Sunday, September 18, 2016

THE DEMISE OF QUILTERS NEWSLETTER MAGAZINE AND A QUILT FROM MY PAST


  I'm sadden by the demise of "Quilter's Newsletter Magazine" in print form --- the last issue is the current Oct./Nov. magazine.
I've had a subscription since the 1970s, and have eagerly looked forward to receiving my issue every month for years. They have always stressed the importance of the tradition of quiltmaking; but still pushing us into the modern movement of the art/craft. 

 In addition; the editors, including Bonnie Leman, were so kind and encouraging to me over the years.  I've been honored to have been published in 14 issues of the magazine and in 7 issues of their sister publication, "Quiltmaker". I was further honored with a one-woman show, "Quilts in Print" in 2002 in the gallery at their offices.

Our quilting community has lost a true class act, and their expertise and excellence will be missed.

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From my archives, here is a quilt called Sunday Drive that was published in Quilters Newsletter Magazine Issue #294.

When I was a child, one our family activities was to go for a car ride on Sunday afternoons.  Actually, it was so my father could check out the headgate for the arrival of the irrigation water for our farm.  The headgate was located about 20 miles from home, and I hated this trip looking at nothing but farm land and then prairie and sunflowers!
My mother would often appease me by buying me a pinwheel to hold out the car window for entertainment.

As a quiltmaker, I always knew I wanted to make a pinwheel quilt.  Thus, in 1995, I made this quilt using the stripe fabric to simulate the dusty country crossroads as an alternate block with the pinwheel block.
The quilt measures 65" x 65", and is machine pieced and hand quilted.  

 I'm joining the following:
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday
Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday
Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social Wednesday
Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday

3 comments:

Kathi Riemer said...

Is it the end of a (quilting) era? I sure hope not. I too subscribed to the magazine for more than 10 years in the '90's. I made a few of the quilts they would give instructions for in several issues. One was the bunny in the garden quilt. Your quilt is lovely-timeless.

Bonnie said...

My family would take Sunday drives too -- but we followed the front wheels a LOT. I can remember ending up fording a small stream somewhere in Virginia -- and me wondering if the road would ever become paved! I guess it is indicative of the power of the internet with so many free patterns and blogs available now. I traded my subscription of QNM to Quiltmaker quite a while ago. I must admit though, that I seldom make quilts from magazines. Although I really enjoy reading the mags and seeing the ads and new notions etc.

Jocelyn said...

It is so very sad about Quilters Newsletter. What can one say? I enjoy the articles and inspiration. I much rather have a paper magazine, as I don't enjoy reading online versions. But there is a season for everything I guess.