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Thread: Design Wall made easy

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    Senior Member skavanau's Avatar
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    I just went to a quilting craft fair here in Phoenix. They had a Design Wall for $150.00. I said "self" cant afford that but what I did do was, buy a painting canvas from Michaels 24x36 , then went and bought 1 yard of white fannel. I stapled it to the canvas on the back and it is now sitting next to my machine on an easel, its great and I paid $13.00 for everything with Michaels and Joanns coupons..
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    Great idea - portable, too.

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    Yes and if you want a small one or hugh you can do either one under $20.00 bucks. I love this..

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    Awesome and creative idea :D:D:D

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    Great idea!

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    I love the fact that it is portable!

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    I know and you can make any size, or (2) if need be...

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    What a great money saving idea.

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    I know thats why I tried to come up with an idea. I couldnt afford the $150.00 one... The thing to is, its lite so you can hang it on a wall or hang (2) on the wall, or just use a easel or like I do prop it againts the wall on a small tall. It works great.

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    Great idea! :)

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    Awesome idea!! I need one of those!

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    I like to use a flannel backed plastic tablecloth. You can buy them at the dollar store. The blocks cling to the flannel and there you go!

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    Never thought of those, but what an idea. Excellent. Plus you could hang them on the wall also..

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    The dollar store tablecloths are thin. I like the heavyer ones for about 5 dollars. I hang mine on a curtain rod that I pin the table cloth to.

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    Very Nice. See we can always think of alternative measures to save money to buy more material to quilt.

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    Clever idea! A design wall changes how you look at your quilts from the very start. I love mine!

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    I just started using one and I think they show what its going to look like before you sew, that way you can make changes if you want.

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    I have stapled them to the wall:)

    Quote Originally Posted by skavanau
    Never thought of those, but what an idea. Excellent. Plus you could hang them on the wall also..

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    great idea

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    It sounds good for a small one. I wanted a large one so
    I took 2 half-inch dowel rods that were laying around in
    the garage and had about a 2 yard piece of wool that I had
    laying around in my material cloest and I wrapped it over the rods for the top and push pinned it to the wall and I can now stick pieces on it see how they look or I can pin blocks of a quilt to it as I finish them to see how they look. Since I have 2 quilts started I made another one and used some old muslin that I had.

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    Great idea!!!! But my sewing room is not very large and I did have an empty wall so I stapled a bouble bed size batting to a 2" wide long piece of "strapping" and hung it up with picture hooks.
    Works beautifully and I can have several small projects up at the same time.

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    I have a large one on the wall in my sewing room and it cost 18.00. I need a small one for my classes so thanks for the information.

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    Well I guess I have the cheapest design wall. I use a flannel backed tableloth that is probably over 20 years old and since my sewing room is (finished) in the basement I have one of those ceilings that is on grids. So I hung 2 of those plant hangers for suspended ceilings up, then got an old drapery rod hanging around for over 10 years and drape my table cloth over that. It may not be one of those fancy ones, but it sure works for me - and I'd rather spend $$$ on fabric (hee hee)
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    Congrats----you are a penny pinching genius.
    Good for you!!!!!
    Happy quilting, Mona :

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    If it works then work it.

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