While at Barnes and Noble today I came across the premiere issue of Quilter's Home magazine. The tag line says it's for the "new generation of quilters." Well, I say Hooray for something other than just patterns!
I didn't actually buy it... but now I wish I would have. (The design didn't grab me and the $5.99 price tag was a bit steep.)
I did hear a rumor that one of our own blog ring members might be featured in an issue, so I did scan every single page looking for her name. It wasn't there. Maybe in future issues, which means I'll have to give it a second look.
I like cover very much. It's got a "Real Simple" look about it. And I like all the teasers and their format. I think it's gutsy not to make the actual quilts the star of the cover photo.
I read the letter from the editor, Mark Lipinski. In it he says he was inspired to create this magazine to cover all the things that quilters love -- not just patterns and new fabric lines. He plans include cooking, gardening, home decor, crafting, etc. Interesting. There's potential there. (Sounds like all the stuff we discuss in the blog ring.)
He also says he thinks we quilters are tired of having to buy several magazines to cover all the things we love. I had to laugh out loud at that. I love to buy magazines and I am perfectly happy to purchase Rachael Ray's Everyday when I'm looking for new recipes, Domino when I want shopping inspiration, Oprah for personal development, Somerset Studio for arty stuff, etc. etc. ect.
I was very impressed with the short article about quilting podcasts! Very enlightened and tech-saavy. (No mention of blogs, though -- at least that saw.)
If Mark is as tech saavy as he appears, he will surely come across this blog post. Mark, I hope you'll offer a comment. In fact, I hope you'll read through this blog ring for a good idea of who we are -- "the new generation of quilters." And keep it up!