May 16, 2016

Design board

In January Alex from the Modern Cologne Quilters wrote a lovely post about Design boards. It is written in German, but she posted a link for a tutorial in English, should you be interested in making one yourself. 

The design boards are made with a piece of styrofoam, some batting, glue and some 2 1/2" strips of fabric. I immediately wanted to make some myself, but just could not find the time to go shopping for the stryrofoam; well there were a lot of more pressing things to get off my to do list first. 

Can you imagine the surprise when Alex turned up at a Modern Cologne Quilter meeting with some styrofoam for all of us? Lovely, lovely Alex; thank you ever so much!

So next on my agenda was to get a hot glue gun, but I still did not have time for shopping. So what does a resourceful modern lady do? Well, of course some online shopping. The gadget was not hard to find and duly arrived a couple of days later. 

I've always wanted to use one of these gadgets, but it was put in a cupboard, because this time I did not have the "right" kind of batting. I am so easily led astray by advice...

Of course I could have used any of my leftovers clogging up the basement, but I did not think of it. So some more shopping was due...all in all took me three months to gather everything. Stupid me! 

Finally one warm evening a week ago I gathered everything I needed and got started. The glue gun came out of its packing and I found some instructions on what to do if you got hot glue on your hands. Important information, no question, but there were no instructions on how to use the gadget itself! 

Coming this far I did not want everything to back into the closet again, so I grabbed a glass of wine and got started. It wasn't that difficult at all and I soon got the gist of how to use the hot glue gun. Of course I got some glue in places I did not want them to go, like my fingers, but that is life. I had a lot of fun making these boards and they are handy to have. The blocks looks far better in the pictures. At least I think so :-)

What do you think?


  1. I like your design boards. They have a rather neutral binding so that you can use them for all the different blocks you still have to make ;) und wenn ich mir deine Blöcke anschaue, dann bin ich total begeistert, wei fleissig du warst. Viele Grüße,

  2. Liebe May, jetzt hast Du auch endlich Designboarde! Deine Blöcke sind allesamt sehr schön!
    Bist ein fleissiges Bienchen!
    Liebe Grüße

    1. Danke Dorthe; ich weiß nicht warum es so lange gedauert hat...

  3. Whaaaat; still blocks to make, what do you mean? Well, yes, but only ten more and I am through :-)