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Thread: How do you store your hard-copy Patterns?

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    I can see the majority of quilters who answered are very organized, not like me. I thought I was doing good to put them in a file box. Well most of them that is. Maybe organizing into binders is a good idea, but for now I don't care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Quote Originally Posted by plainjane
    Quote Originally Posted by newquilter10
    I have made a notebook with plastic sleeves that I insert the patterns in and they are always at my easy reach.
    Me too! But I have notebookS!
    I have many of the binders with the plastic sleeves. I sort them by style in the binders. Applique, focus fabric, kitchen ideas, baby, tabletops, you get the idea. I started out with an index in the front, but now have so many binders, that each binder has its own category.
    I also have mine alphabitized

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    What great ideas, I can always count on learning something when I sign on here! This will help me so much, my sewing "sutdio" needs so much help and this will get me started on my journey.........

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    I scan all of the patterns and store them on my computer as pdf files.

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    I like the notebook idea with plastic sleeves. I have a notebook I bought to put recipes in, now I have to get another for quilt patterns...oh and sleeves too!

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    I have 2 bottom drawers of a tall filing cabinet. Top drawer goes from A to N, bottom M thru Z. I have two letters for each along with regular folders within. Patterns, instructions, etc. each have their own section. Hope this helps. Stores alot! LyndaJean

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    Oh my goodness! Now I need to start filing!
    Annie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo Belmont
    I seem to have everything else under reasonable control in my sewing room EXCEPT my hard-copy patterns. The result is I often spend as much time looking for a pattern as I do making it.

    It's in a box here, a drawer there, or I'm looking for one with a great border, but I can't remember if I filed it in the "easy, fast" box, or the "great color combos," or . . . well, you get the idea.

    Any suggestions?
    I use magazine holders and sort my quilt books and patterns by methods ie...Eleanor Burns, Kaye Wood, etc. I put misc. patterns in another magazine holder. Usually I am thinking of a method, before I pick a pattern. If I am not thinking of anything specific--out they all come, but in their holder, so they can go back the same way.

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    Me, too. I have thought of sorting them by type and by block size and by construction method, but so far I just have them in notebooks and so when I am looking for a particular pattern I often get so sidetracked and may change my mind about a project several times. But that is part of the fun......isn't it?

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    Mine are laying all over the place. I need to put them in notebooks-I have plenty I've bought from BTS sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyl
    I have mine in a 3 ring binder in the sleeves, also. I also put a picture of the quilt that I've completed in the sleeve.

    I do this as well and the most current 'TO DO" list is on individual clipboards hanging on my wall next to my Pfaff..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calzo
    I scan all of the patterns and store them on my computer as pdf files.
    I have a few hundred done like that, but I also have almost 1,500 from my pre-computer stash of patterns. Of course, I will never use all those (though many are used for by my students as they dream about their projects), so I want to hang onto them.

    Trouble mostly is if, say on a baby quilt, it ideally meets several criterion: It's got a great color combo; the border is unique; the pattern also has accessories (diaper bag, toy, sleeper, etc.), the block and assembly is easily used in other projects, etc.

    At this point, I'm beginning to lean toward a data base and/or spread sheet entry that would facilitate filing all patterns by number for starters. Then, as new patterns come in, I know the very box in which to place them after they're entered.

    I also intend to have a book with a thumbnail (from pdf or scan) of each pattern (numerical ordered) that could be reviewed quickly - say a dozen or so per page.

    Then the entry could accommodate not only the actual name of the Pattern (as assigned by the pattern-maker), but all other cross-references and additional keyword references as might be needed.

    I envision then doing a simple search to find all instances of a given descriptor, going with an output list in numerical order and knowing exactly which box to go to.

    I am definitely thinking about the sleeve protectors, however, that so many use. They would nicely accommodate patterns that absolutely refuse to refold well enough to go back into their original package.

    Thanks all for your input. I'll work on this for a bit and see if it works. If it does, it will go a long way to giving me more time for quilting besides cleaning up my sewing room.

    Happy and Blessed New Year to all ~Jo

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    Plastic sleeves in binders. The patterns themselves are in plastic bins waiting to be organized and inserted into the plastic sleeves. As if I'm ever going to get around to actually using the patterns . . .

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    I use the largest (4" I think) binders and put them all in the plastic sleeves. Also have the quilt picture on top. I have maybe 20 binders or more and they are all catagorized by types. Course I have been doing this for years but it works for me. Also binders with all the greatest tips, quilting methods, and just about anything to help with quilting. quilt history and vintage quilting. My youngest daughter has been eyeing them for years. Most of the info and sites no longer have the same information on them and many of the patterns are no longer there. I am so glad I printed it all out. So to anyone that is starting this I would recommend print out everything that would be a possible help for you plus any patterns you like as they won't always be available there for you.

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    I'm getting so many ideas from you people! Another New Year's project.

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    Plastic sleeves in a decorated box and I also recycle plastic zipper bags for pattern with fabric that project is going to be made from.

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    Most of my patterns are still in the magazines filed in magazine holders by publication, but with tabs on the pages (quilt design, tuts, etc), and an abundance of quilting books-all are on the shelves lined up neatly. This includes individual patterns sold in clear zip bags. The patterns I download from the computer are printed off and filed in binders in sections like baby quilts, table runners, craft projects, etc. I have a separate binder for just Xmas quilts and crafts that I downloaded this year (I'm finally getting the hang of this computer!). I enjoy thumbing thru old magazines looking for a project-though everytime another magazine comes, I find one I MUST make!

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    Ditto! :thumbup:

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    I have notebookS too, one for appliques, on for tabletops/handbags, one for pieced patterns and one for embroidery. I just got a new machine so I'm sure I'll be adding a book or two more :roll:

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    I use a small rectangle basket and keep all my purchased patterns in there standing up. I made a list of the patterns (names, company/designer, description) and add to it whenever I purchase another pattern. Likewise scratch off list if I get rid of a pattern. I keep the list in the front of the basket, and make sure the patterns are in the same order as the list. Of course, I do have to reorganize at times. I keep my clothing/home dec patterns in one basket and quilting in another (guess which one has the most patterns!).

    Unfortunately, for patterns and ideas that are out of magazines or that I print from the computer, there is not much organization. Everything gets put in a drawer of a small plastic 3-drawer storage unit. The drawers are divided into a drawer each for 1) machine embroidery, 2) quilting and 3) misc. That's p'bly the best I'm going to do for now.

    Coleen

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    I'm still trying to figure that one out too.

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    i have mine in a notebook

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    I use a 3 ring binder. Any patterns I download, I use the 3 hole punch & add to my collection

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    I wish I were half as organized as you all. When do you have time to do all this?

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    I use 3 ring binders & plastic sleeves with 3 rings & use school binder dividers to catorgorize.

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