Have you taken photos of all those quilts/wallhangings? Did you record sizes, who quilted and how, who received the quilt, samples of fabrics used,notes on anything special going on at the time working on quilt etc?
I told her I had pictures of almost all of them, I know who quilted all of them, I know who received most of the quilts, though I don't know which particular charities got which quilts. I know which ones I sold, but not what I sold them for. And I certainly didn't keep fabric samples or notes of anything going on while working on each quilt.
This got me thinking - why have I never kept a quilting journal? I know many quilters do. It would be such a great record of one's quilting progress year by year. Looking back, I really wish I had. I think that is the main reason I started blogging - so I would have a journal of quilting activities year by year. And I think that's why I stopped for two years - I wasn't quilting.
How many of you have kept the kind of information and fabric samples Vicki talks about? If you have, I'd love to hear about them and see pictures of journals.
I'd also love to know what a true scrap quilter does - if anything - to keep samples of fabrics used. This always mystifies me. If I kept all the fabric samples, the journal entry would be almost as big as the quilt!
So I've decided to write a post each day about one or more of my quilts - including pictures. It is mainly to expand my own record keeping, and I will enjoy the sharing also.
These two quilts, which I call "Around the Twist 1" and "Around the Twist 2", are from my Daisy Kingdom teaching days ( 1992-1994). The one on top was the sample that hung in the store to advertise the class. The second was the one I pieced while demonstrating as I taught the class. If I remember correctly, I used a pattern handout from the Daisy Kingdom files. This was the first class I ever taught for them.
|Pieced in 1992, finished in December, 2005 - the first quilt I did freehand with my new longarm|
|Pieced in 1992, finished in January, 2006 - the second quilt I did freehand with my new longarm.|
At the time I made these, I was still using a VERY limited number of fabrics in a quilt, because I was afraid to try more. I picked a "theme" fabric, then chose a "go along with" fabric and a background fabric. Picking fabrics to go together was still a big challenge. I can't imagine piecing a quilt like this now - my tastes have changed and my courage to put fabrics together is hundreds of times stronger.
Both of these were given to charity, though I'm not sure which one. I think they may have been sent to Hurricane Katrina victims. Or I might have given them to the Northwest Medical Teams quilt auction committee. I just can't remember - I wish I'd written it down.