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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Improv Planner Cover and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  We are on the tail end of 2017, which means it's time for a brand new planner for next year.  I'm a 100% paper-planner girl.  At the end of the year, I always love flipping back through the months to see my notes, as well as review my projects and accomplishments.  As much as I enjoy doing that, there's nothing like opening up a fresh, new planner.  The blank pages hold so much promise for the upcoming year.

For 2018, I have switched from my usual Erin Condren planner that I have purchased for years, to a Quilter's Planner.  It may seem trivial, but I hadn't made the switch before because I like the personalization options and accessories that Erin Condren offers.  With Erin Condren, I could choose my cover design or even have my own logo printed on the cover, add my name to the cover, add a pen holder, a meal organizer, etc., none of which are available with the Quilter's Planner.

That being said, I absolutely LOVE the quilter-specific options in the Quilter's Planner that I could never get from my old one, and ultimately, I decided that was the most important.  Because the planner itself isn't personalized, I decided to sew a few of my scraps into a cover that makes this planner very "me."

For the inside lining, I used a fabric that I like, but have had trouble fitting into a quilt (we all have those fabrics in our stash, don't we?), and it looks right at home with the riot of scrappy color on the front.  I used a gorgeous print from the Joie de Vivre line by Bari J for the pockets, and some coral Grunge fabric to add a few fun details.

I made a little business card holder on the front pocket, and a pen and pencil holder on the back flap.  The pen/pencil pocket keep the planner from laying completely flat, but I decided I would rather that than have to fish around my purse for them.

You all know that I am first and foremost a quilter- not a bag-maker, or a garment-sewer, or accessories-maker.  This planner cover was a bit of a learning process, and I would like for it to be a little bit neater, but I'm happy with it overall.

Okay friends!  It's time to check out some of my favorite projects from last weeks' party!  Angela at Better n Dog Biscuits linked up her pretty Rainbow Bright quilt.

These Fancy Foxes by Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts are just adorable!

Buzzing Around posted this pretty quilt; so striking with the dark background.

And this paper pieced Highland Cow pillow by Made by Chrissie D is so much fun!

NTT will be taking a break next week for Thanksgiving, BUT definitely be on the lookout for my HUGE Black Friday sales post, filled with coupons, sales information, and even giveaways from my favorite shops.

Also, I'm planning to post the details for my Classic Meets Modern QAL this weekend, so watch for that as well.  This QAL will be starting in the new year!

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  1. I usually jot things down on scraps of paper all over the house and can't keep track that way so I pre-ordered the Quilters Planner too and got it last week in the mail - it looks very nice and I hope I use it now!

  2. Thanks Kelly for featuring my FPP Highland Cow, I've given you a shout out here on my facebook page - Chris :D

  3. LOVE your planner cover!! Funny, though, I just went the opposite way for next year. Got a Quilter's Planner for this year, but decided that I liked my Big Box compact planner better than all of the quilty goodness. Enjoy... and I might copy you and make a cover for my new low-budget planner! (I've been hoping to make one for several years, but never seem to get around to it.

  4. That's a great cover you've created there. I got a Quilter's Planner for this year, but it is just huge by my standards. Tons of great ideas in it, but just doesn't work for me, although I am definitely a paper planner. Looking forward to seeing your QAL.

  5. Great job making a planner cover - I think it looks great!

  6. I love your planner cover, sure to brighten you up every day, even when you're got far too much on your to-do list!

  7. That planner cover looks fantastic! I love the scrappy look, it's so personalized, and it's so clever of you to put in a pen holder!

  8. Ha! I'm in the middle of trying to figure out what to cover my new planner with! I think I'm also going for the scrappy, improve-y vibe.

  9. Love all these projects! The planner cover looks great. And I love that highland cow!

  10. Thanks for featuring my Fancy Fox quilt! I've had a Quilter's Planner for the past two years, but am looking for something I can personalize better for my needs this year. I'm actually considering printing my own and having it bound at the local print shop because I can't find exactly what I need! Love the idea of making a quilted cover!

  11. I love your planner cover. Great inspiration, thank you.

  12. Your planner cover is fantastic - love the pockets for pens and odds and ends! xx

  13. I'm using the Quilters Planner as well, and definitely need to add a cover, as I was disappointed with their choice of cover this year. It just doesn't scream quilter at all. So to the quilting cover design plan I go!! Yours looks great, Kelly! Inspiring!

  14. I like the fabrics you put together for the planner cover. Snazzy. :)


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