Friday, February 18, 2011

Quilt archiving and a give away in honor of guest posting on Stash Manicure...

Hi friends!  It's that time again...another opportunity to have a peek at my obsessive-compulsive grasp on life in my quilt cave.  Thanks to the gracious Madame Samm of Sew I Quilt, I am guest posting over at Stash Manicure again today (Saturday, Feb 19). 

Yes...here it is again...the 'wall of stash.'  Apparently this has made many, many husbands feel better about their own wives' fabric buying habits, and for that, YOU ARE WELCOME!  Who knew that I would be responsible for totally uninterested husbands reading an entry on a quilt blog?!  It's all in good fun, I suppose...

Every time I guest post over there, I ponder what, if anything, I can possibly share about my quilting habits that someone would be interested in reading.  Mostly, I've talked about organization...of stash, scraps, patterns...all the debris that collects around what we do.  I don't handle chaos very well, at least not long term.  Creativity is just messy, darn it, but I seem to need a system for dealing with it all between projects.

Well, I have a system of lightly documenting my quilt projects.  I wish I could say I've done it as long as I have been quilting, but I was young and stupid when I started (22).  And maybe it's a good thing some of those early efforts weren't archived.  :o)

I've really been trying to get pictures of my quilts since the late 1980s and keep a scrapbook.  Thank God for digital photography, which seems to be an equalizer, of sorts, for those of us who are 'Ansel Adams challenged.'  I used to have a crappy Kodak 126 Instamatic 35mm camera...oh, and a disc camera...remember THOSE??  We've come a long way baby!

Anyway, here are some pictures that aren't on Stash Manicure for Saturday, February 19.  If you would like to be eligible for a give away here and there, check things out there as well.

This is the kind of album I use.

I used to sell Creative Memories Scrapbooking stuff (in a previous creative life).  I love these kinds of albums because the pages are heavy (can't see through them), and you can glue and write right on the pages.  There are many kinds of scrapbooks, even some lovely published quilt diaries where you just adhere a picture and make simple notes.  Also, you can upload pictures to a commercial picture site (like Shutterfly, Snapfish, Photoworks, etc) and make a digital, bound book (nice enough for the coffee table).  I like the scrapbooks because I like to glue in swatches of fabric. 

At one time, I considered having a little swatch book where I just glued in pieces of favorite fabrics.  I REALLY love fabric...

Anyway, I insist on archiving six main things about my projects:
1)  QUILT NAME
2)  QUILT RECIPIENT and/or OCCASION
3)  SIZE
4)  DATE STARTED
5)  DATE FINISHED (this can be REALLY interesting...)
6)  DESCRIPTION (hand quilted? pattern name? who machine quilted it? details of design, motivation, etc.)

I don't get all weird about the quality of my writing...I just write.  But, I am weird about appearing in the picture with my quilts, and that has to change...this one is 20 years old (before I got old and fat...er).   If I don't start appearing in pictures, some day it will be like I never even existed...

This simple quilt was made with my (now) husband 20 years ago.  It was his first...and last quilt (sigh).  But I admire him wanting to make one with his girlfriend to see what was involved (see why I married him?).  Now he knows what I mean (sort of) when I talk about my projects, and he is at least understanding and supportive of my habit...especially since I don't move all the furniture anymore to baste or pin a quilt on the floor!  We still use this quilt as an extra in winter...even with his huge hand quilting stitches in it...which, incidentally, we can't locate anymore (for all of you afraid to try hand quilting because you think you will ruin the quilt...).


It is good to archive stitchery, cross-stitch and knitting projects, too.

The entry above shows why I save fabric swatches...the color in my pictures is awful most of the time...not true to the fabric at all.  I need to work harder to take my pictures in good light.  The photos makes the quilt look down right UGLY.

This entry reminds me of making this quilt shop BOM sample with my best friend, Ola.  It is an American Jane pattern called "Play Time."  Ola did most of the machine applique (because I'm not good at it...hopefully you can't see these close enough to pick mine out!  LOL!) and I pieced.  We ended up donating it to the Mott's Children's Hospital quilt auction when we were through with it at the shop.  It was fun working on this with my partner in crime.  The large, blank pages allowed me to insert lots of close-ups of the blocks.  I want to make this one again...with hand applique...sometime.

Your description can be really brief or long and detailed...remember to show close-ups of features you want to remember, that define your personality as a quilter.

