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Thread: Ceiling tile or foam insulation design wall - anyone have one?

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    Question Ceiling tile or foam insulation design wall - anyone have one?

    A few days ago I came upon this video on spray basting... I'm sure it was thanks to this forum
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwV8tUkhxUM&feature=related

    But it got me thinking about spray basting which I do plan to do from now on since I no longer have my Bailey midarm machine & frame but that's another story in itself...

    I currently have a piece of felt thumb tacked to the wall. It is too small for its own good. It's big enough for a small baby quilt or art quilt but that's about it. If you are making a lap quilt or bigger, it is worthless and I go to putting the pieces on the floor instead.

    I want to be able to wall spray baste and use it as a design wall even though hubby has said that he thinks spray basting in the room would just leave glue particles floating around the room and maybe I can spray baste in the garage instead... I'm not sure if I should put up two walls - ceiling tiles or foam insulation in the garage and my craft room design wall or just do the design wall and not worry about glue particles and fumes floating about.

    I know from experience that I probably need something that can have pins put in to it - unlike my piece of felt thumb tacked to the wall - because if a block or section of a quilt is too heavy it just falls off so pinning in place would be a nice thing.

    My question is does anyone use styrofoam insulation boards or ceiling tiles as your design wall? If you are using the ceiling tiles do you cover them with flannel or something else? I have a rather large wall that I can use so I'm hoping to be able to get enough of a design wall for a queen sized quilt to be displayed on the wall. That would be really helpful for me

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    I bought a large piece of white foam insulation from Home Depot and cut it into 4 pieces which measure 14.5" x 48" and are propped up against my dining room wall. I pin directly into it with no flannel. Because there are four pieces, it's easy to store them in a closet. I don't use the wall for spray basting for the reason your husband suggests, and prefer to lay down a large sheet of plastic in my living room (no garage available) and spray on that because then the spray is directed downwards and not at breathing level.
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    I bought several smaller foam boards at Walmart and nailed them together on the wall until I had the size design wall that I wanted. Then I added a queen size flannel sheet tacked to the board. I love it. It has made things so much more enjoyable and easier. Don't know about spray basting.

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    I bought a 4' X 8' piece of green (water proof) foam insulation at Lowes so I could block my quilts. When not being used as a blocking board it stands in a corner and I have been using it as a design board. I didn't cover it and just stick pins into the board to hold my blocks. Works well for me.
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    A person I know used the ceiling tiles. She was concerned because she also likes to steam her quilts while on the wall so that they lay flat. She talked to a fireman and he said the tiles are fire retardent so it seams she made a good choice for her design wall.
    Judy

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    My husband and I were talking about it this morning. He's really against me spray basting in my craft room and I think that having the ceiling tiles permanently attached to the garage wall would make them dusty and dirty. I think that I might just spray baste on top of a tarp. I've got a rather large, still in package tarp that I could use solely for spray basting. I love the idea of putting newspaper around the edges of the quilt to catch any over spray. I think I'll try that for awhile and work on a design wall for the craft room.

    I am not a big fan of pins for putting up stuff on the design wall so no matter what I get for it, it'll have to be covered in something if fabric doesn't stick to it. I'm going to bring a quilt square with me to try out different surfaces at Lowes today. I have to go over there today anyway so I might as well take care of two projects at once

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    I have 2" think foam insulation boards that I bought at Home Depot, was able to talk the guys into cutting it in half for me so I ended up with 4 pieces that are each 2 feet wide. I then used Super 77 spray glue and covered each piece with white flannel.....When I am piecing my quilt the individual blocks stick to the flannel, when I start to sew strips I use pins. Because each piece is 2 foot wide I can put up exactly how many I need for the width of the quilt I am making.....I have not used mine for spray basting....but don't see why it wouldn't work, perhaps hang a sheet of it and on the floor. I have always done by spray basting on my dinning room table with a sheet....and have not really 'noticed spray all over the room'.....
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    There was a thread here before about spray basting. Several people said the spray got all over the place and recomended to use it outside. I have never used it myself. I would love to have a design wall made from foam insulation where I could put pins in if needed. My friend has one and loves it. I use a flanel backed plastic table cloth from the $ store.

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    I have two 4 x 8 insulation foam boards covered in felt stapled to my sewing room wall. The staples leave tiny holes so no damage to the wall that paint can't fix. It covers most of the wall so all the over spray if any will go on the design wall. DH installed a vent fan in my sewing room ceiling (its easy to install one) so that solved the ventilation problem.
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    I used 1 1/2 sheets of foam insulation. My wall is 6' w x 8' h and two feet folds so it fits into a corner or free stands. I have used this method for about five years because it was so hard for me to get down on the floor to sandwich quilts. I have used spray baste exclusively all this time. No cover on the insulation so I can spray baste standing up. I just open the doors and windows when I spray and I don't spray all the way to the edge so I don't get the overspray. I don't have any problems with this method. Wouldn't do it any other way.

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