Thank you for your interest in displaying the Child Abuse Quilts.

This sheet contains information about what you need to have and do in order to bring these quilts to your event or quilt show. Many of the instructions below are given in order to protect the quilts from damage. The quilts are on loan from the makers for a two year period, and while they are meant to travel and be displayed, it is important that every precaution be taken so they will be returned to their makers in the condition they were originally received.

If you are a quilt show organizer, some of this information will be second nature. This is being written for both quilt shows and non- quilting venues and so complete information is provided. Please read it thoroughly to understand what is needed.

Please contact us regarding any questions you may have. Thanks!

What You'll Be Borrowing

The quilts:

Informational Material:

  • A statement card which gives the maker's name, city and state, quilt title and maker's statement about the quilt.
  • "Please Don't Touch The Quilts" signs
  • A list of all the quilt makers, city and state, and title of their piece.
  • Flyers about how others may arrange to borrow the quilts.
  • You May:

    What Do You Have To Provide and Do?

    Each group borrowing the quilts is asked to:

    This means several things.
    First, that the quilts will not be left unattended in an unlocked or public area. If the display is to be left up, it must be in an area that is not open to people while you are not there.
    It also means that there should be someone with the quilts while they are on display, both to help people find the information they are looking for and to keep the viewers from handling the quilts.
    Take care during unpacking, mounting the display and repacking, to have clean hands handling the quilts and keep them clean, not in contact with floors etc.
    Please use appropriate display materials. The quilts are meant to be displayed by using the sleeves on the back, and by putting stiff hanging bars through the sleeves. DO NOT USE: clothes pins to clip the quilts to a line or wire; safety pins or straight pins through the front of the quilt to attach the quilt to a cloth background; or thumbtacks or pins to attach the quilt to a bulletin board or other firm surface.
    The quilts should not be hung outside or in bright direct light.
    Please use the statement cards to provide information about the quilts. They have a hole at the top which can be used to thumbtack the card to a wooden surface or to string a cord or wire through to hang it nearby. Please do not hang these cards from the quilts.
    Please display the "Please Don't Touch The Quilts" signs prominently and actively discourage people from touching the quilts. People WANT to touch them! It doesn't seem like a problem if one person touches them, but one or five touches at each showing adds up to a lot of handling over two years.
    Please return the quilts in the condition you received them and packed as they arrived. Also return the statement cards and "Please Don't Touch The Quilts" signs so that others may use them.
    DO NOT put the word "quilts" on the outside of the package when returning the quilts.


    How to display the quilts:

    On the back of each quilt there is a tube of fabric, called a "sleeve." This is the main way to hang these quilts for display.

    Quilt Show Racks

    These are used by quilt guilds and shows to display quilts during quilt shows. Wood, plastic or metal, they have bases, uprights, and cross bars. The cross bars are slid through the sleeves for display. Often several small quilts are displayed on each unit.
    One place to find quilt guilds in your area is in the phone book! Look for quilt shops - they often know where the quilters are who might help you. Another source of information is on the World Wide Web. One of the main quilt info pages has info organized by region and state.

    Other ways to display:

    Conference curtain stands
    Photo background stands
    Use dowels or small pieces of wood and suspend from either end.
    Velcro - There is a strip of velcro on most of the quilts. If you have the hook side of velcro mounted to a wall, you will be able to use this method.
    If it is necessary to pin these quilts to a background fabric, pin through the sleeve and do not pin from the front or through the front of the quilts.
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    Sample Contract which we use