I started a new project today and I feel so guilty and conflicted because I haven't finished my other one yet. But I have 3 quilts I want to make for Christmas gifts and one that I promised work for a raffle so I really don't have the time to finish the other one at this time. I've really only been a one-at-a-time kinda girl. I worry about keeping supplies and fabrics separate and organized. Do you work on multiple projects at once? What are your strategies for keeping them separate and organized?

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Comment by kathy cochran on August 4, 2011 at 7:23pm
yes i always work on several @ a time!! i have what you call quilters ADD !! thats what i call it!!LOL!! i say it an i own it!! i get bored what im working on so i start something else ! i love quilting !! i do finish my quilts not all of them !! but boy time flies by !!i love new fabrics ,patterns ,and gadgets !! so i quit what im doing so i can dig into my new fabrics !!well i have to keep on quilting !! your not alone !!! happy quilting!!!:)
Comment by Pat Leo on July 31, 2011 at 10:36am
When I am working on one project I seem to have a gazillion other ideas popping up.  It gets overwhelming sometimes because it seems like I will never accomplish all the things I want to do.  I have found it very helpful to keep fabric organized by project.   I have found myself in the past flinging fabric every which way in order to find the one I'm looking for.  It's funny how I can remember a piece of fabfric that will be perfect for a project but not know where it is.  Now I try to keep my fabric together by project intention rather than color.  I use large zip lock storage bags and baskets and label or note my ideas.  Then when I 'm ready, no more flinging.
Comment by Christine Groendyk on July 30, 2011 at 11:02pm

Hi Phyllis,

I keep my multiple projects in piles with everything I need to complete them all together. Sometimes I put them in plastic storage boxes, clean pizza boxes or just scattered throughout my sewing room. Every now and then I will go through my sewing room and make sure everything is still where it should be. I have more UFOs then I can count. Keep telling myself I won't start anything else, but that usually doesn't last long.

Comment by QuilterBridget on July 29, 2011 at 11:25am
I'm like Ann...several going on at once in different phases of construction.  I do that because I have a bad back and if I'm hurting and can't cut, then I can work on designing or choosing fabrics.  At first I would finish everything I started and didn't have my first UFO until I'd been quilting for 2 years.  Then I made two that were too large for me to quilt on the machine I had at the time.  My new machine will be fine for quilting them, but I'm not in the mood for those right now.  I have a large table in my sewing room where I keep projects in process.  Each project has its' own pile.  Sometimes if I'm in the mood to make binding then I'll make it for several in-process quilts.  I like to have my binding made before I do the quilting. 
Comment by Suzanne Montgomery on July 29, 2011 at 2:19am
I always have several going at once.  Currently I have 16 UFOs (tops that need quilting and binding).  They are all ironed and folded neatly and are hanging on pant hangers in a closet.  Five projects are all cut and ready to go each component stored in a quart-size zip loc bag, the pattern in a clear page protector and all is then stored in a larger gallon-size zip lock bag.  Fabric for 12 more projects has been purchased, pattern chosen and mapped out for fabric choices but nothing has been cut.  These and the cut projects are stored in a plastic 3-drawer "chest".  I am currently working on piecing another top to add to my collection of 16 UFOs.  I can only work on sewing one at a time, though.  Can't start another till at least I have a complete top. 
Comment by Linda Easterwood on July 29, 2011 at 12:51am
I am like you, one-at-a time, but I have a bunch now in progress.  I cut out another this weekend and have named it my distraction quilt.  It is a request for a silent auction fundraiser for my old school district.  I cut is out last Saturday and will be binding it tomorrow.  Albeit, it isn't very big but it will be my first to complete in a week  =)
Comment by Ann Hibbs on July 28, 2011 at 11:56pm
Most of the quilters I know have multiple projects in progress - one or more in planning/fabric acquisition stage, one in cutting/piecing stage, one in quilting stage and one ready to give, hang, put on a bed, etc. I keep mine in whatever containers are handy, depending on the amount of fabric, etc. Sturdy shopping bags or totes hold several; some are in storage boxes with lids, others are PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks). The plastic boxes with lids can be stacked on a shelf or in a closet, and many are clear or easy to see through, so you can tell at a glance what's in them.

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