Wednesday, June 27, 2012

GenQ Quilt Magazine review and launch tour!

The headline says it all! There's a new quilting magazine on the shelves and it's a fun one!


 With a look at more contemporary designs and a lifestyle feel Generation Q is a magazine that really stands out from the others out there, which oddly are almost all owned by the same parent company.



 So first my quick review of the mag and then you get a chance to win your own debut copy!
GenQ, and the geniuses behind it, Jake, Melissa, Megan, Scott and many more, are fresh, sassy, modern and most importantly completely as mad about quilting and fabric as we are. These are people I have met and I love! I could talk to Jake and Melissa for hours, and in fact have!

The size of GenQ is just one of the differences, it's a lot smaller in size, about 7"x9", which fits so much better into my purse, making it easier to carry and read when doing all the errands.










Thanks to Miss Print, Kaye Prince, for letting me swipe some pictures!

They have this great Block Builder feature in every issue where they start a block, giving 3-4 lines, and readers can go from there and design their own block. Sending the block back in, electronically, gets people in a draw to be featured in future issues! It's so interactive and hands on.

One of the things I love about GenQ is the same as I loved about the original Quilter's Home and that is the humour, from Fabric Porn to drink recipes and heart touching stories, GenQ connects to the whole me, not just the fabric junkie quilter.

There are reviews and comparisons to help figure out products that match your needs, new and odd things to check out and so much more!

It is a quilt magazine, so of course there are quilt patterns in the mag, this edition has ones from Scott,  Julie Herman, Melissa Peda, Heather Jones, Pat Bravo, and the info on getting an exclusive downloadable pattern from Rashida Coleman-Hale.



Also stolen from Miss Print ;)

They have an awesome interview with quilting power couple Amy and David Butler.


     The magazine is not just online or just in print. There is a lot of cross platform things going on, and it's just makes it that much cooler. You can get a lot from their site free still, and lots of interesting questions, articles, and interviews pop up that most would have kept for just the magazine. It's just another way that GenQ is different from everything out there.

Lot's of people wanted this magazine made. So many that over 350 donated through Kickstart to get the production costs covered!
 I cut some of the names off because there was just too many of them!! But I really love the community feel this gives it. This magazine is really by us for us. And how can that not be good??


You can like GenQ on Facebook here. The more likes the easier it is to get sponsors and the more awesomeness they can provide! They're giving away a copy there too!

You have two ways to enter to get your free debut copy of GenQ.
1. Tell me what you'd like to see in the magazine, who would you want interviewed? what kind of articles or patterns?
2. Leave another comment if you are a follower of my blog, liked CaraQuilts or Talkin Tuesday on FB, or if you follow me on twitter. Any of them work but it's only one entry even if you love me so much you've done them all!
That's it! Easy to enter, just make sure that you leave a comment for each entry (if you combine both into one I can only count it as one). I will close the comments on July 4th and announce the winner here on the blog. International entries are welcome! Any duplicate comments will be deleted.
The tour continues! I was so honoured to be included with all these super talented people! You can enter to win a copy of the debut issue from all these fabulous people too!

June 25 Kaye Prince
June 26 Carrie Bloomston 

June 27 Cara Wilson <<<that's me!


July 1  Bari J 
July 2  Fat QuarterShop

July 5 Jackie Kunkel 



July 8 Julie Herman

July 10  FabTalk blog 

Oh and check out this post for a fat quarter bundle giveaway of my Blogger's Bundle from Fat Quarter Shop!

51 comments:

Helen said...

I would SO love to get the Debut copy of this magazine. I've been following it's creation and just love Megan's humor and her writing.

So, I will look forward to seeing her writing. Of course, I am interested in the quilting items, too. Inspiration is always key in this venue, don't you think? I let life get in the way of my creativeness.

Sure hope I can be a lucky winner!

Helen said...

I subscribed to your FB page, so please put me in as a second-chance to win the debut copy of GenQ.

I do want to subscribe to receiving this magazine. I'll have to find a copy and see how to purchase it.

Katie M. said...

I quit subscribing to 'traditional' quilt magazines. Then Quilter's Home hit a wall, so I've been looking for a new magazine - think I might have found it! Thanks for the review.

B Greene said...

Thanks for the review, Cara - your inbox is really going to be full now :-)

I would like to see a feature showing the same block quilted using different methods (different motifs or patterns, blendable versus contrasting thread, etc...). I tend to think in one way only, so it is nice to see some options!

B Greene said...

I think I follow you in every way possible (except the ways that would get me arrested - ha ha).

Lisa Marie said...

My favorite thing in magazines is original patterns. Too many magazines feature old patterns with new fabrics! I like the Block Builder feature -- Gen Q had an online challenge like that a while back and I participated. It was a fun an interesting way to design a quilt block.

Lisa Marie said...

I follow your blog.

Beulah said...

I Liked Cara Quilts on FB.
Love what I see with GenQ Mag...especially the size....travel friendly!

sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

robin said...

I'd love to see this magazine, and would love it if they would interview the very talented Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios. http://marvelesartstudios.blogspot.ca/

robin said...

