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Thread: Design wall

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    Jan 2011
    I love this idea-I don't have any left over wall space but I have a 12x12 ft wall of shelves loaded with fabric. My quilts always wind up huge--made 4 king size quilts as gifts last year. I was planning on putting curtain rods with ring clips so that I can hang quilts awaiting quilting--I love to admire my work!!! I may do this behind the curtain rods-maybe just oilcloth--that has worked well for me in the past.-stuck to the wall with thumb tacks.

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    Senior Member MdmSew'n'Sew's Avatar
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    Nov 2011
    a small village about 65 miles north of NYC


    Quote Originally Posted by lfstamper View Post
    My friend uses a roll up shade that she glued flannel to. Rolls up under the window treatment when not in use. Good luck.
    I was thinking about using an old window shade with flannel (even considering making it white on one side, black on the other), still haven' figured out how to suspend it from the ceiling in the basement yet. It will have to go in front of my bookcases, and roll up when not in use. No wall space to speak of, and just a small 'egress' window. But now I know it's doable, just have to work out the particulars. Thank you for the info.
    He who cuts his own wood is warmed twice, but she who makes her own quilt is warmed forever - SLR 11/7/2011

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    Senior Member sewnbug's Avatar
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    Mid MIchigan
    I love this idea too. I don't have any closets, but the idea could be applied any are where you don't want a permanent design wall.

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    Timmins, Ont. Canada

    My design Wall

    I have a closet in my cutting room that has double mirrored doors with metal frames I found 2 magnetic hooks (for hanging Christmas wreaths on metal doors) and used them on the top of the door frame, hung a curtain rod & hung some white fleece on the curtain rod & voila, there was my design wall. I leave the hooks on the frame & when I want, I remove the fleece, fold it & tuck it in the closet. All for about $10.00 as I already had the white fleece. I had found a retractable design wall, but by the time I paid for that, paid shipping it was going to cost about $200.00 to bring it to Canada. This was a much more reasonable alternative. Hope this helps.
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    Ontario, Canada
    For those that have the ability .... cover your closet doors! A double set would give you a lot of design wall space. Plus if they are installed far enough apart, you'll still be able to slide the doors with your pieces on them.

    I don't think it's been mentioned ... there is a flannel yard good product with a 2" grid on it that is terrific for design walls/boards. Helps you get things on square and straight.
    Sew many ideas ... just sew little time!!

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    Phoenix, Az
    I bought a Tri-fold Foam Display Board at Target for about $10.00,which measures 36X48". The center of it is 24" and the 2 sides that fold out like a side by side fridge, are 12" each. Because of the way the sides close up to 24", it fits perfect in 1 of the spaces that we tend to forget, behind our doors. And again because of the way the sides fold out, I can use different colors of felt, to get a better idea of how my work will look with different color backgrounds. The center larger piece I left white. Once done, I just fold the 2 sides in & close the door, or in this case open my door & it stays in place and out of the way. And I am utilizing wallspace that I would normally not use, nor using up space on another wall that I could use for something else, like thread holders,etc.
    Sew much fabric....sew little time.

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    Junior Member traveler53's Avatar
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    I have metal double closet doors. I bought flannel and sewed two pieced together and added the magnetic strip (comes in a roll and sticky on one side) to the back. When I need a design wall I put it on the closet doors. When not using it, I fold it up and store it in the closet on a skirt hangar.

    So Much Fabric, So Little Time

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    decatur il
    i have plywood mind is quite large but you can makei it anysize you want i put batting and a fleese matiral over that and my son made this for me and he put two leggs on the back of the board and it leans up against the wall works great i just do my patterns then put them on the board so i know what the quilt is going to look like so
    marilyn durbin

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    Senior Member AnnaF's Avatar
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    Hermon ME
    My husband put 2 - 4'x8' sheets of pink foam insulation horizontally on the wall. I covered it with a queen batting and and a wide backing of flannel, works great and low cost.
    Anne Freeman
    Hermon ME

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    Member shirleysonshine's Avatar
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    Beaufort, S.C.
    I have a storage cabinet with no doors, full of books and supplies. I hung a regular flat curtain rod to hide the mess. Then I put one of those real thin inexpensive fleece blankets on round clip curtain hooks. I can slide the "curtain" open to get to supplies and while it is closed I can attach my blocks with pins like a design wall. I have been using mine for about 2 years now. Just take it down when I think it needs a good washing and rehang. Provides a curtain that I needed and fulfills the second purpose for auditioning.
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