tql_cover_imageThe 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. 

Thank you,

Barbara Braby

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.”


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Alice Ward

I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every issue of ‘The Quilt Life Magazine’ as has each member of my very small quilting group. We will miss receiving it – with everything that you all have shared – all of the tips, hints, stories, recipes, quilts, etc. But also, I think the fellowship that exudes in every issue. It was a ‘good read’ and you know it will be kept, read and reread time and again. Thank you for sharing so much with all of us.


So sorry to hear about the end of Quilt Life. I’d recently picked up a issue or two and decided to subscribe. I really enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t just another quilt pattern magazine, like so many on the market today. I already have enough patterns I want to make to last me for 3 or more lives. It had more of the ‘other’ stuff about quilting that I craved to know 🙁

Patricia L Walters

Hi Alex and Ricky and AQS! I have really enjoyed “QuiltLife” and will miss it but thank you for extending my AQS membership. I wish Great good fortune and abundance to AQS in future endeavors and the extending of the AQS shows (QuiltWeek events) to more cities! Yeah! Maybe one will come closer to me.

Becky Kramarz

I absolutely loved your magazine and looked forward to every issue. You both did a wonderful job and I am going to miss it very much. I still enjoy your online shows, so will continue to watch them.

I just recently started buying quilt magazines again after an eight year hiatus making heirloom clothes for my granddaughter. I the QUILT LIFE magazine is the only one I read cover to cover. I will miss it a bunch! I’ve enjoyed the newsletters from AQS and would love an AQS week closer to Texas. Not all of us get to go to Houston…..thanks and good luck with all your future endeavors!

Carolee A Jacobsen

This is one of 3 magazines that I read EVERY page cover to cover. I have every issue. I have NOT been notified about the cessation of the magazine/or the extension of my AQS membership. I am unable to attend AQS Shows due to their locations and the costs associated with being out of state. The magazine “took you to the shows” and let you experience them in a small way. I thought the magazine was very well done; and I will miss it. Please keep in mind that not everyone is on Facebook, Pinterest, etc. I am computer literate;… Read more »

Carolee, You should be hearing from one of our Customer Service Reps to make sure get your membership extension taken care of. Thanks for letting us know you haven’t heard from us and we’ll get this work out. Sylvia Thomas, AQS Office Administrator.

Sheryl Allen

Dear Alex & Ricky, I am so sorry to see the Quilt Life come to an end. Your magazine was so unique & beautiful. I have been a subscriber since the beginning.

agnes straub

Quilt life magazine was the best. I loved the story and couldn’t wait for it to come in the mail. I wish you happiness in the next adventure in your lives. I wasn’t able to enjoy the first 3 yrs because I wasn’t aware of this great inspiring magazine. I was wondering if any of the old issues would be available? I spent the day in Grand Rapids, Mich at the AQS show, it was great fun as always. Thanks Aggie Straub

Mary Kebler

My sister introduced me to Quilt Life. When I received my notice that I would too soon be receiving my last issue, I contacted her to commiserate. She was hoping some campaign could reverse the decision. The magazine was joyful. It will be sorely missed.


I LOVED the fact that this was full of so many heart warming stories of quilters around the world. I especially enjoyed the article on the quilter men in Egypt. I will certainly miss the stories and miss looking for a quilting magazine that wasn’t just full of patterns. You had a good thing going. Sorry to see it gone.

Sue Goodridge England

So sorry we will not be having the Quilt Life any more, luckily I have kept all of the previous copies which will be reread many times by our small quilting group. The content was so different from other quilting magazines I read. I will saviour thhis final copy. Perhaps when thinkiing about future editions of AQMs you will try and have some of the The Quilt Life content because we enjoyed reading things we did not know – great. Still very upset though……..

Barbara Win Texas

Mystery Solved, I have been hunting like crazy for the new issue, and turns out there are no more. I thought that someone must have bought the copies aheaed of me went on line tonight to order the back issues I have missed and find out that my favorite mag is gone. Not just quilting mag but favorite, totally. Mom had said I should subscribe instead of hunting for it, but they are always in the rack, and I know the mag :because, Ricky and Alex are always right on the front, welcoming me to more quilting fun. It is… Read more »