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Thread: Do you keep a scrapbook or notebook of the things you've sewn?

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    I wish I had kept a record of them. Except for my very first quilt (a self-taught log cabin), my quilts were all given away for years. It never occurred to me to keep track. Drat!

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    I used to take pictures and keep track when I first started to quilt. Now, I give so much away that I don't have the time or energy to do that.

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    No. Since I have reviewing skills, I'd probably never look at it. On the other hand, my daughter wants a record and even set up a program for it. It she wants it bad enough, she'll have to do it.

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    I bought one of those quilt planners a few years ago but didn't use it. I didn't need the information it had boxes for, but I needed other information - sizes of parts of quilts, the finished size, when I started/finished, etc. So I just got a spiral notebook and have been very happily using that ever since. I take photos that live on my phone or computer - just uploaded the phone photos to the computer after 5 years! Do what works for you, not for the designers.

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    I do take photos of my quilts and store them in an album on the Cloud under “quilts.” I had started a binder a couple of years ago with fabric swatches from gift quilts along with the pattern information but I have not been diligent about keeping it updated. I don’t keep track of donation quilts or a few that I’ve sold...other than the photos I’ve taken.
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    I take a pix of each quilt, when it was made and what I did with it - who I gave it to, etc. sometimes have a pix of the recipient. It's all in a scrapbook with plastic sheets. It is to be put out at my funeral along with a few other pictures.����

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    I do have pictures and keep them in albums. I make notes about names, dates and where I donated or gifted them. I love looking at them.
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    When I started quilting, way back when, I had 3 ring notebooks where I kept: the pattern, scraps of the fabric, and photo(s) of the finished quilt. Eventually it just got to be too much. And I really didnt go back and look at the books very often. Now Im good if I get a photo before the quilt is gifted. Lately Ive even missed some of those photos.
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    I'm still working on my 1st quilt, but I really like this idea! I already enjoy scrapbooking, so I think I might make a page for the quilts I make my kids and see where it goes from there. I think a whole scrapbook full of quilts would be so fun to look at.

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    I take pictures of the things I have made.

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    I take photographs and post them here and on my blog page. I keep the photos on a thumb drive in date order.
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    I keep a three ring binder. When I started about 3 years ago I had ideas for a number of quilts right away. I am lucky perhaps that I still like them and they are still all in the list. I record which sizes for each and which fabric to use for backing and binding. I keep track of the number of blocks I have finished which has been most helpful as I have sometimes stopped work on any item for as long as a year. Several of mine have been worked out from pictures without a pattern so all the information on sizes and pieces is on the first page. I have pages in the back for quilting patterns, ideas for future projects, etc. I really enjoy it and often add to it. It has been very helpful to have.

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    I started out making a record of my quilts. I found some questions somewhere that my daughter converted to a form that I filled out for the first 20-25 quilts I made. It listed things like the pattern name and source, colors, batting type, how it was quilted and with what threads. It had a space to write what the label said and who owns the quilt now. I have taken photos of all my quilts, but unfortunately they aren't all in one place. This reminds me of my failure to maintain my kids' baby books, especially by the 3rd one!

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    I keep photos of all the quilts I have made over the years, and refer back to them often, I found that FaceBook is a great place to keep my quilt pics, that way I know where to find them, and they won't disappear and always available for my friends and family to view.
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    i just keep pics on my compter. each quilt has a separate folder to show progress
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    For big projects, each one gets a separate folder on the computer to keep track of progress, for the rest, I always take pics of the fabrics I'm going to use and then pics of the top and pics of the finish.

    Just recently I made a hard cover coffee table book of my quilts using Photobook when they had an 80% off sale and it turned out really nice and is a great way to keep a record of all the quilts I've ever made (That I have pictures of.) It was easy to do on line and shipped really quickly and I think with shipping I paid less than $35.00 all in (CDN)

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    I take photos and save patterns for my 6" blocks.
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    I have a photo file on my computer. But since most of my quilts are sewn for specific groups I don't keep photo's of those.
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    I consider myself lucky if I remember to take a picture. LOL

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    I always take pictures of my quilting projects. For Christmas one year my daughter made me a book of all my projects. Love it. When I get enough for another book I'll put in on my Christmas list again.

