Day Thirteen: Sort and organize magazines and PDF Patterns.
Most quilters seem to have a terrific supply of wonderful quilting magazines which includes “someday” quilt patterns. While I do save some issues that are just packed full of these kind of projects, for most issues I do the following:
- On my first reading I turn down the pages of projects I want to make.
- Usually about a month later (and sometimes even longer) I go through the magazine again. This time I remove the pages of projects I still want to make and place them in plastic page protectors.
- Patterns in page protectors are then filed in 3 ring binders from Costco according to pattern type.
- Think about donating magazines you haven’t removed any pages from–senior centers and quilting groups often appreciate these donations.
- For a while I didn’t print out most of my PDF patterns–I simply accessed them from my iPad when sewing. But I think it’s important to print out a hard copy and have been trying to do that to add to my files. Plastic sheet protectors in a binder or file system work terrific for these patterns.
This method of sorting magazine patterns has really worked well for me for years. Occasionally the binders need to be sorted, too–and I try to do that at least once or twice a year.
Day Fourteen: Plan Quilt Storage
How do you store your quilts? Do you change out wall hangings, table runners, and pillows for seasonal use? I love to change up the “quilty” decor in my home, and by changing things up every once in a while I’m able to save on pillow forms by changing out pillow tops instead of buying a new insert for every pillow I make.
Table runners are easy to store: I like to roll them up and store in drawers.
Actually, rolling quilts is my preferred way of storing them. It keeps them wrinkle-free. This method does, however, take a lot of space. I’m thinking about having some additional shelves built above my top closet shelves to accommodate a few more quilts.
Cabinets, trunks, baskets and large bins also provide fun ways to store quilts. I have a whole Pinterest board of ideas for storing quilts!
Speaking of quilt storage and display–I’m getting ready to hang my latest mini quilts in my sewing room today. I make a hanging pocket which is sewn into my binding and stitched down by hand on the lower edge. I usually try to match the backing fabric if possible. I use this method for anything 24″ and bigger that needs a rod pocket.
Don’t forget that all of the organizing series post links can be found here. Thanks so much for the wonderful comments on this series, too. I’m hoping to get to emails and thank everyone personally today!
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