Introducing Pokey Patch; Giveaway!

I’d like you to meet a little friend of mine. His name is Pokey and he’s the newest character in Quiltmaker‘s Patch Pals Collection. Isn’t he adorable?

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Pokey Patch, from Quiltmaker Sept/Oct '11 (No. 141), designed by Denise Starck and QM staff

I’ve always been fascinated by turtles. If you peer at their little heads, they look absolutely prehistoric! It’s kind of weird but it’s so interesting.

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I love how the piecing on Pokey’s back mimics the shell of a real turtle. I love the photo below—even the colors are similar to Pokey’s!

Green turtle shell Introducing Pokey Patch; Giveaway!

I grew up next to the Elkhorn River in northeast Nebraska, and we had lots of snapping turtles around there.

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Common snapping turtle

They were the size of a dinner plate or a platter and they could bite your fingers clean off! I feel certain, however, that Pokey would never bite you, so it’s safe to make him for your favorite little person.

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Beary Patch, Quiltmaker Jan/Feb '11 (No. 137)


So far the Patch Pals have included Beary Patch,

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Quack Patch, Quiltmaker March/April '11 (No. 138)

Quack Patch,

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Ruff Patch, Quiltmaker May/June '11 (No. 139)

Ruff Patch,

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Purr Patch, Quiltmaker July/August '11 (No. 140)

Purr Patch,

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Pokey Patch, Quiltmaker Sept/Oct '11 (No. 141)

and now Pokey Patch.

One of the most enjoyable parts has been coming up with the names for each little Pal. My favorite name of all is Ruff Patch. Because who doesn’t love a happy, friendly pooch, and who in life hasn’t sometime hit a rough patch?

All of the Patch Pals are made with simple piecing: many squares and half-square triangles plus just a handful of quarter-square triangles. And for the easiest project ever, try one of our convenient Patch Pals kits.

Beary Patch Kit
Quack Patch Kit
Ruff Patch Kit
Purr Patch Kit
Pokey Patch Kit

Leave a comment here by midnight Monday, August 15 telling us which Pal is your favorite and we’ll pick one winner to receive a complete Patch Pals kit—any one of the kits so far, your choice!

From Denise: Thank you to everyone for commenting – we are so happy that you are enjoying the Patch Pals Collection. Our randomly selected winner is: Patria Flowers. Check your email for a message from me and we’ll get your kit out to you!

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You might enjoy this post where Denise played around with the interchangeable borders.

See all of the Patch Pals together.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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253 Responses to Introducing Pokey Patch; Giveaway!

  1. Nannette Ranzini says:

    My daughter’s sorority mascot is a turtle, I think I will make this for them to hang in their DZ house at Southern Illinois University.
    Go Salukis!!!

  2. Annette Barron says:

    I also have a fascination with turtles and fish designs! :)

  3. k says:


  4. Karen A says:

    I’d have to say the Ruff Pal is my favorite. I like the kitty, but mine is brown, grey and white, not orange!

  5. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Ruff Patch has to be my favorite – though it was really hard to choose. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Linda says:

    I love them all but I think The Beary Patch is my fav. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome kit.

  7. Denise Mc says:

    Oh, I love Ruff Patch the best! I am a big dog lover. This pattern could be done in different fabrics to simulate any dog someone likes. My second favorite is Beary Patch, just love teddy bears.

  8. kathy h says:

    All of these animals are so cute. My favorite is the purr patch because he looks like my daughter’s cat.

  9. Marie Dusing says:

    Purr Patch with Ruff Patch a close second. My daughter showed cats for 4-H and would be thrilled to have a cat quilt!!

  10. Susan Rizzi says:

    I loved the turtle pattern. It was so funny to open my magazine when it came and see that pattern featured because I had just been thinking that I wanted to look for a simple turtle pattern to use for a baby quilt for my nephew and his wife when they have their first baby. My nephew collects turtles and that patttern will be perfect for them and easy enough for me because I don’t do applique!

    Thank you for reading my mind before I even knew what I was thinking!
    Susan R.

  11. Barbara says:

    Do I have to choose just one? As an animal lover, I love all of them,

  12. Laurel A Palmisano says:

    It is so hard to choose which of the Patch Pals I would select as my favorite. I have worked in cat rescue for 20 years and would love the Purr Patch – but then I baby sit for a little girl that was adopted from China last year by a couple in our church. The Panda patch would be a wonderful gift for her as she moves into a toddler bed. I plan on making several of these – winning a kit of one would make that task a whole lot simpler!

  13. Maxine Mullins says:

    I like Ruff Patch best. The bandana and spot over the eye are just too cute. (P.S. I’m new here. Is posting a comment here what I need to do to enter the contest?)

  14. Diane Moore says:

    Beary Patch is my favorite. I love teddy bears.

  15. Betty says:

    I really like Purr Patch, he is such a happy cat. I really like his colors and I would love to have my name drawn for the kit. Thanks, Betty

  16. Norma Carter says:

    I’d have a really hard time deciding on any of these. Could you do a pig next?

  17. Marilyn S. says:

    It would be fun to make the Pokey patch quilt.
    Thanks for the chance to win one!

  18. Fran Raabe says:

    Beary Patch is my favorite = but I love them all as well. It was hard to pic from Beary Patch and Ruff Patch, but I really love the colors used on Beary Patch.

  19. Judy says:

    The bear is adorable — gentle enough for a little girl. However since all I have are grandsons, I’ll have to say the turtle would fit perfectly into our family!!!

  20. Brenda Messner says:

    I’m a sucker for dogs and cats, however, the cat gets my vote this time because it’s orange which is my teenage daguther’s favorite color!

