Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 82

Thread: Do you keep a quilt journal??

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Spokane, Washington
    Posts
    344

    Do you keep a quilt journal??

    When I first started making quilts, I also started a quilt journal - just a small album with a picture of each quilt and a little paragraph about who it was for, the fabrics used, and anything else I felt like adding. Well, as I made more and more quilts, that small album was overflowing and so I now have a larger album, with 12x12 pages. I put a couple of quilts, wallhangings or other quilt project on each page. Of course, I've gotten behind and haven't added anything for the last couple of years, so I now am in the process of updating. (I had taken the photos of most of the quilts, but hadn't had them printed or added to my journal.) At one point, I thought, is it really worth it? And I decided that yes it is definitely worth it. And when I finish the updating, I have promised myself that when I finish a quilt, I will take a picture and get it in the album right away. It's actually been very fun to go back through my journal over the last 7 years and look at all those quilts! And I'm finding that I can add some photos - like if I catch my grandson taking a nap under his quilt, that photo goes in the journal. I'm hoping that some day when I'm long gone, the kids and grandkids may enjoy going through the journal..

    Do some or all of you keep quilt journals?
    -Chris-
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Blessed are the children of quilters, for they shall inherit the quilts....

    It does not do well, Harry, to dwell on the dreams....and forget to live. - Albus Dumbledore

  2. #2
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Chula Vista CA
    Posts
    5,984
    I was keeping a journal but then when most pictures are taken with a digital camera and kept on the computer instead of a paper copy it just doesn't get done anymore.

  3. #3
    Senior Member w7sue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Aloha, Oregon
    Posts
    414
    Blog Entries
    36
    I have been a scrapbooker since I got pregnant with my son almost 30 years ago. So ... when I started quilting it just seemed natural to keep one for that. I have pictures of almost all the quilts I have made since 1998 (when I started). Like you, I have pertinent information - size, batting, pattern name, book it came from, type of batting, who quilted, how much it cost to quilt, who it went to - usually a full quilt picture and some close-ups. It is great fun to go back and look at all the pretty quilts I have made.

    I did the same with quilt shows that I went to - those got big very fast because of all the pictures. When I take those, I always take a picture of the label on the quilt, a full view and any close-ups. Now, I just keep those on my computer - sorted by each show, by year. I usually delete all the informational pictures once I have generated a word document with the information in it. I label all the pictures according to the quilt name given by the maker (2012 07 26 - Twister Quilt (1), 2012 07 26 - Twister Quilt (2) and so on).

    I have discovered that I don't have all the pictures of quilts I have made on my computer - I can only assume those must be in my negative boxes - I really need to purchase a decent negative/slide scanner and get those onto my computer - it probably would be a good idea to do the same with the kids pictures too - lol

  4. #4
    Senior Member w7sue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Aloha, Oregon
    Posts
    414
    Blog Entries
    36
    I was blessed with a Gammill this past year and have been learning how to use it. I have been doing quilting for charity and decided that if I wanted to use it as a deduction (still have to find out if this is even possible) that it would probably be a good idea to have a picture of each project that I would want to claim. Those are pictures that I print and attach to the receipt I get when I return the finished quilt.

  5. #5
    KR
    KR is offline
    Senior Member KR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Where it's warm & sunny all the time :-)
    Posts
    623
    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.
    Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift....that's why it's called the present.
    Karen

  6. #6
    Super Member patchsamkim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Fox Valley Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,937
    I used to keep photos of everything I made....but no written journal. Somehow I got away from even taking pictures of everything. I am lucky it seems to get a label on the back of a quilt, and I do know I should really do that for every quilt

  7. #7
    Super Member HillCountryGal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    The beautiful Texas hill country.
    Posts
    1,261
    Being new to quilting (guess after I've been quilting for a year I will quit saying that!) ... it never crossed my mind. However, two friends showed me their quilting journals. What a good idea.

    In my way of thinking, it's something of a diary. And hope when I'm gone, my daughter and grandchildren will find pleasure in looking through it.

