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Design Wall

MOMA | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I have a new sewing room and now I can finally have a design wall. What is the best product to use for quilting  pieces? I heard that felt or batting could be used also. I need help. Thanks


  1. lovemycottons | | #1

    How I envy you! A room all to yourself for sewing. That is wonderful. I still use our kitchen table.

    I made a design board using felt. Because I do not have a permanent place for it, I made a casing to insert a rod. I roll the felt around the rod when not in use and store it in a corner of the room. When I need it, I unroll the felt and hang the rod and voila, a design board!

    When the felt hangs from the rod, it is not completely flat, it is a bit wavy, and if someone walks by and creates a breeze, you can guess what happens. I then made another adjustment by creating another casing at the bottom of the design board for another rod. I have not used it yet, but hope it will flatten out the felt and reduce it from flapping in the breeze. Other than that, it works great. The fabric really sticks to the felt. When I finally have my own sewing room, I will make a permanent design board by attaching the felt to a firm surface. This then will eliminate all of the above problems.

    Felt boards have been around for a long time. I remember my teachers using them. I am also looking forward to other responses, maybe store bought design boards are made of something else.

    1. MOMA | | #2

      Thankyou for your reply. I will use the felt and see how it works. Nancy's Notions have one for sell that you can move around but I didn't like the price . I don't know the material that they used. I'm going to get the felt  today, Thanks again, Sally 

  2. Tangent | | #3

    An inexpensive idea for a design wall, from my friend who is a quilter-  purchase some of the cheap vinyl flannel-backed tablecloths.  Sew them together to make a large enough area (hers is nearly 8 feet square).  Hang it with the 'flannel' side out.  Maybe use Velcro across the top, and the bottom corners, so it can be removable.  The cotton pieces 'stick' very nicely, and the large size means she can check the overall pattern, and even get far enough away to see how it looks from a distance.

    1. MOMA | | #4

      That is a very good thought. I never thought of the table cloths. I have bought a piece of felt and put it up yesterday. I'm happy with the results. I do think if I want to carry my quilting around to classes that the table cloth would be the way to go. Thanks, Sally

      1. Tangent | | #5

        The tablecloth idea surprised me., too.  The first time I saw it, there was nothing on it, and I had no idea why it was hanging there.  I've since seen it being used , and how very useful it is, because the quilt pieces stick just enough to hold them, and are so easy to re-arrange, so she can adjust the placement if necessary.  She also puts them on the design wall once the pieces are sewn into blocks, and when the blocks are ready for sashing.  If I visit often, I can see the quilt evolve!

        1. MOMA | | #6

          The design wall is an "everchanging "art wall. I did use the felt and choose and off white. I have $5 quilt classes to finish and this will encourage and remind me to finish the fun quilt. once you see the blocks all up it gives a kick in the pants to finish it. Thanks for the reply, Sally

  3. Teaf5 | | #7

    Another "Sally"! I wonder how many there are of us on this forum? --Another Sally

    1. MOMA | | #8

      Hello Sally, I'm from the South and I think the name is more common there. My middle name is Ann that is very common. I live in Wa. state and love it. Have a great day, Sally

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