Modern Machine Quilting DVD Blog Hop: Day Eight

Where to start with today’s blogger? I was looking through my photographs and I came up with this one…


It’s Pokey Bolton, with her editor, Quilting Arts Magazine hat on, not quite sure what she should say when confronted with my most excellent friend Sheila, strutting her very best Hawaiian costume at Surviving the Runway, Quilt Festival Long Beach 2008 style!

Pokey moved on from Quilting Arts and Interweave Press to work for Quilts Inc. as Chief Creative Officer. One of her many innovations was the Open Studios areas. Who better to learn from than Pokey herself? Here she is, before the show opened, all set to go!


When Festival returned to Rosemont in 2013 I volunteered to work in the studios. After that Pokey asked me to record some slots with her, on what turned out to be her last season of Quilting Arts TV.

Here we are, ready to make some English paper pieced hexagons.


I recorded four segments that were aired for the first time in the spring this year. This is African Folklore Embroidery as seen on my own TV screen…


And that started the ball rolling… and now I have my own DVD!

Pokey has moved on again. She has launched a new business, Crafting a Life LLC, and is busy building an artists’ retreat center in Napa, California. She is traveling back and forth, getting things going, celebrating the season and much, much more so I owe her a very big “Thank You” for taking part in the blog hop today. I hope Pokey enjoyed the DVD that she was so instrumental in bringing into being.

Read what she has to say over at her blog and then take the time to write a quick comment back here. You could win a copy of my DVD! (Due to the high volume of comments I’m giving away two) Here’s the list again so you don’t miss out.

Monday 15th December:        Faith Jones
Tuesday 16th December:        Bonnie Hunter
Wednesday 17th December:   Cheryl Sleboda
Thursday 18th December:       Maddie Kertay
Friday 19th December:            Svetlana Sotak
Saturday 20th December:       Julia Wood
Sunday 21st December:          Laura Wasilowski
Monday 22nd December: Pokey Bolton
Tuesday 23rd December:        Susan Brubaker Knapp
Wednesday 24th December   ME!

Just two days to go. Hope you’re having fun.


  1. patty said:

    Pokey always has something interesting on her blog!

    December 22, 2014
  2. Beth T. said:

    Isn’t Pokey’s nephew a cutie? He deserves a great quilt and I’m sure Pokey will come through!

    December 22, 2014
  3. Linda ross said:

    Great idea for the walking foot, easy to use and look forward to seeing your designs.

    December 22, 2014
  4. Pam Post said:

    I am dying to know how to do spirals with a walking foot..the *other* directions I could figure out, but the spirals have me stumped! :0

    December 22, 2014
  5. Sue Ames said:

    This would be a great book to use. I would much prefer to read then do, even though I should be practicing. Would love to win one.

    December 22, 2014
    • Sue Ames said:

      OOPS! meant watch DVD to watch then do. this is what happens over 69 yrs. Dah

      December 22, 2014
  6. Mary said:

    Akways enjoy Pokey’s updates. I really struggle with my walking foot – things shift, etc. It’s time to learn the right way of doing things. Would love your DVD.

    December 22, 2014
  7. Whiskers said:

    I’m sure her godson will be thrilled with his in-progress quilt when it gets the “Pokey” touch. I would be thrilled to win one of your DVD’s. I was working on a project yesterday, wondering how you would do it. I wasn’t very inspired.

    December 22, 2014
  8. carolyn montgomery said:

    this book sounds amazing, hope i win.

    December 22, 2014
  9. Jacklynn Grimm said:

    Spirals with a walking foot? I could really use some guidance on that! Thanks for the give away! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

    December 22, 2014
  10. Theresa Wagner said:

    Can’t wait to try your ideas and get working with my walking foot.

    December 22, 2014
  11. Shelly Dandy said:

    I would love to learn to wuilr with my walking foot! Currently I send everything “bigger than a breadbox” out for long-arm quilting. Would love to make a larger quilt entirely myself’

    December 22, 2014
  12. Catherine McIntyre said:

    I have some simple place mats in progress. Would love a DVD to help with the quilting. Have learned how difficult a seemingly “easy” straight line can be, so look forward to learning new techniques.

    December 22, 2014
  13. Shelley Parham said:

    I enjoy your blog! I’m sure the DVD would be very useful.

    December 22, 2014
  14. Wanda said:

    I would love to learn how to use my walking foot. I would love your DVD. So many things to learn and help learning how to do them!!!

    December 22, 2014
  15. Ellen Ban said:

    I need to get to know my walking foot in 2015 and get some tops quilted!

    December 22, 2014
  16. What a great subject for a book! Sometimes simple is just right. I sure hope I win a copy, Catherine. I hope Pokey shows us the results of her walking foot quilting.

    December 22, 2014
  17. Lisa Rigsby said:

    I have tried the walking foot but don’t really understand what is is doing. I would love learn about why and how, esp. spirals.

    December 22, 2014
  18. Karen G said:

    I want to learn how to use the walking foot for quilting. Pokey is excited about am I!

    December 22, 2014
  19. Tracey said:

    Would love to learn more about using my walking foot! I confess I’ve been intimidated by it, so it’s time to dust it off and get quilting! This DVD sounds like the perfect inspiration!

    December 22, 2014
  20. Barbara B said:

    PoKey told me about your DVD –I need it! Thanks for the chance to win!

    December 22, 2014
  21. Cecilia said:

    I enjoyed ready Pokey’s review. I could use some help using my walking foot as well.

    December 22, 2014
  22. Barbara Stinson said:

    I’m ready to learn more about the “plaid matcher” as we used to call it….long ago!

    December 22, 2014
  23. Bev Gunn said:

    Still waiting for the drawing-hoping to win so I can get some quilting done now that I have out the walking foot is for more than piecing batting!

    December 22, 2014
  24. Helen Fox said:

    You have such wonderful quilting friends who have all reviewed your DVD and commented so enthusiastically. A clever way of blog hopping . . . introducing these friends with all their creative ideas too. I have enjoyed reading all the blogs and wanted to say ‘thank you’ – a grand idea! I know I have left a comment previously but just wanted to extend my thanks . . . .and if I won a DVD that would be a bonus.

    December 22, 2014
  25. June said:

    More excitement with each review! Looking forward to seeing more! Thanks for the chance and good luck!

    December 22, 2014
  26. Sandi said:

    I really hope I can win a copy of your book as there is so much to learn about quilting with the walking foot.

    December 22, 2014
  27. quiltzyx said:

    I’d love to learn how to do more kinds of quilting with my walking foot! I’m looking forward to seeing how Pokey quilts “plaid” into her godson’s quilt.

    December 22, 2014
  28. Marloes said:

    Looking forward to learn about the walking foot

    December 23, 2014
  29. Hannele said:

    I’d love to read more of using walking foot the way you do!

    December 23, 2014
  30. Debi Winchester said:

    I tried too early to see Pokey’s blog so went back again today. Love that she mentioned about “masculine” quilting lines. I am sure that her little nephew will love his new quilt. I am hoping that I will be one of the lucky winners of your new DVD!

    December 23, 2014

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