One of the most common questions I get when teaching or via email or comments on my blog is . . . How Do I Make So Many Quilts in a Year? And the long explanation includes my daily schedule that is pretty much like clockwork around here now, with set times for computer work, chain piecing, and pressing, and of course, some time to take care of the kiddos in there as well. But the simple answer is Organization. I have always had a love for organization. Even when I was little, I used to sort my toys into similar categories and then line them up by size :) Being Organized has blessed me well my whole life, through jobs, to raising babies, and now into this wonderful Quilting industry. So you can imagine that I just about jumped out of my skin when this fabulous package from Fat Quarter Shop
arrived on my doorstep Saturday afternoon. It's Lori Holt's new Scrappy Project Planner and the accompanying accessories
. Talk about Quilting Organization!!!!
The planner starts with a huge section on planning projects. For each page of projects there is a start and finish date, sketching space, color planning, and details on the quilt size, blocks, and supplies. Everything you need to keep track of each project you are working on. And getting to write it all color coded with the matching markers is just so fun!!!
And then the next section is your weekly planner, so you can actually plan day to day how to fit all of those projects that you just wrote up into your weeks and months. Brilliant!! And of course, you totally can't help but love getting to use all of the little matching stickers to represent sew times, appointment times, kids activity times, and any other time you might have. Trust me, there is a sticker in that book for everything and they are so cute!!!
And the Lori broke it down one more step, by include a Daily To Do List as an accessory. And I have to say, I am so loving this pad!!! I write myself a daily To Do list but it is normally just on a post it or scratch paper. How cute is this To Do list!!! And the idea of including the Water Jars, so Brilliant!!! I totally need that reminder. I can't wait to start filling this out first thing tomorrow morning (I waited on today, as the kids were out of school and I slept in and didn't go to the pool, and I didn't want to start out on a day where I would have to cheat on fitness, tee hee hee ;)
And one last shot of the planner, for two reasons. First to show you the other sections included in the planner. There is a Tips and Organizing, where Lori has fantastic tips on storing fabrics, and easy references for all of the measurements you need for your most commonly used piecing units. Then there is Scrappy Patterns, with 6 adorable scrappy patterns in full step by step color pictures. I totally need to get started on these now, I want to scrap bust like crazy :) And finally, there is a Notes section to just help you keep track of it all, because once written down, you don't have to remember it anymore ;)
But the second reason I wanted to share this picture is because of the awesome quote from Lori on the cover page. "Organizing isn't about being perfect - it's about being efficient. " You just can't say it any better than that.
And that is the Scrappy Project Planner. Eeekk, I am so excited to start filling it up with all my plans, especially with Christmas fast approaching. I have so many handmade gift ideas swimming around in my head that I need to write down and start planning out And now, I can do just that. And speaking of Christmas, wouldn't the Scrappy Project Planner and all of it's accessories
be just the perfect Christmas Present. You might want to add it to your Santa Wish List ;) So fun!!!
I hope you had a very Happy Quilting Weekend and a wonderful Start to a Happy Quilting Monday!!