Happy Christmas Eve - Quilter's Planner Stickers in Use :)

Sunday, December 24, 2017
Good Morning,

Happy Christmas Eve! May the Peace that passes all understanding be yours this year and always.

Peggy, you left a comment yesterday but no email. Can you please email me so I can send you the stickers? :)

I just wanted to show you how I decorated a few of the pages in my Quilter's Planner (affiliate link) for January.

On the Sampler page the top three stickers and the first two down the left side fit the boxes on the monthly layout page.

 Joy is my "Word of the Year" so you will see it a lot from me this year. I have decided to Take Back the Joy in 2018! But you can write whatever you want on the stickers :)

The last two rectangle boxes on the left fit the list box on the top of each daily layout. The dots and water drops are for the tracker. The larger of the two largest rectangles covers the box that is on the outside bottom of the page on either side of the planner.

The Weekend sticker covers the list boxes for the two weekend days. The smaller of the two large rectangles covers the box that is on the inside bottom of the page (there is less room due to the spiral).

Here are some more of the daily layouts decorated with the other sticker sheets.
 The 11th is my daughter's birthday and this little girl looks a lot like her.

And I think this might be one of my favorites:
Who doesn't love a hot drink :)

I hope you have a lovely Christmas Eve!


Quilter's Planner and Some Freebies

Saturday, December 23, 2017
Hey Everyone,

You probably have seen that I am a planner addict. If you look at my instagram feed you can see that I spend as much time in my planner as I do in front of my sewing machine... I also love to make stickers and arty stuff for my planners.

As you can see above I am on a "Teal Winter" train right now.

I was ever so fortunate to receive my Quilter's Planner at Market and instantly fell in love with it. It is going to be my master planner for the year. What I mean by that is that all of my other planners will feed into this one since it has an hour by hour schedule and nice big pages for getting messy.

I let the ladies at Quilter's Planner know how much I love their product and they asked me to become an affiliate. If you consider purchasing I would love for you to use my link I get a small amount of compensation at no extra cost to you and you get a free bonus that I will tell you about in a minute.

It comes with tons of fun stickers designed by Alison Glass, in the book itself.

 It also comes with a magazine that has the patterns for all of the monthly quilt blocks and a few other really cool projects.

There are gorgeous coloring pages of Alison's designs as well.

And of course the regular planning pages.

I love making stickers for my regular planner so I decided to make box stickers for the Quilter's Planner. Just for me... then I thought maybe you all would like to have them too. So just for fun here is a sampler sticker page for everyone. For best results download the file then print. The pdf app i opens in the browser is not so good. These are the (this is also an affiliate link) labels I use to print on.

I also have a bonus for you. If you buy the Quilter's Planner from my link and you email me to let me know I will send you copies of the three other sticker sheets I made. These are in PDF format so anyone can print them on label paper and use them too. If you already have the planner you can buy the PDF downloads for $3 :)
I will be making new ones with themes throughout the year. January is obviously Winter Themed. Periodically I will have free sampler sheets for those that buy/bought through my affiliate link.

PS. If you have a Silhouette let me know and I will send the Silhouette cut files so you can cut these in your silhouette easily :)
PPS: I will be showing the Sampler Stickers in use tomorrow so come on back :)

You will want to grab up your planner soon since January is just around the corner.

Pretty soon we will be doing another Quilt Along with Tilda's newest collection that comes out in February, called LemonTree. And you will all see me around here a lot more often :)


The Cottage Christmas Quilt Along Final Post - Kinda

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Hey Everyone,

As usual the world got in the way this week. So I didn't actually get my blocks finished yet. I did come by to tell you all how to finish the Lap Quilt if you want to do it like mine... of course you can do whatever you want :)

 I am sure that you figured this out but just in case. You will sew two rows of cross and crown and star crossed blocks together then sew them to the one tree block on the top and the two tree blocks on the bottom.

