pokey's ponderings

Thoughts on Crafting a Life

My proudest accomplishments: Being a special needs teacher, founding Quilting Arts Magazine , Cloth Paper Scissors, and being founding host of Quilting Arts TV on PBS.

Fun stuff.

I’m working on my next gig, and it will be fun, too.

I hope you stay tuned.

Pokey Bolton

40 thoughts on “About

  1. All the best on your new adventures!

  2. Line Rondeau says:

    Happy to see you resurface in social medias. I’ve been with QArts magazine since the beginning and owe you (and your ex-colleagues of course) a lot for introducing me to the wonderful world of art quits.
    I wish you all the best in this new venture. Quilts Inc is very lucky to have such a dynamic CCO!
    Line from Montreal

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Line. I am still very close with my QA peeps so I will be sure to pass along your kind words to them, too.

      1. Suman says:

        it is interesting to me that my inasntt associations with Modern are open, clean, simple, can be boring which describes parts of yours, but not really. Yours look simple until the moment I stare at them, and there are layers and layers of depth and meaning. And yet, what I love about your quilts is that looking at them makes me happy. Contemporary feels like a reasonable descriptor, since they are made right now, but I think it won’t be terribly useful term to describe them in 20 or 25 years. Although Modern has some of the same time-line issues, doesn’t it?

  3. Kay Price says:

    I have seen you on tv a couple of times. My local PBS station is not very faithful in airing quilting/sewing shows (and yes I have contacted them) Hope they air some more of you! My favorite thing is watching a quilt develope from the first block to the end! Good luck in Houston. One of my favorite cities – I visit my sister there several times a year and have attended seversl quilt shows there.

    1. Thanks, Kay. If you come to the Quilt festival this fall I hope you’ll introduce yourself to me!

  4. Robbi says:

    I was thinking about you yesterday. I rode my bike to the quilt shop, and listened to “Born To Run” there and back. I have an iPod case that has a built in speaker and I throw it in the basket on my bike. So I can listen to music and still hear traffic. And sing along when there is no chance anyone else will hear me.

    I don’t have a dog to put in the basket, so I have the iPod case, and my iPhone for emergencies and a little bag that holds some money for my fabric and will then hold the fabric, and a lock for my bike.

    1. Someday we will have to go bike riding together. ;)

      1. Frank says:

        Hi VictoriaI enjoyed your story of Sarah and her quilt. You have a very nice voice for rneidag stories. Thanks for your pointers about overcoming perfectionism. I’m going to print them out and hang them up in my sewing room.Colleen

  5. Nita says:

    Boom-crash! There went my comment off into the thunderstorm ether. Try again. So glad to find your blog again. It’s gonna get hot in Houston, be prepared!(Lived in Austin area nearly 20 years.) I like your furniture/house pictures, Louie, of course, and now Clarence! Kitty pic? With no TV on purpose here in NW Arkansas, I’m collecting QATV DVDs for my fix. Love seeing you with all the great guests and ideas. IQF is so lucky to have your creative spark and energetic curiosity. Have a wonderful time in Houston!

    1. Thanks for the sweet comments about QA TV! And I am looking forward to the hot weather in Houston! ;)

  6. Mary E says:

    Pokey! I’m so excited that you are here in Houston! I love my city! I’m curious about the hotel furniture. Are you able to share where you got the chairs from? They are so cute!!!

    1. Ismail says:

      I’ve finished UFO’s this year–I didn’t think I would have any new ones to start off the year, but may have one–a quilt I just srtetad! But……I have not only finished UFO’s this year I’ve finished (up to now) everything else that I’ve srtetad, so in that way, I’ve become more efficient and learning to enjoy the ‘finishing’ process. Not worried about those which are not finished; they await their turn and I’m looking forward to a good, quilty year next year!Brenda

    2. Mary, I am so sorry for just seeing this question! I got them at Southwest Surplus off of I45. Here is the website:http://swsurplus.com/

      1. Mary says:

        No worries! I just now saw your response!!! Wow! I’m ashamed to say that I’ve lived in Houston 45 years and I didn’t have a clue about this place. You’ve been here maybe 6 months and you taught me something about my city!!! A big Texas thanks!

