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    Senior Member susanwilley's Avatar
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    How many of you actually keep one?

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    I keep a journal they r alot of fun just to look back and see what u did and when and why I luv mine

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    I have a scrapbook not just a journal...its a great idea

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    I have thought about it many times, but don't have one yet. I have a notebook that I jot down projects and ideas. I've been looking for a nice journal where I could keep fabric swatches, drawings, printouts, etc. but haven't found anything that 'talks' to me.

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    i dont but should

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    I have a notebook that I keep by my machine. Anything I need to calculate or sketch, I write in there, like if I'm figuring the length of something or how many squares I need or the dimensions the fabric I need to cut out a purse. I'll jot down the item name like Joyce's blue purse. I'm amazed at how often I calculate the length of a binding I need then immediately forget.

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    you could make one fron a cote book then add picture pages and put in pic fabric swatches small index card with the info on it if you buy the note book with the plastis in the front you could print a nice picture of one of your quilts as the front cover just a thought hope this helps to inspire u
    :lol:

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    I e-mail my progress to a few friends and include pictures. If I want to know what I did when, I just search the email folder by keywords. I'd never be organized enough to maintain an actual journal or scrapbook, but this e-mail style of journal writing has been going on consistently for 8 years in exchanges with one good friend, who is also a crafter. I'd recommend it. Back-up the messages in case of a crash. I haven't always been consistent about that. If the friend also saves the messages, you have each other's back.

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    great info never thought of that learning alot here :lol:

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    I haven't ever kept one, but I've thought about it. I do have graph paper notebook for my designs and I keep photos of all of them.

    Really the quilt board is sort of my quilt journal. When I had a blog, it served the same purpose. But of course electronic stuff is so ephemeral. It would be a good idea to have something on paper, keep swatches, all that.

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    I have Facebook :-)

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    I take 2 pics of each quilt completed and put it in a photo album.....one pic of the whole quilt and the other a close up of the label. I probably should have put more info but didn't. :(

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    I wish I could get into the habit...Quilting and otherwise..

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    I keep mine as a digital journal ~ but I like the idea of scrapbooking it... then adding fabric swatches, etc. :)

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    I have a separate binder journal for my quilts. When I finish a piece I am really pleased with, I take photos of front and back and details and make them into a collage photo page with anything else I want to say about the piece. On another page I paste fabric swatches and add anything I can about pattern sources, fabric names, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphire_Rae
    I have thought about it many times, but don't have one yet. I have a notebook that I jot down projects and ideas. I've been looking for a nice journal where I could keep fabric swatches, drawings, printouts, etc. but haven't found anything that 'talks' to me.
    why not buy a plain art book and quilt cover it

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    I do,I have pics of every quilt I've made, with the person I gave it to.I also keep one of all my DD makes.Some day she will be glad I did this for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hen3rietta
    I have a separate binder journal for my quilts. When I finish a piece I am really pleased with, I take photos of front and back and details and make them into a collage photo page with anything else I want to say about the piece. On another page I paste fabric swatches and add anything I can about pattern sources, fabric names, etc.
    In addition to above, I keep a journal of pleasing color combinations I have seen, charts for HST's, D9p's, blocks I have seen on quilts that go together nicely, patterns I see on QB, basically any info I may want later to help me decide on a quilt, pictures for inspiration, etc. I am on #4 and I go back time after time to flip thru to trigger my mind.

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    I am keeping a record of the time I put in on my white-on-white quilt, and sometimes I add thoughts to the time notations. Comments on things I have problems with, solutions to the problems, good ideas I have about making part of the project easier--stuff like this goes in with the time. I keep all these notes in a small (about 6 in. x 8 in.) "blank book" that I plan to include with the rest of the quilt documentation. The main purpose of the little book is to keep track of the time so that when someone asks me, "How long did it take you to do this?" I will be able to tell that person how many hours I spent quilting. :-)

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    I do. I actually have two. One I have with pictures of the front, sometimes the back and a closeup of some of the quilting. The other, I have a picture of the quilt on one side and on the other a description of the block or pattern used, who it was made for and when it was completed. I really should make a note of how big it is also.

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    I do have a journal but, a scrap book is a very good idea!

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    I had a journal that I would do anything to have back. When I first started quilting; literally starting with my first quilt. I had a picture of the quilt - who it was made for - small swatches of every fabric used. What pattern it was and why I made it. I was up to quilt 27 in that book but Hurricane Katrina took it..... If you're new and have just made a few and perhaps still have scraps - definitely start one. If mine were with people I knew I would ask them for pictures. (I still have the scraps). But several I don't even know the current owner of. I have attached a sample of what the pages looked like. DO IT!

    I pulled up one for someone on this site - I'll see if I can find it and post it here. FOUND IT!
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