For a very short time (perhaps a year or two) in the early 90s I subscribed to Workbasket magazine. At the time the only handcrafts I knew were crochet and embroidery, and I liked that Workbasket had patterns for both, in addition to knitting and quilting. I also liked the small size of the magazine and its old fashioned look-and-feel. Subscribing to it made me feel crafty. However, I didn’t have any time to be crafty, so I discontinued my subscription, thinking I could just keep the ones I had and use the patterns in them as I had the time.
I always enjoyed looking at the quilt patterns in the magazine, but I never made any of them. I just ran across this History of Workbasket magazine, which includes a fun biography of the author. Workbasket ceased publication in 1995, leaving many crafters, including the author, bereft of their favorite magazine.
Sadly, my tiny stash of Workbaskets got lost or thrown away or given away in one of my many moves. I wish I still had them. I always look for them in used bookstores, but they are in high demand and are becoming increasingly difficult to find. There’s been one published book of the Workbasket state quilts, but to my knowledge, there are no collections of any other patterns from the magazine. I’d sure like to see one!