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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Quilting Journals, Klosjes & Swan Lake

I recently read a post on Barbara Brackman's blog about Sewing Diaries.  It was really interesting and if you haven't seen it, just click on the link.  I then saw Wilma's blog and she had done a post on Quilting Diaries too.


A couple of years ago, an issue of Homespun magazine came with a DVD from Leanne Beasely about creating a scrapbook to document our quilts.  I gave it a go and have documented several of my quilts, but after reading these posts, it got me thinking that perhaps there was more that we needed to do to document each quilt.  My journal has some interesting information about each quilt but nothing detailed, such as pieces of fabric and what range it came from.




Last year I participated in an Antique Quilt Study group and there were so many questions unanswered about the maker of each quilt, how much did she spend on fabric, how long did it take to make, what inspired her to make that particular design etc.

Anyway, it's Food for Thought.  Who knows, 100 years into the future maybe our blog archives will be found somewhere and quilters will marvel at what we did "way back when".



Klosjes report is 5 for this week, making a total of 74!



I am still obsessed with Swan Lake at the moment and have prepared my second border of hexagons, all ready to be appliqued.  Max refused to get off the quilt and every time I shooed him away and lined up another photo, he jumped back on it!



He is playing on it here, trying to attack something in his imagination!!!!




And of course, I have two more favourite hexagons for this week.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Sue-Anne xxx


39 comments:

Suedio said...

Hi Sue-Anne

Nice work with the quilt journal. As you know, I've been keeping a journal of my quilts - the when, what, sometimes why. But things like the cost of the fabric, while not seeming important at the time, would be really interesting to look back on a generation or two from now. Thanks for the inspiration to be a bit more thorough . . .

Nice work with the hexagons - the blues are looking really nice. And how generous of Max to help you model your work in progress :)

Have a great weekend. Regards, Sue

Sue said...

Love your new header too. I wonder when quilters look back at our work in years to come what will they say. Will they pick holes in it or will they marvel. We shall never know. Love Swan lake and the Klosjes its all coming along nicely.

Tineke said...

Hi Sue-Anne,


This is such a treat! I do not know what I like the most on your blog but I adore your Swan lake it will be such a YUMMIE! quilt. And where did you find these beautiful blue/white fabrics you used on your last flower? They are so gorgeous.

Have a great day!
Tineke

Lizzie said...

Swan Lake is looking gorgeous Sue-Anne, I really love the colours.
Lizzie
xxx

Lurline said...

Wow, love the whole Post - but seems like I have missed something on the Swan Lake - so beautiful, but then you know my feelings about the dollies!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Shirley said...

Hi Sue-Anne,
Someone gave me a quilting diary in our secret santa. It has pages to add photo's and space to add details. Having seen what you have done has really taken it a step further and I think you may have just started something. The co-incidence here is that I am putting together a folder of our group charity quilt so that the new owner has a record of who was involved in the making,etc. Must have transcended the airwaves. I love the new header. Swan lake gets more beautiful with each viewing. Now you really are playing catch up with the klosjes.
Love Shirley.

Marieke said...

Beautiful fabrics you use: for the klosjes and for swan lake. And: gotta love cats as obstinate as they are! :-)

Cubby House Crafts said...

Your Journal looks beautiful! Did you do a similar cover to Leannes? I have made 2 so far and purchased some more binders when they were on special.
Loving your hexies...my goodies should arrive soon!
Lisa

Mayleen said...

Your quilt diary looks great. I need to do a much better job of labelling and documenting my quilts! Seeing your diary gives me some inspiration to start one.

I'm looking forward to seeing your fiished klosjes quilt. They are so beautiful and your Swan Lake too!

Notjustnat said...

Thanks Sue-Anne for nudging us toward quilt journal. I started one too, but but but!!! The quilt is looking lovely embellished with Max!
Hugs
Nat

Karen said...

It is interesting to know that the quilt study groups are interested in so many facts about a quilt. I don't know if I have the energy to do a journal. But I would like to read a quilt maker's journal of a 100 years ago and know something about their life and quilts.

A Quilter Awakens said...

My mother (who doesn't even label her quilts) keeps telling me I need to document, so thanks for the pictures of what beautiful documentation looks like. I love Swan Lake. Aren't those tuxedo kitties persistent quilting helpers? Karmen

Maree: said...

I Really Love the Colours in your Swan Lake..just Gorgeous...I have been keeping a Quilting Diary for a while...it's Great to look back on what you've done..
cheers

gerda said...

oh gosh..what a beautiful projects!!!!
we had the first PHEBE group in the store at Petra Prins in the netherlands...and it was so wonderfull..so enthousiastic and!!!!...DI was oneline..so we can ask her some things about Phebe...
have a nice day!!!

Quilt Hollow said...

