It's December 6, so that means it is my turn to tell you of the wonders of the new e-zine for quilters launching soon, Quilt Pattern Magazine, http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com/.
Now, if you have been keeping up with the blog tour, you know that this is a totally online magazine, and being a person who likes to hold things in my actual hands, like books (I will NEVER own a Kindle! Ever! Or so I think now-but I don't see changing my mind!) or quilt patterns, I honestly have historically been a little bit skeptical of exclusively downloadable things. (QPM powers that be, please read on because I am going somewhere good with this, I promise!) Those who know this about me are probably a little suprised to see me advertising this product, but I am thinking there might be several of you out there in bloggerland who might be reading about this magazine on the blogs but may still be a little skeptical about a magazine that doesn't allow you to wait by the mailbox bi-monthly for your little bit of quilting heaven. You are to whom I dedicate this post, because I understand you well.
But hotties, unless your mailcarrier is a studly specimen, what fun is waiting by the mailbox? With QPM, you just head to the website from any computerific device you use to get to the internet, and you can view, download and print any projects or pages you like, any time day or night. Instead of magazine organizers full of years and years worth of your favorite magazines, a large three ring binder to put your chosen QPM projects into will be more than enough for several years - unless you are the type who needs to make every last project in every magazine you read. Then you might need two binders. And to you, I ask "When do you sleep, and can I have your stash when you are gone?"
So that leads us to the obvious and very PC benefit of this magazine - it is way green. It doesn't clutter up your shelves now or the landfills later. You really don't ever even have to print hard copies of the projects if you instead save them on a CD and work off the computer, making you a tree saver extraordinaire. If you do want to print but be as green as possible, there is always the option of printing on the back of your kids' homework or on paper that has some random thing on it that you screwed up when doing a print job. Not that I know a thing about that. In any case, this is a magazine you can feel good about because you will be doing your little part not only to beautify the world with your quilts, but save the planet as well.
How many of you have recently bought a single issue of any quilting magazine and audibly gasped at the price? I have. Granted I am notoriously cheap, but still. That experience makes the price of $11.95 for an entire year (12 issues (plus one extra!), 65 projects, BOMs, too many cool articles to count) seem downright obscene for it's reasonableness. Amazing what not having to print thousands of copies of a magazine can do for it's price, huh? And Christmas is coming! Why not give a few subscriptions as gifts to your favorite quilters? You can even win a subscription by commenting on this blog or any of the others in the blog tour. So show us some love, and QPM just might show you some back!
Also, if you are a designer, I can tell you from experience these ladies are incredibly supportive, easy to work with, and really give new meaning to quick turn around time on project submissions. With a monthly magazine, chances are they will be looking for good projects all the time, so don't be shy - send in a query!
So did I convince you? I convinced myself a while back, and have already purchased just the cutest paisley binder to keep my "pending projects" in. Go check it out. www.quiltpatternmagazine.com.