Hello! My name is Pokey Bolton and I am the Chief Creative Officer at Quilts, Inc., the company that puts on all of the International Quilt Festivals and Markets (among other fun, quilt-y endeavors like Quilt!Knit!Stitch!). People have been asking me what “Chief Creative Officer” means exactly, and it means what it says: I am in charge of helping launch creative ventures for the company, for example looking at current successes and also exploring new opportunities, all of which mean for exciting stitch-, quilt-, and fabric-filled times ahead. I like to get into trouble…good, stitching trouble!
A little bit about my background: I hail from Quilting Arts/Interweave where I founded Quilting Arts Magazine in 2000 and co-founded Cloth Paper Scissors with John Bolton in 2004, and I am still the host for Quilting Arts TV on PBS. Before that, I was very involved in the field of education. I have a Master’s in Intensive Special Needs from Boston College and was seeking a PhD. from Boston University when art quilting took over my life. To this day I very much miss working with children, so when I see a child or group of children at a quilt show, I am hard pressed to not abandon whatever I am doing so that I can walk the show with them and listen to their observations.
A while ago I moved to Houston to a historic neighborhood called “The Heights” from Boston, Massachusetts, and share my domicile with a sundry of rescue animals including two dogs and a kitten named Khaleesi (for all of you George R. R. Martin fans).
Besides quilting, doting on my animals, or listening to music, I love a well told story, whether it be a novel or the latest season of “Downton Abbey.” I also really, really love being outside, and riding around my neighborhood on my bike with my smallest dog in my bike basket.
Over the past year I have discovered the great culinary finds in this city, so to keep the pounds off, I try to run…a lot. I’ve been cooking quite a bit recently, and I’m a little obsessed with my latest kitchen gadget–a slow cooker. My guilty pleasures are wine and tart desserts like lemon bars (or the taco salads they have at the Quilt Festival in Houston).
My very favorite activity is being home, holed up in my studio with my pets at my feet, sewing or screen printing fabric while watching a DVD.
If we haven’t met in person or corresponded, I hope we get to some day soon, and you’ll say hello to me so we can talk. And if we are old friends, let’s keep it that way.
Yours in stitches,