Quilters are a generous group, always looking for a way to use their talents to support a worthy cause. Recently, I interviewed three artists whose kindness, caring, and generosity is reflected in the work they do for others. One of them was Pokey Bolton, the founder of Quilting Arts Magazine.
|Pokey Bolton's fabric postcard featuring two of her pets.|
In our interview, which is featured in the October/November 2013 issue of Quilting Arts, we chatted about Quilt Festival's Pet Postcard Project. The fabric art project is entering its second year raising funds to support Friends for Life, Houston's premier no-kill animal shelter.
Vivika: Pokey, I've always admired your passion for art quilting and love for animals. It is no surprise that your "pet project" is a pet-inspired fundraiser benefiting a no-kill animal shelter in your hometown of Houston. How did you get involved with Friends for Life and why did you start the Pet Postcard Project?
Pokey: When I moved to Houston in 2011, I was surprised by the sheer number of homeless animals I found wandering the streets, most of which were not spayed or neutered. I was also saddened to learn that there are so few no-kill shelters in the area where these animals could find assured safe haven and the security of a future in a loving home. So when I discovered Friends for Life and how it was trying to expand its influence in the city of Houston, I knew I wanted to somehow help.
Vivika: Last year you announced the project with the ambitious goal of raising $10,000. Hundreds of quilters responded to your call for art, and the fundraiser was an incredible success. Thanks to the generosity of quilters and animal lovers, you more than doubled that goal. It must have been an incredible feeling to see the outpouring from the quilt community.
Pokey: It was, and receiving nearly 1,000 fabric postcards from quilters around the globe, which all sold before the close of the show, was incredibly gratifying. We will be hosting Quilt Festival's Pet Project not only at this fall's 2013 Quilt Festival in Houston, but also next year in 2014, so we hope that everyone reading this interview will make a pet-themed fabric postcard! This year's goal is to raise $40,000.
|Pauline Salzman uses easy fabric art techniques
to make these pooch postcards. You could whip up
a bunch in an afternoon.
The deadline for submitting your postcards is October 22. You can get all the details on Pokey's blog.
Animal-themed postcards are not required, but are encouraged. You can learn how to capture your pets' fun and loving personalities with the easy fabric art techniques Pauline Salzman teaches in her video Fabric Postcard Pets, now available on Craft Daily.