Thursday, August 27, 2009

Some new quilting magazines

Yesterday I got my hair cut at the mall, and made the mistake of going into Barnes and Noble bookstore to "browse." As you may know, I am an avid reader. First thing I saw...a whole table of "Buy Two, Get One Free" novels. They had every book by Jodi Picoult, and I now have three more of her paperbacks to read. And while I was there, I looked at the magazine section, and treated myself to three new quilt-related magazines.

The first two are by the publishers Stampington & Company, who also produce Belle Armoire and Somerset Studio. I now own the premier 2009 issue of Art Quilting Studio, and the Summer 2009 issue of Sew Somerset. These are both very large publications with non-glossy pages and lots of first-rate photographs. The third one is new to me: Patchwork Quilt Mania. This is actually a French publication, but it fortunately is in English with a few non-American spellings like Centre and Programme. Not only does it contain splendid eye candy photographs, but there are wonderful illustrations on the title page of almost every article. I really love the cover quilt with the rainbow color range (colour, that is). Turns out those are Kaffe Fassett fabrics, and the quilt was designed by Roberta Horton for Kaffe's latest book, Country Garden Quilts.

I looked through all three last night and have so many new ideas for projects! Sew Somerset's subtitle is "the art of creative sewing with mixed media." It has six chapters: Wearables, Books, Boxes, & Folders; Decor; Mixed-Media and Collage: Cards, ATCs & Scrapbook Pages; and Art Quilts. Then there is also a Gallery of projects submitted by readers, some with brief instructions.

Art Quilting Studio's subtitle is A Magazine with Heart, Soul, and Imagination. This one is packed with projects, and I really love it so far. I may have to subscribe to this one!

Lots of time to read this weekend as we are heading to the mountains tonight. I hope you find lots of artful inspiration this weekend!

1 comment:

Cathie said...

Three of my favorites. I particularly love Sew Somerset.
Have fun indulging. I've been painting alot of muslin to stitch on. I attempted a project that was in Quilting Arts last month and painted a bunch of sunflowers on something else to stitch. Now I'm just impatiently waiting for them to dry.
Have a great weekend in the mountains Jeanne.