I follow you on Twitter. @birdie00000

Allegory said...

So excited to see this magazine hit the shelves! I think they should interview Tula Pink only because I love her fabric so ;)

Allegory said...

Of course I follow you on twitter :)

hueisei said...

I love to see more original patterns. Love to check out this magazine.

hueisei said...

I follow your blog.

Donna F said...

I follow Caras quilts through Facebook.

Donna F said...

I would like to see an interview with you in it. You work around your chronic pain and seem to be doing so well. That interests me because I try to do the same and I often wonder about different methods that would make things better. An interview with you could really change my quilting and my life.

Carrie P. said...

I would just like to see the magazine. Maybe we will get it in our town. Looks great.

Betty said...

I would like to see fresh new designs in this magazine. Seems that most quilting mags now are just rehashing the same patterns.

Betty said...

I am following CaraQuilts on Facebook.

Patti Shanks said...

I'm a follower of yours, Cara. Thanks for a great review. I'd love an interview from Tula Pink, who I hear is hilarious.
Thanks for the chance to win this opening issue.

Colleen said...

I would love to check this mag out! I like the idea of quirky irreverant humor.

Colleen said...

Cara for #2 I think I do everything and then some. :D

Kimberly Cassie said...

I would love to see an article in the magazine that looks at modern sewing rooms. What do we really need, kinda need anddont need? Whats the most efficient way to set up our space? Maybe a couple of stories...if you have $200/$500/$1000, etc to update your sewing room what would you do.

Kimberly Cassie said...

I follow on twitter! Thanks for your inspiring posts! I love them. I look forward to seeing you sometime on Tuesday night!

AlyceB said...

Oh cool!! I love that Amy and David are married and both designers. And that block builder is an awesome idea! I'd love to see some behind the scenes info on the fabric designing/manufacturing process - how it's all done.

AlyceB said...

And I think I follow you pretty much everywhere, lol. Thanks for this!

Catskill Quilter said...

I would love to read an interview of Philip Jacobs, and maybe Martha Nagley too!

Catskill Quilter said...

I am a happy regular follower of your blog!

Patty said...

I would love to read more about Kaffe Fasset. His fabrics are so wonderful!

Jen said...

I follow Talkin Tuesday on Facebook.

Beth said...

I'm really looking forward to the modern quilty vibe from this magazine along with the contributions from those creative people whom I admire already. So, I don't really have advice for them, just gratitude in advance.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Beth said...

I follow your blog, I follow you on Twitter. I don't Facebook so can't "like" you there, but I sure do like you. :)

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Sounds like a great magazine! After reading blogs and following these designers how wonderful to get even more. I love seeing all the pictures, information, new ideas etc. It gets me inspired and excited to be sewing.

Thank you and Gen Q for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Follow Cara Quilts blog, check
Follow Cara Quilts on FB. check
Follow Talkin Tuesdays on FB, check
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Thanks again for a chance to win.

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Fran said...

Thanks for the great review. I'd like to see interviews with designers, fantastic modern quilt patterns, lots of gorgeous photos - pretty much what Gen Q do in their online work! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this fab magazine!

Donna Joy said...

I follow you on twitter.

Pam said...

my friedns has this book love to see more patterns andi like the articles on places to visit on the web

Gwen said...

I would like to see an interview with Jackie Gerring and since I'm kinda new at this modern quilting thing, some articles on the newer modern techniques like slash and insert(?)and breaking out of the traditional mode would be great. Hope I win!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

I'd love to see how to use quilting stencils and what is invlved with that type of thing! Great giveaway - thanks for the chance. (From a fellow Canadian!)

eileensideways said...

i would love a get to know allison harris from cluckclucksew. she is such a talented quilter. i also love amanda jean from crazymomquilts and lori holt from bee in my bonnet. these three women inspire me every day.

Donna Joy said...

I liked you on FB. The mag looks fantastic, great ideas , can't wait to see it.

Pieces to Love said...

I'm a follower of your blog!

Anonymous said...

I'd like an article on the creative process of design to help and inspire me to make one-of-a-kind quilts. ...Ellee soparkaveataoldotcom

patty a. said...

The magazine looks like a winner! I would like to hear more about the quilt designer's process from start to finish.

Art and Light said...

I love the form factor of the magazine!

java diva said...

This looks great!! I love that size too! I think I'd want to read an interview of Rashida or TulaPink.

java diva said...

I follow you on twitter @java_diva

Margaret said...

I like fresh new ideas for quilts. I am really liking a lot of the modern quilt blocks.

Margaret said...

I follow you on twitter

Marcia W. said...

Quilting magazines that have articles by (or about) fabric / quilt designers are great. I also like pattern instructions. Specialty articles on quilting motifs and techniques, comparing antique quilts to modern (think Roy), and designs (think Kaffe's articles) are very interesting. There are a lot of established quilting magazines out there so I look for something new and different.

trudys_person said...

I would like to see Rashida Coleman-Hale, and Elizabeth Hartman interviewed ... and all the creative quilting blogsters. I'm so happy we have a new print magazine! Thank you for the giveaway!