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    Junior Member katmom54's Avatar
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    Do you keep a catalogue of some sort on what quilts you made?
    It has been awhile since I quilted and just recently have gotten back into it - in a big way, I might add...SO as I look for fabrics and patterns from before, I am getting frustrated with not finding things I know I have. I decided to make a page for each quilt I make to include:

    name of pattern
    a photo of completed quilt
    number and sizes of blocks
    sample (including selvage info) of each fabric
    what I did with it (donated, sold etc)
    where I got the pattern from
    receipt for materials if available - or estimated cost/value of quilt

    I have placed them in clear sleeves and put them in a 3 ring binder...looks good so far...I am already impressed with myself! I also thought it would be good for tax purposes - each would be documented for donations, deductions etc.

    The reason I started this was that I made a quilt and loved it, but it was earmarked for donation...I didn't want to lose the idea or patterns etc, so I decided to catalogue along with the remaining fabric to make myself one someday soon.


    let me know how you do it...

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    whats organizing?? LOL

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    ha...yeah, it probably wont last too long!

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    Yes, I keep a record book of the quilts I have made. I've only made 3 so far though.

    My SIL is the one who got me excited about quilting, the last week of November. She told me to start a log as she was sorry she didn't start one until later.

    I write in my journal the following along with a picture of the quilt: (although after seeing yours I may add more!)

    Title/Name:
    Started Date:
    Completed Date:
    Pattern:
    Created For:

    Lessons Learned:

    Notes:

    I also keep a spreadsheet of my stash 1/2 yard and larger. That way if I need a particular piece of material I can check it out on my spreadsheet.

    I also did the same with my books and magazines. This has helped me easily check for magazines when people are looking for them to complete a pattern. If I don't plan on using the magazine, I just send it to them.

    I love to pay it forward.

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    I also keep a record of my quilts. It's fun to look back at them.

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    Ikeep a journal with similar information. I'm going to add to it photos of the quilts & swaps that I make.

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    I bought a few Quilt Registry books from AQS years ago. Unfortunately, they no longer sell them.
    All but 1 of my quilts are recorded w/pictures. Have been quilting since the mid-70s; on my 4th book.

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    I have three different quilt journals. No, I haven't made that many yet. One is for baby quilts, one for larger quilts, and the other for my extra projects, home dec. items, clothes for grandchildren, rugs, or anything else I'm working on not related to quilts.
    I take a picture, swatches of fabric(where purchased if I remember), dimensions of quilt, if hand or machine pieced, hand or machine quilted(if by me or someone else), what pattern & where I got it(name of magazine or book & page#), when I started & finished it, and who I made it for & if there's a story to go with it.

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    I keep a record of my larger quilts and wall hangings that I make. I also put them in the clear sleeves in a 3 ring binder. I also have 3 ring binders for pics of all my projects (it's a bit behind at the moment) and of my WIPs.

    I also have a journal started of my 'history' of quilting. Since I'm fairly new it's a short history. But someday my grandchildren will be able to read about me and my quilting.

    no1jan - you are way tooo organized. I never thought of a spreadsheet for my fabrics and magazines and books. Good idea thought. I have photos of all my fabrics that I take with me when I go shopping for more.

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    I tried that for a while but it didn't last long.

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    I keep a picture of each quilt with a brief description and who it was for. If I really liked the pattern, I list that also. I keep them in plastic sleeves in a 3 ring binder.

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    My journal didn't last long either. I can't even keep up with my checkbook!

    I do keep all my stash that is "purposed" together in a clear box, with the pattern, fabric and who the quilt is for inside the box. When I'm ready for another project, I just pick up one off the shelf.

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    I recently listed all of my larger quilts (anything personal and not donated) and I am at 29. Most of them I remember and most importantly, the owners use them well. That's about as far as my documentation goes.

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    very good idea, that way you can always look back and see what quilt you made, awesome idea, also may be a good idea to make a copy of the pattern so in case you decide to do it again will all be in one spot in your journal



    Quote Originally Posted by katmom54
    Do you keep a catalogue of some sort on what quilts you made?
    It has been awhile since I quilted and just recently have gotten back into it - in a big way, I might add...SO as I look for fabrics and patterns from before, I am getting frustrated with not finding things I know I have. I decided to make a page for each quilt I make to include:

    name of pattern
    a photo of completed quilt
    number and sizes of blocks
    sample (including selvage info) of each fabric
    what I did with it (donated, sold etc)
    where I got the pattern from
    receipt for materials if available - or estimated cost/value of quilt

    I have placed them in clear sleeves and put them in a 3 ring binder...looks good so far...I am already impressed with myself! I also thought it would be good for tax purposes - each would be documented for donations, deductions etc.

    The reason I started this was that I made a quilt and loved it, but it was earmarked for donation...I didn't want to lose the idea or patterns etc, so I decided to catalogue along with the remaining fabric to make myself one someday soon.


    let me know how you do it...

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    If pictures on my computer count than yes.

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    On a guick count I come up with 24, without counting any of mine and I just remembered a few.

    I do have a list somewhere, thank you for reminding me to keep it updated.

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    Mine are orgainized similar to yours. I have a notebook I write everything in. The name of the quilt, the date I started the quilt, who's pattern it is or where I found the pattern. I include information on the size of blocks, sashing, borders, etc. If the blocks are machine embroidered I put the design card the designs are from. If the quilt has a technique I haven't done, I write this in detail incase I want to dublicate it on another quilt. I put the measurements of the finished quilt and the longarm quilters name. At the bottom of the page I put who I gave the quilt too. What the occasion was, birth, Xmas, etc.
    On the back of the page I put a picture of the finished quilt. If I designed the quilt top on graph paper I include that. Or if I have a picture of the quilt from a magazine I may include that as well.
    Sometimes I also inlcude fabric samples. I am 3/4 of the way through my second notebook. Theres been several times I have referred back to a quilt for a specific tecnique I want to duplicate and was glad I had kept good notes.

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    I have a list of all the comforters I have made and a list of all the quilts I have made since I started quilting, 1965 or 1966, for oldest DD.
    I list the year - Name, if I didn't make the quilt up - colors used - If it was hand or machine quilted - and who I gave it to. I remember every comforter and quilt I have made, can't remember what I said 10 minutes ago but, I remember every one I've made.

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    Nice to hear that others are keeping track. I hate to part with some of them and thought this might help - at least I can remember what I did if I want to try again. I made a watercolor impressions quilt for a gift, and really wanted to keep it (it was a violin and a trumpet of all one fabric) and I dont even have a picture...would never be able to reproduce it now. So hopefully, this will help me when I have to give away future projects.

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    [quote=brushandthimble]On a guick count I come up with 24, without counting any of mine and I just remembered a few.

    I have been adding to my list (in Excel) as I think of them, up to 83 and I know there are more.

    This does not count the ones waiting to be quilted, WIP or UFO's.

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