Creative Magazines

Question for you:

Do you have a favorite creative magazine?

There’s lots out there, some great, some not so great.  Some I can get local, some I can’t.

And so I’m looking for your feedback!  Do you have a favorite?  Why is it your favorite?  Do I need every issue?

Thanks in advance!


By |2011-01-05T00:07:01-06:00January 5th, 2011|Inspiration, random|33 Comments


  1. Victoria January 5, 2011 at 6:17 am - Reply

    the only mag I subscribe to is Quiltmania… although in the last year it’s gone very FOLKY, Americana, it’s bumming me out…
    they really do cover the quilt shows though, with great photos…

  2. Jill January 5, 2011 at 6:50 am - Reply

    The only one I subscribe to is Quiltmakers. I’m looking forward to reading the comments suggestions for stuff to be on the look out for!

  3. Mary Ann January 5, 2011 at 6:56 am - Reply

    I have subscriptions to most but I have to say in the last 3 years I haven’t been enthused about much in any of them except The Quilt Life by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, only a few quilts featured but they are always stunning and exciting design.

  4. Sally January 5, 2011 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Ohhhhhhhh anything from Somerset publications-Where Women Create, Somerset Life, Artful Blogging are three of my faves … And I’ve never regretted the money spent on them. For a more quilty bent, Cloth Paper Scissors is one of my very fave inspirational mags. Have fun in your investigation!

  5. Betty January 5, 2011 at 7:17 am - Reply

    I get my inspiration from online blogs and various groups online.
    I haven’t bought a magazine for awhile, so I have more money to purchase fabrics.

  6. ga447 January 5, 2011 at 7:24 am - Reply

    I just ordered BHG American Patchwork & Quilting and very pleased. First mag I received had a story of a fellow NE Jo Morton. I refer to my magazines all the time.

  7. Lois Grebowski January 5, 2011 at 7:34 am - Reply

    I only subscribe to Fat Quarterly online.

    A lot of my creative inspirations come from other bloggers and the internet. There is sooooo much information at your fingertips. And best of all, most of it is FREE!

    I’ve also been guilty of browsing books and magazines, using my phone to take photos of the pages for creative inspirations. Many times I’ll go back and buy the book/magazine if it really hits home.

  8. Diana Zamora January 5, 2011 at 7:37 am - Reply

    For me, the favorite of all times is Quilting Japan. It´s publish every other month and it’s packed whit a ton of beautiful projects. The instructions are so simple that even when you don’t know a thing of japanese you can manage to get your project done. I’m from Costa Rica and I got a Japan subscription and they send it thru the regular mail. I L:O:V:E it.

  9. Kay (Soubrette Art) January 5, 2011 at 7:38 am - Reply

    I subscribe to several but the essential one is Quilting Arts. I have never failed to open that magazine and not find inspiration. I never make pattern quilts designed by other people, and generally am more interested in art quilting and fabric embellishment and manipulation. This magazine is full of ideas, techniques, etc. along these lines. If I could only keep one subscription, this would be the one.

  10. lindaschiffer January 5, 2011 at 8:01 am - Reply

    My favorite magazine for crafting is Cloth, Paper, Scissors … for quilt making it is Quilting Arts

    :) Linda

  11. Frauke January 5, 2011 at 8:18 am - Reply

    The one I would never give up is “Quilting Arts” – the sides are full of inspiration, and best thing is, you can go back and browse back issues without the feeling “hm, this quilt looks a bit … dated?”

  12. Marci Girl January 5, 2011 at 8:22 am - Reply

    I like “Stitch” Magazine that is I believe published by the Quilting Arts people. A variety of projects (most not quilting though) but the downfall is finding it, and the price, it is 4 times a year and $15 a pop! I usually have to get it online, because finding it in town is difficult.

  13. Beth January 5, 2011 at 8:44 am - Reply

    I don’t get any magazines regularly but have always wanted to. I am really looking forward to seeing what others like. Great idea Amy!

  14. Tove January 5, 2011 at 8:45 am - Reply

    I dont like to subscribe because then you get stuck with all the crudy issues. I like to just buy ones occassionaly when I find one I really lke the contents of . For example right before Christmas we were at Albertsons and I found “Quilts and More”
    by better homes and gardens creative collection. It has several ideas in it that I am eager to try. If fact I made on project on the 23’rd for someone.
    One trick is I almost never keep an entire magizine I rip out the pages i what and put them into clear sleaves and only keep what is super important to me. Magizines on a whole just had to the cluddler around the house. Well there a peak into my brain. :0)

  15. WendyMT January 5, 2011 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Thanks for asking this Amy! I’ve had so many subscriptions die out recently due to costs that I am trying to figure out which one or two I feel are keepers. I’ve enjoyed Quilters Home due to the variety of articles. I’ve started looking more into emags such as Quiltposium and Fat Quarterly as well as Quilters World, electronically. It’ll be interesting to see the results of your query. Thanks for asking!

  16. debbi dw January 5, 2011 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Though I’m more a contemporary only quilter, I have found the magazine of the American Quilter’s Society full of awesome eye candy and talent. This year my new love has been Quilter’s Home. Even without Mark Lipinsky it keeps it’s edge with biting humor and great consumer report like comparisons of various products (like fusible interfacing or quilt marking tools).

  17. Melissa January 5, 2011 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I flip through quilting magazines all the time and lately I rarely see enough in one to purchase it. My mom recently subscribed to BHG American Patchwork and quilting for me and I enjoy it. Occasionally I’ll pick up Quilts and More or Stitch.

