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    Great post. Love the idea of tearing out the unwanted pages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dungeonquilter
    I would like to know as well. I have found that patterns that really appealed to me when I first started out, no longer do. And patterns that I didn't care for too much, now hold more appeal. Anyone else find this?
    This make me hesitate to discard any of my magazines. Especially as I have stopped purchasing them due to the expense.
    Another ditto!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty1mom
    I have big 3 ring notebooks that I label with the magazine name. I put the patterns and templates, etc in those clear plastic sleeves and put into that magazines notebook. Sometimes if the mag. has a lot of patterns I want to keep, I stuff the whole magazine into the sleeve.
    I do the same thing.

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    Buy the clear plastics sheets that have the three holes attached and a large binder. Put the pattern picutre & instruction all in one sheet and add any notes that you want to make ie.Great pattern for little girt. If you want to be super organized divide your binder under categories such as Paper Piecing, Triangles, Squares, Helpful hints.
    Good luck

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    So funny....I have the same rule.......3 projects or I put it down.
    Just confirms that we quilters are of like mind.......

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    100 quilt magazines really don't take up that much space. Ask me how I know. :-) Seriously, you can get one of the Long Under bed Storage boxes and that should hold all 100 of them, with room left over. That way, they'd be out of the way and you could still keep them. If you do take pages out and wanted to get rid of them, you can take them to the library and they love to get them even if they aren't complete.

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    I am in the process of down-sizing and had way too many magazines. I took out of the magazines those patterns that I wanted to keep and have stored them in a hanging file in separate folders, organizing by pattern type such as baskets, nine patch, applique, etc. It is so easy to find what I am looking for now. I know I will never live long enough to use all of them, but now I am not wasting time looking for a particular pattern.

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    Wow, I wasn't expecting this topic to explode!! I will be binders and clear protectors and scanning them/making copies! I think when i scan them I will be saving them on a cd as well, to cut down on the clutter just a bit! Thank you all for the suggestions!

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    I subscribe to at least 8 quilting magazines...love to read. Any way I bought the magazine holders for mine and keep them in there. Most hold more than 2 years of subscriptions and many share more than one magazine.

    I could not bare having to cut up my magazines or throwing them away. :cry:

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    I cut out the patterns I want and put them in those plastic sleeves for binders. Each sleeve has the pages for one pattern. I then put them in a binder (it's a big one now!). Very easy to refer to and keeps them altogether.

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    I tell my hubs I will get rid of him first. I am not going to get rid of my stuff, no way!!!

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    I would scan them and save them on your hard drive. You should be able to save them as a pdf file.

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    I don't buy them anymore either. I have more patterns than I'll ever get made and the books are too expensive to throw away. I bought 5" note book binders and the plastic book holders from Keepsake Quilting and each binder will hold about 20 or more books. I made a list in the front of each binder and listed the patterns I wanted to make and the name and date of the book they were in so I could find them without going through each book. I would have to live to be 100 and quilt 24 hours a day to make what I have marked.
    Wishful thinking.

    Maybe hubby will help you organize and keep the books.

    Sassy granny

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    I do tear out patterns that I like and think I might actually make. I put them in plastic sleeve protectors and put in binders. I don't use anything bigger than a 1-1/2 inch binder because they can get very heavy if they are larger than that.

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    I also tear out patterns and articles I think I'll want to refer to in the future. I have a binder for quilt patterns, one for clothing consutruction techniques, one for fabric crafts, and one for general sewing information (like informtion on needle sizes, types of stabilizers, comparison of battings, merits of different kinds of fabrics, etc.). Works for me

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    If you have a scanner you could scan the pages in to a file in your computer. Store the templates in manilla envelopes. Then you could look through them and arrange the however you wanted in files and folders with the names on them.

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    Easy answer - scan the magazines or the parts you want to keep and there they are all on your computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty1mom
    I have big 3 ring notebooks that I label with the magazine name. I put the patterns and templates, etc in those clear plastic sleeves and put into that magazines notebook. Sometimes if the mag. has a lot of patterns I want to keep, I stuff the whole magazine into the sleeve.
    I do this too. 8-)

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    Only a 100? Cast your eye around to see if there is any extra clutter you can suggest is removed from the masculine side of the house. It may be a case of the splinter and the log...LOL

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    Just keep them, you will be sorry if you split the magazine up. I kkep mine in thos magazine holders on my book case. They are not hurting anyone.

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    I have a zippered three ring binder where I store all the patterns and templates in sheet protectors. Great way to organize and don't have all the weight of the entire magazine. I just toss the rest of the magazine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blzzrdqueen
    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    Hmmmm, husband demanding, no flippin way! ........
    It's not so much that he is demanding that I get rid of them. He suggested I sell them, in bundles to make room for our home based tshirt printing business, which needs all the space we can get. I don't mind getting rid of them as long as I can keep the patterns I might want a later time. I think I will scan the patterns, but I don't think I can sell the magazines without the templates pull-out included....not sure if scanning the templates would do much good??
    Scanning templates can distort shape and proportion if not done properly - as can not printing correctly, so unless your are knowledgeable in this area it might prove a wasted pastime. I have just eliminated about 600 magazines ans have kept 50 that I definitely can't part with. The quilting group was happy to receive them.

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    Put them under a bed or out of sight. That works for me . I love going back through them.

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    Yes, Ilook back through the magazine where I have a post it note and say "why did I like that"
    Quote Originally Posted by rusty quilter
    As do I. Inspiration at different times, comes from different sources. What you "loved" 3 years ago--you probably won't "love" now.

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    I have so many magazines and books. My hubby built me a bookcase for my magazines, and I do need another one. I also have more in other bookcases.
    If my hubby told me to get rid of them, I couldn't, as there are so many, where would I start and how can I know what I want to keep. Also I guess he knows not to ask. I really could open a library in my house, with the amount of books, magazines I have. Maybe your hubby could build a bookcase to hold them, or buy some of those plastic containers with lids on them and archive them, at least you will still have them.
    Best of luck....

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