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    Red face Books, books, books.

    I finally have a handle on the quilting books I have collected. It is almost an obsession.

    They are shelved with foam core dividers and now, as of today, I have an Excel spreadsheet of all the titles by category. Still found at least 10 duplicates. The total, not complete, is 841. Whew.

    So many ideas, so little time.

    It seems I spent so much time trying to find a book that I reduced the time I could sew. No more.

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    Oh My Gravy!!! You sound like me.....although I don't have anywhere near 841....WOW!!!
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    OMG - and I thought I had a lot of books.

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    I LOVE quilting books! Its like a collection, and I learn so much! Never know what I am going to pull what from.lol
    I have shelves full of them.lol
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    I have quite a library of quilt books also, but nothing like the number you have. I love to read them to learn new techniques for piecing and quilting. I only discovered two duplicates when I organized my collection.

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    Wow I have like 50 and I though I had a lot, 841 is a library

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    Geezzz Mariezzz that is a lot of books!!!!

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    O my and to think I own one Quilting Magazine, lol , but then I just eye a quilt I like and wing it from there, so no need for the books.

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    I used to have over 300 cookbooks and I thought THAT was a lot! (BTW, I finally gave most to the library.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pickles View Post
    O my and to think I own one Quilting Magazine, lol , but then I just eye a quilt I like and wing it from there, so no need for the books.
    Pickles,....must be a "Texas" thing; I am a "wing-it" gal too, LOL !

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    Books are like my friends and provide much comfort, entertainment, ideas. I've never counted my quilting books. I have arranged and rearranged several times; by subject; by author; by size; my favorite ones. Looking at my collection, someone would think I am a very talented quilter. Like you, I did find duplicates. I bought one book three times. I thought there was something wrong with me. Of course, I read books and watch movies over and over as well. Then books find there way to in my bed, under my bed, sofa..every where. I need to do a Excel workbook also. (Magazines are also organized by particular magazine, then by dates but I don't like this arrangement either.)

    When I go to the library and check out quilting books, the checker always says something about making these quilts. I have to laugh and say No, I just look at all the pictures and dream.
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    omg...841... and i thought i had a lot of books...68.

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    Oh Wow. And I am clearing out my quilting books. I realized 1) I don't really have the room and 2) I never use my books I do most everything on line. When I came across a book I had bought in 1971 and barely opened and another that I don't even remember getting and I had never looked at I decided it was time to get down to bare basics. I am keeping techinque books , but all others are going .

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    Boy do you have a lot of books. Must take up one whole wall, at least. I have lots of magazines. I have maybe 40 books, but magazines are my thing. And I have so many duplicates of them. I arranged them by magazine and then by date and I had 3 of quite a few of them. Shame on me. I often order a kit from the magazines so I use them (of course I read them cover to cover) but I rarely often go back through them. If I order a kit, I leave that magazine out until the kit comes and put the magazine with the kit, otherwise, they sit on shelves. I should get some old ones out and check how quilter's use to put quilts together, without all the new tricks we have. You need to price all your books in case of's (which we don't want to think about, but it will happen someday that someone will have to go through all of our quilting supplies).
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    Wow!! I had about 100 that I was able to get used and cheap ($1-3 for the hardbacks), then the books stores started to charge half of the listed price so I now only buy what I want to make. I have gone through them and got rid of the ones I decided I would not use. I have sticky notes in the books marking projectis I want to make.
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    That's a LOT of books!!
    My weakness is crochet patterns--particularly doily patterns. I have more patterns than I will EVER make, even if I live to be 100 and crochet 24/7! Sometimes if I don't feel like crocheting, which is my past-time of choice in the evenings, I will just look through my binders full of patterns.

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    I have a lot of books, also and have them on shelves (mostly) arranged alphabetically by their title, but I want to arrange them by topic, I think it would serve my needs better.

    Would you please share the list of topics you used, and how you divided them? a picture of the shelves? I wanted to label the sections but I cannot label the shelves themselves, looking for a method.

    Would appreciate your help!
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    I also have a lot of quilting book, though not that many! You may win the prize!
    I also have them categorized and have made 2 lists, one by category and one that is alphabetical by author. Sometimes I think I need to do a third that is alphabetical by name of book. I guess that is my OCD kicking in!

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    You have a LOT of books! I bought about a dozen a week or so ago at our library sale. I got some brand new-like hard covers for $.50 each and some softcovers for $.25. I have really enjoyed looking at them.

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    I bought two coffee table quilt books and find myself looking through them almost weekly. I dread throwing out magazines so I take them to my doctors offices for the waiting areas. I have learned patience and by the Compilation CD's for the quilting magazines. I do have a bookshelf full of cross stitch magazines which I will be going through before Easter. I figure a week or so for each shelf. I am determined to do it and will them organize the magazines that survive into binders. Last time I did this about 3 years ago, I sent bags away to woments shelters along with some excess supplies for kits.

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    "Would you please share the list of topics you used, and how you divided them? a picture of the shelves? I wanted to label the sections but I cannot label the shelves themselves, looking for a method."

    I dont know how to put up a picture.

    It would kind of depend. If I had over 4+ books in a category or author I really liked, I would put them together. I used foam core from Hobby Lobby cut into rectangles long enough to extend a little more than the books and marked the topic with black marker so I could see it. Topics are mostly
    Foundation piecing, Country Threads, Applique, Redwork, Sunbonnet Sue, Baltimore, Tools, Settings and Borders, Judy Martin, Country, Amish, History, Marston, Whimsicials, Possiblities, Piece o Cake, Thimbleberries, Burns, Bonnie Hunter, Scrap Quilts, Red Wagon, Quilting Itself, Quiltmania, Art to Heart, Kindred, Need'l Love, etc.

    The categories will really depend on what you enjoy and have. A big category is still Miscellaneous.

    The books take up about 7 shelves on a set of bookshelves and the magazines are stacked on the bottom three shelves. I clipped all my Quilters Newsletters and Australian magazines but still cannot cut up the others.

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    Wow! That's a lot. I have a lot too, but not that many. Probably only a couple hundred (although my husband would say more like a thousand).

    Don't you just love to sit and look through those books over and over again? I get so many ideas for quilts I want to make that way.
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    Wow! What a collection. I actually put all my fabric in Excel by color, projects, name of collection, how much and other categories. I too was finding that I was "losing" fabric because I had no practical method of tracking it. When I pull it for a project, I highlight it in yellow-then once the project is complete and if there is not at least 1/2 yd left, I delete it from the spreadsheet. Works for me! I am glad you have found a way that works for you. Thanks for sharing.

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    I think I only have about 70. I ask myself why?? when so many great patterns are free on the net. I just love looking at the pictures, reading about the quilters & techniques that I will never be smart enough to accomplish. Enjoy your library - & so organized too! I hadn't thought of the Excel spreadsheet but will have to give it a try.

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    Thought I would share my categories also: Redwork/Embroidery; Patchwork Quilts; History; Specialty Books; Borders, Tips, & Techniques; Hawaiian; Miniature; Paper Piecing; Sampler Quilts; Crazy Quilts; Quilting and Designs; Needlepoint; Beading; Knitting; Crochet.

    I made dividers from old manilla folders and keep the books in horizontal file drawers. This is what works for me.

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