Thursday, March 27, 2014

Featured Designer | Bonnie Sullivan (and a GIVEAWAY!)

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Join us today to learn more about Bonnie Sullivan! Her monthly club, Bertie's Year, has been a huge hit at Shabby Fabrics, and we know you'll love her patterns and flannels too. She's also giving us a little peek into her sewing room. And don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end!

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Oregon has been Bonnie’s home since she was born and where she continues to live with her family. She enjoys the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and being close to both the ocean and the mountains. The colors of the lush green Willamette Valley and her love of nature are reflected in Bonnie’s designs.

Bonnie has been sewing and creating since she was a child. She is one of three girls and when she and her sisters (Ann and Kathy) were young, they would spend many hours in the crafting area that their mother had set up for them creating doll clothes, Christmas ornaments, and whatever else their imaginations could come up with. She credits her mother, Marjorie McCanse, with helping to foster the creative spirit she now embraces.

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When Bonnie’s eldest son, Marcus, was born (29 years ago) she decided that she wanted to find a way to stay home with him and began crafting in earnest. She sold her creations at craft fairs and through a home decorating company until her second son, Sean (now 20), entered kindergarten when she decided to go back to school and finish the college degree she had started some twenty years earlier. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Family Studies in 1999 but soon after realized how much she missed nurturing her creative side and once again went about finding a way to make a living doing what she loved.

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Around that time Bonnie had been introduced to the world of working with wool and soon designed a line of Penny Rug patterns under the business name of “All Through the Night.” The name came from the fact that she spent many late hours working on her designs. Bonnie and her sister Kathy, who had developed a line of paper goods featuring her watercolor paintings that focused on quilting, decided to present their designs together at their first International Quilt Market in the Spring of 2001 in Kansas City.

From there her business continued to grow and she soon signed on with the fabric company, Maywood Studio, and has designed several fabric lines. One of her most well known being the “Woolies” line of flannels she created. She wanted to have flannels that looked like the wools she so loved to work with and she enjoys combining the two textiles in many of her works.

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See the rest of Bonnie's line of flannels here.

Bonnie is continually inspired by many things in her life. She has quite a collection of books featuring antique quilts and textiles and old books with fun sayings, quotes, and illustrations that seem to inspire her with new ideas every time she looks through them. Bonnie loves the way children experience the world with such curiosity and wonder and hopes that she will always remember to view things with that same sense of innocence and imagination.

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The past few years have also afforded Bonnie the opportunity to do some traveling overseas where she found new inspiration at every turn and she looks forward to doing much more traveling in the future. Bonnie and her sister, Kathy, spent the month of September, 2010 in France on a quest for new and fresh ideas. They published a book in 2011 called French Inspirations for Artful Hands which is filled with projects inspired by their journey.

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Bertie celebrates Easter!

One of Bonnie's latest projects is Bertie's Year. Join Bertie the bird as she celebrates the changing seasons in twelve fun projects. We only have 10 3 spots remaining so hurry to sign up for the monthly club! All of the applique pieces are laser-cut and backed with Heat n Bond Lite so there's no need to trace, cut out or turn the edges!

You can find more of Bonnie Sullivan's designs at Shabby Fabrics in our Featured Designer category.

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Rhapsody in Blue and Ring of Fire

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3 Christmas Stockings

-- GIVEAWAY --

We'd like to give TWO lucky readers a copy of

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Join Bonnie and her sister Kathy on their trip through France as you work you way through the sixteen projects that were inspired by their travels. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To enter, leave us a comment and then follow the instructions in the box directly above this. For additional entries, you can sign up for our email newsletter and like us on Facebook. Two winners will be randomly selected on April 7, 2014.

101 comments:

  1. French Inspirations looks wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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  2. I have sewing room envy! Love the patterns and the book is gorgeous!

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  3. The book looks fabulous! I am starting to explore my stitch-y side so the timing in winning would be perfect!

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  4. I am a big fan of Bonnie's work. I would love to add this book to my library.

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  5. I have signed up for bertie at my local store! Love it!

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  6. I am soooo enjoying opening that package containing Berties Year each month! I was sitting in a motel room, quietly waiting for my husband to wake, when I opened the Shabby Newsletter and saw, what had to be the cutest thing EVER on my little tablet screen. By the time he woke, it was on order! I am such a fan of Bonnies artful patterns and fabrics, such warmth and whimsy. The book she and Kathy (I made a purse from some of Kathy's prints) have collaborated on would be just an awesome addition to round out my collection. Oui! Oui! And shh...don't tell...but the day of the drawing is also my birthday!

