Have you ever tried keeping a Quilt Diary?
A quilt diary is simply a place where you record information about your quilts and all the materials you used in it.
Good information to record would be:
- Batting brand and type (cotton, polyester, etc)
- Thread brand and type
- Needles used in your machine
- Any special fabrics (ex: batiks from a special store)
- Any special treatments you used (ex: starching with new brand of starch)
I used to keep a quilt diary when I first started quilting and I still have the records from my very first quilts and some sketches for quilt ideas from 4 years ago.
Unfortunately I got out of the habit when my first diary filled up, so I stopped recording information about each quilt.
Part of this was the silly notion I had before my son was born that "I'll remember everything forever." Ha! I don't know about you, but it only takes one month before the details of a quilt are totally wiped from my memory!
This is now turning problematic because I really would like to know if I used a cotton or poly batting or what thread in what quilt so I can judge if they're good choices based on the wear of the quilt.
So I'm starting over and recording what I can remember from the materials used in my most recent quilts. It's never too late to start and just keep a record from where you remember clearly what you were using at the time.
Keeping this diary might also help you maintain better tension.
If you sit down to your machine and try a new thread and everything goes haywire, all you have to do is consult your quilt diary for a needle/thread mix that worked well, re-thread your machine and check to see if it is your machine needing servicing or it's just a bad needle/thread combo.
So definitely try this as you start finishing quilts this spring. I have 2 ready for binding and will definitely be writing down the materials used today.
Let's go quilt!