Use a quilt rack to display that prized quilt.
I never thought I would live long enough to see my grade school labeled "historic" but there it is. I've also seen a resurgence of interest in things of the past - nostalgia is popular now. My grandmother was a skilled quilter who produced literally dozens of beautiful and entirely hand-made quilts, and I have a dear friend in her mid-80s who creates some of the most gorgeous works of art I've ever seen.
Yes, quilts are much admired, so it seems a real shame to cover them up with a bedspread or fold them away in a storage box. A cedar chest is more respectful of the work involved in making a quilt, but don't you suppose that the quilter expected the quilt to be seen and appreciated? Even so-called "store bought" quilts have a charm that calls for some sort of display.
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This is where quilt racks come in. Free-standing or wall-mounted, quilt racks allow you to display a prized quilt as the creative masterpiece it is. If you are fortunate enough to have more than one special quilt, you can rotate their display time. I use my quilts as bed coverings, so a quilt rack is the perfect place to drape a quilt for the night so that it doesn't end up in a pile on the floor.
If you've never considered a quilt rack nor shopped for one, you might be surprised at the range of styles available. There's the solid wood country look, of course, but you can also find sleek chrome contemporary racks or racks of brass or wrought iron. And the prices are extremely reasonable- it's not difficult to find a great quilt rack priced a good bit under $100, with free shipping on top of that!
If you want a memorable gift or a beautiful, functional accessory for a bedroom, you can't go wrong with a quilt rack. (They hold blankets, too.)