Quilter’s Home review

Today is Thankful Thursday and I am thankful that I got my first Quilter’s Home magazine in the mail. I subscribed 2 months ago, even though I had never really seen one before. (not lots of magazine choices on the rack in rural small town America) After I checked out the website and liked what I saw, I decided it was time to try it for a year.

I used to subscribe to about 7 quilting magazines. It was too much. Too much to keep up with, too much redundancy. Not enough new and exciting information or patterns to keep me interested. As the subscriptions ran out, I did not renew.

I moved on to magazines that had a longarm, art, embroidery or business focus. Those too have gone by the wayside…with the exception of QuiltingArts Magazine. (can’t give that one up!)

So, what made me order Quilter’s Home? It is NOT the hype I see online about the editor. It is not that he has a huge online presence with his websites and active “pack” of admirers. I will admit that I joined the yahoo group last year to lurk to see what it was all about. But really, it is Mark Lipinski’s irreverent and humorous take on life that trips my trigger. It is his ability to laugh at himself, others and the quilting industry. It is his ability to take what he doesnt like and work towards CHANGE in a POSITIVE way that makes me a convert. That is why I ordered the magazine. And I am only sorry I didn’t order sooner.  (but I ordered all the back issues!)

The issue I got today included an informative article about which fabric printer sheet product is best for printing photos. I particularly liked it that they tried several brands of printers, and stated which ones looked best before and after washing.

Another terrific article was about my all time favorite quilting celebrity and artist, Hollis Chatelain. (I was lucky enough to hear her 1 hour lecture in Houston and got to see most of the quilts in the article up close.) I was so pleased to read about Hollis’ newest endeavor and wish her the very best.

The magazine has new fabrics (I NEED some of that fruit ladies fabric!), quilt patterns, articles about other things in life, and even has some recipes that look tasty.

If the next issues are even half as good as this one, I will feel like I got a bargain.

I have absolutely NO affiliation… just a happy consumer… but here is the website.


and here is the yahoo group for “Mark’s Posse”:



Today was SUNNY and warmer and BRIGHT. Sure helped to melt some snow. Snow? Yes…… and forecast for tomorrow nite and Sat is a winter storm warning with lots of snow.

That leaves time to quilt right? And have ANOTHER jammie day? (ok, so I got dressed today, we had clients coming!)

I would show you quilty things that I have been working on, but 2 of them are “under wraps” until I decide if they are show or publishing worthy. Maybe tomorrow I can show you something Steve quilted.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Terri
    Mar 06, 2008 @ 21:10:45

    Funny you should mention the fruit lady fabric. I love that stuff and have been on the look out for it locally, but no luck yet………


  2. Carol
    Mar 06, 2008 @ 23:35:20

    I agree totally with your words about Quilter’s Home. I really enjoyed this issue.

    I also enjoy the “straight talk” on you blog.


  3. Christine
    Mar 14, 2008 @ 01:11:24

    And now your blog is linked from Mark’s!



  4. Christine
    Mar 14, 2008 @ 01:13:17

    Thanks for the review! I am subscribing for my mom and I now.


  5. gail
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 13:40:50

    you can get the fruit lady fabric from http://www.keepsakequilting.com – or of course there magazine! it is really cute


  6. Martha
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 02:35:01

    Hi! Gayle,
    I was excited the more I read your listing.
    I don’t know how I happen upon your addy, except I was looking for some groups that had
    people on there that had longarm machines.
    I am trying to make up my mind about a quilting machine, and I have to concider the cost.
    I chat to another ladie name Gayle and she and her friends have HQ, the portable one.
    I have to saythey look good and so does the HQ Pennicale.
    Do you know anything about that machine and frame?


  7. judy
    Dec 19, 2008 @ 19:22:38

    Hi Martha,I am also looking at longarm machines and frames.
    Very expensive for 3 or 4 guilts a year.
    Find it a struggle on my reg. machine but am determined to “do it myself”.


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