pokey's ponderings

Thoughts on Crafting a Life

UPDATE: Congratulations to Adele-loving Kathy Schermerhorn! You won the fabrics, and I will email you for your shipping address!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I sure did…starting Friday night when the Boston police caught Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown, MA. Alive.  What happened in Boston is just surreal to me, I know this area very, very well, and to think of terror like this happening so close to home, I had that same awful pit in my stomach I had during 9/11 when there were two planes out of Logan. I don’t think I was alone in crying tears of joy and relief that it was over this past Friday night, and hopefully we can get some answers out of this guy for why he and his brother would intentionally cause such incredible hurt and angst on what was to be a celebratory day.

At any rate…it was a gorgeous, sunny weekend in Houston, and on Saturday afternoon I unpacked my supplies from the Cincinnati show and washed my monoprinted fabrics I had created in Open Studios.

my fabrics

They don’t look like much now, but I have some ideas for cutting them up into 4″ squares for hand stitching, much like Linda McLaughlin’s work that you can see here.

As it is Monday and the start of a new week that I know will be so much better than last week, I thought it was time to give some fabric away!
How about this little stack:

Fabrics for orange giveaway

Just answer the following question and I will randomly select a winner in the next day or two.

Question: I am always on the hunt for new tunes to listen to while in my studio. What are you listening to now?

Me? I added a new tune to my playlist this weekend that I heard on satellite radio, and it feels pretty appropriate as we triumph over such a senseless act and take back the spirit of Boston and the marathon…



Love you, Boston!


111 thoughts on “A Very Maudlin-Free Monday, Indeed (& Fabric Giveaway!)

  1. Lois Johnsen says:

    I am on a Bon Jovi kick… Love the fabrics. Thank you for the opportunity!

  2. Becky Greene says:

    I think Mumford & Sons is great music to sew and quilt along with. I agree with every word of your post – here’s hoping for a very slow news week!!! Thanks for the chance to win this happy fabric bundle.

  3. robin says:

    Michael Card or Fernando Ortega. Or talk radio.

  4. Betty Ruth Boyett says:

    I like listening to modern gospel and country. Sometimes big band sounds.

  5. Sheila says:

    I’m learning to play ukulele (so much fun!), and I’ve just downloaded music from the always amazing Jake Shimabukuru, specifically his album Peace Love Ukulele.

  6. Sue says:

    I lov lov Annie Lennox ,,, not new but I know all the words ,,, if I win I will do a video ,,,

  7. Shelly S. says:

    I listen to a bit of EVERYTHING when I quilt – from Sarah Brightman to Smashing Pumpkins. My preference usually depends on my mood and time of day.

  8. Well, I love Jim Brickman for pure instrumental music that both calms and energizes me all at the same time. But I really enjoy listening to a couple of Christian Artists. J.J. Heller and Mia Koehne. Just discovered Mia and have just about played holes in her latest CD.
    Love the fabrics!

  9. Mary Ann says:

    My playlist is full of bits and pieces but I always love Mindy Gledhill, her album Anchor is wonderful and TED talks, always something new to learn. Cute fabrics too, thanks for opportunity, it’s going to be a good week!

  10. Lela L says:

    Patsy Cline is always good in the quilt room. Just the right rhythms, especially when machine quilting.

  11. Tish Reed says:

    As corny as it sounds – right now it’s Abbas Greatest Hits. BTW – I heard the song you posted some time ago and loved it the minute I heard it.

  12. Debbie Rhodes says:

    Michael Buble… Rod Stewart ‘s albums with classic’s like stardust… etc..

  13. pam biswas says:

    Hallelujah. I like instrumentals and mostly classical or “wordless” instrumentals to listen to. It allows the right side of the brain to take over. (or hopefully not go to sleep)

  14. Sandra Baker says:

    I am listening to the ukulele of Jake Shimabukuro. great music!
    Sandra in SC

  15. Kayla says:

    I like the lumineers and imagine dragons right now :)

  16. Jean Baumert says:

    I’m an old lady. My go to music is Credence Clearwater Revival, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler and the newest added is the non rap songs of Queen Latifah.

  17. Joanie Hoffman says:

    Beausoleil, Cajun at it’s best! Thanks for the give away!

    1. Chriss says:

      LOVE Beausoleil. Fine Cajun sound.

