HOW DO YOU STORE YOUR PATTERNS? September 19 2014

A quilting buddy called the other day and said....
.... she wanted to come over for a visit.
That sounded like a great idea so....
.... I said, "Sure!!   I'll see you in a bit!"
Naturally, during her visit, we gravitated to my sewing room.   That was when she asked me...
...if I had a certain pattern.  
"Absolutely!" I declared....
I was very confident that it would take me a matter of seconds to find said pattern.
I hunted......
....and I hunted.....
....but to no avail....
She was getting a little impatient and I could tell rather unimpressed.   She joined in the search.....
I was getting frustrated and a tad embarrassed.
How could this be?   Unless a pattern was in a BOOK, I stored them in what I thought was a very organized fashion.
A few in here...
.... and a couple more in here....
.....always using these....

BUT IT WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH!

I should have known better.   You see, I've been a knitter since I was a teenager.   (So not very long at all, right?)  And believe me, length of time knitting is NOT a testament to the quality.   Continuing on.   All of my knitting patterns are stored using binders and page protectors, but WHEN it was getting a little out of hand with the growing number of various patterns,  I began to use these....  SUBJECT DIVIDERS!!!

GUESS WHAT?!?!?!?!?

I've taken the time to organize my quilting patterns....   even those little fellas that come in their own plastic envelopes.  They are ALL now tucked into page protectors and filed in a big binder USING SUBJECT DIVIDERS
.
I marked my dividers with titles such as "12-inch Blocks",  "Paper Piecing" or "Machine Applique" and one divider is even labeled  "10 Minute Gifts" for those little dandies we get when we go to Thimbles Club.    Believe me!  Nothing takes me only 10 minutes to make!!!
One thing is pretty clear.  I am going to have to invest in a couple of binders like these....
They have a plastic cover on the spine and you can insert a label to identify what you are storing in that binder like 12" block patterns or baby quilt patterns.
Here are some suggestions as to what your subject dividers might be:
  • table runners
  • placemats
  • block of the month
  • mystery quilts
  • quilt in a day
  • by designer.... LIKE WANDA'S DESIGNS!!!!
You may have different ways you file your patterns.  One thing is for sure.   I was shocked to see how many patterns I had accumulated in a matter of a few years and that only became apparent to me when I was asked to search for a particular pattern.

Phew....

Now it's time to enjoy one of these...
HAPPY QUILTING!