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Thread: do you keep a quilting journal?

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    Super Member nanabirdmo's Avatar
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    how about it? do you have a scrap book, photo album, journal, how do you keep track of what you have done?
    i got an album from walmart that has a photo pocket on each page and plenty of space to write. i take a pic of every quilt and write a discription
    under each pic. i try to get a pic of the quilt with the person to whom i have given it. if i get a thank you note referencing the quilt i will paste that on the same page as the pic.
    it would be fun to share how we document our quilting life.

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    My "journal" isn't that extensive, but what a good idea. I take a digital photo to keep all my projects handy. That way I can show my sister via e-mail. I also keep track of what pattern I used in case I want to use it again. Then in my quilting books I write what fabric I used, and the date, along with little notes. I do that with cookbooks too. Someday that will be our legacy. But in the meantime, it helps refresh ourselves so mark our accomplishments. Sara

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    I do, and I agree with you! I like to keep a quilt diary of each project, and this usually includes notes on the color and amount of fabric, a few swatches, the thread, the batting type. I try to take a lot of photos as the quilt progresses along. I've even kept track of the amount of time I've spent on each quilt...it's amazing how the hours can add up! A lot of my quilts get to become gifts, so it's nice to have a reminder of what they looked like, and that bit of history to remember them by.

    I like to keep notebooks of project ideas clipped from magazines. Then there's the graph paper notebooks and blank sketchpads I absolutely gotta have to scribble and color block designs.

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    I should be more organized. I keep a folder in my computer with all my quilt pictures. I haven't printed them for an actual album but may do that some day. I do keep information about links & websites in a journal & lists of books that sound interesting. I do keep my graph paper designs along with color schemes in a 3 ring notebook using the large "cheap" photo pages. That's about the extent of my organizing so far. :-)

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    I think it's a fabulous idea, but so far, that's as far as it has gone. :roll: :evil: .

    I really should "get on the ball" with that!

    I'd love to see others.

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    I keep a photo album with a picture of the finished project, a brief description, the date finished and who I gave it to and any other pertinent info ...I also keep my pics on my computer but the best idea came from my kids.... they both bought me a flash drive for my computer so I can keep all my photos on them as well, just in case something happens to my computer!

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    i bought a notebook to use for a journal. that's as far as i got. do i get any consolation points for intent? :lol:

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    I keep all pics on my computer and periodically save them on a CD. I have a small purse sized album I bought at walmarts right by the machine I use to develop my pictures. I take a Picture of a single block (close up) and then a picture of the finished quilt all labled with who got them. Lord knows I only have one quilt on my bed that I have made, the rest went out the door as soon as they were done. All kids and grandkids love their quilts and as my 14 year old GD says, "grandma, these aren't just quilts, they are treasures!!!".

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    I have not been quilting all that many years, but a sister bought me a quilt memory book and insisted I should be keeping track of my work. Thanks to her encouragement, I have pictures of all my quilts. The ones that were gifts have notes of who they went to.
    I enjoy looking through the books and am really glad I have the pictures.
    I have not kept detailed notes. I may wish someday that I had! :>

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    Rachel, What is that pattern in your avatar? It looks like a giant snowflake. I'm intrigued.

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    My avatar is a miniature quilt made up of a "million" logs. It is a kit called "Lil Bits Diamond Log Cabin" by Cyndi Edgerton. It is paper pieced log cabin pattern. Lots of work! But it turned out well.

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    I have started to keep one lately. Which is good because I am still new to quilting. It has the name, date, when finished and for whom. I also have swatches of fabric. BUT I didn't take picture of all of them and I should. Since they motsly went to friends I'll take a tip from someone else who wrote and get a picture with the recipient. Thant's a great idea.

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    I don't have a journal or scrapbook.. yet. My dd scrapbooks and she is going to help me set up a quilting scrapbook while she is off from school during the Christmas break. I have digital photos of all my quilts... and dates and such...and I am making notes about them... I even have some scraps of fabric from some of them to include. Barb C.

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    I take pictures of everything I make. I have yet to put them in an album or a scrapbook. I love scrapbooking and used to scrapbook pretty often so more than likely mine will be a scrapbook. Maybe, I'll get started on that soon. LOL.

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    I like that idea! We got a flash drive when we bought our computer (it came with it) but we gave it to our daughter so that she could use it in her nursing studies. She uses it a lot & I couldn't think of how I'd need it. Guess I'll have to get another one for myself!! :D She should be graduating Dec. 12th & I'm so excited for her & proud of her for all her hard work!!!

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    You gave the flash drive to your daughter. What a good idea. I gave my daughter a whole computer. Now you tell me I could have got by cheaper. ha ha. Sara

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    I love to scrapbook so I'll be keeping a scrapbook of all my quilts (hark at her, only finished 1 quilt top so far, getting a bit ahead of myself I think :D )

    I have taken photos at different stages of completion (mainly so I can check order of blocks incase I get 'helped' by DS1 & 2 :-o ) and kept notes of how long it has taken me and swatches of fabric etc

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    YES - I purchased a photo book that had 6 pockets per page. In the 1st pocket I insert a picture of the finished quilt. The remainder pages I insert small patches of each fabric used so I not only get a better visual of each finished project but I also have some small pieces of the fabric in case I would ever need to make a repair.

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    Yes I keep a journal and take Poleroid (sp) pictures of my quilts. I keep track of how long it takes me to do and what else is going on at the time :!: Been doing that since I started quilting, about 5-6 years ago, so it's almost like a diary--fun to look back on and see what was going on then :-)


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    I have a big nootbook with pages all set up for all the information. Nothing in though.
    I have all my pics on computer all over the place , someday I will get around to making a spiecal folder just for the quilt pics. I guess my best album is right here when I post the pic and info. I guess I need to get organized too lol

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    Sara,
    About that flash drive ...Not sure I got by cheaper as my daughter & grandaughter are both living with us & they are using our computer. It's getting harder to get time on the computer now that summer break is over & everyone is wanting to use the computer in the evenings (for homework) so that's why it took me awhile to reply. I think you may have made the wiser choice!! :D

    I gave my daughter a whole computer. Now you tell me I could have got by cheaper. ha ha.

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    Hi,

    I started quilting two years ago. I am so excited about the many ideas that come and the different ways to bring them to life. In my journal I too have photographs showing the various stages of progress, but I also have a story to go with each. Who did I make it for and how the idea was developed is included. Every quilt has a story and lessons that I learned about quilting and life in making it. I then include samples of the fabrics that were used.

    For one quilt I took a picture of the quilt and then made personalized note cards for the recipient of that quilt. It was a really unique gift package of a wall hanging quilt with matching note cards. I think I will do this from now on.

    Ellis' Granny B

    The front of the card read, " A Note From Trina". The Hip-Hop Bear has musical note brads fastened in background of wall hanging quilt.
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    the bear is so awesome.

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    That bear is too cute!!! Great job! Very creative!

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    Very awesome

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