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    ZipLock bags (snack and sandwich size) for individual groups of pieces.then a clear plastic box to hold the entire project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafty pat View Post
    I use the zip lock food storage bags quart, gallon, and the extra large will hold a project. I keep boxes of each size in my sewing room.
    These are my favorite quilting tool -- I prefer the Freezer Bags as they are stronger and have write-on labels. Also use the 2 gallon bags to hold the smaller ones for a dedicated project.
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    Ditto, here
    I use address labels to mark the bags when needed. Either by block (as in the 12 blocks for the Undergroung Railroad Quilt)

    Quote Originally Posted by crafty pat View Post
    I use the zip lock food storage bags quart, gallon, and the extra large will hold a project. I keep boxes of each size in my sewing room.
    After 2 years with the same signature I have been requested to remove it. Bye

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    I place the cut pieces in labeled ziplock bags and place the whole works in a rubbermaid clear plastic cake container. I usually will make copies of the pattern so that I can make notes on it and have it at a manageable size (that way I don't mess up the original). If I'm working on the project, the container sits out on my ironing board or cutting table. Then I'll remove the pieces I need and the corresponding pattern sheet. I then will place the blocks back into the container or design wall. No digging around for the pieces I need. I can misplace something without even getting up from my chair.
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    Just in stacks on the shelves of my guest room/fabric storage room when I've cleared off my work space on the kitchen counter. The blocks, sashing, etc. are up on the design wall. Extra fabric is stacked.

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    Storing projects-in-progress

    Quote Originally Posted by susanwilley View Post
    I found small see through plastic envelopes with velcro closures at Holly Lobby. They are great for storing my triangles, squares and other pieces. They're about 4 x 6, I think and are great for keeping the pieces seperate and I can see at a glance which one to grab. I also use the zippered see through bags that sheet sets and blankets come in to store the fabric that I'm using at the time. They are great for holding all the little envelopes in and keeping everything together. I haven't been able to find these envelopes anywhere except Holly Lobby and I've looked everywhere I go because Holly Lobby is not at all close to me. I tried to post pictures but haven't figured out how to yet. I keep getting a failed message.
    A few years ago, my Kroger had dishpans in turquoise and fuschia on sale for $1 each. I got 7-8 of each. Each is big enough to hold an entire project with pattern, thread and even usually backing. They stack when almost full, too....so I have a couple of stacks of them. They're fun to look through when I need something to work on.
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    Zip lock bags for small pieces..a large zip bag that I got when I purchased some bedspreads. I save those bags and love them. I have some smaller ones that had shams in them, others from sheets, etc.
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    I keep my current project in an open fabric bin with the pattern in it so I don't lose it! If there are small pieces I stack them in a small box that fits in the bin. If I have a secret project that must stay out of view, I have a fabric picnic basket looking bucket that has a zip cover which works great too.

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    Ooo, I like this idea! I'm going to buy some of those today. I need something to keep my triangles and squares separate.

    Originally Posted by susanwilley

    I found small see through plastic envelopes with velcro closures at Holly Lobby. They are great for storing my triangles, squares and other pieces. They're about 4 x 6, I think and are great for keeping the pieces seperate and I can see at a glance which one to grab. I also use the zippered see through bags that sheet sets and blankets come in to store the fabric that I'm using at the time. They are great for holding all the little envelopes in and keeping everything together. I haven't been able to find these envelopes anywhere except Holly Lobby and I've looked everywhere I go because Holly Lobby is not at all close to me. I tried to post pictures but haven't figured out how to yet. I keep getting a failed message.
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    One of my favorites to store pieces in while sewing, is the cardboard boxes from the supermarket. When they cut around the boxes while stocking shelves; they leave a tray that is 2" or 3" deep. These can be stacked with a complete project. They are free!
    Then again, I store some in the original bag from the quilt shop. I have a few projects going...Ha. A Few means maybe ten or more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by solstice3 View Post
    ZipLock bags (snack and sandwich size) for individual groups of pieces.then a clear plastic box to hold the entire project.
    I do this too, also label baggies with size as I cut them.