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  7. I love Bonnie's creations...her fabric lines and her patterns.

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  8. Love both Bonnie and Kathy's designs. I think this would be a fabulous book to own. Thanks for the chance!

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  9. It looks like a beautiful book. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

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  10. I love the look of Bonnie's patterns. They are traditional and elegant, yet fun.

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  11. I have seen this book at a shop, it is beautiful, I would love to have it!!!
    diannemitzel1@hotmail.com

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  12. Very beautiful BOM & fabrics.

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  13. Looks so nice. Thank you for the Give Away

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  14. I have admired Bonnie's work. I would love to win her book

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  15. Great looking pieces. Love that Ring of Fire and Rhapsody in Blues.

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  16. I love both Kathy's and Bonnie's artwork--would love to win a copy of what looks like a lovely book!

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  17. What beautiful applique! This book looks so inspiring. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  18. I love flannels as well. The shells with the jars filled with goodies is very close to mine. I did a penny quit and loved it. I can't wait to try one of her patterns.

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  19. Ohhhh what a great chance to win a beautiful book from such a creative artist!

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  20. What beautiful pieces! I love everything about this post.Very inspirational. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. What a great story about Bonnie and her interesting journey through the years. I always love to know more about the designers and how they got started. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. Amazing work. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. Bertie's is so cute, I think I might have to sign up for this one...Thanks for showing us around, many inspirations here for my own sewing room, love the jars with the buttons... Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jodi

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  24. I am a huge fan of Bonnie Sullivan and love her creativity! I will keep my fingers crossed for this great giveaway!!

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  25. Love Bertie. He is soooo cute. The book is awesome. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. I wanted to do Bertie so bad but have so much on my plate now that an addition was just not what I thought I should do. Maybe someday there will be another Bertie for me. Love the sounds of this book, fingers are crossed on this one.

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  27. Thank you for the introduction to Bonnie. Her work looks great. Thank you for the chance to win her book.

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  29. I love Bonnie's patterns and fabric lines and have done many of her projects over the years. She has a great way of combining flannels and wool-- very inspirational!

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  30. WOW! I learned so much today. Absolutely love, love, love Woolies but didn't know Bonnie was the designer. Absolutely love Kathy Schmitz and never dreamed they were sisters. I sure would love to win this book!!!

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  31. Would love to win this beautiful book!!

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  32. Que linda entrevista y fotos, gracias por el sorteo.
    Saludos,
    Feliz fin de semana.
    Ale
    Costa Rica

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  33. The world inspires crafting as does Bonnie...thank you for the beauty

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  34. Thanks for a fabulous giveaway!

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  35. Have admired Bonnie's designs for a long time and would love to have a
    copy of the book.

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  36. i am already receiving bertie's year....lovelovelove that sweet bird. and the flannels are fabulous. so easy to sew with.

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  37. I'm new to Bonnie and her lovely creations! I have always wanted to go to France and would love to be inspired by her book!
    Thanks,
    Mary

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  38. Bonnie's designs are amazing! Thanks for this chance to win!

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  39. Lovely looking book! Thanks for the chance!

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  40. Bonnie's patterns are beautiful.

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  41. I enjoy Bonnie's creativity. Her wools feel wonderful, too!

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  42. Everything shown is wonderful - I love the Christmas stockings. Thanks for the chance to win. VermontPines at aol dot com

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  43. Just love Bonnie and Kathy's work and hadn't realised they were sisters until I read this article.

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  44. I love all of these patterns, but am especially drawn to Bertie -- she is a busy bird!

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  45. I am really enjoying Bertie's Year. I love the flannels. Thanks for a chance to win. Shirley

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  46. I love Bonnie's and Kathy's patterns and fabrics. Just started on the Bertie blocks myself.

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  47. I absolutely adore both Bonnie's and Kathy's designs and patterns. Such talented sisters! Can't wait to get some of Bonnie's flannels. Thank you for offering this lovely book in your giveaway.

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  48. Looks like a great book - thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. HELLO, giveaway looks great!
    HAPPY SPRING TO ALL !

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  50. I'm loving Bertie's Year, the book looks fab too!

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  51. Hi, I really enjoyed your journey. Love the designs of Bertie, so cute. Thank you for a chance to win French Inspiration.
    Thank you, Barb H.

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  52. Hi, I hope I did this right, if I read it right, we could have 2 entries.
    Love the new Bertie designs, something different, but still like all the crows, rabbits and squirrels that others design. Thank you for a chance to win the French Inspirations book.
    Barb H.

