Last weekend well known blogger and author Jacquie Gering taught a class on machine pieced hexagons for the Minneapolis Modern Guilt Guild. The value of having a design wall was quite evident to those quilters that used them regularly and those that never do. (Above is Jacquie checking out Kristen's layout of her hand-dyed hexagons.)
Of course we started discussing the various options along with the space or lack thereof that we had for one. I just finished making a new design wall for my space, so I decided to share what I hope will work for me and options that some well known quilters have chosen.
First I have to apologize for the terrible lighting...it is just not a sunny day here in MN and my guest/sewing room faces north anyway.
This is the only open wall I had to work with and I wanted something removable for when we have company in my guest/sewing room so I have a twin flat sheet (that was the widest I could go) hung on a cafe rod that closely hugs the wall. (I just redid the ends of the sheet so I could use the top as a rod pocket.) Here is the sheet fully extended onto the carpet for if I am laying out a larger quilt.
Here below the bottom fifteen or so inches are folded up and attached to the back of the sheet with Velcro so I don't have any sheet on the floor. (I put the non-sticky Velcro pieces on the bottom so that if I do have it fully extended I don't have to worry about the Velcro sticking to the carpet).
When I have company I'll just lift the rod off of the brackets and roll it up and put in a closet in another room. The brackets will be left but that's not a big deal, all my house guests know that it is a dual duty room.
Julie of Jaybird Quilts uses this design wall by Cheryl Ann:
(photo from Jaybird Quilts, used with permission)
Elizabeth of Oh Fransson has a tutorial to make your own design wall like this in varying sizes:
(photo from Oh Fransson, used with permission)
And one more option that I must mention, is this retractable design wall by Design-a-Way. Who wouldn't love to have their widest design wall with the 3 separate surfaces/rollers of course the decorative valance? (It's a bit pricey so I think I'll be sticking to my flannel sheet!)
If you have any design wall tips you have to add we'd love to hear them or please feel comfortable to share a link to your sewing space if you have a photo of a different design wall idea than we have shared here!