Happy February! Anyone else wondering how January has already passed?! Today I wanted to share with you a little about a lovely planner just for quilters! It’s called the 2018 Patchwork Planner & Calendar, created by Becky Jorgensen of Patchwork Posse.
Just in case you don’t have time to read this whole post, I’ll tell you the best thing about the 2018 Patchwork Planner & Calendar up front: it has everything you need to keep up with your projects, without being overwhelming or including lots of random pages you won’t ever use.
Every January I buy a planner with the intention of getting organized. Big ones, small ones, expensive ones, cheap ones. They all have on thing in common: I fill out the pages for January, and the rest of the book stays blank. Why? I think I get bogged down in the idea that I have to write on every page, whether it helps me out or not. So I love the streamlined, achievable feel of this planner. February is already filled out, and I’m feeling encouraged instead of stressed.
Let me show you what I mean. First up, you get a page to check out the whole year in one glance. Between projects for Market, a yearlong swap, and my APQ Resolution goals, I already have a lot of my year planned out. This helps me stay on track to keep up all year.
Next, check out the monthly pages. I love the project tracker. I usually end up hand writing something like this for every project, losing it, and rewriting it several times throughout the year. Now I just have to fill it in once! I love checking off boxes as I complete each step of a project. It’s all about “degrees of doneness”, and seeing those checks reminds me that I’m accomplishing something, even when the project as a whole seems endless.
And now, perhaps my favorite page in the whole calendar. A reference page! Y’all. It’s awesome. I don’t know how many times in a year I google “standard quilt sizes”, but it’s in the triple digits. Same for precut sizes. You’d think by now, I’d have these memorized, but I’m constantly trying to remember yardage dimensions. And I’m typically pattern drafting on the go, playing with an idea while waiting to pick up my kids, and I don’t often have easy access to google. I have a suspicion that this page of the planner will be dog-eared and ragged by the end of the year. But it looks pretty now, doesn’t it?
Finally, I wanted to show you the swaps pages. Have you ever done an Instagram swap? They’re LOADS of fun, and you meet such delightful people. I did two last year, and am looking forward to participating in a few again this year. But often, the swap rules and information are on a specific IG post, or a direct message. Finding the information when you need it can be tedious. Now I have a place to write it all down as I receive it, and can keep up with due dates, addresses, and hashtags all in one easy spot.
It’s like Becky’s a quilting mind-reader. Or perhaps after managing a 700 member quilting group for years, she’s just really in-tune with quilters.
And she’s currently offering a special pdf download bonus to go along with her 2018 Patchwork Planner & Calendar. I would encourage you to pick one up, it’s not to late to plan for a great year of quilting!!
PS- And yes, I should add a disclaimer that Becky sent me a copy of the planner so I could review it for you. Would I buy one on my own? In a heartbeat. It’s a terrific resource, and significantly more affordable than other planners on the market. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I don’t do paid advertisements, affiliate links, or anything else to undermine the content here. If I share a product, it’s because I think it’s terrific, and I would recommend it to my friends and family face-to-face.