By now I think you will all of heard about the new magazine Today's Quilter. I talked about it a few weeks back here.
And maybe some of you have had the chance to read it? I certainly have so I am taking time to review issue 1. If that makes you want to check it our for yourself then I have a great subscription offer for you. PLUS I will be giving away a copy of the magazine and it's Kaffe Fassett supplement! Just keep reading...
The idea behind the magazine is to offer something new to traditional quilters. Something more challenging and very beautiful to look at.
Here's the official blurb...
"At the heart of Today’s Quilter are the projects, created by the most well-known and talented designers. Exquisitely photographed quilts start creative juices flowing, while expert technical features ensure quilters are always improving their skills for stunning results. Hours of reading pleasure in the form of the latest news from the world of quilting, events and shows to visit, in-depth designer profiles, explorations of the heritage behind the quilts, plus lots of chat and fun from the quilting community! PLUS every issue comes with a glorious FREE gift that goes into even more depth about a specially chosen design, technique or personality close to quilters’ hearts."
And I certainly think they have got this right. I love the glossy cover and styling. The general feel is of a lovely interiors magazine full of quilts!
This fab vintage quilt by Carolyn Forster looks challenging enough for me and would look really modern in different fabrics.
When I first saw the cover quilt, also by Carolyn Forster, I thought it looked quite simple. But having studied the pattern I can see it is really technical and would be a great project for an intermediate or experienced quilter. I love it's fresh yet classic look.
There is certainly plenty of hardcore quilt information. I really enjoyed reading about Lynne Edwards, she has a great attitude towards quilting and I am looking forward to her regular column. This isn't really 'my world' so most of the names are new to me (though I know Susan Briscoe from her wonderful Sashiko book and had certainly seen and heard of Lynne Edwards).
But there is one name which will be very familiar to the more Modern Quilter out there, and that's BOM designer Jen Kingwell! I love everything Jen does so I am looking forward to seeing more of her 'star' themed block of the months.
And this first issue included a whole separate magazine about Kaffe Fassett to tie in with his 50th anniversary celebrations. This was written (along with a lot of the features in the magazine) by my good friend Jane Rae, and she has done a great job. I know Kaffe is a bit of a 'marmite' designer but this was really fascinating stuff. I personally have always loved his vibrant colourful designs and he is a huge design hero of my mine.
So all in all I am looking forward to many more issues of Today's Quilter. Obviously I am slightly biased as I am making projects for it for future issues, but I honestly really enjoyed the magazine and learnt new things in just the first issue (there is a great in depth article all about templates which taught me a thing or two!).
Here is a sneak preview of issue 2 for you! I love how fancy it looks!
Subscribe to Today’s Quilter and receive your first 3 issues for £5*, that’s just £1.66 per issue!
Or if you are not keen (despite my glowing review!) but would love to check out the best Modern Quilting magazine around I have the same offer for Love Patchwork and Quilting!
Whether you’re a traditional or modern quilter these magazines are packed full of inspiration.
And one lucky reader will get to try out Today's Quilter for free as I am giving away a copy of issue 1 along with the supplement!
Just leave a comment below telling me what you think of the new magazine, this review, or anything you like!
International entries welcome and Giveaway closes Sunday at midnight - good luck!