Friday, 3 January 2014

Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Giveaway


I'm guessing many of you may have already bought a copy of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine, which is just three issues old (perhaps four in the last day or so) - I've seen so many copies popping up on Instagram. If not, and you haven't yet seen it, it comes from the same publishing house as Mollie Makes, so expectations of loveliness are set high, and it doesn't disappoint - it is truly very lovely indeed.

The photography and layout are beautiful and it's this that makes you feel you're reading something part life-style magazine, part quilting magazine, which is wonderful and feels more in keeping with the style of modern quilting books than quilting magazines often go for. There are also quite a few pages of things that aren't necessarily directly quilt related, but which seem perfectly pitched for a quilt-type personality, if my own response to them was anything to go by - I found some of my children's Christmas presents on these pages and also discovered some new-to-me shops (notably, I Feel Smug) that sell delicious stationery and other unnecessary but beautiful items.


But down to the actual quiltyness. I completely fell in love with Brioni's quilt which featured in issue 2 and which is pictured at the top of this post. There was also an amazing supplement (I can't remember which issue this came with as they've all become separated from one another) by Tula Pink, created with Love Patchwork and Quilting. I was delighted by this as I've become quite obsessed by looking at blocks on Instagram made using Tula Pink's fabrics - especially the blocks featuring racoons - using patterns from one of her books, where each page has a block of an identical size to the one being made, so that you can actually store your blocks between the pages as you make the sampler quilt - I don't know why, but the idea of having quilt blocks perfectly matching up with those in the pages of a book is a really pleasing one. Other highlights of the magazine are the pages which cover new fabric ranges, interviews with fabric designers and shop owners and then regular features, such as Block of the Month, which not only shows you how to make the block, but shows you how it would look as a wallhanging or quilt if you repeated the same block, rather than incorporating it into a sampler quilt. The techniques section, which covers basics like how to bind a quilt in every issue, means that the magazine will appeal to new quilters, without making more experienced ones feel bogged down by instructions they may not need.


Overall, it just feels so crisp, clean and modern. I'm so delighted that there's such a wonderful home-grown English quilting magazine on the shelves of WH Smiths, that holds the same lure for me as the wonderful American, Australian, French and Japanese quilt magazines have done in the past, but without the disappointment of them being full of non-local advertisers or even written in languages which I can't actually read. I have a few pieces coming up in future issues of the magazine, so I'll let you know when they come out.



If you haven't already laid your hands on a copy, Love Patchwork & Quilting kindly sent me two copies of Issue 3 - one for me, one for you! Just comment on this post for a chance to win it - I'm happy to post internationally.

And have you noticed that I've had a bit of a blog overhaul? I've been meaning to do this for a long time as I've had the same colours (various shades of pink) since I first started writing my blog seven years ago. It feels so nice to start the new year with the blogging equivalent of a new notepad. I had fun creating a Pinterest board of potential colour palettes and then mocking up blog pages in Fireworks seeing how things looked before setting them live on my blog. The first design I settled on was actually a very dark teal and a sober olive colour, which I loved, but which looked a bit too heavy with the photos I tend to post and with my sponsors' logos, so I changed it to something lighter instead. It did make me realise though, that there may be a reason why I'd stayed with pink for so long - it's one of those rare colours that goes with nearly everything other than mustard and navy blue.

Florence x

PS. The photos throughout this post are taken from the pages of Love Quilting & Patchwork Magazine - they're created by the nimble fingers of Brioni Greenberg, Lynne Goldsworthy and Jeni Baker.

80 comments:

  1. I would love to read this new quilting magazine, I have not seen it on the shelves yet where I live in Australia. Effie P

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  2. Looks lovely! - the magazine and the new layout! :)

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  3. I would love to win. I have yet to see this magazine.

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  4. Brioni's quilt is gorgeous! Please put my name in your hat for your draw - I would love the magazine :) Have a great weekend!!

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  5. I love the look of your updated blog, and I would dearly love to get a copy of Love Quilting and Patchwork, which I don't think is available in my part of the world.

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  6. I love your new "look" - I'm going to go scoot around and see where everything is right now. Thanks for the great giveaway, I just love quilting magazines.

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  7. The magazine looks lovely. Your blog is too!

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  8. The mag looks great! thanks for the chance!

