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Thread: Which magazine would you recommend?

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    There are SO many quilting mags out there! How do you pick?!

    I'm looking for something that:

    * Has stuff that's accessible for beginners but isn't too dumbed down.
    * Has articles and tips, not just patterns.

    Any suggestions?!

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    Personally, I like the Quilters Newsletter. It seems to have more "old fashioned" quilts and patterns in it. It always seems to have very good instructions with the patterns also. I don't care for the newer art and scenic quilts that a lot of magazines seem to be featuring a lot. So it depends on what type of quilting you are really interested in.

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    I like Quiltmaker. It has patterns and also quilting ideas/motifs.

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    I love Quilters Home for the articles and Fons and Porters for the patterns.

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    i like them all! my husband told me recently that I needed to pick one and buy a subscription!! haven't decided on one yet either! :D :?: :D

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    Definitely Fons and Porter.

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    I have probably subscribed to most of them. The number one on my list is Quiltmaker. I have cancelled subscriptions and have always gone back to the Quiltmaker. I had to cut back on my books and am resubscribing to the Quiltmaker as the only one I will get.

    Barb

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    I learned how to quilt with McCalls Quick Quilts and still have my subscription after about 7-8 years. I found the patterns easy to follow and being the kind of person who likes to see things progress, "quick" quilts are right up my alley.

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    The only two i subscribe to.

    http://www.quilters-world.com/

    reasonably priced and digital. lots of beginner and intermediate ideas. i download the issues to my computer. less clutter around the house, i can print pages as often as i need to AND i don't lose them. :P


    the other is:

    http://www.americanquilter.com/

    the subscription is pricier but the free book you get is pretty interesting. lots of advanced traditional and artsy-tartsy techniques and articles. for now, they go into my "someday" pile. (as in "someday i may have the guts to try something like that! but not today." :lol: )

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    I picked up a quilt magazine today at the grocery store. It's full of easy pretty patterns. I love the flag cover quilt. I may subscribe to this one. The name of the magazine is QUILT.

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    Funny, I'm trying to make this same decision. This month I prefer McCalls Quilting. I just purchased 5 different ones and narrowed it down to McCalls. I'll wait until the next issue comes out, review it, and if I like that one I may subscribe.

    Each one has its own style and you may want to try each for a few issues before committing.

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    You know, I was looking at McCall's online ... the articles looked interesting, and I liked the photos they had of the quilts.

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    I second Quilt, The quilter, Quick Quilts, Quilters Newsletter(If you like a lot of articles) and McCalls Quilting. ALso fons and porter.

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    I subscribe to Fons and Porter but buy Quilter's Home now quite often. It is very entertaining and I love Lipinski's fabrics. The two patterns in the last issue will be in the back of my mind for a long time.
    I think each magazine offers a little something different for each different style. Just have to pick what you like.

    judee

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    I like the The Quilter Magazine and McCalls Quick Quilts. So many patterns for beginners.

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    I love Quiltmaker, my favorite

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    another vote for quiltmaker and i also like quilting arts

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    I like Quilter's Newsletter for all purpose, Quilting Arts for interesting quilts, and Quilter's Home for the funny stuff. But maybe you shouldn't ask me for just one ... I get them all!

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    Well, I am the odd quilter here. My favorite is American Patchwork and Quilting. It has quilts for every level, quilting tips, etc and I love the semi annual Quilt Sampler magazine they do.

    I have also subscribed to Quilter's Newsletter Magazine and Fons and Porter. I like both of them too, but just do not have the time to read that many magazines and they were taking over the shelves.

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    I have had subscritions to a lot of quilt mags.. I decided to go through all of them and really choose the ones I want to keep. Boy, you talk about a hard decision. I have found, though, that the mags I have kept are McCall's and Fons and Porter, and not all of them either. I now need to sell my other mags, maybe e-bay.......

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    Have you checked your library to see which ones they may already have for you to browse? Then pick a different one so you have more ideas and articles to read without all the expense. Also the library will have lots of quilt books to check out. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    Well, I am the odd quilter here. My favorite is American Patchwork and Quilting. It has quilts for every level, quilting tips, etc and I love the semi annual Quilt Sampler magazine they do.
    Marcia, this is also my favorite. :-)

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    I have collected many magazines for years. I find that they have pattern after pattern and I am not one to follow patterns. I tend to do my own thing and even though I look at patterns for inspiration, I don't follow every detail of them. That was a long way to say that I don't use magazine patterns, because you end up with a pattern that many paople have and is not unique. There! I now made it even longer.

    I came across Quilter's Home by Mark Lipinsky and was fascinated by the way he includes product eveluations, recommendations, recipes, and some very interesting articles. I found myself reading it from cover to cover and I never did that with a quilting magazine before. It has 3 patterns per issue, but I guess by now you now how I feel about patterns. I can recommend this magazine to everyone that ask my opinion. He has a very refreshing way to see things, but many people don't like his style. I do. You can pick it up at JoAnns's or Sam's club, and see for yourself if his style is right for you before you subscribe to it. It tends to be a little pricy, but worth every penny.

    Maria

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    Hi all,
    I love so many of the magazines that I really can't pick 'just one.' Wo, every once in a while I treat myself to a fancy coffee at one of my book stores [Barnes & Noble or Borders] and drink my coffee v-e-r-y slowly while I check out the magazines. I save a lot of $$ and get only what I really need. If I want more than one magazine, then often a friend will be buying that one. We share a lot down here in Phoenix.

    Oh yeah, I scan on to a computer file those patterns I really love then recycle the magazines to other quilters. Less paper clutter and I can just quickly view what I have whenever I want to make a new quilt. Yes, I do back up the quilt file so I don't lose it.

    Hope this helps.
    alice

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    As a devout appliquer I love Australian Patchwork and Quilting. My second favorite I think is McCalls Quilting Magazine. I get the Quick Quilts one once in a while because I do a lot of charity quilts and like to find a new simple pattern once in a while.

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