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    Do any of you keep quilt journals?
    I haven't started one yet but would like to know what others do...after finishing a quilt do you take a pic, keep fabric scrap, etc..?

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    I keep a note book with a copy of the pattern and have taken pictures of my quilts. The plan is to print out the picture and put it with the pattern.

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    I have a journal. If there is a story behind the quilt I made I type that out. Who it is going to, when it was finished. I ake a picture of it and sometimes I do keep pieces of the material. Also the name of the pattern if it has a name.

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    i have a journal...in it i sketch layouts/plans, tell about the quilt...outline some processes, attach fabric swatches,batting choice; sometimes i add pictures as i go when there are new techniques involved...or i just want to remember how i went about doing something. the start and end dates...anything else that pertains to my making the quilt and then of course a finished picture and when possible a picture of the quilt with it's new owner.

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    If I posted my quilt on the Quilting Board, I print up all the comments...they mean a lot to me!

    Lots of neat ideas on a journal here. Thanks for the great ideas.

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    Yes, I do....it's a wonderful way to remember what you've done, the fabric line you used and any 'funny' instances during the making of a particular quilt. And it helps you 'keep track' of what you've done and for whom.
    Blessings,
    MaryAnna

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    I just started one a couple of weeks ago. I've been quilting for 10 years, started out doing art quilts (I paint) anyway, it occurred to me that I should keep better records of my work. I've done so many projects, took photos of them, then put them away-somewhere. I thought that if I collected them in a journal, it would be easier to find them when I needed a particular project photo & materials for reference. I try to include a photo of the whole quilt, a detail shot, scraps of fabrics used & notes about the quilt & its construction. Right now I'm behind in my entries & need to catch up -- or make fewer projects- like that will ever happen. I hope that helps.
    Cathy S/Willowwind

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    I do keep a quilt journal, on my second one. Its just a spiral notebook like we used in school. I put the name of the quilt at the top and the date I started the quilt. I keep notes on the size I made the blocks, sashing, etc. The finished size of the quilt and the longarm quilter that quilted the quilt.
    I don't keep track of charity quilts.
    At the bottom of the page I write who the quilt went to, what
    occasion, birth, Xmas, etc.
    On the back of the page I include my graph paper design,
    or printed pattern. I may add pieces of the fabric. And I include a picture of the finished quilt. I think its a good idea to keep a quilt journal. I have refrenced a pattern to see how a block was pieced. Happy Quilting :thumbup:

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    I started taking pictures but I never really kept a journal. I didn't know what to put in it either. Thanks for the information.

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    Mine is a work in progress, filled with works in progress. I need to catch it up.

    I start with a basic set of statistics about the quilt (pattern, dates, materials), include scraps of the fabric and will include pictures as well once I print them. I've also put in the thank you note I received from one of the gift quilts.

    Finally, I make notes to myself about what I learned from the quilt and anything new I might have tried.

    Cheers, K

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    I keep one.

    I love scrapbooking, and have done it for years. So, I used to put any of my sewing projects in them, but now they have their own album.

    I probably go all out a bit more than most, though, LOL! I make my scrapbook layouts to be art unto themselves!

    What I do is this:

    I am using a scrapbook, of course, the 12x12 size. With each quilt or project I make, I make a 2 page layout with pictures, swatches of fabric, etc. I also add 2 more pages with the pattern, and my notes, any journaling I may do, explaing when, where, why, how I was feeling, etc.

    If I can get my camera back(long story, my son has it) I will post some pics.

    While I don't do digital scrapbooking, here is a site that has a bunch of free layouts to print off for quilting scrapbooks:

    http://www.quiltscrapbook.com/

    These are the types of layouts/pages I have in my quilt journal/scrapbook. Lots of great ideas here:

    http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/gall...uilt_journal_/

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    I have Quilt Registry books.
    Always take a picture and record relevant information : size, pattern, for whom, dates, who quilted and how much it cost to quilt, price of quilt for sale etc.

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    What a great idea. Thanks everyone for sharing. I have only completed 3 quilts and a wall hanging, so I should be able to start a journal now, before overload sets in. Jinnie

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    I don't journal about my quilts but I do take photos of them.

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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    I have a little $2 photo album from Dollar General. I put in a photo of the finished quilt, and of any details I particularly am proud of/want to remember (I give a lot of my quilts away). Then I put in an index card, either behind the photo or on the facing page, that has anything I can remember about the quilt: when I started, when I finished, where the pattern came from, who it was for, what type of batting, binding, etc. was used.

    For the quilt I just designed for my sister's baby, I kept all the diagrams, schematics, measurements, templates, etc. together in one manila envelope so that I can make it again.

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    Thanks ladies for all this great info...I have to get started on this....you have given me some good ideas....I definitely think it is a good idea to record where the pattern came from so you can find it if you want to do it again...

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