For the month of April, I have taken up Frédérique's Quilting Patchwork and Applique challenge to blog daily (except Sundays) on a quilt topic related to a letter of the alphabet.
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When I started quilting, I learned about documenting my quilts in the very first quilt magazine I read. There was an article in it that talked about labelling quilts and about maintaining a separate written record of them.
After reading that first article, I created a blank word processing "Quilt Documentation" template. For each project started, I record information about the quilt. This includes: when I start and finish it, the quilt name, the inspiration for the quilt or the pattern used (and if from a book or magazine, the name, issue and publication year), details about the fabrics and batting used and where they were purchased and, what or who the quilt was made for.
During the making of the quilt, I will record what efforts went into making it or what was going on in my life or in the world at the time. I will finish the record with pictures of the quilt and fabric swatches if I have them. When I am stuck on or discouraged with a current project, it can be encouraging to read back about other projects I have completed. It usually is a reminder that with a little more time and determination, I can get to the finish!
Once I started creating the documentation files, I pulled out an empty three ring binder to house the finished journal entries. That was when my Quilt Journal accumulation began. Later I vowed to make annual scrap quilts and realized that covers for the binders would make interesting scrap quilt projects to help fulfill that vow.
|See the three uncovered binders in the background of the picture?|
|Well, here they are all covered up!|