UPDATE: From a Random Drawing the winner is #42 Laurie. Congratulations!
Welcome to the:
I am a journal keeper from a long time back alternately documenting life, processing information and praying. Just before leaving NY most were shredded. I spent some time reading before shredding but most of them just gone.
Over the years I’ve used a variety of planners to help keep me on the straight and narrow. Some planners work better than others, and all planners work well, when we work them. Just like machine quilting, a lot of it is a matter of finding the tools that work best for us, and taking the time to use the tools. As a quilter this process of finding the right tools is on-going as new threads, machines, and notions are developed for our use. There’s also the whole process of finding our style and voice.
One of the things that I’ve discovered that I love is the feel of a pen in my hand, and thoughts running from my brain to said pen. A pen or pencil slows down the thinking process just enough that the words come out in order, the right order. An order that makes sense to me later on when I go to looking for that idea I had seven months ago that I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I also like pretty things, or things that inspire, or keep the inspiration moving forward.
And then C&T offered the Quilter’s Project Planner: Everything you Need to Dream, Plan & Organize 12 Quilts, $19.95. Essentially one quilt a month for a year, so yeah, there’s a 2-page 12-month calendar that had room to make simple notes, or a list to check off as you go. Like any good planner there is an expanded calendar to make slightly more detailed notes. A bit of a Dot or Bullet Journal. There’s space to track progress on each project, and place to play, doodle, practice quilting motifs, or keep a simple list of thread colors. The planning pages for each project offer great space for tracking all the details for each project from Quilt Name, to blocks used, sizes and more. Each new 4-page project space is a different color, which flows through the book for consistency. Did I mention it’s pretty? And did I mention the quilts gracing the pages between the sections? The final two sections are information we want to keep at hand: contacts and quilt making related information. The Quilter’s Project Planner is just the right size to put into our back pack or purse and take with us when we’re shopping.
Now you might be wondering, or not how a machine quilter who focuses on the decorative stitching for the purposes of creating line and design, and shaping the overall look of a quilt use such a Planner? Well, lemme show ya. Start with the gallery above showing the beginnings of Project 1, also known as Dream Big, or Split Complimenterity Redux, or I’ll find a really good name for it later.
On the pages I’ll be able to document the thread I use, along with batting, hours stitching, and important progress. The beauty of any planner is we can use the features that make the most sense for us and take advantage of the space we don’t use to doodle, practicing motifs, or track needle & thread pairings, think about thread weight and color.
Watch these pages for more notes and project planning. Things have been running through my head at lightening speed over the last several weeks while my focus has been preparation for my episode of the Quilt Show, and actively preparing to move into our new home. More on that and organizing my temporary and then permanent home studio.
Please visit the other quilters on the Social Media Tour:
9/9 C&T Publishing
9/10 Me! Thanks for participating
9/11 Quiltville – Bonnie Hunter
9/12 Quilt Fabrication – Susan Arnold
9/13 Zippy Quilts – Mary Puckett
9/14 Lilo Bowman
9/15 SewVeryEasy – Laura Coia
9/16 Slice of Pi – Laura Piland
9/17 C&T Publishing
Of course there’s a chance to win a copy of the Quilter’s Planner (limited to those in the U.S. sorry) please let me know what the most unusual flavor of ice cream you’ve ever consumed by Thursday 9/17, I’ll draw a winner on the 18th. Thanks for joining all of us and get ready to get your planner!