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 […]

BLOG UPDATE: February 3, 2014 Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks and to Kathy Aho in Minnesota. Please email me your address at pokeybATquilts.com so I can ship you the case of Aurifil thread! Congratulations! With Superbowl Sunday fast approaching, I’m gathering all of my materials for a day filled with quilting whilst munching on fattening football […]

It’s been a long week, but I am thankful three fantastic things happened in the last few days: 1. Bruce Springsteen released his latest album, “High Hopes!” 2. Virginia Spiegel demonstrated her fundraising prowess yet again, and with the help of fiber artists, exceeded her goal for Fiberart for a Cause and raised more than […]

I was watching The Today Show yesterday morning where they were launching their “Shine a Light” program, a year-long initiative focused on service and giving back to communities in need. Each co-anchor is choosing a worthy cause to support throughout the year, and this week they’ve been unveiling those causes. Al Roker is joining a U.S.O. tour […]

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