  21. Dorothy Reitsma says:

    My favourite is the Beary Patch as he reminds me of a teddy bear I had as a child. My
    youngest grandchild would love him. Dorothy

  22. Bev B says:

    Being a dog lover and owner, Ruff Patch is my favorite. He just looks so adorable with a scarf around his neck.

  23. Lynn D in NC says:

    I love Pokey the best, but they are all so adorable. The kids in our family would love them all.

  24. Dawn says:

    I’ve always loved turtles, too. They just great little creatures. Ther are several
    ponds near our house and we see them often sitting on logs or sunning
    themselves on rocks. Thanks for a chance to win this sweet kit!

  25. donna says:

    They are so cute. Will make adorable gift quilts.

  26. WYO Di says:

    POKEY! So cute, although I should say RUFF as I have a new grandson, but then again his room is decorated like the BEARRY PATCH.

  27. Mary says:

    I like Pokey Patch. You mentioned “prehistoric,” we just finished teaching our Sunday School class about Noah and the ark and all the animals came, 2 x 2. Wouldn’t that be a nice wall hanging for the class to see. One of God’s creation represented in a quilt.

  28. Sandy A says:

    My favorite is Ruff Patch. Love that he has a “patch” over his eye! Pokey sure is cute though….. Love the colors used on him and the shell back is too cute!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Debbie Landt says:

    I love Purr Patch but Pokey is my second favorite! Any child would love having them!

  30. Tammy Flannigan says:

    Our turtle is Clyde the Glide a ringer for your pokey. But my favorite is Ruff patch

  31. Carol Lavallee says:

    My favorite patch is the Teddy Bear; however, I think they are all really cute.

  32. Cassie B says:

    I love the pokey the turtle but, would not mind doing them all for a baby’s room.

  33. I love them all but I would like to make Purr Patch for a very special friend!!

  34. Patria Flowers says:

    If I was going to pick a kit for myself I would choose the Purr Patch kit because I love cats but if I were to win this giveaway I would want a kit I could make for my grandson who is 3 1/2 years old. For him I woiuld choose the Pokey Patch. He is all boy and I remember my brothers bringing home turtles and building an enclosure for the box turtles. My brother was also very lucky not to have been bitten by the many snapping turtles he caught as a child. This way I could give my grandson a turtle that won’t bite him or escape.

  35. theresa campbell says:

    I would love to have Pokey. I collect turtles. I have all kinds of turtles. At one time I had two live turtles my son left me when he join the Navy. I had to release the to the creek nearby, they got too big to care for. Anyway, I would like to make another turtle quilt.

  36. Dorothy says:

    It is very hard to choose a favorite but i have chosen the turtle. It is very colourful and yet realistic.

  37. Rita F. says:

    It’s hard to choose between the duck and the turtle patches. They’re both adorable. I may have to round up my magazines and get started! I have a granddaughter for whom they’d be perfect.

  38. Amanda Thompson says:

    They are all adorable and it’s difficult to say which is my favorite. I think the Purr Patch kitty wins top billing for me. All of them are such cheerful quilts and would brighten any child’s eyes with a smile.

  39. Kathy says:

    I haven’t made any of them yet but they are all so adorable. But I think my favorite one is Beary Patch. There is just something about bears.

  40. maria hewitt says:

    are your competitions open to us Brits here in the UK? your magazine is much better than any we have over here, and you have a much better range of fabric too. I love the bright colours of purry patch (colours that wouldnt suit me in clothes!)

  41. Carol Hupp says:

    My sons loved turtles and we had pet turtles in our house. We were hiking in southern Illinois at the Garden of the Gods when we came across new turtle hatchings. My boys were hooked on turtles from then on. They are very easy to take care of. We even had a pet turtle lay eggs in her pool. Quilting brings back memories of the times we had with our kids enjoying life. Now we do it with our grandchildren, passing on the family history of living life. We make beautiful blankets called quilts to bring indoors our anuimals. The animals quilts look easy to make and I would love to win a kit.

  42. Terry Sams says:

    I like the dog best also as I am a dog lover, but I would be happy with any kit. I have 8 grandchildren and lots of nieces and nephews. They all love to get quilts.

  43. Barbara Bier says:

    I love Ruff. I especially love black around his eye. He s so cute.

  44. Tara A says:

    Pokey is my favorite!

  45. Lori Kepley says:

    I just love the kitty cat! These cute patterns are adorable and would be perfect to make any toddler or young child smile in delight. They would also grace a nursery wall with smiles of pleasure. The pattern seems to go together without lots of fuss and give perfect (purr-fect) results. love them all!

  46. I think QUack Patch is my favorite! Thank you!

  47. SewLindaAnn says:

    Pokey Patch is by far my very favorite. While I do love the others (how could you not) I think it’s cool to see something different than the cuddly creatures. Bring on the lizards, toads and tree frogs!

  48. Kim A. says:

    No matter what comes and goes, the Beary Patch will ALWAYS be my favorite!!!

  49. Chris says:

    I think Purr Patch is my favorite but I love them all. So cute!!!!!!!

  50. Madeline says:

    I would love to win the Ruff patch kit, because I am such a dog lover. I really love all critters, but my dogs make my day.

  51. Mary Ann Bell says:

    I like the pokey turtle best.

  52. Deb Adams says:

    They are all really cute and the decision would be tough; however, I have so many friends with Cats that I would probably choose Purr Patch first so I could make him/her for gifts but, then, look at getting the rest of them. How cute would the entire set be??!!

  53. Gina says:

    Of course I love the turtle. Two of my children live in Hawaii and the sea turtle (honu) is special to the Hawaiian people. After seeing them live there in the ocean, I can see why! I would love, love, love to have the turtle kit. It’s adorable and special to me.

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