I made some progress on the Stage 6 - B/W/R Red Cosmo Saturday night - so I felt like I could switch gears a little and work on the six that need the Story and Photo (Stage 1).
Friday afternoon (still 2010) I was able to lay the quilts out on the bed and take their pictures. (YAY!! - half way there!!) So I figured I could just keep on keeping on and get the scrapbook pages made and the stories written - and start writing my "LEFT-HANDED QUILTING - BACKWARDS" book - while I was at it. AND - get six of my quilts "DONE".
QUESTION - When is a quilt considered "DONE"?
Most people consider their quilts "DONE" when they are quilted and bound.
Others say they need labels to be properly "DONE".
Some say the quilt is "DONE" when it is ready to send off to the long-arm quilter.
I take that one step further and say that my quilts are not "DONE" until I have documented the whole process in a scrapbook - with photos - the story - a fabric card - and a foundation paper pieced heart (for a memory quilt).
When I mentioned my scrapbook process to my sister-in-law in an email last year, she had some really good questions - and my answers were awesome! (Just checking to see if you are actually reading this.;)
Here is the conversation we had -
Do you just use adhesive to attach the index cards and photos without any cover sheets?
No - I haven't glued anything down to anything yet. I just slip the index cards and photos into the plastic sheet holder with some pretty paper behind them. I have some glue sticks - just haven't done that part yet - maybe in the summer when I have to sit in front of the fan all day - hehe.
I need to decide on what size book and pages to get.
I got a 12x12 scrapbook and filler pages. I figured it would be big enough to hold 8-1/2x11 pages if I had notes or something that size that I wanted to save. Besides - that size says "Scrapbook" to me. But size is a personal choice - use any size you want.
MY WAY - (This Is How I Do It - 'cuz I'm special - hehe)
I got a 12x12 scrapbook and a pack of 12x12 paper with a bunch of different colors and patterns that I liked. I wanted a variety of colors so I could kinda match the paper color to the colors I used on the quilt - and the pack of matching paper and patterns seems to unify the whole thing.
I use two scrapbook pages and two colored sheets of paper for each quilt.
LEFT SIDE - On the left side I slip in a copy of the pattern and any notes I might have. I don't glue anything down - just slip it in the paper holder.
RIGHT SIDE - On the right side I put in a TITLE strip - sideways along the right side - kinda like an index tab - so I can flip through the book and find the quilt I'm looking for. I also add the STORY - the SCRAP CARD (details below) and the PHOTOS. I make the right side nice and pretty - that's the side you see first when you open the book - and put all the "extra" stuff on the left side. I just stuff it in - I'll deal with it all "someday" when I'm in a "scrapbooking" mood - for now, I just want it all in one place.
TITLES - I set up an Excel spreadsheet with just one column - centered - with a really big font - and bold. I print it out on regular copier paper and cut the strips apart with my handy-dandy paper cutter - leaving them all
SCRAP CARD - I take a 3x5 index card and flip it over to the blank side. I cut a scrap of each fabric I used in the quilt - about 1" wide and just over 3" long. I line them all up on the card and stitch them to the card about 1/2" from the top - the stitching winds up being on the red line on the back of the card. After it's stitched - I flip the card over and trim the fabric just past the edge of the card. Now I have a sample of the actual fabrics I used - to compare to the photos. I save the rest of the scraps for the "heart" and memory quilt.
JOURNAL COVER PAGE - I also attached a copy of the cover page I print out for each of my scrapbooks. I print mine on really pretty pink paper with roses on it - makes the scrapbooks look like a "matching set".
ID PAGE - I also attached a copy of the "ID PAGE" I use for each "Volume". It reminds me which ones I made where and when.
OK - that's all I can think of now. Let me know if you have any more questions. I love your questions - keep 'em coming.
P.S. Be sure to take pictures as you go along - once you finish the quilt and give it away it will be too late. And be sure to just enjoy the process.
So that's what I wrote last year - the photos attached were taken yesterday. While I was doing the Story and Photos for the UFOs in Stage 1 - I also did the Story and Photos for the B/W/R Pillowcases. Since I still have to do the Label - Heart - Scrap Card for them - I will go into more detail when I post the progress on "Stage 2".
Stage 2. Need Label - Heart - Scrap Card -
- B/W/R Pillowcases
Space - The New FrontierDONE 1/2/11
Big & BoldDONE 1/2/11
Topsy Turvy- DONE 1/2/11
Springtime - Mystery Quilt- DONE 1/2/11
Christmas LightsDONE 1/2/11
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -