Fabric Palette for The Quilter’s Planner 2017

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A lot of people who have purchased the Quilter’s Planner have written to me to ask exactly what fabric inspired the palette for the 2017 Quilter’s planner.  I’m happy to share how it came about!  Pulling fabrics is one of the most fun parts of beginning a new quilt, isn’t it?

The colors were inspired by a palette I was challenged to create for a competition last spring using the new line of Paintbrush Solids for Fabri-Quilt.  To find out where you can purchase Paintbrush Solids by Fabri-Quilt, click HERE.

Here they are, in all their glory!

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Honeydew (121-072)
Pale Aqua (121-062)
Apple Green (121-076)
Orchid (121-024)
Teal (121- 013)
White (121-000)
Sky (121-020)
Silver (121-010)

 

 

 

 

The palette all began with my recent obsession with orchid.  My friend Kitty, from the blog Night Quilter, is a quilter and nature photographer, and she shared these beautiful photos with me. I loved them so much, I built the palette off the concept of a pop of orchid.

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I’m thrilled with the palette… and I can’t wait to sew up some bright, happy quilts with it.  I hope you enjoy it too!

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Free Christmas and Hanukkah Gift Tracker Printable Pages

It’s that time a year again when ideas and lists start swirling around in my head, and I need all the help I can get to keep things straight.

So click on the pictures below to download my Christmas or Hannukah gift list printable to help you keep straight who you need to buy what for this holiday season!

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My friend, graphic designer Lindsie Bergevin and I designed these printables for you and they include all the things we find helpful when tracking gifts during the holiday season.

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Signature Stephanie at Late Night Quilter

Free Thanksgiving Coloring Page

This Thanksgiving, the most important thing a busy chef can do, is to find simple ways to keep the kids busy.  So click here to download our Free Thanksgiving Day Coloring Page!

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And be sure you’re a member of our email list so you get our Free Printables right in your email box as we release them!

 

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How to Bullet Journal in Your Planner

How to Bullet Journal in your Planner | quiltersplanner.com

Bullet journaling and using a planner — both have a lot of devotees to their particular style, but did you know that you can actually use the Quilter’s Planner as a bullet journal? It’s true! Bullet journaling can be as simple or as complex as you like, but today we are going to look at a simplified bullet journal style for the planner. If you prefer to bullet journal with more details, there’s lots of room to do so!

Not sure if bullet journaling in your planner is right for you? Try it if:

  • You get overwhelmed when you see a jam-packed planner page, and feel like there’s too much to do
  • You want to spend more time doing, and less time planning
  • You love a streamlined visual look to your planner
  • You want to try bullet journaling, but don’t know where to start

First thing: you need to figure out what you want to track in your bullet journal. In our example, I’m tracking a couple of healthy habits I want to work on – drinking eight glasses of water each day, and stretching twice a day. I also want to track to-do items, appointments, events, and whether or not I got them done! Here is a close up of the key (and my less-than-amazing handwriting!): How to Bullet Journal in your Planner | quiltersplanner.com

Next, you fill in the details of your upcoming week. Add in what you can, and as other appointments and to-do items come up, add them in, keeping the key consistent:

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Tips:

Keep your Bullet Key simple. It will be tempting to develop a symbol for everything, but the more symbols you have, the harder it will be to keep up. No one wants to spend their time referring to the key symbols every single time they are looking at a task.

Identify your priorities. While it would be amazing to get everything that you want all done in a single day, we all have busy lives and it doesn’t always happen. Using your planner and the timeslots helps keep you on track of what you can accomplish in a given timeframe.

Get it all down. Even if you can’t get everything you want done in a given day, doesn’t mean you want to lose sight of it. Use the personal, work, and notes sections to add in ideas and notes or schedule time in your planner (even if it’s a week from now) to go over the ideas that are percolating. Taking time to get your ideas down on paper will help you feel more organized, even if you can’t find more hours in the day.

If you need it to be simple, stick with just one color. If you need to track a lot of different categories, try using different colors of pens and markers. Stickers can also help, too!

