Editors and Publishers Day

Welcome to the 2017 Edition of

Editors and Publishers
Day
16 December 2017

This day started a few years ago to honor the editors and publishers who work so hard to make the publishing world go round. As a writer please accept my assurances that a good editor will hear the voice of the one writing, offer suggestions, and make an author sound more like you.

As a now infrequent writer for magazines I’ve had the pleasure of working with:
Jake Finch, Melissa Thompson Maher, Tracy Mooney on Generation Q Magazine

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Pokey Bolton, Vivika DeNegre, and Helen Gregory with Quilting Arts

me on set with pokey and crazy hair

Kathie Stull (producer) KS Productions (so many sewing/quilting/craft related shows)

Amy Marson, Gailen Runge, Roxanne Cerda, Lynn Koolish at C&T Publishing.

Vicki Anderson, and Kit Robinson Meander Publishing (Machine Quilting Unlimited)

These are the ones that come to mind as I write.

I thank you all for you dynamic impact on the quilting world.

With Gratitude,

Teri

 

The Whoopie Pies were good and then

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Tracy Mooney and me in Pittsburgh

No sewing this week. Under the needle sits the quilt started last week, that has a due date quickly approaching. I’ll probably finish binding on the plane to St. Louis in a few weeks. Perfectly normal, I tell  ya. So why no sewing?

My brother and I made plans to meet for lunch on Friday. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the City. Part of me misses going, part of me not so much. So I get my patootie out of bed, and pulled something in my low back between my hips. The stars were so beautiful. So very pretty, something to capture in a quilt pretty. I made it into the City and did a little bit of walking around finding the location of Candy’s Quilting. Once Candace and Charles get closer to opening I’m going to go in a do a facebook live and show everyone the cool digs.

Thankfully my brother was a little later and my very slow walking was completed before he arrived. We had burgers and a beer for lunch. Good burgers at Schleppers on 23rd. We talked a bit of business related stuff. He’s wicked smaht.

So rather than sewing, which I wanted to do, I’ve been reading the next book in the Outlander Series. Thanks Jake. So this afternoon, after not being able to stitch over the weekend, I’m heading to the sewing room and getting some stitching in. Watch my instagram later for a photo or two.

Coming soon

Character Builder: Enjoying my Work

Character Builder: Enjoying my Work

B 780 back inside of project

Every time I look at this piece of dupioni I see a dancer, depending on the distance sometimes there are two. Human imagination allows us to look at what is there, see something vastly different that what is intended, and develop our sense of play. This piece started with the feather motif in the middle, stitched out in Superior Twist. There is a certain style of feather that was eluding me, so this started life as a practice piece, and eventually became a clutch.

When exploring new quilt motifs using different weights, and types will help us develop a sense of what something will look like with whatever it is we want to use. This exploration adds to our library of knowledge in a way that develops our understanding of how things work. The more we allow ourselves to explore what this fabric, thread, batting, machine, needles will do, our quilting will become more consistent. We will be okay with the character of our quilts, and essentially the character of who we are as quilt makers.

Melanie quilting full view

I’m going to pause our normally scheduled blog and share this link to a CBS Sunday Morning website. Melanie Testa, and several other women share their breast cancer stories, the story of mastectomies, and opting to remain flat, unreconstructed after.
Cancer touches so many lives in so many ways.
Each person unique in how they deal with it. My uncle fought as long as he could, my dad gave over to it; Melanie  chose to remain flat, Jake will have reconstructive surgery later.

 

And now back to our regularly scheduled program:

metallic happiness

While quilting Tilde I had an epiphany: cotton thread is grabby. I had cotton thread in the bobbin, was stitching with metallic thread on the top. The tension problems were not resolving no matter what I did, so I changed the bobbin thread to polyester, readjusted the tension and voila! no more tension problems. The grabby nature of the cotton was pulling the metallic thread to the back.
This wee bit of knowledge was added to the classes as lots of us want to use and struggle with. Knowing that using polyester in the bobbin solves the tension issue is priceless. I generally use a non-cotton batting.

I’m certainly a quilty character. #charactercounts

Happy Quilting!

Teri

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