Quilting has been around for a long time and is extremely popular, so it’s no surprise that there are some really great publications and periodicals out there. Let’s have a look at some of the best quilting magazines in circulation.
If you’re into quilting or you wish to get into quilting these are a great place to get started, especially if you’d like to just dive deep into the hobby and learn the ins and outs.
One of the best ways of learning about the terminology and techniques in any new hobby is to pick up some magazines and read regularly.
American Patchwork and Quilting is one of the premier quilting magazines currently in circulation. You’ll receive tons of useful tips and tricks as well as new patterns and ideas to try. The magazine is published once every two months, so you’ll get 6 issues in a year.
McCall’s Quilting is a very instructional, hands-on magazine. The guides and articles will help walk you through many different quilting techniques and as a result it’s an awesome magazine for beginners to sign up for. The columns will really help break you into the quilting world.
McCalls’ Quick Quicks is another magazine by McCalls. While the one above focuses more on technical and hands on instructions, Quick Quilts, as the name suggests, is all about patterns and guides that you can follow for your next quilting project. The designs are very varied from traditional to contemporary.
Fon’s and Porter’s is the brainchild of Marianne Fons and Liz Porter. These two master quilters share their secrets and tips from years and years of quilting. You’ll also get to see some of their really amazing quilting projects and they share instructions so you can work along with them, too.
Quiltmaker is another excellent quilting magazine. They feature lots of awesome patters for you to try no matter how much experience you have had with quilting. You’ll find how-tos, inspiration, and insider tips from experienced quilters. Like most of the other quilting magazines here, Quiltmaker comes with a subscription of one issue every two months.
Interestingly enough, many of the magazines listed above are all owned by the same parent company, The Quilting Company. Quilters World is an independent magazine, if you’d like to have a fresh perspective.
You’ll find modern and traditional quilting designs, as well as the latest trends in the quilting universe. This magazine has been around for quite a while(first published in 1979), so they really know the quilting industry, and perhaps have even influenced it in more ways than you or I know!
Quilting Arts magazine is a lot more about the finer techniques and methods than most of the other magazines here. While all quilting magazines will definitely focus on some techniques, most of the magazine will be about patterns and ideas. Quilting Arts is definitely worth picking up if you wish to learn the finer point of this amazing craft.
Art Quilting Studio is a very unique magazine amongst the ones we’ve shared here today. You can actually consider this to be a crowdsourced quilting magazine! Every 144-page issue is full of photographs and write-ups from quilters all over the world. You can even try submitting some of your own work, too 🙂
Last but not least, our list finishes with Quiltfolk magazine. Unlike the other magazines that are published once every two months, Quiltfolk is published once every quarter. It’s essentially a crowdsourced magazine that shares the stories and quilts from passionate quilting hobbyists all over.
Interestingly enough, there are no ads in this magazine, which is why the yearly subscription is a bit more expensive than other magazines.
Quiltfolk is a quarterly magazine that celebrates quilters and the stories behind their creations. The magazine is 100 percent advertising free, and the 150-page issues are all about sharing ideas and inspiration, not buying and selling products or services. The 4-issue, yearly subscription price is $75, and there’s free home delivery for US residents.
Why subscribe to a quilting magazine?
Quilting magazines are full of great information, patterns, and ideas for your next project. Even if you’re a seasoned quilter, you may be surprised by what you find, as you never know where your next inspiration and idea will come from.
They’re also a great way to keep in touch with the hobby. If you’re not a member of a quilters’ guild, this may be the next best thing.
Many magazines have contribution sections too, so you can share your own work and ideas with other people.
There are also plenty of blogs and websites about quilting that you can check out, but if you like the feel of paper in your hand you should definitely check out one of these(or all of these) publications.
Magazine subscriptions also help bring back a feeling of anticipation from a world where everything is increasingly available within a second of searching online!
Which one should I subscribe to?
We’ve listed 9 of our favorite quilting magazines here. You may not be inclined to subscribe to all of them at once, though! So how do you decide which one to subscribe to?
One of the best ways I personally like to choose magazines is that I’ll head over to a bookstore and thumb through some of the issues that they have on the shelf.
If I like what I see, I’ll consider subscribing.
You can also check out the magazine websites as they often publish past issues online and you can browse some older articles to see if it’s something you like or not.