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Do you use a Quilting Journal?

Old 01-02-2021, 12:55 PM
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Well my daughter gave me a book with a Simplicity pattern as a cover - empty notebook. Not sure what I would do with it and then one day, I thought to write in the month and what I just finished. And so it continued. The very coolest thing that came out of it was that when I purchased my sit down longarm, I could tell how many quilts I have quilted on it. That is good information in case I decide to upgrade my basic machine, I will be able to tell about how much my machine as been used. It was an eye opener as to how much I really use that machine! I also recorded who the quilt was going to. So bascially, its a sentence, maybe two and fun to go back and see what projects I made.
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Old 01-02-2021, 06:33 PM
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oh, I like the idea of recording the cost also--that way the person that inherits this quilt will have some respect for it.
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Old 01-02-2021, 07:59 PM
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I have a basic marble notebook. Am I perfect? No but I try to record ideas and thoughts for each quilt. Many times I work out math for sashing and sizes. I try to record date finished and when and to whom items are gifted.
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Old 01-03-2021, 09:28 AM
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I use a three ring binder. In the front is a list of all the projects that I would like to do. Then I put in coloured tabs for each project, Some I have gathered the fabric for, some are a long way away as I am a slow quilter. It is not pretty, it has scratchings of math to figure out sizes, or a comment of how many blocks were finished by what date, etc. I think I should rewrite it so it is neat and in some cases more understandable. I included clear pockets so there are pictures from magazines if I started with that, or a sketch of the quilting pattern. I have pictures in my husbands computer that I would like to print a copy of and put in the book and also copy the rest of the pictures into my new iPad and get them organized. You would think with us being in Covid Lockdown that I would have lots of time but the days just seem to melt away.

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Old 01-03-2021, 02:04 PM
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I have started 2 different ones and never got pat a few months. I would gift the quilt before taking a picture, so it really meant nothing to me. But I design most of my quilts - nothing special just drawing out what I want and counting the blocks, figuring out how wide the sashing would be, placing the embroidery blocks. When I was finished I didn't want to throw it out so I started putting the notes into a composition note book. (I don't like to use binders since the pages seem to tear unless I put them into the plastic sheets.) And spiral note books just catch on to anything and everything. So a little glue and tape in the composition book works for me. Some day I plan to make a cover for it. (The instructions are just waiting to be put to use.)
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Old 01-04-2021, 03:35 PM
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I don't have a quilting journal but I do write down anything I made. It is nice to look back and see what I have made. I do sewing other than quilting. I give a brief description. Just a line or two and I do take a picture and I can see that anything later.
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Old 01-04-2021, 06:14 PM
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I only keep an idea binder and a separate sewing stitch and technique information journal. This one also includes measurements of the people I often sew garments for. I don't have time to record all of my projects I finish. I have a few of them documented here on the board and that is the only journal (per se) that I have.
Further, I have a large plastic bin where I keep finished tops and backings all paired and ready to quilt.

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