1 August 2013

Quilt Design Board DIY

Putting up a quilt design wall has been on my list of things to do ever since I had my overhaul in the sewing room a few months back, somehow I never got round to getting it done? I've also been getting tired of tip-toeing around quilt blocks I had arranged carefully on the floor! So enough was enough!!
Last Saturday I got my butt in gear (with the help of Robin) we made a quick trip to B&Q and picked up two sheets of hardboard, some gaffa tape and a roll of 'No More Nails' double sided tape. I already have a roll of 100% cotton batting that I use for my quilt-making so I just cut it to size plus a couple of inches bigger, ironed it and then laid it flat on the floor with the hardboard on top and gaffa taped it in place all the way around the edges. We then used a few rows of double sided tape on the back of each board and stuck them to the wall side by side! voila, done! 
It's not the best budget busting DIY, roughly £20 + the cost of the wadding but it worth it's weight in gold getting things off the floor! The hardboard works really well to make it a nice hard flat surface that you can stick your quilt blocks to and re-arrange for colour placement etc. I've seen some people hang batting up with a curtain pole, so there's lots of other ways to do it - but I wanted a firm surface. I'm amazed at how well things stick to it! It's such a great way of brightening up my sewing room, while being practical :) I love just gazing at my WIP now. Above are the farmers wife blocks I've completed so far - not many!! and some *very wonky* stars I did ages ago. I think the design board will be a good way to motivate me to complete some projects! :) 
Jessie, xo 

21 comments:

  1. Your farmer wife blocks are gorgeous. I wish I had a free wall to hang a board, but no crying since I have a sewing room at least.

    Cheers from Spain

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  2. It looks fab, no wonder you are pleased!
    Hen x

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  3. Your design wall sounds very functional but I love it for it's beauty. You have such pretty blocks with such pretty fabrics. I just love your style.

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  4. Love your design wall. It looks like a work of art with those beautiful blocks.

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  5. a feast for the eyes !! love it
    susan x

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  6. Love your design wall!! I need to make one!! Thanks for the DIY!

    Hugs,

    Kerri :)

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  7. Love it! I usually have a bit of wadding pinned to the wall but things fall off because its it flat, I'm just to stingy to buy something! And you farmers wife blocks are beautiful, one day I'll get around to doing this one!

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  8. Perfect! I still need to make a design wall - soon...

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  9. A design wall makes a big difference. And you're right about it adding motivation. :) It was money well spent!

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  10. I love it and will have to do this one day when I have the space!! Beautiful blocks!! xo Heather

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  11. Ooh I have one too but I used an old exhibition graphic and cheap felt. I could do with it being a bit wider though so trying to figure out just how I'd do that... my blocks are always hanging off the edges as it's only 1m wide

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  12. Perfect!
    Lovely blocks!

    Have a nice weekend, Evelyne

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  13. It does look like a work of art just as it is! I like your color choices for your blocks. I'm thinking of making one also.

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  14. Olá, seus blocos ficaram lindos e delicados, parabéns.

    Bom Agosto pra vc.

    Abç, Salete.

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  15. A very pretty wall. Cheap decorating!

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  17. Te ha quedado muy bonito, me gusta.
    Anna

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  18. This looks really lovely! And thank you so much for sending my Sew and Quilt order so quickly.....the fabrics are gorgeous!
    Helen x

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  19. Now that is lovely, the design patterns look good as well

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I love reading each and every one. I try and respond to questions in the comments so other readers can see as well. Best wishes, Jessie