Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 26 to 50 of 56

Thread: Where do you put your UFOs?

  1. #26
    Junior Member lucylockett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    South GA
    Posts
    213
    UFO Rotation System
    (of my dreams)

    UFOs are stored in plastic containers. Every UFO project is labeled and I choose 3 projects I’d like to complete. I work on one project for 8 hours stitching time, then move on to the next project. When I have completed 8 hours on each of the 3 ongoing projects, I’m feeling much better about my UFOs!. Then I go back to the top project and start over. When these 3 projects are finally completed, I quickly select 3 more UFOs and repeat the process. (I figure it will take me a year or so!)

    During some rotations, I may not finish a single project, but the on the next rotation, I may finish two! When I’ve finished 8 hours on a UFO, I can put it away with a clear conscience; I’ve put an honest effort into ridding myself of the guilt for buying fabric, etc. for a project and tossing it to the side.

    Here’s a simple chart with a series of X-marks to show how many hours I have done. Each X represents 8 hours of stitching time. My chart looks something like this:
    1. Elvis Throw XXXXX
    2. Batik Quilt XXXX
    3. Linus Project XX

    If I have a project with a deadline, I’ll work it into my rotation by working for 8 hours on number one, then 8 hours on my urgent project. Then I’ll move on back and work on my second UFO line up for 8 hours before returning to my urgent project etc., and so one. The urgent one will work up quickly, and the rotation will continue moving along.

    Now if I could just implement this idea, it would be a dream come true!!!

  2. #27
    Senior Member IAmCatOwned's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    863
    I finally got organized a few years ago. All my UFOs are in 2 gallon ziplocks with all the materials and a copy of the pattern. Most of my UFOs are patterns from books and they would get all bent up, so just a copy of pattern goes in now. I 'file' them in beer boxes (free from liquor store) and the boxes are in a bookshelf (there are 3). Each box holds 8-12 projects depending on the amount of extra fabric I have for it.

    Not having all the 'parts' together was the primary reason why many of my UFOs never were completed. I've gone from 80 UFOs (not including PIGS), to about 75 UFOs (including PIGS) since 2004. Any time that you are going to put a project away, save yourself effort and write on a piece of paper where you are. I must spend 2 hours trying to figure out my next step.

    I have all the tops that are complete but not quilted in a Rubbermaid container. I started doing this in order to also contain the matching binding and sometimes the backing until I get to it.

    As far as completing UFOs, I found the Stashbuster's system of working on only 4 projects to be the best. I have 2 UFOS, one in-progress and one new one going at all times. If I don't have a new project, I just pick up another UFO and make some progress on it.

    I like the idea of using rotation method, but it works way better for my cross-stitching than my quilting. Once I start quilting a quilt, I want to just keep quilting on it, so pick up on handwork or other hobby stuff since I can only sit at the sewing machine a few hours a day.
    Last edited by IAmCatOwned; 04-29-2012 at 11:51 AM.

  3. #28
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Chesterfield, MO
    Posts
    657
    Mine are all in clear plastic totes. Theoretically, they're easy to access when I decide to finish them.

  4. #29
    Super Member Lynnie25's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    2,007
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by icon17 View Post
    Hi, jcrow
    Outer space? LOL sorry just couldn't stop my self!! Why don't you buy the large 2pound size zip lock bags or if you need larger they do have them too put them in those, label them as to whats in each one, get a clear tub to store All of them under a bed!
    This is what I do with mine but make sure you put a copy of the pattern and all the fabric for backing, binding etc in the bag. I have been stuck later when finishing a UFO by not having any fabric suitable for binding. I have 2 huge tubs under the bed with quilt tops and UFOs
    QB Albums: Street Directory Quilt; Selvedge Quilts;

  5. #30
    Junior Member Karenowc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Posts
    292
    I put mine in a plastic container with all the fabric and pattern, and any notions that would go with it.
    Then I put a label on it and put away in a cabinet.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Karen in CA
    Babylock Ellisimo, Babylock Enlighten Serger, Janome 6600, Janome 760 for travel

