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    Super Member sewbeadit's Avatar
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    Am I the only one?

    Am I the only one that prints off free quilt patterns and such from the computer and have it in stacks in my sewing room? I bought some hanging file totes to put them in. There is so much information out there it is keeping my ink supplier in business!
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    LOL, you are NOT alone!!! I have many printed out and some saved in my computer. The sad thing is that I have only used a couple to make a quilt. I now have to REALLY "talk to myself" as to whether or not I really would make the quilt.
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    I store them online. No need to print them until I need them.
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    After , discovering , and yes printing off lot of patterns .. that sat or got filed . I have stopped printing and saving them . Now I search around closer to the time of construction. I may bookmark the page , so I can find one .. but even then I rarely go there .

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    i generally just save it in a folder on the computer-instead of printing them off-until i am ready to make them- once in a while though i feel the need to print off-even if i believe i will never actually get around to making it- just for inspiration, or for a future idea...if i printed off every free pattern that caught my eye we would loose a whole rainforest!...and i would probably need a bigger house.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I have tons of them stored on line as well as several file folders of print outs for quilts, applique patterns, tote/purse patterns, and other sewing projects I planned to do. Someday. Yeah, right!! And let's don't mention the quilt books I've purchased this year alone. It'd take me several lifetimes and a few million dollars in fabric to do all the projects I would like to do.
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    I bookmark the site now for the free patterns that I like, I think it is like our stash of fabric and books, so many great ideas, so few time. I have so many quilt books, and have made so few quilts from them. But, I look through them to get ideas for colors and patterns. They are old friends.
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    I don't print them off anymore as ink is toooooo expensive! I do still store them but I have a flash drive specifically for quilting patterns. I use the flash drive so the zillions of patterns don't clog up my hard drive! I will never get throuogh all the patterns but that doesn't stop me from saving them!
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    I think it shows how optimistic we are. We really think it is possible to make all those quilts. That's why we have a stash.

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    I used to print off free quilt and free cross stitch patterns. I had a ton of them.

    I've become more realistic and have developed my own "style" which a lot of what I had printed didn't fit. So off they went into the woodstove.

    I now only print what I need and only save those that fit me.
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    I confess!! I have tons of patterns. I use the clear sleeves and have them in binders.

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    I download and save online and when I want them I send the file to my Kindle Fire. The Kindle is the same as having a book in my sewing room. I rarely print out patterns since I got the Kindle Fire. No paper to keep up with and lots less ink to buy. I love the technology we have now. It saves time and money when used right.
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    i used to do that as well. then i decided i didn't want to have all that paper sitting around, so i store them all on the computer now.
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    I print the off. That way I have them to drool over and be inspired!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i generally just save it in a folder on the computer-instead of printing them off-until i am ready to make them- once in a while though i feel the need to print off-even if i believe i will never actually get around to making it- just for inspiration, or for a future idea...if i printed off every free pattern that caught my eye we would loose a whole rainforest!...and i would probably need a bigger house.
    Same here. It's my computer that's about to explode. LOL

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    no you are not alone i have binders full of them its keeping the ink supplier in business the page protector and binder companies too. lol im having to get choosier as well as i havent won the lotto yet.
    carla

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    I used to print them out but was using way too much ink and then not making the quilts. Now I just save them on the computer and look through them when I want a pattern. Of course it's not easy to find the one I want, have to open each one to see what it is.

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    I knew there was a good reason we invested in a laser printer; less cost per page. Now I can print off even more patterns.
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    I print them out, save the links on the computer, have them saved on pinterest, and cut out pics from catalogs. Do they make a drug for this?

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    I print patterns when I start a project.
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    I am a pattern collector as well, however, I too save to my computer ( as a PDF file) and only print when I need a hard copy to work from. I love it.....

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    I dont have a printer and have to go a few towns away to get copies. When i get ther, i print all afternoon long. Hey you never know

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    I save them to my computer and print them out when I want to try one. I have quite a few printed off, but not nearly all of them.
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    I, too, save them to my computer in folders by quilt type - ie: jelly rolls, table runners, misc quilts, etc. That way I have less files to search through when I'm looking for a particular style.
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