Sunday, July 8, 2007


Line Drying

Normally, my large quilts are machine washed and then line dried. I like to have two lines fairly close together and hang my quilt this way. This set-up takes away any weight stress as the bulk is distributed evenly and not just hanging down which would put stress on my hand quilting. Popped stitches do not make me a happy person. :o(

This is my summer set-up and there is a winter set-up in my furnace room.

My quilts are refreshed occasionally by being thrown into the dryer and air fluffed to help get out dust.

In my last post, there was a question about how my blog pages are printed out. Right after posting, I go back into my blog and start to copy the last post just where the date is and go all the way down to wherever I want to stop. When copying, it doesn’t pick up any of the side bar info.

For my quilt journal, at the back, there are blank sheets just sitting in those clear plastic protector sheets and whenever a new project is started, I just take a blank sheet and start jotting down date started, source of pattern, etc. and then put the sheet back into the clear plastic. Whenever new information is to be added, I just flip the pages in my journal to the project sheet that I want, pull it out and write down thoughts, world events, etc.

When the quilt is done and it’s time to print out a journal page, I just go to my computer file and fill in the blanks. On the left (see my last post) of each line of my journal page, that information is pretty standard and on the right is the information that will change with every quilt that is made.

This works for me. It’s never too late to start a journal. Thirty years after I started my first quilt, the information is there along with photos and I am really glad that the time was taken to jot down information and snap a photo. It’s not too late to start your journals at whatever stage they might be. You will be glad you did! :o)

Have a great day!

6 comments:

Pieces From Me said...

I so wish I had kept a journal from the beginning, but you are right. It is never too late to start. I can't even remember some of the quilts I made.

Linda said...

Some of my first quilts, I don't want to remember....lol.. but that's great advice Rose Marie. I think I'll start, thanks for the tips.

Chookyblue said...

I have just found a thing in blogger that emails my blog update to me as soon as I post it.......an easy way to print it out and keep......it is a pain to get all the boxes on your blog print out..............

Belvie said...

There's nothing like the smell of a quilt dried in the fresh outdoor air!

I started a journal on the 2 quilts I'm making for my kids. Since they were special gifts, I bought a pretty journal for each and have been making an entry each time I stitch on them. When they get the quilts....they will also get the journals.

I think I will make a Word Document using your idea to make documentation for me to keep and put a photo of the quilt with that. I'm starting today and will do so for all future quilts. I can also work backward on projects that I remember and fill in what info I still remember. Thanks for the wonderful tip!!!

Annie said...

I am also doing a quilt journal - it's from software called book smart and can be found at www.blurb.com The nice thing is it downloads your blog......you edit it to your hearts content..then you order the book. So you have book/photo quality pictures.I'm not affiliated with the company but thought you might want an easier way............

Guðrún said...

I think I will start printing out my blog, it is a kind of journal.