Friday, July 15, 2005

How to mount quilts on plexiglass

Karen Sharp asked for a refresher course on mounting small works on plexiglass, so here it is.

Upper left, Sylvia Whitesides' original piece, from whom came the idea. Her husband mounted the plexiglass into the wooden frame. We should all be so lucky to have a woodworker/hobbyist for a husband. The next three pieces are from Frayed Edges member, Kathy Daniels, in a group show in a New Hampshire coffee shop. Very lovely work.

Below is my embroidery, hanging on my red wall.

I mounted David Walker's small work below, which I have on a free standing lucite easel.

Using the tiniest bit from your electric drill bit set, drill two holes at each corner to sew on the quilt, as you would a button. You must also drill two holes midway for the hanging device, or fishing line.
To find plexiglass in your area go to and look under plastics manufacturers. Ask them if they will cut to 1/4" plexiglass (or Lexan) to size and flame the edges. Flaming means they will melt the edges with a blowtorch to remove the rough sawn edges, making them clear.