Thursday, May 19, 2016

Catching up and exciting news!

Wow oh wow! I can't believe it has been a month since I wrote a post. I can honestly say that it wasn't from lack of trying. It seems every time I sat down to write a post, I had a major computer issue, internet issue, or phone issue. All of these things happened right before I was headed out of town for teaching and my vacation to Florida. For instance, I sat down to write a post yesterday and my internet service was out in our neighborhood. It was out for 7 hours and  didn't come back on until late in the evening. By that point, I had other things to do. So, I'm keeping my bunny ears crossed that the technology gremlins have found another place to live and I can get back to my Wednesday chats with you.

That being said, I have sooooooooooooooooo much to share with you!

First, Bob and Larry, the Buffet Bunnies, are delighted to announce that our dear friend and talented artist, Jules Woolford from England, has joined The Raspberry Rabbits.

Jules and I will be collaborating on new and exciting Folk Art Fusion projects coming this fall.

We are both over the moon excited to introduce our new "Wilmington" perle cotton collection from Valdani Threads. I have the collection available in my SHOP, Jules will have some in England and Valdani will also be debuting it at the Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. Be sure and visit the Valdani booth!

We can't wait to show you what we have been up to so stay tuned!

Next, I need to hop all the way back to April 15th and 16th. Boy oh boy did I ever have fun!!! I was invited by my dear friend, Carol Cooper, to be the guest speaker at The Colonial Quilt Lovers "Day of Sharing." In case you don't know, a "Day of Sharing" is an event where area guilds come together for quilting fun, fellowship and a giant show and tell! Not to mention, a fantastic lunch, door prizes and eye candy that will knock your socks off! I was extremely honored to be invited as their guest speaker this year and to share my adventures down the rabbit hole.

The hosting guild always selects a theme for the event. The Colonial Quilt Lovers selected seasons and holidays. Just look at these wonderful table scapes!

Here's Vicki modeling the mask. She is a riot!

You know I loved the Easter tables. ;)

Each guest got a goodie bag filled with lots of treats! I got this adorable mug mat made by my friend Robin. Isn't it cute? Check out my pot of gold too!

In addition to being their guest speaker, I also had the honor of having a "Play Date" with some of the guild members the day before. This lovely lady is my new forever friend, Diana!

Diana invited me to stay at her beautiful home during my visit. It was so wonderful getting to know her and the other guild members during two delightful dinners.

Here are a few class photos. They made my "Bee Happy" piece. Robin did a great job! She is the lady who made the owl mug mat. She is also a fellow quilting instructor and is adored by all her students. It's easy to understand as Robin is so much fun! 

This is Holly. She made me laugh so hard at the end of class. She couldn't find her keys. We looked high and low for them and she dumped her purse out three times! We walked into another room when all of a sudden she shouted "I found them!" She had put them in her bra!!!!!! OMG!!!! I told her never in a million years would I lose my keys in my bra. LOL!!!!

This gorgeous bowl was the centerpiece on Diana's table. She made it and the group decided that I should have it along with all the other table goodies. I'm telling ya, these gals know how to party! :)

The dishcloth, included in the gift bundle, was made my a 90 year old lady. Check out the note attached. How sweet!

The only bad thing that happened was that my dear friend, Carol, who invited me there and organized the entire Day of Sharing, got sick that morning and couldn't attend! We were all so sad she missed it, but everyone gave her a big round of applause for all her hard work. She is such a sweetie! Oh, I don't have a photo of her because she doesn't like her "picture made" as we say here in the South. hee,hee,hee.

Finally, I have to share this wonderful gift the guild members gave me. It is a print from an original fiber art piece made by a local artist. How beautiful and what a thoughtful gift. They all made me feel so very welcome and I am looking forward to being a vendor at their quilt show next year.

Well, I think that wraps it all up for this visit. I'll be back next Wednesday with photos from my Florida adventure.

Until then, hugs to you!


Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Michelle, what wonderful news that Jules has joined The Raspberry Rabbit, she is so talented, can't wait to see what you come up with together, I know it will be magical! Deb xo

Binka said...

Wow! So many happenings! The pics were fantastic and appreciated. I LOVE the holiday table settings - SO creative and inspirational. The mug mat is almost too cute to use! Looking forward to seeing the new Valdani offerings.

Binka said...

PS I really got a kick from the Mardi Gras mask! And loved the print of the sand fence made of swatch strips (whooda thunk!)

Jules Woolford said...

Thank you for the wonderful welcome! Well, you know how happy and excited I am to have joined my favourite company!!! Wow, I'm blown away by that amazing event and all the incredible tablescapes. What fun! I've never heard of anything like that going on here in the UK - a brilliant idea!xxx

Lesley said...

Holy moly! What a great day you had! Those tables with the different themes are amazing!So glad you had such a great time and congrats on your new partnership!

KaHolly said...

Very exciting news! Could you have had a more fun time? I doubt it! XO

Createology said...

Congratulations on your new venture with Jules. You do have the most interesting and creative teaching days dear. Your talents have touched so many people. Embracing Creative Bliss...

speedyrabbit said...

that all looks so amazing,Michelle,xx Rachel


there you are--I was gettttting really worried about you and the crew--
so am glad to hear about all the good news--
love and laughter, di

Helen said...

Congratulations on your new venture with Jules. Will look forward to seeing all the lovely new designs !

Petal49 said...

Looking forward to seeing the results of your new venture. The table settings were amazing. Enjoy your vacation.

Jeanette said...

Congratulations to you & Jules. Wonderful news. Love the Valdani. Love those tables, they are fabulous. Looks like it was loads of fun at the Day OF Sharing. Hugs,xx

Rabbits' Guy said...

That Day of Sharing - my word. If we got that many people in one place here we would either protest something or drink coffee.

Loris said...

Such fun and beautiful photos! Your post showed up in my blog roll today on Blogger but for some reason the ones since April had not! So I read back through those and am caught up with you now :-) You and Hannah have a beautiful new office to enjoy. She is as sweet looking as ever. Please give her some love scritches from me. Your adventures are taking you great places :-)

Sherry said...

So many great things happening. It was fun to visit and catch up with you.

Jules Woolford said...

Love everything in this post :)!xxx