Work In Progress Wednesday {Week 6}

I’m not feeling real great tonight, and almost went to bed without posting, but decided I had to at least put up something tonight.

Last week’s new project turned into a completed top:

And then I got a ton of quilting done on it:

And then life happened and I haven’t touched it since Sunday. Oh well. Three day weekend coming up, so more quilting time to come.

Did get some hand-stitching on a binding done, but that’s about it for crafty progress this week!

Now, time to go to bed, even though it’s not even 9:00p.

Documenting my quilts using Evernote

screengrab Documenting my quilts using EvernoteI go through spurts with using Evernote. I should really use it more than I do, because it’s a pretty neat tool, and would probably help me remember a lot of things that I wish I wouldn’t forget.

Of course, it would help to actually look at what I’ve saved there: I recently found something in it that I was wondering about, and voila….right in Evernote, right where I’d put it.

I’m not sure why I’m not more consistent about using it, but it’s pretty clear that I can sometimes have a short attention span.

Documenting my quilts is going to be a long-term project, and one that I think Evernote is going to be well-suited for. My goal is to add at least one quilt at a time, and I’m aiming for one-a-day-ish. At least a couple a week. Ish.

Here’s the process I’ve got going, I’m sure I’ll tweak it as I continue to add to it.

Make a copy of my template

I created a template note with headings and sections for the things I want to try to keep track of. If I don’t know something, or it isn’t relevant, I can just delete that section for the current quilt.

This note lives in the Quilt Journal Notebook, and when I want to add a quilt, I can just right-click on it, choose “Copy to Quilt Journal” — and then start editing the fresh copy, leaving the template for the next quilt entry.

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Enter everything I can remember about the quilt.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of “unknowns” or “I thinks” being entered, but I’m making use of my blog as I can to fill in details, and not getting too worried about having all of the information. Mostly I kind of want to be able to keep track of how many I’ve made and where they are, if I can remember that…

Tag the note

I try to think of as many keywords that might be relevant to the quilt.

Add photos

I’m putting in several to show at a minimum the full quilt, the back of the quilt, and some of the quilting detail. I have a premium account, so I don’t have to worry about going over an upload limit. If you just have a free account, this might be an issue if you are wanting to include lots of pictures.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

There’s nothing personal or private in my Quilt Journal, so I’ve actually made it public, if you are interested in having a look:

https://www.evernote.com/pub/srearley/quiltjournal

{If you follow the link, it’ll ask if you want to join the notebook or view the notebook — I would recommend just doing the latter}

I’ve only got a few quilts entered so far, and maybe as I get going with this, I’ll change my mind about how I want to use it. If I learn new things about using Evernote for this, I’ll be sure to share. If you have questions, please let me know!

If you would like to try using Evernote, you can use this link to try Premium for free (and it gives me some credit, too). Evernote Registration link

 

Project 365 2014 {Week 6}

Six weeks? Really? That’s just crazy, isn’t it?

Time for another weekly photo wrap up!

February 2, 2014 — We were taking this quilt to its recipient, and when I went to pick it up, I discovered that the cat had crawled in the bag. Isn’t he beautiful? And ridiculous?

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February 3, 2014 — It’s my goal to take at least one picture of every family member each month. I decided that today was my turn.

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February 4, 2014 — Heartwarming picture drawn by Mark’s cousin’s daughter. If I understand right, she wondered how she was going to tell the boys apart!

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February 5, 2014 Brotherly love  — I got a text from the other room from Mark that said “photo op. come quickly but casually.”

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February 6, 2014 We received a medium flat rate priority mail box full of pecans from Kansas. I will need to do some recipe research…I foresee a pecan pie in our future…

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February 7, 2014 Old school — I’ve been doing all of my sewing on my featherweight. What a great machine!

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February 8, 2014 Some people hate doing the stitch in the ditch, but I find it to be an important part of my process, it gives me time to meditate on the rest if the design. Although, I’m almost done and I still have no idea how I’m going to quilt this one.

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That makes 39 days of photos!

