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    Quilts you like from magazines? Organize?

    We all love looking at quilting magazines...well I do at least!! How do you all do it?
    Do you just keep all your magazines? Or do you tear out the ones you really like and put them in a binder? Or how do you organize?

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    Hello Mimmy, I love my magazines and mostly keep them. But I also photocopy anything that catches my eye, mark where it came from for easy reference later and file the copies in a manilla folder. Works for me.
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    I've wondered that, myself. Seems like there'd be a better way rather than keeping the entire magazines.

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    ​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.

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    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 keep all of my mags. i peruse them and mark ones i might like to make. i have so many on the computer, will probably never get to the ones in the mags,. i still love to read the mags, though.
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    After I have read them I keep them for awhile then take out the patterns I like and put them in a binder and recycle the mags in the paper bin. Of course it never fails...I see a great quilt here on the QB and would love to have the pattern only to realize I have thrown it out.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by mimmy96 View Post
    We all love looking at quilting magazines...well I do at least!! How do you all do it?
    Do you just keep all your magazines? Or do you tear out the ones you really like and put them in a binder? Or how do you organize?
    This is exactly what I do. I have a huge binder with all kinds of patterns from magazines that I have collected. Lot less mess around my sewing room.
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    I keep my magazines in order by month and year. I go through my magazines several times a year, pulling out old issues and rereading them. There may be nothing that interests me in a magazine right now but another time I might pull it out and something strikes my fancy. I did give away a bunch of magazines that were more beginner magazines. I keep Fons and Porter, American Quilter, and McCalls Quilting, along with American patchwork.

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    I would keep as many as you can. I have a small box inside are pieces of paper with a title of quilt magazine and page on. When not sure what to do I take a lucky dip. Also I have been quilting a few years and have found my interest in which quilt to make changes as I can do more quilts be one more skilled, and my age changes and requirements and circumstances also change.
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    I keep mine. I don't buy a ton either though. I have done lots of magazine patterns. My taste changes so I don't want to throw them out. I thought about tearing out all the patterns and tossing the advertisments
    *Rachel*

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    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.
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    A few years back I went through several years of quilting magazines and picked out the magazines that contained something I was interested in making. I made a list of the quilt name, which magazine it was in (name of mag., month and year) then filed these complete magazines by name and date on a tall bookcase with my list laying on top of them. I then gave away all the other magazines to a couple of friends whom do not have the funds for subscriptions. Since I do like to pass magazines along I don't like to tear out pages. In another year or so I may divide again and I would not like to give someone a magazine that was not complete.

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    I keep them when there is something in them I really like/love. I do not tear them apart. I do keep all of the Christmas/seasonal issues. I have kept every issue of "Quilt Sampler" magazines because I love seeing the quilt shops they feature in every issue.

    Any magazines I do not keep I set them aside until I have a dental or doctor appointment then I leave a few there in the waiting room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnMyra View Post
    Hello Mimmy, I love my magazines and mostly keep them. But I also photocopy anything that catches my eye, mark where it came from for easy reference later and file the copies in a manilla folder. Works for me.
    I always put Post-It Notes on the pages of the quilts I want to make and then put the magazines up on my shelves. This is such a great idea that I am going to take down my magazines and photocopy all my pages I stuck Post-It Notes on. Thanks for the great idea. I'm going to keep my magazines - I can't bear to throw them away!!
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    I keep emailing the publishers of a quilt mag I have taken for years to PLEASE put an online search index out so we can look up some of these quickly. Even publishing a yearly index would help. Of course, I am a computer dummy but it seems in this day of digital technology, it should be an easy thing to do. (maybe this is wishful thinking) Wonder if we would keep encouraging our favorite magazines to do this it would take hold and happen??

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    I also got all my DM's and some are very old. I really love to go back to those for patterns from the past. I take so many now I can't possibly keep them all so I take out the ones I like and put in a binder. I just can't bring myself to throw away those older ones Mom had.

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    Some of the first magazines I got I put a post it note on things I might want to make. Went through these a while back and can't believe what I thought was a must then and now no way. We change as quilting does.

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    A few years back I took out patterns I wanted from stacks of quilt mags and put them in a binder. Sold bunches of mags on eBay and discarded the rest.

    Got my binders out the other day to look for a pattern for a line of fabrics I love and only found one. The rest just didn't appeal to me any more.

    Hmm I was surprised by that.

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    Just last night, went through magazines and tore out patterns/techniques that I wanted to keep and threw out the rest. No problem doing this with magazines. Now, books are totally different. Think I need another bookcase for the sewing room.
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    I keep the magazines with patterns I like. And a few where I have subscriptions. It takes at least 3 interesting patterns to compel me to buy a single magazine. My intent is to keep them by title and date. It would be really nice if the table of contents had a small photo of each quilt in the magazine. That would make it much easier to find the quilt that I want.

    I have tried scanning some of the photos or patterns, but I don't it's any easier to find them that way. If the table of contents had a photo of each quilt, and I scanned the table of contents, that might make it easier.

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    Like LivelyLady I copy the ones I like and put them in binders so that I can find what kind of quilt I'm looking for. I have a full shelf on one of my bookcases that is just for the binders.

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    I have been quilting, and collecting patterns and magazines for 15 years. 3 years ago when we downsized, it became necessary for me to get rid of stuff, so I went through all my magazines and tore out the patterns that I thought I might be interested in doing; the rest of the magazine when in a garage sale. The patterns I kept, along with ones I get from the web and other places, go in a plastic containter that is about 10 x 15 x 8" tall. When I am in the mood to look for a new project, I put on a pot of tea, and go through the container to see what I want to do.
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    I put patterns I like in a sheet protector. Then in a hanging file folder in one of those plastic boxes with the lid and handle that you can buy at Wal-Mart. The folders divide them into quilt patters, table toppers, etc.

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