I used my husband's Grandmother's antique buttons on this Advent calendar wall hanging.  By archiving the quilt, I've archived the heirloom buttons. 
Taking a picture with both the quilt and the recipient is a great idea (unless I am the recipient...ha-ha).  When I designed my daughter's Harry Potter quilt, she was a snaggle-toothed little kid...so fun to see her in all her glorious goofiness with her favorite quilt at that age.

It's OK to make mistakes...your quilting diary/scrapbook doesn't have to be perfect.  I forgot to save room for the fabric swatches on the same page with the quilt, so I just put them on another page...no big deal. 


I think the quilt on the top of this page is hilarious.  I spent all this time drafting a quilt block that looked like a 5-1/4 inch floppy computer disc to make a wall hanging for my husband.  No one even recognizes this shape anymore!  It's all documented in my quilt scrapbook. 

Your project scrapbook will also chronicle the availability of retail quilting fabrics and kits.  Remember these commercial kits that offered wholecloth quilt tops stamped with a cross-stitch or embroidery pattern?  I once was hired to quilt one of these and managed to get a picture or two.

And the quilting fabric available in the early eighties was just plain sad.  Boring little calicoes and some polka dots.  I used a few cotton/poly blends in the beginning.  I remember the day I saw the first Jinny Beyer fabric line that offered something special for quilters.  I wish I had saved more of those early fabric swatches.

By archiving our quilts, we can't help but archive not only our lives, but the lives of the people we've made the quilts for.  I've done anniversary quilts for both my in-laws (50th) and my Dad and Step-mother (25th).  I drafted original blocks in both quilts that told their stories.  By archiving these quilts, I have also documented my journey through trying to introduce original design into my quilting.  I have learned to draft my own blocks for things I could not find commercial patterns for.  That has been a great learning tool and it is fun to look back through my efforts from time to time as I try to branch out and learn new things.
It's a little scary, but very freeing when you first discover that you can draft your own designs! Who cares what other people think of your original efforts? Sometimes I think we are afraid of 'putting ourselves out there,' taking a leap, doing our own thing, because we are afraid of the criticism of our peers.


Just wad up some of those tiny scraps you've been saving, cram them into both ears, and take the creative plunge!  I, too, am just learning that the water is fine!!

Ready to start your own album?  I am giving away this large 12 x 12 scrapbook that contains 15 pages plus a pack of 15 additional pages.  This should last you a while! 

Leave a comment by midnight, Sunday, February 20 to be eligible, then go over to Stash Manicure and enter there for a chance to win an album of another size (medium or small).  Two chances to win!

I will be out of email range for a week...I am going to Alabama to check in on my Mom who fell, broke her hip and had surgery, in addition to seeing the rest of my relatives.  I will be monitoring my give aways and announce winners, but won't be able to respond to your questions and comments until I get back to Michigan.  Maybe by then, spring will be springing!  There's just something about making it through February that gives me hope.  It's in the 40s here today, but I heard we are getting more snow after I leave for Alabama...hee-hee-hee.

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

110 comments:

  1. Teresa - thank you for sharing the picture of your 'stash' - it's BEAUTIFUL! I love seeing other people's collections - makes me feel like i'm not crazy for insulating my basement with the wonderful material ;) Love all your photos...i too made the bunnies love chocolate - so fun. Happy Sewing!

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  2. I am so jealous of your organization! I made my first quilt in 1980 and we still have the first three quilts I made but I gave away so many that I don't have photos of (mainly because I would finish quilting and attaching the binding right The photos I do have of quilts that I gave away are tossed into a box in a closet upstairs, mixed with the family pictures. Attaching the fabrics is a wonderful idea! Such a treasure!

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  3. I would love to have a chance to win a quilt album. I use Creative memories and love their books too
    marilynmckinnon@hotmail.com

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  4. We used the Creative Memories for a book for my MOM's quilting as well as some weddings. I just love the way you dedicate to such organization. I do keep a quilting journal, but don't add fabric swatches - that is something that needs addressing - as well as getting yourself in the photo.

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  5. I LOVE your stash storage! And I appreciate the chance to win a quilt album - I'm taking a notebook down to my sewing room right away to start recording stuff about my works-in-progress!

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  6. I can not believe yor stash , It make mine look SICK. Very SICK. Your good.

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  7. Teresa, you are such a forward thinker with your organizing and with your archiving of sewing projects! I am inspired to try something totally new, just take that plunge, so I can add it to the new archiving of quilting projects you have inspired me to start! Thank you!