  18. Terry says:

    While we try and shake last week off, we can’t pretend it didn’t happen, but we can be thankful for fresh beginnings and hope for tomorrow. And a giveaway is a fun way to begin any week! I love listening to The Avett Brothers! Have you ever? They’re fun and super fun live!

  19. Dixie McIntyre says:

    After all the tv news I have been watching, I am listening to the birds out back and some plain ole peace and quiet!

  20. jqluo says:

    I like Michael Buble or Jason Mraz songs

  21. Joann Farley says:

    It may be my age, but I like that old-fashioned Rock & Roll! Great fabrics!

  22. Kathy Schermerhorn says:

    Adele all the way. Unless it is Classical.

  23. jlbogaard@comcast.net says:

    Dear Pokey,

    Love your blog!!  I finally got back to my quilt room yesterday to have my sister help me make a crib skirt for my grand daughter.  We enjoyed listening to our old favorite rock-n-roll bands from the 70′s and 80′s.

    I hope I am lucky enough to win the beautiful collection of fabric in today’s post.

    God Bless Boston and all its citizens!!

    Loretta Bogaard


  24. Jan in SoDak says:

    I frequently create new stations on Pandora depending on my mood – I find a lot of new and interesting artists on it that I normally wouldn’t stumble across. Avett Brothers and Modest Mouse are also favorites in the quilt room.

  25. Kathy Heaverlo says:

    I LOVE this fabric! I am not in my sewing studio… I’m in PT REHAB. just haD double knee replacement. I’m listening to a CD Called SPA DREAMS and embellishing a quilt with some Swarovski crystals. Have a great day!

  26. Kris says:

    Right now I LOVE LOVE LOVE Lady A’s “Downtown” song YOU can’t get it out of your head.

    1. Chriss says:

      Agree with you on that!

  27. Pat V. says:

    I tend not to listen to music in my studio, but when I do it is usually something classical. Never lived in Boston, but am so glad they found this suspect so quickly!

  28. Cheryl Morris says:

    Andrea Bocelli and Lady Gaga today !!

  29. nell says:

    Lately I’ve been listening to Spyro Gyra. They are fantastic! Their style is so versatile. Soothingly ethereal one minute and wild and jazzy the next. So good.

  30. Ali M says:

    I’m listening to the album “Love” from my favorite band, Cloud Cult. And thank you so much for the giveaway, I did NOT buy all the prints in that color line somehow!

  31. bonnie says:

    I am listening to ole Elvis music.

  32. Sylvia says:

    Carry on my wayward son by styx just came on the radio! But anything by Boston would certainly be a good choice this week

    1. Sylvia says:

      I have to edit, I misspoke, It is Kansas not Styx! I know better. ;)

  33. Laura says:

    My music tastes are all over, but I’ve recently been listening to broadway showtunes.

  34. delanequilts says:

    David Wilcox

  35. I have many artists I listen to while I quilt…right now vacillating between Playing for Change:Songs Around the World, Mika:Life in Cartoon Motion, and IZ:Somewhere Over the Rainbow…(that’s Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)…it is impossible not to be happy while listening to these artists…

  36. Helen Stavely says:

    Mid-day news then the ‘Country Hour’ (not country music but stories of agriculture)and after that the classical music with interviews on ABC radio national. Thats down under here in Australia.

  37. Sandy says:

    Bowie’s newest album, The Next Day.

  38. Bach – the baroque classics always make me feel like I’m in a movie and the soundtrack is playing.

  39. Becky Ensinger says:

    Mostly gospel music.

  40. Eleana Zeits says:

    I love of listening to Carol King, James Taylor, Carly Simon.. You get it, those easy going songs that still have a beat and message.

  41. Diane Wyatt says:

    Friday night I went back in time and rediscovered the 1939 original released Kate Smith version of God Bess America.

  42. Amber W says:

    I can’t help but listen to show tunes while I sew– something about creativity breeding creativity. :) My favorites are Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, My Fair Lady, and Wicked. I also like listen to songs covered by the cast of Glee.

  43. Laume says:

    I listen to Pandora usually and have been tuned into The Decemberists and The Weepies channels. Also Faun, a German folk rock band.

  44. Donna R. says:

    Listened to some Dan Fogelberg this weekend while sewing!

