Sunday, 26 February 2012

Modern Quilting Magazine

Two years ago, when I started quilting, I never thought I'd make something which would appear in a magazine and yet yesterday this plopped into my letterbox.  Issue one of a brand new modern quilting magazine, called Modern Quilting Magazine.  You can subscribe here and get 10% off your subscription using this discount code S5IE4PYF.   This code has now been fixed and make sure you choose free postage for the subscription option!.  It is ram jam wham bam packed with wonderful projects, articles, information and ideas.  There are Amy Butler projects (yes, plural):


Articles about fabric designers including one about our very own Aneela Hooey:


All sorts of sized projects, from little mug cozies to full sized quilts and everything in between including this fabulous bag designed by Sara at Sew Sweetness (which I tried to persuade the editor to send me but annoyingly Sara wants it back):


And last but not in the least bit least a scrappy tiling pillow made by me.  Eeep.  Yes, me.  This now resides with my Granny Smith (I can't now remember if she was named after the apple or vice versa but in our family we call her HRH because she tells us what we did wrong, like having the wrong hairdo or wearing the wrong jumper or not putting the jam in a little bowl at breakfast).  Anyway, after it had been to its Britain's Next Top Quilted Item photoshoot, I sent it to her for Christmas, fully expecting the gift to be a darn nuisance as most of our gifts have been deemed to be over the past few years.  Like the ready decorated Christmas tree we sent her which she opened upside down so all the soil fell out onto the carpet.  That was a darn nuisance.  But apparently she loved the pillow and it was quite the talk of the nursing home for a few days.  She wasn't quite sure who'd made it but did think it was made either by me or by one of my sisters (who can't sew for toffee) but that's fine too. 


And I just want to take a moment to congratulate Vick who edits the magazine and Kerrie whose idea it was in the first place.  You have put together a wonderful magazine.  It was all that I hoped it would be and more and it is so exciting to think that one day I might stroll into a shop where a magazine is being sold and someone might open it and say - ooh look at that lovely pillow and I might casually say - oh gosh yes, that is a pretty project, I imagine someone very clever must have come up with that idea.  OK, I live in some kind of crazy fantasy parallel universe but I shall be hanging out in my local WHSmiths all next week next to the magazine section.  Say hi if you see me there. 

64 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I hope you don't get arrested in W H Smiths for loitering!! Your Granny sounds just like my late Father-in-law, it didn't matter what we sent him it was always the same "I have enough of (it them that) or what did you buy that for and waste your money" LOL. When we moved to France I really didn't know what to do so at Christmas I started sending him a sort of hamper from Tesco ....Just ordered all Christmas stuff and food I knew he liked. EUREKA! He actually phoned and said it was the best present we could have bought him, and he was telling everyone about it!!.. so I got there in the end LOL.

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  2. Congrats!

    Cute project you have there and I'm saying Hi now!

    Am wondering when the book is coming out then? What not started yet?

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  3. Looks like a fab magazine. Well done L on being featured. V.well deserved. Jxo

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  4. I did spend yesterday morning say 'oh I know her, and her and her!' - fab-u-lous!

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  5. Wunder Bar! I will stand next to it in WHS and direct people x

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  6. Congrats! I'm sure it's just a beginning:) your project are fun, creative and colorful - just perfect:)

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  7. Woo hoo! Huge congrats to you (although wait til you're on the cover - THAT is a thrill and a half!) and now I'm wondering iif i can pick one up this afternoon...exciting stuff!

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  8. I want to get dressed and go find that mag, lt looks like it might be a huge breath of fresh air to us here in the UK. Well done you.x

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  9. Well done Lynne, talent always shines through and you have heaps of it.

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  10. You're very fancy, Miss Lily. Luv ya lots. xxx

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  11. Congratulations!! It's so neat to see your name in print or your idea. I had an article published and then was at a conference where they were magazine was being given away for promotion purposes. The lady handing it out asked if I knew about the magazine and then I realized it was "my issue" and I said "I do, in fact...." Fun times!

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  13. Congratulations! Well done!

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  14. Hi there. Regular reader, but decided to be anonymous for this post...

    First, congratulations, it's great to be in print!

    Secondly, the knitting community is well aware that Kerrie and her companies (yes, plural, they change and default over time) have a history of not paying their contributors. It's lovely to have a UK modern quilting magazine but I would hesitate to promote it. Certainly don't join any clubs they might offer, the knitting community got burned on that one too.

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  15. Many congrats!
    I do believe your published projects are now quite prolific :)

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  16. Oooh congrats...maybe one day I will make it to a magazine with one of my projects.

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  17. Many congrats Lynne :-) Granny Smith does sound a bit like my granny too...

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  18. Look what I found! The only image from the magazine on this site is your cushion. Congratulations

    http://www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk/modern-quilting-magazine/

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  19. You are something else! It's so neat to watch your work become more visible to the world.

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  20. Congratulations on being published! Your story about your grandmother is so common. I would spend hours picking cards for my mother and she would tell the whole nursing home my brother bought them. My sister would take her clothes shopping and she would tell everyone I helped her pick out her new clothes. My daughter and her husband would visit and 2 hours later the story would be that my SIL came on his own and my daughter didn't care. She seemed to struggle and as she got very near death she told us that sometimes she got confused in her thoughts, but it was mostly right in her heart.

