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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    The magazines have changed greatly over the years. The old ones used to have a lot of detailed articles on techniques and always seemed to feature at least one stunningly original quilt. Now the emphasis seems to be on pushing specific product lines of fabric. Fabric is featured in relatively simple quilt patterns.

    I used to love Quilter's Newsletter Magazine and envied those who had every issue. When Bonnie Lehman was the editor, it was a great magazine. Nowadays it is still on glossy paper and colorful, but the content is just not worth the money to me.

    I have let all of my quilting subscriptions lapse and will buy an issue on the newstand only if it contains a quilt I really like and might want to make some day -- maybe half a dozen per year.
    Prism, you said exactly what I've been thinking about QNM. I subscribed for many years and thoroughly enjoyed it when Bonnie ran it. I can understand changes in quilting but that mag really went downhill compared to the way it was in my opinion. It was the best for years!

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    I used to subscribe to four different quilting magazines and waited anxiously every month for them to arrive, but I'm with the rest of you. They all seem to look the same anymore. I've let my subscriptions all lapse. Nothing much interests me in them. I laughed when I read patchsamkin's post - I do the exact same thing! If I find something that really interests me, I'll pick up the odd issue, but mostly it's just me and a cup of Starbucks at Barnes and Noble. LOL

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    I agree as well. Just received 2 in the mail yesterday. Took me like 5 minutes to go through both and I liked only 1 quilt. My husband renewed all of my mags for Christmas or I would be dropping several. I think a lot of them are showing the same patterns but with more current fabrics. I am finding more ideas here as well as some of the sites you all give us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    Yep couldn't agree more and the prices :thumbdown:

    What I did this year was to buy a digital subscription to this one: http://www.quiltersworld.com/ it's great as I don't feel guilty by throwing half a Brazilian tree forest away, and it's reasonably priced.
    Me too!! I love their digital subscription. Only print what you're going to make!

    And yes, the magazines are getting very boring. Same old patterns and ideas with the latest "must have" fabric lines being featured. Are the magazines owned by fabric companies?

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    Yes, I agree. You have to wonder what is going on in their minds when they nput some of that stuff out. Many quilts are ugly, I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but some of these are really ugly.

    And whats with the colors that they use? Maybe I'm the typical old grung, but I know what looks good and all.

    Lanny

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    I have been bored with quilt magazines for along time. I let my subscriptions run out several years ago and still have many magazines I can look through for inspiration. I will buy an Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine every now and then. Love those!

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    Wow, I just read every post that is here and NOT ONE indicated an interest to continue their quilt magazine subscription. Hope that someone from the magazine business sees this.

    With that said, I am with everyone else. I have subscriptions to 8 or 9 magazines and am allowing all of them to expire with the possible exception of Quiltmaker. I am not even tempted when they make the great "come back to us" offers.

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    Thats why I will not buy new magazines. I always buy them after after people are bored with them. That way I get them cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamagus
    Same old patterns and ideas with the latest "must have" fabric lines being featured. Are the magazines owned by fabric companies?
    No but they are selling advertising to the fabric companies and in some cases the advertisers will also supply a project which the magazine will run (a) to get the advertising revenue and (b) so they don't have to pay someone to write those pages or take those photos.

    You would be amazed how much of most magazines is just recycled press releases. This is not just in quilting magazines.

    And yes I am bored with quilting magazines too, although I do browse the newsagents every so often to see if there is one worth getting. Even my favourite, Quilter's Companion, which gives a DVD every month, is not that different from what you can get for free on youtube.

    I think that the publishers must be getting pretty worried.

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    Haven't subscribed in years. Most magazines I buy these days are used ones at the Friends of the Library shop. They're 10-50 cents, and I find them well worth having at that price. Some are nearly new, but it doesn't matter because the kinds of quilts I'm most interested in are timeless. I save a few pages and drop the rest in the recycle bin. It does seem to me that some magazines have gone downhill - not just the quilt ones, but others that used to feature lots of craft and home decorating ideas for a whole range of abilities and interests have in recent years changed their focus to only "easy and quick". I guess they have reason to believe that's what most of their readers want.

