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    when we re-modeled the house my dh said i'd be sorry not to leave up some walls !as usual he was right ! i have two walls left lg enough to put up a full size quilt wall.one means moving my bed[not an option]the other is in a hall & moving a china cabinet.[thank God it's on wheels] finally question.what can i hang on is wall so i can spray baste a full quilt & take it down w/o making huge holes in the wall ? any help will be appreciated ! thanx

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    can you hand something from the ceiling?

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    I put up 2 sheets of 1/2 inch foam insulation, did have to nail it do the wall, carpet tape did not work, I pin to it, some day I may cover it with flannel, but for now it works well. The boards are super light, and can be stowed under your bed, stacked on top of each other, making them portable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    I put up 2 sheets of 1/2 inch foam insulation, did have to nail it do the wall, carpet tape did not work, I pin to it, some day I may cover it with flannel, but for now it works well. The boards are super light, and can be stowed under your bed, stacked on top of each other, making them portable.
    I did pretty much the same thing with the insulation board. I wrapped it in felt. I fastened the two boards together with duct tape on the front, that way I can open or close it up very easy.

    I just lean it against a wall or object, whichever, it closer!! :-D

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    I saw a product at the Denver quilt festival earlier this month... I wish I had kept the flyer.. I gave it to my friend as I have a dedicated design wall.... Anyway, it's a box shelf that hangs from the wall, ( more like a valance...) inside is a retractable , like a window shade, reinforced felt design wall... you just pull it down , stick your blocks to it then roll it up when you're finished. genius.
    here's another idea along that same vein...
    you know those 3m adhesive hooks that you pull the tape off when you're done with the hook? Well, you make yourself a strip of 1x1 lumber, you can get 8 ft goods.. attach plastic sheeting ( or a painters tarp) to the lumber, then velcro to the back in several places, velcro to the 3m stickys up it goes when you need it , down it goes when you're done.

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    wow, that sounds cool, can you ask your friend if she still has the flyer on it, sounds interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by vjengels
    I saw a product at the Denver quilt festival earlier this month... I wish I had kept the flyer.. I gave it to my friend as I have a dedicated design wall.... Anyway, it's a box shelf that hangs from the wall, ( more like a valance...) inside is a retractable , like a window shade, reinforced felt design wall... you just pull it down , stick your blocks to it then roll it up when you're finished. genius.
    here's another idea along that same vein...
    you know those 3m adhesive hooks that you pull the tape off when you're done with the hook? Well, you make yourself a strip of 1x1 lumber, you can get 8 ft goods.. attach plastic sheeting ( or a painters tarp) to the lumber, then velcro to the back in several places, velcro to the 3m stickys up it goes when you need it , down it goes when you're done.

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    My design wall is flannel backed vinyl hanging from a curtain rod. It can be taken down pretty easily, but the hooks for attaching the rod to the wall still remain. I only have space about 85 inches wide, but so far it has worked well for me.

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    thank you all for your fast responce ! i've been thinkinng a lot since i posted [can't you see the smoke ?!!/\?]i have a box of carpet tack strips left over...i could pait them to matchthe wall,do you think if i hung a sheet or something from it that it would work? not looking for a design wall so muuch as a place to "sandwich "w/o getting on the floor or bending over a table....NEVER get up off the floor,&would spend the rest of my life bent over !]saw a tute on the board that lookedPERFECT ,if i could figure out how to do it on my very limitd wall space! do you think there's a big reason not to use carpet strips?or should i give it a try thanx!

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    If all you want to do is layer and baste a quilt I have used the folding garment cutting boards. They are cardboard, and fold into thirds. I would tape two together across my queen bed. worked great.

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    If I am totally off in left field just say something nice and pretty so my feelings won't be hurt. :P :oops:
    I think I understand what you want to do.

    You want to stand up and make your quilt sandwich.
    Sounds perfect for the Honey Do list.
    Yes, It seems like the carpet tack strips would work but measure the thickness of your common sandwich.
    Were you thinking of leaving the carpet 'tacks' in the strips to hang your backing, batting, and quilt top from? Good idea but I think the carpet 'tacks' will be too short for your sandwich thickness. So, you will need to put ?nails? through the carpet strips (instead of the tacks) before you put the strips on the wall. If your going to have to do that would you want to think about pulling your ceiling trim loose and simply putting the nails through your trim?
    If your husband doesn't stroke out and agrees with the idea you then want to decide how you are going to reach the trim board nails to hang and baste your layers. If you are flexible you could line your dining room chairs against the wall and walk the length on them.

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-45917-3.htm
    Check out page 3 of this post. She might be able to help you. You could send her a pm.

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    thanx for all your suggestions! when isaid iwanted to use tack strips i was thinking of only hanging a sheet, or something on that order to the tacks.thoughtif i painted the strips to match the wall they wouldn't be THAT notisable if i left them up.it's in ahall, soi dn't think it would be too bad.am a widow so this is something i' be tackling my self! anyway,iwould only be hanging the sheet from tacks,then pin & spray baste sandwich to sheet .does thatsound reasonable?have a small design wall in sewing room,big enough for twin or crib size.please tell me if i'm off in the wrong direction ! i'm sure i won't be making more than 4full quilts a yea[if i'm lucky,sowouldn't be too much of a pain! besides,as i said i'm a widow ,so no one really sees it but me !sorry this is so long....thanx again for all your help ! dar

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    wanted to thank you for all your help ! i ended up hanging 4 commandhooks[they are amazing!]from just under the trim,then hanging a heavy curtain rod from that.got an old flannel sheet ,hung that from rod [cut holes for the hooks to go thru]i just sandwiched a full size quilt,& it worked great ! had to use pins to support the weight,but could do it all standingup !am going to leave the hooks on the wall,theyreally don't show . again,tha for all yourideas !

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    Even tho' you've already solved your design problem, just piping in. I hung my batting piece to the wall with clear push pins. The holes left are minimal and it holds quite a number of projects.

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