The last person you should take any organizing advice from would be me! Yet another disclaimer . .
As I was cleaning and re-organizing this week, the UFOs or PIGS were mostly removed from the grocery sacks and placed in stacking plastic boxes. They stack nicely and keep the dust off the projects. Most of us have projects that haven’t been touched in years, right?
Here’s my best tip on keeping these projects “finishable”. You open a bag and find this:
Hmm . . what was I doing with this? What pattern was I using? Where did I leave off? Ever ask yourself those questions?
But then you see this:
A copy of the pattern is there with the fabric.
And then you see this:
There’s a card there with a little swatch of fabric that corresponds to the fabric numbers in the pattern. The pieces that haven’t been used are all in resealable bags, labeled with the numbers to correspond with the cuts as labeled in the pattern. This quilt will be very easy to finish.
But for now, it goes into a plastic box, with the pattern showing so I can easily see the project without having to open the box and dig.
Make it easy on yourself! If you put away a project before it’s finished, please do the following:
- Put all the pieces together, along with any extra fabrics. Those fabrics will get used in another project if you leave them on your fabric shelves. Even though you think you’ve cut out all the pieces, you never know when you’re going to need a little more fabric in order to finish a project. It’s just awful to get so close to the end of a project and realize you need another fat quarter or another 2″ square of one of the fabrics.
- Make a copy of the pattern you’re using or in the least, put a note in with the project as to the book and page number where the pattern can be quickly located.
- Make another note as to the step which you last completed. No need to waste time trying to figure out where you left off.
- If there were any special notes, such as quilting ideas or thoughts you had about making the quilt larger or changing a border, write yourself a note and stick it in there with the project.
You’ll thank yourself (and me) later!