I’m a writer by profession and enjoy keeping journals of my ‘adventures’ and experiences.
Writing about a craft is a departure from my usual topics but I thought my experiences in starting quilting virtually from scratch, might be helpful to others.
I’ve decided to record this quilting project in detail, to refer to should I ever make another, and in the hope that others making the same journey would have somewhere to begin, and a helpful route map to follow.
Keeping a record of progress, steps taken, equipment purchased, fabric used etc is not just interesting for others, it’s a great idea for anyone embarking on a project like this.
And I think you’ll find it interesting to make notes as you go.
When I made my first quilt pen an paper were the only options available to me. And though I did keep some notes along the way, I’m afraid I soon lost them.
One of the things I’ll be looking at on this blog is the different options for recording a practical project, that are now available to us in this digital age.
There are a number of journalling apps which are now very popular and you might like to try one of these. I’d love to hear how you get on.
Look for one where uploading photos is simplicity itself and where there is a reliable back up system.
It would be devastating to lose months of work because your app developer went bust or did not maintain their server properly and lost all your data
Blogging your way through a quilt
My favorite option is of course blogging.
If you are new to quilting, you might like to keep a blog as a record of your own journey to refer to and look back on – you could keep it personal and private, or make it public for others to enjoy
And although starting a blog isn’t quite as straightforward as keeping a diary, it is still relatively easy to do
Making mistakes in public
If you start a blog about quilting or are already blogging, do drop your link into the comments box below.
Of course, blogging in public makes us vulnerable. I may mess up terribly with my project, but if I do, hopefully others can learn from that too.
But there are benefits too, including useful feedback from others, and the potential for building a small community around a shared interest.
Feedback and support are so valuable when you are working at home on your own.
So, if you are an old hand at quilting, feel free to let me know where I am going wrong!
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