What do you think? Are you ready to try bullet journaling in your planner? Don’t forget to pick up your 2017 Quilter’s Planner today, or perhaps email the link to someone who is looking for that perfect gift for you!

And if you didn’t get the 2016 planner, why not get a jump on things by downloading our current month for FREE, so you can see just how great it feels to get organized?

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Thanksgiving Dinner Planner Printable PDF

Hi friends! I have a special free printable download for you today.  It’s the perfect Thanksgiving Dinner Planner.

Thanksgiving Day Planner Printables by Late Night Quilter for The Quilter's Planner

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I’m starting to get organized for the big day.  My family is hard-core when it comes to Thanksgiving Dinner.  We’ve been known to use an elaborate excel spreadsheet that shows guest lists, the dishes we’ll serve, cooking times and recipes (spreadsheet nerds refer to this as a Gantt chart).  But clearly, this method isn’t for everyone. If fact, it would put many to sleep, or possibly create a panic attack.

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So instead, let’s go back to the basics.  I’ve worked with my graphic designer buddy, Lindsie Bergevin, to create the dinner planner of my dreams, and I’m sharing it for free with you!

As always, the act of putting pencil to paper, has an incredibly calming affect.  After I create a nice, clean list, I always feel more in control of all the variables threatening to take over my life.

I hope you enjoy this printable.

Here’s the button again, so you can click to download it!

Signature Stephanie at Late Night Quilter

14 Quilt Patterns to Make You Cheer

It’s been a wild ride in October and November as we have worked hard to pack up and ship all the existing Quilter’s Planner orders. Whoo hoo!!!!  And I’m thrilled to say that new orders are shipping daily.  Order by December 10th to receive it by the holidays.

I thought it would be fun to highlight the gorgeous 14 quilt patterns and designers that are featured in the 2017 Quilter’s Planners.  You can click here to read more details about the project and the book.

My primary goal in creating the Quilter’s Planner is to celebrate our quilting community – which means giving some wonderful indie designers a new platform to show off their incredible skills.

All the of phenomenal photography  you see in the gallery below is by the uber-talented Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter.  If you have a quilt that needs a beautiful photo, reach out to Kitty at thenightquilter {at} gmail {dot} com (winter in Maine is gorgeous)!

I’m curious, which are your favorite quilts from this year’s planner?

 

The gallery won’t allow me to add hyperlinks, so I’ve added list of designers below. Please visit their websites and shops when you have time. They are the proverbial cream of the quilting crop!

Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts – Half-Square Triangle Variation (January)

 Amy Friend of During Quiet Time, Indie Vibrations (February)

Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter, Double Crossed (March)

Christa Watson of Christa Quilts, Feathered Chevrons (April)

Lindsey Rhodes of LR Stitched, Snow Star Mini (May)

Lee Monroe of May Chappell, Hattie’s Dresden (June)

Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles, Sunset Prism (July)

Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs, Canvas Lines (August)

Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl, Starlight Crystals (September)

AnneMarie Chany of GenXQuilters,  Patchwork Napkins, (October)

Kari Vojtechovsky of Craft-Happy, Every Moment Pillow (November)

Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt, Super Star (December)

Amy Sinibaldi of Nana and Co., Jacks, (Pattern Section)

Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter and Lindsie Bergevin of Design by Lindsie, Cascading Colorwash (Projects Section)

Quilter’s Planner Meal Plans for The Busy Quilter

In my personal quest to become a more organized person, I have warmed to the idea of taking a few minutes on Saturday or Sunday to plan meals for the whole week.

As a busy mom, a business owner, and a quilter, the truth is that I have to stay organized with meals or else my family of seven gets, well…let’s just say they all suffer from Hungry Human Syndrome, and they get quite cranky if dinner is late due to a lack of a plan.  And I have to admit, I hate having to do more than one large trip to the grocery store each week.  So planning is the lesser of two evils for me.

