If you are new to quilting you may be shaking your head and saying what is that. A quilt design wall or board is the place you layout your quilt in advance. If you are a quilter I know you have experienced that ooops feeling “I sure didn’t mean to put that block there…”
A design wall is where you layout your quilt pieces in advance. The pieces can even be laid out before they are pieced so you can move them around and arrange and rearrange the colors and patterns. I am fortunate to have a room dedicated to my quilting but before I had that room I used a board propped on a paint easel. Now I use a full wall draped with fabric to create a place to hang my pieces. You can use felt or quilt batting that make it easy to stick other fabric pieces.
Simple ideas for a quilting design board or wall
Your design wall can be very simple. The easiest thing to do is to cut a piece of batting to the size of the wall space you have available and tack it in place with push pins. Alternatively, some quilters use the flannel side of a flannel-backed tablecloth. Using batting or flannel is a good choice because it’s somewhat sticky and the pieces you’re auditioning usually don’t need to be pinned in place, making it easy to try different configurations.
If you work small, you can buy an artist’s canvas from an art supply store and cover it with batting. In my outside studio that I share with another artist, I have a 40″ x 48″ canvas covered with batting that rests on an easel. The board can be stored when not in use. The advantage of any of these options is that they are relatively inexpensive, and can be taken down or moved if needed.
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Yesterday I stopped by our local quilt shop – 3 Hens & A Chick and they were working on a shop sample made from a great children’s panel. Here a couple of images that show their design wall in action.
This is the original panel:
This is a great panel and is stock visit their website for more information….. 3hensandachick.com