Sunday, June 10, 2012

Design Walls

For years I have made all of my quilts without using a design wall. Since I have started making scrap log cabin quilts I find that I need a design wall to place the blocks in a pleasing arrangement before sewing them together.

The only space in my sewing studio to hang a design wall is over the bifold double closet doors. I started with a piece of white flannel with a sleeve at the top that I ran a spring tension curtain rod through. Then I could force the curtain rod from side to side in the indent for the closet doors. I use the closet only for storage so the wall can stay in place for days or weeks at a time.

My blocks kept falling off the flannel...very frustrating. Then, on a weekend quilting retreat to Camp Mikell one of the quilters said she uses a white fleece blanket because the thick fleece acts more like velcro and none of her blocks ever fall off.

I ordered a twin size fleece blanket from Bed, Bath and Beyond (cost $17.99), ran a sleeve along the top side, slid it through my curtain rod and it works perfectly! The photo below shows the blanket in place on the curtain rod with blocks for my latest log cabin quilt positioned and ready to sew.

The fabrics in this quilt is the Charleston 1850 collection I designed for Newcastle Fabrics. Naturally I used my new Log Cabin Trim Tool to make the blocks. Visit my website to find the link to the youtube video and order information. I made the (36) blocks for this quilt in two days. I am going to make triple border and include the finished quilt in my new book.


  1. That's a good idea for a design wall I'll have to keep it in mind if I ever get space for a larger one. I made mine by covering foam with a layer of batting and flannel, but it's only 40" x 60" for small projects, and smaller blocks and pieces stay up pretty well. For large things I still use the "design floor"! Your colors in the log cabin quilt are gorgeous; you're tempting me to go fabric shopping - Civil War repro is my favorite type of cottons.

  2. I bought your Log Cabin Trim tool, Jean Ann. It is all the things you say - fast and oh so good for using up strips from my scrap pile - so much easier and accurate than cutting all those 1 1/2" strips. Thank you, thank you!