Make a 5 Minute Portable Design Wall + SS18 Pre-Order Pricing Ending!

Each summer, Faith Jones, Lee Heinrich and I host a summer quilt along called the Summer Sampler–the blocks this year are unique, based on places the designers have been (or in my case, would love to visit).  Pre-order pricing ends Sunday, and we start Monday!

I have 2 design walls that I use all the time–a smaller, portable design board that fits 12.5” blocks, and a larger, permanent installation in my sewing room.

This block is called Water Well, and it is the first block in this year’s Summer Sampler. The block has twelve 1.5” strips–not fussy to sew–but the strips certainly didn’t fit on my small, portable design board.

So I made a new one! It took less than 5 minutes and cost less than $5. [Will cost a bit more if you don’t have any batting scraps on hand–ask a quilting friend–likely she or he does!] Win, win!


(1) 20” x 30” Foam Core Board–I purchased mine from Target

(1) 26” x 36” Batting or Piece–I used a scrap from an earlier quilt

Staple gun or duct tape


Super simple! Simply wrap the batting or flannel around the front of the foam core, pulling it taut. You can tape it into place if you want–then use the staple gun or duct tape to secure it into place.

Voila! A simple solution to get your pieces from your cutting area to your sewing area, especially for those blocks with more than a few pieces.

Happy sewing!



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  1. Rosemaryflower
    Posted May 11, 2018 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Yeahhhhh this is a great idea.
    I usually buy FAT felt on sale at the local “fabric store” on the bolt. Then I sew up and make a movable design wall. I have a seam at the top and I can use a curtain rod, or sometimes I just use skirt hangers and hang them on the existing rods, great for summer when the sun is screaming in the side door I never use.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted May 14, 2018 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      That’s a great idea! I’ve never tried it with the fat felt.

  2. Posted June 14, 2018 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Having a mini design wall can be super handy; especially in small sewing spaces and for retreats. Thank you for linking up with the Tips and Tutorials Festival!

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