Creating Balance

Those of you who are our facebook friends already know that we recently conducted a poll to see how many of our readers quilt sitting down vs. standing up. As we expected, the results were nearly even!

Information like this helps us plan the content for future issues. All of us, and Senior Editor Kit Robinson in particular, pay close attention to trying to achieve balance  in terms of the focus of our articles. We try to include traditional, contemporary, art and modern quilts. We can’t provide a perfect balance in every issue of the magazine, but we definitely try to even things out over time.

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We feature a range of quilting techniques such as using curved templates, freehand quilting, and thread painting, whether accomplished by longarm or a domestic machine.

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Sampler by Margaret Solomon Gunn March/April 2015 issue of MQU


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Fall Freehand Fantasy by Bethanne Nemesh November/December 2015 issue


Straight up eye candy and art quilting techniques.

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Earth, Wind and Fire by Barbara Olson September/October 2015 issue


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Detail from Golden Temple by Susan Carlson, shown in our January/February 2016 issue


Even articles on fabric types, like this one on wool.

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Focus on Fabric by LInda Griepentrog, January/February 2016 issue


Other topics have included book reviews and a gallery of quilts in every issue, travelogues from international teachers, quilting fundamentals, a variety of technical discussions related to machines, and so much more!

Achieving balance is never easy, but we’re going to keep working to bring you the best selection of machine quilting information we can. We’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to send us ideas or feedback, either through comments here, our facebook page, or email me at





4 Responses to Creating Balance

  1. Your magazine is awesome, been quilting for 40 years. MQU is my favorite magazine now. I am a sit down, long arm quilter and like the challenge of adapting long arm quilting methods to home machine and sit down.

  2. It’s my favorite as well. My oldest daughter includes a subscription to the magazine every year as part of my Christmas gift. I especially enjoy that the articles describe how the different techniques are achieved. I’m not able to do them yet, but my ability has certainly expanded because of them.

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