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    My $2 design wall

    Hello everyone, as I've gotten more into quilting this last year or so, I have seen the need for a design wall but wasn't about to spend the $$ to buy one. I tried several different cheap ideas, and finally landed on this.Name:  design wall.jpg
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    I bought a cheap fleece throw blanket from the dollar store for $2, it measures about 50"x56". We had some heavy duty cardboard panels from ordering solar panels for our RV. Hubby used packing tape to tape them together which created a "hinge" so I can fold it and store it away. Attached the throw to the cardboard with 3 binder clips. It won't hold a huge quilt, but will hold a small quilt or a bunch of squares for a bigger one. Quick, cheap, portable...works for me since I sew in our formal dining room. Also, the fleece blanket was cheaper than batting or flannel yardage and everything sticks really well.

    I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a second-hand room divider/screen. One side can be decorative, the other can have the cheap fleece permanently mounted on it. Then, if we have folks over and need the big dining table, I can set my machine, etc in a corner of the room (it's a big room), put the screen in front of it so my current project will be tucked invisibly away, then moved back out when company leaves.

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    thanks for sharing... sounds like a good solution
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    How clever of you! Sounds like a good plan in your dining room also.

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    I did something similar with four syrofoam boards I found in Home Depot. Nice job.
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    Great idea! Thanks for sharing.
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    Necessity is the mother of invention........never thought of a fleece blanket.......

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    I never thought of the fleece blankets. I will hopefully have space for a design wall, soon, but I was worried about the cost. This is a GREAT and inexpensive idea. I need to keep my eyes out for a white one like you have there. Perfect!

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    I bought a couple of flannel backed plastic tablecloths at a cheapie store a couple of years ago. Sewed them together for a nice big design wall. Works well. Only problem is having a large enough space to hang it!

    I like the idea of your decorative screen for your DR as well. Nice double-duty idea for your situation.

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    Great idea, and I love your bright nine patches. What are you going to do with them?
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    Great idea nd if we can do something for less, why not?

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    Some good ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love hearing of others ideas, makes us all think.

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    Love your idea! Thank you for sharing.

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    Creative solution! Thanks for sharing.
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    cindynvb, I am making a granny square quilt, but have come up with a different, easier way to put it together. I posted part 1 of a tutorial on that page. Will finish the tutelage soon and post pics when it is done.

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    Great ideal

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    Great idea.

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    Well, that is a fabulous idea. I have a set of white fleece sheets that I bought a couple years ago... hated them on the bed... but I think it would work on a design board! I also have one of those tri-fold cardboard things that kids use in school for their projects, which I picked up at the Dollar Tree thinking I could use it for a photo backdrop. I'll bet I could glue the fleece sheet onto that board because it's not very thick fleece. Then I could just fold it up and tuck it behind something when it's not in use. Oh boy, another project to try!!

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    Excellent re-purposing idea.
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    Great suggestions!

    Thank you.

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    Be careful! I started out with a make do design wall using cardboard and an old plastic tablecloth. That fit perfectly in my little 8x 6 sewing room. I thought what more could I want. LOL I now have two 8 x 4 felt covered insulation foam boards in my converted den with attached bedroom that is now my sewing studio.
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    I have sliding pocket doors to my sewing room and since there are windows and closets on other walls there is mo real room for a design wall. But a thought popped into my brain about hanging a flannel Roman shade just above the door way on the inside of the room. Maybe I could lower and raise it and it would be out of sight from the rest of the house??

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    Great idea. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindaschipper View Post
    I have sliding pocket doors to my sewing room and since there are windows and closets on other walls there is mo real room for a design wall. But a thought popped into my brain about hanging a flannel Roman shade just above the door way on the inside of the room. Maybe I could lower and raise it and it would be out of sight from the rest of the house??
    Why not put a thin covered board on the pocket door?
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