I wanted to be a journalist

When I was a kid, after I went through the initial nurse phase that all five-year-old girls- even squeamish ones like me- went through and before the “I want to be a lorry driver and work alone away from people” phase, I wanted to be a journalist. I signed up for the Newsround Press Pack (many real journalists started this way, does it still exist?) and promptly wrote absolutely nothing. However, I knew I wanted to write when I grew up, I just didn’t know how to find a story.

I guess I’m sort of almost there now in a very loose sense. On Friday, the latest issue of Popular Patchwork came out, edited by the new and wonderful Liz, and inside is my article on postmodern quilters. I have another article coming up as you may have read this weekend, which will be about quilt trends and in between that is one on Instagram swaps. I’m now wracking my brain for further topics to examine. I am definitely not a quilt historian, though I am going to do a bit more reading and research into it, I’m more into quilting sociology I suppose. I’m interested in why quilters do what they do and reporting the latest news, looking at patterns in behaviour and how we communicate. I guess that’s a kind of journalism. I’ve previously written about the East Midlands Modern Quilt Group too.

If you would like to read my article on postmodern quilts and quilters (which was inspired by #QuiltconReject earlier in the year) then Popular Patchwork is in UK stores now (and digitally available too). I’m a firm believer in readable content in quilting magazines, I can’t sit down with a cup of tea and read a pattern… well I could but it would be dull. Whilst having a flick through just looking at pictures of what I could make is great initially, the features are the most interesting and the most important for me, and I’m hoping there’s an audience that feels the same.

9 Comments

  1. Posted August 24, 2015 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    That’s great! I always wanted to be a writer too…..but same problem – never knew what to write about. When I started my blog many years ago, it was very personal. And then I began quilting, and people started reading it 😉 Last weekend, I was out in my car with a quilting friend who also happens to be a writer for a very prominent website here in Australia. She asked me if i would consider writing for them? I nearly crashed my car. And then I went on to give excuses as to why I couldn’t. I still haven’t made up my mind as to why I did that!! xxx

  2. Posted August 24, 2015 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Oooh congratulations!! That’s great news and serves me right for not reading my issue yet!

  3. Posted August 24, 2015 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Great stuff – I love having something with depth to read instead of all patterns – looking forward to what you come up with!

  4. Lori Smanski
    Posted August 24, 2015 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    good reading, congratulations on getting there and continuing to strive forward

  5. Posted August 24, 2015 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! I agree a quilt magazine with some readable content is a must. I can’t wait to see what else you write about! <3

  6. Tomomi McElwee
    Posted August 24, 2015 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t bought magazines for ages. Good long story and good amount of pics to inspire are hard to find. I shall look for your bits when they arrive here.

  7. Posted August 25, 2015 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    That’s so great! I’d really like to read it at some point, so will try to get my hands on it somehow (not in the UK and don’t so much buy magazines).

    I especially want to read what you have to say about trends in quilting. Personally, I feel “meh” about them. At my old job in a UK university, the lecturer in the office next to mine had a sign on the door that said “Be different,” and I didn’t think much of it at the time, but it’s become my motto of late. It’s not to say that I don’t find popular patterns or fabric lines pretty, just that I’m not going to hop on that bandwagon right away, if at all, because there’s really little creativity in it for me.

    I agree about having something to read in a magazine – there’s only so much that pretty pictures can tell, and I really want to know the story behind a quilt, a pattern, a show. I also like to see criticism of the craft; not negativity, but not just pretty rainbows.

  8. Posted August 25, 2015 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    I feel the same, i like to have articles to read. I’m going to try very hard to remember to buy this mag!

  9. Jenny
    Posted August 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Couldn’t agree more with you and your commentators – I like a written article and actually the more ‘real’ and even contentious the better! I was bought a subscription for one of the popular quilting magazines and whilst the designs are good there is nothing to get your teeth into. So I’m on the lookout for a quilting magazine that embraces modern quilting but has some great articles. I will purchase a copy and enjoy your article. Keep them coming!!

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