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  21. Very cool! Congrats. I'm sure you are walking on air over this.

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  22. Woohoo, go you, you kept that quiet yesterday! Shall definitely have to pop into Smiths now...

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  23. So happy for you, and congratulations!

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  24. Congratulations, yet again Lynne - it's amazing, and I you know I love your cushion
    Here's hoping I get a chance to see/ get a copy of the magazine this week

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  25. Congrats! Wish this magazine was not an extra 11pounds to ship to the USA :(

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  26. How cool is that?! Congratulations.

    Glad you finally scored with HRH. People like that do take the fun out of gift giving.

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  27. Congrats! That's one of my favorite trees! It brought to mind the quilt we all made for Carol. She must be feeling pretty proud herself now...she's got a famous, published block in her special quilt. LOL That looks like a fun mag.

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  28. Congrats! I just tried the coupon code and it doesn't work. Maybe it is invalid with the pre launch price?

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  29. Wonderful to be published, and with all those other wonderful quilters! Also, your granny sounds interesting, I am glad she loves the pillow as it is wonderful.

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  30. Congratulations, Lynne! That is just wonderful! And it's about time somebody published a modern quilting magazine! I hope it will make its way across the ocean soon.

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  31. Congratulations, fab cushion and so cool to be published

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  32. Congrats! you must have enough material for a book... Get writing!!!

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  33. Congrats Lynne! I'm guessing this is a British publication. I'll need to look and see if I can find it in the states.

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  34. That's awesome Lynne! Congrats! This magazine is going to be a big hit....we are all starving for something new!

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  35. I'm so thrilled for you!! I love that design and now everyone else can love it too! Congrats sweetie!

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  36. code didn't work for my either. Also, it says the postage is £5.50! By the time I've paid that I might as well buy it in the shops :( Ah well, congrats on being published!

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  37. looks like a great magazine!, congrats on being published xoxo

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  38. How exciting! Your work is beautiful and I'm so glad to see you being rewarded.

    Wanted to echo the anonymous commenter above who warned about Kerrie and her shady business practices—this post from the other day has some illuminating discussion and links. Sigh. Wish everyone in the crafting community were on the up and up, but alas it isn't always so.

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  39. oh how exciting lynne!! congratulations :)

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  40. soon you'll be able to stand in a whole section of wuhhsmiths and just point ... in that one ... in that one ... in that one ... in that one ... oh, have you seen my book ... it's just over there ...

    congratulations clever talented lady :)

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  41. Oh I was wondering where I could get my hands on this!

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  42. Congratulations! I'm going to try and track down a copy. :-)

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  43. Congratulations!! Can't wait to get my paws on a copy of this mag!

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  44. Oh My Goodness!! How exciting...

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  45. Congratulations! Looks like a fabulous magazine!

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  46. Congratulations! Good for you and very well deserved.

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  47. Congrats Lynne...soon I will have to ask for your autograph and start stalking you.....just kidding!!

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  48. WOW! Thank you so much for the shout-out, and I *LOVE* your pillow! I can't wait to get the magazine in the mail so I can see all the projects (and make that pillow!!). Thank you for all your hard work! ;-)

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  49. Congratulations Lynne, your pillow is lovely! Looks like a great magazine.

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  50. wow, congrats! you should be in every quilting magazine, you know.

    and, yeah, i must weigh-in and suggest that you heed those anonymous warnings in the comments.

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  51. don't forget the 'are you still in your pyjamas?' when we were in our best 80s attire. So proud you are in this, and even happier that GS may have thought I did it.

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  52. Congratulations Lynne,

    Your project looks great, enjoy your moment in the spotlight i'm sure it will be the first of many. :-)

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  53. haha, love Rollieflex's comment, trying to claim the credit. hehe, we know you can't sew for toffee!

    Ridiculously proud of you Lynne. Hope I can see the mag over here soon! Congratulations!!

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  54. congrats..you are a shining star....and you shine sew bright your brilliance can be seen here...sew proud you are

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  56. I meant to say how proud I am of you ... lol

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  57. Do you know the back story of Modern Quilting? It's published by All Craft Media, formerly KAL Media, owned by Kerrie Allman and her husband Wayne. She has a very long, well-documented history of not paying her contributors. She started in knitting, and knit designers who sent their patterns and samples to her were never compensated. Now she's moved on the sewing, quilting, and home decor. Please read these articles (http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/013622.html#013622) and (http://www.rockandpurl.com/2012/02/24/the-box-it-is-open/).

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  58. Have you been paid, Lynne? I hear this morning that the firm have gone into liquidation; I was wondering where my issue 2 had got to!

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  59. oh Marie - how I wish I had read your post before I subscribed - they charged me international rate twice, have never made any effort to answer my inquiries and today I received an email that they have gone bankrupt - I live on a VERY limited income but I was so taken by Lily's article that I subscribed. I am so upset over all of this and am out a lot of money

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  60. ACM who publish Modern Quilting went into liquidation today. I do hope you were paid for your lovely design. The sewing world needs to be aware of Kerrie Allman's shady practices.

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