A design wall is a place on a wall where we can hang a quilt from a quilt. This allows the quilts to stand back and review the design before sewing the pad. Quilters often dangle batting or plain white flannel on their design walls, because dummy blocks tend to hold it without clamping.
A design wall is one of the tools that is of immunity benefit to any quilt maker. It allows her to stand up and assess the color flow, the combination effect and the effects of different patterns in an ongoing quilt project. At the initial stage, a design wall helps us cut out and collect blocks or appliqué pieces to assess whether the choice and combination of colors work. When the work is developed, we can also mount each new section when and when we are finished so that we can assess the work and make the necessary changes. You can make different color adjustments in the boundaries based on what you perceive about the center of the cushion while hanging on the design wall.
How to create a design wall
Another good news is that a design wall is not difficult to do at all. However, we must take into account certain aspects.
o The size – The larger the wall, the larger the pattern can be. It is best to have the design wall on a wall that you can stand at least eight meters away from. The best way to analyze a design is to examine what is away from it. The next decision that is made is whether the design wall must be portable or fixed. If portable, it must be small in size.
o The fabric – Depending on the size of the design wall, we have to buy the fabric on both the front and back and cut it to the desired size. The fabric used on the back can be the same as used in front. We must remember not to use too heavy fabric. If the design wall is large enough to require joining the fabrics, a flannel plate can be used. It is a good idea to water all the fabric used.
o Batten – Polyester is not a prime choice for a design wall because it promises to have a lot of lofts and pills. A total cotton swab is the best choice. Quilts made with cotton flutter are popular all year round. They do not keep warm and make you feel colder during the summers. At the same time, they absorb and precipitate the air and warm you warm on cold winter nights.
To create the design wall, we need to hold the three layers of fabric that go into the stop, batting and attaching them together with the help of safety pins. Using a foot, we must sew the vertical, marked line down the middle of the fabric and continue sewing vertical lines out to the edge of the fabric. When it is clear, we must stick the horizontal lines in the same way. When all vertical as well as the horizontal lines are sewn, we need to straighten out and straighten the edges.
Now we are ready to hang our design wall and start using it. We just need to place pieces of fabrics, blocks or tops on the design wall, bring together the corners and boundaries with the sewing lines. The texture of the flannel will make the fabric stick. There are times when we can use straight pins to break through batting. This turns out to be helpful in keeping all sections in place.
By using a design wall you will add a new level of creativity and life to your quilting and ensure you a design that you are happy with in the years to come.