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MsMeow
Posted 2010-08-18 8:22 AM (#49033)
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Okay, I know I saw a link here recently to a design wall that rolled up like a window shade, but I'll be darned if I can find it now! Anyway, it gave me an idea to transform my design wall. Mark helped me with it last Saturday - he got a curtain rod and clip on rings for less than $10 and put it up for me. He got started sooner than I thought so I didn't get "before" pictures, but here are a few "after" ones.

It started out as 4 nails stuck in the top of the closet door frame. I had 4 tiny binder clips along the top of the flannel "wall", and had to use a step stool to hang each clip on each nail. It worked, but was a little cumbersome.

Mark put up a curtain rod across the top of the closet door, and we hung up the flannel with the clip on rings. Now I can just pull it across when I need it and push it out of the way when I don't!





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Tiffaney
Posted 2010-08-18 8:51 AM (#49036 - in reply to #49033)
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What a great idea.  I just love that it is in front of the closet so you don't loose any usable wall space for it.  I wish my sewing room closet wasn't so small, I would do the same thing.  

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MsMeow
Posted 2010-08-18 9:12 AM (#49044 - in reply to #49033)
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Tiffaney, I don't have any wall space! LOL The closet was the only option.
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Quilt Mama
Posted 2010-08-18 9:31 AM (#49048 - in reply to #49033)
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Love your idea but won't work for me. Our closet doors are floor to ceiling bi-fold doors with cement walls. We're in rental so there are certain no-nos as well.
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misisipimenace
Posted 2010-08-18 11:04 AM (#49055 - in reply to #49048)
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i know what you mean, agnes - we're renting right now too But i LOVE this idea - fantastic work, mark!  donna, you lucky gal you!! i'n gonna "file it away" for future use!  gonna "stickey" this thread to the top of this forum section now so i can find it later!  gosh but i love being an admin at times like this!!! 

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sew'nsew
Posted 2010-08-18 11:12 AM (#49056 - in reply to #49033)
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I'm going to use it! I have lots of wall space but not floor to ceiling. I have 10 feet of closet doors and a rod i bought for our bedroom that won't work and can't be returned (Target - lost the receipt). So I can cover the whole wall and open to one side or the other as needed. Do the blocks stick to the flannel if you fold it up? I'm thinking I can make the 'curtain' narrower than the rod length and pull to one side or the other, not gather it up.
Great idea! I love the 'shade' wall but too pricey for me.
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sew'nsew
Posted 2010-08-18 11:14 AM (#49057 - in reply to #49033)
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OH< I FORGOT! Your blocks are gorgeous! Don't think i will ever attempt that.
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Gerda
Posted 2010-08-18 11:49 AM (#49062 - in reply to #49033)
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Here, I had mentioned it (and put a link) in the Good Morning thread last week. Here it is again
http://www.vanishingdesignwall.com/productspurchase.html

Great idea, Donna! Mine is (though I can't use it here) a twin size flannellette sheet mounted on a 2x2 - I used to lay it on top of my fabric shelves, but it doesn't work here. Years ago it was just pinned to the wall.

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Gerda
Posted 2010-08-18 12:04 PM (#49063 - in reply to #49033)
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Oh, and as for the shade wall, I have also seen somewhere on line (recently) someone who bought a roller blind for the window in her sewing room, she carefully removed the blind itself and tacked/stapled a flannel backed tablecloth to the roller. Now she can hide her stuff when they need the room - if memory serves, it was her dining room that doubled as a sewing room. As long as the mechanism is not disturbed, it would still work.
I can't find it right now (maybe never again?? LOL)

Here's a slightly different take on Donna's and Mark's idea - just scroll down a wee bit http://patchnblock.blogspot.com/

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Gerda
Posted 2010-08-18 12:09 PM (#49064 - in reply to #49033)
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Found something (not the one I saw earlier) http://www.arbeedesigns.com/is-a-design-wall-only-for-a-designer/ Now granted, a roller blind size is good for a few blocks or mini quilts, not a bed size quilt.

In Donna's case, she can pin the blocks on the sheet when she needs to push it out of the way, right, Donna?

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MsMeow
Posted 2010-08-18 12:37 PM (#49068 - in reply to #49033)
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Gerda - the only thread I didn't look in for that link was the Good Morning one! DUH! LOL

I have to pin blocks to the flannel...they don't stick very long otherwise. But it doesn't get used that often...mostly just to make sure blocks stay in the right order as I sew them.

I can pin up blocks for up to a full size quilt on this. My niece's quilt was queen size and had blocks hanging off the edges all the way around!
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