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Fabric Fondlers unite! Generation Q is a fun, inspiring lifestyle magazine for the modern and contemporary quilter, sewist and crafter.

WHERE WE COME FROM

Generation Q Magazine was born online in July 2011 when two disenfranchised quilt magazine editors stubbornly clung to their vision of a lifestyle magazine catering to the quirky whims of our creative readers —those modern and contemporary quilters and sewists who don't know how to march to the beat of the Quilt Police's drum. 

Naysayers said quilters only wanted patterns in their magazines. So untrue! 

We knew better. And guess what? GenQ readers—we call ‘em Q-Bies—helped prove our point that today’s modern and contemporary quilters and sewists want to read content that inspires, entertains, and celebrates all aspects of their creativity-filled lives.

Since our launch last summer, we've logged almost 100,000 unique visitors to our free online magazine, GenerationQMagazine.com, and have racked up the advertising and reader support needed to push us forward. Besides bringing over readers from our previous publication, we've also built a following of new people with whom we love to play. For all of us, it's about community and the pure joy of fabric. We sew with it, play with it, fondle it and sometimes just pile it up on the floor and role around in it naked. We're hardcore fabric sluts, and we're proud of that. And our readers, well, they share this affliction, which is why we get along so well.

Almost from our start, we've been asked about a print/digital version of our magazine. When will we publish on paper (with that ever-important option of cyber)? our supporters have asked.

The time is now! We’re furiously working on the first print issue of Generation Q, which will be available in June 2012. GenQ will print quarterly, offering up 96 pages of features, news, ideas, and advertising geared to whet the stitchy appetites of modern and contemporary sewists.

WE NEED YOU!  

Over the next six weeks, we'll be asking, pleading, begging for the pledges needed to fund that first print bill (they want it up front — sheesh!), and to get our new baby to International Quilt Market in Kansas City, Missouri. Twenty thousand bucks is a lot of money, but we believe it's doable, especially when we take into account the many, many people who asked us to produce a printed magazine. (Of course, there are also many people who risk having us or our family members take up space in their guest rooms indefinitely if we don't raise the coin. Come on people, dontcha love us? And did we mention Jake has five cats and Scott has three teenagers?) By our calculations—and those of the resident MBA (AKA martyred Finch spouse) here at GenQ—that's what we need up-front. After that, and with ongoing advertiser and reader support, we'll appear regularly in your mailboxes, e-reader apps, local fab shop shelves, and, by the second issue, your local newsstands.

SHAMELESS PROMO HO BRIBES (UH, SORRY KICKSTARTER. WE'LL CALL THEM "REWARDS.")

Time to talk rewards. If you are family members or friends who don't actually sew (are there really people like that?), you have our undying thanks and love for supporting the GenQ Kickstarter Campaign. Take the stuff and enjoy the magazine. Who knows? We might finally lure you people to the needle...and thread! Of course you have the option of not taking the stuff, but we're really happy if you do...

If you do sew, well, we know what buttons to push! We have primo bribes for you, including scads of fresh fat quarter towers, hot-off-the-press quilt books, innovative patterns and pristine new tools worthy of your touch. We've been stockpiling this stuff for awhile now so we could pass it on to you, our sisters and brothers of the cloth, as we embark on this new fabric-laden adventure, called Generation Q Magazine.

And if you’re a shop owner, fabric company or other industry interest, we’ve designed rewards that will help your cause, even as you help ours, with value packs of the premier issue of GenQ you can re-sell in your shop and advertising bundles that are priced well and give you great exposure.

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, the most important thing to know is that it's an all or nothing deal. We can exceed our goal, but if we fall short of our goal by the deadline, we get nothing. Nadda, zippo, zilch. If that happens, we'll cry. A lot. And it won't be pretty. So every little dollar counts here and we're grateful for all of it!

WHERE WE'RE GOING

Our content will include the likes of Bari Ackerman (Bari J. and I Heart French Knots), Julie Herman (Jaybird Quilts), Sarah Fielke, Pat Bravo and Art Gallery Fabrics, Alexia Abegg (Green Bee Designs), Amy and David Butler, Valori Wells, Heather Jones (Olive + Ollie), Rashida Coleman Hale (I Heart Linen) and anyone else who wants to play with us! And we’ll also tap the brightest new talent emerging in our stitchy niche.

That’s not all the excitement, though. The premier print issue of GenQ debuts at International Quilt Market in Kansas City, Missouri. Now, this is THE trade show for our quilting/sewing industry. We'll have a full-sized decked-out booth (yes, that's a big deal for us) to show off our brand-spanking-new premier print edition of Generation Q Magazine.

While there, we'll entice designers, manufacturers, and retailers to get on board the GenQ train with advertising, wholesale orders, and some serious spread-the-word love. We'll make them laugh, we'll make them sniffle, but by the end of Market, we’ll all be reaching en masse for the chocolate and the cocktails, bound together in a q-niverse dedicated to creativity and fun! (Oh, we're getting all tingly and naughty just thinking about it!)

