Quilting Project Organization | Tips & Tricks

October 11, 2022

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Hey y’all! I am Hilary from By Hilary Jordan and today I’m going to share Quilting Project Organization|Tips and Tricks with you! I am a social media manager by day and a quilter & sewist by night. For the past 20 years, I have been quilting and sewing, which honestly feels so surreal. I was in Elizabeth’s very first group of Quilt Pattern Design Course participants. Quilting brings so much joy to my life and it is truly a passion of mine.

Quilting Project Organization | Tips & Tricks

 I am excited to share my favorite methods for organizing works in progress and UFOs (because I know we all have them 😉). I’m a perpetual project starter, and part time project finisher, so keeping track of all the projects is a must.

Tracking WIPs & UFOs

Before you can organize your projects, you need to know how many you have. I’ve created a handy quilting project tracking sheet that you can download to keep up with all your WIPs & UFOs. You can get the project tracker when you sign up for my newsletter HERE

Checklist on clipboard, fabric and quilting book

The benefit of having all the quilting projects written out like this is that I can see exactly what I have in the works with a quick glance. I hang this clipboard on the wall behind my sewing machine so it’s a constant reminder to finish the projects on the list before starting something else. 😅

Clipboard of Work In Progress & UFOs

WIP & UFO Project Storage

There are a few different project storage methods I recommend if you find yourself with a growing number of WIPs or UFOs. First is for the super old UFOs… I like to keep them in these plastic storage bins. I originally bought these to transport my stash when I moved a couple years ago, but they ended up being a great location for project storage. 

bins of fabric/projects

Using bins makes it easy to access the different projects, plus it keeps everything inside protected from pet hair/dander, accidental spills, etc. One addition I need for this storage system is to attach a list of projects that are inside each box. That way there’s no digging through each box because you can’t remember what is inside. 😅

books and packet organization

For more recent projects, I store them in these zipper document pouches that I found on Amazon. Just like my storage bins, I originally ordered these for a completely different use. Then I realized they work great for keeping projects bundled together. I keep them on a bookshelf next to my cutting table/workspace. This allows easy access for when I’m feeling the urge to switch projects. 

quilt tops hanging on hangers

Last but not least is quilt top storage. Since a longarm is still a wishlist item, I tend to finish quilt tops significantly faster than getting them quilted. To keep everything nice, and mostly wrinkle free, I like to hang finished quilt tops on hangers in my sewing room closet. 

These velvet hangers are a great choice for this, because they prevent the quilt tops from sliding around or falling off the hanger. I previously used basic plastic hangers and I had so many issues with quilt tops falling off the hanger or shifting to one side in a terrible clump. 

I hope some of these ideas for Quilting Project Organization | Tips & Tricks have inspired you to organize and keep track of your WIPs and UFOs. The first step to finishing WIPs/UFOs is getting them organized. 😊 Don’t forget to download your project tracking sheet HERE.

I would love it if you’d follow along with me at @byhilaryjordan on Instagram, and you can find my blog at byhilaryjordan.com

Happy quilting!

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