Sunday, January 19, 2014


Organized?  Me?  I've never been accused of that before :) However . . .

Having said that, I do try.

1.  Bins

I have a nice, small, wood cabinet that I keep all my floss. When I'm working on a specific project, I pull all the floss for that project and put it in one of these floss organizers that can be purchased at your favorite big-box craft store. They come in different sizes. This is a large one, but I could have used a small one for this particular project because there are only so many colors for the 12 blocks I'll be stitching this year.

The project is called Long Time Ago In Bethlehem. The original block was published in Australian Homespun in July, 2012. I purchased a digital copy of the magazine from  The designer is Natasha Curtin and the kit for the entire quilt can be purchased from her here.

Any way, some of my ideas for this light-hearted interpretation are different embellishments. So they are being stored in a large plastic bin that has a lid on it. I keep all the patterns and prepared fabrics in this bin as well. When I'm ready for the next block, I can just pull it out and put the finished block in the bin to keep it clean and keep it from getting lost misplaced.

2.  Binders

I LOVE binders. I have them in all shapes, sizes and styles. I found this one the other day at Walmart :) And, as I told you the other day, I am in love again with dots :)  Isn't it cute?

The other thing I can't live without are Post-It notes. I have them in every size and shape and color as well. I'm forever writing notes to myself and this is a perfect way to keep track of them.  This is inside the front cover of the binder.

I found these lovely pages and many more designed by KerriAnne at Shabby Art Boutique as a free download. I've added them to my binder.  I'm using the calendars to keep track of publishing dates for blocks of the month I want to work on this year.

This one is going to help me keep track of projects, specifically, UFOs that need to be finished this year. I'm not being pressured by anyone other than myself but I have so many that I thought I needed a plan in writing to get them accomplished.  So far, so good.

I also purchased plastic dividers that have pockets in them. This page in particular is my UFO list.  Again, something tangible, in writing to help me stay focused.  I'm notorious for starting projects and setting them aside to work on a new favorite. Most of these have all their components, just need my attention to get them completed.

Another pocket will hold patterns for a new block of the month offered by Quilt Doodle. It's marked on my calendar and the instructions are printed and saved in this pocket. Other pockets hold ideas for my Christmas/Birthday Love stash.

My goal is that by the end of the year, this wall of projects (as organized as they are) will be completed by at least half.

Ambitious, absolutely. But my motto is:

If you are going to dream . . .

Dream BIG :)

Thank you for stopping by,

Wishing you a creative day.




Anonymous said...

I think your goal is very attainable. I like your organizational tools, too. I started using the calendar in my phone for "appointments" with specific projects, but I don't think it helps as much as the paper copy. You can see the paper copy at a glance and see what's being done or neglected, what's coming up, I think it's just better.

Wendyb said...

Oh and I are sooooo alike! I've started reorganising and 'trying' to be more focused.......I love your motto....I'm dreaming BIG too this year!!!! Maybe we need to keep each other on track....although I don't think you need any have it all under control!!!! xoxoxoxo biggest hugs
Wendy :o)

e said...

We are a little kindred, aren't we? :) I would love to help you keep on track - it's not such a big task. I can fake the control thing pretty good - but I need to put it more into practice. But that's why we do what we do. Love'n'hugs. e