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    Design Walls

    DH and I occasionally clear out abandoned office buildings. It's amazing what people leave behind. I would have to say that both of us may appear in danger of ending up on "Hoarders."

    But I digress. These folks left behind about 23 office cubicle panels. I saw them and immediately thought they would make great design walls...pins stick in super easy. My mind went nuts and somehow I thought we might be able to actually put a cubicle in the middle of the living room where I have my sewing space. When DH bucked on that one, I started to pout. He pointed out the ludicrous idea of it and I had to crack up and agree that perhaps I maybe had a "fever"...more cowbell!

    Well, the panels are super light and he came up with this idea. Now my problem is 3 UFO in my face and room for more!

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    Here are all 3 "walls" from a distance.
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    This is my "immediate" work area where I can use the space to organize blocks and small building blocks. Watched Ricky Tims video yesterday on the one-seam flying geese and HAD to play with it. This will probably be a wall hanging when it grows up.
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    This is my intermediate wall that I am using for a quilt-along project. One mistake I made with this wall is I blocked out light from the window...ah well, worth it having immediate wall.
    It is 3 of those panels attached to a useless partition to the front door.
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    Finally, this is my "get in line" wall for projects I temporarily abandoned.

    So my triage is wonky, you ought to me me!!!
    From the artist formerly known as Missus Fear...Hi, my name is Tracy and I am a hobbyaholic.
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    Great use for those partitions. I've often tried to figure out how I'd use my office cubicle in my sewing area, but they'd probably have a problem if they saw me trying to carry it out the front door.

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    Fun part was this...we were paid 200 bucks to haul the stuff away. We scrapped all the aluminum and steel and made 150 bucks, I got my design walls, and we sold the rest of the panel parts to a local rap musician (wait, isn't that an oxymoron?) for 40 bucks and kept DH out of my hair for a minute while he was outside scrapping them! WIN!
    From the artist formerly known as Missus Fear...Hi, my name is Tracy and I am a hobbyaholic.
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    I'm sitting in my cubicle at work regarding my walls in a whole new light...but unlike ksdot417, I'm thinking about what my neighbours might think about the sound of the sewing machine going all day! You got big-time lucky with this one, girl. Good for you!
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    ​Windows are nice but design walls are better! Congratulations!

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    Great recycling idea! I have a design wall but it is referred to as the climbing wall. Two of my cats love to climb it and sleep on the top. It isn't attached to the wall but is propped behind a desk that has a serger on it. The cats LOVE my sewing room. The door is kept closed when I'm not in there so they wait by the door and run in when it is opened.

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    Great score and idea!

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    How ingenious! But I think I would rather have the window. I thought about using one of those panels before. I see them for sale on CL every so often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
    Great recycling idea! I have a design wall but it is referred to as the climbing wall. Two of my cats love to climb it and sleep on the top. It isn't attached to the wall but is propped behind a desk that has a serger on it. The cats LOVE my sewing room. The door is kept closed when I'm not in there so they wait by the door and run in when it is opened.
    Cute! Kola has been waiting for me to turn my back on my sandwiched quilts I have in the Quilting room. She loves to lay on them and knows it drives me bonkers when she does.
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    What a brilliant idea! Where one design wall is nice, three is even better!

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    3 cheers for DH and great ufo's

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    YOU SCORE Big time Girl! WOW, way to go and such wonderful design walls!

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    Great re-purposing! Nice quilts-in -progress too!!!
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    Thank you!
    From the artist formerly known as Missus Fear...Hi, my name is Tracy and I am a hobbyaholic.
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    Great story!
    Happy Quilting!

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    Good idea!!!! I have a few of those awaiting to go into my studio I am trying to create!! It would be so nice to be like "bewitch" and wiggle my nose and have my area cleaned out, rearranged and organized and ready to embroider and sew in!!!!
    Any speed cleaning ideas out there girls? My DH wants me to just throw out the "stuff" I have not used in a decade or so. The minute I do that and that would be the next item I need to finish a new project!!! I am a hobbyaholic and proud of it!!!

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    Wow! How fortunate for you and I love your projects. Thanks for the idea, I am going to keep my eyes open for some of these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gramtam View Post
    Good idea!!!! I have a few of those awaiting to go into my studio I am trying to create!! It would be so nice to be like "bewitch" and wiggle my nose and have my area cleaned out, rearranged and organized and ready to embroider and sew in!!!!
    Any speed cleaning ideas out there girls? My DH wants me to just throw out the "stuff" I have not used in a decade or so. The minute I do that and that would be the next item I need to finish a new project!!! I am a hobbyaholic and proud of it!!!
    LOL, HIDE them!
    From the artist formerly known as Missus Fear...Hi, my name is Tracy and I am a hobbyaholic.
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    What a great story. I never even thought of using cube walls....
    Jojos Nana, Carol

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    Great way to recycle.

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    That is a fabulous repurposing idea! It's great that you have a large enough sewing space to accommodate those panels.

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    What a fantastic idea for design walls. I have a friend that does maintenance in office buildings. I think I will put him on alert for any they are getting rid of. Thanks for sharing the idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaC View Post
    That is a fabulous repurposing idea! It's great that you have a large enough sewing space to accommodate those panels.
    You must remember I have infiltrated our living room!
    From the artist formerly known as Missus Fear...Hi, my name is Tracy and I am a hobbyaholic.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blogs/m...ear-79671.html

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    Boy you sure are very GREEN! Good work; kept those items out of the dump.

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    Good use for those panels. I wish I could have gotten a couple of them with you!!
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