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    Need Advice on How to Attach Batting to Insulation Board...

    I'm making a new design wall out of 3/4" insulation foam board and batting.

    If anyone has made one like this, how did you glue the batting to the board?
    I have spray adhesive and decoupage glue and was wondering which would work best?

    I'm going to pull the batting around to the back of the board and staple it to the back, too.

    Any advice is welcomed!

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    I just saw one. They had built a 2x2 frame to hold the insulation foam boards and the quilter simply wrapped flannel fabric around it and stapled it to the back of the wood. She said the flannel held the pieces well without pins. There was a little bit of space between the flannel and the foam insulation, but that did not seem to affect anything. She could still pin into the insulation when necessary. She had a lap size batted quilt pinned to it when I saw it last week.

    I used to have a design board covered with Warm and Natural batting, but actually think flannel would be better (at least if you have cats who like to brush up against the bottom of the design board.....). I did have difficulty with large blocks sticking to the batting.
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    I know that some folks do use batting, but i think that flannel will hold up better. I just pulled mine to the back and stapled it.
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    I smeared a LOT of watered down elmer's on my insulation and smoothed the felt over it, it's just a tiny bit baggy in a few places but not enough to cause problems

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    Oh...oh...oh.... I LOVE my design wall...made it out of the super light weight foam insulation sheets, I got two sheets from Home Depot, even talked the guys into cutting it for me, right down the middle. I purchased 1" and 1-1/2", like the 1-1/2" the best.
    I used Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive by 3M. I had white all cotton flannel that I cut to fit and covered top to bottom. Then I used Gorilla Tape (much stronger than Duct tape)on the back to hold my two 2 foot pieces together, and now I can fold them in half and store behind my door when needed......
    My "Sewing Studio" is upstairs, so I put my design wall first infront of my closet in my room, but as my project starts to grow.....I move it out to the hallway, that way I can look at it from a farther distance, which is really needed some times. With the flannel it will usually 'hold' a simple block, but as my pieces start to be sewn together then I use pins....when not in use I store then pins on the side of the foam sheets......Oh how I love my wall.........

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    I don't have batting on my foam insulation sheets either. Just used the 1.5" sheets and store them behind my door. when I'm ready to "design" I pin a sheet of white flannel along the top and sides. The flannel will hold individual blocks, but when I've got the top done and I'm trying to decide on borders, then I just pin straight through.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    I used Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive by 3M. I had white all cotton flannel that I cut to fit and covered top to bottom. Then I used Gorilla Tape (much stronger than Duct tape)on the back to hold my two 2 foot pieces together, and now I can fold them in half and store behind my door when needed.
    I also used a spray adhesive (can't remember if it was 404 or CraftBond) to attach batting to my 3 insulation sheets, and secured the edges with Duct tape.

    As noted above, they need to be resecured, and I will use Gorilla tape this time.
    Thanks for the tip.
    But even the Duct taped lasted for a couple of years.

    I used the 3/4" boards - they are sturdy enough to stand on their own without sagging, and they're covered on both sides.
    I didn't want to deal with the styrofoam pieces crumbling over time.
    The cost was under $12 each.

    Out of all the quilting related contraptions and notions and equipment I've bought over the years, the boards were certainly the most bang for the buck.

    My boards are always up so I luckily don't have to worry about storage.

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    I've used both flannel and cotton batting, and really like batting, and attach mine with duct tape.

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    I stapled felt to insulation boards and then stapled the boards to the wall. The staple leave tiny holes. I used long staples in a staple gun, not the regular staples.
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    I was going to make one just like yours, but our local fire captain overheard me and asked me not to. He said having such a large board is a fire hazard and it would be safer to use something like luan (sp?) for the board. He's not too hot on the batting either, for what it's worth, and suggests flannel instead. NO quilter has had a fire yet in our community, but three house fires right in my neighborhood were caused by unattended candles!

    What I'd prefer to do is develop a design roll, so that I can roll my design wall up when not in use until some day when I again have a room devoted to quilting!
    Last edited by IAmCatOwned; 07-25-2012 at 03:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmCatOwned View Post
    I was going to make one just like yours, but our local fire captain overheard me and asked me not to. He said having such a large board is a fire hazard and it would be safer to use something like luan (sp?) for the board. He's not too hot on the batting either, for what it's worth, and suggests flannel instead. NO quilter has had a fire yet in our community, but three house fires right in my neighborhood were caused by unattended candles!

    What I'd prefer to do is develop a design roll, so that I can roll my design wall up when not in use until some day when I again have a room devoted to quilting!

    I'm not sure how these boards can be a fire hazard as these are what they use in housing construction for insulating.

    And I'm using batting because I used to have a flannel design wall and once you sew 2 blocks together, they would no longer stick and had to be pinned. I think the batting will hold the blocks better.

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    I used an All-purpose Spray Adhesive that I got at Home Depot. It is permanent where the quilt basting spray is not. It worked well. I bought 2 cans and barely used half of 1 can so it goes a long way.

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    PHOTOS BELOW OF MY DESIGN BOARD - We did this a few years ago and I could NOT live without it. And it was my husband who INSISTED I needed one. [Thanks, Bill!] He is a construction engineer, having built a few embassies and having done historic renovations on a few other of our embassies overseas. He knows all about codes and designed our retirement home with better specs than the higher priced custom homes here. [end of brag-a-thon]

    Your fireman is so used to dealing with careless and thoughtlessness, it's understandable he'd be extra-cautious. But, as mentioned before, this insulation is used in normal "everywhere" construction.

    IMPORTANT: The spray adhesive may dissolve the insulation board because it is a petrochemical product!!!!!

    We first affixed the insulation board directly to the wall using a putty gun type product, reading the label to be sure it was okay to use on foam, styrofoam or similar petrochemical products. My design board is 96x96, we used four or five "guns". We let it sit for three days to affix thoroughly.

    We then affixed a simple white wood molding to all four sides, with wooden rosettes at the corners (pretty!)

    We got a large bucket of what looks like an Elmer's glue equivalent at Home Depot, thinned it a bit with water to make it easier to apply, and we slathered the insulation board with the glue using a wide paint brush (4") for the majority of the board and then switched to a narrower paint brush (1 1/2" or 2" wide) for the edges. We were generous with the glue.

    Instead of batting, we affixed gridded flannel directly to the insulation board, cut off the excess at about 1" past the sides of the whole board, and used a putty knife (and more thinned glue) to wedge the excess into the crack between the board and the molding. We brushed a little more thinned glue on the fabric along the edges of the board. You can see where I have a center seam in the flannel, but, that's never been a functional issue.

    My husband then installed a barred "rack" of dowels above the board so I could hang works in progress, and roll them up and out of the way while working on other projects.

    Hope this helps - if you have any questions, PM me!

    PS. The project on the board is the repair of my grandson's coming-home-from-the-hospital quilt (he's 7 now). Those dark dots are the surviving crumpled letters of his surname "HUTCHINSON 4" (he's Albert J. Hutchinson IV). You can barely see the faux uniform pinstripes of the top part which I did using a pintuck foot and navy thread. This is an old set of photos - there's more clutter pinned to the sides now ....

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    Wow Wunder-Mar! Love your design board.

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