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    I haven't had a subscription in years. I stopped them for the same reasons people are stopping them now -- too many ads, price, traditional patterns re-worked in the latest fabric line in ad-nauseum, too many artsy things, etc.

    But my pet peeve is the renaming of the traditional patterns. There have been several woman who spent a great deal of time cataloging quilt patterns & their names and they just get arbitrarily renamed. Each magazine will give the same block a completely different name. If the designer or magazine wants to name the quilt, fine, but somewhere in the article it should say something about 'this quilt uses such 'n' such pattern'. No wonder the newbies have no idea what a pattern is called!

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    Me too. No more mags. Seems the pic of quilts are just different color ways of mags I have at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    I would add that I love the Australian ones they are so different but way to expensive for my pocket.
    Some of the Australian ones are on the net - or maybe we could do a swap - I love Quiltmania, but it costs a bomb down here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainy Day
    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    I would add that I love the Australian ones they are so different but way to expensive for my pocket.
    Some of the Australian ones are on the net - or maybe we could do a swap - I love Quiltmania, but it costs a bomb down here!
    I came across a copy of Australian Patchwork & Quilting last year and bought it. I liked every single pattern in it, which is unusual for me. I was going to look at subscribing to it somehow here from the states, but never got around to it.

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    Ive been going to the library and getting the books, the magazines just cost way too much anymore!

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    That's why I am letting all of my subscriptions lapse. Sometimes I look at some in the store and if something jumps out at me I buy it. More times than not, I end up passing the mag to the girls at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Quote Originally Posted by Rainy Day
    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    I would add that I love the Australian ones they are so different but way to expensive for my pocket.
    Some of the Australian ones are on the net - or maybe we could do a swap - I love Quiltmania, but it costs a bomb down here!
    I came across a copy of Australian Patchwork & Quilting last year and bought it. I liked every single pattern in it, which is unusual for me. I was going to look at subscribing to it somehow here from the states, but never got around to it.
    Ok, here is the link to their website.
    http://www.apqmagazine.com.au/
    Cheers
    Rain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainy Day
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Quote Originally Posted by Rainy Day
    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    I would add that I love the Australian ones they are so different but way to expensive for my pocket.
    Some of the Australian ones are on the net - or maybe we could do a swap - I love Quiltmania, but it costs a bomb down here!
    I came across a copy of Australian Patchwork & Quilting last year and bought it. I liked every single pattern in it, which is unusual for me. I was going to look at subscribing to it somehow here from the states, but never got around to it.
    Ok, here is the link to their website.
    http://www.apqmagazine.com.au/
    Cheers
    Rain
    Eeek! $145 for a 1 year subscription to the US. I think I need to look for a US supplier! :D

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    I go to Barnes and Noble, get a cup of coffee, gather a bunch on quilt magazines and enjoy the hour! I do this a lot when it is dark and rainy.

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    Yes - I'm getting bored with them. This year I have decided to let all of my subscriptions except for The Quilter's Magazine (my favorite) lapse. I figure I can buy the ones I find something of interest in at JoAnn's or Barnes and Noble.

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    I too am bored with the magazines. I feel like they are more of an advertising agent than anything else. I don't like a lot of the fabric choices used and I let my subscriptions run out too.

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    there's so much available to us online..magazines no longer compare

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    I feel the same way. I think it's the quality of the publication. I still enjoy my QNMs and Miniature Quilts from the 1990's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    I got three in the mail yesterday and usually my favorite thing is an afternoon of crusing thru them...I must have been in a MOOD...cuz couldn't see anything that really struck me. I really think they are running out of ideas. Been there done that type of thing...anyone else think so????
    I am a beginner and I may find one project in several issues I can manage. so have dropped all but one. I use it mainly to help me with color combinations. smile also they are expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    I got three in the mail yesterday and usually my favorite thing is an afternoon of crusing thru them...I must have been in a MOOD...cuz couldn't see anything that really struck me. I really think they are running out of ideas. Been there done that type of thing...anyone else think so????
    we get used ones at our volunteer free library and I take them home and when I see something I may use I copy the page and put it in my quilt file. then the magazine back for others.

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