Changes at Quiltmaker and a Giveaway

Change is inevitable. It happens to all of us at one time or another. And it’s happened here at Quiltmaker.

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We said goodbye to our editor-in-chief June Dudley last month, as she left to pursue new opportunities.

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But that doesn’t mean everything will change. I have taken over for June as our Content Director—same job, different title.

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Carolyn Beam

You’ve seen me in Quiltmaker for many years—in my Design Studio column, through my quilt designs in the pages of Quiltmaker, blocks in QM’s 100 Blocks, teaching classes at events and more.

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And along with my new position, we also promoted Paula Stoddard to Creative Editor.

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Paula Stoddard

But even with our staff changes, we’re still going to continue to bring you the great patterns and features that you love about Quiltmaker. In fact, we’re working on our 2015 issues right now (I know, it’s hard to believe that we work so far in advance!).

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I would really like to hear from you about what you’d like to see in our issues. What do you find helpful, what kind of patterns do you like, what do you want to see more—or less—of? You name it, I’d like to know. Drop an email to my attention:

As a token of my appreciation for your feedback, I’ll choose one person from the comments left by midnight Friday, Sept. 5 to send a little box of quilty goodness.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment. I randomly selected comment #73 and an email has been sent to her.

About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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259 Responses to Changes at Quiltmaker and a Giveaway

  1. SuzKuhns says:

    I always find something I love in each issue and I’ve been buying this magazine forever! It’s the one magazine I always get each month. Congrats to Paula – I loved (and miss) her blog and I’m a great fan. I know we’ll see great things from her!

  2. Lynn Miller says:

    Love QM Magazine! I have never been disappointed in an issue. Love love love the 100 block volumes! keep em comin!

  3. Therese says:

    I like Quiltmaker now! I like the varied patterns, the alternate colors/ideas, the quilting ideas, new products, lots of fun, and the reader made quilt at the end. And, let’s not forget Bonnie!!! Love her!
    I would like to see more of the same, along with a bit more quilting and finishing. Also, I would like to see less quilt collections making quilts, and more choosing across lines to get better selection and not so matchy matchy.

    And now that I’m on a roll, Quiltmaker used to have small projects. Maybe bring them back or do some special publications. Loved those, too!

  4. Norma Weeks says:

    Congratulations! You will be a wonderful and creative new leader I know.
    I would enjoy reading about and seeing patterns for smaller quilted items as in wall hangings, pillows, small gift items. I can no longer handle all the fabric of a large quilt but certainly can’t give up sewing and quilting.

  5. Lana Ramsdell says:

    I have subscribed to your magazine for years. At first I was most interested in the paper piece patterns but as I learn more about quilting I am branching out trying all types of patterns. I subscribe to several quilt magazines but yours is my favorite!

  6. Amanda Best says:

    I would like to see a lot of variety, traditional, modern…challenging and easy projects. A little of everything!

  7. Michelle Prenger says:

    Congratulations. I would love as much information about machine quilting on domestic machines as possible! I like to see a wide variety of patterns–styles and skill levels. My personal preference is new spins on traditional patterns and any tips for improving accuracy and skill.

  8. Just J says:

    It’s always fun to try new things whether it’s a job or a new quilt pattern. I wish all of you good luck in your new positions and cannot wait to see the creativity you share in the magazine.

  9. Betty Harden says:

    Like the magazine just as it is. Would like to see Corey Yoder in your magazine. She is excellent. I stopped subscribing to other quilting magazines, choosing yours as one of my favorites, along with one other one. Congratulations. Nice to see folks promoted within the ranks, and maybe the magazine will not totally change as their is folks moving up that is already there. I love traditional quilts. Thanks for asking.

  10. Brenda Hulsey says:

    I like to see more English paper piecing items and more little things like pincushions!

  11. Donna Glass says:

    Hope you enjoy your new job! Good luck!

  12. E Mills says:

    Quiltmaker has been my favorite magazine for a long time. I love the alternate colorways to help spark the imagination. Keep up the good work.

  13. Shirley V D says:

    I love applique patterns, but I at the same time, I would also love to see some scrappy quilts with information on how to choose colors and where to place them. Is there a method to placing the patches so that the various colors or shade are spaced apart in a pleasing fashion? Are there ratios for light, medium, and dark patches? Is it really just a matter of placing, and re-placing the patches on a design wall, till you feel it is right?

  14. Maria Nogueira says:

    Boas vindas.
    Espero que o frete para o Brasil, seja um pouco menor.
    (o preço do produto em dolar é multiplicado por 2,5, no cartão de crédito temos 4% do valor da compra mais 6,5% que o governo cobra por comprarmos no exterior. E quando chega no correio a Policia Federal cobra 60% sobre o valor da compra. Por isso tenho evitado de comprar, o que eu sinto muito, porque adoro todos os tecidos e revistas.