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  9. I never enter giveaways, but I want this! So I'm tossing my hat into the ring! Everything the Mollie Makes people do is fantastic! And the blog redo looks great too :)

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  10. That grey quilt is indeed a stunner - I tend to steer clear of magazines but this one is very tempting! Nice work on the blog design, too, Florence, the new colours look very sophisticated. Happy New Year! x

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  11. Love the look of this new magazine, great blog. Thanks for the chance

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  12. Quite strange really that as a magaholic I don't have any of this magazine. Winning an issue and being able to gaze appreciatively at the gorgous and inspirational quilts made by these gifted ladies, would be awesome. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. This magazine looks intriguing and fun. I would love a copy, Brioni's Quilt is just gorgeous!

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  14. Oh yes please. I've resolved to buy fewer magazines this year, so I would love a copy!

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  15. Love the grey quilt! Looking for inspiration for a birthday present for my mum for March ... Would love to win

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  16. Love the look of the magazine! And your new blog design is really nice too!

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  17. Ooh, gorgeous magazine. I made my first two quilts this year as Christmas presents (not full size) under the instruction of a wonderfully crafty friend, so I'm feeling brave enough for the next challenge. Have you ever come across the hatched and patched blog and website? There are some most beautiful designs and quilts there! Happy New Year! Caroline x

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  18. Dear Florence
    Please enter me for the giveaway. Quilting is something I'm really drawn to, but have never tried.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  19. love the new look, and it looks like a great magazine

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  20. New blog layout looks great. I'd love the copy of the magazine! One of my sewing aims this year is to make my first full size quilts as I have only done a baby quilt.

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  21. I agree that it is great to have a British mag available. Somehow it feels more on our wave length and yes I too love to see what resources (yes I mean shops!) are popping up. BTW really like the new look to your blog, the orange is a fresh colour - good choice.

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  22. Your blog is lovely, and now I really want to read that mag!

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  23. I haven't seen that mag yet, but it looks ideal, I want to try some patchworking this year!

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  24. Well I must be the last person on earth to have heard of this magazine! But then I dont buy quilting magazines...but I could be swayed. ps. love your new look x

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  25. I've been thinking of subscribing to this magazine. Would love to win it and give it a try!

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  26. Love Mollie Makes! Would love to get my hands on your 2nd copy of this mag!x

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  27. I would love to win a copy.

    Thanks so much!

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  28. Oh Florence! I would very much like to win a copy!!

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  29. It would be so much fun to win a copy, thanks for the chance.
    I also wanted to say about your last post--I LOVE those little bags and my girls and I are going to make some more. We followed your tutorial in August to make pencil cases for school. Thank you and Happy New Year
    Lise-Lotte
    partygreen.ca

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  30. Hi I'm new to following your blog - you just can't post quick enough for me. I would love to win the copy of the magazine. Thank you for giving me a chance.

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  31. I love the quilt at the top of this post! I would love to peruse through this magazine and select a few projects for the new year!

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  32. Please enter me into the draw for the magazine giveaway. I love your blog - it's both informative and chatty and very easy to read. Thanks. Jean.x

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  33. I'm just new to quilting so I don't know any resources besides some books. I'd love to have a look on that magazine! Please count me in!

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  34. Ooh, thanks for the tip to look for this next time I am somewhere that might sell it. In the meantime I would like to enter the draw. I love the colours of the last quilt, just something I might make as well!

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  35. Looks like a great magazine

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  36. Ooh, I have a real sewing-magazine addiction, and that one looks wonderful!

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  37. What a wonderful magazine ... Hopefully it would kick start the New Year with new ideas!

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  38. I've been really wanting to check this out. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    michellebartholomewquilts [at] gmail

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  39. Hi Florence have been waiting patiently for a copy of this but nothing yet, would love a copy soon. Love your new colours, fab. Lots of love
    Dorothy
    crochetknittingsewingblogspot.com

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  40. I love your blog's new look - it's updated but still feels like you! The magazine looks wonderful, I'd love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance!

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  41. I would love a copy of this magazine! Thanks so much!

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  42. Love this mag, thanks for the chance!! I'm @julstreasures on IG.

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  43. It sounds like a wonderful magazine. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  44. I haven't seen the magazine yet, but I love that quilt at the top of your post! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  45. I love the new layout and colour scheme, very pretty!

