I remember not so many years ago that I would personally be the grateful recipient of at least 6-10 wall calendars each New Year. I have precisely 1 this year …and I don’t think it really counts as it was one that Janome was sending out to our dealers & I asked for one for the wall above my desk.
Not really sure why so few companies give out calendars anymore? So much of our daily activities now being focused online? …..The electronic age of calendars etc on our smart phones? Companies spending their advertising $ elsewhere? But no matter as I have a great solution for us sewers!
What about kicking off 2015 with a calendar sewing project? Dream up a monthly “picture” page and then sew, applique, embroider, or embellish your own re-usable calendar. Don’t you think this would be a great way to practice new techniques? Try out ones that you have perhaps got a bit rusty with? enjoy the discipline of making a small new project each month? Use up scraps from the stash? (yes!)
Here is my January page:
My January “page” had its inspiration in a piece of winter holiday fabric. I fussy cut a section of fabric and used this as a backdrop to add some machine embroidery:
- The month name came first – of course.
- I added a machine embroidered snowman to the right of center
- and a tree with snow-laden branches to the left.
- A Blue border using more of the snowy sky fabric above the nature scene was added
- Binding was also the same blue snowy fabric.
- I chose not to add any extra quilting but I certainly could have done so. (had a time constraint…..what’s new?)
I decided to keep the calendar page smallish (try to stick to not more than 8×11 A4 sheet of paper) I know 2015 is going to get busy and it will be very difficult for me to keep up if I try to tackle a mammoth monthly project!
What do I do for monthly calendar dates? That’s easy: just google monthly calendars and take your pick from many styles available. Print them out (free) & attach applicable page to your completed mini quilt or embellished “page” .
How do I hang my calendar? I am a bad girl…..thumb tacks into the wall is my lazy way. But you certainly could add a mini sleeve on the back of each month’s “page” or fabric loops? Velcro onto a cardboard backing? magnets on your fridge? Any other ideas?
What do you think I might come up with for February 2015??? Please send us pics of what you come up with if you decide to “follow” us with a 2015 calendar.