Please find below our frequently asked questions about 52 Weeks with The Quilter’s Planner. I’ll keep this page updated with commonly asked questions and answers as I get them. If you read all of this and your question still hasn’t been answered please feel free to email me by clicking this link.
WHAT ARE WE SEWING?
Simple. It’s the blocks in The Quilter’s Planner. You’ll find all the block information on the left hand side of your week view pages.
HOW BIG ARE THE BLOCKS?
All blocks finish at 12″ squared. This means that if you sew all 52 blocks (and if you want the grand prize you’ll have to) you’ll have enough to make one quilt (with some blocks on the back) or a couple of quilts.
Side note: I’m really excited about getting to the end of the year with at least two quilts I can use as gifts for teachers, friends and relatives. No end of year panic sewing for me next year!
How much fabric do I need?
No one can ever truly answer this question. *wink* Unfortunately as these are all tutorials and not one pattern I’m unable to give you an answer for this. Sometimes the tutorials will specify fabric requirements, but a lot of times they won’t. Where possible I will let you know at the start of each week what you’ll need.
DO I NEED THE QUILTER’S PLANNER TO PARTICIPATE?
Yes, and no. You can get access to all the block tutorials via this link. However, you won’t know what order there in so you’ll have to wait to see it get announced. That’s not a big deal in the scheme of things. However, to be eligible for prizes you’re going to need to photograph your block with your planner. (A bit like a proof of life photo with the latest newspaper edition…) So, if you want prizes you’ve going to need to get your very own Quilter’s Planner.
You can buy online or find stockists by clicking here.
What If I’m Still Waiting for my Copy of The Quilter’s Planner?
Never fear! We’ve got you covered. You can still win a $50 gift certificate simply by completing one of the weekly tasks for January, posting a photo of your finished block with your copy of The Quilter’s Planner to Instagram by Midnight (in your timezone) 31 January 2017.
WHAT ORDER ARE WE SEWING THEM IN?
Simple. It’s the order in which they appear. No need to jump around, just follow the calendar.
HOW WILL I SHARE MY WORK?
Simple. There’s a number of ways to do it, you can do them all or you can pick the ones that work for you. Here they are:
Post a photo to Instagram and use the following hashtag #52weekswithTheQuiltersPlanner. Using this hashtag means that people who are also sewing along can find you and your blocks.
Join the Home of the Gnome(Angel) Facebook Group by clicking here and share your work with other group members.
You can also join The Quilter’s Planner Facebook Group by clicking here and share your work in that group as well.
Please note: Sharing in these groups will not make you eligible for prizes, it’s more about being social. The only way to be eligible for prizes is to follow the instructions for sharing on Instagram.
If you’re a fellow blogger why not blog about your blocks and share it with your community. You can come back here and share the link in a comment or share the links in the Facebook Group.
Please note: Sharing by blogging will not make you eligible for prizes, it’s more about being social. The only way to be eligible for prizes is to follow the instructions for sharing on Instagram.
IS THERE A TIMELINE FOR SHARING THE BLOCKS?
Yes and no. To be eligible for prizes you need to share the block within the weekly timeframe for each block. For example, the first block’s week is January 1 to January 7. (See above photo for further clarification.) The timeframes will be easy to remember as they’re the dates that appear on the weekly spread that accompanies each block. You’ll just need to post the block by midnight (in your timezone) of the last day of the block week.
If you want to make blocks at various times of the year you can share them whenever you want. It’s your call. It just depends on if you want to be eligible for prizes.
Do you have any tips and tricks for making sharing on Instagram easier?
There’s no reason why you can’t sew ahead, take photos ahead and then just post on their due dates.
There’s a number of services, both free and paid, that will allow you to schedule posts to Instagram. Just google “Instagram scheduling tool” and decide if there’s any there that you like, fit with your budget and will be helpful.
Alternatively, Instagram now allows you to save draft posts for posting at a later date. Click here to read how to do it.
ARE THERE PRIZES FOR PARTICIPATING?
Yep! I’ve worked hard to get you access to some amazing prizes from fabulous businesses and I’m really excited to share them with you all – just not right now. (I love the tension that waiting to see what you could win will bring!) I’m going to tell you this, the minimum prize value for each month is AU$100 so we’re not talking about a small prize pool here. That’s a minimum prize pool of AU$1,200! Not too shabby for just making a block a week.
HOW CAN I WIN THESE AMAZING PRIZES?
To be eligible for prizes you will have to follow the directions for each month.
Each week you’ll take a photo of that week’s block with your Quilter’s Planner and share it on Instagram. (You don’t have to show your Quilter’s Planner internals – we don’t need to know you had a Doctor’s appointment that week or what’s on your shopping list. The planner just needs to be in the shot so we can see that you have one (so if you make a groovy cover for your planner you’ll need to remove it for the photo so we can see the cover).
Then you’ll use the hashtag that’s specific to that month’s sponsor, follow the required Instagram accounts and post it on time in your timezone. To win, you have to have met the criteria and posted every block on time for that month. (Don’t worry I’ll let you know well in advance what you need to do!)
Please note: I’d love to be able to offer the prizes across all sharing platforms, but unfortunately at this stage I can only offer them on Instagram. This means you’ll need to have a public (so I can see your entries) Instagram account. I am working hard behind-the-scences to get prizes for the Facebook participants, but at this stage it’s not looking likely. If this changes I will let you all know immediately.
When will winners be announced?
Winners will be announced with the first block of the following month. For example, January’s winner will be announced on 4 February 2017 when I blog about the block for week 5 February to 11 February. This gives me time to ensure the winner meets all the requirements and notify the relevant sponsor.
What if I miss a week?
Because we know life can get in the way we’re letting you have a “wild card”. You get one wild card for the entire event. The wild card will let you do either of the following – skip 1 weekly task or let you exchange 1 block for another block in the planner (for those that want to make 52 blocks). To play your Wild Card all you have to do is post a photo of your Quilter’s Planner and write WILD CARD in the caption. Use it wisely!
GOSH, THIS SOUNDS COMPLICATED HOW WILL I REMEMBER EVERYTHING?
Never fear, that’s why I’m here. My job is to keep you motivated, on track and provide you with all the information you need to actively participate. I’ll be posting details here on the blog every Saturday for the week coming, in my Newsletter (click here to sign up) and across all my social media platforms. You won’t miss a thing!
OK, I GOT ALL THAT, BUT WHAT IF I STILL FORGET?
I’ve got you covered. There’s a permanent link on my menu bar (at the top of my website) that will take you to all the details about the event. If you need a reminder of what we’re doing you’ll find it all there.
Winners decisions are final and discussion will not be entered into. This competition is in no way associate or endorsed by Instagram.