Friday, April 15, 2011

PSA and Design Inspiration

Well hellooooooooooo again from The Raspberry Rabbits!
I'm Michelle (Shell) May and I'm delighted to be invited back by Madame Samm to visit with ya'll again!

"That just means she didn't make too big a fool of herself the last time, or Madame Samm was really hard pressed to fill this slot." ( editors note...you were a delight and that is why you are back...and never hard pressed for guests like you) wink..

Alright Harrington and Sugie, enough of that. It is sooooooo hard to find good employees nowadays! So anyway, I am often asked where my inspiration comes from when I'm designing a new quilt or stitchery pattern. Well I'm inspired by lots of things like sayings, music, bunnies, but a big part of my inspiration comes from the fact that I suffer from "PSA." What in the world is "PSA" you ask?
Why it's Paint Swatch Addiction!

Yes indeedy, I have a major addiction to Paint Swatches!! It comes from years of working in custom home building and decorating houses. I can't go into a home improvement store without loitering in visiting the paint  department. I know I'm probably on the security camera with my pockets bulging from swatches! Over the load speaker you hear "Code B in the paint department." That means the crazy bunny lady is back again! hee,hee,hee, just kidding...maybe ;)

Just like decorating a house for a client, I use the same principal for my quilting and stitchery designs. First I have to have a color story to build around. From there I start sketching some ideas. I also taught Quilting 101 for ten years and would have my students use this same method for finding an inspiration fabric to build their quilt around.

The next thing I do is pull together some of my Valdani 3 Strand Floss and some pretty fabrics.



Sometimes I might make a few blocks or just get a "wild hare" and hop in and make the whole project! This quilt is at the machine quilters right now. The pattern will be available in a few weeks in my Shop.

However, right now over on my BLOG, you can register to win this pillow!  Leave a comment here so I know you read me, and yes please hop on over to my blog home and leave a comment there. Do you see the bunny head with his big ears? This quilt pattern is called Noelle's Bunnies. Noelle is my 7 year old niece and she and I both agree that bunnies are fun year round and not just for Easter. :)

I also want to remind you of my Free, "12 of Hearts" BOM Stitchery going on right now. These are the blocks we've completed so far. Hop over and visit my BLOG to register for the giveaway and then you can hop over and collect your free designs too! Join in anytime. I also have patterns, supplies and carry lots of beautiful Valdani 3 Strand Floss, including the Floss Kit for "12 of Hearts" in my SHOP. As always, the bunnies and I truly appreciate your support of small, home, based, business folks!

Well there ya have it. PSA and my Design Inspiration. Wishing all of you a very fun, magical day and lots of happy stitching! Thanks again Madame Samm for allowing me and the bunnies to visit!

xx, shell, sugie and harrington

46 comments:

  1. Hello Shell. The things you find out about people. An addiction to paint swatches. Who knew! Hugs, Christine

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  2. Wow, what a great article - loved your ideas - I also love paint chips (was the Paint Woman for Home Depot, 6 years) - they really help!

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  3. what fun to see you here again :) I really enjoy cruising the paint chip isles myself ... the possibilities are endless :) Thank you so much for sharing here today!!

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  4. Thanks for a great post. I enjoy seeing how folks go about getting inspiration or working towards a design. Always loved going by the chip display at Home Depot or Lowes....all that concentration of color!!

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  5. I love paint swatches too, never thought to use them for choosing fabrics and threads

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  6. Love your PSA addiction. Great idea! Actually your article was great, thanks for sharing!

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  7. I love your idea for using paint swatches. Sure would solve a lot of problems.

    nbtay@sbcglobal.net

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  8. I really love the heart pillow !

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  9. aha... I knew who this was as soon as I opened the page and saw the hat....
    Thanks for the tip regarding the inspiration with colours...
    Hugz

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  10. What a great idea! I would have never thought of using paint swatches! Thank you for a wonderful idea and a great post. :0)

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  11. Hi Shell, great post I love the pillow.

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  12. I loved the idea of using paint swatches,great for someone like me who doesnt have lot of confidence in picking colours for a project.Loved the cushion of course!

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  13. I love the idea of using paint swatches for inspiration. I'm struggling with a colour theme at the moment and will be visiting the paint section of our local hardware shop tomorrow!

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  14. Oh, Shell, you just have too much fun. Like BUgz - I recognized that hat! I don't have trouble with chosing colors, but I think I need to challenge myself and pick some paint swatches to work from. OHHH, I better order my
    Valdani because now it will be gone!

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  15. I very much enjoyed your post and love the tip about the paint swatches. Those colours you pulled together are beautiful!

