There are times that quilters, even really keen quilters, have a lapse in creativity. Actually, let me rephrase that. It's more a lapse in the production of creative projects then in the creativity itself. I'll be honest, my point is that lately I haven't been sewing anything. I go into my sewing room often enough but I just haven't had the urge to sit down and work on any of the myriad of projects I have on the go. However even though I'm not physically working on anything, my brain is still in over drive thinking of ways to overcome obstacles on projects I want to make or have in the works.
During this period of thinking more/working less, I've been filling my iPad with loads of digital quilt magazine subscriptions. I LOVE my iPad and the wonderful things it does and enables me to do. One of the key features that I now have with this wonderful device that I'm certain I could not live without from here on in, is reading my quilt magazines as a digital subscription. Within the last month I've begun a subscription to Fons and Porter, Quilters World, Quilters Newsletter, Quiltmaker and Patchwork and Quilting (UK Edition). With the added bonus that with the Quilters World subscription I got not only a years worth of magazines but access to two years worth of previous years of magazines as well! Now who could turn this down for the price of $16? Not me obviously.
Though I absolutely love the printed page there are great benefits beyond the low price to subscribe digitally to quilting publications. The number one reason for me is actually getting the magazine. Living in Australia is a blessing and a curse. The curse part is subscribing to U.S. magazines and all the problems that incurs. I HATE seeing the magazine I've already paid for in the news agent before it makes it to my mailbox. This has happened more then once and it drives me crazy. I also hate it when the magazine never comes at all because it got lost in the mail. Though the publishers always replace it, having to wait for the replacement is infuriating. Also the costs of these U.S. publications when shipping to an overseas address is sometimes twice the cost of a U.S. subscription. I know overseas mail is expensive but it's difficult for me to justify spending the added money just to get the printed copy. With a digitalised version I receive instantaneous delivery and in most cases one in a PDF format that I can print if I need to. All this at less than half the cost of just one printed magazine if I were to I buy it from the news agent. It's a no brainer for me really to subscribe digitally.
So as I'm taking a break from the act of sewing, I'm immersing myself in all things quilty curtesy of the wonderful world of digital reads. Excuse me now as I have over two years worth of quilt magazines to read.....
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