I saw a new magazine at the grocery store yesterday - Quilty. It's by the daughters of Marianne Fons of Fons and Porter. Mary, the editor, is the new co-host of the Love of Quilting TV show.
The magazine aims to be beginner-friendly, with basic instructions. It has an article on making T-shirt quilts. Some of the patterns featured solids. I hope that is a trend. I always liked the solids in traditional quilts.
Glad you posted this. I saw, and bought , this magazine the other day. Just couldn't pass up some Quilty reading! I needed to take some things with me to the hospital while visiting my mom and wanted to have a nicely stocked bag.
Haven't gotten through much of it yet, but look forward to more reading and looking.
Wow - at the grocery store?! I'm lucky if my store has anything other than magazines with covers screaming about which star is having a baby after being abducted by a UFO, or which one is in the middle of a heated divorce after 3 days of marriage.
I'll have to look for that one. I have noticed a trend of using lots of brights & whites in quilts lately. I often see that on blogs of "younger" (than me!) quilters, and it looks so fresh & youthful & energetic!
Got mine at JoAnns. It definitely is in the voice of a different generation. It's quirky as well as quilty. "Pinking shears optional...and hilarious!" (Pink!)
Got it to give to my DD. it's got lots of white spaces for notes and to make it easier to read. Wish others did this.
Will have tro keep an eye out for this one. I have been frustrated lately by the quilt patterns that use a proliferation of wild patterned fabrics that make it difficult to see the actual construction of the quilt block. I mean, if you are going to take the time and money to construct a quilt, you (I) at least like to see the design of the block shining through the design of the fabric. Don't get me wrong, I like brights, just not all muddled together. I like some blanks to rest my eyes on!
The same goes for the pages of the magazines. Some of them are so cluttered with ads, it is difficult to find all the directions sometimes.
I will get off my high horse now!
I feel the same way about using the big, bold prints. Lovely when "set off" by a solid or some space -- or maybe used in a purse or tote. Difficult to see or to enjoy as much when all mooshed together in a quilt. Amy Butler & Kaffe Whazzizname prints come to mind there. I have yet to buy any because they intimidate me!
There's also a "quilty" blog and online show (available to QNNtv, Fons&Porter, & Quilters Club of America, and some YouTube videos)
Check it out
Mary has grown on me some in the past year, & I can see her relating to younger generation of new quilters.
That is what I use them in, purses or as backing. I think we shop at the same grocery store. Mine just took out the tiny bookcase they had other mags in. At least the town next to me has a store with about 12 quilting mags.
The Quilty blog is hilarious! I put it on my list to read. Fresh.
"It's bad to supress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your hips."
I just bought the magazine and I like it. It's geared to beginner quilters and has lots of helpful tips in it. I think I might get a subscription for my daughter.
I'll keep an eye open for it too. But really...how many quilt magazines do we need?
ALL OF THEM!!!
Not sure I could take a whole magazine of the young Ms Fons. She is okay diluted on a half hour show by her mother or anothr guest, but that is about all I want in a week... Chris
Sometimes it's good to be reminded of things you thought you knew.
This one does have a different look to it. Evelyn mentioned the generous spacing. I let my subscriptions drop when they started looking like one another. Sometimes in the store I can't tell from the cover if I have an issue or not.
eta: of course I buy it, and find its twin when I get home. This message has been edited. Last edited by: Kay-lin,
True... I know I could probably use a refresher course or three. You stop doing one technique for awhile & things can get mentally dusty. I really have to watch it when working on clothes (or something non-quilt), to try to remember all "the rules." We might be able to fudge our way around a 2-D quilt, but if you forget something basic like clipping seam allowances on 3-D clothing, you quickly have a mess!
I'm also reading on some beginner's blogs how they didn't know "the right way" to do a step, so they had to muddle through, which frustrated them or made it tougher. We often learn from our mistakes, but on the other hand, it's good to know how to doggie paddle before you attempt to dive.
And I wonder how many young people today are interested in textiles, but had nobody to learn from at home & need to be shown via another source? Looking over Mom's shoulder was how I learned. If this magazine helps others, then more power to it. F&P's Love of Quilting magazine has been very successful. Maybe the daughters saw a need for something slightly different for their generation? Good for them for even attempting this! I will certainly try to find it on the newsstand & take a look.
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