The month of February is all about scraps and stash busting in the name of finishing projects and studio organization. So, when we received the question below at McCall’s Quilting magazine for our McQ&A feature, we knew we needed to share these tidbits of organizational gold with you. Check it out!
McQ&A: Your Questions, Our Answers!
Do you have an interesting way to organize multiple quilting projects? We asked four of our editors to share their ideas!
I really like using the square 14¼” plastic project boxes. They stack, they’re see-through, and they travel well if I want to take the project to a group sew. In each box I place the pattern, fabric, thread, etc, plus the original invoice(s) from the fabric purchase – that way I can easily identify the SKU’s if I need more fabric later on. I include a small notepad for jotting notes and ideas to be revisited later on. If I’m feeling really organized I label the box and all its components with the some small circle stickers (the kind used for garage sales) with the quilt name.
Does “pile-them-in-heaps-on-the-cutting-table” work? Okay – if I’m honest, I have most of my PIGS in a box. Only the 3 or 4 I am actively working on are out and either on the cutting mat or hanging on the design wall.
I have about 10 boxes, 6 quilt tops, and at least 6 fat quarter towers that are earmarked for quilts. Oh, and 2 Quilt Festival bags filled with UFO’s. As I was organizing it in my apartment after the move I decided that I am saving for my retirement. It’s my quilting nest egg!
Send questions for the staff to McCall’s Quilting, 500 Golden Ridge Rd., Golden, CO 80401, or email [email protected] If your question appears on this page, we’ll send you a charm pack of great fabric squares. Ask us…we’ll answer!
And if you’re looking for more creative ways to bust through your scraps make sure to check out our Best of Scrap Quilts Lookbook! Make sure that you’re squeezing every drop out of your quilting investment by using up your leftovers. We compiled 28 of our favorites from Bonnie Hunter, Nancy Mahoney, Diane Harris, Emily Bailey, and other experts in all things scrappy for one of our most popular lookbooks.
We’re also offering the Scrap Quilts with Bonnie Hunter Online Workshop! Put your scraps to better use by learning how to not only save them but use them to their full potential. This course focuses on block construction, with the final quilt being up to the imagination of the maker. Courses were inspired by Bonnie’s favorite blocks found in her Addicted to Scraps column with Quiltmaker magazine.