Thursday, December 25, 2008

Will Print Quilting Magazines Disappear?


Saving trees and deleting the energy intensive processes involved in turning trees into paper is termed as being "eco-friendly" or "eco-conscious." We're finding that more and more print publications are developing an online presense.

Some have an online edition as well as a print one. Others are discontinuing their print versions as they publish solely online.

My daughter found that her favorite quilting magazine has developed an online subscription which costs less than the print version. The publisher will be offering both, but one wonders for how long.

My husband received a notice from a magazine he subscribes to that starting with the February issue, it will only be available online. He can no longer receive a print issue. If he doesn't desire this, he can get a refund. However, he says, even though he prefers a print edition, he does need the magazine for the information it contains for keeping current in his business.

Which do you prefer? Have you found a way to download online magazines onto an electronic reader?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Check Out the Quilt Book Giveaway at Quilting and Patchwork


If you're a quilter or simply like giveaways, why not stop over at Quilting and Patchwork and participate in the Giveaway of a Mini Quilt Book.? It's in progress over there.

Perhaps you're not a quilter yourself, but know of someone who would enjoy this book by Patricia Mainardi.

Friday, December 19, 2008

My Fav b5 Posts of the Week

Favorite Posts

Periodically b5 bloggers post their favorite posts of the week. I write three blogs at b5media, Alzheimer's Notes, Quilting and Patchwork, and One Book Two Book. (The latter I co-blog with Marcie Pickelsimer.)

Sometimes it's difficult to choose your very favorite for the week. However, here are the three for this week:

Friday, November 28, 2008

Quilting and Tea on a Snowy Day

When the snow flutters down, lightly and softly this morning in New Hampshire, it's time for another cup of tea while Beth and I discuss quilting designs and check out quilting blogs. What flavor shall I choose?

Perhaps a cup of Chai spice black tea. This should keep me going until lunch time. Also, the aroma is so nice. My grandson comes into the room, "Nanny, what smells so spicy and good?"

What tea would you choose for a snowy day?

Also, you might like to read about our first snowfall of winter, which occurred earlier in the week. ng-inspiration/

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Help With Your Christmas Shopping

Super Shopping

To aid you in preparing for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and your other shopping, I've compiled lists and suggestions at my b5media blogs: One Book Two Book, Quilting and Patchwork, and Alzheimer's Notes.

One Book Two Book:
2008 Holiday Gift Guide (Mary Emma)

Quilting & Patchwork:
2008 Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters & Fabric Artists

Alzheimer's Notes:
Holiday Shopping for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Did you find one list more helpful than another? If so, which one?

Happy Thanksgiving from Quilters' Potpourri

Happy Thanksgiving

We've been busy this morning getting the turkey ready. Yes, we're having the traditional turkey. My hubby selected it so has been monitoring the preparations. After I made the stuffing ("like Mother used to make!"), I left the rest to him. The engineer in him cooks to precision.

My daughter has been preparing her special recipes to add to our menu. She made her daughter's request of "glop" for breakfast...a combination of bread cubes, eggs, sausage, cheese, and milk. Some of us like that, while others have something else. (We live in a multi-generational home with six family members, a dog, guinea pig, and rabbit.)

Perhaps you'd like to see my Thankful Poem, a project on my Quilting and Patchwork blog.

How about writing your own Thankful Poem this weekend? Or any time of year?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembrances of Veterans Day

Veterans Day meant a great deal in my childhood. Two of my uncles served in the World Wars. My husband is a veteran, too, so for several years I was a military wife.

I've written about this day at several of my blogs and have included a post of Alicia Sparks:

One Book Two Book: Remembering Our Veterans on Veterans Day.

Alzheimer's Notes:Veterans Day Memories in Alzheimer's World

Quilting and Patchwork: Patriotic Quilts for Veterans Day

Alicia Sparks' Mental Health Notes: Help Veterans Obtain Mental Health Resouces

Do you have associations, past and present, with Veterans Day?

Sunday, November 09, 2008

A List of Fascinating Quilting/Fabric Art Books

Quilting/Fabric Art Books

If you're looking for quilting/fabric art books for your own use or to give to someone as a gift, you'd enjoy browsing through my list, Fascinating Quilting/Fabric Art Books, over at Quilting and Patchwork.

Some may be books you've already read, some you own and some that are completely new to open up a fascinating area of quilting and fabric art for you.

After looking at the list, what about sharing here your favorite quilting or fabric art books?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


The great selection of patchwork and quilting puzzles fascinates me. There are so many interesting designs and pictures portrayed.

Recently I came across one called Patchwork Quilt with a quilt draped around a treadle sewing machine. This reminded me of making quilts with my grandmother. We sewed them by hand, but my aunt and grandmother had a treadle sewing machine sitting in the corner of the room where we worked.

I also learned to sew on treadle machines, the one my mom had in her bedroom and another my 4-H sewing teacher kept in a small room piled high with fabric...her sewing room.

Do quilting puzzles bring back memories to you?

(c)2008 Mary Emma Allen

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Crafty & Quilty Ideas from the Arts Bloggers

The Arts Bloggers, a group of quilting, crafting, scrapbooking, and journaling "fantastic fanatics," frequently compile the offerings from their blogs to share with others involved in the arts. I participate through my Quilting and Patchwork blog at b5media. I hope you enjoy what we have to share.

Antique Pick of the Week: Nixie Tube Clock Take a stroll down memory lane with the Nixie Tube clock, and learn where you can get one today.

Cool Visual Journal Prompts Links to a page of excellent visual journal prompts

Creating Quilting Memory Books for Alzheimer's Patients & Yourself Mary Emma, at Quilting and Patchwork, gives some suggestions for creating a memory book involving quiltmaking.

Creating a hand-made fringed fabric scarf Chloe from Tangled Thread has created a new tutorial on making a fashionable fabric scarf with a hand-knotted fringe.

How to Make Wine Corsets Make personalized wine corsets to cosset your hosts and hostesses this holiday season. (Don’t grab your dictionary … Eileen had to look it up too. “Cosset” means to indulge or pamper ;-)

Layers Upon Layers Mixed media artist Christy Sobolewski shares her artistic passions.


(c)2008 Mary Emma Allen

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Keeping Up with Mary Emma's Quilting World

Keep up with my quilting world by visiting my Quilting and Patchwork blog at b5 media. I write about quilters and fabric artists, new innovations in the quilting world, quilt books, and whatever comes to mind.

The Arts Bloggers visit almost weekly, and the Food Bloggers often make an appearance.

July has been Christmas in July month. I think I'll have a Travel theme for August and may be able to tie it in with the Travel theme at Home Biz Notes.

What are you doing this summer in your quilting world?