With the new year starting, there is lots of organizing and discussion of finishing up WIPs around the quilty world. I have a system that’s working for me, so I thought I’d share.
I have six Iris scrapbook boxes that I bought on sale at Joann. They keep the pieces of my projects, as well as the pattern and any notes or sketches I’ve made, together in one place. If all six boxes have a project in them, I can’t start another one. I can plan as many as I want to, but I can’t buy fabric or cut fabric until I have an empty box. I got an Aviatrix Medallion quilt kit for Christmas, but I didn’t have an empty box for it. Luckily, I had one project that was only a few steps away from being a finished quilt top. That has been completed and the Aviatrix Medallion has found a new home.
Sometimes, a project isn’t quite so ready to be finished quickly (or I’m just not feeling it anymore), so it gets demoted to the UFO pile. Currently, my UFOs are in a file crate on the corner of my desk. IN SIGHT. Right now, most of my UFO pile is mending projects. I should sit down and knock those out, but that’s not fun. However, since the pile is right in front of my face, I’m thinking, “Maybe I should finish up [project]” more often. So, even if they’re not getting done, I’m thinking about getting them done more often.
Finished quilt tops get folded and stuck in the top of the closet. It’s a teeny tiny closet and half of the top shelf is taken up by a box of T-shirt scraps (which is a whole other project that has been staring me down recently). I only have so much room to stack quilts. I’m sure I could find another place to stack them, but an important part of organizing is allotting only so much room for certain things and not allowing it to overgrow it’s space. I also write down the measurements of the quilt top and how much backing I need for it. That list is posted (or meant to be posted… it’s currently in one of my many notebooks) and when I find the perfect backing, I get it. The backing gets made and then folded up and stuck on the stack, waiting for me to be in a basting mood (or in a “I need to just get this done” mood).
I’m not perfect. I also have a few other projects.
I was planning on participating in the new Scrapitude mystery quilt, but I’m so behind in the cutting, I’m undecided. In the meantime, here are the pieces I’ve cut already (plus a stack of 5″ off-white squares I plan on using for the neutral). This tray lives on my cutting table right now, but I can push it into the back corner if I need the space for another project.
I also have these projects. The basket is my leaders/enders project. Just a bunch of 2.5″ squares I’m sewing into pairs right now. The bin has the squares for my best friend’s T-shirt quilt, plus the pieces my mom cut out last July for me to make a skirt and a dress for my daughter. I ought to get on that before she gets too big for the size my mom cut out.
How do you organize your projects, be they WIPs, UFOs, or future projects?