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Inspiration for Quilting Includes Pets & Animals
Susie E Caron (c) 2/6/21
My Interview With Phoebe Sunflower Pickles.
I met Phoebe soon after moving to Southern Vermont with our two toddler aged children. She lived not far from us and we hired her to babysit our young children from time to time. Phoebe was great with our kids. I was not surprised when she took her first amazing job. As you will soon discover Phoebe was a blessing in her first career choice and continues to bless others in her current passion.
Susie: Briefly tell us a little bit about you, your family, and your occupation.
Phoebe: I grew up in Vermont, then as a young adult I moved to Pennsylvania to be a nanny. I stayed with the family for 23 years. They treated me as family, and to me they are my family. I moved back to Vermont when the youngest child when off to college. I found a part time job at a contemporary quilt shop. It’s the best job ever! I love working there, being surrounded by so much color all day.
Susie: Wow. Quite a career change. Do you or have you had any interesting pets or animals? Tell us a bit about your pet & animal interests and any stories you may want to share.
Phoebe: I’ve always loved animals, especially cats. The cat I had before my current one was rather special. His name was Snicklefritz, he was found in a parking lot as a kitten with head trauma. A friend that is a vet, fixed him up and then gave him to me. The head trauma left him blind in one eye. He was very docile and loved being around people. He was my best friend for 17 years. After I lost him I didn’t think I would get another cat. Six months later I started looking for a kitten. My requirements were that it had to be the opposite of Snicklefritz. My current cat, Velma couldn’t be more different! She used to be rather a wild child but has calmed down a lot. While Snicklefritz was my friend, Velma is my baby. She’s a rather spoiled kitty that brings me so much joy.
Susie: It's wonderful you've enjoyed two cat buddies who are very different. Do you do anything in your current occupation or hobby that includes pets or wildlife?
Phoebe: I’ve made a few art quilts that have featured animals and would love to do more. There are just so many projects I want to make and not enough time to make them all. I love modern quilts although I can appreciate all types.
Susie: Do you have any interesting products, featuring pets or animal themes for sale?
Phoebe: I don’t make things to sell, I’m open to selling some quilts that I have made, but would rather gift or donate them.
Susie: Where can my customers find these? Do you have a website, or etsy store? How can they contact you?
Phoebe: I don’t have any of those, although I have considered opening an Etsy shop. People are welcome to follow me on Instagram as Sunflowerpickles
Susie: Thank you Phoebe for sharing this interview with us. I love your passion for cats and quilts. Please keep us posted when you open your Etsy shop. I believe we will see people ordering from you. Your work is beautiful and inspired.
Thank you all for reading.
Below you'll find a few more of Phoebe's fantastic quilts.
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Susie Caron, acrylic artist, creates realistic paintings of pets, animals, and selected scenes. Her love of and experience with many pets and farm animals throughout her life, enables her to capture the unique feeling and expression of each subject. In her commission pet and livestock portraits, Susie also works with each customer to discover and then reveal the personality and special bond between pet and human.
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