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    with a family heirloom...and document being read by future generations quilter,...I know I would relish ANY information, down to, what may seem like trivial information...links to the past.
    And that includes HOW LONG IT TOOK :roll: , I would want to know that if it was a slow process, that meant the original quilter was quite dedicated to getting it finished.
    I love the idea about current events being added, while it was being made. I too, like to record stumbling blocks I had, and ways I overcame them, for next time.
    Some notes about what the quilter was feeling/thinking about this quilt, while making it...their musings, what music they listened to while sewing...I love all that. :D

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    yes, true to form, if I do this kind of thing, and I just might...mine would be more like a small book about the quilt :lol:
    (but who among us, wouldn't love to get something like that, along with a quilt/gift?)

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    I would love to know EVERYTHING I could about a couple of quilts of my grandmother's and great-grandmother's that I have.

    You can do it in any way but I think that the form will help me. I went back to the beginning of this year and printed all of the online receipts for fabric and other purchases. I'll have to go through them and sort them into which quilt. I brought a binder home from work yesterday (always emails going out for people to take some), has a bunch of dividers though I threw out the old contents.

    I didn't work on the form last night but I definately will this weekend. I'll put in all the suggestions and you can take out, or change headings, to what is important to you. I can run it by my oldest daughter since she is more into graphic design and might have a better eye for a document than I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltncrazy
    yes, true to form, if I do this kind of thing, and I just might...mine would be more like a small book about the quilt :lol:
    (but who among us, wouldn't love to get something like that, along with a quilt/gift?)
    I know I would! :wink: :D

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    My goal is to leave each of my kids and grands (atleast) a wonderful quilt to hang onto. They are getting throw arounds now, as I practice on different patterns. But the "keepers" I would love to give them a mini book along with their quilts. I like the idea of keeping a notebook close by and writing down what I am thinking, especially about each individual, as I am making their quilts. Maybe it would be more like diary entries in my case... You all have given me a lot to think about in this area!!!! :D :D :D

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    These are all wonderful suggestions. But for someone who has yet to put even a label on my quilts it all sounds a little daunting. But then I've never been one for keeping up journals. However, in thinking about a quilt my grandmother made obviously from old coats, it would be kind of fun to know where she got the fabric, whose coats were these.

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    I think the absolute minimum that a quilt deserves is:

    the makers' name, location, and year completed - somewhere on the quilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I think the absolute minimum that a quilt deserves is:

    the makers' name, location, and year completed - somewhere on the quilt
    I always hand embroider my initials and year on the back - hadn't thought about location though - guess I should as I've moved a fair bit in my life and probably not done moving yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I think the absolute minimum that a quilt deserves is:

    the makers' name, location, and year completed - somewhere on the quilt
    I always hand embroider my initials and year on the back - hadn't thought about location though - guess I should as I've moved a fair bit in my life and probably not done moving yet!
    that's so if someone wanted to research it, they'd have a chance at finding out something.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    that's so if someone wanted to research it, they'd have a chance at finding out something.
    Hard to imagine anyone being that interested in my stuff when I'm gone - probably end up in a thrift store! But that's probably what our foremothers thought so, ya never know! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    that's so if someone wanted to research it, they'd have a chance at finding out something.
    Hard to imagine anyone being that interested in my stuff when I'm gone - probably end up in a thrift store! But that's probably what our foremothers thought so, ya never know! :D
    who knows?

    I know so little of my family history - my parents were divorced when I was a baby - and my mom didn't talk about anyone - and my Grandma B would talk about the 18th cousin twice removd three marriages away - so I just kind of tuned her out - wish I'd paid better attention now-

    My Grandma B made some great utility quilts - I'm only now starting to appreciate them.

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    Yeah, I wish I'd had a tape recorder running when my Gran was talking too. Too late now...

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    I have been told that I put my life story on mine, but I want someone 100 years from now to know who, and when, etc. I sometimes even put why I used a certain fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I think the absolute minimum that a quilt deserves is:

    the makers' name, location, and year completed - somewhere on the quilt
    I think we're starting to mix up what Pam was talking about - Quilt Journal - and the Label on the back of the quilt. I agree with Bearisgray about the absolute minimum for the label. For the LABEL, I usually include My name for the quilt, who I made it for, the event (wedding, baby usually), and 'machine pieced and quilted by [my name, city, state]' and the year.

