The June/July issue of Quilting Arts Magazine is here and it is my first complete issue--I joined the team in February as Assistant Editor.
Putting an issue of Quilting Arts together is both complicated and exhilarating. There are proposals to review, planning meetings to attend, reams to read, and contributing quilt artists to communicate with. This last might be my favorite part. As a longtime fan of Quilting Arts, it is a thrill to interact with people I've read about for years or are just discovering and--here's the really best part--see their quilt art up close. It's like attending a private mini quilt show!
And the readers who enter our challenges are so much fun to work with. They are fans as well as talented artists, and their stories are alternately incredible, funny, serendipitous, and poignant. This past issue, I had the pleasure of telling reader challenge contributor Beth Markel that her quilt was going to be on the cover of the magazine. Needless to say, she was thrilled! She wrote, "I don't even know how to process this--sometimes sitting in my sewing room I think that quilting can be such a solitary art, I don't even know if anybody else will like what I'm doing ... and then you do this ... thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm so honored and humbled, truly."
|Here I am holding the galley proofs for the June/July issue of Quilting Arts, right before it went to print. Beth Markel's lovely work is our cover art for this issue.
We work diligently here with a small staff and we are proud of what we do. When the magazine finally comes back from the printer, everyone takes a moment to page through it, to appreciate and admire everyone's contributions. And I feel grateful to be a part of creating such a great magazine--and secretly pleased to see my name in its pages!
If you've ever thought, "Gee, I'd like to get my quilts in Quilting Arts," check out our submission guidelines. You, too, might get to experience the thrill of seeing your work in our magazine.