Scrappy Nine Patch Throw Pillow

Have you ever used your fabric scraps to make something new?  I made a scrappy nine patch throw pillow with some of fabric scraps.  It was fun and easy to do.  Along the way, I was re-introduced to some of the fabric bits that I kept.

I have sooooooo many fabric scraps!  I try not to keep EVERYTHING, but I also don’t like to waste much either!  At one point, I told myself that I was not going to keep a scrap unless it measures at least 5″ x 5″.  While that was a noble thought and worked for a little bit, but eventually I found myself keeping smaller pieces more and more.  That leads to my next thought….. How large do you consider a ‘scrap’ piece of fabric?  Some folks buy yardage, while others prefer Fat Quarters and pre-cuts.  Ever since I started organizing my fabric on comic book boards, I consider items to be ‘scrap’ if it will not completely cover the front and back of a comic book board (with a little bit of overlap for pinning).

Needless to say, I had several scraps to choose from!  After auditioning several choices, I decided on a few of my favorites for my scrappy nine patch throw pillow!  I have a fair assortment of Cotton & Steel, Tula Pink, & Elea Lutz plus several others as well.  I was only pulling from my Red, Orange and Yellow scrap bin, so most of the scraps seemed to play well together.

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I made some minor changes in the final layout of the pillow front.  I tried to balance the lights and darks, but in the end – I think this random layout worked out just fine!  I added a contrasting border to make the pillow top the correct size for a 20″ x 20″ pillow form.  I sandwiched this all between some really great batting (I love Quilter’s Dream Supreme) and backed it with some muslin I had left over from a mock costume I made a couple years ago.  I added some simple straight line quilting.  Such a cute and simple pillow top!

I wanted the pillow back to have an envelope closure (which is probably the simplest type of closure you can make).  I pulled more of my fabric scraps to make an oversized panel.  I trimmed and sewed and got everything to fit just right.

I sandwiched this panel with more Quilter’s Dream Supreme batting and the rest of the left over muslin on the back.  I added more simple straight line quilting which was basically some stitches placed 1/4″ away from each seam.  Really fun and easy!

For the envelope closure, I cut the back panel in half and added a scrappy contrasting binding to the cut edges.  I used the same Mustard Colored fabric and some similar Striped Mustard Fabric for the binding which played nicely with the front of the pillow cover trim border fabric.

After installing the binding, I lined up the front and the back panels.  Placing them right sides together, I sewed them up using a 1/4″ seam allowance and returning with a tight zig zap all the way around the perimeter of the pillow cover.  I gave the envelope opening points a few more passes with the needle and thread to ensure the pillow would stay together nicely.

I am really pleased with how fun and easy this project turned out!  It was a great way to be creative and use up some of my fabric scraps as well!  I think I will make a blue/green pillow cover next!

I hope you try this fun project and use up some of your fabric scraps! 😊

Happy Sewing

~Nicole

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Moroccan Vibe Quilt

I know!  Sewing curves seems scary, but it doesn’t have to be!  I first learned how to sew a curve when my local quilt guild hosted a Schoolhouse for the Quick Curve Ruler, by Sew Kind of Wonderful.  All the students learned how to sew curves, using this incredibly fun and easy ruler – and you can too!  Let me show you all about our project, called the Moroccan Vibe Quilt!

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  • One Wonderful Curve (book by Sew Kind Of Wonderful)
  • Qty (8) fat quarters assorted prints (I used Tula Pink Tabby Road and coordinating solids)
  • Qty (1) fat quarter for block centers
  • Qty (2) yards background fabric
  • Qty (1/2) yard fabric for center diamond sashing
  • Qty (2/3) yard for binding
  • Qty (3.5) yards for backing (I went scrappy and pieced some of my leftover Tula)
  • Quilter’s Dream Supreme Batting (because it’s the best and I love it so much)

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Cutting the Fabric

 

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I’m inserting this video, which demonstrates the pattern book and also shows how the Quick Curve Ruler works.  For this pattern, you will be cutting all your fabric in preparation for sewing.  Once you sew your first curve set together, the video also demonstrates how to square up your piece.  The more you make these blocks, the easier it becomes!