  15. Drue Cochran says:

    Congrats to those who are go to better opportunities and to those being promoted. I have been reading, using and following this magazine for many years, since 1993. I try to buy back issues when I can find them, of the ones I don’t have.
    I wish all those taking new positions a wonderful transition…..and keep up the great work!
    Thanks for your inspirations,

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  17. Julie in GA says:

    A wide variety of patterns keeps the magazine interesting for the most people–some easy patterns good for beginners or for a quick gift, some more difficult patterns for the more advanced. I love being able to see more than one colorway for each pattern.

  18. Kelly O. says:

    Congratulations on your promotion Carolyn. And where can we find the directions on how to make your lovely “Star Glow” block? It is a work of art in itself!
    One thing that I wish magazines would elaborate more on is the subject of pre-washing (or not) your fabrics. All the books ever say is that some people do and others don’t. But what do the fabric manufacturers’ say, and what brands are already pre-shrunk? I am doing all this piecing and sewing and I really don’t know what to expect when I wash my quilt for the first time. Thanks for listening!

  19. Elizabeth Lee says:

    Congrats to all.
    I love your patterns for needle turned applique.

  20. Gloria Cotten says:

    I love Quiltmaker and look forward to every issue. I am especially drawn to the modern quilt patterns but I enjoy the traditional as well. That is one of the things I enjoy about quIltmaker — I can learn new things about both traditional and modern quilts in one magazine. I enjoy seeing alternate color choices for the quilt patterns too! Thanks for the opportunity to give feedback, and congratulations on your promotions!

  21. Julie T says:

    My favorites are hand applique and paper piecing. I’d like to learn how to make hexagons (tried it and it was awful stitching) and other forms of english paper piecing, and how make those darn flying geese where the geese don’t stretch. Thanks!

  22. Janet T says:

    I like the quilting the quilt patterns the best. I look for those first and then at the actual quilts.

  23. Congratulations!
    I would like to see more patterns that I can give as gifts and charity quilt ideas.
    I like smaller wall hangings and mats that i can make up quick, as well as patterns that I can make up easily for charities.


  24. Ellee says:

    Congratulations on your promotion. Quiltmaker has been one of my go-to magazines for many years.

  25. Sarah Evanko says:

    I love scrappy quilts, but am tired of hexagon quilts. I also enjoying seeing a quilt pattern in two different color ways ( cool v.s. warm, maybe?).

  26. Cheryl Gunderson says:

    Change is a good thing. Congratulations to everyone on your new positions. Keep up the great patterns! I am most fond of traditional patterns, not a big fan of the “modern” stuff, but I admire others willing to tackle it. Thanks for a great magazine, and I look forward to a long and productive relationship.

  27. Lorna Rocha says:

    Quiltmaker is one of my top two favorite quilt magazines! Congratulations on your new position! I really enjoy personal stories of quilt gifts to veterans and community needs. I would also enjoy varying difficulties in quilt patterns such as easy, intermediate and difficult so I could choose to stretch myself that issue or use the easy pattern! Really have enjoyed this magazine and will continue to pass this on to other quilters as a great choice.

  28. Lee Ann L. says:

    I love Quiltmaker and am happy with the current content of the issues! I probably wouldn’t mind more paper piecing patterns; but, I cannot complain because every issue is fabulous.

  29. Heather Jones says:

    I am new to quilting. I would love to learn more about beginning techniques.

  30. Darlene Kvaca says:

    I like the traditional blocks and my favorites are the variations of tumbling blocks. I try to challenge myself with each new quilt I make and I also try to make it reflect the person I make it for. Btw, change can be a wonderful thing so congratulations to all those affected by this change in leadership. Challenge yourselves to be the best yet.

  31. Sandra Hadley says:

    Congratulations on your new title and advancement!
    I have enjoyed Quiltmaker Magazine for over 25 years and hate absolutely hate losing one (so far just in the project stack). If it was only one magazine that I could afford (happened right after a divorce) it would be Quiltmaker just for the inspiration the and the wonderful instructions withing the magazine.
    I would like to see some miniature quilt designs once in a while otherwise there isn’t anything else.

  32. Kathy Spruill says:

    Change is the only constant. It is also a good thing as a different point of view and new ideas are always good. Congrats!

  33. Glynn Martin says:

    Congratulations to you and your staff on the promotions! I know we shall continue to see all of your best work in your publications.

  34. Millie Rondon says:

    I love the quilt patterns provided but would appreciate the inclusion of additional measurements, etc., for different sizes of a posted quilt pattern (e.g., a twin size quilt is displayed…along with twin size cutting details, include same for full, queen or king).

    Thank you and best wishes on your new position!

