Saturday, February 19, 2011

GIVE those quilts and projects away...but KEEP them, too!

Hi everyone!  This is Teresa from Fabric Therapy, happy to be invited back to share something with you from my quilt cave.  Thank you to Madame Samm for the opportunity to talk about something very near and dear to my heart...PERSONAL QUILT ARCHIVING.

This is an album where I archive the quilts and other projects that I make.  Well, this is actually volume two!! 
I have not always done this, but I started trying to get a picture for each project in the late 1980s.  There have been some that I have missed, but with digital photography it is much easier to get pictures now (I was
SO-O-O happy to retire the little Kodak 126 Insta-Matic 35mm film camera!!). 

Sometimes it is hard to let go of the quilts we give as gifts...especially when there is no picture taken for reference.  When I make a quilt for someone, there are a lot of memories tied up in the experience...I can look at some quilts and remember major world events (do you remember what you were quilting on or around 9/11/01?).  My husband reads aloud to me sometimes when I am sewing...I still associate certain books and movies with particular quilts.  Also, quilts remind me of momentous life experiences, good and bad...quilting is my therapy!
 
It is fun to look back and relive the history. I try to save some little swatches of dominant fabrics due to photography not always showing the true colors, especially on projects I design myself.

At a minimum, there are certain facts I record:

1)  NAME OF QUILT 
2)  RECIPIENT and/or OCCASION MADE FOR
3)  SIZE
4)  DATE STARTED
5)  DATE FINISHED
6)  DESCRIPTION

There are many kinds of ways to do this.  I like scrapbooks with heavy pages that I can write and glue on.  Some people like to make digital photo books, where you upload your images to a commercial picture site like http://www.shutterfly.com/ to make a beautiful, bound photo book.  I have made some digital photo books for family pictures, but I still like the old-fashioned scrapbooking method for quilt archiving because I like to glue in little fabric swatches and sometimes a graph paper sketch, like on this page (the entry below shows that a bad picture is better than no picture at all!).

There are also some published quilt diaries that I have seen just for this purpose.  All you have to do is glue in a picture and write some notes.  Easy, easy!
The only problem I have with the published, pre-formatted books is that they make it hard to document a quilt where you want to archive several close ups of quilt features or blocks.  I've done a couple of anniversary quilts where I designed original quilt blocks to document certain personal details of the recipient's lives.  The blank format book works for me because I have the freedom to document each block, if I want to, like on this anniversary quilt for my in-laws.




I'm always preaching to students and friends about the importance of either attaching a label or signing the actual backing of a quilt with an archival fabric pen (Pigma or similar).  I have enjoyed following efforts in almost every state that find and document our country's precious quilt history.  Your quilts will want to be identified and admired in the same way some day, even if only by you and your family!  Applying labels to projects is one way of helping this documentation process...quilt diaries are another.

I used to worry about adding some sort of page decoration to each page, but that was overkill.  Fabric swatches and quilt pictures are plenty of color and page adornment.  I'm finding that keeping it simple is the best way to guarantee keeping things current.  When I start a new project, I put a simple index card in the box or bag containing the project.  On the card I record the name, starting date, and any important details.  Using pinking shears, I cut little squares of dominant fabrics as I'm cutting my pieces and attach them to the card with a small binder clip (you can also staple them or put the whole thing in a small sandwich - or pattern ziploc bag).

(Some people like to keep track of the hours over time that they spend working on a particular project, especially when selling the item later...that can be done on the backside of the same index card, kept in the project box.)


Once the project is finished, I make my page.  I like to use double-sided sticky squares to attach pictures and paper sketches.  I like tacky glue or little dots of my Roxanne's glue baste to adhere the fabric swatches.

  Don't be afraid or embarrassed about your writing...it's historic and personal!!  I used to try and use sticker letters or word-processed paragraphs, but soon learned to love my own writing for it's organic simplicity.  It's important to keep this process simple so that you will keep up with it!  Besides, you don't want this to eat into valuable quilting/sewing time!

