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Thread: Organization - projects

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    How do you organized your projects?

    I have a few that I'm working on, and it's all in its' own tote right now. As you can see from my sewing room situation, I like to drag my project down stairs to work in the living room so this is what works for now. However, I'd like to be more organized. I don't like seeing all those totes on the floors in my sewing room. Any suggestion?

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    I bought a lot of the big square white craft boxes at WalMart and put each project in one box. They stack on a shelf and look nice. There is a place to put a label on the front of the box too.

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    Thanks for the great suggestion! I'll have to look into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I bought a lot of the big square white craft boxes at WalMart and put each project in one box. They stack on a shelf and look nice. There is a place to put a label on the front of the box too.
    Thanks, I'll also look into those :thumbup:

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    I'm sure there are other methods of storing your project. Let's hear!

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    I love the ArtBin super satchels; and they are acid free. They hold 12 1/2" blocks so nicely too.

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    I use the heavy duty plastic bags that curtains, comforters, sheets come it. I even like the two gallon zip lock bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Gramy
    I use the heavy duty plastic bags that curtains, comforters, sheets come it. I even like the two gallon zip lock bags.
    That's what I do too.

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    When I cut out a quilt I put all the pieces in a two gallon ziploc bag. That way it all stays together til I start it.

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    I like to use the plastic zipper storage bags as. Depends on the project size but most often I use the one gallon and two gallon size.

    Another idea: One of the ladies in our class goes to the local pizza place and asks them if they will give or sell new pizza boxes. She says that most often they just give her one or two at a time. I don't think she has asked for more than two at a time tho.

    She says the medium size is perfect for 12" blocks. Easy to transport to class too.
    DeeDee

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    Target just had a $5 sale on the large plastic storage bins with snap-lock tops. I stocked up on them since I'm organizing my stash (trying to). I use the 2 and 3 gal. ziploc storage bags for projects I'm currently working on and store them on the bookcase shelf so I can see them to keep me reminded to get busy.

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    I have to cart my stuff back and forth from the bedroom to dining room. The 2 gallon ziploc bags work best for me.

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    I use the plastic storage containers, around the shoebox size. They usually only cost a dollar or so. the whole project goes into one container, along with the pattern that I plan to use. That way I don't look at the fabric that I have intended for a specific project and not know what I had planned. I've done that before and sat scratching my head trying to figure out was I was doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NauDeeGal
    I like to use the plastic zipper storage bags as. Depends on the project size but most often I use the one gallon and two gallon size.

    Another idea: One of the ladies in our class goes to the local pizza place and asks them if they will give or sell new pizza boxes. She says that most often they just give her one or two at a time. I don't think she has asked for more than two at a time tho.

    She says the medium size is perfect for 12" blocks. Easy to transport to class too.
    DeeDee
    I've seen others use pizza boxes and they do look handy. I have just always used zip lock bags. But I may try the pizza boxes the next time I order one.

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    I am fighting a losing battle with the space in my place. My UFO's are in a good sized plastic box under the bed. My current projects vary in their placement. One I just started and have most of the fabric cut, but waiting for an order of more of one color. I cut the binding and border first so that it is all one piece. This is in plastic bags with slips of paper saying what it is. I am working on one that is a copy of Twistedstitcher's Boxed Squares. It is on the table right now, and I pray that the kitties leave it alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I bought a lot of the big square white craft boxes at WalMart and put each project in one box. They stack on a shelf and look nice. There is a place to put a label on the front of the box too.
    Great idea, I have mine in clear plastic boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    I am fighting a losing battle with the space in my place. My UFO's are in a good sized plastic box under the bed. My current projects vary in their placement. One I just started and have most of the fabric cut, but waiting for an order of more of one color. I cut the binding and border first so that it is all one piece. This is in plastic bags with slips of paper saying what it is. I am working on one that is a copy of Twistedstitcher's Boxed Squares. It is on the table right now, and I pray that the kitties leave it alone.
    Tell those kitties to behave themselves.

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    Yesterday I laid a quilt out on my bed, (to big for the design wall). Of course both kitties had to inspect what I was doing on "their" bed.
    I don't use the pizza boxes bc you can't see what's in them. I like clear bags or boxes.

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    I really like the clear plastic boxes or zip-loc bags for my projects as I can easily see the ufos that I can work on whenever I go to the shelf. The opague boxes seem to put them out of sight/out of mind; not intentionally, just get attracted to new projects and forget they are there. But then it's like a lost Christmas present when they reappear. I am very fussy about the lids of the plastic boxes though. I hate the frustration if they don't open easily. Even the dollar store boxes have some lids that open very easily so it doesn't mean you must pay a higher price.

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    Thanks for all the suggestion.

    I really don't like the look of all those totes laying on my floors.

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    I'm sorry. Can't really help you with this. Although I have a variety of things going at once ... one being hand quilted; one waiting to be marked for hand quilting; one on a quilting frame to be machine quilted; blocks being embroidered and stored in boxes for future quilts, I never have more than 1 quilt being cut & pieced at any time. It's easy to keep everything I need for that quilt together in something big enough to where the pieces all lay flat.

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    Hi,

    I collect the old Redmon baskets that were made in Indiana and store my projects in them. They are cute and holds alot in them.

    Also I like the clear plastic boxes with handles that stacks from Joan fabric stores. I buy them when they are on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    Hi,

    I collect the old Redmon baskets that were made in Indiana and store my projects in them. They are cute and holds alot in them.

    Also I like the clear plastic boxes with handles that stacks from Joan fabric stores. I buy them when they are on sale.

    Karen
    Thanks, those baskets are super cute!

    I need to finish my project so that I won't have this problem.

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    What projects are you working on now?

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    Let's see, there's a quilt that I'm working on for my niece. I really need to finish this one.

    I also making a couple of totes for my friends and family.
    I made the mistake of making one for my niece then my sisters saw it, then they asked for them. Then on and on, it hasn't stop yet. I think I just have to tell them no! LOL. My friends are also asking for them.

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