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    After reading this thread with all the great suggestions, I went to Target and bought a cheap flannel back tablecloth. I used pushpins to attach it to the wall. I am so pleased!!!

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    I use those flannel backed table covers from the dollar store, tacked it to my wall, fabrics stick to it great.

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    I just took a class with Pat Speth (Nickel Quilt lady). She gave the following directions for a design wall. Use the cardboard cutting mat for sewers that folds up. Using extendable curtain rods that have the bent ends, fasten a flannel backed tablecloth (with flannel side out) to the cardboard mat with 2" binder clips over the flannel and curtain rod. The rods are used at the top and bottom to hold the mat open. The size of the design wall can be full size or smaller if you are working on a wall hanging.

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    I use a big sheet of white flannel, made a curtain-like pocket on the top to put one of those small, expandable tension curtain rods through, then put it between my window frame and a wall. It works wonderfully, then I take it down and stand it up, all rolled up, in the downstairs closet. Takes up hardly any room. Here is a picture of a quilt hanging on it, so you can see how I hang it up. It's against the window frame on the left and the wall on the right.
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    I also use the flannel back table cloth..works fine for me.
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    I use the back of a flannel backed table cloth, and/or a piece of batting (warn and natural)
    I hung a dowel rod and used binder clips to attach the table cloth. My problem living a "cape" is I don't have a choice of walls.

    For a portable one I bought on sale cheap stretched canvas and stapled a piece of beige flannel I had on hand. 3 pack of canvases for less than $10.00.

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    I have put up a large piece (ceiling to floor & 90" wide) of batting and it works great. I used some large push pins across the top about every 10". It was easy and cheap.

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    I have a5'x4' art canvas and covered it with batting - screwed a large hook on top so I can hang it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolee
    I use a big sheet of white flannel, made a curtain-like pocket on the top to put one of those small, expandable tension curtain rods through, then put it between my window frame and a wall. It works wonderfully, then I take it down and stand it up, all rolled up, in the downstairs closet. Takes up hardly any room. Here is a picture of a quilt hanging on it, so you can see how I hang it up. It's against the window frame on the left and the wall on the right.
    Do you leave blocks on it when you roll it up?

    There are so many great ideas here!

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    This design wall is made on the sliding doors of the sewingroom closet. We laid the doors flat, stapled the flannel grid fabric on (fold the edge under as you work) then hot glued nylon marine rope to cover the edges.
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    For smaller things, I made one with foam core 1/2" thick. I duct taped two pieces together and covered it with flannel. I can just lay the pieces or blocks on or pin them. For larger tops, I bought extra wide flannel and made hanger sleeves on two sides (across the width and length). A 1" X 2" piece of wood slides in the sleeve to support the flannel wall. Two cup hooks get screwed into the top of the wood. This I hang in front of the closet in my sewing room from loops of string hung on metal eyes screwed into the molding corners, across the door. When I'm not using it, I can easily take it down and stand it up in the corner. If I have to get into the closet while blocks are on the design wall = then I usually pin them on, otherwise they'd fall off, when the flannel gets moved. I've even taken it off the loops, accordion pleated it onto the floor to get in the closet's bifold doors and put it back up with nothing coming off. Just needs a bit of straigtening. If I'm arranging blocks for a queen size top, I can lay the flannel piece down on the living room floor and use it flat. If I had the space, I think I'd prefer the flannel to be on a solid pinable surface, but since I don't, this works for me.

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    I hung a flannel back tablecloth I got from walmart for 5 bucks and it works great.

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    I have a clothes rod hanging over some closets doors and hung some flannel on it.

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    We do a lot of work with foamboard in miniatures so I had several large pieces. Some were 4' x 8". I didn't have much luck with flannel. Pieces kept falling off or shifting. I covered the foamboard with of fabric and used pins as thumbtacks. Worked like a charm. The pins go easily into the FB.

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    I agree space is at a premium here I use the flannel backed plastic table cloth-you can get them really cheap and put them away in a drawer!

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    I was at a quilt show just the other week and someone was selling design walls made from a very large shade backed with flannel or something like it that rolled up into a nice shelf brackit cover. down goes the wall, up goes the wall with your blocks on it when you want to put it away and all you see is a prety shelf, something like a window curtian shelf. This is the frist time I have written on this form, but been lurking for a long time. Lisa

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    I purchased a large design wall several years ago but basically it's just flannel. Mine has grommets in the top for hanging. You could buy flannel, or a flannel backed tablecloth, or even a flannel flat sheet, and add the grommets yourself. Mine is hanging in the hallway. I bought those 3M hooks that have the removable adhesive strips so if I ever want to move it somewhere else, I can remove the hooks with no damage to my wall.

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    I picked up a 4x6 piece of foam insulation board at the hardware store. Usually is pink or green. Cuts easily into whatever size you need. Cover with flannel......on both sides if you like. I lean mine against the wall and use both sides. It is light weight and pins stick straight in, making designing very easy :-D

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    If you can afford it, there is a wonderful new product being produced if you have limited space. Go to vanishing design wall website and this product retracts. Very attractive and well built.

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    I have a closet door that I take a flannel sheet, and drape it over the door, then close the door, and the flannel stays right where it is. Then it's easy to hang your quilt pieces on it! Easy to put up - easy to take down!

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    Fons and Porter sell one with a grid on the back which helps getting your blocks straight. You hang it with the 3 M hooks that come off clean if you no longer want it where you have it.A design wall is very important especially if you are new to quilting. You can stand back and look before you sew. I'm just using mine for the first time and can't believe the difference.

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    Mine is behind the door to the room I quilt in works just fine.

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    This is the one I was taliking about, did not know of the web site thanks. Very neat product, nice quility, the flannel/vinel was very thick, seem like it would last.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanya Bunch
    If you can afford it, there is a wonderful new product being produced if you have limited space. Go to vanishing design wall website and this product retracts. Very attractive and well built.

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    I use a vinyl flannel backed table cloth. Very inexpensive.

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    I bought flannel back tablecloth from Joanne's by the yard (60) wide , then tacked to the wall- works real well

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