Adventures of a Novelty Fabric and Selvage Obsessed Quilter

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I am a busy wife and the mom of 19 year old twins, a boy and a girl who are Sophomores at Syracuse University.

I have been quilting since the spring of 2008. I love novelty fabrics, colorful and unique.

Selvage quilting is addictive! Who knew the "junk" we cut off and threw out would be what I now save! I started a new tradition when I travel--visiting quilt stores! I particularly enjoy going to stores that have been named in the Quilt Sampler Featured Shop Lists-

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Flannel for design wall-


Another item off my list for sewing studio completion!
I bought 2 1/3 yards of 108 inch white flannel today.

Now I need to decide how I want to
make my design wall-
permanent or not??



  1. Where did you go to get it? That is on my to do list now that I am in my permanant room.

  2. A design board has been on my list of things to do, also, but I don't know how to make one! I'll be watching your blog to get some ideas - thanks for posting.

  3. My "design wall" aka a piece of cotton quilt batting!! is tacked to the wall - you think you will use it and put it away or roll it up or whatever... but it will stay up on the wall forever!! I like to be able to walk in, take a look at whatever is up on the wall and perhaps actually work on that project or at least move it around :-) I've now got two pieces of batting up on the wall, one right beside me at the machine and the other on the other side of the wall. It's very handy to have the one beside the machine, I can place blocks directly up there so I know where I'm up to, especially when putting rows together.

  4. What I have, and my quilt guild has also purchased for our quilt room at the Senior Center is the pink foam insulation boards you get at a building supply store. They are 4' x 8' sheets, and we bought the 2" thick ones. Ours are covered with Warm and Natural batting secured with long quilting pins stuck into the sides (2" depth) of the insulation sheets. This was more readily available in the width we needed than flannel was, and was cost effective. In my sewing room the boards are leaning against my (recessed)fabric shelves and help protect my fabric from the light; I'm able to slide them back and forth somewhat like a patio door to access my fabric....with no hardware needed other than tension rods the width of my shelves, mounted near the ceiling. At the Senior Center we are able to easily move the boards around to suit our purposes and line them up side by side for the larger quilts, or use them individually for the lap quilts. We like this flexibility.

  5. I like the permanent one that I have - wrap the flannel and a thin batting around a 4x8 piece of foam insulation - use the nails with the plastic circles around them to nail it to the wall or the nails will pull right through.
    you can also cut 2" plastic circles from a milk jug or other plastic to use. the plastic washers really help!

  6. always have your design wall positioned so you can see it from where you sit at your sewing machine.
    for a portable wall, I use a 6' square of felt.


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