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Thread: I had a AH HA moment today and I wanted to share it

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    I need to mention something first.. it's a bit awkward. Because of my disability, I cannot do many things that I would love to. So going to guild, getting together with friends, joining a class.. none of this happens for me. So basically while I have been blessed with many friends, my actual quilting friends are one, 15 minutes from my house, one 20 minutes from my house, but she is so involved in many things we don't get to see each other often and my very best friend is in Tum Tum, Wa. and we have met ONCE in the 15 year friendship.. So when I have something fun to share, until you allowed to enjoy the company of this group, my two Bichons got all the neat news. So my Ah Ha moment. I am working on two baby quilts for the same little girl. The first one has a total of 64 4 1/2" blocks, one thing border, and the main border and I plan on running a long stem flower up the side. I have my felt wall but it has a quilt piece on it and I was trying to figure out I could lay this out and yet the blocks around. And I remember something I saw at Wal-Marts. It's like a talking board. It measures 48" wide and 36" high. the center part is, if my math is right 32" and there are two panels of 8" ea that fold over it. So when extended it's 48" x 36". I can use plain striagth points to place my blocks and then move them around until I like the color placement. And I can then leave it and live with for a day or so before I set sewing the pieceing together. I have a small layout that shows how to place the blocks. At that point once I get it sewned, I can then put it back on the board and pick out several of the various fabrics that I want for borders. I like to wait before I cute the borders so A. there's never a size problem due to my error and B. I can cut a strip, pin and see how it looks. So today, on the way home my regular hospital run, Les started at Wal-Mart and got the dark one for me and I love it. I just thought it was a great idea to share with someone that doesn't have a whole lot of room to work with and you can fold the panels over and lay it down flat and your blocks are still there. The quilt is all Lakehouse fabrics and you can't get much more femine then that. I am making her a regular happy and bright color normal baby quilt, but I just want her to a larger quilt to grow up with her. One I get the layout on the board, by the time I add on the two borders, I think it will be fine. Hope it's a thought that someone can use. Blessings..

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    Love the concept but ... what is a talking board ? where did you find it at WalMart ? Would love to check it out :lol:
    Thanks for sharing

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    I found it in the aisle that has the shipping stuff and the flat boxes. They have several aisle's with business stuff, papers, notebooks, etc. They come in either white or black. I got the black. A talking board is something you can place facts, pictures, etc. on when you are trying to sort through vaious pieces or inforamtion . You change what's on ot, add various thoughts, word or deals.

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    I will have to look next time I am there... THANKS for the info :thumbup:

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    I have one of these and I covered it with flannel on both sides, made like a pillowcase and sliped it over the board and pinned it. Works fantastic. They are also used for doing demonstrations at meetings. A great find for a portable design wall.
    Lorraine

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    Thanks for the info and I'll have to check out my Wal-Mart's for it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I will have to look next time I am there... THANKS for the info :thumbup:
    I will look too. thanks

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    oooh, I don't have a Walmart here in Great Britain, but it does sound like a great idea. I think I'll look through all the stationery stores on-line in case I can find one on there.

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    I'm sure G.B. has office supply stores. They will have them for sure. And if you something similar to Wal-Mart you can check
    there. I would offer to buy one for you and send it but it would extremely awkward to mail. But check with the office supplies stores in your area.

    The one that I purchased was approx. $18.00 us dollars of course. Hope this helps.

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    thanks.

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    From your description it sounds like the boards they sell here to do jigsaw puzzles on, you can leave the bits on the board and fold it over. I am going to have a look!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahelloyd
    From your description it sounds like the boards they sell here to do jigsaw puzzles on, you can leave the bits on the board and fold it over. I am going to have a look!
    I was just about to suggest the same thing!

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    I am glad that you found a good (and affordable) solution to your layout problem AND that you have access to this group of quilters from the comfort of your home.

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    thank you Martina, I do appreciate that...

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    Thanks for the info, I need a disign wall but do not have
    the space and I think this will be just what I need.

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    Interesting. I need to try this. Thanks for the tip.

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    Great tip. Glad this board helps you get through the day.
    You must get pretty lonely and that gets old. My new BF has severe back disabilities and walks with a cane and really needs a wheelchair since she trips and falls often. We went out the other day and had a 'girls day out' We had a ball. Of course she was in bed for three days after-too much excitement. She tells me every time I speak with her how much she enjoyed our outing and she hopes we can do it more often. I hope you are able to find someone to do things with or that will visit you or call you often. Blessings to you.

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    thank you. I am blessed in that I have a companion of the passed 7 years. And while he loves to roller skate and bike ride, I make sure he has his time to do those things and je makes sure that he takes me to special places that I would like to go whenever. And as with your friend, one fantastic day can put down for three. But, sometimes the trade off is worth it.

    blessings

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    Blue,

    Is it possible to take a picture of your talking board? I stopped at Wal-Mart tonight and couldn't find anything like what you describe. I cannot figure out what you are describing but it sounds like a great idea and I would like to get one. Thanks!

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    I will be happy to. It has blocks on it, no particular order, but I can still take a photo for you. I post it in a few minutes,
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    Thank you so much!

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    I think you can see where the.. what I call, my talking board, has the two panels that bend or fold forward. It can then sit alone, or you use something to attach it to a wall if you don't need a big area, or you can place a round with the blocks, not using the pins as I have, and close the two pieces and everything is left right where it is. I just wouldn't pick it up and walk away with it as you could lose your work all over the floor.. not that YOU would, but I have been known to have a slippsy or two... especially when sewing blocks together and you have a stunning perfect 9 patch, seams are perfect, measures to the exact deminsion and then you notice that the block in the middle of the nine patch is facing the wrong way. But only after you have already sewn most of the quilt together.. Ahhh, makes me want to take up drinking. But that's to much of a waste of good fabric money.

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    Thank you for such a wonderful idea. My stageing board (for lack of a better word) is merely a plastic picnic tablecloth, cut in half and hung over the door to sewing room with the back side exposed, which is that clingy fabric. The blocks stay nicely upon it but I cannot take it down and store like you have when needed. I certainly will check out WalMart next time we're in town. I am pleased to know that you enjoy quilting since you are unable to attend a lot of guilds and the like. Quilting does make a day go fast and the accomplishments are so rewarding. May I send you a personal message?

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    I just went online to Staples. They call them presentation boards or display boards. Staples has several kinds - foam core or corrugated plastic, all tri fold, but open up to 36x48.They come in black or white and are about $14. Cover with flannel and you've got a great portable design wall like the picture blue showed.

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    I would be very pleased to receive a Pm from you. :)

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