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Thread: Quilt information sheet

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    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?

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    reason for making it -

    was it for a gift? a show? an order? just because?

    what worked well in the process

    what didn't work so well

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    quilt size, block size

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    oh - the most important part - tips on how to make again.


    i keep a list of the challenges/tips i encountered making a certain quilt that way when i go back to that technique i'm ahead of the game.

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    nothing to do with the quilt, but it might be interesting to look back on -

    major events that took place while making that particular quilt -

    examples: birth of a child, death of someone, 9/11, acquiring a kitten, getting married/divorced, etc

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    No way would I put the start date and finish date. THen everyone who ever saw it would know I am SLOW AS SNAILS!!!

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    When you complete your MS Doc Quilt Information Sheet would
    you share it with all of us. I think this is a great idea and would like
    to make one also.

    Good thinking....

    texasquilts

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    was it a quilt that you would make again - and why or why not

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    You all have such great ideas. I, too, wouldn't put the start and finish date. I don't want anyone to know how slow I am.

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    what kind of batting and thread you used

    I'm not sure how you would account for stash fabrics that have been around for ages, or donations/gifts, or scraps.

    If pattern is from a book, the name of the book, copyright date, name of the block/quilt, and page number.

    Although I think most of us may start out from a pattern, but add our own touches/adaptations to it.



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    maybe the finish date

    For dating quilts - if the fabric has been acquired over many years - is the most recent one the deciding factor?

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    was the quilt made in a class? Name of class, instructor.

    And yes give credit to original artist if using a pattern such as New York Beauty, Stack n Whack etc.

    The quilt may have historic value one day, so if you can, put a 'story' on it. The more the better.


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    It seems most of your designs are from EQ, lately. You could put a picture of the design in your document. Or even a photo of the finished quilt.

    If quilted by someone else, their name or company name would be useful. Also any Pattern, Pantograph, E2E designs used in the quilting could be noted.

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    You HAVE to put the finish date, especially if it's your design, because wouldn't that confirm your copyright?

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    I can go with finish date, but not start date.

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    Definitely no beginning date. I keep 3 x 5 cards on the quilts I make and on it are the start date, quilt TOP date and finished date. Sometimes the start date and finished dates are YEARS apart!!! They became WIP and set aside!!! (obviously, huh?? :shock: ) On my cards, I also put a piece of each of the fabrics I used and how it was used, i.e, borders, binding, first color, etc. Should I run out of a color, I take the card with me to the store to either match it or find something similar. I file them, when the quilt is completed, in a recipe card holder!! The WIPs are in a different card holder!! lol Any other information I want, I can write on the back of the card. I also list the name of the quilt or blocks, who I gave it to or the reason for making it, the finished size and any tips/hints I discovered along the way to make it quicker or easier.

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    Did you include a photo? In these days of digital it's pretty easy to insert a pic into a Word doc. You also might like some closeups of details.

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    I would also include is if it's hand or machine quilted.

    And, would you make this quilt again? Yes _____ H*&^ No ______


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    If it's a gift, who you made it for
    The event it was made for (wedding, baby with appropriate date)
    Size of block, sashing, borders and quilt
    Hand or machine quilted - I usually include that on the label, too
    Whose design? If it's your own design, say so, eg 'using EQ6 with xyz blocks"

    I keep mine in a scrapbook with a picture of the completed quilt and thank you note (if it was a gift) from giftee

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    KWhite - I was also going to say NO to start/end date - the paper it was written on would probably be brittle by the time I finished.

    Good info though - thanks for the idea. I have pix of blocks and topos and other finshed things in a photo album, but not much other info.

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    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.


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    Ok... no start date seems to be the choice for most. I think I would want to know, and maybe someone in the future would too. "Wow, look at this one! GGGrandma spent 3 years on this one!" :lol:

    All great suggestions and I'm working on it. Been browsing border and edge designs, format styles, etc. I'm at work though and all the thiings I find online at MS are for Word 2007. I have that at home but not at work.

    I would add a digital picture and an export of the final design from EQ6 if that was used. I added a box for fabric swatches and a framed box for Inspiration and other notes.

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    So when are these going to be available please?

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    I like the idea of documenting where all it was worked on. The thought of future generations reading that great great grandma worked on this at home, while camping, took it to her grandma's while on vacation 3 states away, and it moved with her across the USA, just adds more history to the quilt. I like the idea of a youngin' cuddled up in my quilt thinking about me and the whole journey/history of their quilt from start to finish...maybe even some blank spots to have others write down when they received it and who it went to after them, keeping the record going like you would a family bible.

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    The quilt exhibition I went to in Holland a while back displayed some quilt journals from the 19th C - they included little stamp size swatches of the fabrics used. It was amazing to see that swatch, protected by being in the pages of a book, alongside the quilt which had been out in the light, washed and used! The colours were as fresh as the day they were printed! But maybe our modern fabrics won't fade as much - only time will tell!

    Obviously, the entries were hand written - that was beautiful to see as well - although I couldn't read them because they were in Dutch!

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