Quilting Magazines

On Lime Green Kitchen today:

Caponata – Eggplant Salad.  Even if you don’t think you like eggplant, you might want to try this salad.  It’s good on crackers or bagel crips, as well as eaten as a salad.

A while back I commented on quilting magazines.  With the exception of American Quilter, which comes with an AQS membership, all of my subscriptions had expired.  My plan was to view the magazines on the news stands and buy the ones that interested me.  While traveling here and there to teach, it was easy to run into a book store and look at the magazines.  I found that I was picking up McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker.  The current issue of McCall’s has the picture of my sewing room and I haven’t been able to find the issue yet.  Wal-Mart isn’t carrying it any more so I’m out of luck unless I go to Joplin or Kansas City and you know that isn’t happening before Christmas.

Quiltmaker has their 100 Blocks magazine/book out and it is fantastic!  There are some really interesting blocks in this issue. I was able to get it when we were in Joplin last week.


No more scrambling for magazines I can’t find.  No more missing articles/designs I want to make or even if I don’t make them, they provide inspiration.  I’ve re-subscribed to both issues.

I’m not sure if it was me, or them or a combination of both but for a while, I just wasn’t finding a lot of inspiration in the magazines but McCall’s and Quiltmaker have inspired me and I again look forward to receiving each issue.  If you let your subscriptions expire, you might want to check these two out again if you haven’t seen them in a while.



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    I have my copy of McCalls quilting…it’s only been looked at once and I would be happy to send it to you if you can’t find one….

    I love getting McCall Quilting and American Patchwork and Quilting. They seem to have more patterns that appeal to me.

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    peggy says

    I have let most of the magazines our family received expire, including my subscription to my quilting magazines. I did break down and resubscribe to McCall’s Quilting and Newsweek. It was just that we got too many magazines to read. Oh yeah, I forgot. I renewed the subscription to Everyday Foods. At least we’re down to three. Plus the Costo, AAA, and AARP. WoW! That is enough!

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    Mama Pea Quilts says

    I had the same experience that you did with McCall’s and Quiltmaker . . . found there was “nothing” in issue after issue so let my subscriptions go, too. Now with your recommendation I’m considering picking up a copy of each and seeing if I’m tempted to re-subscribe. Thanks for letting us know of your experience. (If both magazines are hit with an influx of subscriptions, I think you should get a kick-back!)

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    I havent bought a magazine in ages. I find so many times they are too simple. One was 84 squares, somehow, I dont consider that a pattern.
    I cleaned out 20 yrs worth of magazines down to 2 groc boxes. Most the ones I kept are old quiltmaker & Quilt.

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    I let my subscription to Quilters Newsletter run out a while back. Last week I grabbed a copy from the Library. Wow-what they’ve done to that magazine is a sin. It’s awful.
    American Patchwork & Quilting is my favorite. They improve all the time. I have a copy of your mag. but I see that you have many offers. It’s yours if you need it.
    When I make Caponata ,around here, the guys stand over me like vultures with boxes of crackers. I tell them it’s better at room temp…or the next day…but nooooo. Love that stuff by the spoonful. I fry chicken breasts for Chick. Parm. and put a big spoonful under the cheese layer. Delicious

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      Louise Stone says

      I just picked up the latest issue of Quilter’s Newsletter (December/January 2010) and was delighted! It’s gone back to the way it used to be and I was really happy. You might want to check it out.

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    Cindy B says

    I was informed I won a copy of the 100 Blocks issue! It hasn’t arrived yet. Walmart here only sells one quilt magazine. Dumb store. So I go to Barnes and Nobles often to browse all the quilt magazines. I buy the ones that I like and it’s usually different ones each month. The Australia, New Zealand, and Irish quilt magazines are very different with amazing photography. I like American Patchwork and Quilts. Those seem to come home with me more then any other.

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      If you won a copy of 100 Blocks directly from Quiltmaker, please respond back to the editor who contacted you. We were sending them out during the week of the blog tour so you should have received it by now. If you won it from one of the designers, please contact them. Hope we can help you track this down.

      • Cindy B says

        Thank you June for being so helpful. I received the magazine today and I’m am thrilled with it. McCalls rock!

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            I’m glad you got your magazine Cindy. Three editors from McCall’s have blocks in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, so McCall’s was participating on the Blog Tour. Quiltmaker and McCall’s are both owned by Creative Crafts Group–we’re different magazines with separate staff, but we do work out of the same office. Hope that clears up the confusion.

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    shannon says

    Quilting magazines are one of the guilty pleasures on my ever-growing list. I don’t subscribe to any, but it seems like I almost always buy Quiltmaker, McCalls Quick Quilts, and American Patchwork and Quilting. I buy others, but these are my favorites.

    I feel guilty because I know I hardly ever make any of the quilts in the magazines. I do get inspired by the articles and quilts, though. A woman can dream!

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      Judy, a copy of the McCall’s issue with the photo of your sewing room is going out in the mail to you today. Thanks for sending it to us…I know lots of readers are going to drool over your appealing set-up!

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    Bobbie says

    I have decided not to subscripe to any quilt magazines this year–I get McCalls and Quiltmaker-and love them, but it makes me want to make more quilts than I possibably do-get the stuff to make them and have so many other before them, that I have a very big guilt about even thinking about a new quilt to do–I’m going to work on all those others–so help me God. Hugs,

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    I seen the article in McCall’s and your sewing room looked wonderful. I do as you and view the magazine at the grocery store and if anything interests me I’ll buy it. I’ve also noticed a change in the magazines and in some of them the I didn’t like the changes they have made.

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    Jackie Warren says

    I will bring my McCalls Quilting with me tomorrow so that you can see your room. I was going to tell you that I would look for you a copy when we go to Shreveport next week but it sounds like you have had lots of offers. ..Jackie

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    I have let all mine expire. I can usually find them when I’m at B&N or Joann’s and I’ll have to look for the block issue.

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    I began a subscription to McCall’s earlier this year for the same reason: there are usually two or three patterns that catch my eye. I just (this week) began Quiltmaker (after a hiatus of 10+ years) because Bonnie Hunter will have several patterns and a column in 2010. I have AP&Q from the very first issue. I like it, though it’s pretty predictable: each issue will have one quilt in 30’s, one quilt in batiks, etc. I have Quilters Newsletter back to some of the first issues (I think #26 is the oldest I have), so keep going with it.

    “Quilt” has gotten better in recent years….they’ve published several Blue Underground patterns. I haven’t taken the subscription plunge yet. The magazines I look at on the newstand, then put back, are “The Quilter” and “Quilter’s World.”

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    I am letting my subscriptions run out this year. I am getting overloaded with magazines, and I can’t stand to get rid of them, if they have even one project I like. I’m running out of room for them. But, if I were going to keep one, it would probably be McCall’s.

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    Thanks so much for your kind words Judy–welcome back to Quiltmaker! I look forward to seeing what projects you make from the magazine.

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    Sharon says

    I have subscribed to Quiltmaker for a long time and I will never let it run out. I know they have been having some trouble in the past but I still stuck with them and kept renewing my subscription. I love Quiltmaker and McCalls both.