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Thread: Quitling Magazines

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    Question Quitling Magazines

    I have hundreds of quilting magazines, when I want to start a new project I don't know where to start looking!
    How do you store and find patterns in magazines?
    Do you rip them out and file them in groups ie: Table runners, lap quilts, etc.
    I just don't know what to do and seem to spend hours looking to find the pattern I want
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    I've started only getting them digitally now days. The ones I have stacked up from years of saving them are slowly getting scanned and saved as a PDF file. I have a bunch that are scanned, and a fair amount to still use. My iPad has a scanning app that works fantastic, is quick and easy, and when it is done, sends it to my regular computer. I use to use a flat bed scanner. It worked ok, but was slower and required more work than the iPad app.

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    I got a package of the large mailing labels. (3" X 4"). If I see something I really like, I stick one on the front cover and write a quick description and the page number. If I don't see anything that strikes me, I pass the magazine on to a friend.
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    I tear out what I like. I buy the see through notebook inserts, slip them in the plastic insert, and put them in large spiral ring notebooks. You could have a notebook for runners, one for quilts, wall hangings etc. I've found the large business notebooks at sales for 50 cents each.

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    ​If I see an interesting pattern that I might want to use later, I go to Walmart and print it off. I staple the pages together and put the pages in a binder for my idea file. My idea file is handy to flip through if I get in a quilting slump.

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    I just put the different quilt patterns into the computer. I have a few old quilt books and couple magazines. I've got a lot in my favorites folder. So I can look at a quick glance. Download a few patterns and can print or send for friends. I have a file for log cabins, glacier stars, different celtic stars and baby and dwr and so forth. Bargello and soforth. I can't stand the piles of magazines any more drove me crazy and just added to little eight legged critters and such. I add the different YOU TUBE tutorials also. Just too quick and easier by far.

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    thanks for the ipad tip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I got a package of the large mailing labels. (3" X 4"). If I see something I really like, I stick one on the front cover and write a quick description and the page number. If I don't see anything that strikes me, I pass the magazine on to a friend.
    I do the same thing but I use a Post a Note. Thin down your magazines or just keep the ones with quilts you want to make separate from the others. Hope you are able to find something that works for you.
    A Good Friend, like an old quilt, is both a Treasure and a Comfort

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    Well I'm one of those that can't throw anything away. When I find a quilt/project that appeals to me I mark the page with a post-it-note. When going thru my older magazines I find that my tastes have changed thru the years and a project that previously had no appeal now is a must make.
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    I make kits of the patterns I want to make and put the magazine in with the kit. Sometimes I copy the pattern pages and put them in with the kit in clear plastic page covers. It's fun to just pick out a kit and everything is all together to make the quilt. I put them in gift bags and store them in my studio closet. I do not include the backing. It gets chosen when the quilt is completed. I must say that I do still have a stack of quilt magazines in that closet too. I like to get them out sometimes and look through them. I don't subscribe to the magazines anymore. The only quilting magazine I buy now is the Quilting Quickly that comes out quarterly. It includes all those precut patterns that are so quick and easy to do.

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