Tape Hanging Method

Temporary Quilt Hanging Tip

When I am photographing a quilt for a quilt show submission, when I am auditioning where I want to hang a quilt or mini quilt, or even when I am photographing a quilt outside in low breeze conditions, I like to use painter’s tape to hold up my quilts.

Tape Hanging Method

Tape Hanging Method

First, I run a piece of tape along the upper and lower edges of the quilt. Then, I make many small “rolls” of tape to stick along the first line of tape that was pressed firmly into the quilt.

Tape Hanging Method

Tape Hanging Method

I have found that for mini quilts, this is often all I need to secure the quilt to the wall for many months. Note that I am using the delicate painter’s tape from the hardware store. I have not had any issues with residual tape stickiness being left behind on my quilts. I do feel a bit like a “yoga spider” when I do the dance to hang a larger quilt on a wall using this method on my own, but with a bit of persistence and planning, it has been a very non invasive way to temporarily tack my quilts up for photographic purposes.

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23 thoughts on “Temporary Quilt Hanging Tip

  1. Joanna says:

    Okay thanks for this.. I’ve just been trying to get little rolls to stick to the quilt — but it hasn’t been working. never thought of putting a long bit on first. I’ve put off taking pics of a few things because I couldn’t get them to stick! I’ll have to try it tomorrow! I hope i can find my tape !

  2. Painters tape is definitely handy for lots of quilting needs!

  3. Well aren’t you clever! Great tip, thanks.

  4. pbarretthill says:

    Good tip. I recently discovered the merits of using the “blue” tape.

  5. Good tip, Yvonne! I usually use thumbtacks! Or if it’s just a flimsy, I’ll slap some pretty Washi tape across the corners.

  6. Jayne Willis says:

    Love that tip! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Terri Ann says:

    This is exactly why I need to run out and get more blue tape, mine went missing and I’m sure I’ll find it after I buy a new roll. It’s so handy to use cause it’s strong enough with the residue! I love your technique with the strip and the multiple loops. Know how I know you have an engineering background? 🙂

  8. What a great tip! This is going to come in so handy. Thanks so much! 🙂

  9. Susan says:

    Thanks for another great idea! I have a small wall hanging to try it on

  10. Great tip!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  11. Renee says:

    I totally used double sided tape to put up a tiny mini quilt someone gave me. Painter’s tape is a good idea, I’ll try that next time (also I’ve run out of double sided tape).

  12. sally says:

    Perfect, I’m almost at a point where I want to hang my mini quilts and I’ve been wondering how best to ‘audition’ them on the wall.

  13. Jasmine says:

    The extra piece of tape is brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Christine Sherman says:

    Great idea, thanks!

  15. I have tried tape before and it never seems to hold up, I never have tried the piece of tape across the back first though, I am going to have to try that.

  16. Susie says:

    Excellent idea! I like that blue tape, as it doesn’t leave any residue behind.

  17. Michelle says:

    How have I not thought of that before?! thanks for sharing – this will definitely improve how I approach quilt photos

  18. Christine says:

    I really need to stop neglecting my blog reading so I don’t miss your great tips! I learn so much from you. Thanks for sharing!

  19. I love this! I never thought of the extra rolls of tape… I use the frog version of it as I couldn’t get it to hold up well, but you use extra force! haha. I still have plenty of this blue left… I need to get to hanging. You do have great tips!

    1. The trick is the first strip you put down; I hope it is helpful for you, too!

  20. Lea says:

    What a good idea!! Thank you.

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