Don't worry about catching up with previous projects all at once.  Start now!  As you have the time and inclination, you can archive past projects that you have pictures for.  Since everything is dated, even approximately, it doesn't matter if projects are out of chronological order.  We may start them in chronological order, but most of us don't finish them that way!  The finish date can be the most fun information you save.    I love it when the start and finish date are almost 20 years apart (like this one)!

I like this one because the start date was summer 1991 and the finish date is January 2008. I really pushed myself to finish this UFO after 17 years.



I still have not finished the first quilt I ever started.  It is a UFO that I probably will finish...some day.  Until then, I have a page with progress pictures and a start date from the early 1980's.  It will be fun to have a finish date on that one some day...most likely 20 years after starting it, LOL!

Here is is in its little UFO bucket with its little card...I can't believe I used electric blue to connect the flowers...(groan).  And it is a polyester/cotton blend...(horrors).  It was left over from making my humble dorm room curtains in college, LOL!  And all the flowers are made from calicoes from the 1970s, back when there was NO VARIETY in quilting fabric.  I think I used the same calico print in five different colors for this top!  Teresa still gets her blue groove on!!

My grandmother was a very prolific quilter.  The picture above is the only one I know of in our family's photo collection that shows her actually working on a quilt.  There are no pictures of any of her quilts, except for the ones in my possession, the ones I photographed after she passed in 1982.  As much as I hate having MY picture taken, I encourage YOU to appear in some of those pictures with your quilts. 

Using a blank scrapbook allows me to be really brief with some of my pictures and descriptions as well long-winded on other, bigger projects. 

 Can you tell I really LOVED this music fabric line when it came out??  Still do - I wish I had bought a whole bolt of each fabric in the line!  I glued in LOTS of fabric swatches!
Here is the same basic quilt done with some favorite black/white and hot pink fabrics.  God bless me, I LOVE FABRIC!!

Archiving this quilt helped me to remember how I designed the quilt to utilize 288 tiny nine-patch blocks that were SUPPOSED to all be the same size.  I had to come up with a setting that allowed me to use all of them because they were made by friends during a year of swapping, and I wanted to use each and every one!

Archiving this quilt reminds me that other people's color preferences (that I am doubtful of...) can really work in the end...I wasn't at all happy about designing something using the requested colors of the sea (aqua, lime green, blue and purple) and the BRIGHT ORANGE of a Monarch butterfly (it was a beach wedding).  But it worked, and I have the pictures to remind myself after the fact.

The more I start designing my own quilt patterns, it is really important to document the quilts I give away.  I really liked the birds and the hand quilting motif I drew to fill in the background.
 A quilt diary is also a great way to document items that you sell.
Now, for the FUN part!  I want to give away 3 albums, with extra pages, to encourage you to start documenting your own quilt history. Leave a comment on this post on Stash Manicure by midnight, Sunday, February 20 to be eligible to win either a medium size (8.5 x 11 inch) album or a small size (7 x 7 inch) album, both with extra pages.  I will be giving away a large format (12 x 12) album over at my blog, Fabric Therapy so leave a comment there as well by midnight, Sunday, February 20.  Three chances to win...YIPPEE!  Your loved ones will be the ultimate winners as you keep a historic record of your lovely work.
 The small one has a hip, denim cover - very chic!
Keep those needles humming!

In stitches,
Teresa of Fabric Therapy

144 comments:

  1. I just read your post on your blog (and left you a comment saying how jealous I am that you were such an organized person at a young age!). I am now blogging to try to keep track of my quilting adventures but I still give stuff away and forget to take a picture! Hopefully, lots of people will follow your advice!

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  2. I would love to be entered for the draw for a Creative Memories album. They are the best
    marilynmckinnon@hotmail.com

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  3. I keep a quilt journal, but not as lovely or organized as yours. I should add fabric swatches - maybe it's the scrapper in me - that little piece will work in another project. I just love your organization and dedication, you truly inspire.

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  4. What an impressive variety of quilts and what a labor of love the scrap book history of your quilts is. Just amazing.

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  5. What a great idea. I just started quiilting and I am going to give this a try. I enjoyed seeing how you did yours. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Seriously great idea! Totally going to start myself a little quilting scrapbook, thank you for a great idea!!!

    Also like the project boxes idea, also going to use that one! Thanks!

