And then she said

So I started this post the other day, having something on my mind that “she said.” I’m fairly certain it was good and funny because I’m kinda hilarious like that.  Tracy Mooney and I tried to host a GenQ Happy Hour, technical difficulties prevented the full happy hour from happening. Eh whatever…so I had a quick facebook live:

We have so much more to share, and are planning our next Happy Hour. And I’ve offered to answer machine quilting questions so please feel free to visit our facebook page and post the question there.

Several years ago I started Editors and Publishers Day, December 16th in gratitude for, well, editors and publishers. The cast of characters is long, and as the quilting world leads, I meet and interact with more of both, and learn to appreciate their skills and respect their work.

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So there’s a story here, I made Jake snort. I have to say it was a pretty dang funny moment that I will forever and a day cherish. Not to mention we were eating a great meal at Pappadeux’s.

There are moments when writing like Jake is a long term goal. She’s a good reporter, with a clear, and well developed style. I sent her copy one night to look over before I sent it somewhere, the conversation included a distinct lack of commas, and how they allow the reader to breathe. This got me thinking about how I speak as well, there is an ingrained habit of asking rapid fire questions that the listener doesn’t know which one to ask first. Often this is nerves on my part, or a distinct curiosity, either way you go. Breathing, and commas play an important role for both the writer and the listener. I can assure you writing differently would make it easier for both Jake and Melissa when I write a post for the Generation Q Magazine blog, or an article for our pages.

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We were having dinner together after Quilt Market. This was a pretty special moment that I’m grateful to have captured.

And then there’s Melissa who has two unique talents I long to develop. The first in an ability to edit the writer so they sound like more of who they are. It’s a beautiful thing being able to tweak someones writing that way. The second is an uncanny ability to see trends, of her many talents my gut says this is the one I have the greatest chance of learning from her. Well that, and better writing skills. I may have mentioned that I’d like to be Editor-in-Chief of GenQ someday.

And while I’m at it Tracy, our Senior Editor, is pretty dang talented as well. Between herding kittens, editing blog posts, writing copy for our pages, and coming up with projects for the We Sew 2. As a long time quilter Tracy sees trends, and knows a lot of quilters. She also has a gift for words so live or recorded video is fun. Together I think we keep Melissa and Jake on their toes, and occasionally doubled over in laughter. Okay, more than occasionally.

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For my part there is a lot of room for growth and I’m open to it. I’m grateful to Jake and Melissa for taking on the role of mentor to anyone on our staff. Yes, yes, I know the leading, guiding, directing, editing, and occasionally pulling the hair out is part of the “job” however, there’s something more to this mentoring. And this blogger, writer, quilter is truly grateful for their influence.

Happy Editors and Publishers Day!

Teri

Exercising Creativity

Drawing and coloring with the cousins @jacqui_r_h @cdeau2011 @red217 @farmgirl403

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I spent the weekend with my sisters, and cousins. The place we were staying in upstate NY was out of range for the my cell provider, and the house we rented didn’t have wi-fi. For a person who works social media as part of her job being without internet access was really challenging. Really challenging.

One of the things that we discovered is that we all like to color. Sunday afternoon we needed to pick up a few things, including stuff to color. For me this included a simple Zentangle set, complete with the three inch tiles so commonly used. Three of the tiles in the above Instagram pic are those tiles, the fourth is an 8 1/2″ x 11″ drawing page, much more my preferred size. I do love the Pigma Micron pens that come with the set. There are two pencils as well, that remind me of the pencils that are given when you go play mini-golf. We found coloring books, and pens/pencils at a couple of different places. I went with yet another set of pencils, and will at some point make a carrying case for them.

We are already talking about where we might go next year. Coloring will be part of that.

