While perusing the isles at Barnes and Noble and spending my Christmas gift card, already, I ran across this magazine. What an nice new take on our beloved craft, Quilter's Home magazine. Almost all the patterns are free, you get them on line. You don't really need the magazine, but there is a lot more information about the patterns in the magazine. There are polls taken of quilters. One such poll is asking if you spend most of the money on fabric you purchased from an independent quilt store or other. The results are interesting. Personally, I am an independent quilt store supporter. I know we don't have this wonderful hobby without them. Mark Lapinsky has brought us into the current times. Yes, quilters in 2008, with computers and all. It is very refreshing to read. The current issues talks about all kinds of things, like the best vacuum for your quilt studio. Also interesting is the article on Mean Girls of Quilting, what I call the Quilt Police. Ladies that feel the need to look down on methods and quilts that are less than perfect. He makes a point, it's just a quilt, a blanket for goodness sakes! Yeah Mark-you go girl!
Read a great book: Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl.