Although we share an office with Creating Keepsakes magazine here in Bluffdale UT, she’s not the only sibling within our publishing family.
Paper Crafts is actually one of 14 different magazines that make up our family tree, with offices in Cambridge MA, Cincinnati OH, Winterset IA, and Golden CO. There are quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, woodworking, and even an astronomy magazine in our family. We also have an online quilt shop and two hard-working events groups that deliver creativity to many cities across the country.
We don’t get a chance to see the other teams very often and depend almost exclusively on electronic communication to stay in touch. It’s pretty rare when we get to put a living, breathing, creative person behind a voice or typewritten name.
After three years of not seeing any of my fellow editors from our Golden office, I had a blast catching up with them on a recent visit. And, since I’m a self-titled “crossover crafter” who loves everything from paper and fabric to beading and woodworking, I really do treasure the chances I get to see them in person so I can pick their amazingly talented brains.
I thought maybe you’d want to meet a few of these editors I’m delighted to call friends and colleagues, so let’s get started.
Beth Hayes has been with McCall’s Quilting for over 20 years. I just love chatting with her because she has a way of making me feel like I’m the most interesting person she’s ever met. And, considering where she’s been and who she knows, I know I’m kidding myself because there are at least a thousand other people who feel the same way after meeting her.
Bill Gardner is another one who’s been around for over 20 years. He can do just about anything, having worked on our former trade publications and even a jewelry special issue we used to publish. Now he’s bringing his dry humor and talent to the quilting world for Quilter’s Newsletter, and it’s always loads of fun to see what kind of left-field insight he’s going to share.
June Dudley is one of my favorite people. We’ve partnered with Quiltmaker on a creative project or two in past years, using some of the fabrics that have been created using collections that originated from patterned paper manufacturers. She’s so on the deadline ball that I’m secretly afraid to work with her, but shhhhhh….don’t tell her that.
You’re smiling, right? It’s really hard not to when you hang out with Ellen March. She’s terminally perky, and her magazines are my main sewing inspiration because the projects in Sew News and Sew It All are fun, funky, and totally approachable. She’s also the irrepressible hostess of the Sew It All TV show on PBS – this girl is a walking ray of sunshine, and I take every minute of it that I can get.
Last but DEFINITELY not least, Jen Burt is the epicenter of energy in the Golden office. I just met her for the first time (Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet are brand new to us), but in 15 minutes of rapid-fire speed-chatting I learned about possums (the ones from Australia, not the U.S.), why the shaft of a fiber can pill, and that hand-knit cashmere socks are the only way to go. I’d be happy to share those details with you, but you really should hear them directly from Jen because I can’t do them justice.
Truly, if you’re a “crossover crafter” like me, I think you’ll love getting to know our sibling publications. I may be a bit partial, but they really are the best in the business.
And Beth, Bill, June, Ellen and Jen – I can’t wait to see you all again soon!