Organize for more productive quilting

One of the things I learned the hard way when I was the Art on a Cart teacher in the public school system is that being organized made everything go more smoothly.     This is not something I am naturally good at so I hear it when you tell me how hard it is.    I still have to work at it all the time.    But I KNOW how much it helps so I keep at it.     It is amazing how much time can be saved,  giving you more time for the fun part.

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Rose Star Single block.  Workshop June 22

The biggest thing that keeps me basically organized is the idea that if I have everything together for a given project I can get working on it much more quickly than if I have to hunt down the right ruler, can’t find my cutter,  or have to stop everything to wind a bobbin because I didn’t do a good job setting up.     I have been working hard to get my home studio organized.    Having that space ready to go on a moments notice is very good for productivity.     Lately I have had several things going that I carried back and forth from the shoppe to my home space.   Being organized about it has made all the difference.

Now I know that everyone has a different situation, and I wouldn’t dare tell you how to organize your life,   but I can be of help with quilt related things.      Here are some of the things that work for me.

I keep fabric sorted first by yardage ( approximately )    and then by color  ( roughly )    I use wire cube storage for most of it and pieces a yard or more get folded by being wrapped around my 6 x 24 ruler.    Ask for a demo next time you come in.

I have color sorted bins/boxes for chunk type scraps,  and  another set of containers for strip scraps.

I have a bucket on my cutting table that holds cutters,  both rotary, and scissors.

I keep an old portfolio from my art school days under my cutting table that stores my rulers.

I have milk carton type boxes for individual projects,  with fabric,  book/pattern,  and any special tools needed.   — in theory they can stack on top of each other to clear floor space.

I have two walls covered in felt or batting as design walls.

I use a written weekly planner and reminders on my phone to keep me up to date on deadlines and appointments.     When something important needs time to be worked on,  I put it on the calendar.

Here are a few reminders you can put on your calendar,

Tonight is Friday Night Lights,  we will be open till 9 pm.

Tomorrow our Block of the Month meets for Block Number 5,  at 9 am.

Rose Star workshop is on June 22.

 

Hope this helps!!!!

 

 

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