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Mark Lipinski Joins All American Crafts, Inc. as Creative Director

Quilt industry designer, journalist and lifestyle personality, Mark Lipinski, to develop and create new titles for respected craft and hobby industry publishing company.

Stanhope, NJ – March 1, 2010 –

All American Crafts, Inc., a leading publishing company in the craft and hobby market renowned for its strength and commitment to publishing periodicals and books announced today that Mark Lipinski, has been named Creative Director of All American Crafts combined print and online content.

In this newly created position, Lipinski will serve as Executive Editor for the Fall 2010 debut of his new concept, Mark Lipinski’s Create (. . .when one craft just isn’t enough). Create is a highly entertaining quarterly magazine devoted to the crafter and the crafting lifestyle. It’s a magazine written in the first person by Mark Lipinski and infused with his off the cuff, no holds barred humor and love of the creative spirit. Create is bursting with updated and trendsetting traditional arts and crafts projects, the latest techniques, new ideas and products, honest reviews, edgy editorial, and interesting and engaging interviews with the leaders of today’s DIY movement. Mark Lipinski’s Create is fearless inspiration for real people who love to create!

Lipinski will also take over the reigns of an existing All American Crafts title, Fabric Trends, starting with the Fall 2010 issue. Renamed, Mark Lipinski’s Fabric Trends, the content of this quarterly magazine will be greatly expanded to include quilts, as well as home dec projects and fashionable wearables. With the focus on introducing the latest fabric designs and contemporary fabric and project designers, the expanded title will be an entertaining, twist on the traditional pattern magazines.

Additionally, Lipinski has been named the newly appointed Executive Editor of, Christmas 365 magazine, beginning with the Fall 2010 issue. Christmas 365 is a quarterly publication and is the most recent addition in the All American Crafts publication lineup, debuting the first issue in the Fall of 2009.

As Creative Director, Lipinski will be responsible for the creation, development and production of various special interest publications for the company. Additionally, he will partner with All American Crafts, Inc., in the development of a more significant online presence for the company.

An internationally recognized quilting and lifestyle personality who was most recently the creator and Executive Editor of Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home magazine, Lipinski changed the face of the quilt publishing industry with his take- no-hostages approach to a quilting lifestyle magazine.

With his fresh writing style and eye toward pop culture, Lipinski had created a unique, model of a personality-driven, patchwork-themed magazine. Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home magazine was the forerunner and continues to be the standard bearer of the several copycat titles recently introduced in the marketplace and currently in development by other quilting publication houses.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Mark direct our editorial team and create new magazines utilizing his vast media experience both in the television industry and the quilting and crafting communities,” said Darren Cohen, All American Craft’s CEO. “He’s a man with a boundless creative vision with solid media experience behind him. He also has a track record of bringing innovative ideas to the table no matter what project he’s working on.”

In addition to his new position at All American Crafts, Lipinski is the designer of Mark Lipinski’s Home for Northcott fabric collections (, designer and owner of Pickle Road Studios, is the co-host of’s, Quilt Out Loud internet- based video show, the face of 3 thread collections for Aurifil thread (, sits on the Board of Directors of The Alliance for American Quilts ( and has recently signed with Berwick Offay ribbon ( as the designer for the development of special projects.

All American Crafts, Inc. publishes the finest craft, art and hobby magazines and books in the industry, including:

The Quilter

Fabric Trends

Bead Unique

Knit ‘n Style

Create & Decorate

Scrapbooking & Beyond

Paper Creations

Christmas 365

Quick & Easy Painting


Creative Woodworks & Crafts

Woodturning Design

Carving Magazine


All American Crafts, Inc.

7 Waterloo Road

Stanhope, NJ 07874

Main: (973) 347-6900

To contact Mark Lipinski:

Pickle Road Studios, LLC

13 Pickle Road

Califon, NJ 07830

(973) 347-6900 ext. 136

Here’s how YOU can jump on board!!!

EMAIL ME to discuss  your:

  • article ideas
  • project ideas
  • quilt, home dec and wearable designs
  • your new products or upcoming books (hobby. crafting. quilting.)
  • for the upcoming titles — don’t be shy! —

    If you have an idea, I’ll consider it !