  6. #31
    Super Member burchquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Holmen, WI
    Posts
    6,443
    Depending on the size of the UFO, I use those Rubbermaid boxes -- usually the shoebox size or larger. But in a pinch, I'll use a zip lock bag or even a plain old shoe box.
    (¯`v´¯)
    `*.¸.*´
    ¸.•´
    ¸.•*¨)¸.•*¨)
    (¸.•´(¸.• (¸.•´¸¸.•¨¯`•.¸¸.♥ rebecca

  7. #32
    Super Member luvTooQuilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    A Hop from Heaven, a Skip from Sanity and a Jump from the Good Life....
    Posts
    7,111
    Blog Entries
    1
    Name:  artbin.jpg
Views: 119
Size:  38.6 KB

    i use one of these artbins that I got at Joannes with a 50% off coupon.. I label it with blue painters tape under the handle but still readable.. I get them in assorted colors. I put all fabric, thread and pattern needed for this project so i dont use it for another project.. Works great for me.. I only keep 8 on hand and when they are full i will finish one up..

  8. #33
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Flint, MI
    Posts
    82
    You can get pizza boxes from any store that sells large portioned items. Gordon Food Services is the one in our area. They sell packs of 20 or 25 different sized pizza boxes. Some pizza places may give you 1 or 2, but they are going to charge also. Just get your own set. Then just stack. You can share yours with friends.

  9. #34
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Hattiesburg,MS 39402
    Posts
    1,470
    I have mine in plastic boxes, the dollar tree has a nice sized one and I have 15 of them with UFO's, I am making myself finish three tops before I start something else, so far it's working. The idea of the empty sheets and curtains packages is a very good idea, I don't use them for I can stack them like I can the boxes. I give all those to my quilt buddy

  10. #35
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    106
    For cut pieces I use the gallon size ziplocks or tupperware on shelves in my sewing room. Completed blocks, rows and whole tops get folded over a hanger in my hall closet.

  11. #36
    Power Poster Tweety2911's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    17,501
    Blog Entries
    3
    In plastic cases where the pieces and instrutions will stay all together with whatever finished blocks there might be. I hide them where ever they may fit.
    Helen T.

  12. #37
    Senior Member stchenfool's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    520
    I put mine in small totes, label them and store on a shelf. I can easily find them when the "feeling" comes over me to get it done! Works for me.
    Love 4 stchen

  13. #38
    Super Member bluteddi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    3,140
    I hate totes and boxes... It is too difficult to see what is in them... also, out of sight out of mind... if I havbe to move things around and restack things..... I'm NOT going to go hunting for it.

    I have several clear plastic drawer systems...... I put everything into a large ziplock ( depending on projects size-- Ziplocks come in EVERY size ) I TRY to label them but honestly I rarely do... The project then goes into the UFO -- I preferred to call mine..... "ongoing projects" drawer... I can easily pull out the drawer ( I stand my bags on end so I can sort thru them easily) and instantly SEE what I have to work on.
    I LOVE starting projects.... I'm a little slower at finishing them...... sigh

  14. #39
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    489
    I put them (and there are many) in boxes and then the boxes go into an unused closet. I' beginning to work on them now and don't think I'll ever get to the bottom box. I can't hand quilt anymore due to severe arthritis in my hands and shoulders and need to have them machine quilted and the expense would wear me out. Small ones I will machine quilt.

