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The Fiber of My Being: Keeping House With Creative Quilt Storage Ideas

You‘ve probably been asked questions similar to the two I’m most frequently asked:

Question: “Do you sell your quilts?”

Answer: “No, I need to hold onto them for teaching samples.”

Question: “How long does it take for you to make a quilt?”

Answer: “I wouldn’t know. I usually work on more than one at the same time.”

If I were ever asked “How do you store your quilts?”, I’d answer:

“I keep most of them in an oversized all-purpose storage bag, out of sight behind a sofa.” — Why? Because it’s translucent and dust-proof. I protect it from light and it protects the quilts from animals. I keep it slightly unzipped, enough to allow air to circulate. It’s so roomy at 30” x 60” that I situated two medium-size hampers filled with small quilts within one end of it. I say quilt storage, others say Christmas tree storage. 

Stealth quilt storage

Stealth quilt storage

I used to make myself crazy rounding up my quilts for teaching trips. I’d tucked them away in whatever spaces I could carve out in the apartment. The longer it took me to locate a quilt the more anxious I became that I’d left it behind at a presentation. Nowadays, when I can’t immediately see the quilt I’m after, I reassure myself that it just has be in there. Storage space can be deceiving. My parents drove a station wagon but that didn’t mean all six children were inside of it when they drove away from a rest area. Truth.

I collect antique quilts. They are neither in bag nor on a bed. You guessed it – they sit on a sofa, usually shrouded from the light.

19th century quilts kept on a 21st century sofa

19th century quilts kept on a 21st century sofa

I’m drawn to eccentric quilts especially when the manner in which they were constructed intrigues me. These three came from the Maryland dealer Stella Rubin.

Quilt in progress

Now you see it

Two delicate pieces are tucked away in the bedroom. One is English paper pieced with intact papers. I uncovered a dust-proof, lightproof, breathable spot for them. They extend flat over a dresser top without wrinkling. I cover them with a table runner.

Quilt in progress

Now you don’t

I wrote a note to remind myself about these hidden quilts and placed it in the Christmas tree bag. Otherwise, out of sight, out of (my) mind.

I’m housing some tops on rungs of white ladders. The ‘ladders’ are lightweight, 23” wide and, because they are powder-coated, I presume won’t degrade fabric on contact. 

Finished quilts displayed on towel racks

I say quilt storage, others say towel and magazine display

Storage is on my mind because I can’t find a certain piece of English fabric. A few years ago I contributed a chunk of it to a friend’s quilt. Because I have a system, I reassure myself there’s got to be a piece of it in the apartment.

When I’m down to a very small piece of a loved fabric I store it its rightful place, just where it would be shelved if it was of a regular size. Such a small piece would stick out like a sore thumb. If it could speak it would say “Anita, don’t think about looking further. I’m merely a remembrance of what’s left.”

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About the author

Quilter Anita Grossman SolomonAnita Grossman Solomon is a full-time quilter, author and Craftsy instructor. Her quilts have been displayed everywhere, from the ceiling of the International Quilt Festival in Houston to an enormous screen high above Times Square in New York City.

In this Craftsy Blog series, she dives into the emotional and often humorous aspects of being a maker. Subscribe to the Craftsy Quilting Blog today to follow along, and enjoy personalized instruction from Anita in her popular Craftsy class Traditional Blocks Made Simple.

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5 Comments

Lisa

I want to find those white ladders and I can’t! Does anyone know where the can be found?

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Anita Grossman Solomon

Lisa,
I purchased those White Ladders early in 2015 in a CB2
As of today they happen to be available online. Posting a link for you would delay this reply as links must be verified as not spam or malicious. 🙂 Anita

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PJ

More info regarding ladders, plz! Thank you.

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Anita Grossman Solomon

PJ – If you go to the CB2 website and search for White Ladders you should be able to see them and information regarding their specs. They were available as of five minutes ago. CB2 ships internationally by the way. -Anita

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CONNIE RICHARD

interest in buying the while ladders

thank you

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