    Starting today . . .

    this blog will be updated several times a week with behind the scenes updates and videos about the development of the new titles — who I’m talking with and what they’re saying!

    If YOU have news, a press release, something your creative community needs to know, I’ll publish it here!  Just email me!

    Have a question?  ANY QUESTION!  Just email me and I’ll answer it here!

    Keep coming back here for fun and information on every subject and topic under the sun!

    OR become my facebook friend!

    I’m excited to get this party started – – – –  Until next time, cupcake!   xoxom



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    68 Comments on “BIG NEWS!”

    1. Yvonne Hamilton
      March 1, 2010 at 1:25 PM #

      WOW! At last…great news! Congrats, Mark! I’ve missed you.


    2. TerryG
      March 1, 2010 at 1:26 PM #

      WOW! Congratulations! You are going to be very busy! I can’t wait to sign up!


    3. March 1, 2010 at 1:39 PM #

      Congratulations! Words are never enough when following your journey! “Only You” are the words that come to mind. With that being said,

      Please accept my award of the Golden Butterfly-
      An award given for generosity of time, sharing of knowledge, inspiration, encouragement and charitable contribution to Quilting & Fiber Art.

      Wear it if you like. It’s in my FB photo album.

      Many thanks for just being “Mark” and allowing us to follow your journey! Congrats again!


    4. Sue E.
      March 1, 2010 at 1:39 PM #

      Congrats! So glad you’re staying in NJ. 🙂


    5. Irina
      March 1, 2010 at 1:53 PM #

      Now that is good news indeed – very exciting!! Congratulations, Mark!


    6. March 1, 2010 at 2:01 PM #

      You are so in your element – YAH FOR YOU MARK! I know it will be awsome and you will enjoy the creativeness of this job! Good Luck and look forward to seeing your quarterly results!!


    7. March 1, 2010 at 2:14 PM #

      There isn’t a better person in the world for this position! Yay for you, but mostly yay for us, your loyal fans!



    8. dreamspinnercheryl
      March 1, 2010 at 2:15 PM #

      Totally wonderful!! Mark is back, big, loud, and proud! YAYY!!


    9. March 1, 2010 at 2:17 PM #

      WOW !!!! CONGRATULATIONS !!!! You certainly picked yourself up and dusted yourself off and found your silver lining !!! I think that’s really really great and an inspiration to the rest of us who need to re invent themselves ! ….and for that you deserve a bathing cap COVERED with flowers (this is a coveted award in my little group of sista friends that one must EARN ….. and you have earned it!)


    10. susan j gill
      March 1, 2010 at 2:39 PM #

      finally!! mark is back and in a great venue everyone who is creative has more than one craft that they find interesting who better than mark to wake up and tie thing together


      • Barb Sackel
        March 1, 2010 at 2:46 PM #

        I knew something big was coming along! I am just so excited for you. Imagine, taking your love for all crafts across the board and combining them in one venue!!! It’s like taking all the ingredients and making….Cupcakes!!!


    11. March 1, 2010 at 2:44 PM #

      Can’t wait to see all the changes take place. Quilting is more exciting than ever!


    12. Jackie
      March 1, 2010 at 2:50 PM #

      Holy smokes. You’re gonna be a busy boy! Congratulations on all the new projects.


    13. Sue
      March 1, 2010 at 2:57 PM #

      Yes! Glad you’re back in the Magazine business! Fabric Trends is one of my favorites, now it’ll be even better! Thanks Mark!


    14. March 1, 2010 at 2:58 PM #

      RIGHT ON!!!!!!


    15. March 1, 2010 at 2:58 PM #



    16. March 1, 2010 at 3:02 PM #

      WOW! WOW! WOW!!!! Awesome news!! Congratulations, wishing you all the best!


    17. bettina elliott
      March 1, 2010 at 3:10 PM #



    18. March 1, 2010 at 3:18 PM #

      Holy crap…I’ve never seen so much news in one press release! Good for you!!! Can’t wait to see it all unfold. Better eat your Wheaties!


