My quilt making excalated from a hobby in the early 1980's, to 30+ years working at the professional level in the quilt industry. There are my 7 books, a DVD, tapes of TV shows I've appeared in, file boxes of magazine articles and other publications of my work, boxes of slides and photos, but this is way too data intense for the only 'mildly interested family' to read!
Recently I had my online gallery shop: https://marystorishop.blogspot.com printed as a quick reference, not only for personal use but current customers to review the 222 one-of-a-kind art quilts presently on that site. As of this writing, 52 are currently available and 170 have been sold.
I selected Prestophoto.com to work with due to the ease of being able to edit & condense my website's information, revert it to a PDF, and then with a few clicks get a book in production.
This is the result.....I'm so pleased with the quality, price, & speed of production. There are a few things perhaps I might have done differently, like organizing the photos by year. However, it was never intended as a library book, it's a visual reference book for potential buyers of my work and eventually my family.
I'm so happy with it that I'm now organizing volume 2 to consist of another 100+ quilts. These were made for family/friends which were not included in volume 1. Additionally, there are scads of quilt competition pieces, workshop & book samples created before digitally documenting my work. Unfortunately, many images are still in photo format, as well as slides from years of presenting slide lectures to quilt guilds and at conferences, Some have been transferred to digital, but only as needed, so I have my work cut out for me. That's why I'm only concentrating on art quilts, none of my garments. Most of that collection has been acquired by the University of Wisconsin's Fashion Design Department.
Perhaps this approach might interest some of you to create a record of your work that can be easily accessed in one (or two) books.
Book Front Hardcover Example of page layout....most feature 2 quilts but many have 4.