My friend Marcia is having a new linky party each week. She is calling it Minutes for Me. She has always been a great encouragement to me to take some time for myself!
So, this week for my minutes for me, I decided to get myself a design wall. That was a very foolish decision. Why? Well, I'll just tell you!
I've never really had the need for a design wall. I can usually picture things in my head pretty well. And if I was doing a 'normal' quilt (like I am ever normal!), I would just use Ol Frog Eyes. But, then this Carol Doak Twisted Mystery quilt came along and I am now in need of a wall. My mystery has been on hold until I get a way to lay out my blocks. (Toddlers and quilts on the floor don't mix.)
So...I asked on the Quilt group for some ideas for a portable design wall and after hearing all the ideas I decided that I would get a 4x8 insulation board. Well, now that was easier said than done. We have 3 hardware stores in town, and I went to all three. No insulation boards in town. So, the guy at Porters told me about "Pressed something or other Board." (I can't remember the real name.) He said it is commonly used for bulletin boards and is not too heavy. Seeing as how I want a design board, and I have been patient about it long enough, I agreed.
Taking my little 'order' to the warehouse, I had no idea what I was in for. The older gentlemen who probably has worked there for a very long time had no clue what the "Pressed something or other Board" was. So after looking for literally an HOUR found a piece of green foam board somewhere. He went to cut it in half for me and the thing busted a big piece of it.
The ol' guy goes back out to the back warehouse and starts digging out all the trucks, etc. so that he can get a good look around. A half hour later he comes back in a dusty mess and says that the boards are all bad and that I just need to get a refund. We go in to get my refund (keep in mind we've been here over an hour waiting), and the two men get into an argument. The ol' guy had been looking for the wrong stuff all along.
Twenty minutes later--he's found it! He brings it up and I have him cut it in half to fit into my car. It won't fit. Not in the back or the trunk. And according to the sign, "Their insurance will not allow them to tie anything to the roof of cars." Now for those that don't know...we only have one car. So they sit my board aside until I can bring my husband up later. He seemed to think he could get it to fit even though I couldn't.
It didn't fit. By this time it was pouring down a very cold rain, the power was out, and we were at a loss what to do. It's not like we have friends/family to help. My husband just gave up and leaned it up against their building and walked away. Who needs a design wall anyway? The store was locked up for the night by this time, but I think they took pity on us, because they opened the door and took our address to just deliver the board the next day. Free.
So, here it sits. No photos as it is not pretty yet. It is in two 4x4 sheets and I think I will just use a 4x4 size. Maybe for my minutes for Me next week I can show it up and working.
Question...shall I cover with flannel, batting or fleece? I've heard all three. Shout out if you have a preference. Thank you.
Oh, and I am linking with Minutes for Me!