On the weekend I did something that I haven't done for about 4 years….
I picked up one of our Aussie quilt magazines.
There was another one on the table, then another…
So I sat down with a cup of coffee and began to peruse. I had 3 different magazines….
I have to say I was really disappointed. These are the magazines I've been bragging about and pushing to my students overseas for years and yet…. it looked to me as if they have stayed in limbo….
The projects are the same…
The colors are a little different…and so were the adverts.
The content was the same…
There was very little to challenge or stimulate the imagination………."Wow, how did she do that"
Am I over re-acting?
Do you still buy the magazines?
There are so many new techniques, so many new ideas in quilting… and yet I looked at those pages, willing the next one to grab my interest…. and all I saw were projects that could have been there years ago…. fu fu I call them…. (fairies undies) pretty, cute, craft.
Those magazines used to capture my imagination… I waited with baited breathe for a new one to come out and I read it from cover to cover… I took it to bed with me, I tried patterns and I marvelled at the stories…. I stored them in my studio and went through them often.
Now maybe I'm wrong, maybe they were a banal bunch this month… but if this is the norm, I won't be bragging about our Aussie quilting mags anymore.
I got my issue of Selvedge on line today…. I had to stop and read a little and I can't wait to get back to it this evening. I carry it with me on my computer and my Ipad.
The stories capture my imagination and feed the soul.
I write for several publications overseas and they have moved forward and satisfy my yearning for something new.