And then (here’s where I really missed the social media) Jake Finch wrote Notions: Quilt Magazines – Relevant or Not. You may have heard that Quilter Newsletter Magazine will publish its final magazine in October. QNM is one of the magazines I subscribed to early on. What I really appreciated about it is that the editorial took quilt making seriously. There are so many words vying for attention in my brain right now that I’m having a hard time writing! I’m bothered by the thought of yet another magazine related to our industry shuttering their doors. There are PEOPLE involved here, and for me that is the crucial thing here. There are people who are losing their livelihood as a direct result of this.

And on top of it American Quilt Society announced that the will no longer be publishing books. Again there are PEOPLE involved here. People who work in the quilting industry. People who are involved in making quilts, writing patterns, writing copy, editing patterns, editing copy, taking pictures, editing pictures.

Again there are so many words vying for attention. My heart goes to the people who are a vital, vibrant part of quilt making. People who are now looking for work. Quilt professionals who will not have their books published by this well respected publisher. I’m not sure at this moment how AQS is going to manage this aspect of the book publishing division.

I can see that the future of quilt making is bright and vibrant. However this feels very heart rending. Because PEOPLE.

PEOPLE are at the heart of quilt making. That is the essential key here. PEOPLE.

I love the people I get to work with in this industry, you are my friends, students, and customers. You encourage, and support, and help shape who I am. You, as a person, are a vital, important part of this industry. And as we move forward we will need to exercise our creativity to figure out where we go from here

Happy Quilting,

Teri

 

Generation Q Magazine

GenQ Sept Oct 2015 CoverJake Finch, Melissa Thompson Maher, Scott Hansen, Tracy Mooney, Bev Mabry, Debi Knight, Jamie Mueller, Melissa Kanovsky and me. Okay, let’s not forget our printer. Not to mention the quilters who submit projects or write articles,  and staff who have left their mark on who we are.

Every two months this group of slightly snarky (but never mean) crew puts together a magazine complete with patters, fabric lines, an adult beverage recipe, and timely/timeless articles. Let’s not forget our Nosy Poll where our readers and friends voice their opinions. We’re more of a quilting life-style magazine, recognizing that quilters live a whole life and quilting is incorporated into said life.

Our staff spans the entire width of the country from NY to CA, living in every timezone. All four of them Easter, Central, Mountain and Pacific. Weekly meetings are a must and often individual meetings one on one with Jake or Melissa. Most of us have at least one other job, or a couple of part-time jobs. And yet, somehow, with all of this going on we manage to build each issue, piece by piece, coming together, sometimes at the last minute…off to the printer and out into the world.

In-between issues there is blog content that leads back to the issue, offers newsy bits, book reviews and challenges. We’re always looking for trends, searching for quilterly modern/contemporary quilt patterns. It is amazing to me that the whole magazine comes together with our various locations and crazy work schedules.

It is also amazing that we do this without a big publishing house behind us. We are one of a few, if not the only INDEPENDENT quilt related magazine in the quilting industry. That’s right. We are independent. Our “salaries” are not paid by a parent corporation. Generation Q Magazine (subscription page) is very much like your local quilt shop. Quirky and independent, filled with great content and generous people. I like being independent, it gives us a level of freedom to be who we are and bring you great content. If you’re interested in advertising with us contact Jamie jamie@generationqmagazine.com or Melissa K melissa.k@generationqmagazine.com. The most basic ad (business card size) is $150. Jamie and Melissa can give you all of the details.

We’re getting ready to go to Quilt Market, the November/December issue will be available at Market. I’ll do the big cover reveal while we’re at Market. My backpack will be full of issues, subscription information for shops, and ad information. Hope to see you there!

Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe.

Teri

Quilterati

Lisa Calle OCQ eventI’m not usually at a loss for words related to quilting for this blog. I’m not really at a loss at the moment it’s just that the quilting world as it is in my life at this moment is refocusing and I’m slowly wending my way around the quilting world as it is for me right now. I’m starting week two with Missouri Star, which I’m loving. With new work, full-time, everything changes, including the rhythm of the quilting routine.

