Tips, Tricks and Other Tidbits
You will need two sheets of insulation board, enough 100% cotton flannel in a neutral color like taupe or grey (flannel sheets are perfect) to cover one side of both boards, glue, and duct tape. We don't use white flannel because it is so bright that it can be distracting when putting a composition on the wall. Insulation board is that silver, pink, blue, or yellow product you see on new buildings before the siding goes on. It is generally ¾ "-thick Styrofoam with foil or paper on both sides. You will be using these boards indoors, so buy the kind that is formaldehyde free.
The boards are approximately 4' x 8'. If the boards are too tall for your room, trim with a utility knife. Using a very thin layer of glue, adhere the flannel to the boards. The flannel can hang over the sides. When the glue is dry, trim the flannel. Place the flannel-covered sides of the boards together. Cut three or four 8 " lengths of duct tape and make hinges, taping the boards together at the top, bottom, and middle of one long side.
Because the boards are so lightweight, you can easily fold the boards, flannel-sides together, and slide them behind a bookcase or under a bed. If you are in the middle of designing and need to put the wall away, just pin paper over the design before folding and moving the wall. The cotton patches will stay adhered to the flannel. Reprinted with permission from the author and The American Quilter's Society, Paducah, KY, USA,
Taking care of your cutting mat
Linda found a nice site that provides tips for caring for your Olfa self healing cutting mat. http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/olfa-cutting-mat.html#TipsAndTricks
Beginner's Quilting Chart
Quilt Shops, Shows and Museums
Cedarburg, WI, just north of Milwaukee is the home of the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts. Check the website for more information on hours, exhibits and upcoming events (like the annual consignment and rummage sale). You can also sign up for their email newsletter, the Barn Blast.
Are you looking for a Quilt Museum to visit?