PATTERNS, WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THESE PATTERNS??

Since it has been so hot here in the valley this past week or so, and I really didn’t want to have a steam bath in my sewing room, I have decided to take advantage of that time and go through some patterns.  I prefer to print out my patterns on paper rather than use the computer.  I just like to have them handy so I can mark them up as needed or make notes.

I have 10 large binders (with paper protectors) that are stuffed full with patterns, tips, ideas, templates for both applique and paper piecing, plus projects that I am working on or plan to work on in the future, usually these are for swaps or small projects.  Some of those have been there for a few  years already!  I also have a small box that is overflowing with patterns that I am currently using or have finished using.  In addition to that, I also have folders with patterns inside for mystery quilts, quilts that I am working on, etc.  During this process, I have found that I have a few  (well, maybe more than that) duplicates.  

I finally whittled the pile down somewhat by starting with my binder for tips and ideas, etc and organized that, plus went through all my applique patterns and put those in order.  Next on my list is the dreaded Patterns binder!  I need to go through those and see what I have in there.  I usually save my duplicates and then take them to the guild and let them give them away for me.

Sew, my question to you is what do you do with all your patterns?  Do you  have a system that works?  Please share it with us, we would love to see your ideas.  Or are you overwhelmed and not sure what to do with them?  Please share your ideas.

About cozyquilts

Hello and welcome to my website. My name is Donna. My hubby is retired and I am still working from home. I have twin daughters and am blessed with 4 grandchildren. We are owned by 4 cats that love to supervise and are very nosy. I have been quilting since 1996. In addition to making quilts for my family and friends, I also make charity quilts for Marjoree Mason Center and Valley Children's Hospital. Marjoree Mason Center is a local organization here that helps and supports battered and abused women and children get out of abusive relationships. Every Christmas I make several baby quilts for the women, along with a small stuffed animal. Valley Children's Hospital is a new venture for me that just started this year. Every month or so I drop off a couple of quilts along with a small toy, for the children. I use a lot of bright, fun fabrics to help cheer them up. I do special order quilts but please be advised in advance as I work full-time in addition to quilting, I only do a few during the year. Also, it may take up to 6 months to a year to completely finish a quilt as my sewing time is limited. I only do applique or patchwork and will incorporate machine embroidery into my patterns, when requested. Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you and friends again soon.
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