Thursday, June 23, 2011

"To record each quilt's story"

I am totally a quilter.  I am totally NOT a scrapbooker!!  Mary Lou here from Cheaper than Therapy Quilting!  I've dubbed my daughter Emily as "Keeper of the Photographic Memories" in our home.  Good thing, too, as I have no aptitude for scrapbooking and she does!
As is the case with most of us quilters, though, many of my quilts are given away, and I realized I needed a record of what I'd made for myself and others!! A record of my "evolution" as a quilter, too (although, I can't say I've evolved much! LOL)  So I started a Quilt Journal (like it says on the cover, "To record each quilt's story").

It's cool to go back and see what I've done and who for and why!!

There's my Sun Bonnet Sue page.  I'm one of those Sue haters. 
:-D

But my club had an exchange of blocks throughout one year, and so I recorded my Sues.  If I was gonna do one, it had to be fun!! :-D  My favorite is the Black and White Sue -- mine looks like little Amish ladies discussing a quilt.  And since I didn't win the block exchange that month, I have a record of the block I did!


I like doing funky photographic angles and showing the backs of my quilts (for the record, though, I'm a terrible photographer.  I have to take ten pics to get one good one! LOL). 

I did a Christmas Star with Thimbleberries fabrics on the front and a VIP print on the back that I got at Walmart back in the day for $1 a yard!! I recorded the price in my journal! How cool is that!

I made a "whole cloth" quilt for my mom.  She loved a particular fabric and wanted a whole cloth quilt made out of it, so I complied...I wrote the story in my journal that Christmas:
"Mom had this large scale floral and she was determined for me to use it in a quilt because she thought it was so pretty. So she passed it off to me and started dropping hints about Christmas!...She asked for very thin batting (I used Hobbs Thermore,  1/16" loft!), so the quilt folded up into a compact package in spite of being a full-sized bedspread.

When I took her gift in to her at Christmas, her face fell.  "So, no quilt, huh?" Then she opened her gift and was both thrilled and surprised!! :-)"

My mom passed away the following May, so that record of our last Christmas together is very, very precious to me!! As is her (not my taste! LOL) quilt.





I was also able to record the international adoption of my nephews:



The quilt show (local -- I'm not that good! LOL) where I won "Best Hand Quilted" (and my Mom went with me, just two weeks before she passed!)...


And the quilt I made for the leaders of the Youth Group my daughter Emily and my son Sam were a part of.

What's cool about that quilt is that it was a signature quilt and I captured photos of Emily's and Sam's signatures...

How precious they are to me!! Especially now that Sam has also passed away.

Last month, Madame Samm did me the unparalled kindness of allowing my guest post here at Stash Manicure and informing you that Sam had died.  Thank you, Samantha, for that incredible generosity!!  The messages I recieved in the days following Sam's death were amazing and spirit-sustaining!!  I cannot possibly thank you all enough for the outpouring of love and prayers.  We continue to grieve and celebrate Sam's life.  He was an exceptional young man!! (and clearly a big ol' ham!! :-D)

(Sam with his little brother Will and friends, all quilt-hangers extraordinaire!, at our local quilt show)
Won't you take the time to start (or continue!) your Quilt Journal?  It truly will help you "record each quilt's story!"

 Blessings!!

38 comments:

  1. Mary Lou, I thank you for the inspiration to journal ... though I know I should, I just never have and now I find reason to start. Bless you and thank you ever so much for sharing!

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  2. I have one of those journals. I used ro record each quilt in it. I have a different way of doing it now though
    Thanks for the reminder to continue to record the quilt stories.
    glen

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  3. Great post Mary Lou. I just found 4 blank journals when I cleaned out a closet - maybe it's time to use one of them for my quilting. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  4. I have one of those journals, too. I should have used it but recently I won Quilt Album software and I really like it. I can create album pages and all the info is on my computer and in the pages created for print. :-) I wish I had recorded dates on some of my quilts. Memory is a little fuzzy the older I get. LOL!

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  5. What a wonderful post Mary Lou! This is something I have been thinking about recently too. Since I started blogging about my quilting I have this desire to photograph all my old quilts and write about them. I also recently won Quilt Album and can't wait to get it. Losing a child is never easy and I am sorry for your loss.

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  6. How wonderful of you to share some of your quilt journaling and special memories with some of your entries. Many blessings to you and your family.

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  7. What a wonderful post and keepsake. {{hugs}}

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  8. What a great idea! I have so many pics in iPhoto and on my Facebook page, but having an actual hard copy that one can hold is just an excellent project.

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  9. Your journaling seems to be humorous and loving, a real treasure fro anyone who reads it. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. What an absolutely terrific idea. Love all the pictures & little snippits too. I AM going to steal your idea & start my own. Thanks ssoooo much for this (light bulb) moment. Blessings: Dianne

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  11. Great post! I was praying for you today, Mary Lou, before I saw your post.

