I have always jotted down ideas, kept inspirational images around, stored great color palettes but everything is usually all over the place. After Melissa @meliherboth presented her quilt journal, I was determined to consolidate and keep a better record for myself.
I suppose I kind of already do that here on this blog, but the journal offers me a tactile option, something physical. That truly appealed to me.
I use these sketchbooks, which have these great covers are designed by Sarah Watts. I love the blank pages and the thickness of the pages are perfect when adding the glue. Oh, yes I get to glue, play with layout and some drawing.
What do I put on the pages as a keepsake, you might ask? It really depends on what that particular quilt inspires me to include. I so like looking at the variation between quilts.
Some basic information I always include though:
- Name of quilt
- Finished Size of quilt
- Quilting description or if I send it off for quilting and by who
- Date it was finished (a complete finish)
- A collection of fabrics that went into the quilt
- Inspiration / Spark for the quilt
- If it is a block based quilt – I include measurements of the block so I can write it up or remake in future.
- Block layout or color layout options or various sizes.
- If it is improv. – what limits am I using, any key designs I have used and the inspiration for those designs.
- If new techniques – I add notes on what I have learned along the way (hand-stitching notes)
- Quilting design ideas
- Design changes along the way
Once the project is finished, I take Polaroids of quilt (using a Fujifilm Instax Camera). These I place in an envelope which is glued to the page…a finishing touch for the quilts.
I must say, I love the creative side of making the journal. A little like project work back in school.
How do you all keep track of your quilts? Do you journal? What do you add to the pages?