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  7. Thanks for sharing this. I always take pictures of my projects and keep them stored on my hard drive/cd's, I even started a mini book of all the quilts I made. But I never thought to add fabric swatches to pages. I really like that idea. I will have to do that. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos.

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  8. Super idea! I must admit I am lazy on the documenting side. I promise I'll do better, especially if I win! :)

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  9. Thanks for such a great posting. Although I don't have an album like yours, I always try to take a photo of each thing I make. I label my quilts with who it was made for, my name (including maiden name),the date and where it was made.

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  10. Wow - how absolutely wonderful! I love this idea, and I'm only one quilt behind LOL because I've only finished and given away one! Your pictures and notes are priceless... and one little comment was so moving to me - your husband sometimes reads to you as you sew. Wow. Those are some memories made there. THANK YOU for opening your books and sharing a few of your stories to inspire us to keep these memories. Very touching.

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  11. I need to document my quilts better - your giveaway would be a great start. Thanks for the chance.

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  12. Read the post on your blog, commented, and now popped over here to read this version. I'm not that good - actually really poor - at documenting my quilts. Luckily do not have as many as you so if win, I can follow your organizing tips. Have a safe trip!

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  13. I started documenting my quilts in a commercial "quilt journal" but there just isn't enough room on a page to really put all the info for each quilt. I love this idea!

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  14. This is an AMAZING idea, I LOVE what you've done! I definitely want to do this, because of two reasons: I'm 21 and know I will be quilting for a loooong time from now, and I got crafty first with scrapbooking. Thanks soo much! I'm excited, even if I don't win the books!

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  15. Wow -- I love how you document your quilts. I'd love to win one of the scrap books.

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  16. I really enjoyed your blog. Thanks for sharing such a fantastic way of archiving your quilting life. Beautiful work - your quilts and your journals!

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  17. I was thinking how to archive my quilts and here you are with this wonderful idea.Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  18. What a really lovely and great idea! I thought about doing something like this once but I wasn't sure quite now to do it and so it never really started. You have certainly inspired me so Thankyou for sharing :)

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  19. What a great idea! I used to scrapbook, before I started up with quilting again. I had actually started to keep track of the aprons that I made for people so that I could have a little scrapbook. NO CLUE why I didn't think to do this with my quilts since I dont' keep any of them (so far). I guess I figured with blogging and all.... Hmmmmmmmm, might just have to start this! Thanks!

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  20. Have taken pictures of all the quilts I made and given away but would love to start a book like this. I am new to quilting so probably have some fabric swatches from my first quilt. Thanks for this great idea and a chance to get started with these albums.

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  21. wow i can't believe you have documented most of your quilts. This is such a great idea. i always take a picture of the quilt when it is done but nver thought of putting it in an album. i love the idea of putting description and fabric swabs.

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  22. Teresa and Madame Samm thank you so much for opening my eyes on the importance of keeping a record of our stitching in both pictures and memories. I found this very interesting and insightful. Teresa I am a follower on your blog now and am looking forward to this journey, I just never realized how awesome this would be. Would love to be added to the list of winners. Agin thank you and you have started me on a very nice journey I feel...

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  23. Theresa your quilt history books are incredible!!! Am going to have to start with my 87 year old mom's quilts first...

    Thank you for sharing and inspiring me to record a life or two in stitches...

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  24. What a fantastic idea! I use a notebook, where I record details (no pics, they're on my blog) but name, how much fabrics (costed) how it's quilted, quilting time (costed), wadding, binding (costed) sew if anyone does want to buy it at least I have a starting point. Plus if I've quilted for others I have a record too! But I should up the ante and start scrpbooking about them :) Thanks for more insights from the quilt cave!

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  25. Teresa, I loved reading about your method of archiving your quilts. I am not a quilter..yet... but I do cross-stitch and I have started keeping a record through photos of my projects that I have given as gifts. I rarely keep my own work. I, too, hate being in pictures, but it IS important! Thank you for this opportunity of winning a scrapbook for recording our sewing accomplishments! Great ideas and thank you for sharing them!

    Speedy get well wishes for your mom. It's a long healing process, I know.

