Say it ain’t so! You aren’t really hanging a calendar from your plumber or real estate agent in your sewing space, are you? Sure, everyone is trying to economize these days, but that’s where you need inspiration the most! And who says you have to buy yourself a fancy new calendar, anyway? After all, Christmas is only 11 weeks away.
And we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up a selection of fine calendars that will give your eyes a treat and your brain a creative boost. Time marches on, so you it might as well be gazing at something special, yes?
Speaking of gazing at something special, this second annual calendar is chock-full of wonderful guys, wonderful quilts and a lotta burritos. It’s a labor of love by Megan Dougherty of The Bitchy Stitcher and GenQ fame, with all proceeds going to her brother, Jon, who is fighting brain cancer. Buy it for her brother, but hang it for yourself. (Oh, baby!) Self-published via Lulu.com, $19.99
For all the sewists, here’s a flirty little number that showcases the art of Fabrice de Villeneuve. No patterns or sewing tips, sadly, but the lovely illustrations will keep inspired as you enhance your own wardrobe. Lang Companies, $15.99
Go for volume with this calendar by Debby Kratovil and Jean Ann Wright, which has more than 240 quilt blocks and 70 new quilt designs. A great way to put your stash on a diet! Accord Publishing, $14.99
A different kind of drool-worthy, this calendar features 13 award-winning designs from the 2011 “Quilts: A World of Beauty” judged show, including amazing works by quilt artists Anna Faustino, Jaynette Huff, Terry Kramzar, Susan Stewart, to name a few. Martingale, $14.99
And now for something with a modern flavor…this beauty features full-color quilt designs by Liz Aneloski, Alethea Ballard, Emily Cier, Cherri House, Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio, and Camille Roskelley. Includes patterns and instructions for all 13 quilts. C & T Publishing, $14.99
Gaze at past prizewinners from the prestigious 2012 American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show and Contest in Paducah, Kentucky as you log your dentist appointments and dog groomings. Highlights amazing quilts by 13 different quilters, including Sue McCarty, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Terry Krysan and Judy Woodworth. American Quilter’s Society, $12.95
This 16-month calendar includes patterns and instructions for its quilts, which have a mostly-modern flair. Orange Circle Studio, $14.99
Well, we started with beefcake, and it only seems right to end with the same. This 18-month calendar showcases the men of Sisters, Oregon, home of the well-known Stitchin’ Post, Jean Wells Keenan and Valori Wells. Its pages are graced by various Sisters stand-outs, including Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show volunteers, as well as local firefighters, athletes and musicians. Oh, and there are quilts, too. $15.00