Tuesday, 25 October 2011

a place for everything....


...and everything in it's place.

Who said that? (answer at the bottom of the post)

Well, my friend Pat Sloan is one of those people. She has so much going on in her life that she has to be super organised or she'd quite simply forget what the heck she was supposed to be doing next. We were chatting via email and she mentioned quilt album to me as a way for her to keep tabs on each and every project she makes (believe me she makes A LOT). Like most bloggers I rely on Flickr to be my online quilt journal as such. I have sets in Flickr and I record progress and dates of starting and finishing quilts. It's worked ok for me, but it's not the most organised way to work and what would happen if one day my flickr account was just closed, and deleted (it's happened to people, after getting reported for having links to shops etc in their Flickr stream). That kind of scare mongering is enough to make me have palpitations.

Quilt album is the answer. Or at least it's an answer and a pretty good one too.

It's really easy to use (believe me) and everything is stored in it's own little file within the album. And therefore it's safely kept in one place on your computer (obviously with all things on computers you should back up to an external hard-drive every now and then...that's just common sense, ok?)
This is a screenshot of one of my projects (click on the pic and it'll go large).


Just pop over here and take a little video tour. Like what you see? Here's a $5 off coupon that Pat hooked me up with. Just enter the code AEH-UW when you check out. Simples. I know the website is kinda clunky looking, and not really as modern as you might like...but ignore that (I checked it out first off and thought, 'like heck I'd use that, Pat, there's all sorts of bad graphics going on') but you know what? It's really cool and really useful and I am hooked on it! And it's only $25 with the coupon code. 


and the answer to who said the quote at the top? It was Mrs Beeton. Did you know that already? Well, you do now.

9 comments:

Justine said...

That's a really good idea isn't it? I'm not sure I make enough quilts to warrant it, it would be good if you could track all your makes in it!!!!

pat sloan said...

It is a great way to track works in progress as well!! and you can print out loads of useful things... Thanks for giving it a go, now all is safe and sound!!

pennydog said...

Ooh I might get this... I must say though a lot of quilty things on the Internet look like they've been put together by a colourblind circus monkey- obviously not beautiful blogs such as this, but block libraries, etc. And it's ALWAYS a purple background- what is with that?!

Alice :: Backstitch said...

I love that the start and finish dates are just years - my kind of timescale!

Heleen Groot said...

Great solution Katie, however (great word)... it does nothing for the exploding fabric in my work/quilt room...Sigh...I will have to clear up that mess just manually......

Emma Thomsen said...

What a great idea, especially as I have WIPs in the attic a couple of years old (plus)!

Jo @ a life in lists said...

I was just about to come here and whinge that I love the look of it but it doesn't run on Mac. And it does! Maybe I will give it a go one day in the not-too-distant-future.

frayedattheedge said...

Every so often I edit my (hundreds of) photos, and transfer them to an external hard drive, so I don't have to worry about my laptop crashing, flickr shutting me down etc.

Sue said...

I love quilt album.I have all my projects recorded (quilts,pincushions,table runners, aprons) The software is easy to use and you can print quilt labels, greeting cards & business cards using your own imported pictures. My computer crashed and the Quilt Album Tech people sent me a new "key" to reload it. They were awesome.Love love love it. Sue

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