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  26. I love this idea. i just started quilting last year and have made 12 quilts. I cannot bear to give them away. This will help to have a piece of my quilt.

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  27. I'm a fairly new quilter and thankfully have photos of all my quilts. I have been thinking of doing some kind of book. I love seeing yours. What I like best is that it's not complicated. Very doable!

    I'd love to be entered into your giveaway! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  28. I have one of those small pre-formatted albums -- and you're right! You can't include all the detail photos and such that you wanna. And I'm waaaaay behind in putting stuff in (just like I'm way behind on putting labels on mine! :-D) Great post, T!!! I've started an "inspiration notebook" because of you...I'll probably do this, too, because it's too good!!! :-D
    Blessings!
    Mary Lou

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  29. I've been thinking about this after I saw a little journal a friend of mine does. I have scrap books like the ones you use, so I could get started right away. Thanks for the wonderful ideas and for saying forget the stickers! The fabric makes it pop.

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  30. What a great idea. I love that you have fabric swatches as well.

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  31. Thanks for sharing and such an inspiration !

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  32. Teresa, thanks so much for the posting, it sure did give me some wonderful ideas.
    Marie

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  33. Wow. I love your scrapbooks! Wow. Thank you for sharing this great idea. I like that you have actually swatches that are touchable. Love the photo of your grandmother. Great post and great ideas! Thank you!

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  34. WOW,what a great system for archiving your quilts. I must get busy.

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  35. Thank you for an inspirational post! I keep saying I'm "gunna" do it....Now I'm one step closer!

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  36. Great ideas!Thanks for the chance!

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  37. A friend of mine mentioned that her mother does this but I didn't quite grasp the awesomeness of the project until reading this post. Now I get it, now I love the idea, and now I want to start doing it :) Thanks for sharing your process and insight!

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  38. I keep a quilt journal (and one for my xstitching too), but I'm not as organized as you. Now I wish that I had put more effort in recording mine especially because a lot of them were gifts. But there's no time like now to start! I'm truly amazed at your organization.

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  39. Your documentation of your quilting process is out of this world! I have one of thooe small quilt jounals that came out a few years ago and that helped me keep track of some quilts I gave away, but not to the extent that you have here. This is what I have wanted to do secretiy in my mind, but never took that time or effort. I AM proud to say that my quilts all have labels when I give them away. I have serious work to do.!!

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  40. I am so impressed. Wow - takes my breath away. I can hardly wait to try this. It may be just what I've been looing for.

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  41. Thank you so much for sharing your scrapbooks with us - what inspiration and insight you have provided. I have pictures of my quilts and some have fabric swatches, so all I really need is to win a scrapbook and get started with my own memories. I think I will also include a fabric line selvage on my pages from now on. Judy C

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  42. Wow Teresa you are just full of great ideas! I love so much about it. I love how you documented the quilt.. (my memory is not what it used to be).. and I really love the little bits of fabric in there.. still there to bring back the memories, and to be drooled over just a little.. cuz we all love that fabric.. sooo much.

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  43. This is such a cool idea! I love it!!! I always hate giving quilts away. I'm selfish I know. :)

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  44. LOVE this post and laughed really hard at your Grandmother's Flower Garden story. I'm self-taught and my first quilt was a simple log cabin. Like you, when I started you could only buy those ghastly calicoes! My log cabin quilt (still unfinished) is DARK GREEN AND BRIGHT PURPLE WITH RED CENTERS! Not only that, but the fabrics I used were a green paisley, a purple paisley, a green polka dot, a purple polka dot, a green floral and a purple floral. It is as awful as you can imagine!

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  45. I've scrapbooked many of mine too, however I didn't do it when I first started quilting. I wish I had. I love all the extras you've done with it. Thanks for the wonderful post.

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  46. I take pictures of my quilts, but I love how these pages include so much more. Thanks for sharing!

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  47. What a lovely idea! A real treasure!!

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  48. What a great idea! I'm going to start my own "Book of Quilting Projects" to archive my information. Thanks for the tips and thanks for allowing us to see the beautiful projects you have completed.

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  49. I love how you have documented your quilts. I feel so guilty as I have done none of this, including labels on the backs of my quilts. I hope your inspiration will start me on this journey of documentation.