    19. March 1, 2010 at 3:27 PM #

      Sooooooo exciting!!! One craft isn’t enough for me for sure!!!


    20. March 1, 2010 at 3:28 PM #

      I love it…..”when one craft is not enough”! So true! Congratulations!!!


    21. Becky Potts Baker
      March 1, 2010 at 3:35 PM #

      CONGRATULATIONS! I’m doing a happy dance! The best news in the quilting and crafting world in a long time!


    22. March 1, 2010 at 3:37 PM #

      Well that is fantastic news dude! Am REALLY looking forward to seeing more new stuff! I’m sure the Pickles will have lots of ideas!


    23. March 1, 2010 at 4:01 PM #

      Congratulations Mark. That is great news.


    24. Sara Volk
      March 1, 2010 at 4:09 PM #

      Yay, the Genuine Original 100% Mark Lipinski is back better than ever! Congratulations!!!! You done good!


    25. March 1, 2010 at 4:18 PM #

      so glad that your creative energy will take many forms now and we quilters will be more than happy to share you with the rest of the crafties out there. I for one agree, that the more creative outlets you explore…the more creative you become. This is one instance where the old adage….”jack of all trades, master of none…” does NOT apply.
      Good luck cuppie!!


    26. Janice Graziano
      March 1, 2010 at 4:56 PM #

      Congrats on your new adventures – darn it – sounds like I will probably have to get out all those “set aside gathering dust” previous hobbies and dust them off – you know scrapbooking, beading, stamping/cardmaking, ceramics, knitting, embroidery, crochet, cross-stitch, ribbon embroidery, painting and drawing, etc., etc. Oh darn, darn, darn – my husband is going to so thrilled – more stuff all over the house! You will bring so much to your new position! Are there going to be enought hours in the day? For that matter, do you sleep???


    27. JanetW
      March 1, 2010 at 5:19 PM #

      WOW. Great news Mark. I felt tired just reading all you will be doing in the coming months, again WOW. I, too, am glad you will be staying in NJ.

      I can’t say enough. Congratulations. (:-) My best wishes go with you, always.
      Janet XXX


    28. Louise DeFelice
      March 1, 2010 at 5:23 PM #



    29. March 1, 2010 at 5:26 PM #

      Congratulations!!!! What fantastic news Mark!!!


    30. CelticRose
      March 1, 2010 at 5:32 PM #

      WOOT!!!! That is awesome news, Mark! Congratulations! 😀

      I now have 2 magazines I need to subscribe to ASAP. 😉

      I love the idea of a multi-craft magazine. I hope there are projects that use more than one technique, e.g. one project that has knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and beading.


    31. Diane
      March 1, 2010 at 5:37 PM #

      BRAVO!! Ciongratulations!! Looking forward to seeing it all!
      This is welcome new for those of us who are Multi-Craftual!
      Best of Luck!


    32. Sharon
      March 1, 2010 at 6:04 PM #

      Awesome news! I have some scrapbooking thoughts/ideas/etc. to float your way – have been involved that business for 12 years and tired of the same old-same old. Talk soon!



    33. March 1, 2010 at 6:28 PM #

      BIG Congratualtions, Mark! It’ll be neat to see how you give these two publications a shot in the arm. The Quilter, especially, skews old fashioned, IMO…can’t wait!


    34. Patty
      March 1, 2010 at 6:36 PM #

      What wonderful news!! I had only discovered your magazine a couple months before you were gone!! I’m looking forward to fall of 2010 to the new magazines you will be involved with……


    35. Stephanie
      March 1, 2010 at 6:46 PM #

      Congrats Mark! Looking forward to all the new magazines and seeing your brand of creative genius in action once again!


    36. March 1, 2010 at 6:52 PM #

      YEEHAW! Where can we subscribe, so we get the first issues as soon as they are available?


    37. March 1, 2010 at 6:53 PM #

      You can’t keep a creative man down! Congrats on your new position and all the opportunities it brings for you and the quilting/crafting community. Can’t wait to see the news mags!


    38. Susan
      March 1, 2010 at 6:59 PM #

      Congratulations! Good for all of us but when will you have time to quilt?