I spent some time (and money) on Tula Pink fabric because I love to fussy cut!  I wanted to be sure the kitties were all facing the correct direction.  This meant some wasted fabric, but I save my scraps for my 100 Modern Quilt Blocks project.  Yay!  I was able to get my first block done during our Schoolhouse.

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Assembling the Quilt Top

Making the remaining 3 blocks was fun and easy.  Like I said, once you start making these – you won’t want to stop!

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I used my Juki Miyabi to quilt this up.  I also invested in some Quick Curvit Quilting Rulers to help me with the Quilting. These rulers helped me follow the curve on the Moroccan Vibe Quilt top.  I love how the finished quilt turned out!  Instagram was a great way for me to get some feedback, so I took a poll to help me decide upon the lovely striped bias binding.  I ran out of the dark pink strip and pieced in some of the light pink stripe to finish it off!  Also, I used up my remaining Tabby Road Fabric pieces to make the backing.  Isn’t it scrappy and happy??!?

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As Helen Robinson says, “The curves created with the Quick Curve Ruler remind us of the Middle East and its iconic curved dome buildings.  The Moroccan Vibe has a variety of layout options – a long runner or a runner with each large block rotated a quarter turn.”

I hope you make a Moroccan Vibe Quilt for yourself. When you do – don’t forget to share your project in our Facebook Group!  See you there!

Happy Quilting!

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20+ Perfect Projects for Easter

It’s that time of year to start thinking about sewing and decorating for Easter!  It’s kind of sad to put away your Valentines decor and quilts.  Thank goodness we can make our homes pretty again with some Springtime decor!  I have scoured the internet and made some great connections with some lovely folks to share these 20 projects for Easter with you!  Let’s all get sewing and have a Handmade Easter!

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An adorable Chickie Pattern by Bunny Hill Designs

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Mix & Match Bunny Blocks by Shiny Happy World

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Bunny Face Bag Tutorial by sewVery

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Easter Egg Placemat by Jacquelynne Steves

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Bunny Ears Bag by Just Jude

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DIY Mesh bags by Sew Sparkles – Pack these with Easter goodies!!!

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Tulip quilt by Michelle Engel Benscko

Rain Boot Quilt Block – Pattern by Nadra Ridgeway with ellis & higgs

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Check out this Chubby Bunny Sewing Pattern on the Fluffmonger Etsy site!

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This lovely Easter Themed Quilt was designed by Center Street Quilts. Check out her tutorial!

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I just love this Rainy Days mini quilt, which is designed by Nadra Ridgeway of ellis and higgs.

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Aren’t these Rabbit Napkin Rings, by Artzy Creations, just adorable? These would be great for the kids table! Super quick and simple project for Easter!

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Dress up your little bunnies with these darling DIY Bunny Ears Headbands. Check out this great tutorial by Say Yes!

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Thanks to V & Co for this really great tutorial to make a Fabric Easter Basket with a Jelly roll and some rope! Adorable!

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Fill up these fun Carrot shaped treat bags with all the Jelly Beans! Just love this tutorial by Make It – Love It!

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This precious Hippity Hoppity Mini Quilt is perfect to spruce up any space! Check out the pattern by Nadra Ridgeway with ellis & higgs

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Don’t you just LOVE these Spring Bunnies? Check out Flamingo Toes tutorial and make one of these for yourself! The poofy tails are just the cutest!

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Who doesn’t want a Stuffed Bunny with a cute little pocket? I just love this tutorial by Alice and Lois!

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These DIY Felt Carrots, by Apple Green Cottage, are perfect for the little to play with!

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You really need to make a Fabric Easter Basket! This quick and simple pattern can be completed in about an hour!  Fill it up will all the Easter Goodies!

