I am excited to share some amazing news, which I have been keeping a secret for a few months. I’ve always been good at keeping confidences, so I am very excited to finally share with you a new, bi-monthly, quilting e-zine, Make Modern, from Australia. Everything in this e-zine is fresh, crisp and relevant.
I am one of the contributing writers, so I may be blogging a little less. The article I wrote for this issue is called, “How to Develop a Great Relationship With Your Longarm Quilter.”
But this blog post is not about me. It’s about the e-zine and everyone, including the three editors, Jane Kelly, Kristy Lea, and Lara Motta, who worked so hard to make this happen. It takes a dedicated team of people to create an amazing publication.
The premier issue is full of creative quilting and home decorating patterns, informative articles, projects, resources, technology, and stunning photographs. Read the about page on the Make Modern web site, because you may just see yourself in the text of that page, as I did. To see and sample the preview issue go to Issuu. At the bottom of this post there are links about how to subscribe.
A Short Review of What’s Inside This Issue
As many of us know, quilt math can be pretty tricky. Alyce Blyth clearly explains and shows us with examples, how to use it successfully in, “Upsize, Downsize, Resize Any Quilt Block.” No more fuss or frustrating computations that cause complicated equations that end up resembling algorithms.
Instagram has always been a bit puzzling for me. I keep thinking; Why do I need it? Why do I want it? Do I need to post to IG and facebook?
However, “Instagram for Quilters: A What, Why and How Guide,” by Kristy Lea gave me a way to experience it differently; think about it more as a fun and enjoyable social media option. By not experiencing it as another “must do item” I need to check off my “to do” list every time I post to my blog, the stress factor is gone. Creative thoughts are beginning to come my way. And maybe, or not, in a few months I will have figured out a way to integrate it with my blog. In the meantime, I’m just having fun with it. On another note, any publication that includes an article about relevant technology in my field always grabs my attention and gratitude.
How many times have I machine quilted in the ditch, and had a hard time keeping my stitches in that ditch? The number is far greater than my age, I can tell you that! Melissa Gottliebsen wrote an outstanding article, “Straight Lines; Introduction to Straight Line Quilting.” There are other, and possibly better ways to achieve the “stitch in the ditch,” look and feel, without having to “stitch in the ditch.” I can’t wait to try her method. The creativity in this article awesome.
A fellow blogger from The New Bloggers Blog Hop, from the Spring – Summer, 2014, Jo King, shares with readers her cat, and her pattern for “Memory Cats,” which grew out of a QAL she participated in, using Elizabeth Hartman’s pattern. Extremely cute.
Make Modern includes a few give-a-ways, and ends with a library, which includes some of the best modern quilting books published. And there is some information about what’s coming in the next issue too.
Overall Make Modern has it all – 112 pages of what Jane describes in our mini-interview below, and some. Take a go at it!
Jane Kelly, one of the co-founders and editors, and I finally had about five minutes to do a mini-interview. (The magazine was about to launch on the internet, and I was about to leave for a long vacation). We sat down at our computers at the very end of August, a little more than thirteen hours apart, and a half a world away. I’m very happy to share this with you here;
Anne: Congratulations on the debut of Make Modern. Tell us how the e-zine came about.
Launching any new quilting endeavor begins with a great blog hop, doesn’t it? And I am more than honored to be a part of this list. Please visit the blogs of these very talented quilters and contributors.
The blog hop started when I was traveling abroad, and the technology wasn’t cooperating with me at all. I hope you check out the blogs of these very creative quilters, many of whom we all know, or have heard of. I am honored, and feel so lucky to be among them.
1st September Make Modern
3rd September Kristy @ Quiet Play
5th September Where Jane Creates
7th September Gina @ Party of Eight: Our Story
9th September Molli Sparkles
11th September Juliet @ The Tartan Kiwi
13th September cat&vee
15th September Ruth @ Ben and Charly’s corner
17th September Kelly @ Kelliotmagic
19th September Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
21st September Serena @ Sew Giving
23rd September Melissa @ Ms Midge
27th September Anne @ Hudson Valley Quilts
It takes a strong team with dedication and “a fire in the belly,” type of effort and attitude to produce an e-zine that’s this good.