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  50. I'm so jealous that you did this all these years....I started doing the same thing when I first started quilting and then I think my camera broke and you know that old song...I stopped keeping track :( I've done so much over the years that it's sad to think I could have kept a nicer record of them.
    If I win your prize I will start keeping a better record. If I don't I'll go buy myself an album and as a tribute to you I will start recording better :)
    Peggy in NJ who is hanging her head in shame

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  51. What gorgeous albums. I take pictures of my quilts but don't record who they go to or what patterns, etc. This would be a wonderful idea to keep a record. Yours are just beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  52. What a great idea. I love to scrapbook but never thought to scrap my quilts. Can't wait to start. Thanks

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  53. I would love to be entered for a chance to win. I have taken pictures of most of my quilts but I really need to make labels and document more about them. This would be a great start. Thanks for your great post, I have some good ideas after reading it.

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  54. What a great idea. I must confess that I had never thought of this. I will be taking pictures of quilts still in my possession this afternoon. Thanks for sharing this.

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  55. I am so glad I visited your post today. Documenting your quilts is important and fun. I would love to be entered for the album. Thank you Stash Manicure for having Teresa do this great post!

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  56. I've kept albums of picturs of everything I've made since I started quilting, but they are not as interesting as your journals. I've thought of starting over and putting them in albums like yours instead.

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  57. I keep a record of all of my projects ... but it is in digital form. Yours is really special as you can put actual fabric in your book ... mine just has the pictures but it's a way that I can look back on all my "Kids" (quilts) and remember them!!

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  58. That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  59. Good Morning Teresa...ok, now this I can do, and will do...I love the idea of keeping the swatches too..Now I take lot's of pics and I do -do labels..but this ...over the top amazing...ok, who else does this? Of course my marketing head is going over time...I am thinking of specialty albums -Quilting Diaries, with pouches...oh goodness me...I know what I am doing this weekend..while I still have some of the fabric scraps from the few quilts I have made since I began quilting in June of last....Way to go Teresa..great post, really great post...

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  60. Wow, you are amazing. I love the creativity in you albums. They are beautiful

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  61. Thank you for such a great post, I'm just getting started in quilting although it is in my blood too. I'm a historian and know the importance of archiving and preservation but had never though of recording my quilts this way, especially with the fabric scraps. Now I need to go set up a system...

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  62. I have been wanting to organize pictures of quilts I have made. Love your scrapbooking idea so much better.
    Please enter me in your drawing!

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  63. What a great history! I stopped keeping a quilt record book when I started blogging but now I think I should go back and update it - there is nothing like a REAL book! xo, Nan

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  64. I would love to win a scrapbook to start a quilt journal. I have done a little scrapbooking in the past, but this would be a great concept - especially saving the fabric. Thanks for sharing. I hope to get this started - a scrapbook from you would inspire me!! :)

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  65. I love your scrapbooking ideas! I never thought aboutusing a note card along with fabric scraps to keep a record of my quilts.

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  66. Thank you so much for a lovely post! LOVE your journal! I tried to start on one a couple of years ago, but I'm the master of "I'll do it later"... if you know what I mean, so I kind of stick to blogging. But I have to admit you really gave me a couple of ideas now, and I think I'll give it a try again :o)
    Thank you for the inspiration,
    Laila

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  67. I remember you sharing these great insights on your blog and I'm happy to have you share again today, on Stash Manicure. Great post. It is good to remind everyone the importance of capturing insights of quilts that they make. You have one of the best systems I know of. Great job! Again, thanks for sharing!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  68. While reading this post I thought I had to leave a comment because I like the journals you show very much. They are very pretty and inspiring. It would be so much fun if I'd win one of those albums too :-)
    Anyway, thank you for sharing, you made my afternoon.

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  69. Awesome idea! I think I can actually do this! Thanks for showing how you document. It was really helpful.

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  70. I really like your idea, I have been thinking about this very thing since I do not have a picture of most of the quilts I have made and given away, and I don't have many quilts left at my age to make. But it would be great to do this for whatever I have lfet. Thanks for the idea. rtoms317@yahoo.com

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  71. Great post. This is a great idea, I like scrap booking too so this would work. I like how organized you are with it too.

