- To be able to replicate a technique.
- To remember what stitch length or thread I used in various places.
- To remember what batting I used.
- To track where the quilt has been shown, or who I gave it or sold it to.
- To help me keep track of the brands of materials used, such as paints, fusibles, spray basting, threads, etc., with notes about what I liked/hated about the product. Nothing irks me more than to use the same product I hated AGAIN, simply because I've forgotten which one was the offender.
- To have information like quilt dimensions, and date finished at my fingertips when I'm filling out applications for quilt shows.
When I finish a quilt, I take a photo of it, glue the photo on the outside of the file folder, and label the folder with the quilt's name. I also add a record sheet to the folder. The record sheet has a place for the quilt's name, dimensions, date finished. This information is really useful when filling out applications for quilt/art shows. The record sheet has a table to record info about quilt shows with columns for date accepted/rejected, venue, shipping date, show dates, return date (the date the quilt is supposed to be returned to me) and a miscellaneous column where I record any prizes or accolades the quilt earned, or sales information.
When a quilt is accepted into a show, I keep a print out of the notification, all the information and receipts for shipping it in the folder. I keep these records, even long after the quilt has been sold, though I don't really know why. Do you keep records of your quilts? If so, what do you keep?