It’s an old story, but completely true. In 1987, the year I got married (yes, I was a child bride), I traded my credit cards for a sewing machine with my husband. Today I have five machines and more cards than I should, but I also have an incredible job where I get to indulge my passion for fiber with my journalistic passion for words and images. What could be better? Maybe chocolate and snuggling, but only on certain days! I started on the machine by teaching myself how to make clothing. (You should see those first attempts…) An accidental move onto quilting became an obsession lasting now more than, gulp, 22 years. (I swear I was a child bride!) And I love the modern movement!

I’ve authored five books on quilting, served as editor for a couple of quilt mags and in my spare time, I find myself being raised by my precocious 13-year-old Samantha (who will never be a child bride, but who is already a quilter) and hubby, Stephen, in Southern California. I can be found at jake@generationqmagazine.com.

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Jim Carnevale Identicon Icon Jim Carnevale July 11, 2011 at 7:37 am

Looking good Jake! This is really exciting – and of course – I’m telling all my quilting buds about it!


April Rosenthal Identicon Icon April Rosenthal July 11, 2011 at 8:29 am

I’m excited to add this to my reader. I’ve been needing something new. Great job on starting something that is really, really, needed.


Amy Bentley Identicon Icon Amy Bentley July 11, 2011 at 10:22 am

Congrats. to my talented, bright quilter bud, on launching this ezine. I have no doubt you’ll be providing excellent stories and images here. WAY TO GO- Gen Q rocks!


Melissa Z Identicon Icon Melissa Z July 11, 2011 at 10:25 am

Congrats! I know a bit of what you have gone through, friend! I fully support you (like a great bra!) and hope you kick ASS on this project. Sending hugs, wine and chocolate…. to all of you–> Jake, (the “other”) Melissa, Hilarious Megan and Brave-boy Scott…


Deb Hirsch Identicon Icon Deb Hirsch July 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Excited & happy for all of us – can’t wait to read my new fav quilt “magazine”!


Sheila FC Identicon Icon Sheila FC July 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Hey Jake, CONGRATS! This is so awesome and I look forward to witnessing it’s unfolding. :)


jake Identicon Icon jake July 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Thanks Sheila! Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything. Tomorrow has a wonderful simple quilt project.


Bonnie P Identicon Icon Bonnie P July 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Congratulations on the new site…. it’s terrific.


John Bevens Identicon Icon John Bevens July 19, 2011 at 7:41 am

JAKE! Congrats on the new website and online magazine..Looking awesome and knew you
would make it happen! So much too celebrate..where to begin! Keep up the great work girl!( :


Cathy and Lindsay Dawson Identicon Icon Cathy and Lindsay Dawson September 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Lindsay and I are sitting here looking at your kewl new site. Congrats! Lots of hard work went into this, it is plain to see, you Child Bride.

Hugs from Colorado,

The Dawsons


Jayna Williams Identicon Icon Jayna Williams November 16, 2011 at 10:24 am

Hi Jake,
My daughter Amy is considering working in the area of preventing human trafficking with the A21 campaign or Not For Sale or a similar organization. If she does it will mean leaving the area and I may need to make her a quilt. Her taste runs to Steam Punk, not full on SP but trending toward the style. Any ideas for patterns or fabric lines? a post I might have missed?



Lauren Hawley Identicon Icon Lauren Hawley April 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

Hi Jake,
Can you direct me to info for advertising with you guys, as well as ordering the awesome mag for the store?
Can’t wait,


Eleanor Love Identicon Icon Eleanor Love June 5, 2012 at 8:57 am

I would like to get some information concerning advertising in your publication. Would it be possible for someone to call me so that I can discuss my business to make sure that it is a good fit. My phone is: 561-357-8300.

Thank you.



Kathleen Cappella Identicon Icon Kathleen Cappella June 19, 2012 at 9:58 am

Great work Jake….very proud to know you!
I enjoyed looking over your site and look forward to getting my hands on the real deal!


Sue Hook Identicon Icon Sue Hook August 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your debut issue.

When I first opened it, I wondered what I had ordered, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that I would be anxiously looking forward to you next issue.

I’ve looked, but can’t find where to sign up for a subscription. Is there a yearly subscription yet?

Looking forward to the next issue.
Sue Hook


Gail Kessler Identicon Icon Gail Kessler August 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Hi Jake,
Please send me your physical address so I can add to to my sweetie pie list for receiving fabric samples via UPS. Thanks!
Gail Kessler
Marketing Director, Andover Fabrics


Cecile Choi Identicon Icon Cecile Choi September 10, 2012 at 9:55 am


I’m not sure who visited my booth at the Long Beach Show.
She introduced magazine ” Generation Q” & I placed 15 issues on the spot. but no news at all until today.
Please let me know how’s going on?

Cecile from Sewing Party

23561 Ridge Route Dr. Suite F. Laguna Hills . CA 92653
TEL) 949-725 0492


Camille Lechliter Identicon Icon Camille Lechliter October 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I received the “first” issue in the mail yesterday. Thanks for getting it out so quickly.

In the Fall issue, “Pins Go Punk!” – I can’t find the pattern at your website. I’ve hit all the links at the top. There isn’t a Search box. Is it at one of the social media icons?


Anita Heady Identicon Icon Anita Heady November 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Hi Jake,

Thanks so much for putting my quilt store on your Gen. Q site as a Georgia store that carries Gen. Q.

Unfortunately the address there is my home address, not my business address. I’d hate to have folks driving to my house to find the quilt shop. If there’s any way that you can change the info. please change it to the following:

Sewcial Studio Sewing & Quilt Shop
160 Tracy St.
Mercury A.I.R. Studios, Studio 5
Athens, GA 30605

Sorry for the confusion. Because we are in an art studio we have no “mailing” address at the shop, so I have to use my home address for shipping.

Happy Holidays, Jake.

Anita Heady


jake Identicon Icon jake November 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Sorry for the mistake, Anita. It’s fixed and up there, and also I updated the tab “Where to Buy GenQ” on the top bar. Have a great holiday!


Susy Shafer Identicon Icon Susy Shafer December 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Hi Jake,

I’m opening a Quilt Shop in Jan 2013. One of our prospective suggested us to carry your magazines in our shop. Please let me know how that works to carry the magazine in our shop. We would love to sell your magazine in our shop.
Our shop:
Suzzie’s Quilt Shop
10370 Portsmouth Rd
Manassas Va 20109

Please email me at susys@verizon.net or call me at 703-368-3867.
I am looking forward to hear from you.


Judith Bordyn Identicon Icon Judith Bordyn July 4, 2014 at 6:30 am

Sent my sister a year’s subscription of your magazine in March and now after two issues, she was notified that it is expiring. I was hoping of subscribing as well, but will reconsider. Hope you can rectify this.

Judy Bordyn


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