Gaining Perspective: A Quilting Design Wall

Kaffe Fassett Design Wall Flannel fabric

Kaffe Fassett Design Wall Flannel Fabric

I have  been thinking about a design wall. After Charlottes post: Quilt Room Organisation – Your Dream Space I have realised that what I really want is somewhere where I can spend some time arranging my design. Even if I making something as simple as  a disappearing 9 patch I like to move my blocks around until I am happy with the balance. At the moment I lay everything out on the carpet but it can’t stay there for days or even hours for me to come back later (I have too many children) and I can’t see it fully face on. Kaffe Kassett has a gray/taupe flannel with white grid lines that looks fantastic. He chose that particular grey because it is very neutral when working with colours. He does not recommend working on a white background. The flannel fabric means that most cotton fabric will just sit on it or I could pin the large pieces. It has has a very helpful grid.  A board of some sort would be perfect but for the moment a good piece of the flannel pinned on my wall will work much better than carpet. You can see it in action on the Needle Down blog post.
I also found a very helpful tutorial on how to get perspective on your next design.

An alternative to reducing glass might be to use your smart phone as a reducing glass and have a look at the camera screen?

Has anyone found this works?



Tarnya is Quilting Focus' webmaster and a beginner quilter who hasn’t ventured much outside pre-cuts and quilting in the ditch. She is excited by modern short cut quilting techniques which makes quilting so much more achievable for those who are quite short on time. She enjoys making quilts for her children who she says do not notice mistakes and feel loved by what she makes. "I appreciate how learning and improving my quilting, cross pollinates into other creative areas of my life: for example colour, balance, proportion are important to quilting, but they are also important to web design."


  1.' Ms Lottie says:

    Yes. I always take photos of my quilts and look at them on the screen as well as on the wall. Also look at them upside down. Amazing what you spot that looks ‘out’ or ‘wrong’. Yay for design walls and double yay for phones with cameras!

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