For a long time, organizing quilt projects has not been at the top of my list. In recent years I have become more organized. This week I presented a trunk show of some of my quilts and quilted items to the Livingston Piecemakers Quilt Guild. What a great group of people. I included some quilts that are not my best work but that illustrate a learning experience for me.
For parts of 2016 and 2017 many guilds challenged their members to finally finish their unfinished projects (UFOs) or projects half done (PHDs). I was inspired by these quilters to finish some of my projects. I already knew why I couldn't finish some projects, I just had to act on it. Here is a video I made last year describing how I try to organize my projects.
Prairie Pinwheels Quilt
This quilt shows what happened when I separated finished blocks from the project bag. You probably can't tell from looking at the quilt, but it could have been bigger. I decided to finish this quilt at a retreat. I picked up the large plastic pouch containing the project and off I went. At the retreat I had 3 or 4 additional pinwheel blocks that didn't make it in the finished quilt. I was frustrated with the centers not laying flat. One of my fellow retreaters said she would take the blocks if I didn't want them. So of course I gave them to her. I ended up making this quilt top square. After all, finished is better than perfect, right?
sixteen flying geese units, enough to make 4 more blocks!
Oh well, it's too late now. Guess I need to start an orphaned block project or make a pillow.
Article – Use Orphan Quilt Blocks to Make a Pillow
Prickly Pinecone Quilt
This quilt went together fast and I finished it at a retreat. It was fun to do.
Article – Piecing the Backing
Organizing Quilt Projects
Now I make more of an effort to keep my projects organized from the beginning. I'm still working on my UFOs and PHDs. Before starting each one again, I check to make sure everything is there.
In the past I used various plastic project boxes. I found them to be clunky when taking them to sew-ins or retreats. I prefer to use more flexible plastic or vinyl zippered bags. They slip easily into suitcases and rolling totes. Here are a few I have gathered over the years.
Organizing quilt projects and putting all the pieces in one place helps me to finish what I start. As long as I start with and keep everything organized, I'm finishing projects. Got any tips that help you finish projects? I'd love to read your comments.