Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Project Storage

The other day, Carole asked how we all store our ongoing projects so we're able to find them again--assuming, of course, that we don't just cut into a pile of fabric and follow it through all the way to the binding before picking up the next project. What a novel concept, huh?! But I think most of us have a couple projects in different stages of completion. Okay, I confess I have more than "a couple." I thought I'd share with you my system (yes, I DO realize "system" is a bit of a stretch of the imagination!).



First there's my shelf. That's the one in the middle of the photo. I have various swap blocks tucked away there that will someday grow into a quilt. I even have a few piles of fabric that I might cut into someday. (Yes, those are eyeball straws in the glass on the desk. So?!)



Then there's the "bucket." I love this thing! I picked it up on eBay for a song and didn't even realize how large it was until it arrived. The bucket holds seriously ongoing projects, like block of the month quilts and sometimes folders and patterns from Thimbleberries and Jo's Little Women clubs.



On my quilt rack, I keep projects that are at least partly done. Many times, the tops are pieced but are awaiting applique to be truly completed. Right now, I have my Thimbleberries Club quilt on top. Underneath are several other tops. Truth to tell, I see one or two that should be moved onto the next stop of my quilt completion system!



Then there's this basket. In this basket are quilt tops that are fully ready to be pinned and quilted. I won't show you the overflow pile, but I do have a couple that don't fit in the basket. Which is one of the reasons I'm trying to get a couple quilts quilted now!

I hope you enjoyed looking around the Sweat Shop (and, in the case of the last photo, beyond) at my various project storage ideas. I like to keep things in view so I know where to find them, but I also want them to look as attractive as possible--no plastic bins for me, because I forget what's in them. You know the old saying, "out of sight, out of mind." What works for you?

11 comments:

Carole said...

Looks organized to me! Then again, I have quite the imagination! ;o) It really feels good to know that I'm not the only one that has many projects going at the same time. I don't even know if you want to call some "projects' as they have not been started yet. You know, the one's you keep in your big basket that you got for a song! Can't say that I have a lot of quilts waiting to be quilted! Perhaps I need to get busy! thanks for sharing your storage system.

Darlene said...

Very nice storage system - I'm very impressed! OK, I want that piece of fabric - no, not that one - the other one - No, No, No, not that one - sigh - guess I'll just have to go over there and help myself.

LOL

I have one of those buckets with small quilts all rolled up in it. Looks mighty cute in my living room. And, a second one for toys for my Grands, Seth & Eli.

Carol said...

Why that is just a wonderful system! What an organized girl you are!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh my! I thought I had a lot of UFO's but I believe you have me beat! LOL. I keep mine in plastic totes with lids.

Yvonne said...

You have a wonderful system and it looks great too. I have stuff here there and everywhere and I'm always looking for what I need. You've given me some good ideas.

I notice I have some of the same fabrics. :)

mar said...

my ufos are stuffed where ever there is a hole at the moment of abandonment. I can never remember where all the holes are, but I come across something interesting things in a good search :-)

Eileen said...

LOL, Kim, Lookslike most quilters shelves.

I can beat you on your basket full of quilt tops. Your suggestion also. Some day I'll show you.

Sharon said...

Well aren't you miss efficient? Look at that organization going on in the sweatshop. I wanna see the rest ofo the quilt tops you have done.

Greenmare said...

Hey if I sing a song can I get a great basket like that too?

Bren said...

I can see your system and it looks like it works for you. I love the "bucket" and I have the same basket!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Is the bucket made from fabric coils? I think that it all looks perfectly organized to me...but then you have seen occasional snippets of my room so that is not necessarily a huge recommendation! Tracey