Sunday, August 5, 2012

Quilter's Design Wall



















I've had this open wall space in my project room and while I contemplated filling it with beautiful wall quilts, I knew the more functional option was to create a design wall.










A design wall helps a quilter to temporarily display fabrics and quilt blocks before they are sewn together. You can move your fabric around until you create the right design for you.

There are many different options for creating a design wall. There are manufactured design walls that you can purchase, and many ideas on the web for creating your own. The most simplified design wall can be created by hanging a piece of flannel on your wall, but I knew I wanted mine to be clean looking and multi-functional. Not only did I want it to display my fabric, I wanted to be able to pin coordinating patterns or notes to it as well. That is why I chose the materials I did.

Materials:


  • (2) - 2' x 4' pegboard
  • (2) - 2' x 4' foam, 1/2" thick
  • 3 yds. white flannel, cut into two pieces that are large enough to cover the pegboard with extra overhang
  • duct tape
  • painter's tape
  • screws & anchors
  • level
  • pencil
  • drill with drill bit and screw bit





Assemble:

1.  Have someone hold the pegboard up against the wall. Use the level to make sure it is straight. Make marks onto the wall through two of the peg holes near the top of the board about 4" down and 4" in from the sides. Also make sure to mark on the board which holes you used.  I also made a mark toward the bottom center of the board. Repeat for the second board that will hang next to the first. It's a good idea to leave a slight gap in between the two boards to allow for the flannel.

2.  Remove the board from the wall. Where the two marks are on the wall, insert your anchor and screw, leaving the screw out just enough so that the board will lay flat when it is hung.





3.  With the drill and a large drill bit, enlarge the marked holes on the pegboard enough to where the screw head will fit through the hole. I did this by inserting the drill bit through the hole and moving it in a circular motion to create a bigger hole.


























This is what the two pegboards look like hanging next to each other.




4.    Iron the flannel and lay it flat on a hard surface. I used the floor. Tape the flannel down using painter's tape so there are no wrinkles.
















5.  Lay the foam in the middle of the flannel.










6.  Lay the pegboard  on the foam facedown. Trim the foam to the size of the board as needed. Mark where the larger holes are located on the back of the board.

7.  Cut the flannel so there is approximately 2-1/2" of flannel on all sides of the board.

8.  At all four corners cut a square from the corner of the flannel.












9.  Fold the flannel over the pegboard.













10.  Adhere the flannel to the board with duct tape.











11.  Repeat these steps to create the second board.

12.  Hang the boards by aligning the marked holes with the screws in the wall.













Now you are ready to hang your fabric. No pins are required because the fabric "sticks" to the flannel.

I like that I am also able to pin my pattern to the wall while I am designing.

My design wall has been very useful when I am selecting fabrics. I am able to visualize what my quilt will look like before it is sewn together and can make changes on the fly. It keeps my work space cleaner as well.


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