  45. Pam Mosher says:

    I love the peace and quiet of living on a farm. I’m listening to my chickens & ducks discuss the tasty bugs they are finding in the yard.

  46. Sue Kaminske says:

    I always have the 60′s on even the car…just my thing!

  47. Linda Ross says:

    Some Jamaican music at the moment, it always makes me happy. My nephew turned me onto Augustus Pablo, Alton Ellis etc., Spotify has a great radio station, love the beat, some sunshine a little breeze- now where is my drink!

  48. Judy U says:

    Just the sounds around me inside and out love to hear children at play and the birds.

  49. Debbie Berkebile says:

    I am love with the rock and roll oldies – listening to Bob Seger!

  50. Linda Carter says:


  51. Susan C says:

    I like to listen to good instrumental music when I need to concentrate but most of the time I love good old classic rock that I can sing along with.

  52. Karen Barkley says:

    I love to listen to our local christian radio station while quilting. Can always use more fabric and you chose some beautiful fabrics for the give away.

  53. Deb Tener says:

    Has to be ZZTop or Aerosmith..love it when Steven Tyler sings “Sew this way!” (Wait.. Maybe that ‘s what I sing!). LOL

  54. Theresa Garza says:

    Listening to the local country station, trying to win concert tickets!

  55. Kay Price says:

    Wicked Strong! That’s Boston! I love listening to contemporary Christian radio on Pandora. Selah station is one of my favorites.

  56. Bev Weis says:

    Usually put on one of my fave CD’s, but am now trying out listening to books on CD.
    Love to do those things while my hands are busy sewing, quilting, embroidering. Great give away fabrics!

  57. I’ve discovered The Piano Guys. You MUST check out their vids on Youtube or on their web: http://thepianoguys.com/

  58. Peggy says:

    I like the sound of Viking metal to get me in the mood. Crazy as it sounds, it gets me motivated to work!

  59. Kathleen Frye says:

    I am stuck in the 70′s. I have to listen to Neil Young’s “After the Goldrush” daily!! I am trying to expand my music horizons and am now listening to “Florence + the Machine” and Lana del Ray, and Kate Nash. Gotta stay away from Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, etc….I am 60 yrs old and keep forgetting that. I usually watch/listen to Netflix while sewing and surf on my ipad. I am currently working on my postcards, mug rugs, and ATC for HOUSTON’S INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL. A bus load of Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild is going. Six are going from my St. John’s Quilters charity group.

  60. Gwen W says:

    I often listen to classical music (Cincinnati has a great classical public radio station – fabulous music, no commercials).

  61. claire says:

    I usually turn on Pandora on the computer. That way I get a “shuffle” of my favorite groups ongoing.

  62. quiltchik says:

    Usually when sewing I have to listen to New Agey or Celtic music…I LOVE Kate Rusby and Enya….however housework or my outside job requires more classic rock…I saw people suggest Pandora…its awesome!

  63. Michele T says:

    I’m listening to The Rolling Stones!! Thanks for sharing a great song and a new artist for me – very inspirational!

  64. Chriss says:

    KT Tunstall: Eye to the Telescope. This is my go to CD when I need to get my energy moving. Big Black Horse and a Cherry Tree. Singing along. . .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQmDUEv939A

  65. Cheri While says:

    Zac Brown Band – FREE! Free as we’ll ever be … we’re so blessed to live in America.

  66. Cheri Matson says:

    Now that Spring has arrived, the windows are open and I’m listening to the birds sing! That’s all the music I need.

  67. I can’t wait to see what you do with your fabrics!
    I’m a classical music fan but my ipod has an extremely wide range of music, hip hop, country, rock, oldies, jazz, etc.

  68. kdeverett1 says:

    Mumford & Sons and Lindsey Stirling.
    Monoprints look great~!

  69. It’s gotta be rock and roll from the 60-70s!

  70. Gina Stemmer says:

    I often listen to recorded books when I’m piecing or doing straight line quilting. Adele, Mumford & Sons, and the soundtrack to Wicked are some things I listen to when FMQ.

  71. Karen G says:

    Lately I have been listening to Lionel Ritchie’s Tuskegee CD! Love it!

  72. I love to listen to Jack Johnson, Eric Clapton, and others mixed into my ipod. Love your fabrics

  73. Becky H. says:

    Pandora ZZTOP STATION, it has all kinds of great music :’)

  74. Maria L. says:

    Iron and Wine (the earlier stuff), Spa Radio on Pandora, or my local NPR classical music station!

