My mum is an avid quilter is slowly becoming more and more immersed into the world of planners thanks to a certain someone 😉 For 2017 she’ll be using the Quilter’s Planner so I thought I’d do a quick review for anyone else interested in using this planner.
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- I mentioned that my mum wanted a way to keep track of all her online shopping and when parcels were due to arrive. I did too! So I made a free printable online shopping/mail/orders tracker. It can be downloaded from the free printables library. Existing subscribers can login to the free printables library here (the password was sent in the initial subscription confirmation email)
About the Quilter’s Planner
Size: 8.5″ wide x 10″ high (large)
Duration: January 2017 to December 2017
Style: Week on 2 pages
Format: Hourly with a top 3 dot point/checklist at the top of each daily section
Cost: $39.95USD (plus shipping) or $59.95AUD plus shipping from my sister’s store, Carefully Crafted
Week starts: Sunday to Monday
Binding style: Spiral binding
Let’s take a closer look at the pages of the Quilter’s Planner 2017
Dates at a glance & personal information page
Each month has a quote and a high quality color print of a quilt. The dividers are cardstock for extra durability
2 Page monthly spread with ample notes space and plenty of room for personal goals and quilting projects in the sidebar.
2 page weekly spread with top 3 bullet list at the top of each day, and hourly planning space below.
The hours are in a light grey font and could easily be written oven if you didn’t want to plan by the hour. Similar to the monthly spread, there’s space for your personal to do’s, work to do’s and quilting to do’s. I really like these separate designated list sections and wish more planners had separate ‘categorised’ planning space
At the back of the planner are…
Projects at a glance with a workflow so you can track what step you’re up to for each of your quilting projects
Project planning pages so you can get into the details of each of your projects – there’s space for fabric swatches recording notes such as size, steps to take to complete the project & supplies to order
The planner includes quilt patterns. and handy reference notes
Swap planner pages
A few blank notes pages at the back
And a handy pocket folder
Pros of the Quilter’s Planner
- Because this planner is designed specifically for quilters it includes a lot of handy reference pages (my mum is quite excited about these!)
- It also includes projects in progress pages and pages specifically for planning quilting projects in detail including steps to complete, supplies to purchase list, quilt sizing details, fabric swatches sketching space etc.
- Large writing spaces for each day in the monthly AND weekly views
- Project planning & quilter’s specific tasks in the sidebar of the monthly planner, but still has ample notes spaces underneath the calendar sections
- Planner can be used for sewing, but still has plenty of room for your day to day planning as well
- Large tabs for each month
- Durable cover (the design is printed on/in the plastic material of the cover) – it feels much sturdier compared to the laminated cardstock covers of the Erin Condren and Happy Planners
- The paper feels thick and good quality – I don’t think highlighters would bleed through the page
- The color printing quality on the dividers is very good
- Includes 14 sewing patterns in addition to the actual planner
- If you didn’t want to plan your day by hour, the numbers for each hour are faint so you could write over the top of these numbers if you wanted to
Cons of the Quilter’s Planner
- The planner is quite large – it’s not the kind of planner that’s going to easily fit in your handbag – this is one of those planners this is ideally suited to staying in your workspace
- There aren’t many project planning spaces – considering this planner can be used for an entire year I think there needs to be more of these pages
- Spiral binding means once you pull a page out, you can’t place it back in the planner. Unlike disbound systems such as the Arc Planner or the Happy Planner, you also can’t re-position the pages e.g. if you wanted to disperse the project planning pages between the months or place it behind the current week so you don’t have to keep flicking from the front to the back of the binder all the time
If you’re after more planner supplies, she stocks the Happy Planner, planner stickers, planner pens and a ton of other planner supplies in her Etsy shop, Carefully Crafted by Jo.