Tuesday, 27 January 2015

MM Says...

We've created some quilting memes we're sure you can relate to - look out for them every Tuesday for a bit of mid-week inspiration.

You're welcome to save/share/pin/print this - it might help your non-quilty friends and family understand you a little better! And we're sure your quilting friends will understand!


Monday, 26 January 2015

Being Aussie


Here at Make Modern, we are a team of three Aussie girls who happen to be passionate about quilting and sharing that love. As it’s Australia Day (oh, and Angie of GnomeAngel suggested it), we thought we might share a bit about why the ‘Aussie’ part of Make Modern is important to us.

We love all quilters – modern, traditional, art. We love quilters from everywhere, whether they’re up the road or across the globe. We love you all – you quilt, you’re cool. And we really appreciate that quilters from Australia and around the world have given us so much support – thank you.

 
Because we all get so much input from the internet and social media, quilting influences come from everywhere. But one thing we love about being Australian quilters is that our inspiration is so unique. The colours of the outback or the beaches inspire us, the forms of our natural flora and fauna serve as design inspiration. We’re not as caught up in the holidays or seasons as some parts of the world, so create quilts a little more freely. We like to infuse a bit of humour, fun or larrikinism into our quilts too – after all, that’s the Australian way.

As Australians, we are quilting at the right time. We are lucky enough to have the global (US based) quilt industry at our fingertips via the internet – information and hard to find materials are accessible like they’ve never been before. But we’ve also got a thriving Australian quilt industry, with Australian designers, shops, classes and shows that has been built over many years of Australian quilting. While it is easy to get caught up in the global scene, we think it’s important to also continue to reach out to our Australian friends to keep the Aussie quilting scene strong.   


 In the digital world, boundaries get blurred as we share so much information. But being an Australian magazine, we do like to have a good amount of Australian content – we very much want to promote quilting in this fabulous country. Our approach is to highlight some amazing Aussie designers and makers in each issue of our magazine, whether it be sharing their patterns, profiling them, local MQGs or feature articles. We love to go “Hey, check out this awesome Aussie who makes great stuff!”. We love that people from all over the world are reading our magazine and can see that quilting is so strong in Australia. 

By the way, if you know of a great Aussie quilter or quilting related business you think we should consider including in the magazine, why not drop us a line? (editor@makemodern.com.au). Because while we do love everything quality, it’s only fair to admit that we do heart our Aussie quilters just a teeny bit more. Can you blame us?


Pop over to Angie's blog and find out a bit more about some other Aussie bloggers and their thoughts on being Aussie!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

MM Says...

We've created some quilting memes we're sure you can relate to - look out for them every Tuesday for a bit of mid-week inspiration.

You're welcome to save/share/pin/print this - it might help your non-quilty friends and family understand you a little better! And we're sure your quilting friends will understand!



Tuesday, 13 January 2015

MM Says...

We've created some quilting memes we're sure you can relate to - look out for them every Tuesday for a bit of mid-week inspiration.

You're welcome to save/share/pin/print this - it might help your non-quilty friends and family understand you a little better! And we're sure your quilting friends will understand!



Tuesday, 6 January 2015

MM Says...

We've created some quilting memes we're sure you can relate to - look out for them every Tuesday for a bit of mid-week inspiration.

You're welcome to save/share/pin/print this - it might help your non-quilty friends and family understand you a little better! And we're sure your quilting friends will understand!



Thursday, 1 January 2015

Issue Three Out Now!

Hello Make Moderners,

We're excited to ring in the new year with a brand new issue packed full of fabulous sewing projects.


We profile Jera of Quilting in the Rain, and chat about her new book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern. If you haven't tried QAYG yet, this is the year to do it - it's a great addition to your quilting repertoire. Her coasters project are the perfect introduction to the QAYG technique.

We wanted to get to know one of our favourite designers, Kate Spain, even better, so we chatted to her about quilting, where she finds inspiration and what goes into designing the perfect fabric collection.

