I’m new to the QNM staff and I thought I’d introduce myself here on the blog.
My name is Kelly M. Smith and I started on September 20th as Senior Editor. I moved to Colorado from Michigan, where I’ve lived for the past 13 years. I had less than three weeks’ notice about the job, but thanks to some incredible friends (Hi Ami & Rob! Hi Chari!) I was able to get packed and on the road in plenty of time to drive out here and find an apartment. My friends helped my husband get the house painted and cleaned and ready to be sold (I hope!) and really made it one of the most painless moves I’ve ever endured!
So far I feel like I haven’t worked a day! Being surrounded with smart, funny, creative women, beautiful quilts, and luscious fabrics, and having a view of the Rocky Mountains really makes the days fly by!
Our “work” such as it is, consists of doing things that I’ve done on my own in the past. As the former National Quilting Examiner for Examiner.com I wrote and edited articles, interviewed quilters, reviewed books and tools, and talked about anything and everything quilt related. I get to do the same things here. Our meetings often involve oohing and aahing over new fabrics, threads, gadgets, and books, which we then get to review for Staff Picks in the magazine. They often devolve into laughter and storytelling too, but that’s another topic.
Since starting the job I’ve been informed that:
- I have to design a block for an upcoming issue,
- I have to design a quilt for an upcoming issue,
- I can take home a giant stack of fabrics to play with, and
- I have to go to the Houston Quilt Market.
Woe is me!
(Okay, not really!)
So far the most tedious part of the job is photocopying the quilts for later reference, but if that’s the worst thing I have to do all day, I’ll count myself lucky! I have had much more tedious tasks at other places!
For those who don’t know me and would like to find out a bit more, you can check out my blog RedHeadedQuilter or follow me on Twitter where I tweet as QuiltinRedhead. My tweets have been sparse since I got the new job, but I hope to remedy that once I settle in here.
I look forward to meeting our contributors and getting to know our readers. Thanks for keeping QNM going strong for 41 years thus allowing me the chance to do this!