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    Design Wall

    I took a class recently and the teacher suggested we put up a queen sized batting somewhere in our houses to use as a temporary design wall since the pattern was rather complicated. I didn't think it would be much different than my normal method of laying all the pieces out on the floor or my bed, but it really makes a difference! So now I'm thinking of making a permanent design wall in the room designated to hold my long arm (when I finally choose one!). It would go on a wall that is 14' long, but there is a door on the end of that wall, so I'm thinking maybe 10-12' wide and more or less the height of the wall.

    I'd love to see pictures of your design walls. Maybe something will inspire me. DH has volunteered to build/frame out/whatever I need, but I'm decorating challenged and it's a big space so I want to get it right the first time.

    Thanks in advance. I really appreciate the help I receive here!

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    Yes, it is amazing what a difference it makes.
    There have been lots of posts on this here's some:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/search....archid=5255550
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    You don't actually have to build or frame anything. You can use a flannel sheet or flannel backed tablecloth and just staple it or tack it to the wall along the top edge. I have a Wonder Wall. It's similar to a flannel backed table cloth but it sticks better and has grommets along one edge that make it easy to hang from picture hangers.

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    PaperPrincess, I couldn't get the link to work.

    ScissorQueen, Right now I've just got a queen sized batting stapled to the wall, but it's temporary. I want something permanent and I like everything in my sewing areas to be lovely and organized so I would definitely not let it the way it is now. I suppose we all have our quirks when it comes to our sewing spaces. I need my space to be organized and pretty or I get distracted.

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    I don't have enough wall space for a design wall. I use my bed.
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    In my dream studio, I think I will copy Ricky Tims idea. I don't have my notes with me, but I think basically it was use 12" sq acoustical tiles stapled to wall, cover in Warm & Natural batting, then flannel. He tells about it on the tour of his new studio. The video is part way down the screen.

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    I took 2 of those brackets that you attach to the back of your bathroom door to hang your robe on. They are large, I got them at Walmart. I put them on the wall in my sewing room, and bought a wooden closet dowel or post and the brackets cradle it. So easy to take down or put up. I put a sleeve on an old sheet and that is my design wall, when not in use I display a quilt on it. My ceilings are 11 foot 8in. high and the wall is about 12 ft. long. Works great for me.

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    Yeah, sorry, the link expired...
    Near the top of the page, there is a link to Advanced Search.
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    Enter "Design Wall"
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    This will filter out all the misc. mentions of design walls in threads and target the search to threads specific to this topic.
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    I have an over-sized tension rod that I put between 2 windows and use a wide, long piece of flannel. I have horsehair plaster in my c1850's home and they don't like too many holes put in them.

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    I covered a piece of insulation foam board with Warm and Natural batting. It works really well for me. Mine isn't attached to the wall, as it just leans against my closet so I can move it to get into the closet. My sister did the same thing, attaching hers to the wall, though she used three sheets, side by side. She put some sort of wood edging around it. I duck taped the batting to the foam board, wrapping it onto the back and then taping it down. She used a spray glue to get hers to stick to the foam board. I don't have a picture of hers, but I do have one of mine. Let me see if I can find it.

    I cut mine down a bit, but it comes in 4 x 8 foot pieces. It has the pink panther on the back, and I got mine at Lowes. I am very happy with my design wall. Maybe it will give you some place to start...

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