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  46. I love your new layout and feel terribly guilty now that I did not make reference to it last night night when i messaged you. Getting to grips with blogging and websites I know how much work goes into it. It looks fresh and gorgeous. I love this magazine also.

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    1. I've checked my emails and I don't think I have an email from you on the 3rd January? Was it email/IG/Twitter? I'm really sorry if I've missed it. x

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  47. Can't purchase the magazine over here so would love to throw my name in the hat! Your blog looks lovely!

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  48. Your new blog design is really great, lovely colours & design. I'd love to win a copy of this terrific new(ish) magazine - it's not available here in Australia. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  49. I'd love to check out this magazine which hasn't reached Australia yet. Thank you so much for the chance to win

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  50. I love the look of this magazine. Thank you for giving us a chance to win

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  51. I would love to win this ~ I never purchase magazines, so this would be a huge treat :-) Thanks so much, for the chance.

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  52. Lovely! I do love me some quilty magazine fun.

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign @gmail.com
    Pink Scissors Design on Etsy

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  53. The magazine looks lovely, would love a chance to win!

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  54. I haven't got a copy, yet! thanks for the chance to win!

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  55. I would love, love, love the chance of issue 3 as I subscribed and it started on issue 4! I am a newbie quilter so I have a ton to learn. I need as much encouragement as possible to start a quilt because I am a bit overwhelmed. Thanks for this opportunity
    Karen

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  56. Would love a copy of this magazine. The new look is great :)

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  57. Thanks for chance to win this - new to me so I'll be keeping an eye out at the newsagents.

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  58. Fingers crossed! I'm gearing up to try doing some EPP with many thanks to your tutorial. Best regards for 2014.

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  59. I'd love to win a copy - thanks for your generosity! Love your blog, I follow you on feedly.

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  60. Love your blog, very inspiring. Just started English paper piecing and your blog has been fabulous. Thank you so much. Would love a copy of the mag :)

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  61. WOW> these projects look awesome. I have not noticed this mag in shops

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  62. I would love to be in your draw, don't get the chance to see /the UK mags, thanks for the chance

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  63. I'd love to read a copy of this magazine as I am a very basic quilter.

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  64. One of my goals this year is to make a patchwork quilt so this mag would really come in handy! And I love the re-design :)

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  65. I'm in LOVE with the quilt on the cover. I'm new to quilting. Sort of fumbling through and working on my second quilt. Thanks for the chance to win! I'm sure there will be lots of tips in the magazine for new quilters.

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  66. That looks like a great magazine. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  67. I haven't heard of this mag, but it looks good!

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  68. Loving your new look blog. Thanks for the chance to win this magazine, I've resisted temptation so far!

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  69. I haven't seen this yet but the idea of a more modern-looking quilting magazine appeals to me. I stopped subscribing to one of the others because, to be honest, they used such horrible fabrics! Please enter me for the chance to win this.
    Teresa x

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  70. Hiya, thank you for your generous giveaway opportunity. The mag looks fab. It's only the second time I've visited your blog and I really like the feel of it. You have a new reader :)

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  71. I got a patchwork cutting mat for Xmas and would like to find out more about quilting.

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  72. I'm loving your new look blog. I would love to have the chance to win the magazine. Thanks

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  73. Just discovered your blog, it's beautiful!

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  74. Wow. I have a story for you! My Dad cut a special shape out of foam for a pillow and asked me to sew a cover for it. I searched for the manliest fabric and decided on a beautiful gray Greek Key. The first. Thing he said when he unwrapped it, "Oh, looks like the German Swastika!" I was floored because I thought the fabric was perfect! dlynnb

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  75. Dear Florence,
    I just started quilting a couple of months ago & just found your beautiful blog tonight. I'd like to win that quilting magazine. Thanks for your blog, you have inspired me to continue creating beautiful quilts! THANK YOU!!!

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  76. Hi Florence,
    What model is your Pfaff sewing machine? Do you have a post where you show pictures of how you keep your sewing/quilting tools & fabric "stash" organized?
    Thanks for your blog!!!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a message - it's always really lovely to hear from people.

I now tend to reply within the comments section, so please do check back if you've asked a question or wish to chat.

Florence x