Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Once in a Rabbit Moon

Once in a rabbit moon...


Sometimes I truly get goose bumps thinking about how certain people will show up in my life. How those people magically appear and how I instantly feel like I have known them my whole life and we are the best of friends. How for some reason, we are brought together at a certain time and a certain place for a certain reason. This is the story...


In 2011, while attending the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival, I stumbled upon this quilt. You know I fell in love with it at first sight. I even blogged about it back then.


Little did I know, that two years later, I would be having a Play Date and Chat with the Cabin Branch Quilter's Guild in Virginia. Little did I know that I would be invited to stay at the home of the guild's Vice President. Little did I know that the VP was the creator of that wonderful rabbit quilt I fell in love with.


Please meet, my new and dear friend, Shannon Shirley of Once in a Rabbit Moon. Shannon is a designer, author, quilt maker, speaker, instructor and...bunny lover!!!!


This is the room I was invited to stay in.



Vintage and new quilts everywhere!



Charming vignettes in every corner.

When I woke in the morning, this is the first thing I saw. Bunnies!!! I smiled and thought to myself...this is the BEST guest room EVER!!!!


There is so much warmth and love throughout Shannon's home that she shares with her delightful mom.


The back porch filled with bunnies of course!

Her quilts hanging on a ladder.

Vintage pieces mixed with new.

Collaborative quilts she has made with friends from a photo she took,


and then I saw her...Dottie the pig. Again, while visiting the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival in 2012, I fell in love with this pig. Dottie the pig. Shannon, yes Shannon, was the creator of this quilt I adored at that show. How cool is that!


This is Shannon's studio. Her father, who has since passed away, helped her build it. It's on the third floor of her home, nestled high in the trees. Light, love and creativity fill this space.


Shannon has won many ribbons and awards for her work. She is truly a remarkable lady and well deserving of each award.


This is the classroom in her home. Yes, she even has a classroom to share the art of quilting.


This sign hangs on the door to her classroom. The rabbits are actually a vintage bookmark. Awesome!


So I really don't know how it happens or even why it does, but all I know


is that once in a rabbit moon, a new friend is brought into my life, and that new friend, will be my friend, for my entire life.

Light, love and hugs to you Shannon.

xx,
Michelle and the Bunnies

32 comments:

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Shell, Anyone who knows and loves you can certainly see why you were (are) drawn to Shannon and her work. She's an incredible artist! I am more than a little smitten with her third-floor creative space, too! Thanks for sharing what you experienced when you entered the front door of Shannon's magical home.
xo
Donna

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

What a lovely house Shannon has. Beautiful with all those lovely quilts. I envy her studio! So much space.

SewCalGal said...

I'm continually amazed and delighted how paths can crossed and special friendships can be formed....many for a lifetime.

Great post, inspirational designs and insights. And, love the room decor.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Jeanette said...

Oh wow. Such a beautiful home. Love Shannon's studio. Hugs,xx

Kris said...

What a truly fabulous story!! And Shannon has a gorgeous home!! Another thing you two have in common - beautifully appointed homes!! :-) Love Dottie!!

margaret said...

such a small world fancy meting like this. Wonderful quilting and embroidery, you must have spent hours looking at all the beautiful creations and can see why you fell in love with then bunny quilt.

Christine M said...

Everything is so gorgeous Shell. What a beautiful room you got to sleep in. No wonder you had goose bumps!

KaHolly said...

What a delightful story. And a beautifiul home. Glad you made a new friend.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a fabulous story and truly a 'once in a rabbit moon' crossing. Thank you for sharing - OHHHH that studio!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear and beautiful friend,

I am having goosebumps just listening to your enthusiasm here; it is magic, that's pure and simple....it is MAGIC when we connect with people who have the same vision and passion for something that brings joy and light. What a gorgeous bedroom, patio and studio and filled with BUNNIE? PERFECT. Just perfect.

You made my day. BIG HUGS! Anita

StitchinByTheLake said...

Now we all want to go stay with her Shell! Blessings, marlene

Jules Woolford said...

There's no such thing as coincidence! What fantastic work - love it!x

ga447 said...

Friendships just happen. You where in your element and your room was fabulous. I just love her decor, what a joy and thank you for sharing.

Mosaic Magpie said...

What a kindred spirit you met....truly a soul mate! I loved her "Dottie The Pig" and what a great workspace, nice her dad had helped her build it.
Deb

speedyrabbit said...

It's wonderful to meet kindred spirits along the journey,You are one lucky lady to meet wonderful people like you do,xx Rachel

Sue said...

Wow Wow Wow, what a beautiful place this lady has, you were so so lucky to stay in that beautiful room with the Lemon quilt, gorgeous!

Loris said...

What wonderful paths brought you together! I had a similar experience with quilts made by my now friend, Nancy Brown. First saw a quilt by her called Lions, Tigers, and Bears at PQIF in CA in about 2004(?) I was totally mesmerized by it. Kept it in my heart and was thrilled when years later I was able to take a class with Nancy and see the quilt again. More correspondence and meetings has blessed me with knowing such a kind and creative friend. She loves animals too. It is thrilling to come closer to art and people that have touched us.

Heather said...

What a lovely story with a perfect ending- a new friend!

Lana said...

She really is amazing...those little bunnies are heavenly...so glad you have a new bunny friend...

Sharon said...

Shell,

I love her house! This post made my heart happy.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Oh my goodness what a wonderful Bunny delight that place is!!
Does Shannon own real bunnies???
THANKS for sharing these lovely photos
hugs< di and miss gracie

Starr White said...

What a beautiful, magical cozy little rabbit hutch of a home. Thank you for sharing this. I feel inspired!

Rabbits' Guy said...

I hope Oprah is tuned in here. This is a perfect topic for a show and magazine article.

piffle said...

Hi Michelle, Oh I have goosie bumps also. Lovely story and lovely gal, that shannon. Feel like I know her now too.

I was just talking about the same thing happening to me recently. Is it angels above, or just happenstance or what is it. However, let's not try to figure it out, just love it when it happens, it has, it will again!! Love you and your whimsicalness. You make me feel like a little girl again, all wrapped up in "never never land."
Oh! my "Fusions" arrived today, thanks to you for sure.

Piffle

Ruth said...

What a wonderful story! Thanks so much for sharing and for the pictures of her lovely home.

Beth P said...

OMGosh, there is just too much to comment on, except I did spy that long arm machine, lol! In my dreams, in my dreams, lol!
Hugs my sweet blogging sister,
Beth P
P.S. I got my book the other day and love, love, love, love it!
You rock girlfriend!

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Createology said...

Kindred Souls for certain. Shannon and Shell loving bunnies and all things creative and stitched...very special indeed. Lovely quilts, home and work space. May your friendship blossom in bunny bliss...

Cindy Sharp said...

Awesome! God is good like that.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Shell,

Loved reading your story dear friend and how wonderful that you were brought together with Shannon.
The guest room is beautiful and you would have felt right at home with all the bunnies. The quilts she made are fabulous.

Happy new week
hugs
Carolyn

Carrie P. said...

thanks for sharing Shannon's gorgeous works. What fun to look in every corner of her house. She is very talented.

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