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Thread: Cheryl Anns Design Wall

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    Cheryl Anns Design Wall

    I saw a posting on Craigs List for a 54" x 54" Cheryl Anns Design Wall. I have seen where quilters use a design wall to layer their backing, batting and quilt top with 505 quilters spray instead of pinning. I like this idea because it appears to eliminate wrinkles and not having to use pins on the quilt.

    My question is, what size design wall works the best? They are asking $50 but I am not sure if it is large enough.

    What are your thoughts?

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    I use my design wall to preview the layout of my quilt. My design wall is covered with a layer of batting, covered by flannel and is permanently attached to a wall in my studio. The quilt blocks "stick" to the wall without the use of pins. I do NOT use my design wall to layer my backing and batting. The size of the design wall should "match" the size of the quilts you typically make. I tend to make queen size quilts, so 54" X 54" is too small for me but it might work just fine for you. Good luck!

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    Super Member Krisb's Avatar
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    I would not use a design wall to spray baste because of the overspray--unless the design wall was in the garage. And 54" means you would have trouble putting up blocks for a bed size quilt, but it would work for most wall hangings, so it might work for you.
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    I only use my design wall for the pattern layouts. The spray I can't use up there it would ruin my board since its not washable

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    Pass it up. You can make your own design wall - and much bigger and cheaper. Search on this site for design wall and you will get good directions on making your own.

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    Just checked the site http://www.cherylannsdesignwall.com/ & it's kind of pricey to be using for basting, as mentioned by others for the over-spray.

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    Senior Member Drue's Avatar
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    I just purchased a 4'x8' sheet of that pink colored, sealed foam insulation board from Home Depot, covered it with fleece or flannel. It's light weight, you can attach it the wall, mine is not. My blocks stick to it very well, without pins. I can layout my blocks as I finish them to decide what order I want the in before stitching them together. I can "stick" the entire top up there and it sticks very well.
    Our guild has about 4 of these and when we gather sometimes for a day of stitching or a class somewhere, like a church or gym or the senior citizen center, we have boards that are light weight and portable.

    Probably cost me about $30.00 with the board and the fleece. I attached the fleece with my "handy-dandy" stapler with 1/4 staples, then took clear packing tape and went all around the edges of the fabric to cover the staples.

    Good luck.
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    I bought an inexpensive flannel backed tablecloth, grommets and command hooks. It cost me less than $20. I can take it down if I want to & the hooks are high enough that they're not in the way of anything. I only use it for slating out blocks & it works very well. :-)

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    I just use a flannel backed tablecloth. It has been on the wall several years with no problem. I do not use spray basting in the house.
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    Senior Member echoemb's Avatar
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    I have the medium sized design wall from this gal. I have used it once. Setting it up is a pain in the tushy. Looking back now it was very expensive but at the time I wanted one, had the money and didn't have any place to set up any other kind of design wall. I now have a whole wall dedicated to my design wall and have a $5.00 vinyl tablecloth on it. Works just as good as the $100 model. I suppose if you don't have any other option this would be a good solution.

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