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    Design wall question

    Until now I've been using my floor but I realize I need to use a design wall. I have a very nice wall in my sewing room that can be transformed into a design wall. I was planning on buying the fons and porter one and hanging it up out of ease but I don't know if this is the best choice or if it makes sense to just buy flannel and hang it up.

    If I go the flannel route do I need anything under it if I attach it to the wall?

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    Yael

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    I use an old vinal table cloth with the flannel type linning. Works great.

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    Just finished one last weekend. I got tired of using the small cardboard design walls I had that were secured by mirror brackets on my fabric cabinets. Was a pain to move them when I needed to get something out. I didn't have any flannel or fleece large enough to hang, which is all I wanted to do, so DH came up with a plan to get what I wanted for @ $30.
    My issue was how to keep it on the wall, just as you are wanting to do. So, this is what we did for anyone who may be interested:
    We bought a 1" 4x8 sheet of foam insulation for $11. Bought 2 1/2 yds of white fleece at 50% off at Hancock Fabrics for $15. We drew a line at 60" and took my 5' metal ruler and laid it next to the line. Took a hacksaw blade and cut on the line. That left a piece to cut into 2 pieces-in half on the 48" side. One piece was 30 x 24, the other 38 x 24-which we cut 8" off. Lined it all up on the wall, put one screw with a 1" plastic washer to the very top of the big piece-in a wall stud. Then lined up the other 2 pieces. These 2 pieces had a straight manufacture edge that were butted up against the bottom of the 48x60 piece. Added double sided tape behind the insulation, and put more long screws around the outer edges of the sheet. Total size is 58 wide x 72 long. The fleece is 60" wide, so I was able to fold an inch over the sides and secure with T pins.
    This is something that will last a very long time, I can use pins on it, and it can be taken down if needed. No way it is going to fall down. Right now it is on a wall behind my ironing board. I just move that when I need to use the whole wall, but until I have a lot to put on it, I can easily use it without moving it.

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    I bought a flannel backed tablecloth at Wal-Mart about 5 years ago, and it's still going strong! I don't remember what I paid for it, not much though. I have it attached to the wall with straight pins, it's never fallen.

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    I use the Fons & Porter one and it works great for me.

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    I also use the Fons & porter one and it has grommets for hanging and I used these 3m sticky back hooks on the wall and it is real good. It has been up there for couple yrs.
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    I use the Fons and Porter one and it works great for me, too. I hung it with Command Hooks. The only problem is that it is rather small, but that is the only wall in my sewing room that I could put it on the other walls have cabinets on them. It does the job and when I need a bigger space I use a double bed. Any port in a storm is my motto. lol Oh, I forgot, I got mine with a coupon at JoAnn's.
    Sue

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    I haven't done this yet, but my idea is to use flannel and attach it to the wall using Command Holders. I use them for my rulers and they work great.

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    My husband made mine out of 2 pieces plywood, I covered it with flannel and he put a nice frame on it. It is pretty big and I love it.

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    I have 48"x48" pink insulation board covered cotton batting which is secured to the back of the board with a duct tape. Works like a charm.

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    I bought a Block Butler design board 2 years ago and it has been up on my wall since then. It is absolutely great. It has a slightly sticky surface which holds my blocks beautifully. I couldn't get along without it anymore!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    I have 48"x48" pink insulation board covered cotton batting which is secured to the back of the board with a duct tape. Works like a charm.
    I have the same thing, only mine is 48" x 72". It just leans against my closet and I move it whenever I need in the closet. I love it. I am not sure how I ever quilted without it!

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    I also used foam insulation board covered with warm and white batting. My husband put a nail in the wall and pushed the foam into the nail to hang it. So far so good.

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    I currently am using the super cheapie flannel backed tablecloth. Would like to upgrade to the foam insulation board as the tablecloth does not hang very evenly.

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    In our previous house, the ceilings were at 9' height. We bought the tickest 4'x8' sheets of insulation board and covered them with warm and white (spray glue lightly to the plastic sheeting). Attaching them to plaster walls was difficult and overkill-so I won't cover that.