We also met the fabulous Angie of Gnome Angel, who shared her quilting journey with us and created a fantastic single block quilt that perfectly showcases large scale prints.


If you need some quilty resolution inspiration, be sure to check out our feature on New Year's Resolutions for quilters. We've also asked this issue's makers about their New Year's Resolutions.

If entering your quilt in a quilt show is on your agenda for this year, you must read S-J's comprehensive guide to quilt competitions.

Speaking of shows, we sent Anne trekking around the biggest event on the international quilting calendar, Houston Quilt Market. She reports back with all the trends from Market.

Melissa shared the story behind her very popular Aussie Charm Swaps and we showcase some of the beautiful quilts made from the Kate Spain and Bonnie & Camille swaps.

If you've ever thought of quilt as therapy, you'll understand where Cassandra and Fiona are coming from - they both have chronic illnesses and use quilting as a creative respite and connect to the quilty mood via social media.

We love simple quilts that look complex, and Kathy's Subdivision quilt (our cover project) is exactly that.

Who can resist a good rainbow? We're absolute suckers for them around here. Sandi's Rainbow Cross is the perfect mix of rainbow bright and black and white.


We explore the Australian beauty of Emma Jean Jansen's Terra Australis fabric collections, and Kelly's gone a bit gaga over her newest collection, The Linen Cupboard, creating a fresh baby quilt that celebrates everything that was great about the 1970s.

Alyce brings us the latest block in her Aurora quilt, and cleverly uses up the scraps from this project in a fabulous HST cushion project.


Jane pays tribute to Pantone's Color of the Years from 2000 to 2014 with a striking solids quilt.


Everyone loves those mini charm packs, but it can be hard to figure out what to do with them - Jessica created an adorable mini quilt from mini charms, because everything's cuter when it's little.

Need a retro cool quilt for a little boy? Sarah's awesome Space Invaders pixel quilt will delight small children and gaming geeks alike.

Give your dining room a quick makeover for the new year with Erin's modern table runner based on the humble square. Featuring low volumes and a range of purples, this pattern could be made in any colour way you like.



When is a Dresden not a Dresden? When it's a wonky cushion, of course! Lou's made a great cushion using the classic Dresden wedge, but there's not a plate in sight.

Kristy got her paper piecing on (surprise!) with a fabulous throw quilt that makes the most of fussy cutting.

Alyce shares her tricks for perfect half square triangles, while Melissa urges you to jump right into free motion quilting.

Issue Three is now available in our shop, for the new lower price of $6.95 AUD. Don't forget to check out our subscription deals too - they've dropped in price for 2015 too. 

Happy New Year - here's to a great year of making modern ahead!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Lower Prices for 2015!


At Make Modern, one of our priorities is to bring accessible, modern quilting to as many people as possible.

We do this by sourcing patterns that suit a variety of skill levels, feature a good range of different fabrics and use a cross-section of techniques. So no matter where you fall on the quilting style spectrum, we hope to bring you a magazine that keeps you inspired, helps you learn and makes you want to sew more.

But of course, part of accessibility is the price. While there are many individual patterns and other magazines that cost more than us, there are also plenty that cost less. We are also aware that many of our readers have budgets for their craft supplies – because we do too.

This is why our New Year’s Resolution is to make Make Modern less expensive. We are permanently dropping the price to $6.95 AUD for all single issues. Six issue (one year) subscriptions will drop to $34.95 AUD and three issue (six month) subscriptions will drop to $17.95.

If you are a current subscriber to Make Modern, you will receive an email with information about how the new price plan affects you, you will not be penalised for subscribing at the old price.
All subscription packages and Issues One and Two are on available at the shop right now for the new price. Issue Three goes on sale tomorrow!


Happy New Year, and may 2015 be a year of fabulous quilts!

Jane, Kristy and Lara