 

Whew!  That’s a lot of Easter Inspiration!  I hope you find something fun to make for Easter this year!  Remember, there is nothing better than making Handmade gifts and Home Decor, especially for Easter!

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Dresden Plate Quilt Block

The Dresden Plate quilt pattern was one of the most popular quilts made during the 1920s and 30s. It was first published in the 20s but not always under the name Dresden Plate. … This block is made with fabric sewn in a series of radiating “petals” with flat sides.

 

The Dresden Plate Quilt Block is a fun and easy block to make with either pre-cut squares or even using your own fabric scraps! Let me show you how!
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For this quilt block, I cut my fabric pieces into these petals (or blades), sewed the top of the blades to create the point, and then joined them together.  Then I created and adhered a middle piece.  Finally, I will either hand appliqué or machine appliqué the plate onto the background fabric.

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  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (no kidding about a sharp blade)
  • Cutting Mat (I love my rotating mat for this project)
  • Iron & Wool Pressing Mat (if you don’t have one – get one!)
  • Sewing Pins or Wonder Clips
  • small piece of cardboard for the circle template
    • I used a glass from my kitchen as the template

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Here is a fun video, that shows you how to make the Dresden blades quickly and easily!

Happy Quilting!

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Here is another project that uses the dresden ruler!

Valentines Day Mug Rug

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Quilt

I just love sewing for Valentine’s Day!  The fabrics are so fun and cheerful!  I have been working through my list of UFO’s, which include utilizing some fabric that I purchased a LONG LONG time ago (like 2-3 years ago).  When I came across a fun and free heart block tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew, I was inspired to use my beloved fabric panel in this quilt.  Let me share with you how I made this fantastic Valentine’s Day Quilt!

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Using Allison’s tutorial was super fun and easy.  The hearts came together easily.  The fabric that I used for the hearts really worked well for the Fabric Panel in the middle.  I used the medium size heart block to frame the bordered panel and it turned out cute!  I would highly recommend using a Frixon Pen for the snowballing and also squaring up your hearts before you sew them together.  That just makes for a nice and straight quilt top!  I made several blocks and even had a few left over.

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I loved using my Juki 350QVP to finish this quilt.  I also used my Quilting Disks to help me move the quilt under my needle.  If you haven’t learned about my fantastic Long Arm Quilting Machine, you can read more about that HERE.  I simply love using it!

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Since I had some leftover blocks, I decided to use these in the back of the quilt.  This worked out perfectly because I was a little short on the backing anyway.  I used a quick and simply loopy free motion quilting design.

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When my husband asked me who I made the for, I told him that I honestly didn’t have an intended recipient just yet.  But for now, our cat is enjoying it as she perches on the back of our couch!

Happy Quilting!

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Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial

I love foundation paper piecing!  I think it is the easiest way to get perfect quilt blocks.  Unfortunately, the technique is not as straight forwards as patchwork and requires us to think a little backwards!  I wanted to take the mystery out of the foundation paper piecing technique for you.  Let me break it down for you by showing you what you need and how to do it.  Soon enough you will be wanting to make everything using this technique.

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I used a free pattern from the Valentines Day Table Runner post.  You can find that right here.  Most of that pattern is patchwork, with the exception of a few end border hearts.  You will find those on page 2 of the pattern.

I am a visual learner and could never figure out how to perfect the FPP technique by reading instructions.  I figured it would be better if I made a video to explain the process.  I hope you find this video helpful!

I just love that little heart block!  I think I might make more and turn them into a cute little Mug Rug!

What would you do with a few of these little blocks?  

Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Sewing!

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The Perfect Tools & Accessories for Free Motion Quilting

When I bought my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP, I didn’t know what kind of accessories that I would need!  Although I had experience using a Longarm Quilting Machine, I had never owned one before.  When the owners of Quilter’s Headquarters came out to deliver my machine, they recommended some basic accessories.  Let me show you some of my favorite tools & accessories for Free Motion Quilting on my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP.

