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    design wall

    I'm in the process of making a 84" x 96" design wall for one side of my quilting room. I'm making the board out of 3/4"foam board covered with craft felt. I don't want to make holes in the felt when I screw the board to the wall so I decided that I'd like to attach it to the top of my wall with picture hangers or a close to the wall rod or something. Any suggestions? I'm using the washable felt so that when it gets dusty I can take it off and throw it in the washer/dryer.

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    I bought two yards of 70" wide felt, stapled, regular staple, not a staple gun, it at the top to the wall, and that's all. It works great. As I progress in putting the quilt together I have to pin it to the felt at yhe top as I add more.

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    I use a pole suspended by two wreath hangers which are hanging over the double closet doors in my room. I've sewn a pocket in a large piece of flannel to insert the pole through. I can take it down whenever I want or put it up in a matter of seconds.

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    You are screwing the boards to the wall and then attaching the felt to the board? Would strips of sticky Velcro on the board and sew on Velcro on the felt work? Can you wash felt? You might want to go ahead and attach the felt permanently and vacuum it when it gets dusty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    You are screwing the boards to the wall and then attaching the felt to the board? Would strips of sticky Velcro on the board and sew on Velcro on the felt work? Can you wash felt? You might want to go ahead and attach the felt permanently and vacuum it when it gets dusty.
    The packages of craft felt I bought are 72" wide and on the back it says washable and no-heat dryable. But the more I think about it I really haven't heard of any felt that would stand up to even a gentle cycle washing. I will permanently attach it. I do want to hang the board in such a way that if I wanted to move it to another room,I could do it without messing it up. The wreath hangers and rod is a great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alleyoop1 View Post
    I use a pole suspended by two wreath hangers which are hanging over the double closet doors in my room. I've sewn a pocket in a large piece of flannel to insert the pole through. I can take it down whenever I want or put it up in a matter of seconds.
    That's a great idea, too. Easier to remove if you're using your space as a guest room.

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    Have fun with your new wall.

    I used batting for mine and then a friend helped me mark it with ribbons in 12" squares crosshatching. that was a big help.

    I have mine folded using duct tape as a hinge and then fold it out when needed. Am still thinking of how to stabilize it against the wall as I want to be able to move it to open it.

    The same quilting buddy did screw hers against her wall. She used anchors so the screws didn't grab the batting and twist it out of shape/place. It looks really neat.
    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
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    Are you set on using the felt? My wall is cream colored fleece and is very clingy. It will hold almost without pins unless a certain Border Collie passes too close swinging her tail.

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    I used T-pins to pin my flannel to the foam boards. Just fold over the edge of the board and pin in place. They are easy to remove so the mat. can be washed, and then put back into place. The foam is screwe to the wall first, then the material is pinned on.

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    I attached the foam board to the wall First, then covered over it all with the felt.
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    If you really are using craft felt it cannot be washed, you may want to use flannel instead. As for hanging it to the wall try using the Command Strips. It may take 4 or 5 to hold it but your wall won't get messed up. As for the hangers on the foam core you can fashion them from just about anything (example large metal paper clips).
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Are you set on using the felt? My wall is cream colored fleece and is very clingy. It will hold almost without pins unless a certain Border Collie passes too close swinging her tail.
    My wall is foam board nailed to the entire wall. A cheap flannel backed table cloth sprayed with Removable tacky glue and put on the wall been up there two years no problems. If it gets too bad I can replace it easily. If it ever comes off the wall the 8 or 10 nail holes shouldn't be too hard to repair.

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    I used Command Strip hooks at 2' intervals high on the wall (I am 6' tall, so high is fine for me) and then used banker clips (those black ones with silver wire handles) on each hook. I can hang a small quilt top or the flannel and it holds plenty of weight, doesn't mar the fabric, portable and can be left up or put away as needed.

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    Make a pillow case & insert the foam board...attach loops or a rod pocket to the top & hang from a curtain rod.

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