Am I lucky or what? Look what came in the mail from the Quilting Fairy! My personal quilting mentor got tired of hearing me complain answered a prayer and sent me a portable design wall she no longer needed.
I am telling you, I have no idea, NO IDEA, how I ever managed to exist without one of these for all these years I have been quilting. Crazy.
At the end of last week, I made my son drive me to Home Depot to buy a piece of foam board that I could cover with a piece of flannel to create a make shift design wall, which I desperately needed for the layout of all my Belle Meade blocks. This is what we ended up with:
Yes, the blocks stick to it just fine, and it serves the purpose. Sort of. If only it were three feet taller and wider so I could fit ALL the blocks on it at one time. Nice, but not really working for me.
Then, miracle of miracles, the mail man came and there was the exact thing that I needed! Just look at me now!
I could not wait to get that thing assembled so I could start arranging my blocks. And rearraging my blocks. And rearranging my blocks.... I finally made myself stop and started sewing the rows together. If one of my blocks is upside down, don't tell me. (No, tell me).
I am so darn thrilled with this!
But on January 31, I have to complete a quilt, or I will have nothing to show for the entire month. I am whipping out a baby quilt top today, so look for that on tomorrow's post. Thelma and I will do our final reveal of our Belle Meade quilts sometime towards the end of this week.
NOTE ADDED IN RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS:
The design wall is by Carol Ann, and this is a link to where you can buy one: http://www.cherylannsdesignwall.com/where_to_buy.html
A couple of people commented that they didn't think the thing was stable enough, and that they had problems with it coming apart. Mine seems pretty solid, although one bracing bar in the back wants to let loose if I try to reposition the wall. I think I could fix that with a little glue or that soft wax you use to make a candle stay put in a candle holder.
It was a little tricky to put up. Not that the instructions weren't totally simple. My problem was that my hands aren't strong enough to pinch the clamps over the flannel covered rods. My husband did it for me easily though. We had the thing assembled in less than 10 minutes. Since I plan to leave my wall up in place, neither of these issues matter to me. Still loving it.