I was so excited to get my Quilter’s Planner on my birthday last week, the timing was perfect and (as I often am at the end of the year) I was ready to get planning, scheduling and starting some new organizational habits. I’ve been elbow deep on some exciting “super secret” things in the craft room but having watched my dear [online] friend Stephanie launch her Quilter’s Planner from a super secret project to a real life, AMAZING planner has been such an inspiration to keep pushing forward!
When Stephanie and I chatted the other day she’d mentioned the pattern would be out soon, so during my snow day yesterday I finished the most time sensitive items I needed to for my business then downloaded the Zippy Quilter’s Planner Cover Pattern and got sewing!
I used 4 fat quarters I had in my stash of Paint by Carrie Bloomston and all the other notions came from the stash too: the zipper, elastic, ribbon etc. I wanted my cover to have some puff to it so I started by piecing the exterior fabric and quilting it with 1″ straight lines to the batting. The quilting is imperfect because I rushed and did a poor job pin basting instead of walking downstairs to spray baste. One of these times I’ll learn…
It’s worth noting that just moments after I finished stitching the cover I looked and saw a fresh package of Annie’s Soft and Stable which I wish I’d used for this project. It always happens like that doesn’t it?!
I love that there’s a zipper pocket on the front. This is where I’ll be keeping my planner essentials like pens, highlighters and sticky notes. Overall, I’m very pleased with how my zipper came out. I did veer from the pattern’s instructions a bit and basted the zipper (if I don’t baste the zip down before sandwiching a zipper between two layers it always ends in disaster) and I trimmed the inside pouch so that it would lay flat without a bulge. I wish I’d done the tabs a bit differently at the top and bottom; I don’t love where they are resting but they’re still 100% workable!
On my inside flap I fussy cut the print so the brushes pop out of the pocket. I was so impressed with how super snug this pattern is on the Quilter’s Planner, it’s PERFECTLY sized, not a 1/4″ to be spared!
I added a couple of pen specific pockets in that flap too. Great for quickly stashing a pen and a highlighter. As you can see I finished the raw edge of the flap by binding the edge instead of rolling or hemming. I did this because I knew the quality would come out better this way since my hemming skills often leaves something to be desired.
The fabric is Windham Fabrics but the Free Spirit twill tape from a recent charm pack was just so perfect and a wonderful message for a creative planner bookmark!
The business card pocket didn’t work out for me. I’m not sure if maybe I cut the piece wrong but my standard sized cards don’t fit. No big deal though; I’ll use the bigger pocket to hold them.
I just love how the cover fits the planner and how very inspirational it is seeing it while flipping through the planner adding notes and dates and deadlines. Wonderful job with the case Stephanie of Late Night Quilter and Amanda of What the Bobbin!
Have you ordered a Quilter’s Planner 2016 or do you use another planner? Share any of you planner tips in the comments cause I could use all the help I can get with getting better at sticking with a planner for a year (one of my 2016 goals!!)
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