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  12. Wonderful! You have made some beautiful quilts. And...you have reminded me to get out my journal and record what I've been creating lately.

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  13. Good Morning Mary Lou, I too never been a scrapbooker, but this I could immerse myself in...I remember Teresa sharing something about logging in all the material, stories behind the quilts...it fascinated me then, it inspires me now, to begin...YOU have created such warm memories and it is those that no doubt has been your comfort...blessings always

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  14. Thanks for a wonderful post, Mary Lou! I really should do this, too - I chronicle my quilts on my blog, but because the recipients might not want their whole story on the internet, I don't usually put a lot about who the quilt went to. I need to do that somewhere, so the wonderful stories don't get lost! Thanks for the "kick in the seat of the pants"!

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  15. I should really be doing this. I am not a scrapbooker but I love to look at all the beautiful papers and imagine them in a quilt. If I started a quilt journal how do I go back to all the quilts I have made and given away? Or do I start at what I am working on today? Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. Mary Lou....your quilt journal is wonderful. I started my blog to help me record my quilts, and get pics of them on a permanent record (my computer crashed once, and I lost all my pics! Argh!) But I love the journal idea.....I could write so much more about the journey of the quilt than what I actually post about them.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. I'm usually pretty good about taking pictures of my quilts but I wish I had more pictures of the quilts with their recipients. Thank you for sharing your journal and memories.

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  18. I have the exact same journal - but mine is in mint condition! Never used! I DO have photos of every quilt but what good is that?! You are an inspiration to get the narative down!

    Continued prayers for peace - for now and the days ahead.

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  19. I so enjoyed reading your contribution post today - I have two of the quilt journals on my shelves, but with no pictures or stories. I think I will work on fixing that. I also have the Quilt Album software that I have yet to use. I have good intentions - life just keeps cropping up and taking away my time. Judy C in NC

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  20. Mary Lou, this is an awesome post! What a lovely job your daughter has done with the journal pages you showed! I can't get over how the pictures are not just the standard squares, but clipped and snipped so that the writing can go around it, or embellishments be used. Just lovely.
    I, like the others, needed this to get me started on a high priority project - a journal of my quilts and projects! Thank you and blessings to you!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. What a Wonderful Heirloom you have created Mary Lou!
    Thank you for such a great inspiration and ideas for us to keep our memories alive.
    Blessings to you and your family on your great loss.
    He does look like a very happy young man in those pictures and it was because of your Love.
    Take care of yourself
    Marta

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  22. I have two quilting journals and I love going back and looking through them...sometimes I give myself a cringe when I see who I gave my precious quilts, too! Like the one I gave my sister that she used as a dog bed in her garage! This is such a good idea, I hope every quilter jumps on it! (Samm! I've been out of town, in the world of NO internet - aka my parents home - it's still 1950 there! So it's nice to be back and to get caught up on everything!) xo, Nan

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  23. Thank you for the inspiration to journal!

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  24. What a lovely post and great photos!

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  25. When I first started I kept a journal of sorts - pictures of each quilt and who it went to recorded beside the picture. When I got a digital camera I relied on my computer to keep a record but I miss having that touchable journal to thumb through. Thanks for the reminder of how much that means to me - maybe I'll just print off all those pics and start another journal. Great pictures of Sam! blessings, marlene

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  26. Great job, Mary Lou! Your journal is wonderful.

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  27. Thanks for sharing your journal Mary Lou! I have always kept a quilt journal to record the "process" (how I got from here to there) and the finishing details and pictures of my quilts. I find reviewing it when I am "stuck" on a project reminds me that I got through a rough spot before and can do it again. I consider it my quilt portfolio!

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  28. Thanks you sharing your lovely memories that are recorded in your quilt story journals.

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  29. Oh it is so wonderful, how I wished I had started one oh those so many years ago. Thank you for sharing.

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  30. Thank you for reminding of the importance of documenting our quilts. This is something I should start doing.

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  31. Mary Lou thank you so much for sharing your idea of a Quilt journal. I have been taking pictures in the past year of quilts when I realized one day that I had no pictures of those that had come thru the years. What a wonderful Idea to tell about each Quilt.

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  32. Great post Mary Lou. I have photos of my quilts. But seeing your journal with the recipients, and the stories behind the quilts inspires me to do better. The stories are as important as the quilts themselves.

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  33. I have thought many times about keeping a quilt journal but have not done it. You have inspired me to get it done. I am going to send my quilt pictures off and have them printed. I will be able to start journaling about then this weekend. Thank you!! I also have a son about Sam's age and my heart hurts for you and your family. Hang in there!

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  34. Thank you for sharing this with everyone, Mary Lou. My heart goes out to you and your family. God bless you all.

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  35. What a neat idea Mary Lou. And some blessed memories you have in those books.

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  36. Nice Journal! You have no idea how long I've been looking for a way to do this in a digital format!

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  37. I have the same quilt journal and i am so glad I have kept a record of all my quilts because I give so many away, it's nice to at least have a photo of each one.

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