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Thread: Batting or fleece or flannel for design board?

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    Batting or fleece or flannel for design board?

    I'm about to put up a design wall in my new sewing room and would like to know: which of these works better for quilt blocks to stick to on design walls?

    Cotton batting?
    Fleece?
    Flannel?

    Inquiring minds would like to know . . . .

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    I've tried fleece and flannel and I much prefer the flannel. Got a good quality heavy flannel flat sheet at a resale shop. Works great. For me, the patches 'stuck' much better to the flannel.
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    I used cotton batting on my design wall. Actually just started to use one and I don't know how I managed without it! So far the batting works great. Congratulations on your new sewing room!
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    I prefer flannel especially if it is washed. I like having the 1" insulation under so I can also use pins. Whatever you use, you will absolutely LOVE IT and won't know how you quilted without it!!
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    I used cotton batting 13 years ago and it still works fine.
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    One advantage of using flannel over batting is you can clean off the threads with a clothes brush.

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    I used felt. I'd say use whatever is the cheapest and works.
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    I tried several different things on a small scale before committing to my large design wall.

    I went with black fleece!

    Several years later ... I have no regrets.
    Wait, there is one ... that it was not larger!!
    However, at 7-1/2ftx10ft (full size of wall), I shall not complain!!!
    And now I wonder how I ever managed without it.

    So ... whatever you decide go with the largest size you can!
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    Flannel - its easy to use, cheap, and you can take it down and wash it whenever you want and not worry about what condition it's in after. I agree with QuiltE - make it as large as possible. Mine is about 7 1/2 ft tall and 8 ft long and I LOVE it. I used an off white flannel as I didn't want it to affect what I put on the wall, and its light color is good for my room....plus being in the Pacific Northwest (rainy, long winters), I don't need something dark there.

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    I have batting on mine, but mostly because I bought 2 bags of a new batting and after opening one of them, I hated it so much I would never use it in a quilt, so it went on my design wall by default.

    That's a good point Tartan made about threads on the batting. I've got all colors all over mine. It drives me crazy and I have to pick them off.

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    I have felt, held it up with 3 magnet bars from Hobby Lobby (costs $15.00) put up the felt and a piece of magnetized metal and it hold up great. Cheap too
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    Flannel is my favorite. I've used cotton batting but it gets very tired looking fast. I used flannel backing over Styrofoam/insulation board for the design wall. One design wall is not always enough so I made a folding room screen divider out of the same type of board. Then I used an old queen size flannel flat sheet. Perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilla View Post
    ......... That's a good point Tartan made about threads on the batting. I've got all colors all over mine. It drives me crazy and I have to pick them off.

    The fleece cleans up easily with a lint brush or roller.

    I chose black, for two reasons.
    I'd seen too many "white" design walls in LQS' that were outright grubby looking, along with all the threads, etc on them. Threads come off. Grub does not.
    Plus ... an interior designer told me one time that black lets you "see" the true colours of a fabric easier than any other colour.
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    I used flannel, but any of the ones you mentioned would be just fine.

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    I have batting but it does have thread everywhere and I am too lazy to pick it out. I like the idea of flannel so that a tape roller would get all those fuzzies.

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    I used head liner fabric on mine - it was on sale so was cheaper than any other option and it works great!

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    Wow - all these neat ideas!

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