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    Thanks to you all for your help. I've taken quite a few notes to help move forward with this idea. For the way my mind works, I need to work logically towards improving, which means looking at this like a class and the notebook will in a sense be my textbook. I'm going to include a section just for notes. I'm constantly coming along great little tidbits that I want to remember but have no place to keep them. My mind leaks so I need a hard copy.

    I ordered prints of my first 3 projects (that's all I've done) so when they are ready I'll get started on this notebook. I bought a heavy duty sketchbook so it will hold up to any pictures or fabric scraps I want to add.

    I think the main reason I want to do this is because I feel so helpless while at work on my quilts. What I don't know could fill a ocean. So this notebook will act as my life vest, or at least I hope so.

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    Sounds like a great idea, Stephanie!

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    I used to be much better at documenting my quilts than I am now. I have two large thick scrapbooks that show most of my work from about 1985-2010 or so, before and after that I wasn't so good. One of the things I found was that pictures never really showed the colors well, so I would make a miniature block or at least sew a strip of the various main fabrics for my "planned" quilts. They go into those scrap books with the clear static pages just fine. The scrap and charmed quilts don't usually get that treatment.

    I don't label my quilts either, I intend them to be use quilts and not heirloom quilts. I will for special occasions (like weddings or whatever) put on a label but it's rare. I should do better.

    I keep a lot of stuff, all of it helps remind me of projects I've otherwise already forgotten. Each time I make a quilting pattern for example even though the likelihood is close to zero that I will use it again, I stick it into my drawer I have for that sort of thing. I typically do work up my designs in Electric Quilt and I print out pictures of the finished block and/or finished quilt. I have a box full of that stuff. I'll also write notes to myself about what went well or what I would do differently next time if there ever is a next time. Because of my vision issues I'll often make various templates or what I call "snubs" to help with my trimming. When I make them out of the clear plastic grid material I keep them and try to reuse between projects. I'm probably going to clear most of those out though. The "snubs" are usually used when I have to trim off odd corners or whatever, when I don't have to see through them I like to use the little cardboard pieces that fat quarters are often wrapped around. Those I can use and throw out freely and they are thick enough to provide an edge for the ruler.

    In the past year I've started taking pictures again and storing them on a zip drive, I've had too many computers fail over the years losing too much data. Unfortunately I need to find a couple of those drives and put them on one specific one, also it's a minor pain transferring them from the camera to the zip drive, but I'm getting better at that. Due to my vision issues, camera photos aren't the best way for me to go and I don't take very good pictures. I don't have a smart phone (don't see well enough to be worthwhile) even though my old school flip phone does have a camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watson View Post
    For big projects, each one gets a separate folder on the computer to keep track of progress, for the rest, I always take pics of the fabrics I'm going to use and then pics of the top and pics of the finish.

    Just recently I made a hard cover coffee table book of my quilts using Photobook when they had an 80% off sale and it turned out really nice and is a great way to keep a record of all the quilts I've ever made (That I have pictures of.) It was easy to do on line and shipped really quickly and I think with shipping I paid less than $35.00 all in (CDN)

    Watson
    Watson: Thank you for the idea of getting a book made. There are several places that will let you download from the cloud and make a book, never thought to use my quilt photos! What a great idea!!!

    I take a picture of everything I make either with my camera or my phone whichever is handy at the moment. I do not keep notes on all the details, but I do get a picture. I also keep an excel spreadsheet with date, pattern, who got it. That spreadsheet is a bit behind right now, but with the picture I can recover the exact date it was completed and hope my memory is "on" that day so I can remember the other stuff.

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