The first several I looked through were from the 90’s and had some interesting articles and patterns, and I found some things that I flagged with post-its.
The next several were from the 70’s. These were…interesting. Paper quality not near so good, and aging poorly and rapidly. Very few color photos, and the black and white photos were taken with less than stellar care. I imagine some copywriter being told to ‘get the camera and go take a photo of so and so and their quilt’…not professional at all!
Apart from how far we have come in the publishing sector, the articles and columns are enlightening. There is poetry submitted using patterns in the poems. Quilters write in wanting to be penpals still in the 70’s, and wanting to exchange patterns. One wrote complaining that she takes time to copy neatly and exactly her patterns to exchange, with labels, etc, only to receive in turn slipshod efforts.
I feel chastised.
But today, I looked through some from the 80’s, and the post-its came back out. In just two issues, I came across articles about the LQS where I took my first class (Quilt Country), and about the quilting lady at Shakertown in Harrodsburg, KY, where I use to take my Brownie Troop, and everyone else whoever came to visit me when I lived in Kentucky.
And also this, which I may just have to try.
Baa Baa Black Sheep