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Thread: Design Walls

  1. #26
    Super Member Boston1954's Avatar
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    Jul 2008
    East Oklahoma - pining for Massachusetts
    Hubby bought me a good sized bulletin board and I pinned some Warm and Natural batting to it. Worked just fine. Then we moved and it was still there attached to the wall..........

  2. #27
    Senior Member Roben's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    SW IA
    Quote Originally Posted by KO24
    I get the idea of the insulation panels...4x8'
    But is the covering flannel (so it sticks) or muslin (i didn't think it had mucy stickiness)
    Please advise.
    Sorry to be so long in responding, Kristen - I was out of town at a fabric dyeing class.

    I used a layer of muslin directly on the insulation board to help block out the color (attached with spray adhesive) and a layer of Hobbs 80/20 batting over the muslin (also attached with spray adhesive.) I chose the batting over flannel because I knew from using the batting that blocks 'stick' to it really well and I chose it over the headliner fabric simply because of cost - I can get the headliner fabric at the local fabric store, but IIRC even at 50% off it was going to be around $6 per yard. I pick up Queen size Hobbs batting for just under $11 each.

    I like the wood frame DH made for each of the panels and the way he choose to hang them because they feel really solid - they're not moving around on me the way it did when I just had it tacked to the wall. I can just throw the blocks up there or I can pin.

    Hope this helps :D

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    Super Member May in Jersey's Avatar
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    Oct 2008
    I presently have a design board made with white foam panels that I ducktaped together and then taped beige felt over it. It measures about 5 X 5 only because I don't have a tall wall for it. Sewing room is in upstairs of our cape cod house and the tall walls aren't in convenient places for viewing. It's portable so I can take it downstairs when I sew in our dining room. I also have felt covered panels behind my large IKEA desk for small blocks, pictures, notes, etc. I use a felt back dollar store table cloth as a portable design board when I want to take blocks for Show and Tell at guild meetings or for suggestions from members of one of my small quilting groups.

    Picked up a few good ideas here and plan to replace fragile white foam panels thay have begun to crack with the firmer pink insulation panels, add a layer of batting under the felt and put up some of those command holders on the upstairs hallway wall. I can attach a large felt backed table cloth to them when I need a larger design wall - only thing is that I'll have to stand way back in the bathroom to view it, LOL! May in Jersey

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    Super Member shaverg's Avatar
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    Mar 2009
    North Carolina
    My DH bought foam core insulation board it is like a wall board, but weighs nothing, it is about 1/4 inch thick. I covered it with a very dense batting/felt like fabric I purchased from JoAnns fabric. The nice thing is your fabric will just stick to it like a felt board or you can actually pin into it with straight pens. It is great. I have attached it to the wall with the 3m hooks that do not make a hole or leave residue on the wall. I love it, in fact I have a large one and a small one.

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    Sue McCoy's Avatar
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    Oct 2007
    Knoxville, TN
    2 yard piece of white fleece ,stapled to the wall at the top and sides, gives you a 60 x 72 inch design area. Cotton fabrics stick well to the fleece and it is easy to pin to if needed. I'm talking about the poly fleece you make the tied blankes with.

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    Central Fl
    I also purchased a sheet of builders insulation which is 3/4" thick and very light weight. They had a piece that was damaged on one end so got it for half price three years ago. Covered it with a flannel backed vinyl tablecloth - just wrapped it around the corners and stapled. I just lean mine up against the wall when using as I sew in a guest room. When guests come, I just stand it up in the closet out of sight. I did mark mine into 2" grids on the flannel for watercolor squares and it works great.

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    Junior Member rita222's Avatar
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    Nov 2006
    If you don't require a large one and are pressed for space use the inside of the door leading into your room. I tacked a piece of flannel the size of the door and use it. Serves the purpose well.

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    When someone said they used the back of a table cloth I didn't realize how well it would work. I was amazed that the material stuck to it. I've got one up in my quilting room now and when I have guests and it turns back into my spare bedroom it comes right down. And I also used old sewing machine needles to put it up. You guys have such great ideas.

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    My husband hung 2 4x8 sheets for me after I covered them with flannel. The flannel material cost more than the insulation. LOL He screwed them to the wall and after a year, I am still happy with the wall. Blocks stick just fine, and I use straight pins for a quilt. Good Luck. Marylou

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    Super Member Sheree from Chicago's Avatar
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    Apr 2008
    Chicago, Illinois
    I use a large foiled insulating foam board which I hot glued cotton batting to. I punched two holes at top on either side and hung it with plastic ties to one of the pipes in the basement ceiling.

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    Senior Member Sparky's Avatar
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    Mar 2007
    Salem, OR
    I used flannel. I had room for 3 widths, which I serged together. I bought a cheap curtain rod and used cafe clips to attach the flannel. I took it down when I went to class. Just folded the flannel with all my pieces pinned because when moving I didn't want them to float away. I should have prewashed the flannel because I'm getting balls of flannel fuzz on my pieces.
    The advantage is it is very large and cheap.

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