We are pleased to announce the addition of a new editor to our quilting magazine team! Tricia Patterson started her work with McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts magazines, among others, about a week ago, and we had a chance to sit down with her and ask her a few questions. Please join us in welcoming Tricia to the family!
Q: How long have you been quilting? What got you started?
A: [gulp] It’s hard for me to grasp; I’ve been quilting for forty years! I made my first quilt to celebrate the birth of my first son. I’ve been making hand-stitched quilts for special family occasions since.
Q: What quilters have influenced you the most?
A: My grandmother immediately comes to mind. When I think of her I have a picture of her sitting at her treadle machine producing an endless number of basket quilt blocks. My sister and I sat on the floor beside her as she taught us to embroider on a tea towel in between blocks, the first of many handcrafted projects under her guidance.
Marie Webster wrote the first book I purchased about quilting. I was fascinated by the history and tradition. Many legendary quilters have influenced me: Eleanor Burns, Jenny Doan, Fons and Porter, Alex Anderson, Carol Doak, Libby Lehman, and Ricky Tims. I’ve also learned a lot from a few crossover quilters, in particular two women who are generally considered textile artists however include quilting in much of their work, Judith Montano Baker and Heather Thomas. And more recently, I’ve been studying the work of Tula Pink. I love the personality she brings to quilting.
Q: How did you find out about the editor’s job, and what was it like to apply and be hired for it?
A: I’ve dreamed of working in the quilting industry for many, many years. Over the last eight years, while living in Colorado Springs, Colorado I applied for several jobs at F+W Media, hoping I could work remotely from home, and travel the 1 1/2 hours necessary to get to Golden to work on-site several days a week. That didn’t work out. My husband and I moved to Golden last December. After the first of the year, while searching on-line to learn about the job market in the area, I discovered the Associate Editor job. I debated sending my resume, thinking I wouldn’t have a chance, and finally decided to just go for it. It wasn’t long before I received a call to interview. I was elated when I finally received THE CALL offering a job. What an awesome opportunity! I’m really excited to bring together my career as an instructional designer and project manager, and a lifelong passion for quilting and fiber arts, to the Quilting Community at F+W Media!
Q: Do you belong to any quilting groups?
A: I do not belong to any quilting groups right now. Since moving to Golden I have started volunteering at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.
Q: What’s your sewing space like?
A: At the moment my quilting and sewing supplies are stretched between one bedroom in our temporary apartment and five storage units. (Oh, I should add, these units also hold some household furnishings.) I am looking forward to finding a home that will include a space similar to the glorious space my husband and son created for me at the old house in a converted one-car garage. It was heavenly.
Q: Do you have any quilting helpers?
A: I frequently turn to my family for quilting help. My husband has a great eye for color, pattern and fabric. I reach out to him often to get advice or validate an approach I’m taking. Both of my sons have given me lots of ideas for quilts over the years. My youngest lives closer so he gets the opportunity to be more involved with design. I’ve reached out to my oldest son many times to help solve some tricky math calculations for my quilts. And, I reach out to my daughters-in-law for all sorts of things, such as naming a creation or getting a second opinion on a design I’d like to create. I’m trying really hard to groom a couple quilting helpers from 4 grandchildren who like to spend time in my studio.
Q: What other activities besides quilting do you love?
A: I love creating mixed media textile art with traditional quilting as a foundation. I also knit, crochet, and read (I’m really into cozy mystery and crime novels.) And, of course, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog Abby, and children and grandchildren every chance I get.
Thanks so much for answering our questions, Tricia. We look forward to working with you and seeing your quilts in progress!