  7. Sharon says:

    I have never felt the need to be finished. My UFO’s are just works in poergrss. I love picking up something days,months, years later and re-interperting the direction I want it to go. I too, pick up orphan projects to add to my TO DO someday list.For me I just don’t write my ‘waiting pile’ down. I started a top eariler this year, just dug it back out last week and worked on it for a bit, and now I have another distraction that is getting more attention.I am just now quilting my Celtic Knot from last year. btw- I have 4 friends that want to do this as a group project after the holidays. Looks like I am going to have two beautiful quilts from your pattern!!- be good cheryl

  8. Hayrunnisa says:

    Hi, Congratulations on your new job! Several of us at Stashbusters Yahoo group are disappointed that McCalls web site no logner shows the Spring Splash quilt pattern. Will it be returned to the site? Thanks,Betty M.

  9. Robbi says:

    Is it me or are half the comments in this thread out of context?

    1. Yes, I see that! I will contact WordPress…

  10. Nancy Crouch says:

    I just learned that you are living in Houston. Are you and your husband no longer in charge of Quilting Arts? I have enjoyed and learned so much from your publishings and shows.
    Nancy

  11. Kimber Becker says:

    Pokey – we met last night in front of Tailgaters – have family for dog call me – Kimber 832-893-0726

  12. ingrid says:

    just passing through..can you tell me the color of paint on your living room wall? I love quilts!

  13. Regina Dunn says:

    Hi Pokey, I’ll be attending the festival this year. It’s my first time at a big quilt show. I have ATC’s to trade. Will there be a booth to do that?

  14. Debra Miller says:

    Pokey,
    I am a lover of Quilting Arts! I get so much inspration and knowledge from your show! Thank you.
    When I read your Bio and learned you love thick juicy novels, I knew I had to share one of my fave authors with you. Diana Gabaldon, and her Jamie and Claire Fraser series. Diana’s books are usually 3-4″ thick! She keeps you turning the pages, book after book. I hope you look her up. She has a website. Dianagabaldon.com.

  15. Киринцева Елена says:

    Приглашаем к участию в международном проекте лоскутной мозаики!,который пройдет под названием “Тихая моя родина” в рамках празднования Дня города Вологды 29-30 июня 2013 года. Хотелось бы с вами связаться и передать положение (документы) о данном проекте (kirintceva@mail.ru)

  16. Debra Miller says:

    Pokey, your Ponderings are not in English!

  17. sndnsea says:

    Pokey, I just had to tell you { and you probably know already!} that QATV is finally on the Create
    channel Tuesday and Thursday in the Boston area! Finally finally! Boston misses you and
    wishes you well!

    1. No, I did not know! Thank you for telling me!

  18. Edna Hedrick says:

    Pokey I watch your show all the time. Could you please comment on the show 1106 and the presser feet shown by Libby Lehman. I would like info on the quilting roller foot that was shown. Where this foot can be purchased and other details. Thank you hedrick1093@comcast.net

    1. Celia buekel says:

      Hi Edna. I just saw show 1106 today and went online to get info on those feet as well. I saw your post and was wondering if you found them. Thanks,
      Celia Burkel

  19. Pete says:

    Try the Moth Radio Hour on public radio. Best stories ever.

  20. Dena says:

    Hi Pokey! Hope all is well with you. I just pieced my first quilt and couldn’t help but think of you.

    Warmly,

    Dena

  21. TOM says:

    Pokey,I never would of guessed you were a Soprano’s girl! You have good taste!

  22. Linda Smith says:

    do you have instructions for making the pet post cards?

    1. Hi Linda, yes, I do. Visit this blog entry and you will find some basic instructions: http://pokeysponderings.com/2013/09/30/how-to-make-pet-postcards/

  23. Sandi collins says:

    Hi I really enjoy the magazines and tv segments, I am only off work 2 Saturdays a month and really look forward to my morning shows. I’ve enjoyed the international quilt festival and the class opportunities.too bad it won’t be in Cincinnati this year and hope it will return in the future. Best of luck in your future endeavors.
    Sandi collins

  24. Sue Ames says:

    I am so sorry to see you leave Quilting arts TV. I watch it on Create TV and just noticed that the 1400 series you aren’t there. good luck and I will miss seeing you on TV

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