Thursday, March 31, 2011


. . . that I figure out a way to have a "design board" for my quilting. Since I don't have a room devoted to my sewing, I have always preferred to keep my sewing / quilting contained in my laundry room which is large enough to accommodate my sewing machine table and cutting table (which admittedly I have folded most of the time). But there's no real wall space left for a good design board. I like using the laundry room, 'cause I don't have to put things away between sewing sessions.

So when I have to make a quilt plan, I've been putting a flannel backed vinyl tablecloth on the floor in the living room to "plan" and then drag it to the hallway outside the laundry room for my assembly. (Well, until yesterday, I was walking back and forth to the living room.)
I do sometimes sew in the basement family room, using my smaller sewing machine on a game table. As I was doing a bit of sewing there yesterday, I got to thinking as I looked at this wall hanging, "Certainly there is a way I can devise a temporary design board there." And EUREKA, I designed a design board:

I started out with a 4 foot wooden dowel (a bit too narrow for the cloth, but it had to do) placed in an open "hem" at one end of the tablecloth. The wall hanging is a bit high for my 5'4" frame, so I used wire coat hangars to hang it from the wall hanging rod. Not wanting to damage the art (It's painted leather), I put almost-empty paper towel rolls over the wire hangars. When I went to the garage to get some masking tape to wrap around the paper towels to keep them in place, I spied a 5' 1/4" steel rebar in the corner. A little heavy, but the perfect size! So out of the hem came the wooden dowel and in went the rebar. After getting it in place, I padded the extending ends of the rebar with scrap quilt batting. Perfect fit to reach the "folds" of the hangars. And it works like a charm.

And no, I'm not putting it away before I go to bed tonight! Not expecting company any time soon, so I'm just going to have to live with the family room not being tidy. Just using it for a couple of my blocks (that's a disappearing 9 patch) makes me realize it's well worth giving up having the room neat all the time. But it will be easy to put away when I need to.
I also realized that I can lay the hang my new device on the ironing board rack in my laundry room. Down side to that, though: about 1/2 of the flannel is behind the cutting table. Not very convenient, and not much room to move around if I change the position of the cutting table. So I think this will be a new quilt assembly place for me. An up side to that too: I can watch TV at the same time!

OK, I've convinced myself. It was a great decision!

This is a quilt that I completed a couple weeks ago--another disappearing 9 patch, with sashing.

And of course I'm still knitting. This is the start of the sweater (front laying on top of back) that I'm making for my almost 2 year old grandson.

Enough chatter from me; gotta get back downstairs and play with my new design board!


Julia said...

Love your design wall. You could always use one of those tension curtain rods for hanging too! Love your D9P too!

Jan said...

Hi Mary Lynn ... just getting caught up w/you my dear. Love the new design wall ... quite ingenious!!! And OMG on the sweater you made for yourself and your DGS!!! I am amazed w/your talent ... awesome :) Love you :) Jan