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    I have several quilt magazines, by several I mean, maybe 100 or so...that my husband is demanding I get rid of. I hate to give them up because I may need one some day, for a particular pattern...

    What I want to do is save the template inserts and certain patterns from each magazine, but am unsure how to go about it. I need to make room and getting rid of the bulk of the magazines is a must.

    How do you go about organizing patterns and templates from magazines you no longer want?

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    Hmmmm, husband demanding, no flippin way! ........

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    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.

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    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.

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    :shock: Wow. I'm so sorry.

    Do you have a scanner? Scan the patterns you want to save and keep them on CDs or DVDs.

    Another option is to clip the patterns you want and put them into page protectors in a binder.

    For applique patterns, put the templates into a manila envelope with the instructions and a picture of the quilt or block glued to the front of the envelope.

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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.
    Ditto!

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    You can buy a few (4-5) of the 5" ring binders and a bunch of the page protector sheets and gently cut out the pages and templates and place each pattern with its template into one page protector. Place protectors in notebooks. You could also add dividers to use as index or table of contents with mag info for each pattern.

    100 mags in various places into 25-30" of space on a bookshelf...problem solved

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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.
    I'm the same-I continually go thru my hoard of magazines I have for the past 10 years and "discover" patterns I didn't like (or feel good enought to tackle) before, but now I do. I just can't let them go! And really, magazines only take up a small amount of space if placed in those up-right holders and put on a shelf. Quilt books may take more space, but in my case, I have way more magazines than books anyway. What is his reason for insisting you get rid of them? I can't think of any good enough reason to get rid of mine!

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    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??

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    When I get a magazine, I go through it. If there is something that I think I might want to make, I put a little post-it type sticker on that page and save the magazine. If there is nothing in the magazine that interests me, I used to give it away to someone in Bible Study. That was before I joined this group. Now, I have a stack of the magazines that have post-it stickers on them and another stack that do not. When someone from this board is looking for a back issue of something, I go through the 'no post-it sticker' pile and see if I have it.
    Sometimes I look at the pattern that I have a post-it sticker on and wonder what it was that appealed to me about that pattern. It may not still appeal to me and I just pull the post-it sticker off and put it on the other pile.
    If you didn't want hold on to the magazines that do not have an item of interest in it, put them in a doctor's office, etc. Every magazine will not have something in it that I want.
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    And what is he going to get rid of? ;-) We use cardboard magazine holders, you can get them at Staples, Office depot etc. Then they can go on a regular bookshelf. I actually don't have many, however, my husband has 'super stock and drag illustrated' going back to the 50's!

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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 as well for ones I am going to make shortly. But, i also scan any pics, patterns, directions, etc. and keep them on a flash drive for future use. Instead of tearing the magazines apart you can scan and keep and sell the magazines. Just a thought!

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    I too have tons of magazines. On the older ones, I rip out the advertisements and articles I'm not interested in and that leaves a very skinny magazine. And/or, I simply tear out the patterns and staple the magazine cover to them and put them in a magazine holder. A couple of times now I've recycled magazine holders because of the space I've saved.

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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??
    Okay, but you've got to chuckle at blzzrdqueen's reply. I did, and when I told my husband, he did too!

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    I don't take out the patterns I like and discard the magazine because I have learned over time that patterns I don't like today will be just what I want one day down the road. But I have found a space saving solution to store the largest # of magazines in the smallest amount of space that works better than any I have tried. I file the magazines alphabetically by title in hanging file folders (several mags to one folder) or cardboard magazine holders in a tall 4 drawer filing cabinet. On top of the cabinet I have a long file box for 3x5" cards in which I have set up a card catalog system. I have the name of a quilt pattern on the top line of the card, then below a listing of each magazine and page # that pattern can be found in. This took a while to set up a few years ago (going through all of the mags and filling in the cards), but it was fun and well worth it. Now I can find anything, and friends ask me for a pattern they need quickly instead of hunting through their magazines to find it. If I just want to browse mags for fun, I can take out a box or folder at a time and swap out for another one when I'm finished.

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    I have a ginormous binder that I've filled with protector sleeves. Every now & then I sit at the television and cut and stuff. The sleeves hold the pattern & templates. Also remove the patterns in which I'm no longer interested.

    p.s. there are many magazines that I want to keep (like a good book). Those I place in stand-up, open-ended magazine boxes.

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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??
    You could photocopy the templates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    And what is he going to get rid of? ;-) We use cardboard magazine holders, you can get them at Staples, Office depot etc. Then they can go on a regular bookshelf. I actually don't have many, however, my husband has 'super stock and drag illustrated' going back to the 50's!
    Funny you should ask what he would get rid of...he has NOTHING to get rid of, the whole house if full of MY stuff, lol!!!!

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    I Put my favorite patterns in those clear plastic notebook sleeves and arranged them according to type ie,.traditional, Christmas, etc. I put labeled note book dividers between the types and set them all in a wooden crate I have. So far so good :wink:

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    i used to keep all my mags. found the same problem as others that over time my wants, needs, likes changed. also, many of the "new" patterns are just different fabrics. then i realized that with rare exceptions i find something i like in almost every mag. this led me to decide to let go of the mags and just enjoy the new ones. i keep about one year worth, go thru them periodically and remove the patterns that still appeal, put them in binder.

    the other thing that helps is the digital subscription. really like that. i can go back ten years online and i don't have to make storage space.

    hadn't thought about scanning the pages i save. i may have to hook up the scanner and get to saving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blzzrdqueen
    I have several quilt magazines, by several I mean, maybe 100 or so...that my husband is demanding I get rid of. I hate to give them up because I may need one some day, for a particular pattern...
    Tell your husband they are your magazines, you are keeping them, end of discussion. Then tell him to go soak his head. For a long time. Till no air bubbles rise out of the water. :mrgreen:

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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.
    I have found that my tastes haven't really changed, but my ability and confidence has. So patterns that I never even considered in the past because there was NO WAY I could have done them, are now appealing. And I'm now confident enough to try techniques I wouldn't have considered in the past. Let my family pitch them in the recycling bin after I'm dead! LOL

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    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 decided I didnt want to keep all the magazines, so I also use binders. I cut out the pattern and then file them by categories. For example, I have one binder for pieced quilts and sub-categories for bed quilts, baby quilts, wall quilts. Then other notebooks hold applique quilts, combination quilts, and other things like single blocks, or applique templates. I also have a section for finishing, and helpful hints. It works for me, but I had to make sure and mark the contents on the spine of the binder so I could find things easily.

    Oh...I also have one category just with "inspiration" pictures. Sometimes the advertisements have beautiful quilts or fabrics pictured, and it sparks an idea, so I put that in the inspiration section. I also put pictures that I have taken at quilt shows in there.....with one section just for close ups of some of the FMQ that I have taken pics of....

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    I use a binder and protective sheets. The pattern and the templates all fit in one of the binder sheets. I can also store the tearsheets from magazines or free patterns that I have copied from other sources or printed off the Internet.

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    These are printed off from the Internet
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