Organising Your Hoard Of Quilting Patterns And Stencils
Most people start off with a manageable portion of patterns. However, like most hobbies, quilting can take over our life and house and before you know it, there will be boxes of patterns under the bed, in the garage and on the floor of the living room. Quilters mostly start this collection of patterns from magazines, and free samples they may have obtained. Sometimes, if word gets around that someone is a quilter, there may be a sudden influx of used quilting patterns from friends and family, thus leading to a silent implosion in the number of patterns one possesses.
Since older patterns come in their own little pockets and are considerably more delicate than homemade ones, care should be taken to store them in a clean damp-proof condition. Some people store them in boxes while others use a file cabinet system to store them. Moths tend to favor the soft papers and tossing in a few mothballs will keep them at bay. It might also be a good idea to keep them individually wrapped in protective plastic covers that are typically used to preserve vintage comic books. Not only will this keep the patterns inside visible and at the same time separate, but it will also prevent them from exposure to atmospheric moisture. They will also need to be kept without creasing. A sturdy backing cardboard can be inserted along with the pattern into the sleeve for this purpose.
If you want to go all the way, there are apps for mobiles and PCs that can help catalog and label each individual pattern so that you will know exactly where it is. This will help you keep track of all the patterns and stencils you have and prevent purchasing duplicates. There are always better, more organized ways to take care of your quilting stencil collection but in the end, it lies entirely on individual taste.