The End of an Era – Plus a Giveaway

By now I’m sure many of you have heard the news that the National Quilting Association (NQA) is ceasing operations. This came as such a sad surprise to many of us who had been longtime members. The organization just celebrated it’s 46th year and a huge turning point in my quilting career was getting the opportunity to write a regular magazine column for them about Machine Quilting, and getting to teach at their last quilt show earlier this year. The reasons for their dissolution are given here.

nqa_magazineThe last issue of Quilting Quarterly

As a side note, I hope I’m not a bad-luck charm. The last magazine I wrote for on a regular basis was Quilty, and it went defunct, too! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for better luck in the future!

At the time I wrote what I consider to be my best article to date (co-authored with the super amazing Jacquie Gering), I didn’t realize it would be in the final issue of the magazine. I don’t think the publishers and editors knew that either. In fact, I had one more column slated for the next issue which won’t end up being published. However, I’ll  be sure to share it with you all at a future date.


The last article I wrote for NQA, about QuiltCon, co-authored with Jacquie Gering

I always like to find a silver lining among the gloomy clouds, so the good news for you guys is that I have one extra copy of the issue I can pass along to one lucky winner. I’m sure this will become a collector’s item since it’s the last issue.

To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment letting me know what’s your favorite quilting magazine and why. I’ll choose a winner at the end of the day on Friday and will share the winner’s name here in this post. I’m happy to ship it to anyone, no matter where in the world you live!

If you click directly on the title of this post, there should be a comment box below this post for you to write in. Otherwise, click the # of comments show, above the post in the left margin to leave your comment.

New Around Here?

Be sure to sign up for Friendly Threads, my weekly newsletter and get a free pattern!

112 thoughts on “The End of an Era – Plus a Giveaway

  1. Lynn Bankowski says:

    My favorite magazines are McCalls Quilting, Quilters World, American Patchwork and Quilting and F&P’s Love of Quilting. They keep me up-to-date on new ideas and trends in quilting, fabrics and sewing. The number of projects I’ve made from each one corresponds to the order in which they are listed.

  2. Pattie C says:

    Quiltmania has been a favorite of mine for years. I can only buy it when there something in it that I really want to make because of the cost but, it’s funny, I always find something I have to make in it.

  3. mumbird3 says:

    I just started receiving Quiltmania – love it! Sad to see NQA dissolve! They were great – our guild got liability insurance for our shows from them. They were a valuable resource for judges!

  4. Cathy Wilson says:

    I haven’t been quilting long so every magazine I pick up and thumb through has so many beautiful things in it! One of my husbands aunts is a quilter and she gave me about 5 years worth of Quilters Newsletter and I browse through one whenever I have a chance. So much inspiration!

  5. Margaret M says:

    Although I have only recently purchased it, I love Block! No adds! My fav regular quilting magazine is McCalls for many years. Great articles and patterns.

  6. Jenn S says:

    As a fairly new quilter (started when the gov’t was shut down for 2 weeks 2yrs ago), I subscribe to a fair amount of magazines. My favorites are Quilter’s Newsletter, American Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Quiltmaker & Modern Patchwork. I love the modern aesthetic, and I learn so much from QN & Quiltmaker. I used to get Quilty too. Quilty had designs I was interested in making and, as a beginner, I felt that I could tackle.

  7. Karen says:

    I don’t usually buy magazines. Too often I only like a few projects. I will flip through them at the library (thank you tax dollars) and read the articles. I prefer to get books from my favorite designers.

  8. Petra says:

    I´m a new subscriber to Love Patchwork & Quilting but my guild friends have all kinds of magazines for more professional works. It is very sad to hear Business closing down and unfortunately I hear of that more and more. I hope this will change – so I support my local ones as best as I can. Would love to get this last magazine and I would certainly treasure it!

  9. Paula says:

    I’m not a total newbie to quilting, but I’m a newbie to free motion quilting. I’m really excited about the next phase of my quilting journey! The problem that I’m having now is…which FMQ design to begin with. I’ve checked out lots of magazines and just like BAKAJC, I look at them all and wind up going home empty handed.