I figure that if I’m going to bother selecting meal plans for the week, and pinning the recipes to my Quilter’s Planner Pinterest Board, I might as well share them with you!  What good is a blogger who doesn’t share?

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My Quick and Easy Meal Planning Method

First, let me tell you how I accomplish my meal planning for the week in about 20 minutes each Saturday.

  • Firstly, I zoom through my pinterest board, selecting and pinning meals my family might like (there’s no way I can please everyone in my family… so I usually try to pick things the majority will consider trying).
  • Then I jot down meal selections on the Weekly Calendar top bulleted points (see photo above).
  • Finally, I take out my cute little QP Mini planner (available now with purchase of the original Quilter’s Planner), and I make a note in the shopping list section of ingredients I’ll need to pick up from the grocery store.

Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms by Danelle at Lets Dish Recipes.com

Meal Plan for This Week:

Here are my meals for this week:

Monday: Grilled Flank Steak and Balsamic Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms

Tuesday: Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna 

Wednesday: Whole 30 Sloppy Joe Bowls

Thursday: Sausage and Peppers in the Slow Cooker

Friday: Easy Stromboli from Southern Bite

I hope these meal plans are helpful to you and end up giving you more time to do what makes you sparkle – {QUILT}!

Signature Stephanie at Late Night Quilter

Join us for the Quilter’s Planner 2016 Sew-Along!

We are so excited to announce the kick-off of the very first Quilter’s Planner Instagram Sew-Along, taking place over on the Quilter’s Planner Instagram feed!

While we all eagerly await the arrival of our 2017 Planners, let’s sew up a pattern from the 2016 Quilter’s Planner! Sew along with us as we make the Scrappy Picnic Plaid quilt by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced, one of the fabulous patterns included right in your 2016 Quilter’s Planner. Don’t have the 2016 planner? Don’t worry—you can purchase the pattern right from Lee’s shop HERE and still sew along with us.

To download a free coloring page of the Scrappy Picnic Plaid Pattern, click here!

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There will be great prizes along the way, generously sponsored by Handiquilter, Cloud9 FabricsAurifil Thread,  Stash FabricsThreadcutterzThe Quilter’s Planner, and Stephanie herself at Late Night Quilter! There will be a BIG grand prize at the end (pst… new sewing machine plus more!), eligible for all of you who share a photo of your completely finished Scrappy Picnic Plaid quilt! To join in this Sew-Along you do need a public Instagram account.

scrappy picnic plaid close upThis pattern is super versatile and perfect for using up scraps! Make as a holiday gift, a scrap buster, or just a fun project with your quilting friends. The Sew-Along will run now through the middle of December, giving a little extra time for the piecing and quilting steps to allow for family time around the holidays.

SEW-ALONG SCHEDULE

*Note: For every photo you post on your Instagram account tagging @thequiltersplanner and #QP2016SewAlong, you will be entered into the running for the giveaways along the way!

October 24th – Quilter’s Planner 2016 Sew-Along Kick-off! (Spread the word with #QP2016SewAlong!)

WEEK 1: October 24-30th

Get the pattern! You have one week to get your hands on the Scrappy Picnic Plaid pattern so that you can sew along with us! Find it right in the Patterns section of your 2016 Quilter’s Planner, or buy the pattern HERE if you do not have a 2016 Planner (be sure to order your 2017 Planner now so you don’t miss out on next year’s fun!) Share the graphic on Instagram to show the world you’re in on the Sew-Along, using hashtag #QP2016SewAlong !! (Note that the more photos you share and tag on Instagram, the more entries you have to win prizes along the way!)

WEEK 2: October 31-Nov 6

Choose your fabrics. Dig through your scraps, visit your local quilt shop, or swap with a friend. No matter your methods, gather your fabrics and show us what you’ll be sewing with! Scrappy or solids? Holiday prints or rainbow fun? Post a photo of your fabric choices on Instagram tagging #QP2016SewAlong !

November 7th – GIVEAWAY #1
WEEK 3: Nov. 7-13

Cutting. Post photos on Instagram showing your cutting progress, tagged with #QP2016SewAlong.

