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Old 01-11-2009, 07:27 AM
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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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Old 01-11-2009, 07:33 AM
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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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Old 01-11-2009, 07:34 AM
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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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Old 01-11-2009, 09:49 AM
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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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Old 01-11-2009, 10:12 AM
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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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Old 01-11-2009, 10:54 AM
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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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Old 01-11-2009, 12:49 PM
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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.
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:51 PM
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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.
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:02 PM
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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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Old 01-11-2009, 04:30 PM
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Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts has beginner patterns

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