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    Quilt/ing books question

    Good Morning, All! I have a question...if you discovered several shelves with many, many books related to quilting of every subject imaginable, how would you best surf those shelves? By author/publisher? By technique or subject? By title? Dewey decimal?(!) I guess I might go study the shelves in the bookstore, huh? Just looking for gut-instinct responses from everyone.

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    I would probably go book by book,lol, I love looking at Quilt books, but final decision would be based on technique or patterns. Have fun!

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    I have mine shelved alphabetically according to author. And, I have an Excel file of them in the same order (author, title, publisher). I printed it out and keep it in my purse, that way I know which books I have when I go shopping.
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    I have mine by subject. It is easier for me to find a certain project in a book when I have forgotten which one it is in when they are all there together.
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    I have mine by technique! Paper Pieced, Applique, Strip method, Template, bargello etc with one whole one for scrap. Then if the volume of one group is large I break it down further into traditional and non- traditional. I use a cardboard with the group name slid inbetween to separate and mark a different section. I also store my patterns in with the books or at least he ones that have the nice zip lock plastic.

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    I also have mine by techique, and have a special shelf for books with patterns that I really ,really, want to make.
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    mine are arranged by technique/type- applique books are together- flannel & wool applique are together- with other techniques in line- paper piecing, scrappy, machine quilting, hand quilting...--- on & on- i have 3 book shelf units - 6 shelves each- 7 foot tall- full- and i can generally walk over & pull out the book i need with very little looking-
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I know the title of the book I want is either hardback or soft cover or just a booklet. I keep my books arranged by size and type of binding. At a quilt shop I want to see the books arranged with front cover facing out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I also have mine by technique, and have a special shelf for books with patterns that I really ,really, want to make.
    Great minds think alike! I do the same thing.

    I also put post-it-flags on very special patterns I want to make in magazines and store them in a separate magazine holder from the rest. Meanwhile I'm also trying to go back through the scads of magazines I've collected that do not have anything I'm interested in making and will pass them on to a quilting friend.

    Unfortunately that project is probably going to take years as it's waaaay down on the "To Do List".
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    I won't go into how my collection is organized. If I came across shelves and shelves of quilting books; I would first look at the ones that are about something I want to learn, or that are about something Im really interested in and want to expand on.

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    My shelves are grouped by technique. Traditional, baby, PPing, contemporary, educational., etc.

    I like to pick up Q books at yard sales and 2nd hand shops. I once found one with many notations in it about the quilts made from the patterns and it is my favioite book just because of this passing on of information. So I now also love to write in my quilting books, listing what patterns, dates and info on instructions or how I changed it up a bit. In my way, I leave my little impression for the future.
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    I have mine sorted by technique.
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    Mine are filed by the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) method right now. When I have time, I will probably arrange by subject...HAH!
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    Mine are arranged by technique, type of quilt (baby, log cabin, scrappy, etc. I also have several 3 ring binders of hints, patterns, etc. that I've downloaded and they are generally arranged the same way.

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    Mine are arranged by how high the towers will go before the avalanche. Usually in four categories: 1. before rotary cutting, 2. after rotary cutting, 3. hand & old time machine quilting, 4. quilting techniques from "Continuous Curve Quilting" to the present.

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    I have mine by technique PP, applique, art, traditional, baby, FMQ, etc.....
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    Technique, definitely!

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    To arrange them by technique.

    To preview and then scan what I want I just plain 'ol do it one book/magazine at a time. I prefer to scan and save what I want to keep so I will have less paper clutter. Then i can recycle a complete book/magazine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyquiltmom View Post
    I have mine shelved alphabetically according to author. And, I have an Excel file of them in the same order (author, title, publisher). I printed it out and keep it in my purse, that way I know which books I have when I go shopping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happyquiltmom View Post
    I have mine shelved alphabetically according to author. And, I have an Excel file of them in the same order (author, title, publisher). I printed it out and keep it in my purse, that way I know which books I have when I go shopping.
    Can I hire you to do mine.....lol that sounds so neat and would love to have my 12653693629:6 books and magazines organized
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    I have mine sorted by PP, FQ, and then unfortunatley, every thing else just sort of here and there. Really need to work on that part of my "orginization"

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    I like to see them grouped by technique, but with a way to search by author or title. Which is asking a ton, I know, but I've been lost in bookstores before trying to find what I need.

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    I dont buy many books and the ones I do are usually Eleanor Burns so keep all hers togather.
    I keep all the precut quilt books togather also.
    Magazines since 2007 I have gone thru and listed ones I like on large file cards, one line only discriptions.
    This way I have found out which mags I find the best patterns in and have stopped ordering any others. I am down to 3 subscriptions now.
    Now when I need say a baby quilt I just look at my cards to find which mag its in.

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