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    I use ziplock bags to keep the pieces together and everything goes into either a regular or double size ArtBin satchels, depending on the size of the project. I do have two projects in clear 12 gal totes (lots of pieces and pattern pieces). I tried the Iris ones, but the ArtBins are easier to carry around and secures since they have real latches plus a handle. I bought them at JoAnns with either 50% coupons or when they are on sale at 40% off.

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    I use plastic storage boxes from Wal*Mart, one for each project and the big ones I use to put my scraps in.
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    I recycle all of the zippered bags that sheets and drapes come in, they're great for projects. I also use the jumbo zip-lock bags for storing BOM 12" blocks; I can then hang them with a skirt hanger on the back of a door.
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    It depends on what stage I'm at and how many pieces or large the quilt (or project) will be. I usually start off with everything in ziploc bags - the zipper kind and all those smaller bags (from snack to gallon) go into a 2 1/2 gallon size with the pattern or sketch and any other information I may need. As I progress with sewing the pieces together, they move to a larger ziploc. I haven't done anything yet that won't fit into one of those 2 1/2 gallon ziplocs. When I'm finally finished, the quilt (or project, is usually destined to go to another home. I keep my various and sundry projects in one of those clear totes until I'm done.
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    I use an Artbin from joann's as well. Different colors and I chose the next recipients, fabrics, pattern until ready to sew. Then its contents are stacked on the sewing center to begin. Only have two more for family - and woohoo free style! Gonna start that bucket list this year, plus want to do more donation quilts.
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    As I finish the blocks and they've been pressed, I keep mine in new pizza boxes. My pizza shop doesn't charge me, but I wouldn't mind if they did. I get the largest they have because blocks vary in size from quilt to quilt.
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    Im with you on the pizza boxes. One box holds finished blocks,and another for the pieces waiting to be worked.
    there are free, and stack well.



    Quote Originally Posted by mucky View Post
    New pizzq boxes work well.

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    Thanks for this topic! I've been looking for new ideas for storing projects.
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    I use all of the above, except the bed because of the 3 or 4 cats that sleep with me. I also use those "go green bags" that everyone seems to give away. I hang them on a coat rack or hat rack and they are very visible.

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    Good Morning Ladies, It has been a while since I was here, traveling and such. I have really missed you all and your great comments. I use different sized plastic totes to store my WIP in. They are semi-clear with blue lids that
    "click" into place so they don't fall open. The handle is on the lid. I can see what is in the tote and it is very portable. After I cut my fabric, it goes into plastic bags, labeled of course, and the notions go into another. Then into a small sized tote. As the size of the finishing project grows, everything goes into a larger tote. When the project gets too big to fit into the tote. The notions and pieces goes back to the small tote and the project goes into a plastic blanket bag. The tote fits fight in too. Everything in one place. Now if I can just remember where that darn place is!!!!! LOL
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    I like pillowslips for the larger pieces--lap robes, ect. They even hold entire quilts--double bed anyway.
    The smaller completed pieces I like the see-through folders you get at Wal-Mart or mail order.
    I have a really neat bag my quilt partner from guild made me. It is nylon net and has a snap closure. Love it!
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    i save the boxes from sams and put pieces in to carry to bee and atc. works for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by susanwilley View Post
    I found small see through plastic envelopes with velcro closures at Holly Lobby. They are great for storing my triangles, squares and other pieces. They're about 4 x 6, I think and are great for keeping the pieces seperate and I can see at a glance which one to grab. I also use the zippered see through bags that sheet sets and blankets come in to store the fabric that I'm using at the time. They are great for holding all the little envelopes in and keeping everything together. I haven't been able to find these envelopes anywhere except Holly Lobby and I've looked everywhere I go because Holly Lobby is not at all close to me. I tried to post pictures but haven't figured out how to yet. I keep getting a failed message.
    I found some of those envelopes at our local Fred's store. I use them to hold my cards. It was very inexpensive also I think I've seen them at office supply stores.
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    I safe the plastic covers bedding and curtains comes in. they are clear and durable.
    I store all the fabrics for the project in these and blocks and pattern as I go.

    because I always have multiple projects they stack nicely and i can see through them.
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