January 2011 - Posts
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So, have we mentioned
that the life of a magazine editor is hard? There's the planning, the
deadlines, the unexpected problems, the complaints and the budget (oh, the
constant budget), which is constantly never enough. Yep, woe is we, we say.
again, there is nothing cooler in the world then getting paid to do what we do!
And that has never been so obvious as this week, when we finally get to spill what we've been doing at Quilter's Home.
know that hottie, Ty Pennington? The Mr. Blue Eyes of the Home Remodeling world
who hosts ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition?
Well, he's not just a pretty face. He's a trained graphic designer who has
worked in the décor field for years. He's also pretty artsy-crafty, and he used
his artistic talents to design a new fabric label for Rowan, the company that
brings us Kaffe and Amy through Westminster Fibers and Heather and Valori
through FreeSpirit Fabric (along with many, many other fabulous designers).
Ty Pennington's Impressions collection
is cool, but it isn't all that newsy. Here's a few snippets (in order of appearance-- Moorish, Wave and Foliage):
The line debuted at Fall Quilt Market last October, and he's been making the rounds in some other
quilt mags during the last few weeks. What IS news, however, is that we have him, but big, in the upcoming
April/May 2011 issue of Quilter's Home
Magazine! Yep, we roped that baby in a humongo way and we promise you'll
have as much fun with him as we did.
grabbed the first batch of Impressions
off the boat and had the phenomenal Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios whip up an original quilt with
(Here's Scott, in case you don't know this very talented designer.)
Scott's "Ty take" just rocks! The quilt, Brick
House, is bright, bold, completely hip and modern with a touch of class--pretty
much like Ty. This beauty will be offered as a pattern on our website (and we're the only
quilt mag to have a Ty-exclusive quilt). Look for Brick House to pop up there at the end of March, about the same
time as the April-May 2011 issue hits the mailboxes and newsstands. There's much more Ty-ness
inside the mag, too, but we're gonna keep some of that 4-1-1 to ourselves for
now, because, hey, we're such q-teases. We'll show some mercy in the
coming weeks, though. We'll dish a little about what it was like to work with The Man
got a cigarette and a light?
all got our private rituals for detoxifying from the holidays and starting the
New Year with a fresh mind (and a few extra pounds). Me, well, I take stock of
what I've managed to accomplish over the last 12 months, and what I haven't--but
fervently wish--I had finished. And in terms of my quilting life, man, is there a
lot to be said!
As an editor of Quilter's Home, a quilt magazine that's
lived through many major changes over the last two years, it's a crashing understatement
to say that my partner, Melissa, and I have been busy. It's also obvious to say
that in doing this job, we seem to eat/sleep/breathe quilting and creativity in
all forms. But it seems we don't get to do it as often as we'd like.
And that's a big fat problem. See, I'm a list maker. I've
kept copious, anal-retentive-symptomatic check-offs for years. One of my
favorites is my list of finished projects. (My husband, Mr. OCD, just laughs
when he sees me making lists. Hey, two can work at this organization thing!)
I was working on my first two books, my list of projects done topped two dozen or more per year for three years running, including quilts, small crafts, knitted scarves and more than I could carefully detail and rest in the assurance that yes, I was creative.
It's not just a number either. The more I create, the easier
the creativity muscle is to flex. My projects become more sophisticated and better
put together as I design and make more. (I'm not trying to get all metaphysical
or anything. Just go with me for a minute.) When I'm regularly sewing or
crafting, I'm more relaxed and my sense of personal pride elevates. It's the
textile equivalent of an antidepressant, with a whole lot fewer side effects!
This hasn't happened for a couple of years now. I've put one
or two things on the "finished" list lately, but that's a weak victory, people.
There's an old writer's motto that says, "Writers write."
Well, I'm a writer and I've certainly earned the designation over the last
decade or so. But I'm also a quilter and a crafter. I make things and while my
preferred method of creation comes through needle, thread and fabric, I never
turn my nose up at paper, jewelry and other make-it-mine joys. It's time to
reclaim my identity.
So I'm officially declaring 2011 as the year of "This Quilter
I have at least a dozen almost-finished quilts lying around
my sewing room. My goal is to finish one quilt a month for the next 12 months. Because
many of these are already half quilted, and have been for (in most cases)
years, how hard can this be?
Here's just a peek at what awaits the needle in my house:
I'd love to have your help. To stay honest, I'll take pics
and document my progress, or lack of. But if you wouldn't mind slapping me
upside the head when I seem to be slacking, or throwing the occasional "atta girl"
at me, it will help. And, hey, I can return the favor. (I'm really good at that
head-smack thing-comes from having a hubby who likes to get in trouble!)
Melissa and I love pouring inspiration and motivation into
the pages of QH, encouraging you to find your fabric bliss. But I'm gonna claim
some of that for myself this year, too, and I hope you'll join me on my renewed
dedication to the needle. I'll show you mine if you show me yours, deal?
in next Monday for my progress on the January project: Finishing the rabbit
quilt, three Easters later...--Jake Finch
My sweet dog, Priscilla, and I took a break from Quilter's Home biz and headed east for New Year's to Wichita, Kansas, where we rang in 2011 with my family and friends. Wichita--nicknamed Doo-Dah by many residents--is my
hometown, and the location of one of my favorite sculptures, The Keeper of the Plains.
This iconic 44-foot sculpture designed by Native American artist Blackbear Bosin is is even more impressive in person. But then I digress...
The Wichita holiday fun included a so-elegant luncheon where my dear friend (and
foodie) Earlene Todd introduced me to one of her fellow foodies, Betty Clark. The two belong to the same gourmet
club. (Now isn't that always the
way....that quilters and great food go hand in hand?)
quilting for about 20 years and knows her way around the Wichita q-scene. Some
quilty Doo-Dah lore: The Prairie Quilt Guild has about 800 members, pretty
evenly split between the afternoon meeting and the evening meeting. And the
best shop in town is reportedly the Picket Fence Quilt Company,
over on the west side.
Betty's claim to
needle fame is her uber-precise hand quilting and needle-turn applique, both techniques that she teaches in local quilt-shop classes. (And
she's good, people. I saw the evidence!)
Betty and her sister, Nan, had a sweet deal worked out for bjn original, their co-owned business that produced
custom handmade sewn heirlooms for clients. Nan--who lived variously in
Minnesota, Illinois or Texas--would create designs on her EQ, and e-mail the files to Betty so she could review them in her
own EQ system. They'd consult by phone, tweaking
the design until it suited. Then Nan would machine piece it and mail the top to
Betty, who would work her manual magic.
The sisters also
traveled widely to national quilt shows and on various personal q-quests,
including one DIY mystery trip where Betty dropped hints about each destination
to her sister via cleverly written daily clues.
The tandem fun
stopped in 2009, when Nan died from cancer, but Betty keeps on quilting and
creating, frequently making opportunity quilts for the American Cancer Society
and other charities. She's branching out, learning to piece by hand and
starting to create her own designs. She's even thinking about learning
authentic Hawaiian appliqué. (Click here if, like Betty, you want to know more about this amazing style of quilting.)
"I cannot stop.
It's an addiction," says Betty. "If I don't have anything to quilt, I'm not a
pleasant person." (Says who, chica? Great
meeting you, Betty!)
--Melissa Thompson Maher