  35. June Sinfield says:

    welcome aboard!! and Congratulations on your promotion. I started quilting 2 years ago and make all my quilts to be given away to the needy; hence, most of my quilts are scrappy or from fat quarters. I try to focus on “manly” quilts as most of the forgotten needy are men. I subscribe to quiltmaker magazine and find it has articles of interest to all levels of expertise. I have made at least one quilt from each issue and am looking forward to more in the future. Keep up the inspiration. Thank you again…..

  36. Judy D says:

    Thanks for having the mini videos. I have been quilting for several years, but I have learned several things ( or refreshed my memory) this afternoon watching many ‘block’ episodes.

  37. Patt Caldwell says:

    I recently retired and turned to quilting as an activity that I have always wanted to learn. After perusing many quilting magazines, I subscribed to Quiltmaker as the publication with the greatest teaching potential for me. Since I am such a novice, I welcome the detailed patterns and directions and especially enjoy the informative articles. But, alas, with so much “free” time, I still don’t have enough hours in the day to attempt all of the projects that catch my attention. Nevertheless, THANKS for inspiring me to be creative and productive. Now if I can only learn to sleep less and quilt more!

  38. Randi Roten says:

    I have subscribed to Quiltmaker forever and think it is the best quilting magazine on the market. I’d like to see more “How to…” and Tips or shortcuts. I like paper piecing, scrappy quilts, and machine quilting.

  39. Diane Dashevsky says:

    Hmmm…sent an email as requested above, but just in case I’m leaving the comment here also…

    Like Quiltmaker just as it is…I tend to prefer traditional quilts (and scrappy) over modern.
    Thanks for requesting reader input…seldom done these days!

  40. connie b says:

    I have been a long time reader and love your magazine. I am currently working on the “Love Blooms Here” series in flannel and wool and love it. Waiting for the next installment gets hard, only one to go.
    The addicted to scraps is one of the articles I look forward to. Any help in getting rid of the scraps is welcomed.
    Keep up the good work.

  41. Pamela Zajicek says:

    I have been a quilter since 2001. I started saving my copies of Quiltmaker magazine in 2008 and have them in binders so I can lend them to other quilters who need some inspiration and really good quilting techniques. One of the things I enjoy are the projects that are set up to cover 3 or more issues, because it breaks down the difficulty by spreading it out over a more manageable stretch of time. This makes a challenging project look more achievable.

  42. Mary Dahlberg says:

    One thing I love to do is miniatures. I wish there were more techniques and tutorials on accuracy for miniature piecing without paper piecing.

    Thank You.

  43. Gina says:

    Quiltmaker is on the top of my list for quilt magazines. I have been a subscriber since 2011, when I really started quilting. I don’t see a huge need for much change, but I’d love it if there were a few more modern style quilt patterns tossed in once in awhile. I would also love to see more paper pieced projects (I just learned to paper-piece this summer and am addicted)! However, the magazine is perfect just the way it is, too!

  44. NancyB from ManyLA says:

    More house blocks! LOL!

  45. Cheryl Taylor says:

    I love your magazine. It gives me so many ideas to consider … I just don’t have enough time to make them all. I like the simple and easy patterns as I make quilts for several charities, so the easier and quicker they go, the more I can make. Quilting has become my passion and my “therapy”.

  46. Janet G says:

    I love all of the inspiration this magazine gives me. As an intrepid beginner I would love to see more “How to’s” and “Tricks of the Trade” hints. I tend to jump into patterns and then think “how do I fix that?” so yep any extra hints would be awesome =)

  47. Bridget says:

    this is my favorite of all the quilting mags and I really enjoy the children’s quilts. More please.

  48. debi crocker says:

    Enjoy all the content. lovely quilts to consider. Just need more time to try them.

  49. Donna Grayson says:

    Quiltmaker has always been my favorite of all the various quilt magazines I have seen. I look forward to more great magazines with lovely quilt designs!!

  50. Nancy Angerer says:

    I really enjoy your magazine. I am especially fond of scrap quilts.

  51. Katy says:

    More Bonnie Hunter please!! And paper piecing too!

  52. Karen Falvey says:

    Thanks for letting us in on the changes in this quilt “group’

  53. Ellen Harkness says:

    Overall great publication with so much creativity for us addicted to this hobby!

  54. Sheila Fernkopf says:

    I really enjoy the cute, easy patterns and the Addicted to Scraps column. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  55. Kay Wall says:

    I particularly like the pictorial patterns (houses, sheep, etc.) that you provide because they allow me to intersperse them with the hundreds of traditional patterns I have to make particularly adorable baby presents, etc.

  56. Debbie H says:

    I would like to see more bags and English Paper Piecing items. Thanks!

  57. Lisa Harrett says:

    I especially love quilted unique totes.

  58. Jill Talkington says:

    I just love this magazine over all that are out there. The cute patterns…nothing too hard for anyone to tackle.
    The directions are well written and the colorways are great.
    Thank you for a wonderful magazine.

    Jill T.

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