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    I've been contemplating how to make a design wall the least expensive way possible. Found some BRILLIANT ideas here! I think I'm going to try the vinyl tablecloth first. I just bought one the other day so I'll be tacking it up on the wall when I get home tonight! Thanks ladies!!!

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    Wow, love to see photos of your design wall.

    Lots of great idea thanks quilters.

    Quote Originally Posted by ksdot417 View Post
    My DH made me a portable design wall that I can move anywhere in the basement - it's on wheels. It uses the foamular insulation boards from Lowe's. It has panels on the front and back of the base that slide off and can be leaned against a wall side by side when I'm working on a larger project. I have Fons & Porter's design wall taped to to front of both sections and plan to put a darker flannel on the backs so they will be reversible. It works great for me.
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    Design Wall

    I used hollow core doors and sprayed them with adhesive and covered them with flannel and hinged them together. They work awesome and fold up when not in use.
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    I don't have a design wall yet but have been talking to my husband about it. Time for us to put our thoughts together and decide what to do. There are some great ideas here.

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    My quilting room is in the basement too. My hubby got two interior doors (hollow core) and put the two long ends together with brackets on the sides. Then he put large eye screws on the end and hung it from the ceiling beams with chains.
    It makes a great design board and if I need a larger area on my table for basting, I just take it off the chains and lay it on the table.

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    1) cover a piece of poplar in batting or fleece and just lean it against the wall (I use the full sheet, which is the size of a piece of drywall) just used a staple gun to put the batting on OR

    2) Use one of those vinyl tablecloths....they have the fuzzy stuff on the back. You can either leave it hanging on the wall, or roll it up in between sewing sessions. Voila!
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    i used an 8 ft wooden dowel used for closet rods. hung it from the basement ceiling with a sheet strung on it. works fine in my basement. have to pin the blocks or quilt to it. see my DJ quilt done. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnitaSt View Post
    My design wall is a heavy weight flannel sheet (from the Vermont Country Store catalog...a little pricey but more heavyweight than I could find elsewhere) hanging on clip rings from a decorative curtain rod. I can pin blocks to it if they don't have enough cling or get too big. I also use it to hang up a finished quilt to take pictures. And just for display sometimes. I love seeing blocks on the wall.

    If you go the curtain rod route, a couple of words of advice:

    Get double the number of clip rings and space them closer together than you would for a curtain. Provides more support and the flannel sheet won't ripple as much.

    My flannel sheet rippled more than I wanted so I sewed a 4-inch wide band of curtain header (the polyester type, not the heavier buckram) to the top. That eliminated the ripples.

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    Anita,
    I've been thinking of doing this too. Did you use the two hangers that come with the curtain rod to hang your design wall? If you did, did the design wall hang out from the wall? I wasn't sure how to tackle this.
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    Table cloth, that's my vote to. If it doesn't work, try something else. It will also let you see for sure where you want your wall, before you put up something more permanet.
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    I got a 4 x 8 insulated wall board( not sure exactly what it's called ) at Lowe's .. I think it's for putting under vinyl siding. There is different thicknesses, I got the 2 inch, then I covered it with headliner. It's the stuff that is used for the ceiling inside your car. I got this at Hancock Fabrics in Louisville,KY I'm sure other fabric stores have this. It works better than felt or fleece, I love it

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    This is wonderful...neat idea
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    I use an outdoor table cloth for my picnic table, flannel side out of course. Use Velcro to hang on wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nstitchs View Post
    I used hollow core doors and sprayed them with adhesive and covered them with flannel and hinged them together. They work awesome and fold up when not in use.
    Now this is what I call a brilliant idea!! Thanks for the pictures too...

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    Great ideas - at my house it is called a climbing wall - my cats love to climb the wall and sleep on the top while I'm sewing

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    My husband bought me 2 large sheets of wall insulation. I taped them together and it doubles as my design wall and I use it to spray baste my quilt layers. It works great. Large enough to hang a king size quilt for spray basting. It leans against the wall behind my cutting table ready to use whenever I need it. I love it!
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    want design wall. Have a large sheet of 2"x 8' foam insulation. Planning to put up 2 bookcases for material and they will fit in front. My walls are 4' at wall so no room there, attic. Buying another so will cover them and be able to move easily. Also cut top down a little so fits freer. Room is 12 x 20, but 4' on sides. Putting bookcases across room, inset some for storage behind, making closet for fabric.

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    Here's mine. Command strips no pins
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