  10. farmquilter says:

    Machine Quilting Unlimited is the one I seem to read the most – I would rather be quilting then piecing a quilt!! I love the inspiration I get from other people’s quilting!!

  11. Gina says:

    I have 3 favorite quilting magazines…and don’t know how to favor one over the other, so I’ll just tell you all three! They are “Quiltmaker”, “McCall’s Quilting” and “Love Patchwork & Quilting” (a UK based magazine that I subscribe to).
    My reasons for these being my faves? Well, all three have amazing quilt patterns in each issue. Quiltmaker will often have mystery quilts that will have the steps in seperate issues, and I LOVE mystery quilts. Love Patchwork & Quilting always comes with extra freebies with every issue, and some very interesting articles and patterns.
    I have been a subscriber to McCall’s and Quiltmaker since 2011, and a new subscriber to Love Patchwork & Quilting since this past spring.

  12. bakajc says:

    I haven’t really gotten into many quilting magazines. I see them at the magazine stands and flip through while I’m there but I have trouble choosing between them so end up going home with none at all. I’m fairly new to the quilting game and I just don’t know what I want to do next. I’ve been collecting patterns online but would love for someone to recommend which magazines are most worthwhile! Would love to win this one.

  13. Rita Wilson says:

    It is difficult to pick a favorite as each magazine issue usually has a quilt I would like to make. I think I would have to say McCall’s and American Patchwork and Quilting are my favorites.

  14. Joan Bruck says:

    I absorb all that Machine Quilting Unlimited has in each issue. I used to also get the Quilter’s Newsletter but now read the back issues at the local library. It’s very relaxing to look at quilt magazines and books and share them with my stitch group.

  15. Glenna Denman says:

    My favorite magazine is Quilters Newsletter because of the extent of information and news about the quilting community, although even it is not showing the same quality as in the past. Before we moved, I belonged to a guild that would not dream of having a show or competition without having an NQA judge, and also used their teacher list to invite quest speakers. The NQA will be sorely missed. I suppose every thing must change, but I would hope that the quilting community will evolve and not devolve. Thank you for your contributions to quilting and for offering your extra last copy of the magazine.

  16. annette says:

    My favorite mag is machine quilting unlimited, I get to try out all kinds of quilting designs. If you have not looked at this great mag, you really missing out love love.

    Annette Parsons

  17. judymcneel says:

    My favorite magazine is Primitive Quilts and Projects. The reason I love it, is that I love working on small projects (especially those made with wool and embroidery) between my large quilts.

  18. Sally Hurst says:

    My favorite quilt magazine is ‘American Patchwork and Quilting.’ I love the in depth articles on the featured quilter of the month as well as the varied types of quilts they feature.

  19. Julie Hertel says:

    I love your work, Christa! My favorite magazines are Machine Quilting Unlimited (which I understand is being discontinued!), Quolters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker. I love the technical creativity of MQU, the creative breadth and depth in QN, and the faster easier quilts in Quiltmaker. I like the vary the type, size, and complexity of my projects. That way I am never bored or frustrated!

  20. Julie Hertel says:

    I love Machine Quilting Unlimited which I understand is being discontinued. Also love Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker for different reasons. QN because of the breadth and depth – some of those are really difficult! Quiltmaker because they are usually a little simpler and faster. I like to move from one extreme to the other. Keeps me from overtaxing or feeling routine in any way. Sorry to see another inspiration disappearing. Hopefully the loss of these magazines will make room for new publications. Love your work.

  21. Sandra B. says:

    Love McCall’s Quilting…..I enjoy several others as well, but this one just seems to hit the right note for me…. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  22. Karen Seitz says:

    So far I’m loving Simply Moderne. I just read Issue 2 yesterday and got excited about several of the project inside. That’s always a sign of a good magazine to me.

  23. Susan says:

    Quilty was one of my favorite quilting magazines, but now it is Make Modern. I’m trying to get the hang of thinking modern.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s