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  72. What a terrific idea, Theresa - you always have the best ones! Please leave me out of the draw as I am a Creative Memories consultant, but thanks for the great idea for a giveaway on blog (coming up ;o)

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  73. "Scrapbooking" your "Quilting" hobby. Good idea.

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  74. What a great idea. I would have never thought of it. I have seen just photo albums of completed quilts but this goes so much more to the creation of each piece. What a complete history of ones quilting career. sign me up for your drawing please. I can't wait to gat started on this documentation process. How rewarding this will be to see some past quilts revisited.

    Thanks,
    Rhonda

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  75. I have a notebook I started like yours when I first started quilting. When I got a digital camera I sort of fell by the wayside...the album was full and I needed to buy another and the pictures were on my computer and, well you know the excuses we use. What a treasure you've made for your family! blessings, marlene

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  76. Oh I am soooo impressed. You have inspired me so! I'm going to start me an album!!

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  77. Thank you for this post! I don't know why it's never occurred to me to keep a record like this - it's a brilliant idea!!
    Thanks

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  78. I love your quilt albums. They are gorgeous!!! I really need to do this too. I probably have fabrics left from most of my quilts still, because I never throw my scraps out. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs Ariane

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  79. Hi there, thank you SO MUCH for sharing this idea. I am just starting to cut my very first quilt and I am so happy to have read this. I can start off on the right foot and make sure all my quilts are accurately documented. Absolutely fabulous. Your albums are amazing and were so much fun to look at. Thank you!

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  80. What an amazingly good idea! I document the quilts and their progress with whatever pictures I take along the way, and keep them in folders on my computer (and backed up on a disc), but this is such a better idea!!! Thank you for sharing.

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  81. This is a great idea I have just started recording my patchwork projects but not in as much detail as you. You are very organised, I am so inspired to go on and add more detail to my records . Thank you for inspiring me.

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  82. Thank you for sharing your FABULOUS quilt journal. It is really inspiring. I am not a prolific quilter, but it makes me realize that I should be keeping better track of what I do.

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  83. What a great idea! Why didn't I think of that?!?!?!?! I love your simple journals! Thanks for sharing:-)

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  84. I know I should be doing this. Thanks for reminding us.

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  85. Hi Teresa. I am Alex, Samm was telling me about you, I LOVE YOU,not in a girl girl way, just love you for your great ideas. I have never done this, but I am going to start today. Samm is "SO" organized she makes me crazy. I am glad you live far away. I don't think I could survive with both of you near me. She is trying her best to get me more organized, so let me tell you, this I can do. thank you I think!

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  86. Thanks so much for sharing your documentation with us - the books are terrific. I always take a picture - but keeping fabric swatches and adding more info about the quilt and its 'story' are great ideas. Thank you again.....your quilts are lovely! Piece...

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  87. Fantastic history, Teresa! I take pictures also, but I haven't done an album - I guess this means I need to win one - LOL! Thanks for sharing your album, and for the inspiration!

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  88. I adored the idea of the album also I want to make one for me. Therefore, necessary of an album, it will be that I go to earn? Congratulations for the creative idea.
    Marlene Carpes
    from Brazil
    mcarpes1@gmail.com

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  89. You have given me really great food for thought. I was thinking that my blogging was one way of keeping track of all my projects but this takes it one step further eg with fabric swatches and so on. Thank you for all the ideas... I will certainly act on them ...loved your post :-)

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  90. I agree! Its great for you to share your memories! That's what I love about blogs. I published the first six months of my blog into a book. But I also want to start a scrap book for the projects that didnt make it into my blog.

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  91. I use accordian files with the info but I rather like the album idea. Turning the pages makes it a viewable chronology of your quilt life. I will keep the larger scraps still in the files but will put snippets in the album along with the pattern, sketches, pics, etc.

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  92. Thanks for all these great ideas for documenting...makes me want to start now!

