Well I managed to get “Ode to a Kiss” on its way to the Whistler House Museum of Art just under the wire. Once again I had to pay for rush shipping, but it should be there tomorrow (the deadline for deliveries is July 15).
Since I finished this quilt in 2008 it’s hard to believe I couldn’t get it to Lowell much earlier!
In my defense, it did take a long time to figure out how to ship a wooden dowel along with it – the quilt is 46” wide and a hanging dowel needed to be 44” long. Kind of an awkward box to mail. Mailing tubes were just a little too narrow. The quilt is like 5 feet long so I couldn’t roll it tight enough to fit the tube. By July 12th I was starting to panic.
But then my engineer husband came up with a brilliant plan! We used wooden dowel extenders (see photo, left). We used 3 extension handles; sawed off the end to get the correct length & smoothed it out with sandpaper. Then we just added eye screws to the 2 ends. When they are all assembled, it makes a perfect wooden dowel rod all the way across and meets the Whistler’s requirements for hanging. Yea!
Then I unscrewed them so the pieces fit into a 6 x 12 x 18 box. I think it’s a great solution – hopefully it won’t cause any issues for the hangers at the Whistler.