    39. March 1, 2010 at 7:12 PM #

      My goodness, you are going to busy! Congrats on a new adventure! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!


    40. March 1, 2010 at 7:43 PM #

      Congratulations, Mark! This is very exciting news! I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!


    41. Kathy F
      March 1, 2010 at 9:05 PM #

      I’m so happy!!! Congrats and the best of luck on your projects!!!


    42. Kathy F
      March 1, 2010 at 9:45 PM #

      I’m sooo happy!!! Congrats and best of luck on your new projects!!! XO


    43. March 1, 2010 at 10:51 PM #

      Mark, sounds like you’re gonna be multi-tasking big time. That’s a lot of projects for one guy to oversee. When you are creating ideas for quilting, home dec and wearables, please keep them grounded – meaning, designs that people don’t consider cheesy or dated or would be embarassed to wear outside the home. Too many craft projects are just that – and Big Martha often leads the way with some very cheesy crafts. Please create ideas we would all put on our tabletop and be proud of. Thanks, and good luck. You’ve bitten off a whole lot. Oh, and maybe you’ll have to cut the ‘flame’ down just a teeny bit so the masses can get to know you and like what you have to say. I mean this in all sincerity – kudos on your hard work and your creative spirit!


    44. BethQ
      March 1, 2010 at 11:27 PM #

      Boy when you jump on board you really jump!!!!! Sounds like you’ll be wearing many hats. They couldn’t have chosen a better person. Good luck!!!!!


    45. Kathy
      March 2, 2010 at 1:07 AM #

      HOLY COW, MARK…!!!
      What great news for us all, but whenever do you plan to sleep and play with your “kids”..?? Don’t let yourself get stretched too thin.. we want this to be an enjoyable and good thing for you and “yours”!! Looking forward to it all! Onward and Upward!!


    46. March 2, 2010 at 3:38 AM #

      Congrats, Mark! Your were out of sight for a while, I was getting a little worried. But I had a feeling something big was coming along!


    47. Fiona
      March 2, 2010 at 4:02 AM #

      Yeah, Mark!! I can’t wait to see the new stuff come out in the market. You’ve been instrumental in getting changes made to the way the industry presents quilting. I was one of the first to sign up for a subscription to Quilter’s Home because of you and I’ll certainly be willing to subscribe to these. Thanks for all your hard work. It is very much appreciated.


    48. patti leal in florida
      March 2, 2010 at 4:29 AM #

      mark, i knew you’d come out smelling like roses tho i doubt you’ll have time to stop and smell them. it’s all a balancing act anyway. can’t wait to see your new magazines and the ones that will have your vision directing them. i wish you all success in this new venture. great going. hugs, patti in florida
      p.s. you were the only one who sent me a caring heart when my fil died many years ago. thanks again.


    49. March 2, 2010 at 5:09 AM #


      I’d love for all of the quilting/crafting podcasts to get a shout out. There’s a TON of info out there for the podcasting groupies.

      I’m so proud for you!


    50. tina holsinger
      March 2, 2010 at 4:19 PM #

      Congratulations Mark on all your projects-please post when & where us, Pickles, can subscrible to all of them so we can get first subscriptions and not miss anything. Hurrah,Hurrah for the Grandmaster Pickle! Thanks for being you and empowering all pickles with the ability to be ourselves, Tina


    51. Judy Knox
      March 2, 2010 at 11:35 PM #

      I look forward to being a Charter Subscriber to your new magazine although I am truly focused as a quilter and don’t do anything else anymore. Gave up crafting decades ago but I’ll buy your new magazine to see what’s what for a year and just to experience your sense of humor again …



    52. March 3, 2010 at 3:27 PM #

      WOW Mark, Congrats on all of your new ventures. After reading all of your new activities and involvements I think I need to go and take a nap!! Please keep your friends here at Thunder Bay Resort in mind for any editorials, etc. Thanks, **Pam**


    53. March 4, 2010 at 2:12 PM #

      Holy moly Mark! when you decided to start a new venture, you went whole pickle! My concern is that you’ll be adding other stuff to that stash of yours!


