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    "Design wall"

    I am just thrilled with my new sewing room, in the basement. I have a LOT of room, and therefore everything stays pretty neat.

    My only issue is that things I am working on--such as BOM's--are just hung up on hangers, with clothespins, and then stuck wherever--like on the top edge of the door. I would like something where I could pin these up, sort of for decoration, and also for placing things when I get to that point.

    The wall I want to use is cement block, so I would need something to attach to that (hubby could put anchors in or something--he doesn't mind doing so). I thought about a large bulletin board, but so far have only seen 2' X 3' bulletin boards. Not big enough.

    Any ideas for me?

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    Is the basement ceiling finished? If it isn't, I would see if you could put up a long piece of pipe attached to the beams on both ends as close to the wall as you can. Get those cute little curtain hangers from Walmart that have the little teeth clothespins for hanging curtains. I clipped up a flannel backed tablecloth to those. You can then pull the tablecloth across the pipe and use the flannel back as a design wall. Blocks will stick quite well to it. I find for a quilt top that I need pins along the top to hold it.
    If the ceiling is finished, you may need to get some cement screws with the anchors (if your husband doesn't mind holes in the wall) and fasten up something. OR Have you looked into the peel and stick cork squares? How about those interlocking foam mats you can buy at Walmart? They could be stuck to the wall with cement epoxy? Just a few things to think about, maybe someone else will have some more ideas for you.

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    My tiny design board is a piece of foamboard from the dollar store. There's not room for a whole quilt, of course, but I do hang my BOMs on it. I thought about getting more of them and putting them on the wall with some command strips-I think it would work because they're so light weight. Let us know if you come up with anything good.
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    I used 3/4 inch insulation board form Lowes which my DH attached to a frame he had built in the wall. I only have room for 6 feet wide but 8 would be better for the queens sized quilts. I then covered it with batting and it works perfect. The only time I use pins is when I'm spray basting a quilt together and want things snug. I don't know what I would do without it.

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    Get you some blue board..now pink in some places about an inch thick liquid nail it to the wall comes in 4x8 sheets and then use flannel or batting to cover it (use spray adhesive) start in the middle and work out and will add some light and you can put lots of blocks on it. make it as big as you can mine is 12 feet long and 8 feet high..
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    My design wall is made of tentest (comes in 4x8' sheets). I covered each sheet with 60" black fleece. Then screwed each onto the wall. Total size .... 10ft x 7-1/2 high. It's worked out great ... I never need to use pins to hold blocks up. Even fully assembled quilts have been hung without pins!! The tentest is soft enough though, that you can stick pins in easily ... which I often do to hold up patterns or notes to myself about projects!

    Make it as large as you can ... then you can have more than one thing up at a time if you like.
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    They make 4 ft. X 8 ft. insulation panels for houses, its 1 inch thick. Its coated with a silver product.
    This makes a great design wall for your situation, it can be glued to your cement wall. Then add
    a piece of flannel to the insulation board

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    I do not have a lot of room but I put sticky velcro on the tops of 2 door frames that were close and sewed ane sewed velcro on to a flanel backed table cloth. I leave my blocks there and can remove the table cloth when needed.
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    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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    We used the foam wall insulation board that you can find at Lowes. Then I covered it with flannel. This works great for me because I can either pin or press the blocks.

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    Here are a few ideas;
    1st: you can use the cieling tiles (the ones that look like cottage cheese)from the hardware store mounted on firing strips or glued to wall; the great thing about this is that they are flame resistance so if you want to steam your blocks while hanging no problem there.
    2nd: you can get the really long window roller shades and put flannel on them
    3rd. You can mount a piece of wood and mount clips on it and attach fabric to that along your cieling
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    I also have the pink insulation board for a design wall. In the old house I had it backed with a piece of lauan and covering up the window to the kitchen from my room . When I moved, there wasn't room for it. I didn't want to give up my design wall so I took it off the lauan, cut the insulation board in half lengthwise. (it had broken on the way home from Home Depot so it was already about 6.5 feet tall) made a hinge with duct tape so it folds and that way I can move it easily and fold it when I don't need it. I have thought about getting really thin strips of wood and gluing them to the back for more support but just haven't gotten around to it yet. I also have thought about getting another piece to make it wider by 1/3 and it will still fit in the same space folded.

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    HI, my design wall is made from this house insullation I think it is called foam board. it is 4X8 feet and I covered it with white flannel, but you can cover it in black or cream if you like I pinned it on. I just put mine agenst the wall. If you wanted to attatch it or something else to the wall your hubby could use an impact hammer that shoots a 22 short then attatch the board or boards if you have room I find it would be nice to have 2 boards to lay out my quilts. Someday I will get my room set up Good luck and happy quilting

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    Wow romaojg you have some fantastic Ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Is the basement ceiling finished? If it isn't, I would see if you could put up a long piece of pipe attached to the beams on both ends as close to the wall as you can. Get those cute little curtain hangers from Walmart that have the little teeth clothespins for hanging curtains. I clipped up a flannel backed tablecloth to those. You can then pull the tablecloth across the pipe and use the flannel back as a design wall. Blocks will stick quite well to it. I find for a quilt top that I need pins along the top to hold it. If the ceiling is finished, you may need to get some cement screws with the anchors (if your husband doesn't mind holes in the wall) and fasten up something. OR Have you looked into the peel and stick cork squares? How about those interlocking foam mats you can buy at Walmart? They could be stuck to the wall with cement epoxy? Just a few things to think about, maybe someone else will have some more ideas for you.
    Ii wouldn't use those curtain holders with teeth. They can damage your fabric a bit. Another option would be to use skirt/pats clamps made to put onto those plastic clothes hangers but come separately. I got mine at Target or Walmart. I made grossgrain ribbon loops through the tops and put the loops over electrical conduit and had a great way to display my quilts without hurting them. There are lots of resources for design walls here on the QB. You might want to do a search. ali
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    If you have the $$ Fons and Porter has a gridded pannel for a design wall. I have also seen people use the flannel covered side of a vinyl tablecloth.

