I’ve Made So Many Quilts I… (ideas for counting quilts!)


Can you count how many quilts you’ve made? Do you remember them all? Since this project is about telling your quilting story, why not commemorate your quilting accomplishments on your Quilt Story quilt?

Try these fun ideas or think of a special way to acknowledge the number of quilts you’ve made in your quilting journey:

  • Add a button to your quilt for every quilt you’ve made. This idea is great for those who haven’t made so many quilts that the entire quilt will be covered in buttons!
  • Add a bead to your quilt for every quilt you’ve made. This idea is great for those whose number of quilts numbers in the hundreds.
  • Embroider a french knot on your quilt for every quilt you’ve made. This idea makes it very easy to add more knots as you make more quilts.

So how many quilts have you made? Let us know in the comments below.

My Quilt Story Project

Want to catch up on the rest of the project? Here are the details:

Between now and Fall Paducah in September, we invite you on a special creative adventure. Each week we will offer you ideas, techniques, blocks, and embellishments to help you tell your quilt story in stitches. 

If you didn’t catch the beginning of the project, visit here for the quilt story worksheet.

Did you remake your first block? You can find some help here.

Have you decided on the monuments representing the moments that changed your quilt story? Here’s a look at how to start.

Are you building your town? See how we built a building.

Have you created a quilting garden? See some sample blocks here.

What quilt construction techniques have you learned along your journey? Take a look at our list.

Want to add some memorabilia? Take a look at our quilt blocks great for showing off your favorite quilting pins.

Do you have special people who filled your quilting heart through the years? Here’s an idea to include them in your quilt.

Do you have special fabric collections you’ve been saving for years and want to include with a special commemorative block? Take a look at our Original Memory Collage Block!

What about those orphan blocks from past projects, inherited blocks that haven’t found a home? Turn your forsaken & forgotten blocks into treasures.

Have you noticed your color selections for your quilts change through the years? Record your color history by creating a block to display your color preferences through your quilting journey.

Add a map block to your quilt story project. Maybe it’s a place that inspires you or holds dear memories of quilting friends.

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I have made hundreds in the past 11 years since I started quilting. I take a picture of everything I make and print the pictures and put them in albums. It is nice to look back at them all.

Diana Groves

I take pictures of my quilts too .but I did not when I began so I do not know how many I have made

Celeste Ward

I also take pictures of my quilts and put them in albums with the date made, who it was given to and the size. I’ve a list at the beginning of the albums for a quick glance and I just add new ones to it. So far the count in the last 20+ years is 305, most of which I have given as gifts. Celeste in Japan

Jan Thurman

Besides printing a picture of the quilt I have made, I try to also have a picture of the person I gave the quilt to. I include a picture of the label so it is known that the quilt had a label with it when it was made. The last thing I add is little snips of the fabrics in the quilt in case the picture doesn’t show the detail of the fabrics. In the future my children/ grandchildren will know the details of the quilts I have made, who they belonged to, when it was made, the name of… Read more »


Quilting has been on my retirement bucket list for a very long time – or what seemed like a long time. I purchased the material for my first quilt 2 years before retirement because I thought that I could devote the time to quilting after work and on weekends. A neighbor (I will call her Gazette) said that she wanted to teach me how to quilt. She didn’t even know what a rotary cutter was at that time. Long story short, I put the material away for another time. It was in the winter of 2014 that I took a… Read more »