Book Recommendation – The Quilter’s Planner

I’m so excited for this week! Not only will I be attending Sewtopia later in the week (be sure to follow me on Instagram for live action shots of the retreat!); but this week I get to share several amazing books with you! Several of my friends have written books and I can’t wait to tell you all about them. I mean, when someone takes on the task of creating an entire book – that’s something to celebrate, right?

quiltersplanner_1The Quilter’s Planner by Stephanie Palmer

For starters, Stephana Palmer, aka Late Night Quilter and my new BQF (Best Quilting Friend) has just created The Quilter’s Planner. A quick background – Stephanie and I met back in August while taping machine quilting segments for QNNtv. We hit it off immediately and now we are even periscope buddies, too!

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So I’ll get to the planner details in a minute, but first I want to tell you about the unique way in which Stephanie is selling her planner. She’s using the crowd-funding site Indiegogo to take pre-orders while she finalizes the finishing touches. What’s awesome about this platform compared to others is that she doesn’t have to meet a funding goal in order to go ahead and print the planners and send them out into the world.  Unlike Kickstarter, there’s no threat of an unsuccessful crowd-funding project.  So if you order a planner, you are guaranteed to receive a planner!  Sounds like a win-win to me!

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What’s Inside:

  • Monthly calendars
  • Weekly calendars
  • Project planning pages
  • Swatch saver
  • Graph paper
  • Free motion quilting practice pages
  • Goal-setting prompts
  • 8 full quilt patterns from amazing designers
  • 52 original quilt block designs from awesome quilt bloggers
  • Gorgeous artwork pull-outs
  • Reference section for quilting calculations and common construction techniques

quiltersplanner_4The planner includes 8 quilt patterns plus 52 original quilt block designs.

Order Yours Now to Kick off 2016

For more details about The Quilter’s Planner, and to pre-order your copy, click here!

I’m super excited for Stephanie’s new venture, and once you get your copy, I’m sure you’ll be excited (and organized) too!

Some Craftsy Love and an Awesome Quilting Resource

In addition to sharing tips and tricks here on my own blog (and the occasional 15 second video tutorial on instagram), I’m also a freelance writer for the Craftsy blog. The cool thing about that is that I can reach a wider audience and participate in roundups of fun topics.

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Recently on the Craftsy blog, one of the other authors has put together an incredible quilting resource: 135 Trick, Tips and Tutorials for quilting. It includes many of my tutorials as well as plenty of other bloggers and instructors you’ll recognize. Pretty much anything you want to know is in this resource and it’s almost like having an entire book’s worth of content at your fingertips, so check it out when you get the chance.

In other Craftsy news, they’ve announced their second Craftsy Blogger Awards, so that should be fun to follow. You can nominate your favorite blogs in 15 different categories, including of course quilting and sewing.

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For whatever reason, they skipped doing it in 2014, but in 2013 my blog was one of the four finalists chosen for quilting tutorials so that was pretty fun.

Check out details and nominate your favorite blogs here.

Finally, since I’m spreading the Craftsy love, I thought I’d share with you two of my current recommendations for classes. These are courses on my agenda to watch in my spare time. There’s nothing more motivating than be inspired by these fabulous teachers:

Start Foundation Paper Piecing With Elizabeth Dackson

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This is Elizabeth’s latest class which I just signed up for. I enjoyed her teaching style from her previous class Start Free-Motion Quilting so I’m excited to see more of the same thorough instruction with a different topic.

The Secrets of Free-Motion Quilting With Christina Cameli

20150110_fmq_secretsNo matter how much I teach machine quilting, it’s always fun to see how other instructors present the material, and I know I’ll pick up a new tip or two! I really enjoyed Christina’s first book, and I know I’ll enjoy her class just as much!

What’s on your quilty agenda?