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Needles and Thread

The needles that came with my machine are the brand Groz-Beckert.

They are simple to install in the machine and easy to take out of the needle case.  I like this brand because I use the same brand for my Juki Industrial DU-1181-n.  There are several codes and numbers listed on the front of the needle case.  I found this diagram, which helped me understand what all the numbers meant.

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One of the things I love about my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP is that it is not picky about the thread you use.  I have heard many seasoned quilters tell me that their machines will only perform well with a particular brand or type of thread.  With the Juki Miyabi, I have been able to use the thread I already have on hand.  I learned how to use the TOWA tension gauge to easily make adjustments.  It’s great to be able to use my existing thread stash!  As you can see, I have a large variety (especially Aurifil 50 wt).

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Bobbins and Bobbin case

I decided to purchase extra bobbins for my new Longarm Quilting machine.  I like to have options and found that only having the standard 3 bobbins was not enough.  I also purchased an extra bobbin case and calibrated the tension for a 40 wt thread.  My other bobbin is used for any other type and I can change the calibration easily with the TOWA bobbin calibration device.

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Quilting feet attachments

My Juki Miyabi 350 QVP came with a standard Free motion presser foot used for free-motion sewing and ruler work.  With a distance of ¼” (6.5mm) from the needle entry point to the outer edge, I can use this presser foot for free motion quilting and to sew with a quilting ruler as a guide.

The Open Toe presser foot is for free-motion sewing and is open at the front so that the needle area is easy to see.  This presser foot is useful for quilting small designs or anytime visual of the needle area is needed.

The glide foot is a bowl-shaped type foot intended to be used for quilting when gliding along applique and other slightly three-dimensional embellishment.

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Accessories storage case

I needed a separate place to store my new accessories for my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP.  I didn’t want anything too big or bulky.  Just something to fit my needles, bobbins and various feet.  I found a totally functional see-through case that fits everything perfectly!  I even have room leftover for more bobbins and needles.  You can get your own Accessories Case in my SHOP.

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Quilting Disks

By far, my favorite accessory for my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP are the Quilting Disks.  Joan, with the Quilter’s HQ’s gifted me a pair and I just love them!  At first, I wasn’t too sure what they were for or how they could help my quilting.  But after using them, I can’t see myself using my gloves again!  These little quilting disks truly give me all sorts of control.  Holding them, while quilting is a very natural feeling.  They really hold onto that fabric too!  I made a video to show you how easy it is to use these quilting disks!

What’s so great about these quilting disks is that you can use these with your domestic sewing machine too!  They work for any machine that can do free motion quilting.  Everybody needs to try these!  You can learn more about these quilting disks by visiting my SHOP.

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I love these quilting disks so much that I partnered with the creator of these quilting disks to offer a give away!

While this giveaway has already ended – I encourage you to try this wonderful tool in your quilting journey.  Thanks to everyone who participated!  A big THANK YOU to Ellen, with Clever Craft Tools for offering this giveaway!

Happy Quilting!

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Perfect Thread Tension

How to achieve Perfect Thread Tension

Have you ever wanted to have perfect thread tension every time you sewed or quilted?  Are you confused with how your bobbin case works or how to calibrate the settings?  Sometimes those tension knobs at the top of your machine are confusing too!  I have been in the same boat, but recently discovered a wonderful trick to help me achieve Perfect Thread Tension no matter what type of thread, fabric or batting that I decide to use!  In this article, I will show you how I thread my Long Arm machine and what I do to get that perfect tension!

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Winding the Bobbin

The Juki Miyabi J-350 QVP uses M sized bobbins (which are larger than domestic machine bobbins).  I typically like to use a 40 wt thread when quilting, but I seem to always have the 50 wt thread in more color variety – so I am using that quite a bit right now.  Here are some basic steps to winding the bobbin on the J-350 QVP.