I used 1 1/2" strips (to finish at 1") for the inner border, and 2 1/2" strips (to finish at 2") for the outer border. Sewn end to end then cut to size. I am going to use the left over small pieces of assorted fabrics to make a binding.

If you are making The Table Runner I designed it to have 1 1/2" strips for the border making them 1" finished. This is different from the way that Brooke finished hers. So if you bought the kit just know that there is only enough of the Minerva in Red to make 1" borders.

Sally is quilting her Bed Runner as I write this (over achiever) and she finished it the same way I designed it but used different fabric for the border. So you can look at her post for that info.

I hope you will all share on social media or through email when you are finished. I would love to see it.


The Cottage Christmas Quilt Along Part 3

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Hey Everyone,

Here is the tutorial for the tree block from Brooke (her's is putting together either the table runner or the bedrunner). Here is Sally's Bedrunner which she has finished (over achiever). Here is my tutorial since I had to be difficult and make the lap size :)

Lap Size Tree Tutorial (pdf)

Cut your biggest pieces first and then use the strips to cut the next pieces. This is written as if you are using 3 green fabrics but you can use whatever you like as long as you can get all of the pieces cut. Be sure to keep your left overs you will need them for the inner tree part of the pattern that is later in this tutorial. Mark your pieces with the corresponding letter which is noted after the measurements in the cutting directions and diagrammed on the block below

Cutting For Tree Block: (10”x 20”)
From 2 green fabrics cut one 7” strip
                2 – 7” squares (one from each) if you don’t mind your points on each block of your tree being the same you could economize by just cutting one of these (A)
                2 – 6 ½ squares (one from each)(B)

From remaining green fabric cut one 6” strip
2 – 6” squares (from the new fabric and one from one of the other two 7” strips you already have)  if you don’t mind your points on each block of your tree being the same you could economize by just cutting one of these (C)
2 – 5 ½” by 3 ½” rectangles (again from 2 different fabrics)(D)
2 – 5” squares (from 2 fabrics) if you don’t mind your points on each block of your tree being the same you could economize by just cutting one of these(E)
2 – 4 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles (from 2 fabrics) (F)
2 - 4” squares (from 2 fabrics)  if you don’t mind your points on each block of your tree being the same you could economize by just cutting one of these (G)
2 – 3 ½” x 1 ½” rectangles (from 2 fabrics) (H)
2 – 3” squares  (from 2 fabrics) if you don’t mind your points on each block of your tree being the same you could economize by just cutting one of these (I)

From Background Fabric:

Cut one 7” strip
                2 – 7” squares (or one see above) (A)    
2 – 6” squares (or one as above)(C)
2 – 5 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles (J)
2 – 5” squares (or one as above) (E)
                2 – 4 ½” squares (K)
2 – 4” squares (or one as above)(G)
                2 – 6 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles (L)
2 - 8 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles (M)
2 – 3” squares (or one as above) (I)


From your 7”, 6”, 5”, 4”, 3” squares make half square triangles as we have been doing in the last two blocks. Marking diagonally on the background squares and sewing down each side of the line, cutting apart on the line. Square to 6 ½”, 5 ½”, 4 ½”, 3 ½”, and 2 ½”.

Piece the rectangles in as you see above on the block diagram. You will need two blocks just like you see them.  The easiest way to do this is lay the pieces all out so you can see the picture then piece them in rows.  This block will come out 10.5” x 20.5” unfinished.

Inner Tree Block

You will need to piece one more block from your green fabrics. You can piece this any way you like as long as it comes out 10.5” by 20.5” unfinished. Here are two different ways you can make it.

These are basically to show you that you can do this any way you like. It looks good any way.

And here is a graphic of how the whole quilt goes together again. As you can see the bottom row has the inner tree. And I show a version with either piecings of the inner block. it looks fine both ways so, go easy I say :) We will have another post next week about finishing with the border.

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