So the other night I posed the question on facebook, “who are the quilterati in your life?” Quilterati is a play on the word, literati, with the meaning of “well educated”, “literate”, “in the know”. Then, as the play continues, there is glitterati with a meaning of “famous, wealthy, and attractive”. I,  personally, was going for a combination of the two meaning who are the important quilt people in your life. The first time I posed the question several people said me. I thank them so very much because that means a lot.

jake laughs againPosing the question the second time yielded a richer and deeper conversation that leads me to this post. Many of the names I knew:

Kim Brunner, Jamie Wallen, Karlee Porter, Sherry Rogers-Harrison, Alex Anderson, Ricky Tims, Sue McCarty, Janet Stone, Jackie Kunkle, Marilyn Badger, Karen McTavish, Linda V. Taylor, Lizzy House, Linda M. Poole, Maddie Kertay, Joe Cunningham, Ruth McDowell, Mickey DePre, Jim Salinas, Shelia Frampton-Cooper, Jake Finch, Melissa Thompson Maher, Mary Ellen Hopkins, Gwen Marston, Doreen Speckmann, Linda Hahn, Marianne Burr, Pokey Bolton, Dee Fox Cornell, Pamela Allen, Sue Brenner, Judi Madsen, Claudia Pfeil, Claudia Myers, Lisa H Calle, Mary Wilson Kerr, Ruth Powers, Cheryl Sleboda, Lynn Krawczyk, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Sherry Reynolds, Stephanie Forsythe, Luke Haynes, Melanie Testa, Lisa Sipes, Alex Veronelli, Bob Purcell, Debby Brown, Barb Persing, John Kubinec, Joe Callaham, Holice Turnbow, Bruce Magidson, Diane Magidson, Hollis Chatelaine, Paula Reid, Paula Nadelstern, Judy Niemeyer, Kristin Girod Rodriquez, Lesley Riley, Frances Holiday Alford, Jean Ray Luray, Pat Barry, Angela Walters, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Judy Coates Perez, Tula Pink, Amy Butler, David Butler, Bonnie Browning, Pepper Cory, Diane Gaudynski, Sue Nichols, Pat Holly, Phillip Jacobs, Kaffe Fasset, Renee Brown Haddadin, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Laurie Tigner, Mandy Leins, Marybeth Krapil, Brenda Groelz, Jane Dunnewold, Shannon Hicks, Sarah Ann Smith, Karen K Stone, Myrna Ficken, Patrick Lose, Brandy Lee, Jessica Darling, Jo Leichte, Jeanne Cook Delpit, Gayle Schleimann, Bill Volkening, Roderick Kiracofe, Kim Niedzwicki, Michael Dunn, Karen Cunagin, Bert Klimas, Renee Fleuranges-Valdes, Mary Anne Ciccotelli, Anne Frascarelli, Donna Chambers, Sandra Parrott, Barbara Brackman, Pat Campbell, Tracy Mooney, Jamie Mueller, Denise DeSantis, Melissa Kanovsky, Scott Hansen, Bev Mabry, Susan Schrott, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Nancy Rosenberger, Sally Bramald, Jane Monk, Kela Weathers, Chana Charles, Rob Appell, Jenny Doan, Donna Thomas, Christa Watson, my sweetie. . . .

Debby HandiQuilter Teri BERNINAOkay so this list…it’s just a beginning. I’m not even sure I grabbed all the names listed on the fb post. Part of the point is to take a moment and recognize the people in our life who have influenced our quilting world in some way.

One of the things I see is the breadth of the quilting world right there spanning the quilting world, it’s inclusive of all types of quilting, and those in the “business” of quilting from fabric designers to editors and the “behind the scenes” people. This list includes people who aren’t in the business directly but still support and encourage.

And who are the quilterati in your life?

I’m off to work here shortly, have a great! quilterly day.

Teri

 

 

Giving consideration to organization

Several years ago I purchased this storage unit from Ikea. I love it. It’s still my favorite piece of furniture in the sewing room. When I’m workin’ it, it works well. After doing the major fabric purge it’s not as empty as I’d like however there’s still some more work to do.

