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Note from the Editor

Rhianna Griffin

I am writing this, just like anything I do for my job, from the comfort of my home. “Comfort” being the separate office space I keep in my house—a converted garage, a place free of laundry and toys and televisions and distractions, and entirely off limits to my two rambunctious dogs. It’s me, my desk, my computer, and so many color-coded to-do lists and post-it notes that even a professional organizer might tell me to “dial it back” just a bit.

My point is that I work from home full time, and have for well over a year. After nine years working in our Houston office, I (and my family) relocated to a different area of Texas. And rather than having to sacrifice my job (a job I truly love) in the move, I was able to continue working for Quilts, Inc.—same hours, same workload, different scenery outside my window, and a much shorter commute.

People often tell me how lucky I am to get to work from home, and they’re right…I am fortunate. But I don’t really like the word “luck,” because I think it implies a kind of happenstance. And it’s more often the case that this kind of “luck” is actually the result of hard work
and dedication.

Still, that doesn’t mean I take the opportunity for granted for even a second. And the part for which I am perhaps most grateful isn’t that I get to work from home—it’s that I work for the kind of company, and the type of people, who would never force me to decide between what is best for my career and what is best for my family. And in that respect, I am lucky.

There are plenty of great things about working from home full time—less time in traffic means more time with my child, lunchtime requires only a short walk to my kitchen, and I basically work in some variation of draw-string pants (sweat, yoga, occasionally, pajama) daily.

But if there’s a downside, it’s the lack of interaction with people who aren’t…well…me. And cats aren’t great conversationalists. So, I find myself extra excited these days about traveling to work our shows. Because I know that will mean getting to meet—and talk to—literally hundreds of people. In fact, if you attend one of our shows, and notice a thirty-something, brunette woman with a staff badge who is maybe speaking a bit too excitedly, please kindly pardon her excess enthusiasm. And feel free to say hello!

Even if you don’t attend our shows, though, I would still love to “meet” you. I would love to hear your quilting story. Who taught you to quilt? What kinds of quilts do you make and love? Are you or your guild involved in something noteworthy? Have you encountered something or someone you think would be of interest to our readers? What’s going on in your quilt world?

Many of the best stories aren’t those we come across through our shows or searching the web—they’re stories that come from people who just love to make quilts. So, feel free to send me any ideas or interesting stories you have to rhiannag@quilts.com.

I look forward to reading them! And I hope that you enjoy reading this edition of Friends@Festival. From floral quilts and spring drink recipes to our Q&A with the amazing Gilbert Muniz, there’s plenty to enjoy! And we’ve also included a piece from Suzanne Labry (author of the biweekly “Suzy’s Fancy” column on our website) on Mrs. Bobbins, the comic strip inspired by and tailored for quilters.

Happy reading!

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