Quilters Newsletter‘s last issue is currently shipping to subscribers, and though its official on sale date on newsstands, bookstores, and at quilt shops isn’t until a week from today, Tuesday September 20, 2016, it’s already selling in print and digital issue versions at Quilt and Sew Shop. Previews of each of the articles and patterns in the issue are on the October/November 2016 issue page on our website.
If you’re a subscriber and hadn’t already seen the news that Quilters Newsletter October/November 2016 will be our last issue, the editor’s letter in that issue covers the announcement. Due to our far-in-advance publishing schedule, our last issue was the first issue we were able to include the notification in. After the last issue of Quilters Newsletter, all subscribers will transfer to sister publication Quilting Arts, a venerable title in its own right. If you wish for your remaining subscription issues past Quilters Newsletter‘s October/November 2016 issue to be sent from one of F+W’s other quilting titles, or if you wish to request a refund for the remaining unmailed issues, please contact our subscriber services department at 1-800-477-6089 (US) or 1-386-597-4387 (International).
The official statement about the end of Quilters Newsletter reads:
After much analysis and discussion with our team, we have made the difficult decision that Quilters Newsletter magazine will publish its last issue with the October/November 2016 issue. Back issues of Quilters Newsletter will still be available at http://www.quiltandsewshop.com/category/magazines/.
For several years, we have attempted to provide the very best patterns, information and instruction that you – our readers – demand. But, due to changes in the market and the magazine industry, it was no longer economically viable to publish the magazine.
And this was the press release announcement emailed to past and present Quilters Newsletter contributors:
A Message from Quilters Newsletter
Quilters Newsletter has held a very special place in the hearts of quilting enthusiasts for 47 years, and has been a source of inspiration and learning for quilters around the world. However, the magazine will no longer be published after the October/November 2016 issue. Quilters Newsletter subscribers will receive Quilting Arts magazine beginning with the December/January 2017 issue.
Quilters Newsletter began publication in September 1969 and was founded by Bonnie and George Leman. It was the first – and for many years the only – magazine devoted solely to the interests of quiltmakers. Bonnie composed the first issue on a manual typewriter at her kitchen table, and the day it was published was the same day she gave birth to the youngest of her seven children.
That day marked the beginning of an international phenomenon. Many quilt historians agree that Bonnie almost single-handedly launched a quilting revival around the time of the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976 by researching and publishing information about a domestic pastime that had fallen out of vogue since the end of the Great Depression and the onset of World War II. No one can deny that she shaped and guided that revival during subsequent decades.
Bonnie Leman and Quilters Newsletter will forever be linked to the history of quiltmaking in the U.S. and abroad. It’s a legacy that will never be forgotten.
F + W is committed to the quilt industry and will continue to serve the community by publishing magazines, creating videos, online education, books, in-person events, ecommerce products, and more under the brands of Fons & Porter, McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker, Quilting Arts, Keepsake Quilting, and Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. We will continue to evolve in order to serve a community with ever-changing habits and media preferences.