Tuesday, February 19, 2013

10 Minute Tip

This week's tip is about what to do with all those quilting magazines that we all have. I know I can't be the only one who looks down at the basket of magazines on occasion and realizes it is overflowing yet again!

I have several ways of dealing with the magazines that live in my house :
1. Some of the magazines are really special and I save the whole magazine in nice little storage boxes on the shelf. No photo of this because it may have been a bit dusty. What can I say, I've been busy sewing!
2. The rest of the magazines usually have post it notes popping out of the edges marking projects I want to make, or corners folded over marking a design or website I want to remember. These magazines are fair game. Two or three times a year, I go through them and tear out the pages I want to keep. The rest of the magazine goes in the recycle bin or to the 'free trade table' at the next guild meeting.
(tilt head to the right, blogger decided we need the exercise)
3. I have a binder (or maybe more than one) that becomes the new home for these pages. I use a three hole punch to insert the pages into the binder. I have sections for different things such as: applique, scrap, blocks for swaps, seasonal, etc. You will want to create your own sections according to your tastes.
4. These binders need occasional sorting as well. Let's face it, our tastes change, or we make new discoveries that we like better, so every few years I will 'purge' the binders and take out projects that no longer inspire me.
I hope this tip helps you feel a bit more organized and inspired to go tackle a stack of magazines.
Enjoy every stitch!


  1. I keep binders of magazine inspiration too. I love digging into them and looking page by page at everything that intrigues me.:)

    1. Isn't it a great resource? I love to just be able to flip through it for a border idea, or a color combo, or a setting.

  2. I tend to tear out and save only the pages that interest me. I just found out that a an applique design I saved has the wrong pattern sheet saved with it. And it is a magazine from 2002 so I guess I am out of luck.

    1. That sounds exactly like something I would do! I pulled out a pattern only to realize years later that a whole page of the instructions were missing.

  3. Great idea! I just need to buy a few boxes of the page holders! And a few binders. I have QNM back to the beginning, and hate to cut those.


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