    What I really get excited about and almost always purchase is Artful Blogging, Where Women Create, and Studios (by Cloth Paper Scissors). I want to start subscribing to Fat Quarterly online.

    I think it’s hard for a national print magazine to really focus in on a particular taste and be able to keep a large subscriber base. Which is probably why I only find about one project in a quilt magazine I like. They are trying to appeal to a wider audience.

  18. Cathy A January 5, 2011 at 9:51 am - Reply

    I recently subscribed to Quilting Arts, and I’m hoping I’ll like it–sure I will. I also really enjoy reading New Zealand Quilter–stunning and amazing and inspirational!!

  19. Kelley January 5, 2011 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Quilter’s Newsletter is my favorite magazine; though I wouldn’t say it is craft-inspiring. For just feeling inspired I really dig Burda magazine…ya know, the German garment sewing magazine? I don’t know why but for some reason whenever I look at one I just feel compelled to make stuff. And not even stuff in the magazine, just stuff (usually quilts). A lot of blogs are great for inspiration, too. Good luck in your search!

  20. Lois January 5, 2011 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Congratulations on a book and hope many more in your future. My favorite quilting magazine was the quilting magazines from Australia. Shops do not carry them anymore, that I know of and postage is expensive. I always liked their variety, layout was eye candy and they had so many projects for it being a magazine. I kept a few but wish I had kept all. I enjoy your blog very much. Love Lois

  21. Becky M January 5, 2011 at 11:15 am - Reply

    I LOVE Fat Quarterly! I also seem to always gravitate towards Quilts and More but I don’t know if you can subscribe to it?

  22. Terriaw January 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    My favorite creative magazine is Stitch, which is only a quarterly issue right now. (published by Interweave) I also love love love Fat Quarterly, the new online magazine, which also comes out quarterly. I have subscribed to American Patchwork & Quilting for many years, and still enjoy reading it, even though I rarely make anything from it. I like their Quilts and More issue better. I used to love Sew Hip but let my subscription lapse due to cost, since it comes from the UK.

  23. Munaiba January 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    WHy not try the Quilt Pattern Magazine? It’s a new online mag and costs only $13.95 for a whole year. It just started a few days ago.

  24. Erika Sews January 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Great post! I let all my subscriptions lapse within the last year and am ready to pick up a few magazines again, and picking up a quilting magazine this time. I’m going to check out a few that other’s have posted above.

  25. liveacolorfullife January 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    At one time or another I have probably had subscriptions to nearly all the magazines mentioned. I have let them all lapse. I love the online Fat Quarterly and anything by Quilting Arts. I usually go to Borders on Saturday morning, have some coffee, read the newest magazines, and once in a while I’ll buy one of them. But I agree with the person who said there is so much inspiration on line in blog land that you really don’t have to spend money on magazines.

    That being said, I’m a total sucker for new quilting books (and I’m looking forward to yours!)

  26. Pam January 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Hi Amy,

    Quilting Arts is my favorite magazine; it is always stocked full of instructional art projects! My favorite quilting magazine is QuiltMania! and for the same reasons. The projects and featured artist photos are just tremendous…


  27. Sonia January 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Hi there Amy. My favourite is American Patchwork & Quilting. I don’t have to have every one but often I will end up with them. I like the patterns but I buy it more for the inspiation, I also like how they give another alternative colourway or option.

  28. Sarah Craig January 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I don’t have subscriptions to any magazines, but when I go to the bookstore, I will pull most of the magazines off the shelf and look through them – if I buy, it’s almost always Quilts and More or Quilt ( These two magazines consistently have the type of quilts I like to make and there’s almost always several projects I can see myself making in each. Other than that, I get lots and lots of inspiration off of the internet and blogs!!

  29. Lee January 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I have been receiving American Patchwork & Quilting this past year and enjoy reading and looking at all the projects. I truly get the most inspiration from fellow bloggers and online articles/shops.

  30. Allie January 6, 2011 at 12:46 am - Reply

    I love magazines, period. My favorite used to be Mary Englebriet’s Home Companion, but it folded, wah. Now it’s Quilting Arts, available in the US, and the Australian Homespun. I love Quilting Arts because it has really unique things in it – not just projects but techniques as well. And Homespun is just flat-out GORGEOUS.

  31. Maria January 6, 2011 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Our new, online only, quilt magazine just debuted on January 1st. It is called, “The Quilt Pattern Magazine” and as its name implies, it’s all about quilt patterns – 5 per issue. We also include quilt book reviews, articles and techniques and the price is right! You can see a preview at . – An added bonus is that subscribers can join Pattern Pastiche, our very own social network, at no extra cost. It’s a great place to discuss the magazine, the patterns, and anything to do with quilting, as well as set up personal blog pages. It’s a family of quilters interacting with one another. – I’m a long time reader of your blog, Amy, and enjoy it thoroughly.

  32. Mary Miller January 6, 2011 at 11:57 am - Reply

    I meant to tell you this yesterday, but I got busy and forgot. There is a great (totally free) e-zine called Inspired. You can find it at . The holiday issue was to die for, and I believe there is a Spring issue coming soon.

  33. Cheryl January 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I get my magazines from the library. They have about 6 different quilt magazines (and tons of quilt books) and several different craft magazines. Our library has several branches that have different magazines – I use the internet service to request them and pick them up at my local branch. If I find one that is really good, I usually go out and buy that one. The others I just browse.

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