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  93. I love your post as I am a quilter and a scrapbooker! What a great idea to blend both hobbies together. Why didn't I ever think of this?? And you are giving away really nice scrapbooks, too! I would love to win either one. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  94. Wow. Great idea. My sister is an amazing scrapbook maker. Watching her do what she loved inspired me to find something creative to do. Quilting! This is a great way to continue to enjoy a quilt that has been given as a gift or donted. Thanks for sharing. Mary

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  95. My daughter is into scrapbooking and she does beautiful books. I think this would be a great way to record my quilts. Thank you for showing so many of your pages. They are a real inspiration!

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  96. I have been giving away handmade gifts for years with no record to show of them - I have been wanting to start keeping a creative journal (if only to enjoy my own work after they have gone on to new homes!)
    Thanks for the great ideas and inspiration!

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  97. Fantastic idea, Your albums are wonderful historic documentation!

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  98. Wow. I really need to start doing this. I guess it's never too late. Thanks. bdalward@yahoo.com

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  99. Your albums and quilts are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. I thought I was doing well to take a photo of everything I quilt, knit, crochet or refinish. So much nicer to have their own album, than to be scattered throughout several albums. Project boxes are something I started, but never thought to add the dates, or any other info. Thanks for the tip.
    ecbois at AOL dot com

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  100. What a great way to combine scrap booking AND quilting! I really like this idea and will start using it soon! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  101. This is a great way to keep a memory of quilts made, sew much better than just a photo and short notes! I love the idea of the scraps of fabrics used - like an adult version of the baby touch books just for us fabric lovers... :-D Thank you for sharing this!

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  102. I do this too! Most of my scrapbooks are the large format size except my quilt ones and they are 8.5x11. I really like the idea of the fabric swatches. Thanks!.

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  103. OMG, You are fabulous. How many quilts have you made? Really wonderful.
    I would love to win an album, maybe it would help me get organzied.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win.
    Janet

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  104. Wow,so inspiring to see your albums. I have a small picture record of most of my quilts,missed a few. I do make labels though.
    Thank you.

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  105. That is amazing!! It's nice to know it is not too late to start. Oh, is it possible for me to be that organized, wow.

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  106. This is something I must start doing, I have my blog but I much prefer something that I can touch like a book. Great ideas here.

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  107. This is incredible Teresa! Thank you so much for sharing your way of documenting your quilting journey!

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  108. Documenting creativity? A very creative thought! My great-grandmother left behind such beautiful embroidery and quilts. If only I had pictures of her with them (like the photo of your grandmother working on a quilt). I should take pictures and document her quilts, and begin documenting mine, as I am new to quilting as of last fall, this should be very do-able. Thank you!

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  109. I have been quilting for many years and have been lax in the documenting department. thank you for your generous offer to kick start my efforts. Please put me in the drawing.

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  110. I love this idea of having some place to document my quilts. I have put love and faith and hope into each quilt and want any one who wants to know what each quilt means to me. Thank you for the chance to win one of these books. I would be so happy to have a place to start. I even love the way you do it and would not change a thing.

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  111. You do a great job of documenting! I always remember what was happening around me when I was working on a particular quilt. (Usually I am in a big hurry to get done!) Great information. Thanks for the post and the chance to win.

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  112. You have made some awesome quilts, Teresa! My documentation is done on a form that I found somewhere in the early 2000s. I don't put pictures on it, but I have them all in the back of the binder. I really like your idea of keeping everything together and including fabric swatches. I does make of a colorful album!
    Thanks.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  113. Thank you for sharing your process of documenting your quilts. This was very helpful and I would be very excited to win and start my own documentation.

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  114. I love that you put so much effort into recording your work. I'm so sad that I didn't start taking pictures from the beginning. That first quilt was DREADFUL but I was so proud of it.

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  115. Wow!! You have done such a beautiful job with both the quilting and the scrapbooking. It truly inspires me. I've not done so well with documenting my quilting, and this is so motivation. Thanks!! Very thoughtful. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot]net

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  116. That is a priceless treasure you have created. I am very inspired to begin a treasury of my quilts!
    Mrs. Hearts

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  117. Wow Teresa,didn't realise the company I am sharing!!
    Love this post and seeing your projects. I don't keep a journal but reading this post makes me realise how worthwhile it would be.

