This is the pouch I made for a tutorial that you can see in the second issue Modern Quilting, if you are one of the people who have actually received the magazine.
I was so excited to be approached to create something for the magazine in exchange for editorial coverage for Very Berry. I was also really pleased that we were going to have a funky quilting magazine based in the UK that I hoped would feature UK designers and fabric sellers. I bought a subscription to the magazine, and mentioned MQ on Facebook and on Very Berry too. I was pretty naive, I guess.
I can’t remember when I first began to hear the rumours about All Craft Media (ACM), the publishers and owners of the Modern Quilting (and it turns out Sew Hip, Inside Crochet, Knit and Handmade Living too), I think Kerry pointed me in the direction of this blog post. I began to wonder…. Then the rumours began to spread, and the mutterings got louder. I tried not to think about it too much, but started to feel a bit stupid for not researching ACM before agreeing to write something for them…
My copy of the 2nd issue of MQ arrived on Thursday (I think I am one of the lucky few!), but to be honest there was very little excitement about seeing my project in print because by this time, I knew that lots of people who have written for ACM (and a related company owned by members of the same family, KAL Media, which went into administration in June 2011) have reported not being paid, having samples kept and patterns misused. You can read more about this over on The Sewing Directory, where Fiona has written a very honest post about her disappointment & anger about the whole thing.
Whilst all this was going on, on Friday, the news began to break that ACM had also gone into administration. I am very fortunate in that I was not expecting payment for my project (although it would be nice to get my purse back!), but my heart goes out to those designers who have lost out in a much bigger way – read Jenna’s post over at Sew Happy Geek to see that this is a big deal and not just about the money. I feel real anger on behalf of all those people who have paid for subscriptions (including me, and my friends and blog readers at my recommendation – I’m so sorry!) and yarn club memberships who will not now receive anything. I also send my best regards to all the magazine staff who have lost their jobs – the people I dealt with were fantastic and very professional – the fault lies with the management, not with them.
Now there are rumours that a successor company, Handmade Living, has been registered by another member of the family which owned KAL and ACM. I really cannot comprehend how this family can set up company after company, fail, let down an awful lot of people, and then just start all over again. It’s outrageous, and there seems that there is nothing we can do other than steer clear of Handmade Living. It’s the only sensible thing to do.
Back tomorrow with a more cheery post…. there are lots of fabric sales, discounts and more to tell you about.