This is the cover of the last issue of Quilters Newsletter. Mine arrived a couple of weeks ago and I'm still sad that I won't receive any more.
The title was started in 1969 by Bonnie and George Leman. Think of how much has happened in the magazine and publishing world since then! It's a tribute to this magazine that it has survived for so long.
I still remember the first time I discovered Quilters Newsletter. It was about 1982, when I was working in my first library job. There was a patchwork shop, The Quilting Bee, a block from my workplace and I enrolled in a sampler class there. (Yes, we all made sampler quilts, didn't we?)
There weren't any Australian quilt magazines then. The first, Down Under Quilts, started in 1988 and I immediately snapped it up - I think we were all eager for information about the local quilt scene - but until then, Quilters Newsletter was my source of quilt information.
I've bought every copy of Quilters Newsletter since then. It was and still is my favourite of all the quilt magazines around because it has great articles. They are meaty and interesting and make great reading.
I like a magazine that exposes me to different aspects of the quilt making world. I love reading about the history of our craft but I also enjoy contemporary developments. Quilters Newsletter gave me all that and more.
Thank you, Quilters Newsletter. I'll miss you.