Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Inspiration Wall

So, I was chatting with my BFF on facebook, actually, shes my best friends mom, quilting goddess(she owns a long arm quilter), she posted a comment on my facebook page, but alas, she mentioned I needed an design wall. WHAT? Why is it that it takes one, one line comment to get my creative energy flowing? Seriously, why didnt I think of this a LONG TIME AGO?!?!? Well, it only took me about an hour to decide what my plan of action was going to be. In my craft room, I have the  Expedit shelf from Ikea and I love it, I knew it would make the prefect backdrop for my design slash inspiration wall.  Here is what I came up with.

I used 4 yards of flannel, its always on sale after thanksgiving for around $2 a yard. I cut it in half and sewed both pieces down the center. 

Here is the shelf behind the "design wall" lol
I forgot to mention that anything seen from this photo forward can not be held against me.  I have nothing to say about the amount of fabric jammed in those boxes.  lol

Here is apicture of the top of the fabric, where it attaches to the shelving unit.

All I had was black velcro.  I didnt want to use anything that would damage the shelf and i wanted this "wall" to be removeable.  The way it hangs, it will be really easy to roll up, and store on top of the shelves, and it will easily roll back down to be used.

What is special about this, and why I used flannel you may ask?  Well, the flannel works like magic and it holds your fabric up on the "design wall" with out any pins.  This way you can lay out your project, or quilt and move things around, take a step back and see how they look before commiting to it.  Seeing things up and in front of you at eye level gives you a much better view and perspective then having it laying on your cutting table. 

I plan to steam the wrinkles out of the fabric tomorrow, but I was so excited to get this done, I had to share right away!

Here is the top to the table runner I posted about a few days ago.  See how nice it is hangin up there, no pins or anything. 


Marissa said...

wow, I've been browsing your posts and have fallen head over heels for your creativity! Love those baby boy outfit/burp sets! So cute and great for gifts! Now, if only I knew how to sew :) Great blog and I'm a new follower!!

Nikki said...

Nice! I am LOVING your blog background too I might add :) Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

Terrell said...

Sooo cute and creative!! I am so happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and I would love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I would also like to invite you to my link party every Friday-Monday..so be sure to pop over with your wonderful creations! Hope to see you there!
~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

Lori@ Paisley Passions said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I am now following back :)
-PS Check out my linky party on Thursdays each week!
Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

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