Several of you have emailed me, and asked questions about what exactly I do for My Quilt Scrapbook. Hopefully this post will give you ideas of what to put in your quilt scrapbook if you decide to make one.
Let me back up a bit – well many years actually.
When I started quilting in my teens, I took a picture of each quilt when it was finished. I wrote the notes about the quilt on the back of the photo.
Then the photo got put in a shoe box. The shoebox gradually filled up and grew into two shoeboxes and then three.
Sometimes I went through these boxes and enjoyed the memories, but rarely did anyone else see the photos or hear the stories of the quilts.
Obviously, this system was not really a scrapbook. It was the roots of my quilt scrapbook, but definitely not a “real” scrapbook at this point.
The Making of My Quilt Scrapbook
My son asked me in January of 1998 if I had any idea of many quilts I had made to that point. Well, no. Not really.
Wintertime is a good time to do projects that demand blocks of uninterrupted time. His question got me wondering how many quilts I had made to that point. Remember that my quilting was so much a part of life at our home that my kids thought every family had quilts and made quilts.
I still remember when the son came home shocked when he realized that not everyone had a quilt frame in their living room. He had just spent the night with a friend and that house did not have quilts or a quilt frame. We laugh about it now, but at the time his shock was real.
Anyway, we decided to set up a card table in the school room (remember we homeschooled) so we could work on the quilt scrapbook. Volume 1 covers 1980 – 1995 (or quilts # 1-150). Volume 2 covers 1995-2000 (or quilts #151-289). There are over a dozen scrapbooks now, and I need to start another one.
What do I put in My Quilt Scrapbook?
Anything and everything about each quilt. Every quilt has an individual page (or pages). The page(s) tell the story of the quilt. Any awards it has won. Who it was made for or belongs to. The size. Maybe small samples of fabric. Photos. Receipts for quilting or supplies. Start and finish dates. The quilt number.
At first there was only one photo of the finished quilt. As time has gone by, I take more photos of the quilt, including the backing and some of the fabrics. There may be photos of the quilt in a quilt show.
Hobby Lobby is where I get most of the scrapbooking paper and glue dots now for this. I want these scrapbooks to last, so quality supplies are essential. The binders are industrial grade that I get at the local office supply store. I also get plastic sheet protectors at the same office supply store.
The quilts are in the scrapbooks in date order by when each is finished.
Why a scrapbook?
I can think of several reasons to make a quilt scrapbook, including:
- Each quilts’ story is easy to enjoy.
- The photos and stories are organized.
- It is easy to show off your wonderful quilts.
- The memories are right at your fingertips.
- No matter where the quilt goes to live, you can still enjoy it.
Scrapbooks of any topic can be expensive or frugal. They can be very fancy or very plain. The wonderful thing about a scrapbook is that it is up to the maker.
The scrapbook can be dressed up with stickers, newspaper articles, handwritten notes, fabric scraps, ribbons, photos, or anything else that makes for good memories. Make it a fun way to remember all those quilts you were part of.
Every quilt has a story – whether it is quilt #1, #25, or #200.
Every quilter has a story to tell. Include how you learned to quilt, your quilt memories of older relatives, fun quilting trips you have taken, why you made certain quilts, and who inspired your quilting. If you choose to make a quilt scrapbook – it is about the quilts of course, but also about you as the quilt maker.
If you choose to make a quilt scrapbook, add some stories about what was going on in your life while you made particular quilts. I have found that even the simplest description brings back memories of what was going on in my world and the world around me at that time.
As time goes on, I am trying to make the descriptions more detailed. I am getting older, and it is impossible to remember all the details from 20 years ago. Good grief, there are days I don’t remember what I ate for breakfast!
Not all quilters see a need to document their quilts, and that is fine too. Please do what is right for you. But if you decide to make a quilt scrapbook, make it fun and enjoyable. Your memories are precious.
Happy Quilting to my wonderful readers.