Are you one of those lucky quilters who has a special "Design Wall" built especially for you to arrange your quilt blocks on while you are creating a masterpiece? Maybe it's made out of flannel, wrapped around insulation board and glued to the wall with liquid nails. I used to have one like that. But then we moved. Ahh....I dream about that wall sometimes. Maybe someday....
In the meantime, I belong to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Tablecloth. I't not so bad really. In fact, I kinda love it. Even if you enjoy one of those above mentioned "Design Walls", you might consider joining the Sisterhood. One big plus.....you can have as many tablecloths as you want and it's not going to bother anyone or take over the decor of your home. You are confused? Why would you want a bunch of tablecloths, especially those tacky vinyl ones like I use? Only those in the Sisterhood know the secret. You want to join, you say. Okay, then. Here's the deal:
The backside of a vinyl tablecloth is made of flannel. The tablecloths come in all sizes. Lay the cloth out on your floor near your sewing area or hang it on the wall with tape or tacks (if you dare). Use it like you would any design wall to lay out your blocks and play with them. When you are finished for the day, just fold it up and the blocks are there to stay. I promise. They won't budge! When you unfold it the next time you sew, the blocks will be right in the exact same spot, just waiting to play again.
I have several tablecloths with blocks laid out ready to sew into quilts. I can take them anywhere, which is what I really like the most about this method. It is especially handy for sewing circles and guild sewing days. In fact, I try to never be caught without my tablecloth.
After all, that's the secret motto of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Tablecloth! (Now you know all of our stuff!)
What kind of "design wall" do you use?