Thursday, January 11, 2018

Quilt Planner Update

Well, so far so good with my new Quilt Planner. I think one thing that is helping me focus on using the planner is the Instagram Challenge that is going on right now. Each day of January has a new “challenge.” Using #qpbestyearever2018, we have used Instagram to post pictures adressing the following topics so far:
  1. Intro & Selfie
  2. What Makes You Sparkle?
  3. Top 3 Goals
  4. First 2018 Project
  5. Plan for Success
  6. Motivation
  7. Top Tip
  8. Weekly Spread
  9. Favorite Pattern
  10. Quote & Photo
  11. Project Planning
There are 20 more topics for the month. Most of the topics delve into ways to use the pages in the planner. By checking out the hashtag, I can (and you can) see how people are using the planner. If you want to check out my posts, you can do that (along with other posts I’ve made) here.
I also received my new planner cover this week. (I hired a friend of mine to make it for me. She did a great job. Thanks Debbie!) It is a perfect way to protect my planner. 
I think the gray cover will help to keep me from getting the planner too dirty. That is important, because I plan on dragging it around with me all the time. I really like the zipper pocket. Right now, I’m using it to hold some of the ink pens I’m using in the planner. I may discover (as I use the planner more) that it could be better used for something else.
There are lots of things to like about the planner and the planner cover.
(Inside front cover)
(Inside back cover)
The little bottom pocket is the perfect size for business cards. If you’d like to check out the Quilter’s Planner, you can find out more about it here.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Why Do I Like the Quilter’s Planner?

In my last post I told you about my purchase of The Quilter’s Planner and promised I would post what I like about it. Well, here it is. The Quilter’s Planner is 240 pages cram packed with ways for you to organize your quilty life.

First, I like that it is spiral bound. It opens out really flat so you can see two pages. You can also fold it so that only one page is visible, which takes up less table space. It includes a laminated cover and nice tabs separating each section of the planner.
I really like the calendar. There is a full month at a glance with nice, big boxes for each day.

On these full-month calendar pages there is a reminder about the block of the month (included with the planner). There are also places to write out Monthly Goals, list Personal Projects, and list Quilting Projects. Space to write out notes and a bit of graph paper (to do a bit of doodling if you want) are at the bottom of the pages.

Each week is shown in detail. For each week of the month, there is a “Habit Tracker” and spaces for a weekly Personal To-Do List, Quilting To-Do List, Shopping List, and Notes. As you can see, I have a retreat coming up.
You may have noticed the stickers on the full calendar page. There are lots of cool stickers included—4 pages of them by Artist Alison Glass. I LOVE them (although they didn’t include enough “Quilt Retreat” stickers for me, and I could have done without all the “Bill Due” stickers).
There are pages for everything, and these are just a few of them.

Did I mention I love coloring? This planner even has 15 pages to color; of course, I couldn’t wait. These are two pages I’ve done so far (and I’ve started others). I find coloring to be a great stress reliever.
In addition to the pages I pictured, I like the following:
  • Reference section
  • Graph paper
  • Pocket on the inside back cover
  • Instagram “challenges”
  • Facebook page
I hope I have given you a good idea about what the Quilter’s Planner is all about and why I like it. Maybe you will want to go ahead and get one or check it out next year.