How to Make a Quilter's Design Wall

by Christine Lux

I wanted to share a quick tutorial on how I made a small design wall in my new(wish) sewing space. Previously I had a design wall that was nearly floor to ceiling and my new space doesn't have as much wall to allow for that with my furniture space. But I had been missing having a spot to put up blocks or pieces of blocks as I was working. 

Then I remembered someone saying they had used acoustic tiles. So ... off to Amazon I went! ;) I ended up measuring the space above my ironing cart that is between two windows. I thought this would be one of the most convenient spots based on my sewing room layout. I ordered a 4-pack of these tiles, which are marketed for a quilt design wall. I got the large size and each tile is about 24" x 32" and two of them fit perfectly side-by-side between my windows. 

As you can see, there is some fabric wrapped around them (the photo below shows the back side). 

I used Command Hooks to hang them - they are very lightweight, but I used one in each corner. These are the ones I got, and they hold up to 16 lbs which is probably slightly excessive. :) 

One tip I would share is to press and hold the Command strip in place for about 30 seconds to ensure good adhesion to the fabric on the backing prior to hanging. 

Overall, I am really pleased with how it turned out and have enjoyed having access to this right by where I am pressing and often pinning or glue basting seams to be sewn together. 

Hope this post was helpful to you. And if you're wondering about all my blocks - most of them are from our Sidetracked Sampler BOM

Happy Sewing! :) 

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