Brown Bird Designs top projects for 2016
Happy New Year!!

I have a sneaking suspicion that 2017 is going to be a great year. For the last couple of months, I have been reflecting on 2016 and setting goals for 2017 in my Quilt Planner. (I am sharing the downloadable pages I use in my planner here in the middle of this post. I also show how you can create your own planner) I had so much fun creating a lot of neat stuff last year. My favorite projects are shown here in this tile. My goals for this coming year are:
1) Being part of a blog hop
2) Releasing five new patterns from the Garden Star series
3) Hosting a block of the month
4) Hosting a mini quilt swap

One of my favorite products for 2016 were Me and My Big Ideas planners (The Happy Planner) and all of the goodies that go along with them. I just love how they function. Paper wraps around the rings so you do not need to put them in a binder or bind them with spirals. It’s really amazing! I loved the one that I bought but I found myself wishing for more. I only used a few of the sheets and wanted something more exact, more quilty! I designed a few of my own and have been using them. The first set I made, I cut using my Cricut. If you would like to download and use that template click here. I don’t think it’s a good solution because it curled my paper. If you choose to use it I suggest using a thicker paper. NOTE: Page size 6.9″ x 9.23″.

Then I found the happy planner puncher and it is sooooo much better and easier. I found one for you, too. They sell at least two different sizes, so make sure you pay attention to that. You will also need some rings for this project. This is what I bought. Oh, I love it! They have note & graph paper and stickers. I am totally a sucker for this stuff. Anyway, back to our creation… the Quilty Project Planner.

You can pick and choose the sheets you would like to include. Make one for designing quilts that has design it sheets and fabric swatch guides. Make another one that catalogs your finished quilts with nothing but completed quilt sheets. Make another where you can keep all of your to-do lists together along with your plan for the week. Or better yet make one with all the sheets in it!

Fabric swatch guide

Fabric swatch guide – This is a great way to keep all the colors in your stash at your fingertips. Or if you are planning a quilt, take your planner with you instead of all your fabric. Cut out a small swatch of your fabric and write down information that could be useful, like where you bought the fabric, what the fabric line is and who designed it. All things you don’t want to find yourself not knowing.

Design it sheets – Use these sheets to help you create new blocks or full quilts. It has a grid so you can work freely. Write all of your quilty math down so you can plan properly.

To-do list – Self explanatory. Because nothing is better than a list where you can mark off the items that you finish.  

Completed quilt sheets – Track the quilts you make. Write down the year they are made, who they are made for and any other information, like skills you learned.

A week at a time planner – Plan a week at a time.

I have provided you with a empty cover template and empty dividers so you can customize your planner the way you would like to but you can also buy them like I did. Here are some links to helpful products made by Me and My Big Ideas for their Happy Planners: hole punch | rings | extra sheetsstickers | covers | dividers 


To create your very own Quilt Planner:

1. Buy rings and puncher for The Happy Planner
2. Download and print the pages you would like to have in your planner

Swatch guide Downloadable PDF Fabric swatch guide
Design Downloadable PDF Design it sheet
To-do list Downloadable PDF To-do list
Weekly Plans Downloadable PDF a week at a time
Quilts Downloadable PDF Quilts I have made


3. Cut the sheets down to size using the crop marks
4. Punch holes in your sheetsHow to create a Quilt Planner print and cut sheetsHow to create a Quilt Planner punch holes in sheetsHow to create a Quilt Planner using The Happy Planner products to complete the quilt plannerHow to create a Quilt Planner with The Happy Planner Cover and rings

5. Add cover, rings and dividers.

Share your Quilt Planner with me using #quiltyprojectplanner.

I hope you like it and use if often. Have Fun.