pokey's ponderings

Thoughts on Crafting a Life

Something about the term “heirloom” and Cheryl Sleboda in the same sentence seems oxymoronic. When I hear the word “heirloom” I think traditional and dainty…more Martha Pullen than someone like Cheryl: someone who works in the comic book industry, sporting bright red hair and a platinum blond streak as wide as a quilting ruler. When […]

I recently was invited to New York City for the weekend, and wanting to keep my mind occupied (more on that in a minute), I couldn’t have picked a a more picture-perfect weekend to go! x I took advantage of three beautiful days in the city, starting every day with a run through Central Park… xx …where I came across […]

I recently went to Costa Rica where I spotted this mile marker in the sand. Made me think it would be fun to make my own mile marker and stick in my front yard with the distances of all the locales I want to visit! (Except my accompanying caution sign wouldn’t warn of jellyfish but rather of […]

I recently came across a picture on my iPhone from February 2013 at my grandmother’s house that still makes me grin: three generations of women washing their faces before bed.         That’s my mom on the far left, my grandmother “Fooie” (Ruthie) in the middle, and me on the right in a […]

Since I announced my resignation, I have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of letters, emails, FB messages, and kind gestures  of support. Thank you for being so understanding and for taking the time to reach out! I am really looking forward to a bit of a break, and time to think about next steps. So as they […]

I have been incredibly fortunate the last two (plus) years to work alongside some amazing individuals who have been nothing but family to me:   x I have loved being Chief Creative Officer at Quilts Inc., but I have been giving it a lot of thought lately, and have decided to be the Chief Creative Officer…of me. Last week, […]

I got to do something pretty sweet this past weekend: hang out with Leslie Jenison and meet Tim Jenison of “Tim’s Vermeer” fame: For those who don’t know,  art quilter Leslie Jenison is married to Tim Jenison, an incredibly gifted and talented inventor who took a sabbatical from his company, NewTek, to take it easy […]

Yesterday afternoon, a few of us in the office got together to try Alisa Burke’s tutorial for making dimensional fabric flowers for wreaths for our Community Garden at Quilt! Knit! Stitch!  Here’s just a small sampling of what we made: x x Seeing my colleagues having a good time together around the crafting table, I was […]

          Fiber artist Julie Creus at La Todera generously offered  me the opportunity to re-post her tutorial for making a sakura brooch as a  project idea for our Community Garden for Quilt! Knit! Stitch! (Thanks, Julie!) I have gotten some questions about whether the fabric flowers for our community garden need […]

x Since many of us can’t garden quite yet thanks to Father Winter, I thought to share with you a blooming opportunity debuting at Quilt! Knit! Stitch! this summer:  The Community Garden  The Community Garden will (literally) be a growing fiber art installation at Quilt! Knit! Stitch! on the show floor in Portland, August 14-16, 2014 […]


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