This year has been a bit off course from what I imagined. I have not completed the projects & goals I had for the year. A new year is around the corner and life is settling down a bit here so it is the perfect time to step back and try this plan again….and maybe add some new ideas!
My 2020 Quilter’s Planner arrived last week, and I had a jacket all ready for it.
This new jacket has a different edge. I tried a finish with binding for a new look. I am working on a rewrite of the Sketchbook Jacket pattern to include this as an option. You can get the current PDF version of the Sketchbook Jacket pattern in my Payhip shop HERE. I will post an update for the pattern when the bound version is included.
I ordered the unbound planner, which came without a cover. Of course I had to make a rigid cover for the planner to fit in its quilted jacket. I experimented with pieces of fabric between the laminate sheets. I made a few different ones and so far they are all holding up to the punch. the 10 mil was the perfect thickness for the covers too….and look at the fabric in there…all safe and protected. Learning to laminate with 10 mil was fun. Now I want to laminate all the things!!
I am so excited to plan 2020 with the new options in the Quilter’s Planner. The dot grid & graph paper pages are going to push me to get my ideas down so I can work them into my plans.
There is so much to look forward to in 2020. What are you most looking forward to in your 2020?
I have a thing for stickers and I cannot lie. I have been experimenting with different ways to create custom helpers for my Quilter’s Planner. Some have worked great, some not so great.
My first try was to create mini stickers to help keep up with my sewing and quilting tasks.
These stickers are perfect for placing and creating lists in my planner. I use them in the weekly layout columns to schedule time with my sewing machine, cutting table, and sewing prep. I have not quite figured out how to create a cut file for these, so for now I cut them with scissors to fit in my planner pages.
Then I tried to create a printable sticker for formatted sticker pages in circles & rectangles.
These little stickers are formatted to print on Avery sticker pages so no cutting is necessary.
And then I wanted to create stickers out of printed graphics & text for inspirational quotes throughout my planner. This led me to use my Xyron Creative Station. I printed text on colored paper and then cut them into fun shapes. After running them through my little sticker maker I was able to apply them to my goals page to give me extra inspiration to keep going back and visiting my goals page for motivation.
I have since been able to add lots of little motivational stickers through my planner pages to boost my planning goals.
BONUS…a little page of sticker notes to help you plan your sewing & quilting to-do’s. This is a PDF download and can be printed on sticker paper and cut, or, you can print on paper and make stickers with your sticker machine. Click HERE to get the PDF.
I hope you find a little inspiration to help you motivate yourself in the pages of your planner.
I couldn’t make just one. Making two was sew much more fun!
Almost identical…one warm, one cool. I dug into my stash of Alison Glass fabric to create these quilted jackets using my Sketchbook Jacket pattern. The quilted jackets are custom made for and wrapped around a 2019 Quilter’s Planner. Which is your favorite?I have been cooking these jackets up just for you!
OH the excitement when the 2019 Quilter’s Planner arrived and I opened the beautiful box!! The anticipation of its arrival was intense. Not just because I have a quilt featured in the companion magazine, but, because I want 2019 to be better than 2018…and 2018 has been sooooooo good!
I ordered the unbound version just to experiment with adding pages and extras to my planning pages. I searched for a binder to accommodate the size of the planner and found the Five Star Flex. It is a bit smaller than a regular 3 ring binder so it didn’t bulk up my planner more than I wanted a binder to. The 3 rings are a perfect match for the unbound planner which arrives pre-punched for a standard 3 ring binder. The rings on the planner are flexible and I haven’t decided if they are a positive or negative yet.
The front and back cover of the flex notebook didn’t quite cover the planner tabs. I purchased some inexpensive chipboard and punched holes in it to create a more rigid cover and back . The more rigid cover now extends out over my planner edge to protect the tabs.
I knew I wanted to create a quilted Sketchbook Jacket for my planner. I always put a jacket on my sketchbooks and planners…it keeps all the papers in and I have a way to zip it up and take it with me. The Sketchbook Jacket PDF pattern is available on Payhip or in my Etsy Shop.
I was racking my brain for a month trying to come up with a mantra like cover design for my planner and remembered the fun Alphabet Spools pattern I had purchased from Quiet Play last year. Those spools with the little alphabet letters were just waiting for me to work them into a project! I love the little letters and how they sit perfectly in the spools…but I needed my spools to look more like my thread rack….
As you can see, I use Aurifil Thread. The 50 & 40 wt. are my go-to threads for quilting, bag making, and all kinds of sewing. And I needed the spools to be small enough to fit within the 11 inch cover of the jacket for the planner.
Foundation paper piecing is probably my favorite quilting technique. The detail you can get and the ability to scale the pattern gives me so much flexibility when designing a layout. I reduced the Alphabet Spools pattern to 40% and created a new top & bottom for the green and orange to match my thread rack selection.
I created a mini spool block without letters to fill in the blank space between my lettered spools. This is a simple piecing pattern and I was able to vary the width of some of the blocks to show fuller and emptier spools…all in my favorite colors of course.
The final ‘mash up’ of my Sketchbook Jacket & Alphabet Spools will be the perfect mantra cover for my Quilter’s Planner to keep me in the making mood for 2019. What are you planning for 2019 to keep on track with your goals?
Having a quilt pattern in the 2019 Quilter’s Planner is surreal. I have been an avid user of this planner for the last 2 years, admiring the patterns, beautiful photography, and colorful imagery…not to mention the perfect planning tool for everything! And now, my pattern will be part of that…for an entire year!!
Without further ado
The inspiration for this quilt pattern started with a rainbow of fabrics. So many pretty colors in so many different collections!
This selection of Alison Glass fabrics is part of a much larger collection I have been gathering for a few years now. The bright saturated colors with the low volume text prints were the perfect mix for my new pattern.
The low volume text print also presented an opportunity to match the background with a saturated solid block. A favorite classic block with an echo that gives you two churn dashes in one block. Assemble these blocks into rainbow bands and you have ripples of color. The pattern includes directions to create a single color low volume background as well.
Of course you can create your own Churn Echoes quilt with the fabrics you like. There are so many possibilities with this pattern.
Pre-order your Quilter’s Planner today and choose between two different covers! There are 13 patterns in the magazine that comes with your planner…and when you order your planner you will get a bonus pattern to download from your confirmation email!!
Here is the list of fabulous designer and makers with projects in the 2019 Quilter’s Planner . Visit these fabulous designers and makers to see their projects!