Design wall (and life) in progress

Not being particularly gifted in DIY home improvement activities we didn’t rush at the idea of creating a design wall. I did my usual wifey trick of dropping the idea onto my husband’s radar and then giving time for it to move from the periphery to the centre of his screen (so to speak)! After studying the quilt hanging arrangements shown in photos on various blogs and Facebook pages I decided the IKEA Dignitet wire curtain hanging system was the way to go. The system looks fairly unobtrusive and would not be out of place when my sewing room becomes the guest room – in fact I’ll be able to hang a quilt above the head of the sofa bed to make the place look more homey 🙂


The Dignitet hanging system includes little clips that are perfect for gripping quilts 🙂

I found a helpful tutorial on You Tube to fill in the gaps left by the rather brief instructions that came with the curtain wire pack. All went well until it was time to cut the cable to the correct length. None of our pliers or cutters would cut cleanly through the many strands of wire that made up the cable and despite borrowing a more substantial pair of cutters we didn’t manage a clean cut so the ends of the cable splayed out *groan* (please take a look at Colleen’s advice on how to cut wire cable cleanly in the comments below – no special tools required). It took more than half an hour of coaxing (no cursing), considerable pondering, a bit of snipping and deep breathing to finally get the battered end of the cable into the spindle and the screws tightened. But the result looks just fine 🙂 Now I’m on the lookout for some of that fuzzy backed pvc table covering to hang from the cable as a removable design wall.


My Dignitet hanging wire in place 🙂 (The quilt is a jelly roll design by Pam and Nicky Lintott from their book ‘Two from One’)

On a personal note the past few weeks have been a bit of a whirl. Two weekends ago we had both our boys at home and our lovely daughter and Son-in-law visiting. This week husband and I are finding our way to being ‘just the two of us’ after 26 years of sharing our home with one or more of our children – having taken youngest son to university on Saturday and having waved goodbye to older son on Monday as he sets out on training for a new career. So, we are adjusting to some big changes in our family and whilst doing our best to prepare our children for their new beginnings also find ourselves at the beginning of a new phase in our lives.Duncan and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary on Monday and were treated to a meal out in the restaurant where our wedding reception was held – lots of happy memories shared and an opportunity to contemplate the future. It is very reassuring and uplifting to know that all these changes and the future are God’s plan for us and we can confidently entrust our children to His care – not necessarily to always be happy but always to be faithfully loved by their Heavenly Father.


Linking with Lorna for Let’s Bee Social! Click the link and take a look at Lorna’s new designs for a farm animal quilt.

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About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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7 Responses to Design wall (and life) in progress

  1. Sarah Goer says:

    I have Dignitet on a downstairs wall where I hang the kids school work and other projects. I think that’s the same video tutorial that I found and it sounds like we had similar struggles installing it. I love it as your design wall solution. A great way to be able to hang a decorative quilt when your room becomes the guest room. Happy Anniversary! And best wishes transitioning to this new phase of life.

  2. Thank you Sarah. I think that hi-lights one of the main problems with DIY – it is only really possible if your toolbox is full of equipment you only use once in a blue moon!

  3. Congratulations on your anniversary and on the new start to your life together. It is a little different to be by yourselves, if only in the amount of food eaten!

  4. Nancy says:

    I love your idea for a hanging design wall, Allison. And the quilt you have hanging there is beautiful. Congratulations on 29 years!

  5. Colleen says:

    Hi Allison, Congratulations on your anniversary !
    You are going to love that design wall ! It looks good and wide.
    I’m not going to watch the video so I hope I’m not repeating anything in it. I realize that this info is after the fact but I can’t help myself 😉 …The way I would go about cutting that cable is as follows… most importantly – wrap the cable where you intend cutting it with a few wraps of that black electrical tape – nice and tight so that the the cut will be centred in the tape wraps but not too bulky. Then take those cutters and put them back in the tool box. Pick up a good chisel and hammer. Set the cable against a solid piece of steel and put your chisel in the middle of the tape wraps where you want the cut and give the chisel a couple of good whacks with the hammer – you’ll have a good clean cut and the electrical tape will keep both ends of the cable from unwinding.

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