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Thread: Do you keep a quilt journal??

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    Senior Member pinkcastle's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by KR View Post
    I got behind on family scrapbooks back in the 70s and never picked them up again, so I knew a quilting scrapbook wouldn't work for me. Instead, I created a document file on the computer that has photos of each quilting project, size, date, who it was for, and any other pertinent information. I may print it out at some point but right now it's not taking up space on a shelf.

    What a great idea! I never thought of making a journal on the computer. I've always had in mind using a photo album and of course making a quilted cover for it. I do try to take pictures of my quilting projects, but that is as far as it has gotten. I might just get it done if I do it on the computer. Thanks for the idea!

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    Senior Member Digitizingqueen's Avatar
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    Jul 2011
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    I have a blog, it's online for all to see but most of my quilting projects go in there

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    I don't yet but I have been wanting to start one.

    Fabric makes me happy!

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    Senior Member Scraps's Avatar
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    YES! I take a pic of EVERYTHING I make and have a 4 X 6 album. I only put the pictures in the album and if I am lucky, it is a picture with the recipient of any gifting I do. It is fun to look back at all the stuff I have made. My knitting projects that I finally gave up on and by the pictures that was a good choice. All the themed pillow cases! Oh my!! And now quilts and bags! I make some gifts and also sew fabric I couldn't leave in the store or sew because of a fascinating pattern. It all helps to keep me out of trouble.

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    Senior Member liont's Avatar
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    I have a quilt blog, which is separate from my regular blog. Since all pictures are digital, I find it easiest to document online. My quilt blog is full of trial and errors, simulations and what-nots, not for public consumption!

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    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
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    I've been good at taking pictures with the intention of a scrapbook with journal notes.
    I even have the books, with the photos I already have set into the pages, not mounted. Also for those that have been LAQ I have kept the invoices there.

    Then it seems I want to sew, more than sit and document!
    I must make the point of getting copies of the pics ... and then get at the task of putting them together!!

    My thoughts are that it's good for the quilter ... so we can look back at what we've achieved and the progress we've made with our skills. And when we get down in the dumps, what better place to go, to cheer us up!
    Sew many ideas ... just sew little time!!

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    Senior Member Drue's Avatar
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    Grapeland, Texas
    I have pictures of all the quilts I have made since the very first one. I have them in a notebook in protective sleeves. I was keeping the patterns with them as well, but decided I might like to do another one of the same pattern some day. I also have pictures of other projects I have done. Wish I still had some of those quilts I've done, but before I ever got a quilt finished, someone wanted to buy it from me, so reluctantly I sold them. My very first quilt I gave to my mom and when she passed I gave it to my mom's favorite (and mine as well) cousin....she passed but her husband(a real dear) asked if he could keep it and I couldn't refuse him....One day I'll have it back.
    Those who are piecemakers will sew seeds.


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    Sonoma County, CA
    My quilting album is in it's baby stages and it's all on my PC - I use Microsoft OneNote (which works a lot like a shelf of digital notebooks - I use it for EVERYTHING) - I have a notebook where I track quilt ideas and quilts in progress, with notes, links to websites where I see patterns/quilts/fabrics I like, and links to my EQ files; then a separate notebook for finished quilts where I put any 'in progress' snapshots, notes about when I started/finished, who it was made for, etc., and as soon as I can get my husband to help me out, finished quilt photos. (I just started seriously quilting this year and they're all being made for Christmas, so I still have them here waiting for their portraits to be taken!) I want to try to capture a picture of each person with their quilt too, once I do finally get to give them away. I'm chronically behind on updating photos though, they stay on my camera for ages. But, eventually they do get dumped & sorted.

    If I were smarter and/or a bit less lazy, I'd keep a second notebook out in the real world, with fabric samples and notes on manufacturer, where I got the fabric and how much I paid for it, plus what quilts or other projects I've used it in. I keep thinking I am going to regret not doing this, but so far I still haven't done it. Sorry, future me! Too busy making quilts! LOL

    Oh, and I also have a box I shove all my graph paper designs into, but most of the decent ideas from there end up in EQ and either linked to a project or in the "ideas" notebook, so I haven't worried about organizing them yet. I do keep them though, because sometimes I flip through and find I have something that didn't really work but gives me ideas for something else, or I see a way to fix it.

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    I don't .. I just can't bring myself to have the discipline to do it. My family bugs me all the time to keep some kind of record... and to sign and date my quilts... it one of those things , just not into doing it.

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    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
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    Lake Elsinore, CA
    I take pictures of each quilt and organize them on the computer. I also have a spreadsheet that I *try* to keep up to date, with the size, date, disposition, etc. of each quilt.

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