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Thread: Suggestions for Quilt Pattern Organizing?? PLEASE!!

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    Senior Member cny_sewer39's Avatar
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    Good Evening Every1,

    I hope that all is well with you & your families. I don't know if this is a subject that has been talked about, but here goes. I am trying to organize my quilt patterns on my zipdrives, but I am STUCK!! How do you catalgorize them? Especially specific patterns.. like Blossom Lane by Fons and Porter. Also, all all quilts made from strip sets or ... I AM TOTALLY LOST. I feel a migraine coming on. Time for the aleve. :lol: :lol: Thank you to every1 for your help. PLEASE, I am OPEN to any SUGGESTIONS.

    Have a blessed week ahead.

    debra


    PS-Or should I just put them in a big 3 ring binder & just label them by their level of difficulty?? I am thinking that may be the way to go. Please let me know, whatcha think. Thank you all so very much. This is my FAVORITE QUILTING site. :lol: :lol:

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    the nice thing about having them on the computer.... you can repeat them as many times as you like. you can have folders by size, by season, by type [pieced, pp'd, applique, etc], and by color. the same pattern can fit in multiple categories.

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    I usually go by author. Elanor Burns, Kaye Wood, etc. after that, I go by technique...yet, it ain't easy but you have to do what works for you!

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    I file mine by several different ways depending on what the pattern is. i.e. by size of quilt (baby/lap/twin/queem/king/tablerunner/placemat/ etc...), by holidays (Halloween/Christmas etc...), and by type of quilting (log cabin/bargello/sampler etc...).

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    On my computer, I have the PDF files filed mostly by the size of the block, if I don't have that info, I file by lap, full, etc., Christmas is labeled separately, paper piecing is separate and sorted by size of the block. On my word docs, I have them sorted mainly by size of the blocks, paper piecing. I'm sure that there are many different, more efficient methods of sorting, but this works for me. I would try some of the methods and see what works best for you.

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    I put that stack over there.... and then I have a stack over here and then there is the stack on the bookcase top shelf. And wait there is the basket under the table. I know the pattern I look for will be the last one I find. :)

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    Consider numbering your patterns. Then create a spreadsheet. You can create a list with different variables. It will be easy to add new items and to delete patterns you get rid of. Once in a spreadsheet you can sort based on the author or size of quilt or method...it is endless. You could even list the name of the file for the ones you have stored digitally.

    Important advise...have a backup of the digitally stored incase your hard drive dies.

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    I keep notebooks that I pick up for $1 or less and use vinyl sheet protectors for storing. Index tabs can be used to further categorize...Christmas, log cabin, etc. It works for me so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phannie1
    I put that stack over there.... and then I have a stack over here and then there is the stack on the bookcase top shelf. And wait there is the basket under the table. I know the pattern I look for will be the last one I find. :)
    ain't that the truth lol

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    I have to try something like this.

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    So far, my organizational technique is the same as Phannie1's. I am going to bookmark this conversation to see if someone has an idea that will work for me. In the beginning, when I got the internet, I printed out most of the Quilter's Cache patterns before I realized they would still be there. Then, I printed out nearly everyone of Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville patterns, several of them twice, then a lot of the fabric companies' free patterns, plus lots others before I even realized I could save them to the computer. So, after using up a couple hundred dollars in ink supplies, I have LOTS of patterns, both on paper and on the computer. Organized I am not! Which is frustrating when I know I have the pattern--somewhere!

    Joyce

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    It is alright to keep them on your computer but also take a three ring binder and place a copy of your patterns in it. Computers can crash sometimes and you will loose all your patterns.

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    I use both methods. Computers and a 3 ring notebook. When I save an internet pattern (so many free ones out there) it goes into a quilting folder that has many subfolders. Some of mine are author, size, type, difficulty, etc. Some patterns go more than one place.

    Than when I've worked on one, or if it is on my bucket list, I print it out and it goes into a plastic sleeve in my binder. Also pattens I take, or photo, out of magazines are in this binder. The binder is subdivided into areas much as my computer.

    My computer is also set to back up to an external hard drive every night so my files are safe if my computer crashes. I've had 2 crashes so am more careful now.

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    I found it easier to have 2 computer files. One is the entire file and one is just the picture. I can sit and browse pictures without waiting for the entir file to open. Then I do have like a couple of folders - scrap patterns, fat quarter patterns, tablerunners, totes - like that

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    Best money you can ever spend - carbonite.com. For like $65 a year it saves everything on your computer. Even when I replaced mine instead of relaoding everything I just uploaded my saved data. I'm not connected with company just a happy customer

    Quote Originally Posted by stitchengramie
    It is alright to keep them on your computer but also take a three ring binder and place a copy of your patterns in it. Computers can crash sometimes and you will loose all your patterns.

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