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    By subject, then alphabetically.

    I don't think it really matters, as long as you can find the book you are looking for. It should be whatever way works best for you.

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    I do according to authors , also types bought a really cute corner cupboard at garage sale that I put them in, love to be able to find them.

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    by year in marked 3 ring binders. you can buy plastic seperators that go in the binders then slip your magazines into them. i put the name of the company on a label and attach to spine of binder.(mccalls, fons and porter, etc).and the dates, (1997 to 2000, for instance). i find this is very organized and convenient as i have them on a shelf and can find at a glance what i am looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuilteanna
    Mine are just grouped by subject - hand quilting, machine quilting, art quits, applique, celtic, paper piecing, and eventually just "leftovers" that didn't fit into any other group.
    That is how I try to keep mine organized. It doesn't always work when I go to file them back in the bookcase. ;)

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    Mine are kept on a bookshelf, the magazines in chronological order. The books in order of size! Large together and gradiating down to small.
    Thats how this bookworm keeps all her books though :mrgreen:

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    When I moved into my final sewing room, 15' x 24'. I thot I'd died and gone to heaven. My solution for books: I had a 24" x 24" wooden base cabinet 30" high from another project. had a space between the door and window that was just the right size. I started with the base and added a four shelf metal stand on top. My son fastened it to the wall so it wouldn't fall over. I started with my books all in order according to subject but they never stay that way. At least they are all in one location.

    I have cabinets lining another wall. I keep all my magazine holders, notebooks etc. on top of these. They are 6' high so easy to reach. So far, it's worked for me if i would just stop buying more books.

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    Well they are organized if there are some together in the same general area.

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    Lets just say mine started out in a certain category, and then I get one out to look something up. When I put it back it usually just goes where there is space. I do have my magazines either stacked or in holders by date and what magazine it is. But I haven't added the new ones lately, so my bookshelf is in need of organization. I do keep them all on shelves at ready access.

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    I am always looking for more State Documentation books. Mostly they are together. The rest are everywhere in the house. The magazines are by brand and month and year on shelves in the upstairs hall.
    I really intend to organize my sewing room, but when?

    My daughter (near Williamsburg)bought a box of old quilting magazines and mailed them to me in 5 packages. There is a lot of reading and I have read them all twice. Sometimes I read, sometimes I sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie in NM
    I tried organizing by author, title, subject (former librarian) but just gave up. Only have enough to fill two shelves. One shelf has books that I made a project from and the other has books I SHOULD make a project from.

    Also have 4 binders full of hits, pic and directions to make even MORE quilts.

    Computer has even more stuff. 22 pages of pics I've seen on the internet for quilts, 10 pages of table runner inspiration, pages for double wedding ring, etc.

    Inspiration running rampant!
    I also keep the contents of my quilting library on the computer.

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    I am a librarian, too, and I go through my books at least once a year and "weed" the ones that I don't want or look at. I give them to the library book sale or pass them along to guild members. I try to confine myself to one shelf of books but they do spill out onto another one. I also loosely organize them by subject. I keep patterns in "Princeton files" and confine them to 3 which I keep near the books. I weed through those every year, too, and give the ones I don't want to the pattern library that the guild has and I schlep to/from meetings if no one borrows it.

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    My quilting books have little pieces of paper I used for bookmarks on the pages where I liked a particular quilt. Problem is, there are way to many bookmarks!

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    I have mine all in three ring binders and a label on the outside as to what is inside and the year. I recently went through all my books and gave away those that I knew I was not going to use any patterns from. Felt good to get rid of some. When a quilt is shown and it does not have my colors I really don't have a desire to make it. Is it just me or do others feel that way also.

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    If I have more than one book by an author, I keep those together. After that, it's by subject. I haven't figured out how to do the magazines yet as I don't have shelf space for them all... So at present they are stacked on the floor in front of the bookcase. Maybe one day I'll get totally organized.

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    [ Unless you count "bedroom, bathroom, sewing room, kitchen..." [/quote]

    LOVE IT! Sounds like my house

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    I organize my quilting books mostly by subject matter; like applique, piecing, basic instructions, quilting ideas, etc.
    Quote Originally Posted by G-Maw Wilda
    I am getting ready to move all of mine and was wondering how other people organize their Quilting Books. At the present time I just have them in stacks, no particular order to them, but I am going to move them to a bookcase. I need to get my sewing room organized and cleaned. It is a disaster area.

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    I like not to organize them, that way I spend a few hours looking through each one.

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    Mine are totally disorganized. One of the shelves was so heavy it broke the little pegs that hold it in place,and of couse that broke down the shelf underneath. I think I am going to organize by author and get DH to makea few shelf supports. Does anybody know if you could make a spread sheet and organize them that way? not a computer nerd! Diane C.

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    Keep a separate note book with project names you REALLY LIKE and put the book/page down for it....I find that works WELL !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by creativesheila
    Oh, and how do you remember what you liked and where to find it? That's my biggest problem. I go to look for something and spend several hours having fun looking through the books. Not very efficent even though I have a good time. Should I keep some kind of index?

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    For magazines, I use the MANY EXTRA address labels, folded and stuck to the top (or side) of magazines with the name of the quilt written on the edge.

    Quote Originally Posted by fireworkslover
    If I have more than one book by an author, I keep those together. After that, it's by subject. I haven't figured out how to do the magazines yet as I don't have shelf space for them all... So at present they are stacked on the floor in front of the bookcase. Maybe one day I'll get totally organized.

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    Books, technique,alphabetical, Magazines, I purchased at Staples 3" binders, top loading page sleeves, computer printable labels. Set up a binder for each magazine, as I read each magazine, I immediately remove the quilt pattern, how-to,etc., place it in a sleeve, add it to the appropriate binder. I type up a label with name, technique, size,, etc, and place it on the front of the binder. I also set up a binder for my previous EQ designs. And one for all the quilts I have made, with a picture of the quilt, and scraps of material left over in case a repair is needed. I also indicate who I gave the quilt to for future reference. In word Excel I created a cross reference spreadsheet, set up by teacnique for quick reference, indicating which binder it is in. I have been saving quilt info this way for over 20 years,, now have more than 15 binders, and can easily locate something, have no piles laying around, everything is on shelves with each binder labeled.

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    lol too funny
    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter
    Mine are in no way organized at all. Unless you count "bedroom, bathroom, sewing room, kitchen..." All places you might find a quilting book or magazine around here. LOL***

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    I have mine organized by category - I have recycled medium flat rate boxes to put my books in. I cut them down and covered them with wrapping paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Maw Wilda
    I am getting ready to move all of mine and was wondering how other people organize their Quilting Books. At the present time I just have them in stacks, no particular order to them, but I am going to move them to a bookcase. I need to get my sewing room organized and cleaned. It is a disaster area.

    G-Maw Wilda
    "Organize"??? I don't know that word. What does it mean?

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    Mine are by topic, and they are on shelves my husband built for me. I need more shelving in my sewing room though--not for books, but for supplies in general. I have an idea about how to do it. Now it just requires cubic dollars.

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