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When I bought my 1922 Bungalow in July of last year, I knew it had all original wood floors and wide, dark wood work. I knew the wood work included picture rail. I knew that I was a quilter and that I liked displaying my quilts on the walls. But I had no idea how all these facts were going to come together.
Well, picture rail is a wonderful thing if you like to display quilts on the walls. Unlike my previous house, I can hang quilts of any size without putting holes in the walls. I can move quilts a little to the right or left, raise or lower them, replace with a quilt of a different size, all with no holes!
I bought a couple of packages of drapery hooks. Using wire cutters, I remove part of the hook so that it better fits the profile of my picture rail. Then I cut kite string to length and tie a loop in each end. My wall-size quilts all have a rod pocket on the back, so I pass a café rod through the pocket, string a hook on each side, and hang my quilt. My sister assures me that decorative hooks are produced for the purpose, and there could be a prettier solution than my kite string, but the system works.

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Comment by Suzanne L/WA on August 18, 2009 at 5:06pm
I was just rereading your blog post and I have some questions about the picture rail. Was the picture rail already up? I have a 1917 bungalow wiht original woodwork, but alas, no picture rail. I've considered adding one, but am not sure how high it would go. Does it run along the tops of your windows? Or a certain height down from the ceiling? I have a hard time putting anything up on my walls, in fact, I haven't put one nail hole in since I moved in...LOL. I just put things up where there was a previous nail. I have plaster walls and don't want to cause any cracks, which I hear is easy to do with plaster walls.
Comment by Suzanne L/WA on July 14, 2009 at 10:34pm
I would love to see some pictures of your picture rail. I have a 1917 bungalow ( a Sears & Roebuck house) and have always wanted to put one up, but didn't know where it should go exactly. I haven't put one hole in my walls since I moved in 4 (5?) years ago because I don't want to shatter the plaster walls.
Comment by Gloria Leasher on February 27, 2009 at 7:52am
would you take some pictures of your quilts hanging on your chair rail, that sounds like a wonderful idea.
Comment by Carol Wadkins on February 1, 2009 at 7:23pm
I say don't mess with what works~ Sounds like a plan, good for you~
Carol

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