    Praying speedy recovery for your Mom!

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  8. Thank you for sharing your stash system and the quilt album methodology. I'm new enough to quilting that could start now. Hope your mother is OK - bless her heart. From experience, know how difficult recovery from a broken hip can be. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. Ooh, more photos! I love them. They are great inspiration. Thanks for sharing this idea with us. It is a great way to document our quilt making.

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  10. As I said over at the Stash blog, this is wonderful. Thank you again for sharing.

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  11. For years I have kept an Artists journal, keeping track of my clothing, costuming, needlework and other projects. Now it is time to start keeping track of my quilts and I think that they deserve a journal of their own. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

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  12. The perfect marriage of quilting and scrapbooking. Thank you so much! I love it!!

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  13. Although I only have a few of the dozens of quilts I've made (gave them all away), I did try to make the scraps into crazy quilt blocks so I'd remember them. Your way is so much better! I've recently retired and have lots of time to quilt, so your suggestion of using albums is right on the money for me. You can bet that all future quilting work will be archived where I can refer back to it often. Thanks for such a fantastic idea! What's really great is that it's such a simple concept I wonder why I didn't think of it myself! LOL!

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  14. My husband thinks you are crazy, but you have wonderful ideas. Your quilts, both here and over on Stash Manicure are wonderful. I really need to get back into doing more centralized documentation on my quilts. Right now it's spread across my blog, in a spreadsheet and if I'm really on the ball, a single picture.

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  15. Just discovered your blog thanks to your post on stach manucure. Great dedication! love it

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  16. Teresa thank you so much for yur article at Stash Manicure. It has opened my eyes quite a bit on how important it is to keep a record. i truly never even thought about this before or rather the importance of this. I have beoome a follower so now that I know and will start keeping a journal of my quilting if it is ok with you I will come here often to get wonderful tips to help me on my journey. Thanks again for the opportunity and I would love to be included in your give-a-way. Have a wonderful day..

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  17. Teresa you are one amazing lady! I think you'd started many of us on our quilt journal path today...

    wishing your Mom a speedy recovery...

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  18. Hi Teresa!
    A very good idea that saving the photos and especially adding the sample fabric ... I will take it just started quilting ... I am apprentice .... thanks, thanks!
    Very good weekend!

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  19. 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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  21. Teresa, as I continue to make progress on my own mini wall of possibilites, you continue to show there is still sew much more to learn. I love the little insights into your quilt cave, and realise after 20 years I'm still a novice at organisation! What a wonderful way to record your achievements :) I'm sew inpsired! I need to up my notebook :)

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  22. Teresa, I really love all your organizational quilts. I think having a quilt archive is a fantastic idea. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with us! I'd love to be entered into your giveaway.

    Safe travels!

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  23. Love your shelves of fabrics and in containers that match no less! It all looks very neat.
    I often wish I had kept records and photographed all the quilts I have made. But I didn't and too late now. Your albums make good reference reminders for yourself and maybe for others after you are gone.

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  24. Love it, love it!!! :-)
    Blessings,
    Mary Lou

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  25. I wish I had at least taken pictures of my earlier quilts. Thank goodness for blogging, some day I'll have my blog made into a book which will archive some of what I've made.

    I hope your mom recovers quickly from her hip injury. I wish I was going with you, warm weather sounds so lovely as we are back to below zero wind chills.

    Have a safe trip!!

    Crispy

    PS - Don't put me in for the drawing as I just won a wonderful prize :0)

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  26. Another wonderful post- I love it!

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  27. Your organization is so wonderful. It sure makes working on projects so much easier.Thank you for the giveaway.

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  28. Great ideas! Thanks for the chance!

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  29. Wow, that wall of stash is awesome. And my husband thought my stash was too much!! I definitely have to show him these pictures. Love your use of those albums too. A really great idea. You are so organized!

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  30. Loved both posts, The ideas for documentation are just incredible. Thanks.
    Mary Ann

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  31. What a great idea! And since I am a 'former' scrapbooker and have only been quilting for a couple of years, I think this is just what I need to do. It's a fabulous way to document the stories behind the quilts which I am passsionate about. Thank you for sharing your album - I love it!

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  32. I can never be as organized as you and truthfully, that's okay with me - but i do love the idea of the quilt journal as you do it. Thank you for being so generous.

