This weekend Builder Bob built my sliding design wall and I couldn’t wait to put quilt blocks on it!
I had been using the office panels that we put up on the walls in January but you have to use pins to keep anything in place. Last week I was working on a quilt and had to pin it on the wall so I could see how the design looked…….it only took 50 million pins! Okay…..time for a real design wall! Builder Bob has been waiting patiently for me to make up my mind about what I wanted as I keep moving things. I am also out of wall space!
Friday night we did some brainstorming and Saturday we made a trip to Menards for supplies.
It was the perfect weekend to work on it as the weather was warm enough that we could have the garage door open. It is so much fun to watch Builder Bob work.
While he was doing that I moved my cutting table and other things out of the way. I also laid out the 16 foot of rails. I want to be able to see everything on my shelves when the wall is moved to the right and my shelves are 8 foot wide.
This is a heavy design wall, I am so glad my brother came over and helped carry it into my quilt studio. I had put a sheet up to protect the quilts on my shelves while we were working.
You might be interested in how the design wall was built. You need the following:
2 – Bi-pass 8 foot rails
1 – Extra package of door wheels
2 – sheets of 3/8 inch 4 foot by 8 foot plywood
1 – 1 x 6 eight foot board
2 – 2 x 4 eight foot boards
2 – 2 x 4 six foot boards (for sides)
lots of screws
We have a dropped ceiling so my design wall is only 80 inches tall. Builder Bob had to cut 16 inches off the length of the plywood. He built the frame to keep the wall from warping. The 1 x 6 was cut to 72 inches and used to join both pieces of plywood together. Then he added 6 wheels to the top of the design wall.
I have a bolt of 90 inch Warm and Natural batting and I cut off a 9 foot piece. I threw it in the dryer with a damp cloth to help remove the fold line and wrinkles. I think the guys were really enjoying the project……they smoothed the batting over the board and then stapled it to the back. Maybe they thought I would be too slow….I was happy to just watch!
In no time at all they had it all covered and ready to hang.
I had to help hang the wall so I didn’t get a picture of that but as you can see…..it is up!
On the right side there is about 8 inches of space beyond the rail so Builder Bob used a piece of 2 x 4 to make a temporary stop. Once it gets warm enough to paint he will cut a piece of wood and make a soffit to hide the frame. Now that I have moved it back and forth a few times we have decided to put handles on both sides so it will be easier to push. Even with those additions the design wall cost less than $100 and is priceless!
I forgot to include the cost of the batting – I buy it by the bolt when it is on sale.