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Thread: Quilt patterns- how do you organize ?

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    Quilt patterns- how do you organize ?

    I have lots of patterns printed from online but spend too much time on looking for a certain pattern. How do you organize them so they are easy to locate?

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    i put mine in them plastic things you put in binders. i have mine in two binders.

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    I have mine in binders also.

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    Binders but now adays I store as many as possible in kindle or ebooks. PDF files are great kept in kindle.
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    I store mine in binders also. I put them in alphabetical order or, if they fit into a specific category (i.e., borders, juvenile, holidays, patriotic, etc.), file them in binders by category. But I also keep them on the computer--I have a file under "Documents" that is called "Quilt Patterns", and a file under "Pictures" that is called "Quilt Pictures". They are easy to find, using the search function, or I can browse through the files to find the one I'm looking for.

    When I'm looking for inspiration for a new project, I can browse through the pictures to get ideas. Anything that I have saved is something that caught my eye, so it helps inspire me.

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    Binders sounds like a great idea, thank you!

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    I have mine in two pattern boxes and two wall hanging pattern hangers. The hangers are really nice. But the boxes are a pain. I have to start at the beginning and dig through to the end. I guess with a binder, you'd have to do the same.
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    I have mine in binders in the vinyl sheet protectors. I also have a binder for anything pertaining to my sewing machine such as my manual and any tips. One thing I like about the sheet protectors is that they are very inexpensive. just add another sheet protector. I also have some patterns on line that are added to my favorites. I don't have a color printer so when there is a photo of the pattern, I get out the color pencils or markers. I can make up my mind if I want to use the colors in the pattern or try another color. Usually do that when I check the different boards or emails.

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    I had started out putting downloaded patterns in sheet protectors in binders, but it got to be too much. I just keep them as PDFs now. But I still have trouble finding the one I want on my computer.

    Paper patterns, I keep in a chest with drawers the size of a pattern, also keep sewing patterns in there.

    Patterns in books and magazines, I tend to keep the book or magazine intact, but sometimes I have scanned the pattern so that I have it electronically.

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    Group them together, traditional, applique, wearables, kitchen, landscape, paperpiecing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    Group them together, traditional, applique, wearables, kitchen, landscape, paperpiecing
    This is how I "try" to keep mind also....sometimes I just put a favorite on the bottom and remember it is there.

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    My patterns from online are sorted into different binders. Bonnie Hunter, PP, etc. Patterns that I have purchased are sorted into baskets on a shelf. PP, FQ, etc.

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    Binders work for me. I love to leaf through them and get ideas. Putting them in categories like baby, wall hangings, crafts like bags and book covers, and bed quilts. I don't sort the bed quilts into any more than that because any size quilt can be altered to fit any size wanted.

    I have one binder for 'how to instructions' and one for quilting motifs that also come in magazines.

    They are easy to keep and a ton of information can be at your finger tips in a very small space.
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    I have three 3" binders with index tabs listing the categories: baby quilts, 3D quilts, House quilts, X-blocks, Bento Box, Modern, Flowers, Paper Piecing, Crafts and Miscellaneous Ideas. When I get ideas or jot down notes at quilt shows, I put them into the sheet protectors that have a bottom and two sides so that they don't fall out. Love to sit on my bed leafing through the binders for inspiration, a lot of which has come from the Pictures section on this board.
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    I place them inside of a plastic protector sheet and place in a binder divided by the type of pattern.
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    My favorite patterns from magazines, I put in plastic protectors & file in a binder. Blocks, I have another binder for them plus a file folder for BOM's. I have another file folder for quilts I want to make, another folder for paper piecing and templates, and one of quilt photos I like (as well as computer files for favorite quilts from shows and free patterns that I file from online sources). Magazines, I dog ear any patterns I like till I get them filed in the binder, then I toss the magazine. Quilt books, I have filed in a bookcase in no definite order or I might just keep a book right with the fabric purchased to go with a pattern. Purchased patterns, same thing, I keep them with the fabrics to be used or file them in the bookcase.

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    I put mine in plastic sleeves than in binders , arrange according to catagory and tags each catagory.

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    i scan mine into evenote. I have a Quilting notebook in Evernote and can web grab articles I like and also have all the quilt patterns in there. Very much reduced clutter.

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    I like to be able to flip thru binders for ideas so I make a copy of the front of the pattern, or print out the first page of an E-pattern, then put that in the binder. the actual patterns I put in boxes or leave on my computer/kindle. As far as the organization and being able to find them, I sort them by type (Q for quilt, W for wearable art, A for accessories including purses, etc) and mark that on the copy in the binder and, if necessary, on the pattern itself. If it's an E pattern I also mark that on the binder copy. I then store the patterns in that category in boxes that are marked. That way I can look thru the binder as I want to, I know exactly what I have and can pull out the right box to find the one I want.
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    I have them in a binde, sorted by categories. I keep them in plastic page protectors and keep on pattern in each protector, even if it has multiple pages. Makes it easier to store and takes up less space.

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    What I do is also, a binder. But each quilt pattern, I make, I write down the templates/sq's, etc, and how many it take for the quilt top. If it takes templates, I, make the template, also. Also, I write down the name of the book, the pattern, and the page it's on, in the book. After writing, and making templates, etc, I put every thing, in a gallon zip lock bag. And then into my binder.

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