This morning the idea presented itself to make one row all about my classes, one box for each one. It’ll hold handouts and samples. Each shelf will be labeled making everything easier to put my hands on.
Part of the plan over the next year is to freshen up class samples. Including making a new quilt for my beginner free motion machine quilting class. I have an idea for two simple pieced quilt top using batiks and regular cottons.
Almost every teacher I know gets home from classes and tweaks the handouts for classes. One will get an overhaul, one will get tweaked and the other will remain as it is. This part will have to wait a bit as I work on the book. The components are coming together and I’m excited to “see” this part come together. Last night on the plane I looked at chapter titles and wrote a little bit more. It’s challenging on the plane when every seat is filled and there’s no elbow room.
Speaking of getting home. . . I have to give a shout out to Southwest Airlines Customer Relations. Helping me make a change in airport based on where I was rather than where the original change was made. I’m particularly grateful since 1) I was exhausted and 2) since I didn’t know the area well at all.

And I can not Thank Jake Finch enough for making shuttle arrangements for me at 6 in the morning right after my flight home got cancelled. And to Vicki Tymczyszyn for driving me to the airport in Burbank. Having family in the area just made the whole event easier. I am so grateful!

Happy Quilting!

Teri

 

Celebrate with us!

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Like a kid the night before Christmas driving my parents nutty. And by parents I mean Jake. Generation Q Magazine made 10,000 likes on facebook. It’s pretty cool indeed. It was so exciting to get there before the end of 2014. So, we’re celebrating our fans our long time fans and our new fans and our readers and soon to be readers. We love all of you. Head on over to Generation Q Magazine and check out our celebration. Come party with us!!

Thank  you all.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, lovely 2015

Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe.

 

Teri

It’s hard to know what to write

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I can’t quite tell you how much I enjoy working with Jake, Melissa and the Gen Q crew. It’s a gift that I can’t quite describe. There were so many wonderful moments with the crew – though some key people were not able to come this time around. Tracy I hope you’re feeling better and Scott, next time dear, next time.

Spring Market gave me a different perspective on the industry; Fall Market solidified that perspective. Quilt Market is hard work. There is no way to get around it. In spite of being tired from prep and booth set up all of the vendors are just simply delightful.

Quilty people are amazing. Totally amazing. And they’re people. We ALL have our likes and dislikes when it comes to quilting and quilting people. We have natural affinities and that’s fine. One of the coolest things is that most people try really hard to get along and play nicely in the quilting world.

Quilty people are talented. We’ve known that for sure, but there’s something about Market that really brings that out.
Quilty people want to nurture other quilty people. We want to see them grow and find their way in the quilting world.
Quilty people are enthusiastic about what they do. The buzz on the floor is energizing.
Quilty people work HARD! Oh my goodness do they ever work hard.

And I’m saying quilty people because there are so many who go into driving this industry. Women and Men who work hard to bring us new products, step outside their comfort zone and open themselves to criticism and great joy. Women and Men who have a creative side, thinking inside and outside the box bringing us new technology, fabric, patterns and tools to make our quilting life easier.

Weirdly enough I’m kinda shy (I know, I know I don’t Look shy) about giving my business card to people and that’s a habit that will change! It’s not solely about me putting myself out there it’s about how I can help them. One of the funniest things that I thought during this trip, talk to me if you want to alert the media because . . . I’m part of the media as evidenced by the media ribbon attached to my badge that got me about everywhere. With that comes a responsibility to LOOK and SEE and actively observe. It also brings responsibility to be patient and gather info before telling the story of what I see. Because while a picture has 1000 words I often wonder which are the right words for that picture.

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There’s always more. More to see and hear and experience before telling the story.
The Quilt Market Story is gratitude and generosity, by far.

There will be more on the Gen Q blog soon!

Happy Quilting!

Teri