The American Quilter’s Society has made the very difficult decision to cease publishing The Quilt Life magazine after the October 2014 issue. Living the quilting life through the eyes of Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson for the past four years has been an entertaining and educational experience for all The Quilt Life readers.
The Quilt Life subscribers have been informed of the change. One subscriber, Barbara Braby, wrote this kind letter in response–and gave us two sweet illustrations of her quilting life:
Dear Meredith Schroeder:
Please tell everyone associated with The Quilt Life Magazine that I have enjoyed each and every issue. Endings are often sad, but endings also provide beginnings, so I wish all of you new and happy beginnings!
Sewing lap quilts for Mom helped when she could not be cared for at home. Lap quilts where she lived were large, catching in her wheelchair wheels, so I made smaller ones for her. As they use commercial laundry equipment with high temperatures, I pre-shrunk everything and used diaper flannel as batting. I used basic sewing skills and embellished them with embroidery and a few permanently tied bows. Mom may not have known who I was, but she knew family loved her, visited, made lap qults and clothing for her, sewed buttons on, mended her clothes, and when she said she missed a certain food, made it and brought it to her.
Grandmother’s church quilting circle disbanded before I was old enough to do more than crawl under quilting frames to retrieve needles, pins, and spools of thread. When a quilt top was ready for a new bride, the ladies hand quilted it in a day at homes of members who had quilting frames. They met later for half a day to bind the quilt. It was presented to the couple as a wedding gift from the church congregation. Grandma said this started during the depression, so no church member felt they hadn’t been able to provide toward a significant gift to the new couple.
Thank you for converting my subscription to lengthen my membership and subscription with American Quilter’s Society. I will enjoy it.
The decision to sunset The Quilt Life magazine comes as part of a wider growth strategy for the American Quilter’s Society, which has been simultaneously enhancing its core digital and print publications while growing the annual number of QuiltWeek events and shopaqs.com product offerings by approximately 75% in 2014.
“We have truly enjoyed quilting, creating, imagining, and laughing along with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims over the past four years,” stated Meredith Schroeder, publisher of The Quilt Life. “We continue to value their friendship as we look toward the continued growth of AQS.”