    54. Joan
      March 5, 2010 at 3:04 PM #

      Congrats! So glad to have you back and looking forward to the new magazines. I am still enjoying Quilters Home and the format you left there.
      Make sure you look after your self and do stop and smell the craft of life!
      OMG I’m poetic! lol


    55. March 6, 2010 at 5:56 AM #

      Bang-up, whiz-bang, wonderful news. Awesome! that’s what you are. Congratulations. And dare I say, it’s about time. Remember the whirly rocket ride at the amusement park when you were a kid? This is better.

      Bravo, Mark.


    56. Beth
      March 7, 2010 at 3:19 PM #

      Congratulations! I am looking forward to seeing magazines that are fun, creative, and motivating. No cookie cutters here! Thank God for that!


    57. Kim
      March 8, 2010 at 4:21 AM #

      Congratulations!! Also, have fun in Minot! It’s my home town 🙂 Why Not Minot!! Nice people and I’m sure some great quilters! I live in Madison WI now…come visit us here! Kim in Madison


    58. EdieS
      March 14, 2010 at 5:44 PM #

      Wow! My head is spinning. I can’t imagine being able to put your energy into so many areas and still come out the with the quality and humor we have come to expect from you. I’m not sure where to put my money. I’ve renewed QOL. I will check out The Quilter and Fabric Trends. I’m not much of a crafter in the broad sense and I have the feeling that is where the mother load of your energy will go. Best of luck, EdieS


    59. March 17, 2010 at 1:27 PM #

      Sweet! I’ve missed you. . .I knew it wouldn’t be long before a company grabbed you (metaphorically speaking). It sounds as if you’ll be a busy guy! I can’t wait! I don’t know whether to be more excited for you or me. . .Congratulations!


    60. Llawayne
      March 17, 2010 at 8:57 PM #

      Talk about missing someone; have been in a funk. So happy for you and all of us out here who love Mark.


    61. Pat Wade
      March 22, 2010 at 10:18 PM #

      I missed you in the last Quilter’s Home and wondered where you’d turn up again, knowing you would, of course. I can’t wait to see what the future holds. The best to you and your new endeavors.


    62. March 30, 2010 at 7:50 PM #

      Quilter’s Home magazine just isn’t going to be the same without your zany and truly fun character around! Glad you are in a bigger and better place now though! Peace and many blessings, Annie


    63. Maggie
      April 3, 2010 at 5:47 PM #

      There is a God! Congratulations, Mark! I wish you all the best with your new endeavors, and can’t wait to subscribe to your new magazines. I was a newbie to Quilter’s Home last fall, only to soon discover that you would no longer be at the helm. I was soooooooooooooooo disappointed. I would have canceled my new subscription, but since it was a gift, I couldn’t…..needless to say, I won’t be renewing it. This is just WONDERFUL news!!!!!!!!!


    64. Hilda
      April 11, 2010 at 9:21 PM #

      I just love Quilters


    65. Donna
      April 19, 2010 at 2:30 PM #

      Mark, How I have missed reading you in print. That magazine (you know which one) lost a lot of readers. I had bought it and was getting comf in my chair to read what you were up to now. What the hell, wheres Mark? I have not bought that crappy magazine since. I had to google you and find out where you were. It is great to be reading you again!!!!!!!!!!!


    66. April 21, 2010 at 3:24 PM #

      Hi Mark, I tried to follow the blog, but have been unable to figure it out. I appreciate all you are doing. Congrats on the creative director position. I love the pics of the places you go and the things you do (Kaffe). I have one of his books, but no pic. Interesting. I have requested ‘friend’ on face book. I came over b/c of Marie Bostwick, just the best writer ever. Blessings, Janet


    67. Bonita Willman
      April 30, 2010 at 11:56 PM #

      Mark, I am not a cupcake, I am the whole damn cake. Nor and I a quiltzilla, but just a common old quilter who loves your mag. I want to say that my prayers and thoughts are with you and all tha is ahead of you. Sorry, my kidney ain’t no good to ya or it would be yours. I believe in sharing. Take my unmet friend, I’ll be praying you find a good match, cause I want to get to meet you in person someday.


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