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?