A quilt journal is such a fantastic idea but gosh darn if I'm lucky to get a label even on the back of some of my quilts. Your help is just a cutie!! Enjoy the weekend.

Deb said...

I think that is an excellent idea to document quilts. I wish that I had put one together years ago because I gave a lot of my quilts away as wedding gifts, baby gifts, etc. But I do have some pictures so I can create one now.

Love your klojses and your hexies too. I definitely have to start making some of those. Such a great take-along project.

Julia said...

Just beautiful Sue-Anne...you know how much I love the Dollies too!
Wish I had started a sewing journal a long time ago..
great post..
Julia ♥

Elyte said...

I think it is a great idea to document your projects but I never get around to it. I think my blog is my diary - or it's as close as I have at the moment. Love watching the progress of Swan Lake but I must say your little helper needs a bit of instruction on what he should actually be doing.

jean said...

Hi Sue-Anne
Love your new banner. Thanks for the inspiration on the quilt journal, you really have got me thinking.
Your hexies and swan lake quilt are looking amazing

Linda C said...

You just may have shamed me in to starting a journal of my quilts. Just recently while looking for some photo l realised that l don't even have photos of all my quilts.
Your swan lake is looking fantastic, and 2 more stunning hexies.Thanks for sharing.

supergoof said...

Confession,... I'm in *l*o*v*e with the Swan Lake,... it's really beautiful,...
:o)

katrien said...

Hi, lovely klosjes you maked this week.But the swan lake,beautiful,i have no other words for this one.This is so lovely.
HAve a nice time.

wilma said...

I love this!!! I think that is an excellent idea to document quilts. SCRAPBOOKING!! I have so much scrapbooking items. Oh love this idea....

Thank you for sharing!!

Terry said...

Sue-Anne you have deffinately started everyone thinking about documenting. Me included. Must label my quilts.

Swan Lake ,dollies hexies and kloshes this week you have been busy. All beautiful

Happy Stitching Terry

Barb said...

Wow great journal! I started one years ago and I keep meaning to get back to it. Your post may be the inspiration I need - although mine is not nearly as pretty.
Lovely Hexes and spools!

Brandie said...

Swan's lake is looking great! Even with Max in the middle.

Karen said...

I keep a hand written quilting journal and a couple of years ago I started a scrapbook style journal of finished quilts, including fabric swatches. Maybe it is time to add a few more papers.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Love the fabrics you are using for your hexagons.

I've often thought of keeping a quilt journal, instead, I make sure I get a picture of the finished quilt and make note of the year. That's as good as it gets! LOL

Karen said...

What a great post. You have encouraged us all to keep a diary. Swan Lake is looking great. And Max reminds me so much of my cat, what is it about a quilt on the floor????

broderie said...

all looks lovely and i also love your new banner! journaling everything is a great idea, but can you tell me where to find the extra time to do all the things we love. liz of broderie.

Linda said...

I love your quilting journal! I started a recipe book like that. I love to scrap book and I thought a recipe book from my favorites that were just stuck in another book would be fun and it has been. I think I will make one for all things I sew now, I take pictures of everything...thanks for the inspiration!!

Marjan said...

Hi Sue-Anne,
Interesting thoughts about quilting journals... I like yours very much!
You made very lovely klosjes and Swan Lake is just beautiful. Your blog is so inspiring! (Almost forgot to mention your stunning hexagons!)

Leanne said...

I like the idea of a journal but never seem to get around to doing it. Swan Lake is growing.

Siobhan said...

Fantastic idea, Sue-Anne! I need to do that with my stitching and my quilting projects. It's a nice record for the family. Your quilty projects are fantastic. Swan Lake is wonderful, and I love your klosjes!

Annemieke said...

Hi Sue-Anne,
Love all the hexagon fabrics, must be great to work with. Your klosjes are looking also very good. The pictures of the journal make me think, but I keep a notebook with little notes( doesn't look nice at all) and I have my webblog and ofcourse the labels on the back of the quilts,so for me that's probably enough.
Groetjes
Annemieke

Marieke said...

Hydrangreas are waterloving plants, so too much heat (or lack of water) is not good for them. Mine are in a small place in the front garden and hang their heads, when it is too hot. They need some care indeed, but give a lot in return, don't you think?

Annette said...

Your journal is an awesome idea and I am so in love with your quilt!!

Wendy said...

The quilt journal is a great idea, we really do forget and it's good to write it all down. Max is such a cutie, I'm sure wanting to be center of attention.

*karendianne. said...

Oh Sue-Anne!!! I keep coming back and thinking I've commented. Today I came back and thought "Is there something wrong with my reader?" because I feel like I keep reading the same post over and over again. I checked the post day and a couple other things. I NEVER COMMENTED. I've read this post no less than 3 times. It's a great post, wonderful and filled with "food for thought" but I never ever commented. So confused was I. sheesh.