Mary Fons is the editor of a new quilting magazine for complete beginners and for those who are looking for something modern & fresh. I picked up a copy of the very first issue of "Quilty" at my local B&N and thought I'd give my readers a review. The magazine costs $5.99 USD, very comparable to other quilting magazines and is filled with thirteen projects to create, plus lots of advertising ranging from Babylock, Fons & Porter, Gammill and more. It's not overly-advertised, though.
www.HeyQuilty.com is the website to check out and of course, there's a fb page!
Mr. Magazine has already written a postive review: http://mrmagazine.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/a-great-magazine-is-a-joy-to-behold-introducing-quilty-magazine-for-the-love-of-quilts-and-magazines/
What's great for new quilters is that the magazine features easy-to-make quilts, color theory, longarmer information, rookie information, Modern Quilt Guild info, essential tools for quilters, a quilter's quick glossary, tip top techniques and quilty boot camp!
Evony Love - you may have heard of her from accuquilt or youtube - is a contributor in this first issue of Quilty. She talks about how to avoid wavy borders and if you have them, how to correct them, plus offers a Beginner Level 2 Quilt called "Schoolgirl" featuring corner stones and sashing.
Advice for how to locate your first local quilting class is given, plus reasons to take one and tips from Carol Doak on Quilt Class Do's and Don't. If there's no local quilting classes in your area, you can check out QuiltClassroom.com - the online quilting school.
Tip Top Techniques are not only have color pictures and recommended tools, but also feature links to video tutorials, for example: FonsandPorter.com/QuickTriSquares
Marianne Fon's is also a contributor to Quilty of the Quilts of Valor Foundation - check these out: HeyQuilty.com/QuiltsofValor and A 12-year-old quilter ...and her granddaughter Rebecca Fons is producer of Quilty and a proud, rookie quilter!
Interested in sharing your expertise with new quilters? They are looking for Tip Top Tips for the Tip Top feature - create a 3 to 5 minute video of yourself sharing your tip, upload it to your computer in .mov or .mpeg4 format - you can even use a smartphone to create your video! Print, complete and mail the submission form, upload your video to www.vimeo.com and comlete the talent release and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org - this is all explained very well on pg. 94 of the first release of "Quilty - Fresh Patchwork + Modern Quilts".
I enjoyed my copy immensely and plan to get another! This will be a great tool for me to use with my teenage daughter :-) Thanks, Fons family!