Quilter's Design Wall

jerrianne:  My husband and I put up this design wall in my quilting room.  I'm very pleased with it.


Foil side of insulation

Screw into stud with flat head wood screw and screw- head pad



Edge of insulation

Paper side of insulation


jim:  I chose 4'x8' yellow filled polyurethane foam insulation board (see pictures of scrap above).  The other alternative was a blue or pink rubbery sheet insulation.  My reasons for the choice may not be valid but here they are:  The polyurethane filled boards seemed smoother.  I also thought the colored insulation might show through the flannel, and colored backgrounds change the way you see colored objects lying on them.

I chose to use the foil side of the insulation because it was more uniform, and I was afraid the printing on the paper side would show through the flannel. 

Next, I located studs on the wall (Note: The foam is so light studs probably aren't necessary), transferred the measurements to the insulation board; then used an awl to punch screw holes through the board.  Tip:  It makes things easier if the holes are larger than the screws. 

jerrianne:  I couldn't find flannel wide enough at local fabric stores so I bought a queen sized flannel sheet set.  The top sheet was more than large enough for the full sized board and the fitted sheet worked for the smaller board.  I drew the grid lines on the foil with a black Marks-A-Lot before applying the flannel.  I ironed the flannel smooth directly on the insulation (CAUTION: Don't touch the iron to foil directly -- it will ruin it.)

Next I pinned the flannel to the foam edges, smoothing it as I worked from the middle toward the corners.  Finally I wrapped the flannel to the back and taped it with packing tape.

jim:  After the flannel was applied I located the screw holes and cut small Xs in the flannel at the holes to help minimize the cloth twisting around the screws as they're screwed in.