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Documenting Your Quilts

Documenting Your Quilts

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

How many of your quilts or other craft projects have you given away without even keeping a photo?  Have you ever wished you could remember what kind of batting you used or where the pattern came from?

It only takes a few minutes to make a page to document each project.  I keep mine in a binder and it’s great to be able to look back through past successes (and near-successes) and see my growth as a quilter.  With this documentation I also have access to all the details about the quilt if I need to refer to it again.

Here’s an example:  my documentation page for my Ladybug Dance quilt.

What should be included?

  • Quilt Name
  • Finished Size
  • Quilt Photo(s)
  • Date Begun and Date Completed
  • Fabric Samples
  • Pattern Details:  Pattern source, designer, block name, block size
  • Construction Details:  Specific batting, thread, fabric line/designer, quilting design.  If you used a professional quilter, include their name, too.
  • Quilt History:  Who received it on what occasion, or any quilt shows or contests it was entered in and any awards received.



The documentation is quick and easy, and looking through the pages in my binder I only wish I’d started it earlier – so many of my early quilts are gone without a trace.

Don’t let that happen to you.  Begin documenting with the quilts you’ve still got, and continue with each one you finish from now on.  The rewards are well worth the few minutes it takes.


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