Last year, I received a coupon to get a free calendar from Shutterfly. I gathered a bunch of photos of my quilts and threw them together into a calendar and got it printed.
This year, I received another coupon to get a free calendar from
Shutterfly. I still haven't gotten things planned enough to make a
decent planned calendar, but I thought that last year's strategy worked
well, so I copied it. I grabbed some images of quilts I have made -
both finished and unfinished.
I didn't want to use the same template I used last year, because I didn't want it to look the same. Last year's template had quotes on it, and I really liked that idea. Since the template I chose this year didn't have any quotes, I
needed to find my own quotes to add to the calendar. I chose story quote as the
word to search. I was planning on finding different
topics for inspirational quotes, but I liked so many that I kept with
the same theme for the whole year.
Some of these story quotes are about living life, and some of them are about telling a story. I felt that both kinds are applicable to me.
I didn't include names of quilts this time. I probably should have recorded them, but I don't remember the names of all of them, and since many are unfinished, I wanted the flexibility to come up with new names.
I initially thought I had more images of finished quilts than unfinished quilts this year, but it is pretty much half and half.
I added the pictures to the month that it seemed to fit best in. When I went to the actual page, I was pleased to see that the background color of the template worked well with all of the selected quilt images.
I especially like this purple one with this quilt, although I'm not sure why, since there is very little purple in the quilt.
If you haven't done this before, I highly recommend it. Seeing the images of these quilts professionally printed makes me feel like a real quilter!
Most of these quilts have not been shown in last year's calendar. In fact, I think there is only one repeat. It is purely accidental; if I had remembered it was on last year's, I would have used a different image.
I had to take the pictures at an angle this year, so you can't see the calendar at its best. Trust me that it is a high quality calendar and it makes my quilts look very good.