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Thread: Flannel/Felt Design Board

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    i have a design wall that's made out of homasote. it reaches all the way to the ceiling and is 12' wide. i can hang a whole quilt from it (a little bit drapes on the floor). BUT ..... everything has to be held in place by pushpins. so when i do blocks and want to see an arrangement or even bits of blocks those pins get to be a nuisance.

    i want to turn it into a .... different board, that i can slap blocks against and they stay there. i went to my lqs and tried white flannel. i let it drape over the edge of the counter and the lady pressed some fabric pieces against it. they rolled right off. same with felt.

    what are you all using? it has to hang straight up and down, not angled. i will simply cover the homasote with the ...... stuff and staple at the ends.

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    I use an old flannel sheet. Actually not even an old one, just a flannel sheet I'm not using on the bed. An entire quilt top will stick to it even after it's been stitched into one piece.

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    Flannel backed table cloth (not the kind in the dollar store - found out they don't work very well :roll: )

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    I use an old flannel sheet. Actually not even an old one, just a flannel sheet I'm not using on the bed. An entire quilt top will stick to it even after it's been stitched into one piece.
    a new one or a washed one? maybe washing and fluffing helps. you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearpaw
    Flannel backed table cloth (not the kind in the dollar store - found out they don't work very well :roll: )
    i looked at the tablecloths and i could se the vinyl right through the fluff, so didn't even try it. i felt it needed something better than what i was looking at. right?

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    I use an "old" flannel sheet stapled to a closet door. It is stright up and down, and works well for me. Don't know about unwashed. I have also heard that you can use batting, maybe the cotton like warm and natural? Good luck with what ever you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    I use an old flannel sheet. Actually not even an old one, just a flannel sheet I'm not using on the bed. An entire quilt top will stick to it even after it's been stitched into one piece.
    a new one or a washed one? maybe washing and fluffing helps. you think?

    Washed.

    Also - thinking about you stapling it to the board - mine is not taut and maybe that helps with the stick. I don't know. My friend hung a flannel sheet over her closet doors and used that and it worked perfectly. The sheet is not wrinkly, but definitely not tight as a board, either. Just kinda hanging there.


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    I have a large piece of flanne just hanging on the wall and I have had blocks there for months and they don't fall off.


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    Quote Originally Posted by humbird
    I use an "old" flannel sheet stapled to a closet door. It is stright up and down, and works well for me. Don't know about unwashed. I have also heard that you can use batting, maybe the cotton like warm and natural? Good luck with what ever you do.
    i thought of batting myself. i think it would have to work. i was thinking poly, cause that's even fuzzier. i'm afraid that dust would cling to it. vacuuming it would suck it right up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    I have a large piece of flanne just hanging on the wall and I have had blocks there for months and they don't fall off.

    why are those blocks there for months? get moving, you!

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