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  33. It really shouldn't surprise me that you would be this organized.. BUT.. this is REALLY amazing! The detail and thought that you put into the album.. is just SUPER! Quite inspirational, and for those of us who don't have the spectacular memories.. a GREAT aide.

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  34. Here again, you have blown me away! I am probably as unorganized as you are organized..But I love that you can do that. If everything is in it's place, I have to mess up something so I can work. I did share this post with my niece who would love it if I would get organized..Love your journals. My quilts are all over everwhere in photos waiting for a home. It's like an albumn to put them in would just be out of the question.

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  35. I loved reading your post on SM and your post here. You've inspired me to do more than just put pics of my quilts in a photo album. Some evening I will sit down and put my collected photos of my quilts and journal about them in an album. Gotta tell the whole story! Enjoy your time in Alabama.

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  37. LOVE you Stash Manicure 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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  38. I take pictures of my quilts, but I love how much more you include in your albums. I'm a new follower, and I had to show my DH your wall of stash. :)

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  39. I'm glad I came across your blog on Stash Manicure. I am enjoying reading your blog. Your scrapbooks are just beautiful.

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  40. Both of your posts are so full of info, I am inspired to start documenting my quilts and making labels for them, too. Thanks for the great information and the chance to win. Pick me so I can get started!

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  41. What a beautiful treasure you are creating. You have inspired me to start documenting my quilts. Thank you!

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  42. Teresa, You are the most prolific quilter I know. Your scrap books are the best. I have taken pictures of my quilts but they are scattered about. Many I did not take pictures. groan. I would have loved pictures of my Grandmother with her quilts but at least I have several of them. I would love a chance at an album. Now to get organized! Thanks

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  43. Love your stash. Love the scrapbook. That is such a good idea. I can have a record of my quilts.

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  44. I am jealous of your space and the ability to organize. Someday....

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  45. I am a slob!! I leave chaos wherever I go!! I want to be you! I will do better, I promise!

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  46. I loved to read both your posts! Thanks for the great idea!

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  47. I am over here from Stash Manicure, thank you for even more wonderful pictures and ideas. I definitely need to get organized! And I should work on taking pictures and recording memories of all of my great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother's quilts. I know there's at least a dozen polyester patchwork quilts from the 70's running about in the family (and will be forever).

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  48. Love your scrapbooking idea to journal your quilts. I have been wanting to keep track of the quilts I have made. I was just going to use pictures. Your idea is so much better.

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  49. I'm glad you talked about scrapbooking. I always try to take a picture but, I never thought about using fabric scraps with the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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  50. I hope your Mom is fine, and you too.
    Loved your post on stash manicure, now on my way to visit your blog.
    Thanks again for the journal pictures.

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  51. Thanks for the great idea. It was fun finding your blog from Stash Manicure. Would sure like to try this quilt journal concept. I really need to get started with that!

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  52. Thanks for the wonderful idea, and especially for the examples that show actual "how to." I like the idea of including the fabric samples. I will be doing this for every quilt I make from now on. Thank you!!

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  53. What a great idea. I have seen quilt journals before, yours are great. Love the scrap booking idea. I will have to start. I don't have pictures of the older quilts I have made though guess I have to start with the newer ones.

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  54. I would love to win something. rtoms317@yahoo.com

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  55. I would to win an album to start my archiving. Have a safe trip.

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  56. I love your quilt albums. They are such a wonderful way to document your quilts. Thanks for the wonderful inpiration here and on SM. Hugs Ariane

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  57. Hello, I was so happy to see more examples of your pages on this post! I absolutely LOVE the Harry Potter quilt. Your daughter looks over the moon. What an awesome mom. :) Thank you again for sharing this wonderful method of archiving your beautiful quilts!

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  58. I really enjoyed reading about your quilting journal methods and seeing your quilts. My absolute favorite is the Harry Potter quilt. I still have a few floppy disks around. I guess that really dates me.

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  59. Your journal is a work of art on it's own. And your stash is awesome.

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  60. I have SO been enjoying reading about your sewing adventures since I discovered your blog on Stash Manicure a while back. And so impressed with your wall of fabric. (And just a teeny, tiny bit jealous, as well!)

    This is such a good idea for archiving the things you make. I like just going back and looking at the pictures of quilts I've made that have gone to new homes. I know I would like it a lot better with the fabric bits included. Thanks for sharing this!

