Today I am pleased to feature a Quiltsy Team member who is donating her work to help animals at a no-kill shelter near her home. I'll let Victoria (aka Moonie) tell you about herself and her project . . .
I am Victoria Vallieres, affectionately known by the Quiltsy team as Moonie because of the name of my Etsy shop, Moon Dance Textiles.
I have decided to donate my item to a fundraising effort to help support the local animal shelter. The Trinity County Animal Shelter is run by the local county government, many volunteers, and fundraising efforts like this one. It is a "no-kill" shelter. All lost or unwanted pets that make their way to the shelter are given health care, as needed, by local vets and shelter until a new home can be found for them. Both of my wonderful mixed-breed dogs came from this shelter as puppies.
The shelter is having an art auction of donated works by local artists, of which there are many in my artsy little mountain community. Weaverville is a historic small town located next to the beautiful Trinity Alps in northern California. I decided to donate one of my higher end embellished handbags. This one is in the Shabby Chic style. It is comprised of a variety of coordinating fabrics that were quilted onto batting. It is fully lined with coordinating fabrics.
Moon Dance Textiles has been in existence in Etsy-land since 2010. I started off selling small quilts and quilted table runners. Over the years I have expanded and now sell a variety of quilted and other items made from fabric. Fabric handbags have captured my attention lately so there are many of them currently in my shop. So much so, it would seem, that they were noticed last fall by a magazine editor. Consequently, one of my bags will be in the coming Spring edition of "Haute Handbags" by the Stampington Company which will be released in April 2015.
I have been sewing since I was in the 7th grade and made my first quilt in high school. It was a wool patchwork tied quilt that I gave to my father. He cherished it and used it for his nap-on-the-couch quilt up until he died. I still love to make wool quilts and have a couple in my shop to this day, as well as some well used ones in my mountain cabin home.
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