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    I need design wall ideas please!

    This "curtain" has been my design wall for years. I have to pin blocks to it but it has worked well. After a recent remodel though my sewing space has changed. I now share my area with dh's desk and he had the wonderful idea of an ironing board on the wall. I love that part but it now makes my design wall practically unusable. So what I would like to do is change it. I would like ideally something I con't have to pin blocks to and I would like to put the design wall in front of my fabric shelves and have two pieces that I could put one in front of the other. Does that make sense? So whatever I use has to be lightweight. I just can't figure out what to use and how to make them moveable. I thought about something like closet doors but then I checked prices. Not in my budget. Did I mention it also has to be cheap?
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    Install a double curtain rod above the opening. Use wall anchors for drywall and it won't come down.

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/E-Z-Ancor-5...Anchor/1098803

    I use these all the time. There are two sizes/weight available. Generally, the smaller size is fine for most projects.

    Good luck!

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    I have no ideas. I use my bed for my design wall.
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    I use felt. The blocks stick well to it. I only need to pin if it's a heavy bigger block.

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    How it do you want it to be? You could cover insulation board with batting or flannel. It would be very light weight. I posted a thread about my design wall recently, perhaps you could do something similar and not attach it to the wall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhCanada View Post
    How it do you want it to be? You could cover insulation board with batting or flannel. It would be very light weight. I posted a thread about my design wall recently, perhaps you could do something similar and not attach it to the wall.
    This is exactly what I have for a design wall. Although mine hangs on the wall, it is very light weight, so if you didn't hang it, you could move it very easily. It's also great to stick pins into when you have something too heavy to stay on its own. I used warm and natural batting on mine. The only thing I might do differently is to use a little temporary spray adhesive to keep it from shifting around. It isn't a big problem, but would be nice if it were attached a little more firmly to the insulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhCanada View Post
    How it do you want it to be? You could cover insulation board with batting or flannel. It would be very light weight. I posted a thread about my design wall recently, perhaps you could do something similar and not attach it to the wall.
    This is what I've done. I have two of them and can stack them one behind the other when I don't need a big surface to use or put them side by side when I'm working on a larger project. They're lightweight and easy to move around.
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    https://www.patchworkposse.com/make-design-board/

    I just found this link to a tute for a design wall. Good luck!

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    I did the same as the others...covered two insulation boards. I used Gorilla tape to seam them together in the middle. I was going to screw them to the wall in my new sewing studio but someone suggested I leave them loose so if I wanted to lay it on the floor to baste a quilt, I could.
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    I use a flannel-backed tablecloth I purchased at WalMart on clearance for $.30. I can roll it up for a mobile design wall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by copycat View Post
    https://www.patchworkposse.com/make-design-board/

    I just found this link to a tute for a design wall. Good luck!
    The design wall in the picture can't be for the $3 size. That size is only 28x40. The one in the picture is a lot larger and sits on the floor.
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    Design wall

    I also use insulation board a and just covered with warm and natural batting and gorilla tape to the back it is sturdy enough to lean against the wall and blocks stick to it really well. If lm auditioning a border around a big chunk of quilt I sometimes have to put a couple of pins into the board to hold up large segmented pieces. I have a second one that I can put side by side and get a full. 8 feetof design wall. Blocks will also stick over one board and on to the other. They are light enough to move easily

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou View Post
    The design wall in the picture can't be for the $3 size. That size is only 28x40. The one in the picture is a lot larger and sits on the floor.
    If you look closely, it is sitting on a cutting mat. I imagine that it is sitting on a table, then.

    I made a flannel board similar to this when I was teaching and it really works great. Depending on the size of your blocks, you can fit several on there.

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    I have Warm and Natural over insulation board, too. DSIL put 2 pieces together on a frame and I covered it. I have it hanging on a blank wall. Had W&N on for 15 years but we moved and it got real dirty so we put new W&N on and it is now hanging on my wall again. If the place your curtain is has tracks for a sliding door or if it had doors on hinges, maybe you could use the insulation as doors in place of the curtain.
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    get yourself a piece of insulation put felt or quilt batting on it. it's light you can move it around . ( Lowes ) make it the size you want.. good luck

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    I like Kittybug's suggestion. I'd slide it under the bed when not in use.

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    I use a flat flannel sheet on insulation board. I wish it was double the width, but it’s not to be. I have it standing upright.

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    I would have to say husbands banded from inspirational, design rooms.
    they think differently.
    now you have no design wall. sorry to hear this and for you .

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    My husband has allowed me to get a "Design-a-way" quilt hanger. It is nice because you get to have two design walls at once, when not in use or you need to hide it, it rolls right on up. http://www.design-a-way.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by copycat View Post
    https://www.patchworkposse.com/make-design-board/

    I just found this link to a tute for a design wall. Good luck!
    I love that idea. Thanks for sharing!

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