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Thread: Design wall: batting, fleece or batting??

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    Design wall: batting, fleece or batting??

    Hi y'all! My sewing room is nearly done at last, all that's left is the design wall. I'll head to the big box store this week for insulation board. But I only get to do this once, so which of the three covering choices is best? Holds fabric the best, and holds up the longest? Thanks for the advice.
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    I've successfully used craft felt from Joann's for many years now. It's wide so covers the whole 4 x 8 foot insulation board that I've used and cleans up easily when covered with threads by a tape roller being rolled over it. I worried this action might ruin the "stickiness" of the felt, but it doesn't.

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    I have a gridded very light weight flannel (almost like a combed cotton) on mine that I believe I bought from Keepsakes Quilting about 5 years ago. I love the grid although I really don't know why because it isn't necessary. Individual blocks stay up without any problem. When you start sewing the rows together for the quilt, it can get too heavy to stay up by itself so I use pins which go through the insulation board without any problem. I also can clean the threads away with a lint roller.

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    I vote for flannel, in any color except white. Took a workshop from a big name designes, he suggests light grey or beige.
    After 2 years with the same signature I have been requested to remove it. Bye

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    I have flannel, mine is white but I love it.

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    I used one of the Fons & Porter design walls. I love it.

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    Yesterday at JoAnne's I saw a Fons and Porter Design Wall for $20+ and all it was was a flannel backed vinyl tablecloth (at least from initial appearances)...I couldn't believe it!

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    I bought white felt at JoAnn's for my design wall. I have it attached on a curtain rod in front of my sewing room window. When not in use it is rolled up and held together with 3 pieces of red ribbon. I like it.

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    I have black polar fleece ... it was wide, doesn't look grubby (as white would become)
    Yes, threads will show, then you can quickly run a lint roller over it.

    I covered tentest sheeting with it, then screwed the boards onto the wall.

    Holds fabric, blocks and even full sized quilts .......... no pins needed!
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    We just purchased the "Disappearing Design Wall" from the internet. I fits over the closet doors and when you don't need it you can just leave on your pieces of fabric, and roll it up on the blind - it is like the flannel backed tablecloths that you see. The shelf that holds the design wall, has a shelf on top, so you can use it for various items. It is really nice, and the wooden shelf is made from a really light wood. You can get them any colors that you like.
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    I used flannel!
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    Flannel works great. I bought on sale sheets at kmart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUZAG View Post
    Yesterday at JoAnne's I saw a Fons and Porter Design Wall for $20+ and all it was was a flannel backed vinyl tablecloth (at least from initial appearances)...I couldn't believe it!
    Yes and I can get them at the dollar store for $3.00, have been using mine for 10 years now. Pretty good return on $3.00 I'd say.
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    I tried the Fons and Porter design wall and was disappointed. A good flannel backed tablecloth would do as good in fact that's how I would describe it. I just out cotton batting on mine because I had some extra and it works great over the insulation board. The other day I had a quilt up but needed to look at another project so I simply layered on another piece of batting and put it up. The first layer stayed just fine after I removed the added project and batting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d.rickman View Post
    We just purchased the "Disappearing Design Wall" from the internet. I fits over the closet doors and when you don't need it you can just leave on your pieces of fabric, and roll it up on the blind - it is like the flannel backed tablecloths that you see. The shelf that holds the design wall, has a shelf on top, so you can use it for various items. It is really nice, and the wooden shelf is made from a really light wood. You can get them any colors that you like.
    That is really cool, I'm going to make me one for my new studio. Thank you for posting this.
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    I love my foam board covered with white flannel. A lap size top will cling nicely without pins. Larger sections or quilted pieces get pins stuck in just to be sure they don't land on the floor. I used upholstery flannel - 54" wide.
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    You might think I am nuts, but I use flannel on an old projector screen. When it isn't being used, it can be rolled up with the blocks inside. I have two... and if I need the extra room, I put the other up and use them both together.

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    I found some white flannel in a thrift store and use that. works fine for me.

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    Old vinyl fabric-backed tablecloth. That way I can take to classes with me. But I'm new and need a lot of classes!!!! LOL
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    I have a big flannel backed table cloth pinned to my wall with tacks. Holds beautifully and was only a few bucks. Tablecloth is sure ugly, but no one sees that.

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    I'd go to the dollar store and pick up a vinal table cloth (or two). I love mine. The back side keeps my quilting pieces up better than fleece or batting (and i've tried them too) and it's super cheap! Good luck!
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    My Latest design wall is a set of wrought iron shelf brackets with the shelf on top naturally no space wasted. Then a long rod I used a closet dowel, then a taupe colored flannel. (I prefer this color since it does not distract the eye like white or black) Not only can I clean it by rolling lint roller it can also be removed and washed over the years. Since the wrought iron has multiple curls I can hang more than one design wall handy for all the multiple levels I work on. Also to keep it stable I have a pocket in the bottom of the flannel for another rod that gives tension and stability like a curtain shade. (I wish I had the foam core insulation board behind it because then I could pin heavier pieces right to the wall.) That would provide the ultimate design wall! Have fun with yours.

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    A teacher once suggested using tan design wall. I don't use a lot of white. She seemed to think that white was too harsh, too much contrast. I tend to agree with her.

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    I've been to a workshop with Liz Porter instructing one time she recommended a gridded flannel backed tablecloth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUZAG View Post
    Yesterday at JoAnne's I saw a Fons and Porter Design Wall for $20+ and all it was was a flannel backed vinyl tablecloth (at least from initial appearances)...I couldn't believe it!
    I dug out my old flannel backed table cover and washed and dried it....it works like a charm! I'm loving it!

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