  15. #40
    Power Poster sewbizgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    20,217
    For me, it's too confusing to keep track of cut pieces and how they are supposed to go together. So I always try to complete the quilt top. Then I might stash it to be finished later, but at least the pieces are all together. I have many tops with backing fabrics set aside for "later". I guess you can tell that the quilting is my least favorite part of the process.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewbizgirl
    Boom 20 Album of Blocks I made to swap https://www.quiltingboard.com/member...bums19942.html
    "The reward of a thing well done is having done it." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  16. #41
    Senior Member Michellesews's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    El Paso Texas
    Posts
    988
    I don't have any...I just cannot make myself start a new project until I finish the old...I know, I'm weird...I have tried to have a UFO for UFO Friday at our guild...but the closest I have come is to have the binding to stitch on the current project. One of my quirks, I guess.
    Michelle Guadarrama

  17. #42
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    2,717
    Blog Entries
    1
    Pretty much the quilt room and the dinning room. Those that I am in the middle of finnishing are in the dinning room.
    However several family members are comimg from out of state this weekend so I have to get cleaning.
    Sorry, I do not have a system. The tops are just folded and sitting on a desk.
    Quilter 68 who is now 69/and now 70

  18. #43
    Senior Member anita211's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Northfield, MN
    Posts
    340
    In a brown paper bag in the back of the closet??? Seriously, I package up everything and put it in a container for the size, and look at it occasionally to decide if I want to work on it yet. If not, it remains in the container until I do want to work on it.

    Anita in Northfield, MN

  19. #44
    Super Member Farm Quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Odessa, Washington
    Posts
    1,907
    I use the large plastic containers used for green salads from the grocery store produce area for containing my quilts in the cut-out stage. Just like you, I have "lost" UFOs, so now I make myself finish at least the top before I move on. I just have such a hard time going back to a UFO so I'm trying really hard not to make any more of them!

  20. #45
    Super Member bamamama's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Madison, AL
    Posts
    2,015
    I have one of those stacked wire basket units for a closet and I put the project fabrics/pattern, etc in a drawer that way it can be seen and not forgotten about. It has 8 baskets that are only 4" deep and are 24X30. I can only purchase fabrics for a new project when a basket becomes available. That's the rule! I used to have a rule where I could only purchase fabrics for a new project when the last one was completely finished. Then I revised it where I had to have the top finished at least. Now I have them stacked 8 high!!!! LOL. I guess rules are meant to be changed.
    Fat Quarters have fewer calories than a Hot Fudge Sundae!
    http://debsquiltsandthings.blogspot.com/

  21. #46
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Normal, IL
    Posts
    561
    I put mine in 2 gallon plastic zip bags and the store them all in a "paper" box. My husband used to buy lots of paper for the printer. He'd buy it at Sam's Club. And I'd get the empty boxes. I' ve got class UfO's, my Ufo's, kits, my kits, BOM's, quilts to be quilted by me, quilts to be quilted by my LAQ, and shirts all in boxes lined up and stacked 2-3-4 high along the long wall in my cutting room (gd's bedroom before they moved out of state). You can obivously tell I am a procrasternator and a hoarder of quilt related things.

  22. #47
    Super Member Chasing Hawk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Pacific Northwest
    Posts
    8,546
    I don't have UFO's.......

    Just lots of cut up fabric !
    Everyone is born right handed, only the gifted overcome it.
    I have already committed my felonies, so people don't have to worry. (Russell Means)
    I swear to you, I am guilty of only being Indian. That's why I am here. (Leonard Peltier)
    “If you can’t see a mistake from 12 feet away, it doesn’t exist, and there are no perfect quilts and that helps a lot,” .......Greg Biornstad

  23. #48
    Super Member glenda5253's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    NE Kansas
    Posts
    1,086
    I worked for quite some time last year (over several months) corralling all my fabric and projects into containers that take up a large closet in my sewing room. That has helped quite a bit but I still want to make shelves in half the closet to put all my stash on boards so I can visualize what I have better. Just haven't had the gumption to push into this next phase. Good luck with your endeavors!

  24. #49
    Super Member Latrinka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Slidell, Louisiana
    Posts
    6,946
    Either a large ziploc, or if it's a completed top, I hang it with those pants hangers with the clips, and hang in closet.
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

  25. #50
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Grants Pass, OR
    Posts
    2,064
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun View Post
    Ziplock bags - the large size. And I put the pattern with the project. If it's from a book or magazine I photocopy the pattern. Also include any notes I had regarding colors, etc.
    This is what I do. I also label the bag.

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.