  75. Donna R. Miller says:

    I usually listen to an audio book or the televison which my wonderful husband put on the wall for me!I liste

  76. Judy Fowler says:

    I’m enjoying The Racketeer by John Grisham. Love the combinations of fabrics!

  77. Ellen says:

    Lately, I’ve been listening to loads of audio books – but when I’m not listening to those I’m listening to Bjork. She transports me to a magical world!

  78. Pamela says:

    I feel so sad for all the hurting people in Boston. I usually like to listen to George Winston, Jim Brinkman, and other new age pianists (Pandora picks them for me) but last week that soothing music seemed sad, so I switched to Bach and Handel (great for machine quilting!). I’m enjoying reading everyone’s suggestions here. It will definitely expand my musical horizons! Thanks for the giveaway! That fabric is awesome!

  79. Jackie Sorich says:

    Dear Pokey,
    You are a dear woman with a huge heart. We are all hurting for the lost lives and terrible injuries, and another loss of a feeling of safety. The world is a very challenging place. I wonder if we ever will get answers to this and to other sad,sad tragedies that have happened here and throughout the world.
    As those little quotes go we need to be brave and carry on, practice kindness, and pay attention to the world around us.
    Thank you for your lovely art work and your kindness.

  80. Carol C says:

    My favorite new music find is Steve Martin and Edie Brickell! I have liked them both individually but would never have thought of them playing together!

  81. racheal Robinson says:

    The Beatles unplugged :)

  82. peggy says:

    JOURNEY!!!!! always and forever .. with Steve Perry

  83. Wendy says:

    I have a couple favorites to listen to while I’m sewing: Laura Viers, Johnny Flynn and St. Vincent.

  84. barbara woods says:

    I have my favourite songs on my keypad and I play them all the time

  85. Gisela says:

    i am listening to Flogging Molly — the Speed of Darkness

  86. quiltzyx/sue says:

    Red Solo Cup by Toby Keith!

  87. Renee G says:

    My latest favorite is The Ash & Clay by the Milk Carton Kids.

  88. Debbie S.k says:

    Sound track to Mama Mia! Thanks for a chance at those wonderful colors of fabric.

  89. Laura M in Washington :) says:


  90. Normajean says:

    Usually it’s country music that I tune into.

  91. Juanita says:

    I am listening to David Benoit on Pandora on my IPad.

  92. JaneE says:

    My daughter just introduced me to the group Drop the Lime and their album, “Enter the Night”.

  93. Deb says:

    I love listening to George Winston when I sew….his touch on the piano is so soothing and nice to sew to.

  94. Sherry Von Fumetti says:

    I’m so sorry but I rarely listen to music throughout the day. I enjoy the peacefulness and hum of my machine purring. However, I was super excited to hear Stevie Wonder last night on DWTS. All of his tunes are soothing yet complex.

  95. tinarathbone says:

    Try Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, “original Recordings” 1969. The San Francisco sound wasn’t all crazy feedback and rock. Thanks for your lovely writing on Boston.
    Tina in San Diego

    1. Chriss says:

      Dan Hicks is one of my all time favorites. . . “How can I miss you when you won’t go away?”

  96. Alex says:

    Cute fabrics!! :)
    I listen to Taylor Swift, lol

  97. Annie says:

    Thank goodness for Pandora. They make my music selection mindless. Still enjoying Mumford &Sons though!

  98. Florence Dupuis says:

    Classic country

  99. nhquilter says:

    Anything by Bruno Mars…Annick hates him, I love him!

  100. Edie says:

    Hotel California in Spanish by the Gipsy Kings.

  101. Amanda A says:

    I love listening to classical music – it relaxes me! Vivaldi is a favorite :)

  102. Beth T. says:

    Steve Earle has a new album that I think is going to be good. I’m mostly hearing previews right now on various public radio shows.

  103. catskillquilter says:

    Listening to some old Simon and Garfinkel…

  104. Stacy Alfano says:

    Anything that makes me want to excerise! I need motivated!

  105. Angela H. says:

    I like to listen to the Mama Mia soundtrack. It is so catchy and fun to work out to!

  106. Vicki Zale says:

    Artic Monkeys : Do I wanna know?

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