    Our current house has 8' ceilings and there's carpet on the floor. The boards have been in place 4 years & I have a lot on them. They're not attached to the wall. The foot is placed on the carpet against the base board. Then they were arched to get the top in place (once in place they're flat) next to the wall. Push pins, that's right, just 1/2" push pins in the ceiling (I think there's 4/4' board) keep them in place. There's also one that is a single board on a 4' wall. It bowed out in the middle so it's held in place with a piece of selvage pinned (again with push pins) on each side of the board. At first I thought they'd fall, in 4 years they haven't, I use them all the time. They are so light weight, it's not likely they'd hurt anything even if they do fall.

    Blocks stick very well, unless the fans are going, then they're pinned. Once there's about 3 block length, they don't always stay in place. With the insulation board, its easy to pin them.

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    i have one my husband made with two sheets of insulation. it is 72 x 72 which i covered with fannel.

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    We just hung batting up - I like it better than the flannel, just make sure to get 100% cotton if you can or Warm & Natural 80/20 - the hobbs doesn't work as well for this. We just thumbtacked it up, not planning on moving so no biggie. If you are concerned about holes it might leave I am sure you could use command hooks and just cut a slit in the batting to have it hang from.

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    I covered two 8 x 4 foam insulation boards with felt and stapled them to my wall. The foam staples great and doesn't leave a noticeable hole to repair. I cut another big foam board into several sizes and use those for bulletin boards and to arrange single blocks. It's amazing how fast a board will fill up with random stuff. My DD put a 8 x 4 covered foam board in my DGD's room. It holds everything from purses to jewelry with pretty push pins.
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    I have used a king size, flat bed sheet for the past 4 years. Works beautifully. Oops, photo turned sideways.
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    I bought two yards of 70" wide felt. I stapled it to my wall with just a regular stapler and it works great!

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    My "wall" is a flannel backed table cloth suspended from the closet doors.

    The downside is that it must be removed nightly as my husbands clothes are behind the doors, but I have a large cardboard tube so I can roll it up until I'm ready to work again. {Note to self - roll more carefully next quilt so that I don't have to repress all the blocks again.}

    Once the quilt is pieced together, I can then hang it from the hangars without the table cloth for things like auditioning borders or photographing it. I've also used the closet doors to support a quilt that I basted with water soluble thread to "unbaste" it with a spray bottle as I had too many crimps and creases in the back after the initial basting.

    I wish I had room for a more permanent/durable wall, but recently inherited quite a few oil paintings, one of which will take up the wall I had originally designated as a design wall. But that wall would have been much harder to work on as I needed to place a table and shelving along it anyway.

    I'm quite happy with this set up. Much more so than when I laid the table cloth on our bed (risk of Corgis settling on it). Floor was never an option due to lack of open space and Corgi wrestling matches.

    Cheers, K
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    I currently am using the super cheapie flannel backed tablecloth. Would like to upgrade to the foam insulation board as the tablecloth does not hang very evenly.
    I have a super cheapie table cloth and now a heavier duty table cloth. Definitely prefer the heavier duty one. My cheapie is crumpled due to folding storage. Steam might help it (if I had a steamer), but there is a melted spot from where the iron accidentally hit it, so I can't just press it flat again...

    Cheers, K

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    Mine is 7 feet wide and 7 feet tall - used two pieces of flannel that I stitched together. Made a pocket in the top and the bottom and put a 7 foot of 1"x2" board in each pocket. DH attached 3 - 88 cent nickel robe hooks (curved) that we'd found at Lowes at the top to set the board on. I made an opening in the center of the flannel at the top (for the hook). Works wonderfully well, and all total we spent maybe $7 for everything (had the flannel for years). Holds it nice and firm and I just lift it out of the hooks at the top if I need to move it. Love my design wall!

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    The insulation board works great. I don't have mine attached to the way so I can move it around if I need to because it usually stands in front of a floor to ceiling cabinet I have supplies in.

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    Ladies, when you say fleece, do you mean something like the polyester "blizzard" fleece they have at Joanns? I believe it's 60" wide. Hadn't thought about using that...the fabric will stick to it OK?

    I'm in an apartment and am thinking of making something like Debbe's with a pocket at top and bottom for weight and stability which I could hang from my fabric shelves. I could also wash it and not have it shrink up. I don't have much wall space/floor space either, and instead of corgi's, I have min-pins. :-)

    I've been off this week for spring break and should have assembled my Bonnie Hunter Easy Street, but it's pretty big and I just didn't want to deal with it. This may be the motivation I need to get it together.
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