Creative Spaces Blog Hop: Week 3 Organization Tips

Welcome to Week 3 of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop! It was so fun to hear from all of you last week as you read the tools blog. I'm so glad you all found things that excited you last week.

This week we are focusing on keeping organized. If you find it a challenge to keep organized you're not alone. You saw some of my studio clean up photos. Clearly I face the same trials most quilters do. Organizing is HARD!

I could give you some of the basic ideas that I use for everything like keeping all of my fabric for a Block of the Month on one shelf until the project is completed and bound, or creating labels for different sets of block pieces to keep them straight, but it's summer and I thought you could use some tips on traveling with your quilt projects. Today we're going to talk about some of the best ways to travel with your applique or blocks in progress so you're ready to head off to your favorite vacation destinations, quilty project in hand.

The first necessity to traveling with your projects is to be able to have all of your necessary tools accessible. I travel quite a bit and I need to be able to find all of my needles, scissors, threads, templates, mini

rulers, etc. To help me pack everything I

need and make sure I can find it easily in one space, I like to use a mini craft bag with clear, zippered inserts in different sizes to store all of the goodies I will need on the road.

I bought mine years ago and I love how easily I can pack up my supplies to travel.

This handy bag fits into all of my carry-on luggage for air travel. I just have to remember to move the scissors to my checked bags!

Though this bag is one that is no longer available, you can still buy similar bags like THIS from several vendors. Or make one for yourself!

Once I have all my necessary tools and notions packed and ready to be tucked in my vacation luggage, I need a project to work on! Right now I'm working on a couple of new Foxes for another version of my Fox About Town pattern I need to be able to keep track of all the applique pieces as well as keep the project itself protected and accessible while traveling. Here are two ways I do that!

1. I use a travel roll (or project roll), when I'm

going to be traveling by plane or in instances in which I won't have much room to spare.

This travel roll is one I made from a pattern called Applique to Go from Patterns by Annie. The pattern is a snap to follow and you'll never be sorry you have this fabulous little organizer. It makes use of a flannel interior that acts like a mini design wall, making it easy to roll up a block in progress to take on the road.