Quilting Design Wall ~ just completed

This is my new quilting design wall with my Dear Jane blocks
1163 pieces thus far

This is my wall before starting. The wall is located beside my sewing machine in the family room. Our family room has the TV, the computer, the recumbent bicycle and my sewing room.

I thought I would share with you how I decided to accomplish this. Below are some step-by-step pictures and direction of how Kevin and I made my new quilting design wall.

Items you will need:

2 sheets of insulation 1/2 thick sized 4x8 to total 8x8 ft
           (trimmed to fit your design area)
5.5 yards of warm and natural batting
           (or a flannel flat sheets in the size needed, two twin sheets
             would fit these)
Scissors (fabric and paper scissors for cutting the tape)
Duck tape
2" wood screws, gold colored (16)
finishing washers, copper colored (16)
paper towels
nail punch
electric or battery drill

On the aluminum side of the insulation board, measure how much you need to cut off the bottom and score it with a box cutter using a ruler to stay straight.  We cut off 16 inches of the bottom of both of the sheet.

Bend the board where you cut it and cut through the fold on the opposite side.

You can see the walls are marked for the studs.  I used the duck tape to secure the four sides as a temporary hold to stretch the fabric around the board.

Cut out the extra batting on the corner to decrease the thickness.  Make a mitered corner by folding the batting and pulling it around the corner tight.

Add the glue to the board and spread it with a wet paper towel to thin the glue and make it sticky all over the edges.  Tighten the batting/fabric around the board and make sure there are no wrinkles or folds.

After securing the batting/fabric to the insulation with glue, secure it with the duck tape.  Don't do the duck tape too close to the insulation edge (as I learned) because it will be difficult to screw through the duck tape.  

Here is one board finished

Wook screws and finishing washers

Here is the hard part.  You must make a X in the fabric where the hole is going to go for the screw or the fabric will catch and start to twist with the drilling of the screw.  Cut an X with the scissors, use a nail punch to mark the hole and the push the screw (that has been placed inside the washer first) into the insulation.

As you can see above, my walls are not square.  I had to stagger the insulation heights in order to be able to use my studs.  The studs were tilted.  No worries, it still looks acceptable to me!  I just love the results! 
There are a few things I learned in the process.  When screwing in the wood screws with an electic drill it is easy to catch the fabric and start it to twist on itself and be pulled by the screw.  Simply back out a little and cut more away from the screw.  Don't worry, the washer will tighten down any loose fabric you sliced out of the way.  I also learned the screws easily go through the back of the fabric but if the tape is there it is a little more difficult. 

Thanks to my wonderful husband who helped me.  There is no way only one person can do this.  You need another set of hands to help hold the sheets up and press them down to make sure they are flush with the wall.  If there is any warping in the sheets, you need make sure you are pressing down hard when screwing them in place. 

A special thanks to my neighbor Joe who let Kevin use his truck to go to Home Depot to pick up the sheets of insulation.   Kevin said jokingly that tomorrow he is going back to work so he can get some rest!  LOL  I guess we did do alot this week.  He goes back to work but I have another week off and guess what I am going to be doing?   You're right, my Dear Jane quilt.  Now that I have a design wall I will be getting to work on it. 

This is my finished quilting design wall



Pokey said…
Yippee! It's great when a plan comes together! I'm glad you(and Kevin's) mission was accomplished. Your Dear Jane blocks on the wall will keep their progress on your mind for sure. :-}pokey
Suzanne said…
WOW....you both did a great job, it's perfect for designing.

Can't believe how many block you have finished and they look soooo wonderful preented on the wall.

Dear Jane is the perfect project to launch your design wall.
Pat said…
It looks great!!! (Gary would say the same thing about going back to work to get a REST!!! LOL)
I have the same type of design wall. Duct tape is a (wo)man's best friend. :o) We did have some issues with the screws catching the batting and twisting it. Congratulations on your new design wall. Fantastic Dear Jane blocks.
elsie123 said…
Very nice. I made mine using foam board, and it's ok, but this one really looks like it will do a good job.
Yvette said…
Awesome! I want one!!!
Loris said…
Great tutorial for DYI. Your DJ blocks look fantastic all up there together. Wonderful little blocks! Jane would indeed be proud. Enjoy your week :-)
Your design wall looks great! You are surely going to have fun with that.

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