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    We have a photo copier at home. I photo copy the cover and table of contents. Highlight the quilts I want to make .Put the cover and table of contents in three ring document protectors and put the in large notebooks according to year and month.

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    I kept All my magazines at first- then ran out of room. Now I keep only the ones with projects in them that I would do . After only quilting for a short time though, I've found your taste or interests change with classes and just growth. I need to just cut out any that I think I may like to do, then toss the magazine. Now I pass the magazines on to other friends.

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    This is what I do too.

    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady View Post
    I love magazines, too. After I've looked at them a trillion times, I pull out the pattern and instructions and put them in page protectors in binders. I have seperate binders for different quilts like applique, etc.

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    I do keep them for a while and then I would tear out what I am interested in and toss the rest. If i kept all the magazines I bought, there would not be any room for fabric.

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    I got through them, cut out the patterns I like, and put the pattern in a page protector in a three-ring binder. I now have two of the biggest binders they make full to the brim of patterns! And yet, I still keep buying magazines...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    ​I keep back copies of one magazine and photo copy interesting patterns for my idea file. I glance through my idea file if I get in an inspiration slump. I yard sale all my older issues.
    Can I come to your garage sale?

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    I photocopy the table of contents page of my magazines and put them in a notebook. I keep the magazines in date order in bank boxes. When I need a new idea I look through the notebook pages and find the magazine I want to use.

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    I tore out the patterns I liked and filed them by type. Also pulled out a few articles about techniques. No space here to keep a bunch of magazines when I only needed a few pages from each.

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    Seems these days or just that I've noticed it now, most of our quilting magazines come digital too so I go thru the digital set, download any quilt pattern that catches my eye at the time, put them into a folder by the month/year onto my PC. I do this for all the magazines I have a subscription to. I also copy the photo of any quilt that catches my eye say from this site and put it into a folder called "Future Quilts". So when I'm looking for a new idea, I can go thru this folder for ideas and then look for the pattern or try to come up with my own pattern.

    Got the idea from this site for putting my D9P blocks on point and it came just in the knick of time as I was getting ready to put the blocks together that very day. Also get ideas for color schemes from just looking at photos of quilts from the various sites.

    Oh yes, I do keep my magazines too just in case I have a PC crash.

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    I usually keep them but for those that I want to make sure I do not misplace I scan them in and keep an electronic copy. I am not sure what I would do 100 magazines - I suppose go through them and scan what I liked and then being a pack rat would pack them up and put them in the attic....

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    I do the same as Livley Lady and tear out the ones I like and put them in page protecters

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    I have a couple books I got at an estate sale and have purchased a couple. They have templates and a wealth of information. I just received the Fons and Porter Love of Quilting Magazine. Didn't realized I purchased a subscription but I'll send them a check anyway. There are so many sites on this board thanks to the many who link, I just add to my favorites or bookmark.(easier for me to just add to my favorites). There are many free patterns and I copy the ones I like then put them into a binder. I am currently in search of Fons and Porters "COSMO" pattern. Sent them an email so I could purchase it. Friend of mine makes a list of the quilts she makes and she writes where to find the pattern, whether it be in the magazine (Name of magazine, month, year) in a notebook for reference. She also attaches a photo.

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    Remember, 90% of a magazine is ADs. Keep the patterns you like and toss the rest or give to another person who can take what she wants, etc. I keep mine in binders also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bneighbor View Post
    I LOVE quilt mags but my house was getting shabby looking with mags everywhere and no storage ideas. Well last year I found a hand held scanner at Walmart. It uses a small SIM card that is used in a camera. No need to connect directly to a computer. I scanned the patterns and instructions onto the SIM card then transferred the SIM card to my computer. I set up a file on the desktop. I arranged them by style (or however you want in able to find your design). You can then burn them to a cd or to a thumb drive. The scanner was less then $100.00, it is very easy to use. A little bit of a learning curve to hold it steady and slid it over the page at the correct speed, but since the mags have been sitting in boxes for years, why hurry? I have found that I now scan new mags as I purchase ( not as many as I used to). I only scan the patterns I want and sometimes an article if it is something of interest or a new method i may want to try. The scanner is about 13 inches wide and about 2 inches thick. Packs into a small case and will fit nicely into a drawer or into my computer bag (nice to take traveling). Can be used to also scan your receipts for your taxes. I actually have a larger one for that job, but since we travel a great deal, I do not forget to scan those receipts.
    This is a great idea! I put quilty things on a portable hard drive about once a week. That way, if my computer crashes, the most I lose is one week's worth of stuff. I'm putting this scanner on my 'buy - it' list.

