Back to Square One Mystery Starting Soon

On January 1, not only will 2013 begin but so will the Back to Square One Mystery.  The first clue will be posted on January 1.  Since the clues will be posted monthly, be sure to find a way to keep everything together in between the clues.

I have a bad habit of losing pieces or using the fabric for another project and then messing up my original project so I have resorted to putting everything for all my projects in these plastic containers and labeling them.

If this is something you need to do to help keep yourself organized, do it . . you have just a few days left before the mystery begins.

Comments

  1. 1

    Deb Praus says

    Love these containers….happened to get ones with blue handles and ones with green handles. Blue are ongoing projects and the green ones hold future projects, they may need to be added to before starting(those things are put on a list fro my rare trip to LQS or online) or they are a grab and go project. I allowed my self 3 of each or it becomes overwhelming. lol ..and of course one contains the Back to Square One mystery components!

  2. 3

    says

    Love your container , what a g reat idea.. I am going to
    look for those and Deb your color coding idea is awesome.. I just might get organized yet.. I am one of these that “borrows’” a little bit of fabric from an on going project just because it is sitting so handy and then it comes to bite you when you are “short” So thanks for the info

  3. 4

    Helen Koenig1 says

    So far I’ve resisted – but it’s been HARD!!!! I did succumb to another set of classes after saying that I wasn’t going to join any more (other than Runner Mania at the quilt shop!) but it’s Open Sew (although that is a tough one – because I fall in love with everyone else’s quilt too!) And then there are the rulers…… Heck I might almost as well order fabric – goodness knows I’m spending on all the accompaniments! ROFLOL

  4. 6

    pdudgeon says

    I’ve organized my stash into plastic containers by the project for several years now, and i really love it. So far the only thing i’ve been tempted to change in the boxes is the quilt pattern, and that hasn’t happened often.
    i still have an ‘undesignated’ stash on hand, but i’m whittling my way thru that as well, and it’s shrinking as my stash of finished quilts is growing.

  5. 7

    says

    Are those Walmart containers? I’ve been buying Artbin from JoAnnes but I like the colored handles. I have seven stacked now with projects I want to work on. Only 1 has all the fabric cut and ready to sew. They are mostly bag projects. There’s a weekender I want to make. Several large totes with flat bottoms for travel. A backpack for my 2 grandchildren. I’m backing off the really big bed quilts for 2013. I want to do more decorative stitching on projects and short term items. I’ve only made bed quilts for the last few years. I need a change. Wall hanging and lap quilts are going to be my focus.

    • 7.1

      says

      Yep, they’re from Wal-Mart. For the past 6 or 7 years, we’ve only had Wal-Mart where we live and we’re darned lucky to have them.

  6. 8

    Xina says

    I’m glad I caught it this time around! I have been following your chronicles with your move and adapting to farm life. *Poor Rosco!* I’m looking forward to participating in this Mystery Quilt! :)

  7. 9

    Kathy C says

    I buy Jumbo Ziploc bags for the same reason.
    This way I always have atleast a half dozen projects bagged up with fabric and instructions all in one place. I have a bigger storage box that I keep the projects in. Especially handy when I need a project to take on vacation or to a retreat.
    I agree Judy, it keeps me from appropriating one of the fabrics for something else.

  8. 10

    says

    Those boxes have been my saving grace! I bought one or two every time I went to Walmart. I have 2 sizes, but I am afraid to count how many there are. :) I have refused to buy any more.

  9. 11

    Helen Koenig1 says

    Right now I use both Ziplocs and the plastic shoe boxes. Quilt fabrics go into the shoe boxes as soon as selected (I have too many times cannabalized for other projects the fabric I had intended for a specific one!) as well as all Ziplocs. Ziplocs are USUALLY (not always) quart size – and will usually hold all the pieces for one step. Safety pins may hold groups of 10 – or 20 – whichever – mostly because I get sooooooooooo tired of trying to track down where I left off and where I want to begin again! Even if it was just an hour ago! Ziplocs are penciled in with the step number. OR if in a project like Weave it to me – I had all the main weave fabric mini blocks in order in the bag – one bag per color – kept me sane (relatively speaking!) – whatever works

  10. 12

    Helen Koenig1 says

    Right now I use both Ziplocs and the plastic shoe boxes. Quilt fabrics go into the shoe boxes as soon as selected (I have too many times cannabalized for other projects the fabric I had intended for a specific one!) as well as all Ziplocs. Ziplocs are USUALLY (not always) quart size – and will usually hold all the pieces for one step. Safety pins may hold groups of 10 – or 20 – whichever – mostly because I get sooooooooooo tired of trying to track down where I left off and where I want to begin again! Even if it was just an hour ago! Ziplocs are penciled in with the step number. OR if in a project like Weave it to me – I had all the main weave fabric mini blocks in order in the bag – one bag per color – kept me sane (relatively speaking!) – whatever works

    Oh yeah – I have something like 33 of them – one project (labeled) per box

  11. 13

    Helen Koenig1 says

    Oops – Sorry Judy – my hand stuttered – am showing response 11 and 12 as being almost the same (keep 12 – dump 11)

  12. 14

    says

    What size is that container? Is it big enough to lay the blocks flat after each clue? *not-so-subtly tries to get a hint of how big all the mystery blocks will be*