of her friends saw it and wanted one too and my wife now wants more quits to hang on another wall.

She shows off her quilts to everyone the first time they stop by so she must be happy.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Bill Akins

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#1 posted 09-18-2008 09:53 PM

Ingenious idea. I know several quilt enthusiast that would love this. I love the quilted insulation.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#2 posted 09-18-2008 10:15 PM

this is great!
We thought about something like this for our living room… 1) to show off the quilts my Mom has made for us and 2) to help insulate the wall.

Just might have to re-look at the idea. The wall of quilts looks wonderful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 09-18-2008 10:15 PM

Neat idea, Brian! Really beautiful quilts. Did you wife make any of them?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 09-18-2008 10:20 PM

Thanks, have to share this with my wife, she is a quilter.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 09-18-2008 10:53 PM

My wife’s idea of quilting is buying one! Most of these were all made by her grand-mother.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 09-19-2008 03:18 AM

That is a great solution for displaying quilts. I admire your ability to refuse staining the piece, and win! Great job Brian.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 09-20-2008 12:36 PM

Great job, Brian. You will forgive me, I hope, if I do not show this to my wife, an avid quilter, who would be wanting them by the score.


-- Glyn, North Carolina

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