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  16. Shell, this is a wonderful post. Patchwork is my very favourite way of sewing!
    When I did patchwork when I was younger I think it really helped me to learn about mixing colours for my paintings. You have used some beautiful fabrics and colours for the cushions.
    It was great to visit you here for a change! ;-)
    Hugs,
    Jo. x

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  17. Helloooo.....can you hear me from Bunnyville?...great post...love the paint swatch inspiration...still reeling from seeing you use so much Colour!!!! But loving it :)

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  18. Great post and I love the bunny ears!

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  19. I had never thought to use paint swatches to help pull together colors. What a great tip!! Thank you!!

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  20. Who knew? Sugie and Harrington are strutting their stuff and you dressed up for the post. Wonderful post. Judy C

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  21. I just love paint swatches, too. I use them a good deal in paper crafting and can't leave HD or Lowe's without collecting a handful or two:)I love your fabrics and design:)

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  22. Hi Shell! I love your funky bunny hat, maybe that is what gets them worried in the paint store LOL Great post though!

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  23. Shell, what a great post, I love the hat......maybe that does throw them off at the paint store but just look at what you do with those swatches!!!! Love your piece work quilts, oh my they are so gorgeous!!!!
    Hugs to Sugie and Harrington too!!!
    Hugs,
    Mags

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  24. Glad to see you and the bunnies over here today. I hadn't thought of paint swatches to use with quilting colors before. Good idea. I do like to collect them to think about painting different rooms though.

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  25. Paints swatches are such a good idea .... and free to boot. I like the booklets that they have with the colors matched up for those who might need help doing that

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  26. Hi Shell, it's good to see you back here again. You know I love the hearts and I've ordered your thread before so I can attest to it's wonderfulness! I always love the colors you choose...wish I had that talent but I can always count on you to pick beautiful ones. blessings, marlene

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  27. Paint swatches, who'da thunk? You are fascinating, my dear!

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  28. Sugie and Harrington,

    You do get around don't you?!
    I am glad to see you visit over here. Did mommy give you extra treats for the extra hard work that you did having to hop over to another blog today? I am sure she did.

    Hugs to you from Auntie Tonya!

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  29. There are too many choices. I enjoyed your post and the pillow is great. I love paint swatches - except when I actually have to pick a color to paint a wall.

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  30. I've enjoyed your blog for a while, and I've been known to loiter in the paint dept too. And, yes, I see the bunny.

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  31. Congratulations on your guest post, Shell. I'm definitely going to explore more around here, too! Thanks for the recommendation.
    Hugs,
    Donna
    xoxo

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  32. Well, Madam Samm, you have chosen my very most favorite blogger in the whole wide world to have as a quest!! Thank you for sharing her with the world - I just LOVE her!! Kris

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  33. PSA! I didn't know that was what it was called. Maybe we can meet in the paint department! LOL I totally relate. hmm, I hadn't considered the security cameras. oops!

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  34. This was a great post - I bet working with the paint swatches would help me with my color disability (I am truly challenged when it comes to picking the "right" fabrics to go together!). LOL Great ideas, and love the bunnies....and the bunny pillow. Thanks for sharing with us!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. I've always collected those paint swatches too , love looking at color I guess .Great post and great patterns!

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  36. Oh...so much fun!! I love paint swatches as well, but have never thought to match them up to fabric. What a cool idea. :)

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  37. Great ideas you've given all of us to use. Thank you very much. I'll have to keep an ear out when in my local hardware stores for that Code B so I can come running to say hi to ya. LOL

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  38. What a great idea of using paint chip samples. I had never thought of that but you can be sure I will from now on.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  39. I also love paint swatches! I'm always afraid they're going to grab me at the exit and make me put them back! So far, so good. I even bound some together one time to make a little book of colors for my granddaughter. I think using them for inspiration is a lot of fun. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. Your color combinations are delicious!

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  40. SO glad to know I'm not the only one who loves paint swatches, lol - great post Shell!

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  41. Great guest-post Shell!
    Just wondering, do Sugie and Sir Harrington charge appearance fees? Or do they even know of such things...??? Perhaps it might be best if they don't or they really could become impossible!

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  42. Great post and great ideas! thank you for sharing!

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  43. Love the pillow:) Thanks for sharing your ideas with us, hadn't thought of the paint swatch idea. Always learn something new at "Stash".

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  44. As always, enjoyed this post just as enjoy your blog posts! Thanks for sharing Shell.

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  45. I really like the stitchery! Maybe I should try that one time. I'll put it on my to-do-list! Thank you for sharing.

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