  8. #8
    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West Coast
    Posts
    9,194
    I keep a simple quilting diary on line. I also have a picture file, but if my computer goes kaput, I can always retrieve the photos from the blog.
    I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health - Voltaire

  9. #9
    Banned
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    108
    I keep pictures in an album with basic info on the back of the picture. I have about 20 vintage quilts I've collected over the years and I want to be sure my son knows which quilts I made as I'd like him to keep those for my grandtwins. I have simple labels on the quilts, but this is a back-up.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    394
    I started keeping a journal. I think I bought it at a quilt show, small, spiral bound book. Well, it's been filled up, so now I'm thinking I need a bigger book. I like the scrap book idea. They're expandable and I didn't really need some of the pages that were in that book. I've also considered keeping a file folder for each quilt I do, snips of fabric, pattern or ideas I used, completed photo, that sort of thing.

    You're right, since all the pictures are digital, they stay...or get lost...on my computer or my phone.

  11. #11
    Senior Member pinkcastle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Washington state
    Posts
    473
    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!

  12. #12
    Senior Member Digitizingqueen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Charlotte North Carolina
    Posts
    491
    I have a blog, it's online for all to see but most of my quilting projects go in there

  13. #13
    jme
    jme is offline
    Senior Member jme's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    DFW Texas
    Posts
    806
    I don't yet but I have been wanting to start one.
    JME

    Fabric makes me happy!

  14. #14
    Senior Member Scraps's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    892
    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.

  15. #15
    Senior Member liont's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    475
    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!

  16. #16
    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    14,851
    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!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  17. #17
    Senior Member Drue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Grapeland, Texas
    Posts
    571
    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.

    Hugs,
    Drue

  18. #18
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Sonoma County, CA
    Posts
    3,925
    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.

  19. #19
    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    9,385
    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.

  20. #20
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    12,428
    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.

  21. #21
    Super Member pollyjvan9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Posts
    3,026
    Blog Entries
    1
    I started a keeping photos of my quilts from the very first one. I am so glad that I did. I have all the pics on my computer but I really like to thumb through my very messy album. It seems that I can see how much I have progressed since I started in '05 or '06. I try to keep a photo of the front, back and if it has a "special" label a photo of that. Someway the very first quilt I made, which was a cotton crazy quilt for my mom, went missing and I had not taken a picture of it, at least I didn't think I did, and then one day I was looking at photos that had been developed but that I had never taken out of the folder and lo and behold there was a picture of that quilt. I had taken it to my youngest daughters house to show her and her youngest was playing with it on the floor. Pretending he was asleep, you know how they do. He, my mom and the quilt are all gone now, but at least I have a photo.

  22. #22
    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West Coast
    Posts
    9,194
    lol, same here, but every once in awhile I let family or a friend in.
    I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health - Voltaire

  23. #23
    Super Member newbee3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Central Iowa
    Posts
    1,860
    Blog Entries
    2
    Yes I do I take pics of my quilts they are digital but I do have them on a usb stick I take to the store and print out for a small price. I also try to include what fabrics were used and the pattern used I usually add some samples of the fabrics for further refrence. Who the quilt was made for the batting content and who quilted of done by someone else or myself

  24. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Spokane, Washington
    Posts
    344
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    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!!

    Me too - when I'm home I would rather sew and document. We are going to be camping (RV style) for ten days starting the end of this week, so I am taking my journal and all the loose photos I have and I have promised myself I will spend some time each day at the picnic table updating my journal. We'll see....
    -Chris-
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Blessed are the children of quilters, for they shall inherit the quilts....

    It does not do well, Harry, to dwell on the dreams....and forget to live. - Albus Dumbledore

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Rain Country USA
    Posts
    300
    Blog Entries
    5
    I have started journaling again, picked up a leather bound journal and just jotted my current project in it. Sample of the main focal fabric and a photo of blocks that I find challenging or espeically interesting. Will have a final photo at the end of the project. A few sketches of my ideas for original blocks. I am recreating a few from photos as to year and fabrics used. I also have another journal that is more a workbook to try out design elements and total quilt pattern ideas. Dabbling a bit in design to augment retirement perhaps someday down the road.

    WilliP

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.