Huge News at Quilting Arts!

See this picture?

It’s one of my favorite pictures taken at on set, and is of my favorite quilting gal pal, Helen Gregory and me right before we taped a segment with her for Quilting Arts TV. She’s been our Managing Editor for the Quilt & Paper Group for almost five years…a job, quite frankly, she is overqualified for.

It’s with great joy I share that as of December 1, Helen Gregory will become the Editorial Director of the Quilt and Paper Group at Interweave. I am so happy for her, and know in my heart she will do a fantastic job.

You may wonder where I might be going. Well, I have good news on that front, too. I am heading down to Houston, Texas, to join another team of quilt people that I adore: Quilts, Inc., those friendly, hard-working folks who put on the International Quilt Festivals, Markets, etc. Starting in January, I am going to step into a new role there as Chief Creative Officer, which basically means I get to have a lot of fun with them in scheming more fun adventures in quilting.

Quilting Arts is–and always will be–my baby. Frankly it’s a little hard for me to separate my identity from this publication, but  at the end of the year, it’s time for a new editor to take her (or his) creative talents, vision, and passion for art quilting and bring Quilting Arts to the next level.

I am confident this will be a very smooth transition and I am glad I will still be an editorial advisor for this group (and have a reason to stay in frequent contact with my friends here who are like family to me).

I want to thank everyone in the quilting world who have made working on Quilting Arts so, so much fun. Especially our fans, here are just a few of the comments we received when we broke the big news:

From Member MellyT on 9/30/2011

Wow Helen and Pokey! I am happy for both of you. Major change and all for the good.

From Member lrond01on 9/30/2011

Congratulations for the both of you. Pokey, I will miss your fun personality and your crazy spontaneity that transpires in everything you’ve done in putting together QA and breathing life into it . I’m sure you want to say that you have a great team to support you. But they would agree with me in saying that they had a great leader. Quilting Arts is one of the most inspirational magazine I’ve read. Keep on the good work Helen!

From Member Jeannie EVH on 9/30/2011

Congratulations to you both!!! Pokey, thank you for creating Quilting Arts. You really changed quilt magazines for the better.

From Member Darla111 on 10/1/2011

Pokey – kudos to you for passing the torch…you inspire me…great adventures to you and to those who fill your shoes…

Cheers to you…

Pokey

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