Organizing your quilting space for workflow efficiency!

Organizing your quilting space for workflow efficiency!

30th Mar 2024

Hi everyone!

I think the calendar and the weather are finally in agreement that spring has arrived! The temperature is climbing (most days), spring flowers are blooming, trees are budding and lawns are greening.

Spring also means a time for cleaning and organizing. A couple of posts ago, I talked about several ways that Handi Quilter helps with organizing and simplifying your longarm quilting. Today I’d like to expand on that topic. Ready to join me in organizing our quilting spaces?

Benefits of organizing

I know some of you are saying, “But I need a little clutter!” or “A clean surface means I’m not being productive!” And by no means is my quilting space always neat and ready to use.

But there are benefits to organizing your quilting space. These include improved workflow, increased efficiency and added inspiration and creativity. Let’s start with workflow.

Designating zones for improved workflow

When you look at your quilting space, you want it to support your process … your workflow.

And while we each develop our own quilting process, regardless, it breaks down into four basic tasks: cutting, pressing, sewing and quilting. We improve our workflow when we can move easily between zones supporting each of these functions.

Obviously, how much actual space you have available to quilt factors in, but the key is to make the most of what space you do have. To do that, you want to arrange your equipment and supplies efficiently.

Organizing for efficiency

Okay, so let’s look at each of our quilting zones from the perspective of efficiency.

The Cutting Zone

The top priority here is keeping your cutting surface open and clutter free.

While cutting your fabric may be the main purpose of this zone, you’ll probably return to this space to measure, pin, audition fabric and thread, prepare your batting, square your quilt back, and trim excess batting and backing once your quilting is complete.

You also want easy access to your basic cutting-related tools: rotary cutters, rulers, measuring tapes, scissors, pins, marking utensils, etc.

The Pressing Zone

Again, you want your pressing surface open and ready to use. You also want a good steam iron that can handle your pressing needs.