Organization Focus

As planning is the beginning of a project, Organization Focus helps keep the project moving to a completed stage, of course there is editing at some point to improvise as needed.  Organization for me is fun and helps clear the creative cobwebs. 1. Do you have an established place to quilt?  2. Are you content with the flow? 3. What is the first thing you tackle when organizing? 4. Do you create a plan, goal or just start cleaning up a space just so you can think?  5. Do you stick with the plan or create a new one. These are the questions asked on the previous post Cultivating Skills and Techniques. (I welcome your answers and I will answer the questions below)

1. Do you have an established place to quilt? 

As I take a look around my studio, it is a very nicely established place to quilt where the flow works for me, there is a room with my sewing machine, Serger, fabric, computer, printer and notions. Another room for cutting, patterns, a desk and computer for working online, current and new projects,  with color wheels visible, block sizes, rulers, several poster boards to hold my blocks before piecing, a quilt along board as well as a scrap box sorted by color, and let’s not forget a few quilt magazines for inspiration.

BabyLock Ellure Plus (sewing and embroidery) machine a comfortable chair with thread and bobbins, pins, and notions close at hand.
BabyLock Pro Serger machine easily at reach when needed.
Fabric organized by pre-cuts, half-yard, fat quarter, 5″ Charms, 2 1/2″ Strips, and 2 1/2″ squares.  Border Charts and Color Wheels on the wall are at eye level for inspiration.
Additional fabric yardage and precuts; inside the cabinet are more yardage sorted by color.
Cutting table with my current project, ruler, marking tools, pins and masking tape used for marking and marking pencils, bees wax used for hand sewing the binding. 
The flexible trash bowl is directly below the cutting table and is a notion from the Sew Sampler Box from Fat Quarter Shop, along with the larger rulers and template plastic.
Contained and labeled quilt projects contains the fabric (some are already cut and ready to piece) and the pattern.
The iron and ironing board, and oh yes, can’t iron without my Best Press, with notions organized.  When selecting fabric colors and getting measurements, more color wheels and fabric measurement charts are located directly across from the cutting table.
Scraps organized by color. Boxes are recycled from the Sew Sampler Box from Fat Quarter Shop.
Scraps by color.  I sometimes include the other half of a flying geese organized by color to make HSTs for other projects.
Quilt books for patterns, templates and inspiration.  I try not to buy too many quilt books as there are so many quilting tutorials via YouTube and other quilting websites, because I can easily spend hours just looking at quilt blocks and just imagining fabrics.
Several block boards created with fleece and lamp interfacing, I always have more than one project I’m working on at at time so one would never be enough.
As my “Quilt Alongs” began to grow  I create this Project Board to keep them organized by begin and end dates.  Of course, all can’t be completed this year. 

2. Are you content with the flow?

Adjusting the furniture in the studio space was a fun task!  Making sure the right furniture pieces fit the space and needs.  Creating a studio is and espensive and rewarding endeavor so not all pieces were brought in one day but over many months. The collection of the many items were well though out to make the overall project fun and being sue to have a flow that work for the review and selection of a pattern, identifying and auditioning fabric, cutting, labeling and marking, piecing, squaring and  ironing, completing the quilt top, then the quilt sandwich and quilting, and on to  binding and labeling and the final step, admiring the completed. The flow of my studio space works very nicely for me.

3. What is the first thing you tackle when organizing?

When the studio was first setup, I found it very helpful to use the IKEA Planner to match the size of the furniture to the space in the room.  Although the layout of the furniture cabinets, desks and storages are perfect, the next step was placing everything in a way that flowed and made the project fun. Fabric, patterns, cutting machines, batting, project containers, books and binders are stored on the bookcases and the large storage containers are limited to two with no tops, easier to see what’s inside.  After many completed projects and some WIP, it was necessary to organize the scraps, rather than keep them in a bag or box, all scraps were sorted by color.  The binding scraps were also sorted and placed in small storage containers to use for other small projects, such as, adding batting to a pillows, and stuffing pincushions or small ornaments.

4. Do you create a plan, goal or just start cleaning up a space just so you can think?

At one time, I was so excited to get the project started I would not create a plan, I though I could remember what to do next, we after a while, my studio got very messy and I was not sure how it got in such a disarray in such a short time, but it did and I’m sure it happens to many us.  It got to the point where I was buying something cause I could not find it, and then later it materialize, like magic.  I was spending unnecessarily because I realized I was unorganized; the space was covered with everything.  A short-term fix was to just clean a space to work, which had a pleasant result, I cleared the creative cobwebs and was able to think. Though lately, usually for me, creating a plan is always the first thing and without something to refer to as to why the project is being created in the first place may result in missing pieces, so I start by using my The Quilter’s Planner, a great tool for me. Other organizers I’ve found useful is the 2018 AQS Creative Organizer Planner Pages, the templates “Managing Works in Progress” are wonderful for organizing projects by stages.

I realized, a plan helps with organization focus and is a tool for, workspace flow, fabric organization, pattern containment in a centralized place, knowing where and how many notions and other items are, and that keeping a plan was necessary to track projects with a planners, using templates, notes and tracking priorities, and setting goals, for me, makes quilting fun!

5. Do you stick with the plan or create a new one?

When creating the plan, usually, I’ll stick with the original idea, but may from time to time start with one specific fabric and then change the fabric color or print, however, the  plan is still followed.  Although, a new plan is created for a new project, it may be necessary to scrap a plan and create a new one, but the plan still exists.

Next time, inspiration for making a quilt where to begin.

What are your thoughts, did you answer any of the questions? I hope you found some useful information, and as always, I welcome your comments, like and follow.







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