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    Quilting magazines

    Hello all!

    What are your favorite quilting magazines? Being new the process (I can't wait until I get a few projects under my belt and can stop saying that LOL), I would love to subscribe to one or two but can't decide which ones. Which one(s) do you find most useful?

    How about books? Any pattern books or beginning quilting books you can suggest? Hopefully I'll catch round two of the beginner quilting lessons being offered at the local sewing shop, but this cycle doesn't fit into our schedule

    Thanks in advance for your opinions!
    Renee

    Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle ~ Plato:)

    #2
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    I usually just buy different ones in my grocery store, that way I can pick and choose. it may cost a little more in the long run but I get more of a choice.

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      #3
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      I enjoy Generation Q. It's really about people who quilt as well as the quilting itself. I look forward to every issue, but I think it really is depending on whether or not you want a magazine or book with lots of patterns or a book about the process and the people. There are lots of great magazines and books out there!

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        #4
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        That is what I do too.....I go to the book store and leaf thru them. Quilty normally comes home with me, and Quilting Quickly always did till they quit making it
        pat.

        No rain....no rainbows!


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          #5
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          McCall's is good!
          ~Kathy~

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            #6
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            I've been told Quilty is a good one for beginners. I've learned by experience the Fons and Porter mag (can't think of the name of it), but I let my prescription lapse. I had very little for beginners, and was predominately geared for intermediate and advanced quilters. Quilt was a great one, but it fell out of publication...
            I really need to get off the exclamation point.
            It may give people the idea that I'm bright and cheerful all the time....

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              #7
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              My DH gave me a copy of Quilter's Newsletter for Christmas. I liked it very well, so when my other subscriptions expire, I'll purchase a subscription to Quilter's Newsletter.

              I find that many magazines are really just advertisements for new fabric lines. In other words, the quilts are designed around fabrics rather than being general purpose patterns that would do well with many different fabrics. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just not what I'm looking for in a quilting magazine. I like to learn about the process, read a little history, and learn some new techniques. That's why Quilter's Newsletter appealed to me.

              The suggestions above--to browse magazines at a quilt shop or grocery store--are really important. You'll find what you like, which will probably be very different from what I like. Except for "Quilting Quickly with Jenny Doan"--we ALL love those four bookazines!
              Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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                #8
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                If you have a library near you they often have several different quilting magazines. You can't check out the most current issue, but you can take your time to snoop through them. At ours you can check out the older issues. It has convinced me that I really don't need a subscription to any of them. There may be a pattern here or there that interests me, but that is about it. If that is the case I can buy that one magazine and not have to figure out what to do with the other 5 or 6 that come during the year.

                I also use the library to investigate quilting books. I can check out the books and then decide which ones have enough patterns that I might like to keep. Then I look for them in the "Used" section of Amazon. A few hints about that - remember to figure the cost of shipping into the price, and make sure any patterns are included with the book.

                The one book that I do recommend is the Quilter's Ultimate Visual Guide. It has a lot of good illustrations of many techniques. It is also very handy as a glossary of quilting terminology. I do have to thank my mother in-law for that one.

                Happy Quilting!
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                because those who mind don't matter,
                and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

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                  #9
                  Re: Quilting magazines

                  McCall's, American Patchwork & Quilting and Quilty. I'm not sure if Quilting Quickly will publish any more issues, but if so they are on the list.
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                  Scottie Mom Barb

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                    #10
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                    I was just buying QQ. and Quilty..... I used to always buy Quilter' Home, until Mark Lipinski left.... It lost it's punch....

                    I seldom....if ever....buy other magazines anymore... Most have very few, or no, interesting articled... Just patterns... Quilter's Homr had lots off great articles...Quilty has some.... QQ always had something interesting, too.


                    Sandy from Cincinnati


                    AKA Kermit

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                      #11
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                      If you want a book with lots of blocks try Marsha McClosky's Block Party. It's an older book, but it has 120 block patterns with rotary cutter instructions. It also has color pictures with real fabric which always makes it easier for me to visualize.
                      It also gives several setting ideas for each block. Simple instructions too, every type from beginner to advanced.
                      You could probably get it on Amazon. I saw it there recently for only a few dollars. It's a good basic book for quilting.
                      Have fun, this is a great hobby
                      May the road rise up to meet you...
                      May the wind be always at your back...
                      May you be in Heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead...
                      Patt :icon_wave:

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                        #12
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                        Originally posted by toggpine View Post
                        If you have a library near you they often have several different quilting magazines. You can't check out the most current issue, but you can take your time to snoop through them. At ours you can check out the older issues. It has convinced me that I really don't need a subscription to any of them. There may be a pattern here or there that interests me, but that is about it. If that is the case I can buy that one magazine and not have to figure out what to do with the other 5 or 6 that come during the year.

                        I also use the library to investigate quilting books. I can check out the books and then decide which ones have enough patterns that I might like to keep. Then I look for them in the "Used" section of Amazon. A few hints about that - remember to figure the cost of shipping into the price, and make sure any patterns are included with the book.

                        The one book that I do recommend is the Quilter's Ultimate Visual Guide. It has a lot of good illustrations of many techniques. It is also very handy as a glossary of quilting terminology. I do have to thank my mother in-law for that one.

                        Happy Quilting!
                        Thanks so much! I can't believe the library didn't even cross my mind . . DUH! I'm going to check out the Quilter's Ultimate Visual Guide for sure.

                        Going to check out the rest of the suggestions you all had. Thanks again! I'm SO glad this forum exists.
                        Renee

                        Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle ~ Plato:)

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                          #13
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                          hi
                          i think i started with american patchwork. i also look at e bay for used patterns. i always look for $4 or under sometimes you get lucky and find them for .99. i just bought a binder to put patterns into so i can find them.
                          :icon_wave:Joan

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                            #14
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                            I started out with Alex Anderson's quilting books. Hers were simple patterns and she explained everything well. They were reasonably priced. I used to subscribe to several quilting magazines, but I let them all run out. I hate to get rid of them and they were starting to pile up. The only magazines I have bought in the last year are Quilting Quickly. They are well worth buying, and I think you can still get the digital copy of all of them. I stay pretty busy all the time trying to make quilts from Jenny's pattern ideas. Hers are so fun and quick.

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                              #15
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                              Quilters HOme used to be fantastic. When Mark left, so did the magazine. I have subs. to a few. My friend and I swap out getting a free gift subscription to another. So one year I buy, the next she buys.

                              I like having subscriptions as I will save them and take up to the cabin for inspiration during the summer. That and there are so few things to read.
                              Home is where your mother is..........;)

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