It’s week 3 of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop and I hope you got some great ideas for new tools from all of last week’s posts. I know I have a few new things on my shopping list!
As I looked thru all the posts and comments about everyone’s favorite tools, I realized I had some of the tools but I did not know where they were! Hmmm. Maybe I am not as organized as I thought.
Actually, I know I am not as organized as I would like. I keep going back to what my dad said (and probably many of you had dads or moms who said this!): a place for everything and everything in it’s place. For me, what happens is that things pile up and sometimes I just put them away in the closest available space. Then they become out of sight, out of mind.
One of those spaces is this “junk” drawer in my cutting table. It started out with an organizer inside but the drawer is so deep, it was so easy to just pile stuff on top. And then more stuff. And then more. Now I can barely close it! There is probably a missing tool or 2 lurking in the depths of this drawer. As well as the organizer!
In other spots in my studio I am fairly organized. I have bins for scraps of specific sizes and bins for fabric by color. I like to store in bins due to how dusty things get out here. It is so dry that dust reappears about 3 seconds after you wipe it away.
And I have bins and baskets for projects. I try to keep all the fabric and pattern for a project together. Baskets are also fun and look nice, but again, things can get pretty dusty in there. One basket I have is only for bindings, labels and hanging sleeves.
Once I am done with a quilt top, I try to get the binding made right away before I move onto the next thing. I store it in the binding basket so it is ready to go when the quilt comes back from the quilter. I can just attach it and voila! The quilt is done.
Sometimes I just throw the binding fabric in the basket which means I still have to make it when the quilt comes back. But at least I know where it is!
I have this small peg board hanging right near my cutting table that holds my rotary cutters, scissors, braid templates and other tools.
I have these cute storage boxes and the top one holds all my other scissors and cutters that I don’t use all the time.
I store the rulers that I use the most on hooks right by my cutting table so they are easy to grab. And, hopefully, easy to put away!
The rest are stored in 2 different boxes- one under the cutting table and in one of the cute ones on top of the bookcase.
How do you store all your rulers and templates? What are your best organizing tips? I would love to hear what you do- leave me comment so we can all share your best tips!
My best tip: create a place for everything so it has a home and try to put it back when you are done! (Thanks dad!)
p.s. I am teaching in September at AQS Quiltweek in Paducah! I am teaching my Pack it Up! bag and my Martini Bag. I hope to see you in class. Click here to check out my classes and my lecture.
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If you need the list of all the bloggers in this hop, click here to go to my first post where they are all listed.