Lately, I have been reading how-to’s about creating a design wall for quilting and I finally did it today in my studio. It took my husband and I less than 15 minutes! We used foam boards from Home Depot called Insulfoam. They have tongue-and-groove edges so they lock together really easily:
Each panel is 2 ft. x 8 ft. We used white duct tape to tape the seams together then laid the whole thing down on a large piece of cotton batting. We wrapped the foam panel as if wrapping a giant present with the batting and duct-taped the back edge:
We used a few dabs of caulk to adhere it to the wall. It is super light, so it didn’t need much. Voila! One huge design wall for quilting. I remember reading on another blog (but I can’t remember which one) about using batting vs. felt or flannel. I think they all work well, but that blog said something about the batting being a bit “stickier” and I do think that is true. But really, that is what I happened to have on hand. (The batting is cream-colored and a bit sheer so you can see the duct tape seams, but I imagine that flannel or felt would be less sheer.) Here it is:
Now I can lay out my designs without having to stand on my kitchen counter and look at my quilt on the floor to get perspective! And the great thing about a design wall is that the quilting cotton just sticks to the wall without having to use tape or pins. Awesome.
I usually stand at the top of my stairs and look at large quilt configurations from up there. I wish I had room for a quilt wall! Nice Carrie!
I found your room tonight via the “Where I Sew” mosaic. I love your new design wall. You are fortunate to have a nice space to make a large one like that.
Thanks for sharing your workspace.