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  118. Wish I had started keeping records a long time ago, but I will start now.
    Hope I win one of your scrapbooks.

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  119. Your scrapbooks are fabulous! I am disciplined about taking photos of all my quilts, but your books are so much better with all your added information. Something I like to do with my quilt photos -- if I've used a pattern from a book or magazine I always list it on the back of the photo so I can find it if I want to use it again. If you print your photos on shutterfly you can just type this info in and they will print it on the back. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  120. I just love this idea. I have some pictures of my quilts and maybe some scraps in my scrap bin-I'm going to scrapbook my quilts from now on-what a fabulous reference for our journey in quilting!

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  121. What a great way of archiving I'm going to try it. I started an overcomplicated system soon after I began quilting which very quickly went by the board. This sounds so much more doable. Thanks

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  122. Thanks so much for the great post. Your quilts are beautiful and your documention of them is also inspiring.

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  123. Wonderful post! I have a digital collection of the quilts that I've made, but really like the idea of a printed version (especially after losing a computer hard drive) Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas! Yes, we need more photos of ourself sewing and quilting. Take care!

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  124. I have to say that i regret not keeping pictures of all of the quilts i have designed and made. At first I did not want to because I did not want to have requests to make many of the same quilt..boring...but now, all I can do is SAY I have been designing and quilting for 25 years with not much to show. Of course I have several wonderful customers who ordered custom quilts and would vouch for me...but a picture in my own portfolio...that would be preferred rather than hunting people and quilts down.
    well, finally i am smarter and have documented my quilts and am building my portfolio. oh, yes, and I have learned to say no...I will not make another one of those quilts...but, if you can tell me what you are looking for...I can design something that will do the trick. ;D

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  125. Hi Teresa,
    I love your ideas. I started a similar book about 2 years ago but wish I'd started it sooner. I don't have many pictures of the projects I made before then and before I got my first digital camera. Guess, I thought it wasn't worth the expense of have to develop that Kodak 126 film.

    I picked up a lot of new ideas that I can use from here in too. I have been adding fabric swatches, but I haven't been adding the info like "date started", "completed", etc.

    This was a great post. I've visited your blog several times in the past too and really liked it.

    Gail :)

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  126. What an excellent post! Very inspirational! Thanks for the idea!

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  127. Thank you for this wonderful post. This is something that I've always meant to do and just haven't gotten around to doing. Maybe now I will.

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  128. I am in awe of the records you have made for yourself and your family. What a marvelous treasure.
    sharon

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  129. What a wonderful post! I am so inspired to start this now! Sure hope I can win the book and begin the project! Thanks for sharing - your pages are just lovely - and your handwriting is just the right touch! Your family will treasure those books, I'm sure!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com (I don't blog....)

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  130. I absolutely loved your post. Thank you for sharing such great ideas and for the chance to win a terrific prize. I am very excited to start this.

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  131. What a great idea. Now I can put some of my scrapbooking tools to good use.

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  132. Great layouts--such a nice way to remember a quilt instead of just scraps. Creative Memories albums are the best!

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  133. What a great idea. I have taken pictures of recent quilts that were given away, but they just live on my computer. Thanks for the chances to win one if these great albums.
    lraetaylor@gmail.com

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  134. A GREAT way to combine scrapbooking and quilting! Love those Creative Memory albums!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  135. What a GREAT giveaway... would love to win one of these albums, as I just take photos of mine and put them in an album...you idea is MUCH better...cheers!!!

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  136. I love this idea of keeping a quilt journal. I would love to win one of these blank books.

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  137. Thanks for sharing your quilt memories with us. I love quilting and scrapbooking. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Julie

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  138. This is a fantastic idea... and such fun to read your quilting journey...
    Hugz

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  139. What a great idea! I love that you have litte snips of the fabric in there and notes about the quilt, too.

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  140. You are leaving an incredible archive and resource for the future. Kudos to you. I loved looking at your quilt books. Amazing. Simply amazing. I hope you continue.

    Betsy

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  141. What an incredible archive and record for the future. Your quilts and your efforts in making these books are amazing. Please keep doing it. Kudos to you.

    Betsy

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