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Thread: Have you ever found fabric and can't remember which quilt it came from?

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    Have you ever found fabric and can't remember which quilt it came from?

    Lately I've been collecting all my pieces of fabric from quilts I have made and putting them all together. Well, most of them I can't even remember what quilt I made from these fabrics. I don't (but should) take pictures of my quilts and I've been quilting since 1992 and have made a lot of quilts so all these fabrics look familiar but I don't even know who I gave the quilts to or what the quilt looked like. Sure wish I would have taken my sister's advice and took pictures of each quilt. Also, I made many more quilts than I thought I had just by the amount of fabric left over from each quilt. Does this happen to you?
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    I keep a journal and add a picture with the actual scraps that I used.

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    I take pictures of all my quilts and keep them on the computer (with a backup). I keep a spreadsheet listing the quilts. But I've only been quilting a few years, and already I find that I have forgotten about some of the quilts. Even though you didn't start taking pictures or keeping a journal when you started quilting, it's not too late to start now. And you might try to backtrack and get pictures of some that you gave to other people too. Ask them to send you pictures, or take some when you go to visit. It will be fun to get to know those old quilts again!

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    I'm sure I'd never be able to remember it all! I'm not that much of a picture taker, but I have tried to photograph my quilts, and whenever possible, to get a picture of the person I made the quilt for, holding his or her quilt. Being able to look back at these really gives me a feeling of accomplishment and reminds me of people I love. The quilt on your avatar is beautiful and I'm sure they're all so worth documenting...never too late to start!!!
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    I take photos of my quilts and keep them in a album of just quilts I have made. That is the only way I can remember what all I have done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I take pictures of all my quilts and keep them on the computer (with a backup). I keep a spreadsheet listing the quilts. But I've only been quilting a few years, and already I find that I have forgotten about some of the quilts. Even though you didn't start taking pictures or keeping a journal when you started quilting, it's not too late to start now. And you might try to backtrack and get pictures of some that you gave to other people too. Ask them to send you pictures, or take some when you go to visit. It will be fun to get to know those old quilts again!
    Dunster, you make me feel like such a slacker! You are soooo organized! hehee I thought I was doing good taking photos.

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    I have been quilting so long , I don't remember the quilts that some of the fabrics had their orgins. I don't take photos. It bothers some that I never take a photo, but it does not phase me in the least. When I am finished with a quilt , I am really finished with it. For me its all about the next one.

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    When I finish a quilt, I take a picture of it to keep in my quilt journal along with who it was made for, why, size, etc. I also take the fabrics and make a strip pieced block. Eventually I will put all the blocks together and have a memory quilt of my quilts for me.

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    I take pictures of everything I make and keep them in a 4 X 6 photo album. I can see what "phase" I was into at a particular time!! Would never remember everything without it!

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    I like what Lori S said. She made me feel better. gramajo, you have a great idea. I have lots of scraps and I think I will make a quilt with all the scraps. Also, I know who I gave my quilts to, so I could ask them to hold them up and take a picture of them with my quilts. I seem to have a small family of people I give my quilts to, so it would be easy to get a pic of them all. Except my SIL who won't talk to me since my dad died. I have never figured out why. Anyway, that's the only quilt I can't get a pic of. Thanks!!!
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    I admit that over the years, I have neglected to get pictures of my projects. In my earlier years, it didn't even cross my mind. I just gave the things away! Now I am getting better at getting those pics!
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    I take pictures of all my quilts, and keep a picture in an actual album, with the date and person I gave it to. I now have files on my computer as well.
    The one who dies with the most fabric wins.

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    I am with you - when I finish a quilt and gift it, I am ready for the next frontier. The other day my DD was admiring a Craftsy BOM block, (I am using my scrap stash) - and was so excited, she pointed out a piece of my 18 years old grandson baby quilt! I didn't remember it at all. And I thought it was oldheimer's setting in.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I have been quilting so long , I don't remember the quilts that some of the fabrics had their orgins. I don't take photos. It bothers some that I never take a photo, but it does not phase me in the least. When I am finished with a quilt , I am really finished with it. For me its all about the next one.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    I just started taking pictures. I never did that before, but it's never too late to start. I also have a journal/diary that I got with a magazine subscription a long time ago. There is nothing written in it. Maybe it's time to start before I forget all the quilts that I have made. Of course, I have most of the most recent, past 3-4 years waiting to be finished. That is my goal for the summer--finish some of my UFO's. Wish me luck!
    Sue

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    I haven't been quilting as long as some of you, so maybe this will change for me, lol. I don't always remember the quilt and what pattern it was, but I almost always remember the fabric. Once, I pulled a box out from under the bed in my sewing room and found a whole bunch of unfamiliar fabric. I was horrified, I couldn't believe I had all this fabric and didn't even recognize it. Then I remembered that I had bought it all from one woman at a yard sale; it was all florals for watercolor quilts. What a relief -- I had never handled them or picked them out individually.

    I guess because I love fabric, I always remember it. At least so far...

    And I do take pictures of my quilts now.
    People who start projects and never finish them are cooler
    than people who never start projects at all.


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