100 Issues: Celebrating Quilting Artists and their Legacies

Yes, it is true.

Quilting Arts is celebrating a milestone that many publications never reach. Later this summer – August, to be exact – we will print the 100th issue of this incredible magazine that has touched the lives of quilting artists from every corner of the world.

Quilting Arts started as a labor of love by founding editor Pokey Bolton. It was her passion for color, embellishment, hand-stitched embroidery, and art quilting that inspired her to take a risk and build a publishing business from the ground up. A visionary in this genre of quilting and a leader in craft publishing, Pokey set the bar very high for all of us who have followed in her footsteps.

I met Pokey for the first time at a taping of Quilting Arts TV in 2011.

I met Pokey for the first time at a taping of Quilting Arts TV in 2011.

Shaping our future and celebrating our past

I feel honored to carry on her legacy. With every issue (I began my editing career on issue 55) we’ve explored innovative techniques, visited intriguing studios, interviewed art quilting mavericks, and featured cutting edge show-quality quilts. The August/September 2019 issue will not disappoint, and we’re planning some special features for our readers. 100 is a great number!

Collections of 100

I can’t begin to estimate the influence this magazine has had on my creative life… but I can visually demonstrate the influence this magazine has had on my studio. Thanks to QA, I have several collections of tools and materials that have reached 100. As you can imagine, 100 magazines line my shelves. Well over 100 books (some for inspiration and others ready to alter) are scattered on every surface. If I had to choose 100 fat quarters, I’d have only scratched the surface.

Our local grade school celebrates the 100th day of school each year by having the children bring collections of 100 items and tell the story of their collections. I thought it would be fun to quickly pull together some of my collections and show what 100 means to me as a quilt artist.

Pins

Ever wondered what 100 pins looks like? Pretty unimpressive…

Ever wondered what 100 pins looks like? Pretty unimpressive…

Where would I be without pins? I don’t have 100 pins – more like 10,000 – but this little bowl represents the pins in just one pincushion. Pins keep fabrics from slipping. They secure blocks to my design wall. They show up in lots of unusual places, like between my floorboards (I now don’t walk barefoot in my studio) and behind the sewing machine. Pins are my friends… most of the time!

Pens and pencils

100 pens and pencils from my studio. Don’t worry, I have more

100 pens and pencils from my studio. Don’t worry, I have more

Gathering 100 writing and drawing implements was almost as easy as finding 100 pins. I counted 93 on my desk (not exaggerating!) and had to find the remaining seven for the photo in my kitchen. Thanks to Quilting Arts I now have a use for every drawing pencil, marker, and pen that was ever made.

Buttons

This collection of 100 buttons is just a small smattering of what’s in my studio.

This collection of 100 buttons is just a small smattering of what’s in my studio.

Button, button, who’s got the button? I must have played that game hundreds of times as a child, and my favorite button (the grapes) for that game came from one of my grandmother’s aprons. Like pins, I have many many more buttons than I’ll ever use, but I just can’t throw them away. Like my mother and grandmother before me, I save every button… it’s genetic.

Thread

Eye candy… 100 spools of thread.

Eye candy… 100 spools of thread.

When I moved to Connecticut, one of the first things I did was join an art quilting group. That first summer, I was so inspired I started building a collection of threads. This is just a small sampling… 100 spools of shiny color. How many spools are in your collection? I have at least 100 more…

I can’t wait to see the art and artistry in the next 100 issues of Quilting Arts. Pokey’s legacy continues in each issue of this inspiring magazine. Are you inspired to quilt? Subscribe to Quilting Arts so you will never miss an issue!

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