Tip Tuesday – 7 Quilt Room Organization Tips

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Let’s just jump right into our quilting tips for this week. This week is going to be tips for organizing your quilt room. We all know how easily the sewing room can become an unrecognizable room. Fabrics, rulers, templates, threads, and cutting supplies sprawled across the room. No, it’s not just you. When you’re in the midst of an enthralling quilt project, the last thing you’re thinking about is how you’ll reorganize the room when you’re done. That’s why we have a few quick tips you can use while you’re in the middle of your quilt project.

Tip #1: Tasty Organizer
When trying to organize my sewing cabinet drawer, I was unable to locate a drawer organizer that would fit. Later when putting away groceries, I noticed the size of the cookie tray. Two of these trays perfectly fit the drawer space with long dividers for items such as seam rippers, rulers, scissors, etc. My drawer is now organized and I can locate sewing items easily. Re-using these trays is a great way to recycle. When these wear out, just eat more cookies to get more trays.

Tip #2: Thread Organizer
When using your embroidery machine to sew a multi-colored quilting design, select all of your threads first. Use an egg carton to hold the spools while you stitch the embroidery. Write a number on the sections of the egg carton with the thread sequence numbers and place the spools in the carton in the correct order. After stitching, replace each spool so you can repeat the design if necessary.

Tip #3: Using a Skirt HangerFat Quarter organizer
Try using a skirt hanger to store your completed quilt blocks. The clips can be moved to accommodate any size block. This keeps your quilt blocks organized with no wrinkles.

Try using a multiple skirt hanger to organize your rotary cutting rulers. Just hook the hanger over your closet door and keep all your quilting rulers handy.

Tip #4: Using a Pill Organizer
For projects with bead embellishments, use a seven-day pill holder to keep beads separated and to keep them from spilling. Close off some sections, and use your needle to pick up beads from the open sections.

A pillbox is perfect to hold bobbins and other small items you carry to workshops. The larger size holds even more.Depression Era fat quarter pack

Tip #5: Mesh Pencil Holder
I purchased a large mesh pencil holder to use on my sewing table. It keeps all of my sewing and cutting tools close at hand, and keeps my sewing table tidy.

Tip #6: Matching Spool
To keep a bobbin with its matching spool of thread, insert a cotton swab through the bobbin and into the top of the spool. Even if they tip over, the bobbin stays in place. You’ll thank yourself later for doing this.

Tip #7: Quilt Block Organizer
When working on a large quilt top, lay out the quilt blocks on a queen-size or larger flat sheet. Once your layout is complete, pin the blocks to the sheet. If you need to put your project away before all the blocks are stitched together, you can just fold up the sheet and all the blocks will stay in place. This also works well for quilt classes and retreats.

One of my personal organization tools is the Fat Quarter Organizer. You can stack 100 fat quarters into the clean-looking cabinet. Not only does it give you a reason to buy a few more fat quarters (you’ve gotta fill up that cabinet), but you can keep your fabrics organized by color or style.

Happy Quilting!

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Carrie Sisk

About Carrie Sisk

Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad—a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.

10 thoughts on “Tip Tuesday – 7 Quilt Room Organization Tips

  1. As soon as you finish a project, cut the small leftovers into usable pieces, such as 2 1/2″ strips and squares, 5″ squares, etc. Create your own pre-cuts and store them in labeled boxes.

  2. Back in the day I did a lot of canning–now the jars are filled with my buttons sorted by color. Not edible but it makes things easier when looking for just the right one!!

  3. Save the toe separators used during a pedicure. Or pick a set up at the dollar store. They are great for holding your bobbins. You can also use it as a machine needle holder. Mark the # (70, 80, 90, etc) on the toe separator and insert the needle. I also use several of these for the different types of thread, cotton/rayon/etc. Just write the thread type on each one.

  4. Years ago my husband bought a silverware caddy for a $1 at a yard sale. 4 compartments with a handle, it has lived by my sewing machine since then. It holds scissors, rotary cutters, long handled magnet, screwdrivers etc….. any thing I find useful to have at hand, best purchase ever made.

  5. I have 2 magnetic knife holders on the wall above my sewing table for all my scissors. As soon as i have finished using scissors they go back upon the wall. I can always find the right pair to use for a particular task and it means the family know these scissors are not for general use.