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  53. Enjoying the Bertie's Year, it's adorable and not looking to enter the draw as I already own the book, which is wonderful and I have enjoyed making a couple of the projects already.

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  54. I love the applique birds nest. I need to make one of those for my living room. Spring needs to arrive, so I can pack all the winter decorations and make some new spring decorations.

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  55. This looks like a lovely book!

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  56. I love, love, love Bonnie's Woolies line of fabric! I love it so much, it is the reason I joined Shabby Fabric's Bert's Birdies block of the month! The laser cut pieces are awesome and make the project so easy! Thank you so much!

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  57. Loving Berties year, it's so cute.

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  58. Love the fabric!!!

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  59. I am smitten with the button cabinet :-)
    Thanks so much for the giveaway.
    iwill have to be sure to keep up with Bonnie's works , now . They are sooo pretty !

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  60. This is so great :-) Love all the buttons - they looks soooooooo great :-)

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  61. The book looks awesome!! Thanks for the chance!!

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  62. I am very familiar with the works of Bonnie and Kathy and love their designs! Thank you for the opportunity!!

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  63. Love whimsical and beautiful Bertie's Year blocks. Thanks for sponsoring the great giveaway.

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  64. I would love to win this book, it sounds wonderful! Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  65. To be so creative is such a blessing. To share your blessing with us all blesses us too. I'm amazed at your work and love all your designs. A month in France? That would be amazing. But you're sharing that experiance too in your book! Thank you.

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  66. This book looks lovely! Would be so nice to win it!

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  67. My birthday is April 5 and I would love to receive this beautiful book which would keep me motivated and creative.

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  68. Love your designs! Have many of your patterns. In the past I have taken classes from your Mom....such a talented family!

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  69. It is so wonderful to see the space where you create and learn about what inspires you. I would love to have this book as much for the designs as for the inspiration of the pictures and stories. Bless you for sharing your talents with the world.

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  70. I love all of Bonnie's wonderful stuff! I've made a few patterns already and the book looks beautiful! Enjoyed the sewing room tour also! Sheri F

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  71. I am so excited!! Would love to have this book! Thank you for a wonderful opportunity!

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  72. My daughter just traveled to France. I gave this book to her for tips in the area. I'd love to have a book of my own--as it is a really special book!

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  73. Wow this book looks fabulous - would love to win a copy. thanks for the chance
    Pauline


    perry94022@hotmail.com

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  74. Many THANKS for a chance at this great giveaway. Love your work. Love this gorgeous book!
    Email: zamba@iprimus.com.au

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  75. French Inspirations looks wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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  76. I love the designs of both Bonnie and Kathy. thanks for the giveaway!

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  77. I already do rug hooking with wools. Bonnie's type of work would be a great additional to the work I enjoy. Working with woolly fabrics is a delight.

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  78. French Inspirations looks wonderful. I really like Bonnie's Woolies Flannels! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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  79. I would so much love to win. The front cover is inspiration enough for me to start another project ! Thank you for the opportunity !

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  80. I would love to win this book. Great giveaway. I love working with wool. Nancy P.

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  81. I love working with wool so I can't wait to see this book.

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  83. What a beautiful book. I would love to add it to my collection.

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  84. Beautiful book ! I
    would love to add it to my collection also!.

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  85. I love your story of creating fabrics in the night. I don't know when my sewing room looked so clean. I'd love to follow you around with your travels too.

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  86. I would love to explore this book.

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  87. Beautiful book, fan of Bonnie's fabric/work.

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  88. I love Bonnie's work and would love to win a copy of her book! It would be wonderful to create the beauties she does.

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  89. The patterns look great and would love a copy of her book. I have just returned to quilting after many many year. Thank you for the opportunity

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  90. What a great opportunity. I'm more familiar with Kathy's work than Bonnies, but the book would be a wonderful way to learn about each of them. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  91. Thanks for the chance to win! I'd love a copy :)
    ksmith8@emich.edu

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  92. Oh this book looks like it will have so many great projects for my home! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Laura
    Lauraloves2quilt@gmail.com

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  93. I would love to win! Thank you for the chance!

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  94. Thank you for the chance to win!!!
    Rita

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  95. Would love to make the projects in this book

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  96. Looks like a great book. Would enjoy working on the projects.

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  97. Looks like a wonderful book. Lots of interesting projects.

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  98. Would dearly love to win French Inspirations. Wonderful things to make. Thanks for the giveaway
    katztoo at exede dot net

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