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    i think date when completed, where, for whom, relationship to that person,
    occasion, your name and age (sorry about that, i think it's important), so it would look something like this:

    made by butterflywing, age 66, for her daughter, sondra flite, age 46, and her husband, michael, on the occasion of their new home ( 45th birthday, etc.) in 2009, in the city of birdsong, chickadee.

    this way, there is a real family history that gets handed down with the quilt. you know what my name was, who my daughter was, where we lived, our ages in what year (you can figure out our birth years) and you know that she bought a new home that year. if you're interested, you can know that there were no children. also, if other quilts follow, there is a continuation of the history of that family.

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    Fearless, butterflywing, absolutely fearless!

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    I agree that a quilt journal and a quilt label are not the same thing.

    I also think that what the original post was about more of a technical/information sheet - kind of a "how I did it and what I made it of"

    versus a

    how, what, who, why, when, and what I was thinking while I was doing it sort of journal and did the cat throw up while I was making it sort of thing.

    I think all of the above can be useful.

    I was just thinking that if one didn't get around to doing an information sheet or journal, at least put something on the quilt.

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    I have a file in one of my Flash Drives called Quilt Descriptions. I keep track of the number of the quilt firstly. The Log Cabin I am making for Jim for Christmas is number 69. I put the name I gave it, the block name, the size, the date it was completed, (but not the start date) Just anything to make it interesting.

    At one point I even had who in my family would get it when I was gone, but I did not have enough for the entire family so I had to take that back out. I even kept some scraps of fabric from each one so that I could keep track of how much they might fade over the years, but that is not in the flash drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    Maybe location, especially if you end up moving around.

    What type of thread for the quilting?

    If you made it with someone else, record that.

    It's all about details, no matter how minor it may seem. You can't over document imo, however it'll be what you want to include on your record of each quilt.
    definitely location - very important for historical reasons - that way "Jane Doe" out in Alaska won't get "credit" for the quilt YOU made!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    If you were designing a MS Word document for a quilt binder, what information would you include?

    Quilt Name:
    Designed by:
    Date started:
    Date finished:
    Quilted by:
    Block names:
    Fabric: (collection or other name)
    Purchased at:
    List the fabrics, yardage and cost and a place to put swatches

    Could also add shows it's in, if any. Who it is made for or given to.

    What else would you include?
    Since this is kinda your personal journal (which hopefully will be passed down through the family) it would be great to have a picture of the recipient with the quilt (if it is a gift) or you with the quilt. Also, I think a "story" about something that happened through the quiltmaking process would be fun. When I made my sister her quilt, worked through the first few blocks SO FAST, I was on a roll, just knew I would get the whole thing done in record time. So I went to lay out the blocks and ARGH! I had pieced the stars together wrong on EVERY block - so I had to spend 2 of my quilt retreat days unsewing the blocks and putting them back together. I slowed down after that....but a "fun" story to remember about the process and hopefully fun for others to read in the future.

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    pictures....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS
    Fearless, butterflywing, absolutely fearless!
    i'm not fearless. i just don't know what i'm supposed to be afraid of. if i haven't seen it, it doesn't exist, right?

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    I have a quilt journal, and I definitely put start and finish dates in. I don't see any of my quilts as a "race to finish", and think the longer something takes usually means it's a lot more complicated. I also put size, reason it was made, and tips or hints I learned along the way.

    But reading a book in the library the other day and there was a fabric journal from the 1900s. A woman had added small patches of each fabric she used, often cut out into cute little animal shapes, and glued them into her journal. I thought that was a really good idea, especially since my digital photos never seem to accurately capture the colours.

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    My Mom had a collection of VERY old handwork/sewing magazines that belonged to her mom (b. 1891). I don't recall the name - and they're in AZ (I'm in CT). Grandma made notes beside a Lone Star quilt pattern of the colors she would make it in. As far as I know, she never made it. I DO have a utility quilt she made from squares of men's wool pants and flannel shirts with batting of black sheep's wool. It was tied. The magazine has long since ceased publication. It was small - about 5" X 8". In addition to at least 1 quilting pattern per issue, it had crochet, knitting, tatting, embroidery - others than I don't remember at the moment. My grandmother's notes are the closest thing to a QUILTING JOURNAL that she left. Even MORE interesting were her recipe books. Handwritten in pencil - the most memorable started "40 lbs of hog meat." You've probably guessed, Mom grew up on a farm. Lots of great stories - but I've already hi-jacked Pam's thread, so I'll stop here.

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    I'm starting a scrapbook with pictures of all my quilts and this is great info to include. Let us know when you've complete4d your form.

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