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Thread: Your quilt magazine recommendations?

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    Your quilt magazine recommendations?

    A friend has offered me a subscription to a quilting magazine and I'm not sure which to ask for. I'm a beginner so would like one that is rather general as I'm learning new techniques. What would you suggest?

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    There are many, but one that I think has a good variety of articles/patterns is American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine-published by Better Homes and Gardens.

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    when i was a newbie, i liked Fons & Porter
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    Quote Originally Posted by patchsamkim View Post
    There are many, but one that I think has a good variety of articles/patterns is American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine-published by Better Homes and Gardens.
    That is my favorite machine too. I do get many of them but if I could only get one subscription it would be for American Patchwork & Quilting by Better Homes and Gardens.
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    When I was very new, I liked Quick Quilts magazine, because the patterns were about my speed.
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    I take most of them and would choose Fon's ans Porters love of quilting.

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    I like Quilters Newsletter Magazine. It's not as heavy on patterns as some of the other magazines, but that's not what I'm looking for in a magazine. (Plenty of patterns in books, internet, and elsewhere.) I find something inspiring in every issue.

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    I'm also with American Patchwork & Quilting for a beginner to check out....there are a lot of great quilt magazines out there. Go to either a bookstore, a grocery store with a good magazine section or a quilt store, etc. (or all of them) and check out the different quilting magazines and see which ones appeal to you.

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    I would recommend Fon's and Porter's Love of Quilting. There are several quilt patterns in each magazine,of different skill levels. If instead of a magazine subscription,have you ever looked at Quilt in a Day books? They are step by step books, perfect for beginners. If you don't have the option of watching Quilt in a Day on your local PBS station, you can watch episodes on the Quilt in a Day website. Excellent resource for a beginner.

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    It also depends on what type of quilting magazine you want. Do you want one that has only patterns, very few articles? Or do you want one with articles of interest to quilters? I like The Quilt Life because it has articles. But it doesn't have many patterns. That's OK with me. For patterns I like American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilt World and Quiltmaker.

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    My two favorites ae The Quilter and Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. I read them cover to cover.

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    I liked Fons and Porter Easy Quilts. The quilts are easy, yet don't look it. They include easy to follow instructions and have lots of tips. If appliques are used, the patterns are included. I tried some of the other magazines mentioned here. I found as a beginner the Fons and Porter worked best for me. Whichever one you choose, enjoy the quilting and don't stress over it. Quilting can be a lot of fun.

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    Go to the newsstand and look through each of the magazines mentioned. See what they have that would interest you. Look at the lay out and the contents section. Read through a pattern in each book to see if it clicks right away or you find yourself having to read over it again to understand what they are saying - not all quilt patterns or writers are created equal and as a beginner it can be a daunting task to decipher directions you are not familiar with. Read a paragraph or so of an article. Some of us like technical articles, some of us like chatty lighthearted articles. It boils down to you and how you feel about the magazine. I always look forward to getting the newest issue of a magazine. When you get a magazine and it sits unread, it is a waste.

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    Thank you all for your suggestions and comments. I can't find any quilting magazines at Walmart which is the closest place, and would have to drive 60 miles to another store large enough to carry them. Which is why my friend offered a subscription. From looking at the suggestions, I'm torn between the Fons and Porter and American Patchwork and Quilting. I might ask for one from my friend and subscribe to the other on my own. The best of both worlds!

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    Look for the quilting magazines on the bottom magazine shelf at Walmart. They are usually surrounded by other magazines that are not "women's magazines". Why, I don;t know but I do know I have to really bend to get a magazine.

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    For a beginer I would definitely say Quick Quilts. The projects are easy. It gives detailed easy directions and all the patterns for the quilts are slanted for quick and easy. Good for Newbies.
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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    I think that American Patchwork and Quilting has the best beginner pattern. Quilt World and Quiltmaker seem to me to get into the more difficult stuff

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