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    I like mccalls quick quilts
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    I get American Patchwork and Quilting, and want to make something new from each copy that arrives. But I am sure it would be the same if I got 10.

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    I should really stop getting so many magazines -- but I just love cruising through them. A year ago I had a long talk with myself and told myself to clean house -- the bookshelves were groaning and needed some help. I listened, went through all the magazines, keeping only 2 years worth and extracting articles and patterns that I liked from the others. Those articles that I removed I put in plastic sleeves. After sorting they went into notebooks. I promised myself I would do this each year, going through the oldest year. Now, instead of a full bookcase of magazines, I have notebooks on one shelf and magazines on another, books on another. . . oh, my.

    I started with Quilting Newsletter sometime in the '70s. Decided I didn't like that one because while it had articles, it was loaded with events so in a year's time it wasn't pertinent. Kept quilting but didn't subscribe to anything for another 30 years. Dropped Fons and Porter this last year, just fell out of love with their patterns. Currently I get:
    American Patchwork and Quilting -- like it, usually find something interesting
    American Quilter -- the magazine that offers a challenge
    Quilt -- very usable, good patterns, good directions
    The Quilter Magazine --another of my favorites
    Quilt World -- love the access to the online editions, am considering this might be a more convenient way to subscribe to any magazine. Well, good as long as the computer works!
    Quiltmaker -- lovely designs, had this script for a long time
    McCalls -- One of the first script when I got back to quilting more. I used to watch their magazine for quilt patterns, even saved one from 1976 for a bicentennial quilt.

    I guess I should add, that I'm working on a project teaching less fortunate folks to quilt. Figure if someone can learn a new skill (sewing) and make something that s/he can use or donate, that person will feel better about themselves. So, some of my quest for ideas is for this project -- and I have many folks who now take my cast off magazines. I'm also collecting used machines and rehabbing them for this project so I'm learning a new skill too.

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    I have been buying Fons and Porter for a long time. I subscribed to it back in March, paid for it and have yet to receive an issue..I have called several times and they tell me it is straightened out and I will get the next issue. Well here it is June and I still have not gotten an issue....I am trying to reach them by phone as I am looking at this website. I will probably think twice before subscribing to it again..It is easier buying it from Sams Club....You get a
    30% discount on all magazines..

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    I subscribe to several magazines but Quilt World is really my favorite.

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    Do you mean Quilting Arts?

    I've been collecting Quilting Arts on Ebay and buying them in shops...but finally have a subscription to Quilting Arts. I love it!

    I think Quilt is great for a beginning quilter and then maybe McCall's or Fons and Porter but probably not for your first couple of quilts.

    If there is a magazine called Art Quilt, then I need to check it out! Thanks!


    Quote Originally Posted by liont View Post
    I flipped through a sample of Art Quilt online, and I was drooling. Anyone subscribed to Art Quilt? Do you go through the main website or through 3rd parties like Amazon? Prices are better at third parties sites, it seems. But I am wary about garbage of flyers that jam your mailbox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teacherbailey View Post
    I've been collecting Quilting Arts on Ebay and buying them in shops...but finally have a subscription to Quilting Arts. I love it!

    I think Quilt is great for a beginning quilter and then maybe McCall's or Fons and Porter but probably not for your first couple of quilts.
    If there is a magazine called Art Quilt, then I need to check it out! Thanks!

    Apologies, my bad. It is Quilting Arts.

    By the way, I am tempted to subscribe. Did you subcribe with Interweave directly? Did they send you lost of mailers? I emailed them and couldn't get a direct reply. I live outside US right now, and use a mail forwarding service that charges by the gram. I hate to pay for advertisements:C

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    I've let all of my subscriptions run out. I can find all I can look at and certainly, sew on the internet.

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    I received most of them in the mail until it "hit me" that they are all about the same. I still receive McCalls, Quilters Newsletter (i love) and quilt world. I haven't found any patterns or ideas from them in a long time. Several years ago there were awesome quilts and pattern with new ideas. Not any more for me.

