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Thread: Keeping track

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    Keeping track

    I'm curious to know if anyone keeps track of the quilts they make and how you do it. Someone PM'd me about the fabric I used on my first quilt, and it occurred to me that I didn't keep anything with fabric names or anything. I did manage to get her the names of most of the fabric, but I was curious as to whether this was something people kept track of...or what else people tracked when making quilts.

    Thanks so much!

    Amy

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    I have kept a journal of all the quilts and quilt projects I have made since I started in 2004. However I only take a photo of completed quilt, make a note where I got the pattern and who designed it, list start date and finish date, who I gave it to, for what occasion and when I gave it to them. I don't try to keep track of the name of the fabric or the manufacturer because I collect fabric from so many sources: Hancocks, LQS, thrift stores and garage sales, even cotton shirts being given away by my grandsons. If I use a scrap from something of my Moms or another family member, I usually make note of that fact.

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    my (journal) contains pattern information if a pattern is used- or sketches, fabric swatches (1/2" x 2") batting choice, backing, any notes about it as i go & pictures sometimes along the way- always when finished. also who/what it is for- and any other (pertinent) information.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I take photos of everything I make, especially quilts....
    I think this is an excellent way of tracking....
    http://quiltalbum.com/index.html
    A software program, made by and for quilters......
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

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    I wish I did better keeping track... Try to get photos in progress and at completion with some notes (or photo titles) telling me what I did with the quilt. But it is just a lot more fun to work on the quilting than it is to work on the documentation.

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    I keep a spreadsheet with dates, sizes, a few notes, and lots of pictures in folders on the computer. Keeping track of each individual fabric would be a huge effort, and since most of them won't be available in a year's time, it would be futile.

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    I have a blog and everything is there, although not always collected together. I'm trying to put together a Journal as part of my blog, with details about each quilt - either as I make it, or assembling the info from all the various posts along the way.

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    When I first started quilting many years ago I kept a graphic-paper notebook and would cut out tiny pieces of fabric to reproduce the block. Now I just keep a photo of each quilt in my engagement calendar, with a note about who the recipient is.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I had never thought of doing this. Thank you for the idea. Being that I am on my first one and I have taken a few pictures, I will keep track of when I am finished with this one and what I made ot for. Then I can keep track when I start my next ones.
    Thanks much.
    Learning is a never ending process. Kimberly Moffitt Adams

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    I had started a journal about my quilting and the things I've accomplished as a quilter. I also started to journal about each of the quilts I made. Then I had a rush on orders for several quilts last fall and have not kept up with the journal at all. Plan to start up again.

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