Shannon and I became friends two years ago when I first visited the Cabin Branch Quilters. I was soooooooo excited to be able to take a few extra days and spend some time with her on this trip. She is an amazing person with so much talent! I am not only blessed, but honored to have her as a friend.
Shannon hosted a "Celebrate the Day" quilt challenge. As stated in her book "Celebrate the Day Quilts," "Fifty-three artists from seven states share 72 original wall hangings celebrating some of the random, lesser known holidays that occur throughout the year. These quilts represent only the tip of the iceberg because there are hundreds of random and sometimes bizarre holidays celebrated around the world!"
The collection has traveled all over the United States. You may have seen them at one of the large quilt shows. Lucky for me, there was an exhibit of some of the quilts at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory in Manassas, VA. We hand a wonderful lunch together and then went to see the exhibit.
Of course, this is my favorite day! September 4th, International Rabbit Day by Shannon Shirley. I told Shannon I wanted her to take her photo next to each quilt she made.
January 5th, National Bird Day by B.J. Titus
January 14, Dress up Your Pet Day by Ginny Rippe (I got to meet these pups when I was there.)
January 14th, Bald Eagle Day - by Cindy Sisler Simms
February 8th, Kite Flying Day by Barbara L. Scharf
February 28th, National Tooth Fairy Day by Bunnie Jordan
February 29th, Leap Day by Shannon Shirley
March 14th, Pi Day by Marianne H. Gravely
March 14th, Learn More About Butterflies Day by Shannon Shirley
March 22, World Water Day by Betty Jenkins
March 31st, Crayon Day by Kaye McWhirter
April 10th, Golfers Day by Jane W. Miller
April 22, Earth Day by Joanne Hawk
April 25th, DNA Day by Renelda Peldunas-Harter
April 27th, Save the Frog Day by Carolyn Perry Goins
May 1st, May Day - by Beth Wiesner
May 5th, Oyster Day by Allison Avery Wilbur
May 25th, Nerd Pride Day by Kathy Lincoln
June 2, National Bubba Day by Mary W. Kerr
June 4th, National Hug Your Cat Day by Shannon Shirley (The photo is Shannon as a little girl with her cats.)
April 26, Beauticians Day by Jane E. Hamilton
June 27th, Sunglasses Day by Kathie Buckley
July 22, Hammock Day by Denise Werkheiser
July 23, National Hot Dog by Jill Sheehan
July 25th, Culinarians Day by Morna McEver Golletz
August 1st, Sisters Day by Jill Sheehan
August 3rd, Watermelon Day by Carlene Halsing
August 12th, Middle Child Day by Shannon Shirley (This is Shannon's daughter, Emma as a little girl.)
September 1st, Emma M Nutt Day by Kathy M. McLaren (Emma was the first female telephone operator. Lily Tomlin was inspired to create her character, Ernestine, on Emma Nutt.)
September 22nd, Elephant Appreciation Day by Lisa White Reber
October 23rd, Mole Day by Deborah Van Wyck (The mole is a basic chemistry unit of measurement if like me, you didn't know that. ;)
October 31st, Increase Your Psychic Power Day by Cyndi Sauder.
November 6th, Marooned Without a Compass Day by Vania Root
I thought you might enjoy reading the description of Vania's quilt.
November 9th, Chaos Never Dies Day by Pauline Davy
November 10th, Marine Corps Birthday by Michelle Carroll
November 11th, Good Cup of Tea Day by Shannon Shirley
December 5, Bathtub Party Day by Angela Robetson
December 6th, Mitten Tree Day by Paula Golden
December 12th, Our Lady of Guadalupe Day by Beth Wiesner
I hope you enjoyed the quilts as much as I did. You can see the rest of the quilts in the collection and read about the day, as well as, the artist statement behind each piece in Shannon's book. Shannon also encourages you to share special days that you celebrate. Hop over and give her a visit and tell her hi for me! Once in a Rabbit Moon
Have a fun weekend and I'll be back here next Wednesday (promise!) with some quilt caves!