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    I have decided to quit getting quilt magazines as I am so back logged with them now but my favorite has been American Patchwork and Quilting because I like traditional quilts. I noticed the last APQ I got had some "modern" prints in their quilts and it is just not me. I have been quilting off and on since 1991 so I have a big stash of magazines and books and fabric. I have to say to my self "stop"!!
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    I have only subscribed to "Quilt" love it...now I look thru it at Walmart, if there is something in there I like, I get it..I have tons of them...I liked them because they always had the vintage patterns and I love those...now they are getting more modern with their patterns..but I still like the mag...

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I used to subscribe to a whole gaggle of them. Then I realized that I look thru them once or twice and then they go on my bookshelf. I let all the subscriptions run out. Recently, I got my final issue of "Quilters World" and I'm sad. I think I will probably have to renew this one. I really enjoy it!!!
    I agree with you since Quilters World is the only one I continued to take after cancelling all others. I've now stopped taking QW but I still sit & go through my older issues. There are so many free patterns avail. online there just doesn't seem to be a reason to take magazines anymore.

    I've often found free patterns of pcs. that I had either seen in mags. or bought.

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    American Patchwork & the Quilt magazines are my favorites from the newstand, I used to subscribe to them at one time. Now they all seem to have the same style of patterns just in different colors, and the info is basic stuff. I do enjoy the magazine Mark Lipinski writes for now, I think it's Fabric Trends, not sure. I like to read quilt related stuff, not just all patterns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by susie-susie-susie View Post
    McCalls Quilting is a favorite and I should subscribe to Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting since I buy it every issue. I try not to stock up on so many magazines, but I can't help myself. I have all the patterns I need and will have to live to be at least 200 to get them all done. lol
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    I take those two & also Quick Quilts. But I'm thinking about letting my subscriptions expire because there are so many great free patterns AND only 24 hours a day... LOL!
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    I have received McCall's for a few years now and I really enjoy it. I know you can get items on the internet but sometimes it is just nice to hold a magazine or take something tangible to the beach or pool to read.

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    I think you first have to decide what kind of magazine are you looking for?

    I haven't any subscriptions but I do buy every issue of The Quilting Life and Primitive Quilts.

    I prefer a background story and techniques over countless patterns. I actually don't enjoy magazines that are just patterns...I need to read something. I enjoy making things up so teach me a technique and I'm a happy quilter.
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    Over the past 10 years I've probably subscribed to most of the magazines -- but not at the same time. At the moment I'm not subscribed to any. My tastes and the magazines have evolved. Currently I flip through them at the store and only buy it if I like two or three patterns/articles or there's that ONE which I keep coming back to. Now having said that I'm leaning toward subscribing to a couple, but I just haven't done it yet. First is Quiltmaker - this is primarily for Bonnie Hunter's Addicted to Scraps column. I'm considering Quilter's Newsletter because there's always something interesting in it. I may also re-join American Quilter's Society to get American Quilter Magazine.

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    I subscribe to Quilters Newsletter, Fons and Porters and Quiltmaker. I love all 3, but Quiltmaker is my favorite and the first one I ever subscribed to in the 90's.

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    I think McCalls is a good one. Most all of them have easy, intermediate and hard patterns to choose from.
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    Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting, Quilter's World, Easy Quilts, American Patchwork and Quilting, McCalls Quilting, Quilts and More and I just bought Mary Fons' new Quilty magazine. What can I say---I'm a quilt magazine junkie. lol I love them all, but Love of Quilting and Easy Quilts are my favorites. The only magazine I didn't renew is Quilter's Newsletter. It is a good magazine, but I like magazines with patterns for quilts that I can make. QN doesn't have many patterns and the few that it does have are beyond my ability as a beginning quilter. Maybe when I grow up I will be confident enough to try some if them and I will subscribe again. lol
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    McCalls Quilting is the one I get. There is always something in there that peeks my interest. I like there patterns and information in there magazine. I used to get all of them, however got to expensive so I let most of them run out except for this one.

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    I am nearing the end of my McCalls and Quilts subscriptions... I subscribe for 1 or 2 years and then give it a rest... If I see something I "must" have I purchase it...I have my magazines organized in large notebooks..with an index in the front as to projects that interested me... I often look through the notebooks for ideas- most times I see something that did not interest me the first time around....imagine that LOL

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