There were many things to take away from the conference, and I have continued to ponder the information I gathered while there. Obviously after hearing Marin Hanson I want to make a trip to Lincoln, NE to visit the IQSC&M. The new building design by Robert A. M. Stern looks amazing, but I'm aching to see the collections, especially the Ardis and Robert James Collection. I also continue to wonder how many modern quilters label their quilts. I wonder if modern quilters think about documenting the process of designing and making a quilt. Is a blog post with a few pictures enough? (These thoughts are put in the context of the modern quilter, but they apply to all quilters, makers, etc.) Should we be telling the entire story? And, when we choose to record the documentation of our quilts virtually, how do we intend to maintain that information once we no longer blog or God forbid stop quilting?
I admit I haven't always labeled my quilts. Going forward it will be one of the last steps I take as I finish each quilt. As well, I need to quit being so lazy about documenting my work. Photographing them isn't enough. I need to take the time to write out each story, including dates, which fabrics I used, etc. Over time I won't remember the details of every quilt I make, and the documentation needs to become a part of the process. The owner of a quilt is bound to have his or her own story about the quilt, but the first chapter of a quilt's story should come from its maker.