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Thread: Design Walls

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    Junior Member odysseyquilter's Avatar
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    I am looking for help on how to make my own design wall. Please tell me what you used and how you attached it to the wall. I have a newly renovated sewing room (my daughter's old bedroom) and am considering putting up a design wall. My husband is very handy and is willing to make it for me. I'm one lucky lady!! thanks

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    I bought something from my LQS called the Wonder Wall. It has holes and grommets in the top to hang it, so I put some hooks at the top of the closet doors and just hook it up there whenever I need it. The rest of the time it's folded away inside the closet. I thought it was well worth the price!

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    I just use a flannel backed table cloth I tacked to one wall. It works great except when I have the ceiling fan on...... :-)

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    I bought an insolation board at Lowe's and cut it to size. Cover with felt or flannel. I like it because you can use pins with ease. Also it is light weight reasonably priced around $15. If you do not use all of the panel cut up and make a small design board to take to class or use next to your machine. I put it up with nails. :roll: It has been up for several years.
    Works for me!!!! :D :D :D

    When I went to a retreat the lady had them in our work room walls. That is where I got the idea. :roll: :? :wink:

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    I use a flannel backed table cloth and on the wall I have two (should be 3) Command clips.... and clip the tablecloth on... when finished the clips stay and the cloth gets put away.... when we sell the house the new owners are going to wonder what those clips are for !!!

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    For three years, I just had a queen size Hobbs 80/20 batting tacked to the wall. It worked, but would pull down when I had a full quilt layout on it, and the bottom kind of puddled on the floor (and had several too-close calls with the vacuum cleaner!)

    When we moved here, I have one room with a 9' ceiling - which I immediately claimed for my sewing room :D DH helped me put together 2 4' x 8' design walls; a frame, foam insulation, a layer of muslin and a layer of the Hobbs 80/20 batting. He put hangers on the back of each panel, so each is held up on its own with only 2 screws in the wall. I didn't want to attach it permanently, because inevitably what goes up must come down :wink:

    Here's the post with a picture:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/21991.page

    It's been up 2 months now, and I'm still lovin' it!

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    Roben,
    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.
    Kirsten

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    Yes, I use a flannel back of a table cloth from wally world. It worked so well, I got two :lol: So for $10.00 I have a double design wall! I like the idea of going to Lowes for a travel design wall, may give that some thought!

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    I use the block butler, it sticks to the wall and feels tacky to the touch, holds my block pieces very well. You can see it at www.blockbutler.com

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    I use two flannel backed tablecloths also. (My cat loves to climb them- darn cat. Good thing he's cute.) I got mine at the thrift store, think I paid 50 cents each for them, maybe a buck. The one that the cat prefers (he can get a running start at that one and make it to the ceiling) is sagging a bit, but the other one is still going strong.

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    Mine is push pinned to the wall. Not everything stays on tho' so sometimes I have to pin the pieces on. Nothing fancy at all but it serves it's purpose.

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    I just have a large jpiece of flannel stapled to the top of the wall in my sewing room. It's been there for years, and works great.

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    Here's a neat tutorial for a large design wall: http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2009...-tutorial.html

    She also has a tutorial for a smaller version.

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    I use the flannel back table cloths...if it is not doing it's job I lightly spray it with Quilt basting spray..that works great!

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    My friend uses car ceiling liner for her design wall at the store. I'm telling you it works great, but like many of you I have a ceiling fan. I'm going to buy some from her just to try on an insulation board and see if it works well with the ceiling fan.

    Love the ideas here!

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    I have the styrofoam design wall. It's wonderful. I do a lot of dressmaking, so I pin other things to it, too - patterns and fabric sketches, for example, and measurements and pictures drawn by my granddaughter. I used a soft cotton fabric, heavier than calico, but woven like a jacquard. I stapled it to the back, like re-covering a kitchen chair seat. DH attached it with those nails that have the washer in front, so it won't come off.

    My fabric cover is not quite opaque enough to hide the bright pink of the insulation! I deliberately chose a messy picture of it. :wink: At least the rest of the room is fairly clean.

    [IMG]http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...ewingroom2.jpg[/IMG]

    Because I sell quilts, I can also use this as a backdrop and position the quilts smoothly for photographing.

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    Oh you are good to get them at a thrift store for .50 each! Hats off to you and I thought my $5.00 was a bargain! Still happy with it, I put mine up with thumb tacks, holds just fine and since my wallpaper is already busy, no one will notice if I choose to take it down. When I do, I will replace that wallpaper, it is a bit dated, but in a sewing room who cares. Makes it easy to use thumb tacks and whatever!

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    Very very nice, here is a pic of mine
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    Oh, I LOVE that quilt on the right!!

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    I have two, one black and one white, and I LOVE them. I wrote up detailed instructions, including the pitfalls I ran into and the specific materials used on my Flicker photo here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/athomesewing/2726109619/

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    Thanks, that is my broken dishes quilt. I think they are just beautiful, an old pattern that I had for 20 yrs and finally made it! Now I have others making it, now that they seen this one! All this is very addicting!

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    I bought two sheets of 4 x 8 insulation board at Lowe's. It has the silver backing on it. I think it was about $5 per board. I stapled cream colored felt on on them and then stapled it to my wall. The heavy duty staplers will hold perfect and no damage to the wall at all. Eleanor Burns recommends the fabric used on the interior roof of vehicles. It will hold cotton fabric like a magnet. You can find that at most car repair shops.

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    If I were to do my design wall again here is what I would do, get 2, 4X8 foam boards from Lowel's or where ever. cover with a flannel sheet, and put on wall edged with molding, makes it look like it is supposed to be there, or you could put up cork and just pin sheet to it. either way would be nice.

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    sonray just posted a how to make a portable design wall just click for sonray and you,ll find it

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    I am so glad I read this topic, been looking at the foam backed table cloth which you can by by the metre here. Thought that might be a good option. I want to be able to take it down as I use the guest bedroom for my quiltingm not so lucky as some with those great sewing rooms....you lucky people.

    Elle

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