WHAT WE'RE CREATING

Here’s what you’ll find on our pages: up-to-date info on new products and books to help us expand our skill-set; new fabrics to tempt our needles; insightful articles showing us how to make money from this fiber-ous addiction; inspiring profiles of designers and bloggers whose talent makes shivers dance down our spines; tutorials to keep you sewing along; so-pretty photo spreads of cool, quilty home décor ideas; projects and quilt patterns to help us wrap ourselves, our loved ones, and our lives in satisfying stitching; and in-depth exposés on what makes our world turn. For us, it's all about what we do and why we do it, which means there is a voice for everyone out there on our pages and there are no constraints on what we can offer!

WE'RE ALMOST DONE...

Frankly, we’ve got the chops, the creative talent,  the access, the drive, and the desire to bring GenQ over from the strictly cyber-side into the print and digital formats. We know our readers and we know what they want in a magazine. The only thing we lack is the initial heave-ho to get us out the door. Help heave-ho us, please?

“Thank you” seems a bit flat of a sign-off, but from the GenQ staff—Jake Finch, Melissa Thompson Maher, Scott Hansen and Megan Dougherty—it’s rich with heartfelt appreciation and gratitude. Thank you for helping us push toward our dream. And Q-bies, Sew On!

FAQ

  • Excellent question! We've been operating for eight months on almost no budget and during that time we've used and abused some of the best known designers, authors and teachers in the biz who have graciously and happily offered up free projects, tutorials and other results of their incredible talents. We know just how lucky we are when this content could and should earn them actual cash. But we just haven't had the resources to share yet. (We have not taken anything for ourselves. We're a Start-Up and know that's equivalent to Starve Up Some Revenue Already!) In our fantasies, we'd use any overage on our pledges to start paying our contributors (and that could be you!) and bring on some freelance help so we can better develop our content for you. So, long answer to a short question: We'd use it to benefit us all!

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    PROMO HO REWARD: The first 250 backers of any pledge amount from $5 on up will receive one signed copy of Jake's first book, "Fast, Fun & Easy Book Cover Art." It's out of print, but Jake has some hidden in her closet. Retail value $15.

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    STASH ALERT REWARD: One copy of the premier issue of Generation Q Magazine and a fabric bundle of 6 to 8 coordinated fat quarters to fondle. Let us choose for you and the bigger packs get sent out first come first served. Oh, and Jake's book if you're one of the first 250 people to pledge any amount.

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    NOW WE'RE COOKING REWARD: For our non-stitchers or stitchers who like the kitchen too, you'll get a pair of custom-made GenQ potholders along with that same premier issue of Generation Q Magazine. And remember, if you're one of the first 250 to pledge to us, you get Jake's book!

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    JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH REWARD: One year's subscription to Generation Q Magazine (four issues first year $40 value) and two fat quarters from the GenQ Stash. And Jake's book goes out to the first 250 people to hand over the love.

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    CHEERS REWARD: We've got eight small pieced wall quilts, 12" square, made from a favorite friend's Martini Block in your choice of colors by one of us. It's perfect for hanging in your kitchen or office. Oh, and of course we'll throw in the premier issue of Generation Q Magazine, and Jake's book if you're one of the first 250 people to pledge. (Note: This one will take a little longer to get to you!)

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    GROW WITH US REWARD: One eighth-page ad in the premier issue of Generation Q Magazine. This is designed for the small q-biz or shops, you'll get in on the ground floor of something fun! Oh, and we'll throw in 10 issues of the premier issue of Generation Q Magazine that you can sell at retail, and Jake's book if you're one of the first 250 people to pledge.

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    QUILT GUILD REWARD: If you're a quilt guild anywhere in the U.S. or Canada Jake will waive her normal lecture and workshop fees to come and speak and teach at your guild. Travel expenses still apply though. And yes, she does much better in front of a live audience than a camera! Normally this would cost $800 for one lecture and one 6-hour workshop combined. And Jake will send you five copies of her book that you can use as door prizes or class incentives. Dates can be discussed when campaign is successfully finished.

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    FEEL THE LOVE REWARD: A quarter-page ad in the premier issue of Generation Q Magazine, one month free web advertising (120 x 120 spot), five copies of the premier issue of GenQ AND if you're in that lucky first group, a copy of Jake's book, signed.

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    FOR YOUR VERY OWN REWARD: A bed-sized quilt (queen or smaller), made by one of us just for you. Oh, and a copy of the premier issue of Generation Q Magazine, and Jake's book if you're one of the first 250 people to pledge. (Note: This will need a few months to accomplish, but it will be worth the wait!)

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    GET THE WORD OUT REWARD: A half-page ad in the premier issue of Generation Q Magazine AND three months of free web advertising (120 x 120 spot). We'll throw in a year's subscription to Generation Q Magazine, and Jake's book if you're one of the first 250 people to pledge.

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