Who We Are and What We Do
Generation Q Magazine is a community of modern and contemporary quilters, sewists and fabric addicts who love to create, are welcoming of new ideas and new styles while respecting what’s come before and who enjoy creative expression in all forms. On the pages of our BlogZine, we explore and share today’s modern and contemporary creative lifestyle, with a strong emphasis on fun and that sometimes slight push through our sensibilities. Through our print and web publications, we seek to entertain and inform, and to take joy in what makes us Fiber Mavens tick. And because we are so much more than our stash, even if we often forget that, we offer recipes, reviews, insights and glimpses into life around us as well, but never forgetting the source of life for us: sewing.
We’ve been told that quilters don’t want or appreciate lifestyle content in their magazines. All quilters want, we’ve heard, are patterns. We don’t agree. We know our sewing and quilting enthusiasts get their love of fabric on in even the most mundane spots of daily life. We know this because we’re one of you. We study a building and think of a block design. We see a flower and want to find fabrics in the same colors. We hear about a tragedy and figure out how we can ease pain through a quilt or other sewn comfort. It’s how we live and we appreciate when our media celebrate these quirks of ours.
GenQ comes in a couple of forms. There’s our free eZine, with new posts offered several times each week. We are different from a blog in that our content is a little longer, a little more in-depth and reflects the world of print magazines from which we all were birthed. We have extensive archives of all of our past posts and love when you spend time with us there.
And we also produce a print magazine, Generation Q Magazine, that’s issued quarterly until April 2013 and then bi-monthly from there on. Content in our print issue is unique to the print; we don’t republish content to fill our eZine. It’s loaded with lots of fun, informative features and a handful of patterns. Some ask why we often choose to post full patterns from our print issue onto the eZine. For two reasons. First, because GenQ in print is a smaller size, often the templates needed for our project won’t work in print. Second, we would rather dedicate our paper pages for more fun content and offering full PDF downloads of the patterns on the eZine for free allows us to do that.
Right now, Generation Q Magazine in print is available through our wonderful group of quilt shops (please buy from them first–there’s a big list on our website!), international newsstands and bookstores and single and multiple issue auto-ship sales through our eZine. We are working on providing subscriptions, but honestly, we have to grow a little bigger to get there. Still we’re good about getting our auto-ship issues out to you on time.
In order to achieve a measure of success, we know we have to win the love of our readers and get them to commit to seeing us in their email inboxes every day. We must provide honest information, insightful profiles and entertaining content. We also know that we have to prove our worth to the quilt industry at large, which will in turn support our efforts through advertising and sponsorships. So we shamelessly call out to any and all to read us. Check us out. Let us know if you love us or wish we’d just melt away. Tell us what we’re missing and we’ll try to accommodate. As a community, we will evolve to reflect the needs and desires of those who dwell with us. We’re up for the challenge.