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Thread: Strange Occurance with Design Wall

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    Senior Member heyjami's Avatar
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    I tested this flannel like blanket at Walmart with actual blocks and they stuck like a charm.

    Now I'm home and it's up on the hangers, the blocks fall off.

    Any ideas? It's so odd I've been completely just blown away.

    I thought I had a perfect design wall for $10.

    Do I need to wash it? Rough it up more?

    I was tossing it around at Walmart with the blocks staying attached so this is so odd. The only thing different is that it was still mostly folded there. I'll try folding it to see if that makes a difference. Bizarre!

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    AH HA! Mystery solved! I was using 12" blocks for my test and the one I was trying to stick at home was 16"

    I thought I was losing my mind...

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    Is your hanging blanket pulled too tight, it may need a little wiggle room for the blocks to grab. Just a thought.

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    It's just hanging there... but now I'm completely challenged by this... I'm going to wash this blanket and see if that improves the 16" block sticking.

    The 12's stick very well.

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    Is it flat against the wall?? If not, try it.

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    get some of the basting spray and very very very lightly spray and let it dry that might help with the grabbing. I am probably committing a huge oops but it is worth a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyjami
    AH HA! Mystery solved! I was using 12" blocks for my test and the one I was trying to stick at home was 16"

    I thought I was losing my mind...
    I have that thought often!!!

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    What a great idea! I can wash it if it doesn't work out.

    Quote Originally Posted by sahm4605
    get some of the basting spray and very very very lightly spray and let it dry that might help with the grabbing. I am probably committing a huge oops but it is worth a shot.

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    YOu need to smooth the ENTIRE block onto the blanket. You can't just 'place' a larger block on the wall, like you can with smaller blocks or pieces. I just put a partly pieced quarter of a throw, like 24X36. I smoothed the whole thing on and it stuck OK.

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    I'd return it and get a piece of fleece. I have 24 by 24 blocks sticking nicely to mine right now. My granddaugher used the back of an old piece of tablecloth vinyl from JoAnn's and it held her whole quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sahm4605
    get some of the basting spray and very very very lightly spray and let it dry that might help with the grabbing. I am probably committing a huge oops but it is worth a shot.
    I have done this with my flannel back table cloth that is my design wall. It sort of lost its cling somewhere along the way. Works quite well for a while, and now I think I need to redo it.

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    Did you test it in a vertical position at the store? With my design wall if a corner isn't secure the weight of the blocks will make the whole thing fall. It just rolls off, especially if it's several blocks or the whole top pieced together. Sometimes I use a few pins.

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    I have mine tipped out at the bottom just a little to help things stay on

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    I use batting on my wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Did you test it in a vertical position at the store? With my design wall if a corner isn't secure the weight of the blocks will make the whole thing fall. It just rolls off, especially if it's several blocks or the whole top pieced together. Sometimes I use a few pins.
    I'm like you - sometimes I find a few pins helps. I use a flannel backed tablecloth. This week I had to replace it as it lost its sticking power. Next time I will try a bit of spray.

    ;-)

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    I didn't think of the spray, great idea! Thanks. I sometimes have trouble with my tiny blocks on my tablecloth back as they have more weight per sq inch and don't like to stay up.

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    I just put batting up and it worked great on the 16"

    I also have some spray to try on the other wall...

    The few tablecloths I tried didn't work. I don't want to sew together the felt I have (plus, it's orange).

    I'm getting there... let me keep trying the suggestions here. I hang it by some clips over a door so it's completely vertical.

    Thanks everyone!

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    I did smooth it carefully. Then I beat it with frustration. ;-) dang thing...


    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    YOu need to smooth the ENTIRE block onto the blanket. You can't just 'place' a larger block on the wall, like you can with smaller blocks or pieces. I just put a partly pieced quarter of a throw, like 24X36. I smoothed the whole thing on and it stuck OK.

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    I have fleece blanket kids and I'm sure I can spare one for my wall! Ok... off to give it a shot. I have a 72x72 top that will be a real test.

    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    I'd return it and get a piece of fleece. I have 24 by 24 blocks sticking nicely to mine right now. My granddaugher used the back of an old piece of tablecloth vinyl from JoAnn's and it held her whole quilt.

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    Has anyone every used a hammer to flatten seams? I have a small tack hammer that works great to reduce bulk! Try it.

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    Great idea! Plus, it will release some tension for the quilter!


    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Has anyone every used a hammer to flatten seams? I have a small tack hammer that works great to reduce bulk! Try it.

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    It may be that the flannel you're trying to use is somewhat directional in terms of the way it's fibers are oriented. Try turning it 90 or 180 degrees to see if it works better that way.

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    Oh you ladies are SO SMART!

    Quote Originally Posted by QKO
    It may be that the flannel you're trying to use is somewhat directional in terms of the way it's fibers are oriented. Try turning it 90 or 180 degrees to see if it works better that way.

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    I'm a guy, but thanks anyway. :mrgreen:

    Happy it worked out for you! :thumbup:

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    doh!
    Ok, you guys are SUPER SMART!
    :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by QKO
    I'm a guy, but thanks anyway. :mrgreen:

    Happy it worked out for you! :thumbup:

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