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Thread: Ok I need all of your organization ideas please.

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    Super Member kwhite's Avatar
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    I may be moving into my new room next week and I need all of your orgnization ideas. I have watched the videos and I have some ideas of my own but I know you lovely people have things you think "if only i...." Please fill in that blank for me. Thanks Karen

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    I am just now reorganizing my sewing room. I am not sure if you saw the pics of my floor before doing it over, but I set up my big machine and frame, which led me to reorganizing.

    I bought a new bookcase and I am going to be buying fabric sheets from either BCW or Polar Notions to organize my fabric. It will look like a quilt shop. My sewing tables where my sewing machines are were filled with stuff, so I bought a shelving unit to organize some of the things that don't belong on my sewing tables. Added more lighting in the corner where my sewing machines are because my room is in the basement. My husband added one more table so that I could sew facing out towards my room instead of facing the wall. That is about it for now.


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    I would love to help but if you could see my bedroom ( it's where I keep my stash) you would realize I am no help. I can't wait to see the suggestions though. Maybe some will help me too.

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    Organization? What's that???

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    LOL Terri. It is a myth and I am trying to catch the myth.

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    DH built a small shelf unit to hang on the wall next to my sewing machine. I can set my coffee/tea cup up there and not worry about knocking it over with whatever I'm working on. I also have a cork board on the wall to hang patterns when I need to refer to them.

    Have fun!

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    When I had things organized, I used cubby shelves that stack. They were great for laying flatfolds and sorting by color. I had three units stacked and four across. The shelves were deep enough to place the flatfolds in the shelves with just enough to see all the fabrics. I thought that would be the end of what I needed to be organized. It worked for a while!

    I have fat quarters stacked on end in bankers boxes, by color.

    I have more fabric than shelves now that I have started buying bolts!
    I need to do more sewing and use what I have! :?

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    I am still in the progress of getting organized, but the DH made me this on the table saw for my rulers. Works great.
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    I have 2 white plastic peg boards that I bought at Lowe's. One hangs behind my sewing machine. I use it for thread, scissors, and marking tools. The other one hangs on the wall behind the door. I use that one for stencils and rulers.

    Judy

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    how handy
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    I think you need to think about what will work FOR YOU. Everyone has their own system of what works for them.

    For fabric--do you buy mostly fat quarters? Larger amounts of yardage? Do you buy for one project at a time or do you have an ever growing stash? Now--what will work better for your fabric storage? Do you want open shelves so that you can see your fabrics? Will plastic bins work better for you so you can sort by color or type of fabric? Or stacking drawers? They come in wood, wire, or plastic.

    Are you a notion junkie? Do you have lots of rulers? Do you like to have everything right at your fingertips and in plain view or do you like the sleek look of everything stored away and out of sight? You can use peg board and hang LOTS of items---threads, rulers, etc. Or you can store mats and rulers flat in a cabinet. Your thread can be stored in a thread case or hung on a thread holder on the wall.

    There are so many places to buy organization tools for your quilt room. And you do not have to spend a fortune either. Look at Walmart, Lowe's, Staples, your local thrift store, yard sales, etc. You can spend as much or as little on organizing your space as you can afford. You just need to decide what works for you.

    I bought this book and found the tips and hints in it to be wonderful. You may be able to find it in your local library too.
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    What a great find. Thanks I will look for it.

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    Going to check out that book for the new house - might as well get it right from the start. Love the ruler idea too - think DH might even be able to make that - he is not too handy!

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    I want the room on the front of the book :mrgreen:

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    In the process of moving my sewing room to another room, so I desperately need ideas also Love all of the above and will ask DH to make me a board for my rulers, I love that one.

    I think we are all different. some of us need peace and organization to work and some of us do well in a little clutter.

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    I have one Ninnie. I got it at Joanns. It may not be that big but it works well

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    Ii don't know if you have an Ikea close by. But they have some great square baskets. I use baskets for everything, Large and small. They also have wooden desk organizers that are great for holding rulers, scissors, etc. They have magazine file boxes and pretty heavy duty boxes with lids in all sizes. Everything is very reasonable.

    Have fun.

