I got a few questions after yesterday's post about my binder system, so I figured I would expand on it a little today......
I maintain four binders, and keep them right there on the top shelf in my sewing room. I have a pattern binder ( Favorites), a general quilting binder (Thelma's Very Special Quilt Binder), a finished projects binder (Patterns) , and the top ten patterns binder (I Can I Will Dream Big).
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Everything you need to create a binder system of your very own is at your local office supply store. The Favorites binder, the one that holds most of my patterns, is a 3 inch binder.
Inside I open up the patterns to reduce bulk and store them in a plastic sheet protector. The big binder has two patterns per sheet holder, so I as page through the binder, I have the pattern pictures on both sides.
The sheet protectors are also great for keeping everything together. This is my finished projects binder, and those are the templates I used for the snowmen heads....all together and ready to go if I ever want to use them again, or loan them out. (quilt # 40 "Under the Stars" by The Rabbit Factory)
At first I kept my finished projects in with the unfinished projects, but it seemed like I was looking for them all the time, having them together has been a real time saver. Plus, I needed the extra space in the unfinished binder.
I also use these handy dividers, here's how the patterns are categorized... #13 has the most patterns....I seem to just love star patterns. I didn't realize it until I sorted my patterns and noticed the huge stack of the ones with stars.
My miscellaneous binder (Thelma's Very Special Quilt Binder) has the following categories:
Blocks - for clever block ideas. Sometimes I like a certain block but not the whole quilt.
Bindings/Borders - pretty self explanatory - I have handouts from classes on binding and pictures I've cut out of magazines of borders I like.
Backing - Sometimes I see a quilt top that I think would make a good quilt back..or other clever ideas for the backs of my quilts.
Quilting - Even though I don't quilt my own tops (yet) if I see a quilting pattern that I like I store it here, that way I can pass it along to my quilter. It's so much easier to show her what I want instead of trying to describe it.
Craft and Gifts - this is where I store my Tuffet patterns, and other clever gifts ideas I see.
Great Ideas - these aren't my great ideas, these are ideas that I read about and then think, "Clever, I should have thought of that", but would forget if I didn't store them here.
Shopping and Web Sites - this is where I file the latest flyer from my LQSs, the business cards I pick up at quilt shows, and links to my favorite shops online.
Misc - this is for the things that don't fit into any of the other categories, I have some newspaper clippings of some of my quilts and some notes from quilting friends that are special to me.
Templates - this is for templates I've pulled out of magazines but have no pattern, I have a flip flop template and a sunglasses template.....
When I get new patterns or pull something out of a magazine for my binders, I throw it in a filing basket and then when I get a few things in the basket I just file everything at once.
Well that's it, it's a system that started with one binder and grew as my needs changed. I hope my organizational system helps you with your sewing room!
Here's something else I picked up at the "Road to California" quilt show.....
is the makings of a cupcake! They have the applique glue already attached.
So all I have to do is peel away the paper and press....I thought I would start putting these on the back corner of my quilts... then add my name and date.
I bought the cupcakes from the Quiltin' Cousins booth and they are by Morning Glory Productions.
Thanks for stopping by, it's a cold winter day here, perfect sewing weather.