It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… It was a story known only to quilters. Certainly, Dickens would never have written a tale like this.
Back on May 30, my basement, including my sewing room, flooded. It’s contents were evacuated, the floor and bottom couple feet of gyproc removed, and there followed months of frustration when I could easily access neither my sewing belongings, nor much of the upstairs, that was crowded with “stuff” from below. Fast forward to this weekend, and I am finally almost back to normal. In fact, now that the mess is almost gone, some things are better than before, with new lights in my sewing room and over the cutting table, fresh paint and flooring, and even some new furniture. I decided it was time for the old dollar store plastic table cloth to be replaced by a proper design wall
After studying several tutorials about such things, I knew I needed insulation and white flannel. I bought these, had the insulation cut so it might fit in my car, and headed home. I should add, I headed home with my trunk open and one hand clutching the styrofoam so it didn’t fly away as I sped down the highway. Thank goodness I had just traded in my standard for an automatic, and had a free hand. And the store was only a few minutes from my house.
There was a thin grey film on the insulation, which peeled off. Sort of. I couldn’t pick off the grey residue, so I decided to paint it. I went down to my paint stash for some ceiling white but found this Tremclad spray. Sticks to plastic, wood, metal, and other things. Perfect. Not so much.
The paint dissolved bits of the styrofoam, leaving trenches. The good news is that it is clearly a great solvent, because the remaining grey plastic peeled right off. Time to break out some batting and glue.
After the batting was glued in place and trimmed, the white flannel was stapled down on the back, and the masterpiece screwed to the wall. Sadly, the imperfections can be seen in the photo. They’re not quite as obvious in person.
Truth be told, I don’t really care. When the blocks go up, it looks perfect. I love it!Now that my mountain of boxes has been sorted, it’s time to sew again!