  1. Begin at the thread spool and pull the thread through the thread stand guide.
  2. Bring the thread through the Thread Guide Base and then have the thread come back toward the bobbin.
  3. manual wind thread around the bobbin several times.
  4. Place the bobbin on the Bobbin Winding Shaft and move the Bobbin Presser towards the bobbin.
  5. Hold the thread end while the thread winds into the bobbin.
  6. When you get enough thread on your bobbin, the Bobbin Presser will fall back.
  7. Take off your bobbin and place it in the Bobbin Case.

Calibrating the Bobbin tension

Unlike the top tension of a sewing machine or longarm machine, which requires significant rotational movement to adjust tension, turning the bobbin case screw 1/4 turn in either direction can have a large impact in bobbin tension.   I was recently introduced to a nifty tool to help me calibrate my bobbin tension.   The TOWA Bobbin Tension Gauge associates a numerical value for bobbin tension.  It is easy to dial the bobbin tension in with each new bobbin or when swapping top threads. When I use my TOWA Bobbin Tension Gauge, in my quilting routine, I have saved time and it helps me to start each quilt with proper bobbin tension.  Check out this video to see how easy it is to adjust the bobbin tension.  Also check out this handy day reference chart by Superior Threads!

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Threading the Machine Head

I found that threading the head of the J350QVP is just like threading my DU1181N.  This threading is also similar to most sewing machines as well.  Threading the head of the machine is super easy, but in case you are new to threading this type of machine, here are the step by step instructions and a nifty diagram (thanks to my owner’s manual)

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Ensuring proper overall tension

Proper needle thread tension is like a game of tug of war.  When both sides are equal neither sides are winning.  When one side is winning and one is losing your tension is off.   The key to finding out which way to turn your tension dial is to find out what side is winning and losing.  Is your top thread loose and bottom too tight?  Or is your top thread tight and your bottom loose?  One way that makes this easy to tell is to use a white piece of fabric to test with two different color threads that will show nicely against one another. The graphic below explains this nicely.  I would actually suggest printing the below picture and keeping it with your sewing machine for a quick reference.  Trust me it will come in handy!

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I hope you have found this guide helpful in order to achieve the perfect thread tension for your machine!  Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section and I will be sure to try and help!

Happy Quilting!

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Make your own Quilter’s Planner Cover

How’s it coming along with your Quilter’s Planner?  Are you loving all the features this planner has to offer you?  As a Creative and a Quilter, I find myself using my planner everyday and taking it wherever I go!  I want to make a cover for my Quilter’s Planner.  I have been scouring the inter web to be inspired and wanted to share some of the most beautiful planners that I have found (so far)!  Check out these amazing Quilter’s Planner Covers made by some extremely talented Makers.

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Quilter’s Planner Cover by Dawn Jeff

Dawn Jeff loves sewing bags, quilts, and some clothes. She only started sewing in 2015 and feels she is now a confident beginner!😀 Based in Edinburgh, Scotland – Dawn has created this stunning Quilter’s Planner Cover using the Star Blazer pattern which can be found on the Quilter’s Planner website.  Dawn’s fabric selection is by Carolyn Friedlander and Kona Charcoal is her background fabric.  Don’t you just love it!??!  You can find more inspiration by Dawn on her Instagram account: @sewnbysunrise

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Quilter’s Planner Cover by Colby Radcliffe

Colby Radcliffe is new to quilting and loves to improvise her own patterns.  This Australian maker loves to combine her passion for art, fashion design and quilting.  Colby created this Planner Cover pattern herself and used the Alison Glass Sun Print Fabric.  Don’t you just love her work!!??  Colby is currently working on patterns, so you will be smart to follow her on her Instagram account: @theauthenticstich

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Quilters planner cover by Jaimee Loria

Jaimee Loria is a Creative Maker with a love for expression.  Jaimee says that she loves her quilty life, and all the rest of it, too.  And that makes everything she does a whole lot more enjoyable!  I especially wish I had her talent for doodling!  Fantastic!  Her version of the Quilters planner is simply beautiful and showcases this lovely fabric called Wonderland  by Rifle Paper co for Cotton & Steel Fabric.  Jamiee utilized the FREE Pattern Download, which is available from the Quilter’s Planner Website.  She made some enhancements, which can be described on her IG post.  Be sure to catch up with Jamiee’s makes on her Instagram account:  @jaimeeloria

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I am just amazed by all these fantastic Makers!  Here are some additional makes that I found inspiring.

