Other quilters have shown and mentioned their design walls on their blogs. I have never felt the need for one, because where I used to live we had a balcony landing over the first floor living room and I was able to lay out the squares and view them from above.
I didn’t want to invest in anything costly, and I wasn’t sure I already had any flannel that was plain enough not to disrupt the quilt blocks design. I went to the internet and found a super simple way to put up a temporary design wall – use the flannel side of a vinyl tablecloth! I found one I already had, draped it over a door, and was able to lay out the blocks as I have them. In the case of the signature wall quilts, I am randomly using different fabrics, and I want them scattered throughout the quilt, not bunched together. Heaven forbid any identical fabrics touch!To make the setting-in triangles, I didn’t want to do the math. I could, but I didn’t want to. I’m sure someone out there has a chart for situations like this. The blocks in the quilt are 3 1/2 inch squares, so I just cut nine 4-inch squares. Eight of them were cut in half on the diagonal to make all the triangles on the sides, and one was cut into quarters on the diagonal to make the corner triangles. When I have them all sewn together, I can trim the excess before sewing on the border strips.
I began sewing the rows, but neglected to photograph my progress. I had to get the roast out of the crockpot! I am sewing in diagonal rows, starting with the upper left corner and ending in the lower right.
Do you see a fabric you love? My favorites are the bubbles, and the blue flowers with a white edging on light blue background.
I’ve found that cutting minimums are different in the different stores: one store said minimum cut is 1/4 yard. Two other stores said I could buy by the inch if I wanted to. In another store, I didn’t ask because I only bought fat quarters there.