I included a page for a photo of your quilt. I have tons of digital pictures on my computer, but we all know that computers can crash. Besides, technology is always changing. Remember when we were all thrilled with 5-1/4″ floppy disks? Does anyone have a computer that can actually read those things anymore? So unless you are diligent about continually converting digital information to the most current format, I think it’s important to have at least one paper photograph of your quilt.
I also think it’s nice to have fabric swatches. Not only is it interesting to see them all in one place, but it is also useful to monitor any possible fading. I have a quilt that I made in 1991 and I had it hanging in my living room for nearly fifteen years. Even though it was never displayed in direct sunlight, when I compare it with the fabric swatch I saved, I can see that some of the fabrics have faded significantly. Once I saw that, I had to decide if it really matters for this particular quilt. For instance, is it an heirloom-quality quilt? If so, I would want to take immediate steps to protect it. Better yet, I should have been monitoring it all along. For this quilt, however, it’s not that valuable and it’s more important to me that I just enjoy it.
I put 1″ squares on the form for the fabric swatches, mostly because they fit well in the remaining space on the page, but if you have used fewer fabrics, you could attach 2″ squares or whatever size you like. Don’t forget that you can fuse the fabrics onto your paper to make it go even faster.
Get your Quiltmaker’s Documentation form here. I’ve put information about my Lost Quilt Come Home website at the bottom of the form. Please feel free to make copies of this quilt documentation form and distribute it to your friends, your quilt guild, or wherever you like. May your quilt never be among the missing!