Updated: Jan 3
Tips for a More Efficient and Enjoyable Experience in 2023
As a quilter, you know that a big part of the enjoyment of this hobby comes from the creativity and relaxation it brings. But if you're like many quilters, you also know that it can be overwhelming to keep track of all the pieces and parts that go into a project. Fabric scraps, patterns, notions, and tools can quickly pile up, making it hard to find what you need when you need it. That's where organization comes in! By taking a little time to get your quilting space and supplies in order, you can save yourself frustration and make your quilting experience even more enjoyable. In this post, we'll explore some simple strategies for staying organized as a quilter. Whether you're just starting out or you're a seasoned pro, these tips will help you keep your space and your projects organized and under control.
1. Designate a specific space for quilting
This could be a room, a corner of a room, or even a small closet or cabinet. Having a dedicated space for quilting will help you keep your supplies and projects in one place and make it easier to find what you need.
2. Invest in Storage Solutions
There are many storage options available specifically for quilters, such as bins, boxes, and racks. Choose a few that will work for your space and needs, and use them to store fabric scraps, patterns, notions, and tools.
During the AQD Studio remodel, we installed this customized storage closet from The Container Store. We also found rolling carts in my favorite shades of teal!
3. Keep like items Together
Group similar items, such as fabrics of the same color or type, together in storage. This will make it easier to find what you need when you need it.
This is what I struggle with the most when it comes to my crafting! I spend so much time hunting down my tools/ fabric/ papers that I spend half of my valuable quilt time hunting these things down. ( I swear I left it in this specific spot but why is it not here?!? )
4. Label Everything
Use labels or tags to identify what's in each storage container. This will save you time and frustration when you're looking for something specific.
Make it fun tip:
Use a different shape for your label tags; our favorite? Narwhal sticky notes labels!
5. Use a project planner
A planner or notebook can help you keep track of your current and future projects. You can use it to jot down ideas, make lists of supplies and materials, and set deadlines for yourself.
6. Keep your space clean and clutter-free
Regularly clean and declutter your quilting space to keep it organized and efficient. This will help you stay focused and motivated while you work.
7. Take Inventory
Periodically take stock of your supplies and materials to see what you have and what you need. This will help you stay organized and avoid duplicating items.
One of my favorite finds this month is the Sew Awesome 2 phone app. If you're looking for an in-depth review of this, and other fabric inventory apps, I highly recommend heading over to this blog entry by Mary Jane. She goes into a deep dive on the pros and cons of this and similar apps.
By implementing these strategies for staying organized, you can create a more efficient and enjoyable quilting experience. You'll save time and frustration by being able to quickly find what you need, and you'll be able to focus on the creative aspects of your projects. Don't worry if it takes a little time to get your space and supplies organized – the effort will pay off in the long run. And remember, it's okay to modify your organization system as your needs change. The most important thing is to find a system that works for you and helps you stay motivated and focused on your quilting goals. Happy organizing!