Keep in mind these are not huge walls - they're small spaces that will hold very small quilts (max around 15 inches wide).
But small quilts are very...well...small and lightweight. It seems like such a ridiculous amount of effort to install a curtain rod system and stitch a sleeve to these quilts when the space is so small and the quilt weights almost nothing.
So I started searching, and searching, and searching...and eventually found this!
This is wall clip created by Command 3M. Unfortunately it's not a very common item so I couldn't find it in any local stores and had to order it from Amazon.com.
So I ordered several packs and they came yesterday and, to my absolute delight, they work perfectly to hold lightweight quilts on the wall securely!
Unfortunately they are quite ugly. As Josh said: "Nothing looks cheaper than that white plastic." so I pulled out my acrylic paint and painted a set black, which looked much better.
Then I remembered my Jacquard metallic paints and painted Pewter over the dried black acrylic to create a clip that almost looks metal!
The best thing about these is the fact that they put no holes in the wall. They stick nicely with the adhesive strip, which can last for years if my other hooks in the house are any judge.
On the wall these look great and hang my small Words Have Weight quilt perfectly:
I think these clips would be perfect for quilt guilds holding shows in spaces where you can't hang quilts on the wall (can't drive nails) etc. It's absolutely perfect for hanging quilts in all those little nooks and crannies of your house that can't support a full hanging system. I know I'll use these in my studio as well to quickly clip up a quilt or fabric to look at it from far away.
Unfortunately it's very hard to find these clips on Command's website (it was buried in the hooks section) and the lack of stores carrying them makes me think the company really isn't supporting this particular product.
So here's a note for 3M just in case this random blog post ever reaches their product or marketing department:
Dear 3M,Wouldn't it be nice if this company actually listened? Oh well, I'm off to paint the rest of my clips and get a few more little quilts hanging on the wall.
Just to let you know, you are marketing this awesome clip product all wrong! This clip is essential to quilters and crafters, but should be packaged in sets of 2 (not 1) and it should come in all colors of the rainbow, or at least in the metal finishes you offer the hooks in.
If you make this change, put a photo of a quilt hanging from the clips on the package, and if you sell it through quilting / crafting distributors, you will have a solid product that all quilters want!
Let's go quilt,