Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Recent Project

Over the long Labor Day weekend I decided to go through over 15 years (yes! it's embarrasingly true!) of saved quilt magazines. Don't tell my husband, but some of these magazines have moved with us eight times. I wish I had counted them before I started - or maybe not. Anyway, this is the result:

I saved instructions for quilts I truly loved/might make/would be loved by family members; articles on quilt history; and articles about decorating with quilts.

The rest of the magazines went in the recycling bin. My sewing room closet is much neater now. Or, at least it was neater for a few days!

The interesting thing was that there were very few (like five or so) magazines that went into the bin intact. In every other magazine was at least one project I felt like saving. I had multiple copies of all the most popular magazines: American Patchwork and Quilting, Quiltmaker, McCalls Quilting, etc. By far, the magazine that had the most pages going in the books and the fewest going in the bin was American Patchwork and Quilting. None of those were discarded intact, and most of them resulted in multiple articles from any one issue being saved. Just a personal preference thing, I guess.

So did all that work (it really took me all weekend and then some) cause me to rethink my magazine buying habits?



Mishka said...

Wow, what a huge job. I should do the same too. I too think my American Patchwork and Quilting will be the most kept.

How did you organize your binders?

I envy you that job completed.


Rainma said...

I love it! I am doing the same thing right now. Sold many on Ebay and other venues, but still I am left with hundreds of magazines. I think now I will just continue to bind them up as I had been doing and not feel guilty about the recycle bin!

Annette said...

What a nice idea. But whew! a lot of work. I should get busy on something like that. I too pull out my favorites but they get stashed in folders so I don't get to look through them as often as I could.

kjquilts said...

APQ is my favorite magazine too. Every month I mark several pages with quilts I'd like to make. Great idea!