Last week Imy tip was about making templates. This week I would like to share my system of organizing these templates.
I never discard the templates I make, or quilting plans that I draw out. You never know when I might need them again! At first Imjust tossed them in a drawer. Mom course they got dog eared and tattered…..they I visited Vicki Ibson in her studio in Kalispell Montana! Vicki lives in the same area as Judy Niemeyer and quilts a lot of her quilts. Her is a picture the day several of us certified instructors visited Vicki at her studio….
That day amoung many things she showed us, Vicki showed us her idea binder. It was a binder where she put all the ideas she gatherd and/or sketched for quilting Judy’s quilts. Since I migrate to binders anyways, the idea inspired me.
Here is my binder….
It is filled with page protectors, dividers and all sorts of goodies….
The 1st section is kinda boring, I keep good one side, blank card stock and clear template plastic here, ready to put to use making templates.
Next is a section called quilt plans. I often draw out my quilt plans. I keep them in this section incase I quilt the same quilt again, or in case I want to use an idea in a different quilt. The one you see here is drawn on a photocopy. Rest assured I did not break copywrite law, this was for my own quilt, it was my own pattern, and the copy was made for my own personal use. I am very copywrite aware…..
The next one is called Ghost Shapes! I have had the section for sometime, but just named it after taking a class with the same name from Krista Withers. These are a collection of shapes I have used in a variety of quilts….
These are templates I have made inspired by a class I took from Angela Walters.
This section is my Judy Niemeyer section. I quilt a lot of these quilts so,it is the biggest section. There are line drawings for planning purposes on their web site. I print one of these for every one of her quilts I do. On these I sketch my ideas. I keep these even if I do not use the idea. This section also has my templates.
So that is my system. Not real earth shattering, but a lot better than shoved in a drawer! Now I can find what I am looking for and it is intact enough to use again, cause time is money…..