I was both surprised and disappointed to learn the Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine would no longer be published. I learned about this matter when I received my October/November issue in the mail.

The announcement was printed in the “From the Editor” column at the front of the magazine. I was also feeling a little “duped” because just this summer I received a renewal statement in the mail, which I promptly sent back with my check. Now I will be receiving Quilting Arts Magazine until my subscription runs out. Maybe I’ll enjoy the replacement magazine and decide to keep renewing it in the future. We’ll see.

Quilting Newsletter Magazine has been around for 47 years. It was the very first quilting magazine available and grew from a very small one-woman, black-and-white publication into a wonderful publication of nearly 100 pages that was packed with colorful pictures, patterns, gadgets and articles from the cream of the crop in the quilting community.

It was the first quilting magazine I found in 1982 when I started quilting. If anyone ever asked me what quilting magazine they should get, I always recommended this publication because it would cater to the beginner quilter, but also had articles and patterns that would challenge seasoned quilters.

Now there are numerous quilt related magazines available to us, but somehow I feel there will be a big hole left by the end of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine publication.

More and more quilters are turning to the internet for their quilting information, inspiration, and supplies.

You can spend countless hours immersed in Pinterest. I try not to get sucked in, but there are occasions where I’m looking for a particular pattern or design and I’ve always been able to find what I’m looking for.

The internet is a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing because it provides a whole world of quilting to be explored. If you can’t find it there it probably doesn’t exist.

Besides how-to videos that show you how to do everything, there are also quilting schools to enroll in where you can get classes on video to view at your leisure. Once you enroll, you can go back whenever you want to review the subject matter over and over until you “get it.”

I also get catalogs in the mail that sell items with captions that state to go to such-and-such site to see videos on how to do something or use a specific tool before you order it. Craftsy has really expanded their empire.

From being just a site to order fabric and kits, they have expanded into online lessons from a wide variety of well-known quilters. They put these lessons on sale often so they are really economical to buy.

Recently I received an email that announced their new line of knitting supplies and patterns. Everyone knows that most quilters are not JUST quilters, but also enjoy other handcrafts. So an expansion into yarn and knitting is a good diversification for them.

The bad thing about the internet is that in some cases it has a negative impact on a store and in time sales decrease to the point of closure. Most stores have an on-line option if they want to continue in the quilting business. They have to keep up with the times. In some cases their only source of sales come from on-line sales.

The internet is not going anywhere as it expands to take over our lives. Just remember your local quilt stores depend on us to keep them in business.

Nancy Judd is a Herald correspondent.

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