We quilters all love when a squishy package arrives in our mailbox, or at our door. It usually means fabric stash. Well, yesterday stash that was not squishy arrived. It was The Quilter’s Planner 2016, created by Stephanie Palmer @ The Late Night Quilter.
I tore the box open and this is what greeted me.
The first few pages include small monthly at-a-glance calendars for 2016, 2017 and 2018, in columns, in case you need to look ahead, along with credits. Next is a personal information page where you can write your name in, contact information, important phone numbers, birthdays, local quilt shop or online shop information, and family member’s sizes. I love this and could probably add more categories to that personal information page.
Don’t misunderstand here, I love technology, and I keep my back-up schedule in my google calendar. Before computers, I’m dating myself here, we had little yearly calendars we carried around in our backpacks or handbags.
Quick aside – I was at the Apple Store in August, and a 24 year-old genius bar employee, (who is smart and delightful), asked me what I was doing on a particular day, because my battery drained very quickly.
I pulled out my little calendar and he said, “I’ve heard of those, but have never seen one.” Not the least bit embarrassed, I asked him, “If I asked you what you were doing on that day, which one of us do you think could find the answer out faster? He said “clearly, you.” And he proceeded to check my little black calendar book out with awe. Of course he keeps all of this information in his smart phone, but said he thought that aside from having to carry around an extra thing, my little calendar was a great invention, and truly faster.
Back to the planner. It has tabs with all the months of the year of course, plus tabs for projects, patterns and a reference tab, which I will go into detail later in this post.
For example, January, begins with a month on two pages. It includes a side bar
with helpful title prompts; Monthly Goals, Personal Projects, Work Projects and Quilting Projects.
Along the bottom of the right hand side of both pages there is an area for Notes, There is lots of space to write those notes, thoughts, doodles and scribbles in. On the left hand side at the bottom of the page, there is the same amount of space, but with graph paper.
Love that too.
The next several pages break down the each week in the month, referred to as; week-at-a-glance. Each day has the time listed from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM with space next to it to write in plans and appointments. There is some extra space at the top and the bottom to do with what you want.
On some dates in the box, you will discover fun details. For example, on January 24, it is Belly Laugh Day.
Along the bottom of both calendar pages are prompts; personal to-do list, work to-do list, quilting to-do list, and notes, with blank space to write in.
On the left side of the page a quilt block is featured, with the name of the quilt block designer and his or her blog. Underneath the photo the URL for the tutorial is listed.
One of the three tabs in the back, includes pages to plan projects. Love that.
This includes so many categories that go into quilt project planning. Very clever.
The next section includes some quilt patterns and instructions on how to make them. And a reference guide to measurements, conversions and cutting instruction, that are quick and easy to find.
This is a stunning book and planner, which is well-thought out, useful, pretty, makes me smile, provide me with doodle and thinking space. It is simple, yet elegant.
This planner fills an empty and much needed space in the exhaustive and crowded quilting tools, notions, stash and supplementary product market, and is proprietary. It is uniquely well-planned out, and includes every detail a quilter could possibly dream of, for use in planning and continually revising his or her yearly quilt planning. Well done!! Truely, nothing short of spectacular!!!!
If you want to order one, see Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter. Click on the tab for quilt planner, and order one. You won’t be disappointed.
Linking up with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash, and Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts Main Crush Monday.
Additionally, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Healthy, Happy New Year!!
This is most likely my last post for 2015, because we are moving next week. So please leave any comments, because I love reading them. I will answer them directly by e-mail.