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Kate Lakardia Quilters Planner Cover AMovieGirl Planner Cover 1 ScrappyViolet Planner Cover
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This week, I will be setting aside time to complete my own Quilter’s Planner Cover.  Be sure to keep up with me on Instagram and watch my progress: @SewMuchMoore

If you still haven’t ordered your 2019 Quilter’s Planner – Check out my previous article, which talks about all the features!

Be sure to leave your comment below and tell us which planner cover is your favorite!

Happy Planning & Quilting!

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2019 Quilter’s Planner

With each new year, I look forward to a new planner.  Having a planner helps me organize my months, weeks, days and even my hourly schedule.  The reason I chose the Quilter’s Planner is for the sensible layout of the monthly and weekly schedule.  As a bonus, I can also track many other things in my life and have a wonderful resource of inspiration as well!  I also want to mention that the featured designer for 2019 is Camille Roskelley.  Camille is a quilter, a Moda fabric (Bonnie & Camille) and pattern designer.  I adore her style and gobble up her fabric each chance I get!  Just take a look at what you can expect with the 2019 Quilter’s Planner!

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2019 Quilter's Planner Camille Roskelley

The 2019 Quilter’s Day Planner is designed to bring joy to planning your day, so you can balance your daily responsibilities with your creative quilting life. This planner, made specifically for quilters, is a high quality 8″ x 10″ spiral bound book with monthly and weekly calendars, as well as quilt block patterns, graph paper and much, much more.

Full Sized 8″ x 10″ Planner Features:

This year’s edition is full of improvements, including:

  • 8″ x 10″ planner, 208 pages
  • A companion full-color glossy magazine with 13 quilting and sewing patterns by top designers
  • Traditional Sunday start day layout (I’m personally doing a happy dance about this!)
  • Weekly and monthly calendar pages
  • Project planning pages and project at-a-glance pages
  • Monthly quilt blocks featured in a new Quilter’s Planner Sampler Quilt pattern by Cheryl Brickey!
  • 4 pages of planner stickers by 2019 Featured Artist Camille Roskelley
    • Can I just say that I LOVE these stickers!!!!  I use the stickers ALL. THE. TIME!
  • Laminated cover and colorful tabs designed by Camille Roskelley
  • To-do lists galore – Yay!
  • Photography of the 14 included patterns by Kitty Wilkin
  • Deadline planning pages
  • Bee block & swap projects planner
  • Yearly goals planning page
  • In-depth reference section with cutting measurements and yardage planner
  • Lots of graph paper (graph, dot, hexagon, and triangle) and blank drawing paper
  • Pocket on the inside back cover

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2019 Quilter’s Planner – Block of the Month

I love how Quilter’s Planner has made a fun community where folks can come together in a common project!  They would like you to join them on Facebook and Instagram as we sew the 2019 QP Sampler Quilt Block of the Month (BOM) pattern.  Check out their Facebook group and Instagram  for tips for sewing a beautiful sampler quilt.  You can get support and help along the way by asking their QP experts and group members.  You can join in at any point during the year.  It’s never too late!

All you need to participate in the BOM sew-along is your copy of the 2019 Quilter’s Planner and the accompanying pattern magazine.

2019 Quilters Planner Sampler Block of the Month BOM

I’m looking forward to getting my copy of the 2019 Quilter’s Planner.  Let me know if you have any planning tips or tricks for your Planner – we love tips and tricks!

I hosted a giveaway on Instagram, which was lots of fun!  Thank you to everyone for commenting and participating!  The winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, December 28th!  Best of Luck!

Happy Planning!

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