 

Red and White and Documentation

There’s an online/virtual show of Red and White quilts going on right now, and I thought I’d participate. I started looking through my photographs and came to the realization that I have never actually made a red and white quilt.

Shocking.

I was sure I had made SOMETHING, but as I thought about it, I realized that whenever I make a quilt with red and white in it, there is always another color — blue, black, green….

I had decided I was going to write a post showing off all of my almost red and white quilts, and started to look through photos with an eye towards that goal.

And then something even more shocking happened: I found pictures of a quilt that I had made, that I hadn’t remembered making, until I saw the pictures. Now that I’ve stared at these pictures long enough, I do remember this one, but I have no idea where it went. I’m thinking I probably gave it away as a baby gift. Maybe? As far as the design itself, I think it was probably something I made up on my own, probably after seeing something like it on the Internet somewhere. The pictures were taken in December 2006, so I’m assuming a late 2006 creation timeframe.

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Unfortunately, none of the pictures I have of it are actually very good. It was quilted using my Meandering Magic technique, using the swirly feather variation. It’s really pretty cute!

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So, there’s my one red and white quilt. As mentioned in a previous post, I’m thinking about a Radiant Star quilt, in red and white, and even if I don’t do that, I’ll definitely be making SOMETHING that is just red and white!

This has led me to another realization though: I need to do better about documenting the quilts I make. I have started a notebook in Evernote, and made a template note that has headers for the different kinds of things I would want to keep track of for the quilts I make.

A lot of things are probably buried here in the blog, or on MQResource, and I’m going to take a wild guess that this red and white quilt was probably documented on Longarmchat.com, but that site’s archives are long gone. I’m going to start trying to put existing quilts into my journal in Evernote, and while a lot of it will say “unknown,” it will be something. After I get some time and experience under my belt with a system, I’ll share more about using Evernote for this.

I did poke around to see if there’s some software for quilt journalling, but I didn’t find much. I think using Evernote will work pretty well for me, but we’ll see. I’ll be going through blog archives, too. Even though the information might be HERE, on the blog, it’s buried in with everything else, and I think I like the idea of using a single repository in Evernote, so I can see ALL of the quilts I’ve made. It’ll be interesting to eventually figure out how many that actually is.

Question for other quilters: do you do something to document the quilts you make?

Call to action: go visit the linky page for the Red and White quilt show, sponsored by SewCalGal. And think about participating, too! You have until the end of the day tomorrow to share your red and white quilts!

 

Work in Progress Wednesday {Week 5}

The quilt on the frame doesn’t really appear much different than it did last week — I have made some progress, but didn’t get as much done over the weekend as I hoped.

The pink/blue/green quilt I’m piecing doesn’t look any different either — although I do have some more small units put together.

Today ended up being a day off of school (snow and cold. blech….) and so, instead of doing something like straightening up or putting away my laundry or anything useful like that, I pieced something new. I’m allowed: it’s a gift, with a deadline in March. I had some color ideas, and bought some fabric last night, but had no idea what I was going to make. I made some abortive attempts at a few things, and then poked around Pinterest where I found exactly the right thing (the sample was even made in the colors I wanted to use!).

And…I got a LOT done today:

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The pattern is called “Helix,” it’s from an ebook by Emily Herrick, called “Geared for Guys.” I was trying to figure out how to make it myself, based on pictures, but that only lasted for about 5 minutes before I realized I was being stupid and making myself crazy, and there’s too much crazy around here already.

Several episodes of Castle, Bones, and Elementary later and…I’m nearly at the point in this where I get to whack off the corners at 60 degree angles and then continuing adding pieces to make it a rectangle again. Quilting is funny, isn’t it? Cutting things apart and then sewing them back together….

I can’t wait to finish piecing this, I think it’s going to be great fun to quilt. As I said, it’s a gift, so I’m not going to say much more specific about it until later, but this will probably show up for the next little while as it moves through the process.

We are on a two hour delay for tomorrow, and hopefully we’ll actually have school. It’s the second day of conferences, and Friday is already scheduled to be a day off, as a comp day for the teachers, so…I suspect I’ll get a bunch more sewing and quilting done during my three day weekend!