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  61. Of course I am sew impressed with you for sew many reasons..but that you share what works for you, sew we can all be better..well that is the gift we give to ourselves..YOU...lol..

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  62. Teresa, good luck with your Mom. It's wonderful that she'll have family around her while she recovers. I've never documented my quilts before; but I know I should-for my daughter if/when she ever needs to get one repaired in the long, far-off future. ;)

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  63. Thank you for this opportunity to win an album - perhaps the jump start to archiving my own quilts. I love the early pictures of you and your husband - so cute! Good luck with your Mom - I hope she's feeling better soon. Thanks again and keep up the inspiring work! Piece....

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  64. I found the idea of the album of photos brilliant. I never made nothing similar, now I want to make. It would adore to gain an album to start my registers.
    I hopethat its mother better.
    Marlene Carpes
    from Brazil
    mcarpes1@gmail.com

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  65. Teresa, thanks for sharing with us! LOVE your Wall of Stash - I'm so jealous - of the organization, the space, your stash itself - drool! I read your post of Stash Manicure and now I'm a follower on your blog - great stuff, and you are certainly talented! Thanks for the opportunity to win a journal . . .

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  66. thanks Teresa for sharing your wonderful archiving. I am inspired to do it and have been keeping photos--so that part is good---now just where are the pix! Loved all of your pix, both here and Stash Manicure.

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  67. these are such good ideas for documenting our quilt history...makes me want to start now!

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  68. Thank you for another great post on scrapbooking your quilts! I have my fingers crossed; I would love to win one of your CM albums. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  69. I am just getting started to do this when I found your blog. What great ideas - thanks for sharing. Would love to win one of your books. Janet

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  70. Hope your Mum is healing and getting better Teresa, I know what it's like having a dodgy hip. Big cyber hugs for her from me :o)
    Love you documentation, I have all mine in a folder and it's really a tad messy, I'll have to organise myself and do it properly..! You put me to shame girls :o)
    Lizzie
    xxx

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

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  72. It's been fun seeing your archived pages and all the quilts and fabric swatches you used - I am anxious to get started documenting my own!
    Thanks for the generous giveaway! I look forward to more of your organization tips!

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  73. I just read your post on Stash Manicure. My hubby is one that saw your famous wall of fabric. Yep, he doesn't say anything anymore about my little wall.
    Love the album idea.
    PS, my first camera was a Kodak 126 instamatic.
    ecbois at AOL dot com

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  74. Jealous of your stash (and its organized state) and love your idea of combining scrap booking with quilting! BTW, showed my husband the picture of your stash... he declared that you win. :o)

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  75. Just read your post on Stash Manicure and loved it! Your quilts are wonderful, and I love the idea of documenting in a scrap book with pics and fabric scraps. I'm also jealous of the size and how organized your fabric stash is. I'm working on organizing my stash and may eventually get there, but it's not likely that I will ever have a stash to rival yours! Next time hubby complains of my stash, I'll show him the pic of yours... Thanks for sharing your ideas. I'll definately be back to see more!

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  76. You are so organized. I am envious/jealous
    not sure which but I do know I need to get organized. Love your blog.
    I hope your mother has a full recovery.
    Janet

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  77. I have let a couple of quilts slip by me with no photo. I've actually sat and drawn the quilt into my scrapbook. Of course, I had to add some little kids holding it up with toes and fingers showing. It is fun to add a bit of the personal touch to a page.

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  78. You've inspired me to dig out all of my quilt pics and start archiving them. Hope I win the album. Thanks for such great ideas!

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  79. I SO wish I had made more photos of the quilts I have made the past 20+ years. I did start recording them with photos and swatches and info on the recipients and occasions about 5 years ago. Wish I could get organized in my stash now. I am tryiing but don't see much results yet. Maybe if I visit your blog more often some of it will rub off onto me. (this is my first visit-but not my last) Take care.

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  80. If I won I would start documenting my quilts right now Teresa. Scraps of the fabric is so important when the photo doesn't show the correct color.

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  81. I showed my husband your ultra-organized wall of stash and he was floored. His mother was a professional seamstress (curtains, uniforms, etc.) and there was always stuff everywhere when he was growing up! I, too, am in awe of your organization skills - wow! Impressive!!!

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  82. I strive to become a quilt historian, at least for my own quilts. Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful album to start with.

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  83. I love your ideas for archiving my quilts and other crafts. It'll be fun to track the start and end dates as well as have samples of the fabrics. Thank you, too, for the album giveaway to help get us all started. Great information!

