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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    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.
    I do the same as this except I use a flannel tablecloth.

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    We riped up the sprinkler system in my back yard and the PVC was lying there so I got an idea to clean up enough for a 6x6 ft. frame to put flanel of it for a designer wall. I will tell you how it turns out when we get around and make it.

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    I'm so grateful you asked and so grateful for the wonderful ideas posted. Thanks!

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    I use a flannel-backed plastic table cloth from Family Dollar...Works great!

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    Welcome, Lisa. Most of us started that way lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by wiffie
    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 bought a "superboard" from Joanns (about $14.00). It is made out of cardboard, plain on one side and has measurement stuff on the front side. Use the plain side, hang on the wall with velcro and then use either batting or a flannel back of a vinyl tablecloth to do design on. You can then use straight pins to put up your design. You can take it down when not in use if you want to because of the velcro. Works for me and cheap.

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    This is what I came up with...not all my ideas . I do not have a blank wall large enough to be only used as a design wall nor do I want it left up all the time so....I used the hooks made by 3M that are removeable without leaving any marks , some binder clips and the back of a vinyl tablecloth and placed it on the outside of my sliding closet door. I can put it up quickly and take it down as I want. I leave the 3M hooks up but remove all the rest. Pieces stick to the back of the tablecloth just fine. In fact I have had pieces up now for over 2 weeks and nothing has fallen off. Probably the least expensive method around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyg19
    I think a large plastic tablecloth with flannel back will be less expensive. Some can even be found in a discount store.
    I use this for mine also. I have a blank wall in the back hall across from where my washer and dryer are. The rolling laundry bin sits there so I can easily move it when I want to use more space. I have a painting hanging on the wall, I just work over it or take it down if it's a problem.
    DH placed 4 screws up by the ceiling so that I can hang the kind of hangers with clips on them. I have 3 of the tablecloths from the thrift store for 50 cents each. With 2 clips on each hanger, they hold the tablecloths securely. The flannel backing holds squares and even fairly large sections well but a whole top I simply clip into the hangers at the top also.
    If I am doing a small project, I can only hang one tablecloth, but can do up to a king easily and have about 7.5' to work with from floor to ceiling.

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    just one in use easily holding up 3 large sections of a quilt, no pins needed
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    Thanks for the info on were to look for the vanishing design wall. My sister n law told me about this but she forgot were she saw it. I like the idea that it can be put up and only have to bring down when needed. Floor space here is limited.

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    Here's a nifty suggestion from a quilting friend. If you know of someone who works the voting polls, you can ask them to give you one of their "booths". The cardboard booths are thrown away after use. (Can you believe it?) Laid out flat, they are large enough to be used as a design wall. Cover it with flannel. It can be easily stored away under a bed, in a closet or behind the couch as it folds in thirds. Your project stays nicely put and it's cost friendly. I plan on getting one of these as soon as I can.

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    There is a board sold at places like Home Depot that are called sound deading boards they are 4'x8' and about 1/2 inch thick we use them in our class rooms as cork boards and they are way cheaper.

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    Just saw a video recently that suggested that you use "craft felt" not the soft kind, I guess. She said it was rather rough and helped to grip the fabrics but could easily be folded or rolled up to put out of the way. She put it on her wall with a stapler and said it made such tiny holes it didn't need any fixing when she took it down. I use the flannel backed tablecloth, which works pretty good.

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    Saw the price for the pull down vanishing design wall and I would rather spend that on fabric! I think I will go with the foam board and cover it my self. Using the foam board will allow me to pin into it if needed. Thank you all for your great suggestions.

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    I love my Block Butler.

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    Thanks for posting this question. Very good ideas. I was also interested in the answers. I have seen on a quilting site that someone used a window pull shade that was sticky on the one side so you could customize it to match the room. They had applied flanned to the sticky side. They also said that it was very portable to take with you. Projects stay on it & no worries about folds in projects.

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    I use a large, cheap flannel back tablecloth from Walmart! I got this idea from a friend in a quilt guild. I lay everything out in the floor because I have natural light coming into my sewing room! It works very well!

    Hope this helps!

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    anybody ever get those old screen projector thingamajigs that roll down when you used to watch the slides in school or the old maps that roll up. I have one upstairs that I think I might hang when I get everything going.

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    I used the foam insulation board and covered it with felt. But after using it, I felt that the blocks didn't always stick to it very well. So I bought a cheap vinyl tablecloth and put it over the felt upside down. I think that works better than the felt did.

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    I also bought the polystyrene (foam insulation board and wrapped it with flannel. it is a perfect design wall and as posted before, some blocks stick and when pieces get large, they fall and need pinning. The polystyrene board was only $10 for 4x8 feet sheet. I also cut it down to the size that works for me.

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    I bought an inexpensive flannel backed plastic table cloth. It worked great but then one of my quilting buddies purchased a Fons and Porter design cloth. It is really nice. It has a 2 inch grid which makes it easier to know how large/small your quilt is working out to size. Since I am not a pattern lover, but rather a free spirit designer, I needed something/place to put my
    "creation" where I could stand back and look at it. The Fons and Porter cloth is expensive and works well, but the inexpensive flannel backed table cloth worked just as well.

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    I went to my local JoAnns (back in NY) and purchased 2 yards of white felt (72 inches). Then I turned it down 2 1/2" and sewed a tube. Then I slid the design wall on the rod and hung it up. I keep it rolled up and out of the way when not in use. I have put a picture of it on the board.

    debra

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    Quote Originally Posted by cny_sewer39
    I went to my local JoAnns (back in NY) and purchased 2 yards of white felt (72 inches). Then I turned it down 2 1/2" and sewed a tube. Then I slid the design wall on the rod and hung it up. I keep it rolled up and out of the way when not in use. I have put a picture of it on the board.

    debra
    Excellent idea. Will have to try this one.

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    I use the plastic table clothes with the flannel in back I tacks at the very top (ceiling meets wall) and also 2 at the bottom - it works great - but I truly love the idea of the project board sometimes I need something smaller and this can be set up on my table thank you all

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    I fyou have a flannel backed table cloth you can use that

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