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    Super Member Lv2sew2011's Avatar
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    I was thinking using the insulation panels, glad someone posted that will work, hubby suppose to clear out the extra spare room today, still waiting (LOL)..
    Once he does this, I'm ripping up carpet then painting, then off to lowes for tiles...

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    I'm rather frugal so when I decided to make a design wall I began looking around at what I have. Remembered getting our king size mattress in a heavy cardboard box so I cut the top and bottom off the side pieces, glued them together and bought what I needed in flannel and covered the whole thing stapling it on the back side. Made a wonderful design wall and it leans at a very slight angle so I very seldom have to pin. Right now I have two projects on it. Have made smaller design pannels from cardboard and I carry them around with me. Can't do without them. From cheapo in MD, happy quilting.

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    I covered foam board.
    It is light but not big enough.
    Thanks for all the great ideas.

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    Use the SEARCH at the top of the QB and you will find a lot of good information on how others have done this.

    You'll love the search function.

    ali

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    This is what I use. It's pinned to the wall (house is for sale and I'm hoping I can just paint over the pin holes) and wide enough for a 50" quilt. The table cloths come in all different sizes and work well.
    Quote Originally Posted by sewTinker
    I have a vinyl tablecloth hung backwards against the wall with the flannel side facing outward. I've been using the same one for 12 years. lol... It's a red checkerboard and the checks show through a bit which is really rather helpful and provides a faint grid. But that was serendipitous. My husband painted a narrow board (white) and screwed it (or nailed it? not sure) across the top of the tablecloth to hold it steady.

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    I pinned an old tablecloth with the flannel side out to the wall behind the door of my sewing room. Wish it was a little wider, but it serves the purpose well. I, also, covered a large piece of foamcore board with flannel and use it as a portable one or just for small projects. I can usually just press my quilt pieces to the tablecloth flannel on the wall with my hand and they stay there. If I'm hanging rows of blocks, I sometimes have to use a pin to keep them up. A design wall of any kind really helps to be able to step back and get a better idea of the whole picture.

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    I put a piece of sticky back Velcro near the ceiling of an unused wall in my family room. I sewed the other half to a piece of cream colored fleece, so my wall is 8 feet high and 5 feet wide. Easily removable and, so far, no guests have noticed the white strip at the ceoiling. The Velcro came packaged like that - one side stick on and one side sew on. The fleece is very grabby as far as holding blocks and sewn together strips. I had to pin a whole quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine
    I've never used a design wall before, but am thinking I really should. (Evidence: I jump into piecing what I'm certain will be great combinations, sew them together, then... well, not so great...)

    What do you use? I assume there are purchasable items made just for this purpose. I'm also seeking suggestions for do-it-yourself solutions.

    I also need to figure out what wall I'll possibly use, but I realize you can't help me with that!

    Here's what my hubby and I made for me!
    It cost us just under $20!

    Thanks!
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    I purchased a design wall, not the free standing type but one you can put onto nails on the wall that has grommets in it(I have a wall hanging that goes there when I'm not using the design wall). I think Connecting Threads has the Fons and Porter one on sale this week. I did have one that stuck to the wall itself, but when I left it on for quite some time, it left a residue on the wall. I wouldn't recommend that one. I do have plastic tablecloths that I take to class and can be folded after class to bring home with the design still on the tablecloth. They work well. I also took a photo album (on sale), removed the inside, and covered with felt. I can take this with me as it's small but opens up to a decent size. I saw a binder with a cover from some school at the discount store for one dollar. This could easily be made into a portable one by covering in flannel.

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    My DH made one for my studio from foam insulation boards from home depot. 2 panels will give you 48" x 72" board, which I covered with craft flannel I bought at Joann' s. I've had it now for 10 years, works great. I use the floral T pins to hold heavy quilts, & regular pins for blocks.

    It was probably about $50. To make

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