Yesterday I mentioned that one of the highlights of ‘Hands Across the Water’ was getting to meet Arlene Neely, the designer and quilter behind the Rabbits Haven patterns and fabrics.
Here she is posing for me in front of one of her gorgeous quilts….
What a wonderful and talented lady!! Arlene retired to Mayne Island and became a active member of their Guild, along with THREE of her sisters! Imagine having three sisters who all love quilting as much as you do and you all live within a stones throw away from each other!
This is one of her sisters here…selling raffle tickets for the door prizes.
Arlene has designed and produced over 49 Rabbit Haven quilt patterns and stitcheries! Like this sweet one…
If you are familiar with Rabbit Haven patterns then you know that they are very whimsical with lots of embroidery and some applique and are usually made up in soft pastel colours. I always think of babies and small children when I see her quilts…although I love them too!!
The stitchery work on this one was breathtaking!
And I love her signature bunnies…with the frayed raw edge rose…love it!
Arlene has a new book coming out VERY soon too…Called “Quilts and Stitcheries” and it is full of Arlene’s lovely bunny patterns. Would you believe that it is being published in France and has been released in the French version. So we will have to wait just a little longer… unless of course you read French….
Arlene is also coming out with a new line of fabric called ‘Always Believe’…just lovely!
Arlene is one VERY busy lady…thank goodness she has so many sisters to help her with sewing and bouncing ideas off of…nothing more honest than a sister or two or three…then there is encouragement…Image having THREE cheerleaders on your side!! Oh and did I mention that they all go to Quilt Market and Quilt International with her…Hmmmm…do you think she would notice just ONE more sister??
Have a Super Saturday and Happ