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    wow quite the dilema. i would keep them all but put them in acid free boxes and stack them. write on recipe cards what books and patterns are in the box and tape it to the outside. then on a rainy day , you can tell at a glance which box you want to look through for inspiration.. just a thought. gibbette

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    While I know I'll never make ALL or ANY of the quilts in the mags, I keep a cpl. of sm.piles beside my fav. chairs as entertainment. I think the word OBSESSED fits here. LOL

    If I find a pattern I want to keep, I photocopy it since I hate the idea of somebody else picking up the mag. & finding parts of it missing. I know I sure hate that.



    Quote Originally Posted by mimmy96 View Post
    One main reason I was asking is.... I inherited about 100 quilting magazines... I would love to keep them all, and can.. but honestly will I ever use them all? so was thinking about just going through and keeping certain things.. just don't want to regret it, but I could use the place I am storing them, for something else! some of these are really old mags!

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    Thank you everyone! Lots of great ideas! I think I will go through and start putting some in binders! I LOVE magazines!

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    I still have copies of quilt magazines from the 90's (Quilt World). Stopped the subscription when I went to work full-time. Now that I am retired....all the magazines are new to me (once again).

    I do not subscribe to any magazines now. There are more patterns and information on the internet and this wonderful board than I could possibly do and retain in a lifetime. If a pattern really catches my eye, I might bookmark it and sometimes I will print it. Love the tutorials we have available now.

    I started quilted in mid 80's and am amazed the explosion of interest there is now. It is wonderful to be part of a world-wide quilter's club. Happy quilting.


    Linda

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    Hi mimmy, I keep all of my magazines but I do mark with post its, the favorite ones that I have put on my unofficial "bucket list". I just love looking at them time and time again...hate to confess but if I never bought another magazine, I would still not have enough physical time to create all the pretties I would want to.....lol!
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    OH MY GOODNESS, BNeighbor! What a great idea this is!!! I just need to clarify - by SIM card, is that like the little memory cards in a camera? Would you be able to transfer from this little card to a thumb drive? THanks.
    Pat

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    I too love to look at quilt magazines, although since my husband became disabled and I couldn't find another job after getting laid off twice within one year, I've had to pick just a very few quilt magazines to subscribe to. I periodically I go through them and while nothing would pop when the magazine came out, I'll look again and then see lots of quilts I'd like to make. However, I don't have the space to keep them all, so once I have them for a bit, I go through them one last time and give the others to my girlfriend who will take out patterns she likes, putting them into protective plastic holders and put into binders, then passing the quilts on to other quilting friends. We just keep recycling them, as well as quilting books.

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    I have magazines from the 80's and even older! Those are the ones I am thinking about weeding through!

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    Organizing your patterns from magazines

    When I find patterns I like in magazines or books I scan them then print them out. I then put them in sheet protectors & put them in my 3-ring binders under whatever type of quilts they are & for me the largest section is Misc. Recently I took an inventory of all the patterns & books I have & listed them on an Excel spreadsheet listing the name of the pattern or book & the author & I managed to fill 12 pages & I'm still adding to the list. One of these days when I retire I'll find ones I really want to make & go from there. Good Luck. MaryC in Naperville, IL
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    My guild has a "magazine/pattern" sale every so often at one of our guild meetings, where we can bring old magazines and buy/sell them to benefit the guild.

    Otherwise, I keep a lot of them. I try to organize them by name and year, mainly Fons and Porter, American Quilter, The Quilt Life, and Quilter's Newsletter (all subscription). I also buy singles of some.

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    I don't subscribe to any of the magazines because I work full time and just don't get to reading on a regular basis. However I do have a stack of quilt magazines from the free table at guild meetings, ect. I also have a big stack of patterns from magazines, printed off line, ect. I'm moving soon and I'm overwelmed with how much I have to deal with.

    Since I have many more patterns than I'll ever make in my lifetime, I've decided to start keeping digital copies only. For magazines, I'll scan the pattern If I find something I like. Then I can take the magazine to a future guild meeting and let someone else enjoy it intact. I can keep a directory on my 2 TB external hard drive and keep as many as I want.

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