Friday, April 1, 2011

Irish Quilt & Craft Magazine

I was lucky enough to recently discover Irish Quilt & Craft Magazine (vol 6, issue 1, spring 2011).  I am already looking forward to my next issue!  I know many of you are fans of Irish Quilting, a completely professional and respectable magazine, but I think it targets an audience older than me.  Irish Quilt & Craft is young, bright, hip and cheerful!  We are going to be friends for a long time - I can already tell!

The magazine is small and portable, about 6x8 inches. It perfectly fits into the outside pocket of my purse.  It is bright, colorful and, appropriately enough for spring, it filled with pastel colors. Having it near will brighten any space you are in.

Inside you will find a mix of articles, 7 quilt patterns, instructions for 2 projects, glimpses of new fabric collections, a gardening column and recipes. That's a lot for 40 pages!   Included also is a map of quilt shops in Ireland for a shop-hop anywhere in the country.  There is also a great calendar of local events to ensure you get your quilty fix anywhere in the country. 

The quilt patterns are either published in full or are highlighted in the magazine and download-able from the magazine website. I like several things about these patterns.  First, they are fun, uplifting and attractive to a young audience.  Second, they are adjustable depending on the final size you would like (twin, queen, etc).   Third, there are several quilts in the issue for each skill level.

For a bit of fun, there are three competitions and a mystery quilt - along.  The competition prizes are fantastic: a set of 40 fat quarters, a slow cooker, etc.  Brilliant!

The magazine is a Fennel Shed publication, edited by Gaye Grant of the Fennel Shed quilt shop in Donegal.  Reasonably priced, each individual issue is 5 euro, or you can get a subscription for 15 euro for 4 issues.  You can subscribe by post or online and pay by credit/debit or paypal.  Do pick up an issue and give it a try!

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