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Eileen Posted: Wed, Apr 4 2012 10:31 AM

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.

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Nana replied on Wed, Apr 4 2012 11:04 AM

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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>

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Trisha replied on Wed, Apr 4 2012 11:51 AM

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

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Ramona replied on Wed, Apr 4 2012 2:44 PM

Eileen and Trisha,

Two great tips. Thanks for sharing!

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Great tips Eileen and Trisha.

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Trisha and Eileen--

Thanks for the super tips!

 

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Lola B replied on Wed, Apr 4 2012 7:21 PM

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.

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Karla replied on Sat, Apr 7 2012 7:56 PM

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.

 

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gini replied on Sat, Apr 7 2012 7:58 PM

eileen, great tip, i think the camera works better than a design wall sometimes.  

 and i don't know what luan is.

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Eileen replied on Sat, Apr 7 2012 8:10 PM

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 :-)

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Nana replied on Sat, Apr 7 2012 10:40 PM

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Luan is a cheap paneling.   I feel sure you ladies remember paneling from the 70s when everyone had paneling on their walls...LOL>

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gini replied on Sat, Apr 7 2012 11:10 PM

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.

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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.

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Eileen replied on Sun, Apr 8 2012 9:52 PM

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.

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rubyluise replied on Fri, May 25 2012 12:01 AM

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.

 

 

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