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    I found clear plastic baskets at Dollartree to put fat quarters in. They come in different colors so you can coordinate with the fabric.
    I also have peg board to hang rulers etc. on.
    I have a hanging fabric shelf in the closet for fabric. Also a metal shelf and plastic drawers all full of fabric. Out of room now what?
    I have small plastic drawers for odds and ends and notions. Nine drawers so far.
    Batting is on the top shelf of the closet.
    A small bookcase for books and mags, which is too full already.
    I took over the master bedroom and am out of room already.
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    My fabric is stored in a wardrobe. Bins (smaller ones) sitting on top of each other 5-6 high. I've been after DH to put shelves in the bottom of, so that I could have just 2 stacked, but he has yet to do it.

    I like my clear bins, though. I have fabric sorted by color and I can see without labels. It keeps smaller pieces contained, too. But I don't have a HUGE stash - yet.

    If you can keep colors sorted, but have a place for "leftovers" and "crumbs" that would be fabulous.

    Can't wait to see what it looks like.
    Keep us posted.


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    Organization? Hold on....let me look that word up in the dictionary! :!:

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    keep 1 wed size box in corner for scraps
    then 1 day when u r bordmake a scappy quilt from all those pcs.
    on a 10 inch square may take as many squ. as 6squ-7or8 down
    frankie
    my granddaughters have learn to sew this way
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    Thanks to all for your ideas. I have lots to think about. Keep them coming.

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    My rulers are in a shelf similar to the one eparys had built by her husband. My husband is not so handy, though (Karla, don't repeat that, lol). So I bought a shelf at Michaels, the unfinished kind - using a coupon, of course - and took it to work where I had one of the maintenance guys run it through the saw to make grooves in it. Then I put the finish on it myself. Easy! It's 3' long, so longer than any of my rulers, which gives me a bit of shelf space for a couple of jelly rolls I've yet to use.

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    I have floor-to-ceiling cupboards, so I put the batting up on the highest level since I have to access it less frequently that everything else.
    I have stacked drawers which hold "all those small notions and doo-dads," thangle and foundation piecing paper goods, and fat quarters organized by "style" (and only a quilter would know what I meant by that!).
    I have pull-out shelves for non-fat-quarter fabric storage and, boy, has it ever saved my back!
    I have a 96x96 design board permanently affixed to the wall. (But a friend of mine who had sliding doors to the closet in her sewing room took the same principles of my board and developed a 2-piece design board that works very well for her.) I used 4'x8' insulation panels sold in Home Depot/Lowe's; they come in various thicknesses and I chose 1/2"; we affixed these styrofoam-like panels using a glue that doesn't eat it, and then we covered the whole panel with gridded flannel, which was admittedly the most expensive thing about the design board. I had to piece the yardage, pressing open the center seam, and we affixed it to the styrofoam-like insulation panels with a slightly diluted white glue, also sold in Home Depot/Lowe's. The grid lines, 2" intervals, aren't exactly straight, but they still do the job most excellently.
    Above the design wall, my husband mounted brackets on either side of the design board, just above the board, where he rigged something to hold three 8' long dowels; I inserted the dowels into the long tubes used for upholstery/home dec fabric, which I got from the local JoAnn's for free. I covered the tubes with 2 layers of unbleached 108" wide muslin (trimmed to fit), allowing several feet of muslin to drape from the tube. I pin quilt blocks for works-in-progress onto the muslin and simply roll them up and out of the way; I pull them down to look at the layout before final assembly, and those projects still in progress are conveniently stored until I get to them.

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    I forgot the most important thing about my sewing room: LIGHTING.

    We mounted two 2-tube units of 4' long DAY SPECTRUM LIGHTING tubes into industrial/ commercial lighting bases - the kind you'd likely see in a garage. We never considered a type of cover for the lighting because anything we auditioned changed the color to where it was no longer "clean." I can work for hours in the room without eye fatigue or color-matching gaffes due to off-color lighting.

    The sales person at Home Depot said that if I bought FULL SPECTRUM lighting that it would work like the sun does and I would likely get sunburned. Since he had full-spectrum products - at the same price as the DAY SPECTRUM - I bought his explanation and the day spectrum lighting. I cannot tell you what a HUGE difference the day spectrum lighting has made after years of "other" lighting, and the 4' long tube lighting does an amazing job of lighting the room fully without theatrical effects.

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