Design Wall for Quilters

I dream of a quilt studio in the woods overlooking a lake or stream, watching birds and wildlife outside my window as music plays quietly over an expensive Bose stereo system. I can stitch away the day with no other responsibilities except to be a wonderful wife and grandma.  That’s not likely to happen any time soon, so I’m content begrudgingly working in my unfinished basement with the beautiful yellow cement block walls.  But a design wall would make all the difference, so the Woodworker, being the fabulous husband that he is, helped make THAT dream a reality for Mother’s Day.

If you’ve wondered how to create your own design wall, here’s how we did it, in pictures.

IMG_1398 We started by buying a sheet of 1.5 inch thick Owens Corning Foamular. I opted for one 4 x 8 foot sheet rather than two for the time being.  I can always add another one later if I need it.
IMG_1395 The Woodworker made a frame for the back that was glued in place for stability and for hanging.
The frame is the size of the sheet of Foamular.
IMG_1397 Two cross members help to secure the frame and add more stability.  Note how the print on the Foamular is at the BACK of the sheet, not the front.  That is important!
IMG_1403 We purchased Warm & White cotton batting to wrap around the Foamular, making sure we had enough to wrap to the back and staple.
IMG_1401 The cotton batting was wrapped around to the back and DOUBLED over prior to being stapled with a staple gun.  I let the Woodworker handle the staple gun because he is, after all, a professional.
IMG_1402 I showed my professional woodworker how to miter the corners, and he did a wonderful job.
IMG_1405 Two hooks were screwed into beams along the rafters above the basement wall in my sewing area.  Two hooks were screwed into the wooden board across the top of my design wall.  A chain was used to suspend the design wall from the rafters.
IMG_1404 See?  It works perfectly!   Some day soon you’ll see my fantastic design wall strutting it’s stuff with actual quilt fabrics arranged in a pleasing fashion.

Imagine how great a design wall would be in YOUR house, overlooking a lake or stream…  with soft music…

Yeah, yeah.  I know.

If you leave a comment below, please tell the Woodworker how appreciative of him you are.  You can find him during the day at Mosey’s Woodworks in beautiful downtown Flushing.

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 20

The quilting is now complete, and all that remains to be done is:

  • A hanging sleeve for the back
  • Sewing the binding on by machine
  • Hand stitching the binding closed with mitered corners
  • Washing the quilt (gasp)
  • Sewing on the label (still unsure as to who will be making the label)
IMG_1370 Duff’s Bluff by Elizabeth Brandt
IMG_1372 Bright Star by Nancee Marchinowski
IMG_1373 God’s Eye by Carrie Dominguez
IMG_1377 Block by Sue Mohr
IMG_1380 Block by Valerie Langue
IMG_1381 Block by Valerie Langue
IMG_1384 Lemoyne Star by Betty Grant
IMG_1407 Michelle’s Garden by Ruth Davis
This little block has 33 pieces in it!
IMG_1417 Ohio Star by Ruth Garrett
IMG_1419 Brandon’s Star by Fernande Authuys
IMG_1412 A larger photo will be posted after the steps at the top of this post have been taken.