Update: August 1, 2016: ***Pre-order your 2017 Quilter’s Planner Today!***
On Tuesday, my friend Stephanie @Late Night Quilter (who was also one of the co-hosts for the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop) launched an Indiegogo campaign for her brainchild, the Quilter’s Planner. I am so excited about the planner and immediately pre-ordered two of them (they will make the perfect gift for other quilters or creatives in your life)! I would like to share some of the details about the planner today.
Stephanie designed The Quilter’s Planner to have everything you need to organize your life, plan and track your sewing projects and be inspired to create something beautiful every day! It is approximately 8 x 11, made in the USA, and will be shipped in time for the holidays. Personally, I am a huge fan of the fact that the planner is bound so that it can fold. This is the kind of feature that really shows me that Stephanie has put a lot of thought into how the planner will be used.
- Monthly calendars
- Weekly calendars
- Project planning pages
- Swatch saver
- Graph paper
- Free motion quilting practice pages
- Goal-setting prompts
- 8 full quilt patterns from amazing designers (Cheryl Brickey (Meadow Mist Designs), Yvonne Fuchs (Quilting Jetgirl), Amy Garro (13 Spools), Lee Heinrich (Freshly Pieced), Mandy Leins (Mandalei Quilts), Pat Sloan (Pat Sloan), Kitty Wilkin (Night Quilter) and me).
- 52 original quilt block designs from awesome quilt bloggers
- Gorgeous artwork pull-outs by the talented Kelsey Boes from Lovely and Enough
- Reference section for quilting calculations and common construction techniques
Check out the awesome, original block design in the left hand margin (this example is the Whirling Plus design by Josi Heron of Avocado Quilts). Each weekly spread will show a fabulous block design by a blogger in our quilting community – that’s 52 block designs to inspire you throughout the year! 52 original quilt block designs… I am so excited about those! Our 2015 New Block Blog Hop was a smashing success.
Individual Project Planning Pages:
You can track all the steps you need to take to complete the project, and list out the supplies you have, and those you need. You can even attach an inspirational picture or sketch a block design, and attach swatches of fabric with included sticky dots!
Some Thoughts From Stephanie: How You Can Help
If you can take a second of your time to help me spread the word about the planner, I would appreciate it so much. You can log on to Indiegogo and use the share tools in the left and right margins. If you use the share tools on the Indiegogo site, you will be automatically entered into my Indiegogo Share contest. The friends who share the most (because sharing is caring) will receive rewards from me like a free planner, a fabric bundle, or a fun t-shirt!
Indiegogo is a fabulous site for start-ups and creative projects (be careful –browsing through the fascinating projects is totally addictive). It allows me to collect pre-orders for the planner, which makes it much easier to determine how many to print. I have already invested substantial funds into the complete development of the planner, but I am publishing the project on Indiegogo to support the printing.
What I love about Indiegogo is that I don’t have to meet a “funding goal” in order to go ahead and print the planners and send them out into the world (unlike Kickstarter, another well-known crowd-funding site). So if you order a planner, you are guaranteed to receive a planner. There’s no threat of an unsuccessful crowd-funding project.
There are lots more details about The Quilter’s Planner on the Indiegogo campaign page. I am a person who loves to make lists and cross items off of lists, and I am curious to see how The Quilter’s Planner integrates into my life next year. Would a planner like this work for you, or do you prefer to use other tools / methods?