Modern Quilting Decisions {Machine Quilting Unlimited}

In February, I was contacted by Kit Robinson, the Editor for Machine Quilting Unlimited about featuring my quilt Downstream in an upcoming issue of MQU. We worked out an agreement and Downstream was featured in the May/June 2018 issue of MQU. A few weeks after finalizing all the details for Downstream, Kit wrote again with a proposal to write an article for MQU. The timing worked out such that I could stop by to discuss the opportunity with the MQU publisher Vicki Anderson during QuiltCon, and by the end of March I had submitted the article.

On May 23rd, I was very sad to read Vicky Anderson’s announcement email to MQU / Meander Publishing contributors that Meander Publishing was closing both Machine Quilting Unlimited and Modern Quilts Unlimited. The final issue for Machine Quilting Unlimited is the July/August magazine, and it is offered in digital format only. So it is bittersweet for me to share that my article, Modern Quilting Decisions, is included in the July/August issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited.

The article covers a lot of ground quickly: from how I began my quilting journey and my arc from sending quilts off to be finished by a longarmer to learning how to quilt on my domestic machine to purchasing my own longarm.

I enjoy approaching each quilt with a fresh perspective, and while doing something new can start with apprehension, I am always the most excited and proud of a quilt finish when I explore, try something new, and learn. My goal with the article is to encourage you to try a new thread combination or quilting technique.

Many thanks to Kit and Vicky for having me contribute, and I wish them the best in their next endeavors.

24 thoughts on “Modern Quilting Decisions {Machine Quilting Unlimited}

  1. Anne Hayward says:

    Hi Yvonne

    Love your quilt, and so nice that you have contributed to the magazine even if it’s the last issue of it. So sad that so many magazines are going out of business. But unfortunately most people now prefer digital copies, I must admit I like paper but I’m in the minority now lol.

    Keep up the great work

    Love and quilty hugs

    Anne xxx

  2. kaholly says:

    Congratulations on your article. It’s a shame the magazines are being terminated. Wonder why?

  3. Congratulations on your article! I’m sorry to hear it will be the last issue for the magazine. It’s a gorgeous quilt!

  4. Cindy says:

    Congrats Yvonne on the article, but sad to hear that another quilting magazine is gone.

  5. Congratulations on the article! It is sad that so many great magazines just cannot maintain a profitable business in the digital age. I still like paper in my hands.

  6. patty says:

    Congrats to you on the publish. It makes me sad when I hear that magazines are closing.

  7. I love this quilt design and how you quilted it. Congrats on the publication, I too am sorry to see both Modern and Machine QU shut down.

  8. Jayne says:

    That’s awesome about the article! Bittersweet would be an understatement! There is still plenty of room for congratulations though, and I’m sure the article you wrote was full of interesting things!

  9. Elizabeth E. says:

    Like your other readers, and like other quilters, I was dismayed to hear of that magazine’s closing. Are they F & W owned? That seems to be the kiss of death, but perhaps it is difficult to keep the print editions (which many of us prefer) in circulation. I always enjoyed reading that magazine, and was sad to see it go.

    But aside from all of that, I congratulate you on the publication of your quilt, and of your article! You have lots of good advice and good things to share, so I’m glad they published your writing.

  10. Liz Wilson says:

    Congrats on your beautiful quilt, your quilts are always so unique! I signed up for MQU at QuiltCon this year, who knew that I’d only get 1 issue before it got discontinued? It’s so sad and I wonder if the cost of publishing is just too high to sustain.

  11. Lorna Jones says:

    Everyone has this right: What a nice honor for you, but bittersweet is such an apt description of how it must feel. “The times, they are a-changin'” is an old quote that this situation proves yet again.

  12. Jan O says:

    Congrats on being published in MQU. Bittersweet is certainly the right word. It’s so sad that print magazines can’t make a go of it any more. Print publishing in general.

  13. Congrats, Yvonne! I look forward to reading the article! Though it is very sad.

  14. Congrats, Yvonne. This is a great pattern with so many design elements. I agree with your advice on approaching each quilt with a fresh perspective but it is also very hard to do.

  15. Rita Long says:

    That’s great!

  16. Congrats Yvonne, but it’s so sad for the end of this paper magazine.

  17. Melody Lutz says:

    I was so saddened to hear about the cancellation of this magazine…it was my favorite, it spoke my language! I personally like touching and staring at the tactile elements of printed paper. I shudder at digital copy – HOWEVER, because your quilt and article was in there AND it’s the final installment: I drank the kool-aid and downloaded it. I’m sure this will not be the last of your published knowledge! I super appreciate you bringing the news to my attention.

  18. Oh I look forward to reading your article – Bittersweet that it is the end of that magazine

  19. Kate says:

    Congrats on the article! It’s still pretty cool even if it’s in the last issue.

  20. aquilterstable says:

    Well that’s a bummer! Congrats on the article tho.

  21. Jasmine @ Quilt Kisses says:

    Sad that the magazine is not printed, but how neat to be part of their last publication.

  22. Kaja says:

    I like this quilt a lot. Congratulations on your article, though of course it’s sad that the magazine is closing. Seems to be the way of things at the moment, but hopefully we’ll reach a point where a new equilibrium is reached.

  23. I confess: I thought about trying a new technique today but went back to old reliable. Mea culpa!

  24. Lisa J. says:

    I do love a good magazine but they have been harder to find. I’m happy your articles got published but sad about the end of more magazines.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)