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The Quilters Planner: Review and DIY Cover


Happy Sunday! I'm checking in to show off this super cute cover I made for the 2018 Quilters Planner that I recently won in a giveaway courtesy of Kitty Wilkin / Night Quilter, as well as give you a quick review of the Quilter's Planner itself incase you're thinking of purchasing one :)

If you're interested, and want to see more photos, keep reading...



Planner Review

First off: I have to state without hesitation that this is the best planner EVER! I am somewhat of a planner addict, and although I don't share my planners (and stickers, pens, etc LOL) on social media much, I definitely have a thing for all things planner related. Needless to say, one that's specifically for Quilters is right up my alley!

Here are some things I love about this planner...

  • You get weekly and monthly pages for every month of the year with lots of little extra spots for goal trackers, sketches, lists and more.
  • There are 15 Alison Glass designed coloring pages plus 4 pages of Alison Glass stickers for your planner (SO AWESOME!).
  • A reference section in the back for cutting fabrics, calculating cutting measurements, etc. 
  • Tons of to-do list pages, gridded pages for sketching blocks or full quilts, Project Planning and Swap / Bee Block tracking pages.... just so much stuff!
  • There is also a thick magazine that comes with the planner to accompany it which includes 13 quilting & sewing patterns.
I really didn't understand just how awesome this planner was until I saw it in person. If you're someone who quilts or creates a lot - and especially someone who participates in swaps - this is such an amazing asset to have! I highly recommend buying one!

Handmade Planner Cover

For my planner I wanted to create a cute but classy looking cover. I used the free "45 Minute Planner Cover" PDF tutorial from the Quilter's Planner website and added my own flair.

The EPP panel is the center hexagon block from a PaperPieces.com "Star Blossom" block kit which was gifted to be in a recent swap. The fabrics are Daisy Chain by Annabel Wrigley. I am totally in love with this line right now. I have an extra fat quarter bundle set aside for a quilt (hopefully one day).

If you'd like to make a cover like mine, here are basic instructions...

Supplies Needed:

  • FQ for lining
  • FQ for interior pockets
  • Essex Linen (background): 9" x 21"
  • Accent fabric (bottom strip): 3.5" x 21"
  • PaperPieces.com "Star Blossom" block pack
  • Small piece of elastic at least 2" long
  • Fusible fleece and woven interfacing

Instructions:

  • Use the 13 center EPP pieces from the Star Blossom block to baste and hand sew your large hexagon block.
  • Piece accent fabric strip to the bottom of Essex linen background. Trim to 11.5" x 21"
  • Applique, or hand sew, your finished EPP block onto the front of your planner cover exterior placing it at least ½" from the top and 2-3" from the right side.
  • Follow the free "45 Minute Planner Cover" PDF tutorial to complete your cover.



If you make a planner cover like mine I'd love to see your finished creation! Feel free to tag me @amistabaker on Instagram. 




Thanks for reading! Have an awesome month, I'll see you again in early December for my turn on the  Stitching Sewing Organizers Sew-A-Long! 


Maker's Birthday Bash: My Package!!


This year is quickly coming to an end and so is the Maker's Birthday Bash I have been hosting all year long! We had a few hiccups along the way, a couple flakers and drop outs, the occasional late-sender, but all-in-all it has been a great swap.

You'll have to forgive me for being 2 weeks late posting this, I have been so sick (so was my husband and my son had an allergic reaction to something and got covered head-to-toe in hives! PLUS Halloween with 3 kids) but here it is! I'm super happy with everything I was sent for my birthday in later October from Jeanne @makkaroni_art, and I'd like to share all of those gifts here with you. Fair warning: this is a picture heavy post! Enjoy :)


Before I spam you with a billion pics of all the wonderful things Jeanne sent me, I'd like to give her another huge Thanks for everything! This birthday package was the best I've ever received. So much thought went into it and I truly appreciate every item! I am using the bag a zipper pouch everyday :)

Ok, on to all the amazing stuff!

Macaroon Pouch (pattern by @charisecreates)

Three "Crew" pincushions (pattern by @noodlehead)

Crafty Fox embroidery kit

Felt-Fetti

Various EPP shapes / sizes

Cabin Fever book by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting

Amazing Compass Bag (Pattern by @noodlehead) 

Side pockets

Interior

As I said, I loved everything so much and have found a use for everything so far! There were also tons of little extras like candy, thread conditioner, quilting gloves, and more! The gift was amazing!

And so I don't give *too much* away, below is a little sneak peek of my partners in-progress birthday package! I've still got a few more weeks to send it out and I'm making things as I go, but these are just a couple items I can show you :) I hope she will love it!


Thanks for visiting!