In an email sent to contributors this afternoon CEO and Publisher at Meander Publishing, Vicki Anderson, announced that the company will cease publication of Modern Quilts Unlimited and Machine Quilting Unlimited magazines effected immediately. “Today’s publishing climate is difficult, at best. As a small, independent publisher, it has become impossible to absorb the climbing costs of postage and printing and to react to a soft consumer market for magazines in general, leading us to this decision,” the email stated.
The July/August issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited will be published in digital format only and no further issues of Modern Quilts Unlimited will be published in any formats. Articles and projects that were in the final stage of production for the next issue will be returned to the artists. Artists will be released from their contracts and are free to submit the projects to other publications.
Quilt magazines in Australia also announced closures recently. Australian Patchwork & Quilting and Handmade magazines are also ceasing publication after their June issues.