Ever wondered who pulls together your fave modern quilting mag month after month? The editorial team behind Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine is made up of four crafty folk who each bring their areas of expertise to the table…

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Meet the team

Lorna Slessor: Editor

What’s your job on LP&Q?

I’m the Editor of Love Patchwork & Quilting, so I commission all of the quilts, plan and commission features and columns, plan and create cover gifts and packaging, write cover lines, whip up silly videos, run our Etsy store, write newsletters, pull together our Pattern Round-ups, occasionally make samples, work with our Subscriptions team to score the best gifts (and try not to keep them for myself), look after most of the numbers and oversee all the brilliant work the rest of the team are doing.

How long have you worked on LP&Q?

Since October 2017, under various different job titles!

What do you love the most about your job?

I’m a real planner and list-maker, so it’s so much fun commissioning and organising content for each issue and seeing different ideas slot into place. I love finding new designers (or quilters that I persuade to become designers!) and giving them a spotlight in the magazine. It’s really rewarding to see their projects in print and see how excited they are when the images and issues land with them! Plus, I’m a quilter myself and get to commission all the ideas I don’t have time to make…

Who are your fabric faves?

I love Elizabeth Olwen, who designs for Cloud9 Fabrics. Her graphic, retro aesthetic speaks to me! I also have a massive soft spot for Alexia Marcelle Abegg of Ruby Star Society’s rustic printmaking style. I have a huge love of ceramics and gorgeous, neutral textures and her work combines elements from both of those.

All-time favourite LP&Q project?

An impossible question! Although I think that Krystina Hopkins’ Tie The Knot double wedding ring quilt from issue 73 is perfection.

What’s on your commissioning playlist?

Musically it’s usually artists like Fleetwood Mac, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, The Black Keys… and occasionally something like The Wicker Man or Suspiria soundtracks! For podcasts, I love The Evolution of Horror (I’m a horror film nerd, see above).

Kit Cheung: Art Editor

What’s your job on LP&Q?

I’m Love Patchwork & Quilting’s Art Editor, so I oversea everything arty. From page layouts and covers to pretty cover gifts, packaging and paper wraps, if you’re looking at it I probably designed it! I also do all of the styling and art direction for our quilt photoshoots, constructing room sets in our studio and making all the quilts photo-ready.

How long have you worked on LP&Q?

Nearly 5 years!

What do you love the most about your job?

I love styling the quilts and seeing how they translate to photography. It’s so much fun seeing the creativity of all the quilters we work with and really making their designs stand out.

Who’s your fabric fave?

The fabrics that Minki Kim designs for Riley Blake are always super cute!

All-time favourite LP&Q project?

I loved the finished quilt from Wendy Chow’s Setting Suns Block of the Month series.

What’s on your photoshoot playlist?

Happy by Pharrell Williams – it’s such a feel-good song!

Sophia Cano: Production Editor

What’s your job on LP&Q?

I’m the Production Editor, which means I’m lucky enough to have my fingers in many, many pies. I proofread patterns in both their raw form and after they’ve been laid out as magazine pages, I write the names and bylines for all the lovely projects in the mag, I interview a bunch of fascinating quilters, I plan and write up our news pages along with regular blog posts for our website, plus I handle the digital side of things by pulling together our digital editions, creating all our social media posts and answering all your messages on our socials and email (now you know where to find me!).

How long have you worked on LP&Q?

One wonderful year!

What do you love the most about your job?

I love my job a lot, so this could take a while. If you know any editors in your life, you’re probably aware that we’re massive grammar nerds, so one thing I love is the satisfying act of tidying up a project and making it look neat and read more clearly. I also love that I get to be creative, coming up with silly names for quilts (is there such a thing as too many puns?) and writing stories about all the wonderful things going on in the world of quilting. Plus, I get to meet tonnes of amazing people who are just as passionate about sewing as me – what more could a girl want?

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Who’s your fabric fave?

I go crazy for a cute little illustrative print fabric in pretty pastel colours, so I’d probably have to go with Kimberly Kight from Ruby Star Society. Tomato Tomahto is an absolute fave collection of mine (both the fabrics, and the name!)

All-time favourite LP&Q project?

It has to be Satomi Hoar’s Rainbow Blast quilt from issue 112. Those little rainbow blocks bring a smile to my face every time – I’m forever excited to see what Satomi will design next!

What’s on your proofreading playlist?

For more simple tasks like admin, I love to have some chilled indie pop on in the background – recently I’ve been really into TV Girl and Declan McKenna. If I need to go into deep concentration mode though, I have to opt for music without any lyrics, and that’s when the Bridgerton soundtrack comes on (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it… it’s amazing).

If you're wondering why Sarah's picture looks a little different to the rest of ours: she was enjoying a lovely, sunny holiday at the time of this photoshoot! She doesn't usually reside on a quilting ruler.

Sarah Griffiths: Senior Technical Editor

What’s your job on LP&Q?

I’m Love Patchwork & Quilting’s Senior Technical Editor, and I’m responsible for checking that all the patterns are mathematically correct and are easy to follow for quilters of all abilities. I check and work up templates, draw up illustrations to accompany the patterns, help to plan cover gifts, and design and test any templates and tools we have manufactured.

How long have you worked on LP&Q?

Since it launched in 2013!

What do you love the most about your job?

I love designing cover gifts and seeing the final templates and tools that I’ve created when they come back from the factory.

Who are your fabric faves?

I’m drawn to ditsy prints and pretty florals, so naturally, I have a full stash of Liberty prints at home! I also have a large collection of Lori Holt patterns that I need to use all of these prints on… one day.

All-time favourite LP&Q project?

I’m totally biased, but I’m really proud of my Paws + Pluses Block of the Month series from issues 75-85. It’s a great skill-builder!

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Authors

Sophia CanoProduction Editor, Love Patchwork & Quilting

Keen crafter and editing aficionado Sophia loves to keep tabs on the latest trends in modern quilting and work with leading quilt designers worldwide to produce top quality content for Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Sophia feels at home in the crafting community, having successfully run an indie biz on Instagram (@sewphiacano) selling hand-embroidered hoops, t-shirts and tote bags alongside studying for her degree from UCL in History of Art & Philosophy and running her university magazine as editor-in-chief. When she’s not busy editing, she’s probably embroidering at home, snuggled up in a jumper knitted by her abuela, or a blanket crocheted by her mum (evidence of her lineage from a long line of amazing crafty women).

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