November 14th – GIVEAWAY #2
WEEK 4 & 5: Nov 14-27

Sewing together the blocks and quilt top. You’ll have 2 weeks to sew your blocks and piece your quilt top! We will be sharing progress and encouragement on @thequiltersplanner Instagram feed, and look forward to sewing along with you! Again, post photos on Instagram showing your piecing progress, tagged with #QP2016SewAlong to enter the giveaways.

November 28th – GIVEAWAY #3
WEEK 6 & 7: Nov 28-Dec 11

Quilting and finishing. You’ll have 2 weeks to quilt and finish your Scrappy Picnic Plaid quilt, and we will be cheering you on!

December 12 – GIVEAWAY #4
WEEK 8: December 12-16

Final Link Up. You will have one extra week to finish up any final touches needed to complete your quilt and get the perfect photo of your completely finished and quilted Scrappy Picnic Plaid quilt on Instagram, tagging #QP2016SewAlongFINISH to be entered to win the Grand Prize!

December 17th – GRAND PRIZE

Winner chosen from finished projects tagged #QP2016SewAlongFINISH!

SPONSORS & PRIZES

The giveaways are generously sponsored by Handiquilter, Cloud9 FabricsAurifil Thread, Stash Fabrics, Pink Castle Fabrics, ThreadcutterzThe Quilter’s Planner, and Stephanie at Late Night Quilter! More detailed information about what EXACTLY you’ll be winning will be shared soon, but trust us—they’re gonna be great prize packages!!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

For now, go ahead and grab your 2016 Quilter’s Planner and flip to the pattern (or buy the pattern HERE), reserve a Project Planner Page in your Quilter’s Planner for the Scrappy Picnic Plaid Sew-Along, and repost our graphic on Instagram announcing that you’ll be joining the fun! Please be sure to tag @thequiltersplanner and #QP2016SewAlong in every photo so that you can be entered into the running for the great giveaways along the way!

We are excited to sew along with you!

QUESTIONS?

Have any questions about the sew-along? Email kitty@quiltersplanner.com and we’ll do our best to answer them promptly! Please keep in mind that we’re also full-time mamas, so patience and kindness are appreciated! We are SO looking forward to sewing along and sharing inspiration with you!

Giveaway: Win a Framed Quilt Block from Quilting Artist Kelly Cline!

The amazing quilting artist Kelly Cline has generously contributed one of her stunning, artfully quilted vintage handkerchief quilt squares to help promote the 2017 edition of the Quilter’s Planner! You can order a planner for yourself or as gifts for quilting friends at over at our shop.

Framing a quilt square really highlights the expert craftsmanship and skill that goes into making a quilt block, and Kelly has really outdone herself on this work of art:

Win a Kelly Cline Framed Quilt Square! | quiltersplanner.com

This is a vintage drawn thread embroidery on a background of beach-colored satin, quilted with a piano key border. Even if you aren’t a quilter, this stunning piece is full of antique details and artful techniques that invite you to look closely. There are small crystals decorating the lace squares and the center quilted rosette, as well. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Win a Kelly Cline Framed Quilt Square! | quiltersplanner.com

It’s exquisite. What I particularly love is the layered effect underneath the lace, which has a subtle shimmer to it. It’s the sort of thing that will one day be in a museum, it is that beautifully done, with so many considered details. With work as fine as this, it makes sense to have it in a frame and put it on your wall, don’t you think? And even though it has a real old world romance to it, a delicate work of art like this can easily integrate into your modern style:

Win a Kelly Cline Framed Quilt Square! | quiltersplanner.com

It looks very cozy amidst a mix of modern and vintage pieces, and would be equally at home hung on the wall or artfully arranged on a shelf or a mantle. Wouldn’t you love to win this for yourself, or maybe as a gift for someone special? You have all sorts of chances to win! Sign up for our newsletter – which gives you FREE downloads of a month of the Quilter’s Planner – for one entry, and you can follow us on our social media channels for bonus entries!

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