We give tips for displaying quilts on a quilt ladder, share basics for repairing antique quilts, and introduce a fun new segment aimed at sharing local quilt shops’ stories.
Episode 478

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Add a Quilt Ladder to Your Home

Quilt ladders are a staple in many quilters' homes. It's an easy way to display a few more of your creations without taking up a large amount of space. In this episode, we share a few tips about adding a quilt ladder to your home and how to style it, so that you can make the most of your quilt ladder display!

Lindsay Mayland talks about:

  • Things to consider when buying a ladder
  • How to protect your walls from the ladder
  • Tips for displaying quilts
  • Protecting your quilts from untreated or painted ladders

Sweet, Quilty Home: Week 9

We are so excited to share quilt ladder tips, because this week's Sweet, Quilty Home challenge is to add a quilt ladder to your home or style one differently! For those who don't know, our Sweet, Quilty Home challenge is something we're hosting on the podcast and social media! This challenge will last for 10 weeks this summer (July 6-September 13). This program focuses on creating your best home -- a beautiful place to relax and be creative. Each week, we'll issue a challenge: one small step you can take throughout the week to brighten your home and set your space up for sewing success. If you participate, you can use the hashtag #sweetquiltyhome on Instagram.

Collector's Corner

Jody Sanders shares tips for fixing an old quilt in three categories: repair, restore, and conserve. The sentimental, monetary, or historical value of the quilt you want to fix will help determine which direction you want to go. Jody gives basic details for each category, so you can make a decision on how to move forward preserving your antique finds or family heirlooms.

Love Your LQS

Doris Brunnette highlights how Yankee Dutch Quilting and Dry Goods from Brownsville, Oregon, is helping their community. The owner, Mari, shares how the store partnered with a local school to offer one student in the special education program work experience for a couple of hours a week. The student spent half her time cleaning the store and half her time working on a sewing project, include store samples and gifts for her mom. The store also offers discounts a few times a year in exchange for nonperishable food items of toiletries and host mini retreats with tuition being donated to an appointed cause.

What's On Your Work Space

Doris then shares what's on her work space right now. The project is called Candied Hexagons from an old Australian magazine -- it's all pieced by hand, and has followed Doris through both hard and happy seasons of her life.

Reader Tips

Lindsay shares your best tips for cutting, including stopping ruler slips, storing rulers and templates, creative hacks for rotary cutting blades, and handling large pieces of fabric.

If you ever want to share a tip with us to be featured on the podcast or our magazines, you can email them to us at  apqtips@meredith.com.