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    if you are on, or close to, the cement block, it should have a coating of moisture blocker
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    Quote Originally Posted by gardnergal970 View Post
    I used 3/4 inch insulation board form Lowes which my DH attached to a frame he had built in the wall. I only have room for 6 feet wide but 8 would be better for the queens sized quilts. I then covered it with batting and it works perfect. The only time I use pins is when I'm spray basting a quilt together and want things snug. I don't know what I would do without it.
    This is what I have -- DSIL made it for me about 10 years ago and it is still going strong. I love it!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    if you are on, or close to, the cement block, it should have a coating of moisture blocker
    Yes, it's a cement block wall--but an interior one.
    I may just pick up a flannel-backed tablecloth--seems like the most inexpensive thing to try first.

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    I'm going really high tech here..I bought a queen size flannel sheet many many moons ago for $3 on clearance and push pinned it to the wall. I can move it anywhere and have several times. Its perfect for me but far from fancy. Since you have brick that wouldn't work for you..but you have some really good ideas here. Hope you find your perfect fit. =)
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    Here's what I do with cement block walls and a quilting design wall.

    I bought the large 3M plastic wall anchors. I stuck them to the wall about 3 inches below what would be the ceiling or floor joists and 12 inches apart. Next I bought flannel backed rectangle plastic table cloths. I folded down one edge of the shorter side of the table cloth. I then sewed button holes running the length of the buttonhole parrell with the edge of the table cloth. By running them this way it will allow for ease when hanging and if you are off a bit it won't matter. Then simply hang up the table cloth with the buttonholes slipped over the 3M hook.

    I made a new table cloth for each of my current projecgts. I tend to have 3-4 going all the time, so it's easy to hang up just the one I want to work on.

    Other benefits that I find works well with this notion.

    I like to go to retreats and this makes transportation very easy and at all the sites there hasn't been and issue with applying 3M hooks to the walls which are easily removed when time to leave.

    Also before transport, I add a few pins to the top portion of fabric pieces to keep them in place when unfurling and hanging up a project.

    Spray basting smaller projects directly on the design wall makes it much easier for repositioning than laying it out on the floor and the spray basting adds to the stickiness of the flannel of the table cloth.

    If the tablecloth looses it's tackiness, add more basting spray.


    I've also cut the table cloths into 1.5 by 2 foot pieces, for laying out a new block and carrying them all to the sewing machine to keep them in order.

    Watch for sales of table cloths at the end of various holidays. For $1 you'll have a great sewing aid.
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    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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    I use an inexpensive flannel backed tablecloth tacked to the wall. A friend of my built a design wall with a foam insulation/acoustic board covered with car overhead liner fabric. Our local Hancock's carries a wide variety of colors. Since her sewing room is in the old dining room, her husband built a frame around it. She used a grey colored liner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lioness3xs View Post
    Here's what I do with cement block walls and a quilting design wall.

    I bought the large 3M plastic wall anchors. I stuck them to the wall about 3 inches below what would be the ceiling or floor joists and 12 inches apart. Next I bought flannel backed rectangle plastic table cloths. I folded down one edge of the shorter side of the table cloth. I then sewed button holes running the length of the buttonhole parrell with the edge of the table cloth. By running them this way it will allow for ease when hanging and if you are off a bit it won't matter. Then simply hang up the table cloth with the buttonholes slipped over the 3M hook.

    I made a new table cloth for each of my current projecgts. I tend to have 3-4 going all the time, so it's easy to hang up just the one I want to work on.

    Other benefits that I find works well with this notion.

    I like to go to retreats and this makes transportation very easy and at all the sites there hasn't been and issue with applying 3M hooks to the walls which are easily removed when time to leave.

    Also before transport, I add a few pins to the top portion of fabric pieces to keep them in place when unfurling and hanging up a project.

    Spray basting smaller projects directly on the design wall makes it much easier for repositioning than laying it out on the floor and the spray basting adds to the stickiness of the flannel of the table cloth.

    If the tablecloth looses it's tackiness, add more basting spray.


    I've also cut the table cloths into 1.5 by 2 foot pieces, for laying out a new block and carrying them all to the sewing machine to keep them in order.

    Watch for sales of table cloths at the end of various holidays. For $1 you'll have a great sewing aid.
    Lioness, I really appreciate your ideas. However, your last idea helps me the most:

    " ... cut the table cloths into 1.5 by 2 foot pieces, for laying out a new block and carrying them all to the sewing machine to keep them in order."

    My design wall will be in a back bedroom, out of the way, so having smaller pieces of flannel backed tablecloth I can lay out a row of quilt blocks, roll it up and take it to my sewing machine.

    I often get turned around from my original ideas. Your idea should help straighten me out! Thanks!

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