Friday, December 7, 2012

Hey, I made a Calendar!

I wasn't planning to, but it all kind of happened.  Let's see.

First off I went searching a week ago for a 2013 calendar.  I wanted something crafty and inspirational, so off I went to look for the annual Whip-Up calendar.  Only, I couldn't find it and I confirmed with Kathreen that she's not doing one for 2013.  Bummer.  I also considered Christina's cute wallet-sized calendar.  But, really, I wanted something to hang on the wall with pretty new eye candy each month.  So, eventually, I realized that I have a lot of lovely sewing images that I'd enjoy seeing more often....

It's a slippery slope, these projects.  Here are my calendar pin-ups via a Flickr slideshow.  You can speed up, pause or replay it:


Created with flickr slideshow.


Thought you might want one too.  And what kind of friend would I be if I didn't share?  So I'm having my calendar produced by the good folks at Redbubble, the same company Whip-Up has used in years past.   Redbubble prints on demand and ships internationally at affordable rates.  After some research, I was agreeing with Kathreen that Redbubble has the high quality and modern style that we'll all enjoy.   It's printed on high quality satin art paper with a hanger and white wire binding (size 12×16.5 inches / 30x42cm).  Here are some photos from Redbubble: 


I particularly like the way the spiral falls at the top of each open month, rather than falling in between the photo and the calendar dates.  Different and good.


So, I wanted to wait to share this until I had the calendars here in person to photograph, but - alas - that will be 1-2 weeks from today!  Just in case you don't want to wait (and since you have to order by December 14th to receive by Christmas in the states), I gave in and spilled the beans today. 

Here's a peak inside.  To see the full preview or to purchase, visit Redbubble.


I'm sure I also won't be able to resist sharing the printed versions when I get my mits on them.   You can always just plug your ears and sing "lalalalalala" when I do, if this calendar stuff is nonsense to you.

Oh, also, I couldn't decide!  I was trying to get my order placed by a deadline and I couldn't decide on the best photo for the cover page.  So, naturally, I made two versions. 




What do you think?  "A Colorful Thread" with the bowl of pearl or "a year with patchwork" with those sunny squares?  Otherwise, the calendars are completely identical.  I ordered both versions!  One to get and one to gift.  Choosing a "best" photo is so subjective.  My husband, who is a professional photographer (and did the image processing on these calendar images), kept liking the photos that were less about patchwork and more "artsy". 

Even if you're not choosing for yourself, I'm curious as to which cover strikes your fancy? 

42 comments:

  1. Ohhhh, I love these! I'm partial to the patchwork photo cover. I really may need to order one to hang in my sewing room. Inspiration all year long! :)

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  2. Wow, looks great and wonderful idea! Difficult to choose because the first one is really good with the symmetric beautiful photo, dark background with dark letters - but then patchwork is always patchwork! x Teje

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  3. I like the thread. It just looks so clean and nice, you know, like we all pretend our sewing rooms will always be...

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  4. I like the thread too. You don't get to see the cover that much anyway, so all the patchwork will be there to view inside.

    And one month WILL be the thread, right?

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  5. How fun Rachel!! I like both covers, please don't make me pick one ;)

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  6. I love the thread. It reminds me of hand quilting my medallion quilt.

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  7. So much fun! Hard to choose, but I think I like the pearl the best. It speaks to me!

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  8. I love the thread. It reminds me of hand quilting my medallion quilt.

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  9. I like the bowl of thread but the bottom one screams - hey there is patchwork in here.

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  10. I prefer the thread one as a cover, it's more universal.

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  11. I love the pearl cotton in the black and white striped bowl. The colors are so energizing.

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  12. Very difficult because both have something special. If I had to choose - yes you asked for it - then I would go for the patchwork ! It.s something special to me.

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  13. Bowl of pearl is my vote! Your calendar is looking great! Wish I knew how to take beautiful photos...

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  14. I prefer the second one. What a pretty calendar!

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  15. I vote for the the thread because it's very put together.

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  16. I love the image with the sunny squares (second one), but love the name for the first one....
    Will the image on the cover be inside also as I would want to look at that for a whole month, so that could change my decision.

    Jacky xox

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    1. The cover image is not by default on the inside too. In the case of the bowl of thread, it is the November month image. The patchwork image does not have a place inside the calendar. Thanks for chiming in!

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  17. I always love your images...does your husband do them all? They are very inviting. Glad you are doing a calendar. You could probably sell it to quilters!!
    Anyways, I prefer the thread photo. It's super cute.
    And thanks for the tip! I always make a calendar of the kids for the grandparents for Christmas, and kodakgallery is defunct this year, so I was off to find a new publisher anyways!

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  18. LOL - Sorry - I just clicked through and realized we CAN buy it. DUH! ;)

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  19. What a fantastic idea! I make calendars for others but never myself... I am sure your's will be wonderful. My vote for the cover is the bowl of thread - it looks so inviting. It is as if it was saying "please please please open me up and see what else I have."

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  20. Fabulous idea Rachel! I like the bowl of thread when I first looked at them, makes a great cover but then when Ilooked through the preview and saw the bowl there for a whole month I would probably order the patchwork one just to have that beautiful picture as well! I like to have my cake and eat it too!

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  21. I really like the bowl of thread. It's so colorful and yet simple and minimalistic.

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  22. Love the bowl of perle! It relax's me just looking at it. I want to reach out and touch them :)

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    1. I think that one has the popular vote! It's a favorite of mine too, just didn't know if it was too dark for the cover.

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  23. great idea to put your photos into a calendar! I'd choose the bowl of perle hands down :)

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  24. I like the patchwork cover myself...

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  25. I am drawn to the cover 'A Colorful Thread'.

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  26. Hands down, A Colorful Thread! I have your Modern Medallion quilt as my desktop background. On those oh so dreary NYC days, when all the tall buildings block out any natural light that might be out there, it brightens my day to switch over to my desktop and gaze at your work of art.

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  27. I like the bowl of thread not just for visual appeal but the roundness of the bowl suggests the cycle of a year. And thread I see as lengths of time and symbolicly and literally ties everything together.

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  28. Great idea! So, I love the bowl of pearl cotton. I think people like to look at beautiful craft supplies and fabric stacks because they can think about the possibilities. :)

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  29. I really like the patchwork ~ says it all.

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  30. The patchwork cover songs to me.

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  31. The bowl of perle shouts to me. It's gorgeous.

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  32. First timer to your blog... love it! Beautiful calendar... I like the patchwork cover the best.

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  33. Patchwork...the one with the bowl makes me think more of embroidery projects...Nice job on the calendar!

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  34. Both beautiful! My fave is the bowl of thread.

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  35. This is a fab idea! I am disappointed that it seems like the Quilting Arts people have not done a calendar for 2013 so I am excited that YOU DID! I like the thread bowl for the cover.

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  36. I would choose the bowl of threads, its more mysterious...
    Carli

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