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retrogirl02 01-11-2009 07:45 PM

I agree with the F&S easy quilts or a McCalls/Better Homes and Gardens one. You may still find patterns that are slightly more difficult but if you hang on to them, you may be interested in the future.

YAY! Fun Mail for Bevanger!!

retrogirl02 01-11-2009 07:46 PM

If you don't have a store with a variety of mags as Patrice suggested, check out amazon.com or similar site where you can read about them and sometimes even check out a couple pages.

minstrel 01-12-2009 03:56 AM

When I started quilting, I picked up McCall's Quick Quilts and after years of doing this I still have a subscription. Most of them are easy, though they do put in some that are perhaps intermediate. But that magazine (and the Quilter's Cache site) basically taught me to quilt.

Bevanger 01-12-2009 04:46 AM

Originally Posted by PatriceJ
the best way to decide is to go to a store that has a large magazine section (and - of course - several different quilting magazines). don't be shy. browse through each one. write down the names of the mags that are most to your liking.

they're all quite expensive so also visit their websites to browse through their free online offerings. the most useful magazines are those that have both great printed issues and lots of free extra goodies online.

when you have narrowed it down to the one (or more) you like best, take out a subscription. you will save about half the cost of buying each issue from the store.

Very good advice. Thanks hun... :D

Bevanger 01-12-2009 04:49 AM

Originally Posted by dreamer2009
Hi Bev...
I have a brain injury so I have problems also.
I went to Joanns this morning and stumbled across a quilt book
CALLED: it's "El"ementary
BY: Eleanor Burns
If you can get to Joanns to look at it ,it is fairly simple in its instructions.
I was really surprised.
I think you would like this book also.
They are on sale 40% off
or you could look it up on Amazon.com and get a used copy.

Really? THANKS DEARHEART..... I love her & will check it out

zennia 01-12-2009 08:07 AM

My first quilting mag. subscription was "Quick Quilts" I found patterns very easy to understand . I still have several copies from years ago and still use them for ideas.
Eleanor Burns is another good easy explained,with pics, books.

shellyp 01-12-2009 12:42 PM

I've been quilting for only a matter of months. I have bought a handful of mags but the one I subscribe to is McCalls Quick Quilts. I really like it.

shellyp 01-12-2009 01:29 PM

Originally Posted by Bevanger

Originally Posted by shellyp
I've been quilting for only a matter of months. I have bought a handful of mags but the one I subscribe to is McCalls Quick Quilts. I really like it.

Is the wording easy to understand? I had a brain tumor yrs ago... so I have a hard time understanding a pattern

I just had my 13 yr old son who has no interest in quilting/sewing read it. He says he understands the instructions and could do it. I did notice that most say to look at the assembly diagram. So that makes understanding the written directions easier too. They do a good job of giving you diagrams if it is anything that could be misunderstood.

Nita 01-15-2009 05:49 AM

Hi Bev ~I took out a 3 year subscription to Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine, simply because my sister recommended it and I got a good $ deal by signing on for the 3 years. HOWEVER, I've been disappointed by the amount of "easy/beginner" quilt patterns they offer. I can see why my sister likes it, since she has been quilting for over 20 years and there are some wonderful higher skill level patterns in the magazine. I'm a fairly novice quilter and quilting is my "therapy", as it were, ...... a creative outlet that destresses me. I don't like it when things turn into frustration. So, have I made any of the lovely quilts in the "Love of Quilting" magazine? Nope, not really. Now, as someone else suggested, Fons & Prter do have an "Easy Quilts" publication that I have purchesed from time to time and I find those patterns very do-able. Nita

Nita 01-15-2009 06:32 AM

My JoAnn's carries this magazine. I think it might only be a 4X/year publication, though I'm not sure about that. If not, try searching Fons & Porter website. Can I also suggest the book "Beginner's Luck" by Lynette Jensen? Most of her Thimbleberries quilts are way beyond my skill level, but this book is the exception. I know you asked about a magazine subscription, but as far as books go this has been my absolute favorite "go to" book for easy patterns. You can probably find it on Amazon.com. Hope I've been helpful to you ~ Nita

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