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Thread: Just finished cataloging

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    Just finished cataloging

    I posted earlier about cataloging all my quilt books and leaflets. When finished I ended up with 952.

    Today I went thru my boxes of patterns and quilt kits (at least the ones in the rooms upstairs.) I have 39 quilt kits that have patterns. I did not count the stacks of material that is organized but not identified with a pattern yet.

    I have approx 425 patterns of all kinds and the spreadsheet lists them by type. Whew.

    Again, it was a good exercise so I realize that adding to this stash is not productive. I need to pull out and sew (when I finish the Civil War Tribute top).

    I got up from the computer and could not get out of the room due to the boxes all around.

    Ana

    doesnt count the work I am doing on BOMs currently for 2012.

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    This is exactly why I am afraid to catalog what I have! I guess we're all pretty much quilting hoarders....

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    I catalog all fabric and notion purchases, but have never, ever, ever totaled them. I don't have a heart condition, but I call not totaling preventitive medicine, lol!
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    I think you have a very large library. I thought I had alot... but nothing in comparision. I can see why you would need to catalog them.

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    My head spins thinking about it all!! And I thought I had allot of books-I have never bought a kit, though. I also seem to amass a hoard of patterns I get off the internet!! I have 3 notebooks full, plus a notebook with just Xmas themed "stuff". I might, someday, go thru those notebooks, and get rid of stuff I no longer want to make, but for now, they can take pride of place on the bottom shelf.

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    Smile. this does not include the lateral file cabinet drawers full of 25 years of clippings. It is way too much and I acknowledge this fact. I still cannot pass a quilters garage or estate sale and the word "sale" calls to me. When the library has a sale (7 times a year), I have my spot in line all picked out and get there 1 hour early to get first look and choice. We have 4 Half price book locations in our city and one of them puts 50 cent prices on $20 quilting books because they dont know any better.

    The BEST thing about this exercise is that I found 11 yards of a Civil War fabric that I can use for our local shop's BOM setting for 2012. I dont know when, where, or how much I spent but there is no way I would have bought it at a full retail price at a quilt store. It was in a box with a pattern that did not even call for 11 yards. What was I thinking?

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    Smile. this does not include the lateral file cabinet drawers full of 25 years of clippings. It is way too much and I acknowledge this fact. I still cannot pass a quilters garage or estate sale and the word "sale" calls to me. When the library has a sale (7 times a year), I have my spot in line all picked out and get there 1 hour early to get first look and choice. We have 4 Half price book locations in our city and one of them puts 50 cent prices on $20 quilting books because they dont know any better.

    The BEST thing about this exercise is that I found 11 yards of a Civil War fabric that I can use for our local shop's BOM setting for 2012. I dont know when, where, or how much I spent but there is no way I would have bought it at a full retail price at a quilt store. It was in a box with a pattern that did not even call for 11 yards. What was I thinking

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    Oh My.....that was a task...yes sometimes organizing can really open our eyes.
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    Wow, congrats on getting it all done! Good for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mousie View Post
    I catalog all fabric and notion purchases, but have never, ever, ever totaled them. I don't have a heart condition, but I call not totaling preventitive medicine, lol!
    That's funny mousie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mousie View Post
    I catalog all fabric and notion purchases, but have never, ever, ever totaled them. I don't have a heart condition, but I call not totaling preventitive medicine, lol!
    I have a list of my quilt book but not my patterns - never thought to inventory my notions - might have ago at my templates - I am still trying to set up my sewing room -but all I seem to do when I get into it, is move stuff from one side of the room to the other - UGH

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    My sewing room is such a mess. I had moved some of the stuff into our guest room with good intentions (which pave the way to you know where) to organize it. Eldest son graduated from college in mid December and I ran around the house cleaning before my MIL arrived. My youngest son was picking her up and said that no was hungry so they'd be home within the hour!!!! I literally heaved the stuff from the guest room into my sewing room. The pile is now almost as tall as I am. The door was shut and unless she peeked, it was out of site. So now I have a small path to get to my sewing area. Maybe your wonderful job of cataloging will encourage me to tame the beast living in that room.

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    Years ago I took a City and Guilds course on P & Q and to organise all the examples we had to make I started using hard backed ring binders. Since then I have added to these and as they are each designated for quilting; patchwork; applique' and miscellaneous it has helped enormously. I teach classes and run two groups and so can usually find a pattern for anyone. In fact they all know my usual reaction to a new pattern is "Can I have a copy".

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    I need a better way to organize my clippings. So today, I am going to start piles with various categories and hope that I can get rid of some of them.

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    oh wow! I can't even imagine. Mine are heading out the door. I have a stack of Quilting Books going to the library sometime this week.1. I figured out most of what I am doing now doesn't require patterns out of books. 2.I can always go online to get something if I need it.3. I no longer make things from templates and if I need one I make it out of cardboard because more than likely I will never use it again.
    I still have a bunch of magazines I have to figure out what to do with.
    The only thing I am working on is clearing up my scraps. I wrapped 1/2 yards and bigger, folded fat quarters. Everything else is being cut from the largest size I can get out of it (fat quarters) to the smallest I want.. 3 inch squares and strips if the pieces are long, 2.5 - 1 inch.
    I am not going to live long enough to use everything I have. I want to simplify my life as much as possible.

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    I had tons of quilting magazines, and books. Well, they took up alot of room, so I did go through them one at a time and the patterns that I really liked I tore out of the magazines and I put them in page protectors and then I put them in binders. With sections as log cabins, pinwheels, baby, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNEC View Post
    I have a list of my quilt book but not my patterns - never thought to inventory my notions - might have ago at my templates - I am still trying to set up my sewing room -but all I seem to do when I get into it, is move stuff from one side of the room to the other - UGH
    I am moving into another room in the house and woo hoo, I should be more productive. Might even downsize on some things eventually, so i know exactly what you mean about just moving stuff around
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    - ...tame the beast living in that room,...roflmbo!!! I guess there's a huge beast in my "old" room, but it's not all moving into the new one. Guess I'm going to dissect the beast
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetana3 View Post
    I need a better way to organize my clippings. So today, I am going to start piles with various categories and hope that I can get rid of some of them.
    we are diehards, sweetnana! I have notebooks full of clippings too.
    I used to tape them to pages and put in notebooks, and accumulated so many, I just started dropping them into envelopes for future posting/pasting/taping.
    Time to get to 'dumping'.
    I have a saying: the stuff you accumulate takes tending to...or something like that.
    I'm tired of tending to so much. Just think of all the hours we spent doing stuff like that, we could have been sewing...but it was fun at the time
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    I thought I had a lot of quilt books and patterns. I have a spreadsheet for my books and patterns that I started several years ago. I'll have to admit that I haven't updated it for quite a while. I have good intentions, but I would rather quilt. Some day I will update it---not today. LOL

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    wow, you may need to invite friends over for a sew in and/or book reviews
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    I catalog all my patterns and books. Before I go on any major shopping trip (like a shop hop or to a quilt show), I print out a list of what I already own. This helps keep me from purchasing things I already own as I tend to gravitate toward the same stuff.

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