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Thread: Keeping track of projects

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    I saw a string asking how many projects you have going at once, so now that I've determined I'm not alone, I have a question for you. How do you organize those projects? I mean, how do you keep them from getting mixed up or figuring out where you are?

    O.K., so maybe a few questions.... :oops:

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    I have four very distinct projects right now. One is a lap quilt that I am handquilting, one has the blocks all assembled and I am starting to assemble the top, one is a block exchange and the other I just picked up the fabric for and it is very different from any other fabric I have around. I guess they are all in different spots in the house so that helps too!

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    Ziploc Baggies! and drawers

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    I bought these storage boxes from WalMart that stack nicely on my shelf. Need to say I need to pick up a few more. I think I have way too many projects in the works right now.

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    WalMart has big square white boxes in the craft dept. that are great for keeping quilt projects together. It is big enough to hold everything for one quilt. It has a place for a reusualbe label on front and they stack great. When I start a project I put everything in one of the boxes and that way I don't have to search for the supplies to finish when I get back to it. I always put a note in the box where I stopped on the project and the next step. That has saved me tons of time when I get back to it.

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    A number of people here also use pizza boxes...you can get them reasonably priced from most pizza establishments :wink:

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    i go to my local pizza place and ask them to give me some new pizza boxes.

    i get the largest pizza box they have and i can stack them very nicely in my room.

    i tape the computer image of the quilt design on the top of the box along with an index card that details where i left off. each project gets it own box.

    when i receive a work order i set the box up even if all i have in there is the fabric i need to make the quilt. this way i never use "spoken for" fabric in another project by mistake.


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    i seem to have a running theme in my quilting life..........

    i should be called The Frugal Quilter

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelissaK
    Ziploc Baggies! and drawers
    me too! Big bags keep instructions, extra fabric, partially finished blocks, etc.

    Scmetimes I get bogged down for a bit and need a change. But I have everything together. Keep those instructions handy!!

    Oh, one more thing. When I gather fabric from my stash that will perfect for a someday plan, I put the intended pattern/photo with it so I don't forget. That keeps my cluttered little brain on track.

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    A few of my projects are full to queen size, how do you fit the fabric for those in a pizza box? I really like the idea since that would take up less space, just not sure how I would fit everything in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fris
    A few of my projects are full to queen size, how do you fit the fabric for those in a pizza box? I really like the idea since that would take up less space, just not sure how I would fit everything in.
    first thing i should point out - i typically don't sell quilts over 6 feet. i'm an art quilter and my work goes on the wall.

    i keep the focal yardage fabrics in the box. the background fabric that i have on bolts just stays on the bolts. i can tell from the graphics which bolt fabric i need.

    i keep a lot of basic fabric on hand.

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    Anybody else feel like pizza?? :lol:

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    i know i do!


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    I like the pizza box idea.
    I order fabric online and some are shipped in plastic bags so I reuse them for my projects. I mean the pakaging inside the shipping box is plastic bags. Quilt in a Day uses plastic zip lock bags for the fabric.
    That way I dont have to buy bags.

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    you can put them in small see through container and write down what in there on a paper so you know what they are

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    That makes sense!

    Thanks so much for all the wonderful ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    i go to my local pizza place and ask them to give me some new pizza boxes.

    i get the largest pizza box they have and i can stack them very nicely in my room.
    If I did that, I think my husband would disown me since we share the room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelissaK
    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    i go to my local pizza place and ask them to give me some new pizza boxes.

    i get the largest pizza box they have and i can stack them very nicely in my room.
    If I did that, I think my husband would disown me since we share the room!
    my DH would never share a studio with me - i'd talk his ear off until he moved out so i could have the room all to my self.

    we each have our own studio in the house.

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    I use a combination of things. When it's still just a collection of fabric that I want to stay together I use the super size ziplocks. After I get the blocks started I use the Super Satchel Art Bins. Once the top is together I put it, the backing and binding in a dresser drawer.

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    I keep mine in separate plastic boxes. Unless they are partially completed tops. Mostly I work with fabrics that could not get confused with another WIP. I have three going right now, and one is all blue so it would not be confused with the brown and green one. etc.

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    I keep mine in the very large ziplock bags, but I like the pizza box idea :). Seems like they would be more "stackable" than throw in bottom of the closet :).

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    I have a cubbyhole wall unit from Ikea and in the top few cubbies I put all the fabric for a project together. The other cubbies have fabrics by collection, by FQs, backings, etc.

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    My projects usually go into a plastic "project" boxes that I get from WalMart or the dollar store. I get the clear ones and have different sizes.

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    well i'm ashamed to say what my 'stuff' looks like. i don't have a "room" to quilt in. i use my dining room table and fabric is stacked here and there - kinda helter skelter. i am not an organized person - wish i was and i've tried but just can't be. guess i am just a slob, but if i look long enough i'll find things in the strangest places - then i'll think well good grief why did i put that there? hummm, am i the only person dis-organized?
    donna

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    When I find a pattern I know I will do or fabric I just have to have :roll: , I put the pattern and/or the fabric in the Hefty One Zip Jumbo 2.5 gallon bags 12 count box. These are the greatest bags and hold quite a bit. I can reuse these after I am finished for the next projector put teh finished piece in until quilted or ???. Beware, not all stores carry them. Our Walmart does not so I get them at Krogers. I then store these in my plastic bins and pull out when ready. I like the pizza box idea, but my DD's cats have been known to mess on items... so the pizza box would not work here.

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