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Lighted Quilt Hanger

By Randy Johnson

Decorative quilts
make great wall
displays, and this quilt
valance gives you an
easy way to show off a
quilt—with light, no less.
The top of the valance
doubles as a small shelf for
displaying plates or other
collectibles. The design can
easily adapt to any quilt size.


Cut and Assemble the Parts

Start by calculating the size of
the parts you need for your quilt
according to the Cutting List (see below). You can machine your
material to final width and thickness
at this time, but don’t cut the pieces
to final length yet.

Next rout the profile on the edge
and cut the groove on the back of
the board you plan to use for the
valance pieces (A and B, Fig. A, below; Photo 1, right). Then miter them to
final length and cut biscuit slots in
the ends (Photo 2). Do a test assembly
of the three valance parts and
double-check the length for the
light board (C).

It’s important that the light board
not be too long or too short,
because it would cause the valance
ends to flare in or out and prevent
the miter joints from closing properly.


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