One of our core values here at Interweave, the parent company of Quilting Arts Magazine, is “make it fun.” (I know what you’re thinking: How cool, right? Yes it is!)
Quilting Arts Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, Stitch Magazine and our special publications are all housed in the Sudbury, Mass., offices—the editorial, design, sales, and support teams. As you might imagine, there are a lot of talented folks here; not just in what they do for a living but because they are also interested and involved in the art and crafts that we include in every issue.
|Parfait ice dyeing. Just layer
PFD fabric, ice, and dye.
Recently, we started a weekly show and tell—every Monday morning we bring in something we made to show our colleagues. It might be something stitched, sketched, painted, or surface-designed. Maybe it’s a favorite old pillow that is coming out of the attic for the new season or a quilt or garment that was just finished the day before. Sometimes it’s a photo—because that baby shower someone was making something for just couldn’t wait for Show and Tell Monday!
We break for 10 or 15 minutes and gather together in our common area, sharing our projects and crafts, big and small. We laugh, we ooh and ahh, and we take time to appreciate the talents of each other.
Today, Quilting Arts Magazine Editor Vivika Hansen DeNegre brought in the washed and pressed final results of our recent dyeing party—these luscious fabrics! We will be organizing a new challenge plus a giveaway of some of these fabric so keep your eyes out for that.
|The results of our fabric-dyeing party!
Not everyone brings something every week. Some people even claim to be craft-challenged, but everyone brings their joy and goodwill to the gathering, and I’m pretty sure everyone heads back to their desks with smiles on their faces—and maybe a little bit of inspiration to start a new project or tackle the day’s tasks with renewed enthusiasm.
Do you do something similar with work mates or friends? Tell us about it.