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.
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