I don't have a design wall anywhere in my house, so when I want to figure out what fabric(s) to use in a border or take a picture of a quilt top, I hang it on skirt hangers & hang the hangers on the pipes in the basement. I can drape potential border fabric on the pipe first to see how the fabric looks with the top. I can leave the top on the hangers & try out different border fabrics at any time until I decide and the quilt top stays fairly flat until I'm ready to sew on the border.
That is a great tip. I don't have a design wall either. Unfortunately though I can't reach the pipes in my basement....LOL>
My husband cut me a piece of Luan 38x48. I put masking tape on all the edges. It is light enough to carry. I clip a piece of flannel on it with binder clips when I need a design wall. I also can use it to put my Baby quilts together. I cover up my kitchen table and put it right on top of it. No crawling around on the floor to pin it together. It has been great. When I am done with it I slide it under the bed . Sometimes my husband can do something right.Ha ha
Eileen and Trisha,
Two great tips. Thanks for sharing!
Great tips Eileen and Trisha.
Trisha and Eileen--
Thanks for the super tips!
When I am trying to decide what fabric to use for a border, I lay the quilt on the bed and then audition different borders. Sometimes the eye will fool you, so I usually take pictures with my digital camera and then look at the different borders on my computer screen. Saved me from making some bad choices.
Great tip, I don't have a design wall, nor do I have any wall space for one. I usually lay them out of a table and place different border fabrics around it. I like the idea of taking pictures and I have done this and found several mistakes that I have made. Only problem is once you find the really noticeable ones, you feel you just have to make it right.
eileen, great tip, i think the camera works better than a design wall sometimes.
and i don't know what luan is.
gini in north idaho
Gini, I'd not heard of luan either so I asked "what is luan" on ask.com & got this:
Luan is a type of wood that is very similar to ply wood. Ply wood is made up of many thin sheets of wood glued together to form a sheet. Luan has a solid middle with thin sheets of veneer on the outsides. I wonder if foam core (very light weight "board", like paper over a thin foam middle) would work, too. You could cover a large piece with flannel & store it under a bed or against a wall (behind a large piece of furniture?) when not in use.
Nana, our basement has a low ceiling so even I, at 5' 3" tall, can reach the pipes :-)
Eileen and Gini
Luan is a cheap paneling. I feel sure you ladies remember paneling from the 70s when everyone had paneling on their walls...LOL>
oh, sam sold tons of that stuff. luan is a type of mahogany. i didn't realize the paneling had taken the name of the wood.
Thanks for the great ti Eileen. I have not gotten to that point yet. My only finished quilts were baby panel quilts and a very small 10" x 19" that was a kit. Unfortunately, in California, very few house have basements. I don't even have a wall to hang one on. I'm not sure what I will do as I am in the process of doing my first full quilt for a wedding in June. Thanks to all for your great tips.
Georgetown CA I'd Rather Be Quilting
Nana, we still have paneling - in our basement! LOL Well, now I think we know when it was put in, thanks to your post. It will be coming out this year as we had flood damage last summer & are just now getting around to removing it.
I have very nice quilt but it was very simple due to design So,I want to make something new through its design. I cut it all pieces with different colors 4.5'' and also the side boarders. I collect the all photos regarding my choice and put it on with sewing. It looks really very great and beautiful.