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Thread: Re:magazine for beginner????

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    The only subscription I get is Fons & Porters Love of Quilting. I think that's the one. Shadow gets the same one.
    As for an easy one, I don't really think there is one. Maybe one of McCall's mags might have what you are looking for, but when I look thru the magazines, there are patterns for all levels of quilters.
    I know, doesn't help, does it....

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    One mag I see regularly is called "Big Block" somthing-or-other. It features quilts made only with large blocks, and most seem pretty easy.
    I think it might be put out by McCall's.
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    What about 'Quick Quilts' think its by McCalls, as they are quick you would presume they are easy wouldn't you :D

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    As I am new to quilting(and sewing actually), my husband's aunt, who is a quilter, mailed me three magazines: The Quiltmaker, Quilter's World, and McCall's Quick Quilts. All of them had beautiful projects that ranged from beginner to experienced. HOwever, my favorite is the Quiltmaker, it was easy to follow for someone like me with not much quilting vocab. and very little if any expereince, I am actually working on stuff from that edition. Second will have to be Quilter's world and third Quick Quilts.
    Again, I am not judging the quilts themselves, just the instruction and the easiest to follow for me.


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    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.

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    try about.com. with janet wickell. it's a good starting place for beginners to try out.

    she offers lots of easy blocks in a very good format, with illustrations. print out what you like.

    follow the links to blocks or whole quilts and go from there. if you don't have trouble following along from printed material, i think you can go on to fons & porter, too.

    let us know what you decide. i'll be interesting to know which is really the best starting point.



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    Do you have a library close by? maybe they have some of these magazines that you can check out and see what you think without having to feel rushed. Or Barnes and Noble , they have chairs and you can sit there forever ! I get McCalls Quick Quilts and really enjoy it.
    Sharon

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    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.
    dreamer

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    Bev, I think the advice you have received to go to the store and read some quilting magazines is a good one. Only you will know what suits you and your interests and skill level best.

    I have subscribed to Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, American Patchwork and Quilting, and Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting. The only one I still get is American Patchwork and Quilting---for me, it is the one that best meets my quilting needs.

    There are a lot of different magazines out there---it is so neat that your aunt is going to give you a subscription!! Enjoy!!

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    Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts has beginner patterns



    http://www.fonsandporter.com/aspx/Fo...sue.aspx?id=78

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    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!!

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote 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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bevanger
    Quote 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.

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    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

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    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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    so... what have you decided to do?

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    You're welcome, Bev! Glad to be of help. Happy quilting ~ Nita

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    Walmart carries a lot of quilt magazines here.

    Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts is a great choice. Also look at Quilt magazine. They are all very, very easy and quick patterns.


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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmaker101
    Walmart carries a lot of quilt magazines here.

    Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts is a great choice. Also look at Quilt magazine. They are all very, very easy and quick patterns.
    Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Bev.... All the times I go there, I never once thought to look there.... Thanks hun......

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    For myself, I get the Fons & Porter magazine. I really like it & have learned so much from it.

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