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The Benefits of a Design Wall

A design wall or board is so helpful in the sewing proess. Having an area to lay out fabric choices or quilt block pieces can help you visualize how they will look in your next project. It can also keep all your pieces organized as you sew. It can be a vertical surface like on a wall (picture below) or a lay down one such as the board shown in the picture above.


Your design surface can be any size that works for your space. For a permanent design wall, cover a surface of foam-core board with a napped material, such as flannel or batting. Some sewers use the flannel back of oilcloth or a flannel-backed tablecloth for a design wall, rolling it up between projects or hanging one in front of the other to view different quilts.


Tips for a Design Surface:

  • Your design wall should have a neutral background color, so it doesn't interfere with your view of the fabrics or quilt blocks.
  • Make sure your design surface has a napped (or slightly clingy) material, like flannel or quilt batting. Fabric pieces stitck to this material, so you can keep pieces displayed longer.
  • Think about size. Do you want something permanent on your wall or something smaller you can carry from your sewing machine to the iron? Your size space and intended use will help you choose which type of design surface is best for you.

Love this design board? It comes in two sizes (10"-square and 18"-square) and three different colors. Not only are they light and easy to transport, the design boards by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet stack easily for storing several projects at a time.

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