QUILTERS NEWSLETTER SHUTTERED AMIDST CUTBACKS AT F+W
|Oldest (issue #8) to the newest (arrived last week)|
|Two shelves of QN|
I liked the "family" feeling of QN when Bonnie Leman was the editor. Remember the September anniversary issues with youngest son Matthew on the cover? He was born as the first issue was going to press. Daughter Mary Leman Austin succeeded her mother as editor-in-chief. The family sold the magazines (QN and Quiltmaker) to a media company. After a a couple of mergers the F+W group purchased QN and QM -- as well as the Fons & Porter and the McCall's quilt groups. (And Keepsake Quilting, too.) I read mastheads in magazines (that's the list of the editorial staff) and note that editors are now "content directors" and that they rotate from QN/QM to F&P to McC.
I loved Helen Kelley's "Loose Threads" columns. Before her there was Theo Eson with her stories about Grandma. After Helen there was, for a short time, "Off the Bolt" by Alison Bolt. More recently I've enjoyed the modern quilts column by Pam Rocco.
Follow the money, they say. The money comes from the fabric companies. Patterns in the magazines are designed to show off current collections. Sorry, folks. I'm going to buy what I like and make scrappy quilts. That's my style and I'm sticking to it.