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Thread: If only I'd kept a record.

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    The quilt is beautiful; colors are lovely but I can't help with the name of it.

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    Almost been quilting for 2 years now and I've made way more quilts than I ever thought I'd make. From reading this board, I realized how important it is to keep a quilting record and it's not hard.

    Open a word document, name it quilting journal and start *blabbering* :) Make sure you add pictures which isn't hard to do in word. I'm amazed at the information I've blabbed to myself in just this short time and when I look at the pictures of my work... wow!! I'm very impressed with me :D

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    donnajean--I have that pattern, but have not been able to find it yet! Will keep looking~

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    Thanks Mariposa! I would really appreciate that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mariposa
    donnajean--I have that pattern, but have not been able to find it yet! Will keep looking~

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    I'll keep an eye out for that pattern 'cuz it is gorgeous!
    Beautiful choice of fabrics and great quilt. Makes me want to make one too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    Not long ago, I posted some pictures of quilts I had made. I had done pretty good with keeping records of patterns used, fabrics used, etc.; but the one quilt that a number of QB members wanted, I could not find. I'm still searching if anyone recognizes this quilt.
    I meant to reply to this quilter

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    Quote Originally Posted by GypsyRse1
    Almost been quilting for 2 years now and I've made way more quilts than I ever thought I'd make. From reading this board, I realized how important it is to keep a quilting record and it's not hard.

    Open a word document, name it quilting journal and start *blabbering* :) Make sure you add pictures which isn't hard to do in word. I'm amazed at the information I've blabbed to myself in just this short time and when I look at the pictures of my work... wow!! I'm very impressed with me :D
    GypsyRse1, I just started doing the exact same thing in January (pics & stories in word doc) and know what you mean about the blabbering. :)

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    it is not enough to keep a folder on your computer either, you need to have it backed up somewhere..

    I suggest using a 2G thumb drive or even a CD...I prefer the thumb drive as I can take it with me if I need to.

    I only keep all that info it is a quilt I designed. For a patterned quilt, a pix is enough. I try to NEVER do the same quilt twice...thus far, the only duplicates I have made were special Memory quilts.

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    Good idea this is something i never do but will start too as i usually throw away the quilt details i write down when quilt is sold ,,now i wished i hadn't lol

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    I take pictures of all quilts I make and also of all those that I hand quilt for other people. Never started keeping other recrods tho.

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    It is beautiful. I would also love a pattern.

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    Thanks for the reminder! I started to write in a journal, but I forgot to add the ones I made for Christmas. I'll do that right away!

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    Please keep in mind a computer will crash when we least expect it and have no backup! hard copies, even a notebook is insurance. kinda sorta AND did you know that if you sell a few quilts, table runners, crochet baby hat to donate-your fabric etc is a tax deduction?

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    I do keep a photo and a record of most of my quilts. Most of the time I send the extra fabric with the quilt so they can have repairs done if I am not around to do it.

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    I do have a scrapbook/photo album from the beginning. I
    don't put in a lot of information, but I do say the size,
    where I got the pattern, when it was made and a couple of
    photos. Then as I gift them (to family only) I also note
    who received them. I have been quilting for years and it's
    amazing how much you forget. I do have a file cabinet
    drawer where I keep a folder on each quilt with the pattern
    etc. My husband made a project winter of 09/10 and photo
    graphed all with his digital camera, and put on a memory
    stick so we could put it in the safe deposit box. These
    were only the quilts that are housed here..and we were doing
    that for insurance purposes. God forbid a quilter would
    lose them all to a disaster, but I rationalized it all by
    saying the insurance co., would believe I had a couch, table
    TV, computer, bed...(you know..the regular things) but who
    would believe someone had that many quilts.

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    Wow I have never thought of this and never thought it would be a problem. But I see there is a need for it or at least a way you can recall who you gave the quilts too. I guess I should start doing something like this myself.

    Thanks so much for letting me and others know what we should be doing.

    One of the many reasons I love this board so much, I learn so much from all of you. not just the old time quilters but even the newbies come up with some very innovative ideas.

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    I have this amazing book hard cover that i'm keeping all my records in. There are quilt designs in there you can trace. I have yet to finish one lol.

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    I started binders containing patterns and fabrics but now just note corrections on patterns and don't bother with anything else except a picture of finished project. I find I REALLY hate trying to do two of the same pattern at the same time or even at a later date.

    I had not thought about extra fabric for fixing quilts but am sure as they are gifts, they would be lost or separated by most.

    Haven't seen that pattern before but it is beautiful and I wish you luck finding it.

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    My DIL had a quilt her stepmother had made that she ask me to repair due to being in a tornado.It was a block of the month from JoAnn fabric and I just happen to have a fat quarter of the fabric for replacement. Her stepmom and her dad were killed in the tornado in Arkansas in 1996. I also have an album with pictures of the baby quilts I have made and the information of who got them and when and the tops I have pieced but not quilted yet.

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    Am so sorry I didn't do that before... and am still not doing it, look at some pictures of the quilts and wonder to whom they went.. that's terrible. I am getting up in years and my memory with things like that isn't really to swift... Lots were Mystery quilts and very few I did more then once.. Do remember most of the ones I did a few times... Need to pick up a notebook when I go to the store next time and start... Thanks for the push..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    Hey, Ever, if you know who bought your quilt, maybe they could send you a photo of it?

    Sure hope so!

    I have the best of intentions when starting every new project, but soon forget. Luckily I do take some pictures to send to my DC!
    Great tip. Yes I know the lady who bought "kitten parade". I'll call her. Thanks! E

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    Not long ago, I posted some pictures of quilts I had made. I had done pretty good with keeping records of patterns used, fabrics used, etc.; but the one quilt that a number of QB members wanted, I could not find. I'm still searching if anyone recognizes this quilt.
    Not that quilt again!! lol
    I looked high and low, and even wrote to people...no luck. i tried, i really tired, even thought i got lucky once..but it was not to be...

    so sorry you have still not been able to find the info for it..

    :-(

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    I did find someone who has the pattern. She said she would sell it to me after she made her quilt. Maybe she will do it for Xmas.

    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    Not long ago, I posted some pictures of quilts I had made. I had done pretty good with keeping records of patterns used, fabrics used, etc.; but the one quilt that a number of QB members wanted, I could not find. I'm still searching if anyone recognizes this quilt.
    I was one of the folks who was interested in the pattern. I still go back to the original post to see if the info turned up!

    I have some info on my quilts, but now i see I should keep better notes.

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    I used to keep all of the info on ea quilt I made plus a pic to go along with itl Even a snip of ea fabric per quilt with info on the fabric used. I had all of this in a binder with ea quilt getting their own plastic sleeve. We were on a road trip and I brought that long so I could compare fabric swatches at the Quilt Shops we had planned on visiting. Well one night our car was broken into and this along with another bag was taken. Made me so sick!!!! My fault for having it in the backseat where it was visible. Need to start over but my heart just has not been into it. I really enjoyed getting that 3 ring notebook out and going through the info & pics. *sigh*

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