There's a method to this madness of writing a book. This month I'm writing descriptions of each quilt, and I'm going in chronological order. So far I have done 17-- ten of those just yesterday. As I go through the quilts, I'm renaming the files and pictures and numbering them to keep them in order. I have little nicknames for each quilt, but those won't really do for the book.
A lot of the 19th century quilts are from unknown makers, and while we may recognize them today as New York Beauties, they weren't called that. A few folks tried to get me to assign so-called "earlier" pattern names to the quilts, but that was a terrible idea, so I ditched it. I'd much rather call something an 1860s pieced quilt than presume to know the intent of an unknown maker by assigning a pattern name with meaning.
Just the facts, Jack!
I'm having a lot of fun calculating the number of pieces in each quilt, and the number of quilting stitches, as I have mentioned previously. That's the kind of information you just can't make up. One of the rescue quilts had about 4,000 pieces, and another quilt had more than 250,000 quilting stitches. Before I started those calculations, the only numbers I had were price, estimated date and dimensions.
Ah well, back to work...I have another number to worry about...the deadline!