    Helen

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  84. Your ideas are worth a million. I am glad you have a blog to archive them all for us to read. All of your pictures are very helpful for me to learn exactly how I want to do it.

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  85. Thanks for showing more of your great quilts. Sometimes I forget how many quilts and other things I have made in the 13 years or so that I have been quilting. Looking back is really inspiring. I have never recorded the start date of my quilts because I have been too embarrassed. Maybe I will have to suck it up and dive in.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  86. Excellent presentation of the method you use to document your creations. Brillant, thank you for sharing.

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  87. Hope your mum is recovering well Teresa.
    Thanks for sharing your method of journalling with us. I am in awe of you.What company I am keeping!!! Hope I don't disappoint!

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  88. Thank you for describing your detailed archiving of your work.
    Maybe I will be lucky and win one of your albums.

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  89. Well, duh. I've been scrapbooking my daughter's life for years but I've never thought to scrapbook MY life (and craft obsessions). Thanks for a great idea!

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  90. I love how you've shown so manye examples of your quilt scrapbook pages. This is a great idea and I will begin doing this. Thanks for the chance to win the scrapbook. bdalward@yahoo.com

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  91. Hope that your mother is healing! Thanks for the additional photos of your quilts (these plus those at Stash Manicure) Here's hoping some of your great organizational habits rub off on me:)

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  92. 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. Your organizational skills are so impressive. Wanna come help get me organized?

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  93. Hi Teresa Great post. I just love looking at how organized your stash is. Hope your Mom is doing ok.

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  94. I absolutely love this! I have taken pictures over the years, but always wantedto keep my photos separate from family photos. Then because I have been doing this so long, I sort of felt like I couldn't do it because I had SO many quilts I did in the past with no record of information. I feel inspired to go ahead and do it anyway!

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  95. Teresa, thanks for sharing such a great idea, and giving us a glimpse of yours for inspiration. We'll be praying for your Mom, for her recovery, and praying for you, for you to have strength to care for her.
    Jacque in SC
    Quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  96. Your idea of keeping up with the quilts you have made is wonderful. What a great book to look through. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win a great prize.

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  97. I love your idea of scrapbooking your quilts. Also, your stash did make me feel better! LOL I do wish I were as organized as you are. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  98. What a great scrapbook and album of your quilt projects!

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  99. What a great idea to create an album of your previous projects!

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  100. I really like your scrapbooking idea. I should be doing this. I have taken pictures of recent quilts, but they are living in my computer. Thanks for the chance to win a great album.
    lraetaylor@gmail.com

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  101. This is a great idea. I would love to win the album so I can get started.

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  102. I knew that you would have good ideas on how to keep track of your quilts. How do you keep track of your recipes for cooking? Oh wait, you can't possibly quilt and cook can you?

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  103. Teresa,
    I loved your post on SM. I posted there that I've been doing this quilt/sewing project journaling for about 2 years now but wish I'd done it years ago. I did pick up some good pointers from your journal though that I plan to use.

    Yours are just wonderful records that will have great historical value someday.

    Gail :)

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  104. Hi, Teresa!
    Hope you got on your way to Alabama before the snow! (Here in Saginaw, MI, we got a LOT, and another school snow day!)... Safe journey, Teresa!
    *I LOVE your quilt scrapbooking!!*
    What a wonderful idea, Teresa, the way you do it!!
    I had heard about recording the info, and had even begun doing that... but to see how awesome your records of each quilt are, with swatches and anecdotal documentation...!!.... WOW!
    I am following your blog, now, Teresa!...
    Thank you for the inspiration!!
    Blessings!!!
    Pat T.

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  105. Thanks for sharing your quilting scrapbooks with us. I like to do both and this will be fun. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Julie

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  106. Putting scraps of fabric in the album is a great idea! I love your organization, it is easier to be creative in an orderly environment. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

    Cassandra

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  107. If I didn't love seeing your work so much, I'd break up with you. That is how incredibly jealous I am of your albums.
    Mine are incomplete and not at all as fun. Maybe I'll burn them....jk.....We all have our own path, but you have truly inspired me!!
    xoxo

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  108. This has been so wonderful to see! I have two journals now showing all of my quilts that have been made so far ... but you sure have given me inspiration to do more with my entries.

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  109. Wow! I wish I had the patience to put together something like your album. You've created a beautiful memory book. Thank you so much for sharing!

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