It’s Tool Review Tuesday! This is where we choose a tool, do some rigorous product testing, and produce a review that gives you the nitty-gritty details needed before you add something to your cart.
Featured Tool: Design Wall by Fons & Porter, Item # 81921
Connecting Threads Special Guest Reviewer: Amy Smart
What is the Design Wall used for?
Temporarily arranging patchwork quilt designs and for showing-off works-in-progress.
What were your initial thoughts upon first glance?
At first I thought it an unnecessary item – I could keep laying out blocks/pieces on my floor. I finally broke down and hung one. Now that I’ve had it for a few years, I think it’s indispensable! SO much neater than trying to lay thing out on the floor.
How did you use it?
I keep it hanging on the wall next to my sewing machine permanently. It’s the best way to play with the layout of a quilt before I sew it together. Not only that, but it’s a pretty place to keep works in progress where I can see them and they brighten up my sewing space.
How did using it go?
Even better than I expected.
How long did it take you to learn how to use it?
No time – the grommets make it easy to hang right away. It’s sturdy and the blocks stay in put until I move them.
What did you like best? Least?
Not only is it functional, but it looks pretty. And it helps me feel more organized. It does collect a lot of threads, so I do need to roll a sticky lint-roller over it from time to time.
Could you see another potential use for the Design Wall?
Staging blocks and pieces for photography. The white provides a nice background and your can get a shot straight-on at eye-level.
Who would appreciate the Design Wall most?
This would be perfectly suited for:
- Beginner Quilters
- Intermediate Quilters
- Expert Quilters
- Someone acquiring the “basics”
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