Plan, dream, create: an inspiring journal for the New Year (+ giveaway!)

A New Year means a fresh start—and today, we’re excited to introduce you to a tool that will give you a fresh outlook on your creative life. Welcome to organization for your quilting life, and inspiration for your quilting soul!

A Quilter's Journal

Photographed at quilting star Lisa Bongean’s gorgeous lakeside home, A Quilter’s Journal is an inspiring week-by-week journal packed with stunning photos of quilts and more to enjoy.

From A Quilter's JournalThroughout the pages of this beautiful journal, you’ll find fun prompts to answer all year long—they’ll get your creative juices flowing. Create plans for quilting adventures, keep track of your projects, document gift and charity quilts—or simply keep a memory journal for future generations of quilters in your family to cherish. And at a petite 5¼" x 8⅜", it’s the perfect size to carry in your bag while you’re on the go.

Use the journal as a to-do list, as your sketchbook, as your diary, or all of the above! We’re excited to welcome Lisa Bongean as a guest writer today to tell us more about the journal that every quilter is going to want to own.

Lisa BongeanI have always wanted a place to keep track of the daily progression of my quiltmaking. A place I retire to at the end of the day to write a little about what I’ve accomplished. But the problem has been that notebooks are boring, calendars aren’t quite right—and who can commit to being consistent? Not me.

So when I pitched my idea to Martingale about a journal for quilters in a weekly, open-ended format—no dates, no years—I decided I could certainly commit to that. And if I choose to write daily, that can be done as well!

A Quilter’s Journal has a beautiful matte finish for smear-free writing and a lay-flat binding that won’t break when writing week after week. The Martingale team thought of everything to encourage us to keep the journal active.

From A Quilter's Journal

The photography throughout is filled with amazing inspiration. There are lots of photos of quilts, both new and from my collection of antiques, along with sewing items and notions, also new and antique. Although there are no patterns in the journal, you can find patterns and/or kits for some of the featured quilts, which can be ordered on my Primitive Gatherings website. You’ll find a link in the journal to a list of available patterns.

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We also wanted a place in the journal for lists: bucket-list items, classes we wanted to take, teachers we wanted to meet, shows and retreats we wanted to attend. I also wanted a place just to write down my thoughts about quilting and why I am inspired to do it every day… and there’s space to do all of these things in A Quilter’s Journal.

Inside A Quilter's Journal

We as quilters are a rare breed. We put lots of love into the things we make. Some things we make take years. Some projects take months, and some only days, but still, time is our most precious asset. When you take the time you have and pour it into a quilt, it’s the perfect way to show someone how much you love and care about them.

My quote at the end of the journal says it all to me:

I think you’ll enjoy this journal and the pleasure it will bring you when you look back on it over the years.

A Quilter's JournalThanks for sharing your journal with us, Lisa—we can’t wait to get to planning, doing, and dreaming.

To celebrate the release of A Quilter’s Journal, we’re giving away a copy today! To enter the drawing, tell us in the comments:

If I had A Quilter’s Journal, I’d fill it with:

  • Ideas for future projects
  • Plans for quilty travels
  • Prose about my patchwork
  • All of the above!

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. And if you want to start jotting down your quilting plans for the New Year now, order your copy of the journal at our website, Happy journaling!


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