My New Design Wall

As I move into my new sewing room, my hubby knew I wanted a design wall against one wall at the end of the room.


It’s an outdoor shade awning that rolls up.  You can see the mechanism that rolls it up on the right.  My husband has attached it to a “thingies” at the bottom, so that it is stiff.  I need to release the “thingies” in order to roll it up.  That’s not going to happen very often.

I took a queen size flannel sheet that I have been using on a bed for my design bed.  I serged the edges and removed the brown stripes.  We laid the awning out on the living room floor and used 505 spray on the back of the flannel sheet.  Then the sheet was smoothed into place.  I used little quilting safety pins to pin the top (about 3″ apart), the sides and bottom (about 6″ apart).  We made sure that the pins were horizontal so that it would “flow” nicely as it was rolled up.  The final step was to spray the top with 505 so that the block pieces would stick.

My husband then hung the design wall from the ceiling.

The blocks on the design wall are the first 12 of the 52 block in 52 weeks.  They are 6″ blocks.  I think know I’m WAY behind in my blocks!  I will catch up one of these days.  I hope!

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Design Wall:  


Working on one block of the 52 blocks in 52 weeks.  Nothing else is happening as I’m sorting through and organizing my sewing room.

Stash Report 

Nothing finished, nothing added.

  • Fabric Used this week         0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:         121.6  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      57.05
  • Net Fabric used                     66,55
  • Husband’s Purchases           9.5

Stitchin’ Time

  • January – July:  178 out of 201
  • August: 3 out of 6
  • Year-to-date: 181  out of 207 = 87

(Reminder, I’m only counting days that I’m home.)

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

PHD in 2019:  Quilting UFOs and Finishing New Projects


No changes here!


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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 


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33 thoughts on “My New Design Wall

  1. Pingback: New Sewing Room! | Quilting Gail

    • Thanks, Kate! It is taking longer than I thought. I keep changing my mind as to where I want things to be! 🙂 Oh well, it will all work out in the end!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  2. What a great design wall! My husband started making me a retractable design wall almost two years ago (there is a winch involved) but we got stuck after version A didn’t work and haven’t gone back to it. This has inspired me to try to make it work!

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  3. How wonderful to add a design wall to your sewing space! You’ll use it so often you won’t be able to figure out how you lived without it.

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    • Ah, yes, Kathleen! I know that I will still be using a flannel backed tablecloth at times. How else can I work on 3 different projects at the same time? 🙂
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


    • My husband credits the “blind” lady at Home Depot. He was originally looking at blinds and she was the one that suggested a shade awning! And the bonus is that they are on “end of season” sale!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  4. Hi Gail! Great idea for your design wall. You are 12 blocks ahead of me in the 52 blocks challenge. I’ve been printing off the patterns and hope to make them someday soon. Hopefully! Oooh, that Island Batik bundle is gorgeous. Happy quilting and sorting that new sewing room. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Hi Roseanne! I’m ahead of you? Wowsers! Well, at least printing off the patterns is a step in the right direction!
      Yes, the sewing room is coming together! It’s been a L-O-N-G time in the finishing! But sorting and organizing does take a LOT of time!
      Happy Quilting, my friend! 🙂

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  5. Your design wall has renewed my interest in making one a little more permanent than what I use. Unfortunately I will have to re-figure my room layout. Thank you for linking up with Put your foot down.

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    • Hi Denise, I used a flannel-backed tablecloth or a flannel sheet on a bed for years and years. I’m sure if you think about what will work, you’ll come up with a solution! The beauty of this design wall is that it can be rolled up and out of the way (if I want).
      Thank you for hosting Put Your Foot Down!


  6. Love your ingenuity for your design wall! Love even more that you’re finally moving in! Is there going to be enough room for all your stuff?? Can’t wait for the room tour!! Love to you and Gordy!

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    • LOL!!! Did you actually think that all my stuff would fit in the room? You doubted that it would fit? Well, lets say that I have most of it in the room … of course, I can’t fit in all of the antique machines … The room tour will happen … soon, I hope! Love to you & your family! HUGS!


    • Thaat’s exactly what my husband said! And then he told me he bought 2 shade awnings … I guess he was thinking about how I work on multiple projects at a time!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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