I've been quilting since 1989 when I was a mere 21 years old. Ahhh yes, the good ol' days of youth, fun, freedom....oh save yourself the calculations, I'm 42! So anyway, I've been totally sucked in, gaga, crazy over quilting ever since then! I taught quilting at a local shop for over ten years and loved every minute of it. Quilting 101 was my most popular class. It was soooooo much fun introducing others to the joy of quilting and watching them become fabric addicts too! I mean hey, being an instructor and having others to blame your addiction on is fabulous!! (Still can't believe hubby fell for that one!)
In 2006 I opened my shop, The Raspberry Rabbits. Initially I opened the shop as a creative outlet from my stressful job in custom home building. A place that I could sell my patterns and art quilts and a way to share with others, as well as, a way to raise money for rabbit rescues. I have been in love with rabbits since I was six. I have two rescue rabbits that run free in my studio and use a litter box. Cool huh!
In April of last year, with the housing market going down the toilet, I was laid off from my construction job. However, being the positive person I am and with the support of my husband, David, I looked at it as the next chapter in my life beginning. The Raspberry Rabbits is now my career.
Okay, enough about all that, blah, blah, blah. Let's get on with it! My style tends to be "elegant folk art." It's the two sides of my personality. The interior decorator and the crazy bunny lady! Here are a few examples.
I also love doing stitcheries as I find stitching incredibly relaxing and portable! I carry Valdani floss and am a designer with them. I looooooooooove this floss! These are a few of my stitchery patterns.
Then, it's also so much fun to mix stitchery and quilting!
I am truly blessed to work from home in a studio with two fuzzy assistants. Occasionally I can get them to actually "assist" with something.
Here Sir Walter Harrington (Harrington for short) pulls fabrics out of the cupboard for me to audition and then gives me his opinion on what he thinks will work well together.
Most of the time though there is a lot of this... (Sugie)
and this going on!!
Of course I also catch them whispering to each other about the boss!! Naughty bunnies!
It is so hard to find good help these days!
Sharing with people, bunnies, and story telling are as big a part of my life as quilting and stitching. My Blog is a blending of all. In fact, today starts my New FREE BOM stitchery series called "12 of Hearts!" Each month on the 12th, I will give you a new free heart pattern on my website. But, there's more! On my blog I also have a giveaway! Don't ya just love a giveaway?!? Leave me a comment here and hop on over to my blog too...
The Valdani 3 strand floss we are using this year!
I do hope ya'll will hop by and visit with me and the bunnies! It's been so much fun to be a guest blogger here! Thanks again Madame Samm!
May each of your days be fun, magical and full of love! So glad to meet you!
xx, shell, sugie and harrington