about me

hello possum’s

this is me.. Denise Carruthers owner of Hot Possum – ‘seriously fun patchwork’…

I started the business in 2001, while expecting my first and turns out to be only child, a boy named Zed… Being a youngish mum and having admired many patchwork quilts, I found it frustrating that there was little to choose from in the way of fresh colourful designs in the marketplace for the young ones … so Hot Possum was born…

At first taking it to many local Perth craft fairs and still running a Post Office in a country town down south… the interest and positive feedback was encouraging that in 2005 with a limited range of 25 designs, I headed to the ‘International Quilt Market’ in Houston Texas… what a heart warming and wonderful experience that turned out to be…

possums… the mantra has always been ‘seriously fun patchwork’, keeping beginners in mind and the opportunity for an experienced quilter to experiment and embellish…

I have always said…

‘take a single bed pattern, lets say the ‘Fairy Pretty’ and use the pattern not only to make a beautiful quilt but theme your child’s room as well.. put dancing fairies onto sheer curtains or a canvas or a cushion, not only make a beautiful quilt but embellish the room’

I moved back to Perth after the Houston Quilt Fair, and opened a studio in Wembley, where the pleasure of introducing many newbies and teaching many wonderful customers, the beauty of a Hot Possum designs.. here, I fell in love even more with colour… selecting all that beautiful fabric in brights was a ‘dream come true’… unfortunately, due to family circumstances, I had to close the studio in 2010.

What do you do?

Well, I moved the studio into my house… work from home.. the advantages of this have proven to be wonderful, I now gets to pick up my boy everyday from school around the corner.. I still get to teach as I offer one to one lessons, I’m still surrounded with beautiful colour everyday and find my creative mind still works overtime…

The future for me..  sees my love of fabric developing in different ways – teenage quilts, something for the mums, sisters, good friends, clothing, home decor, fabric designing.. the list goes on…  but always with the most colourful brights available and creating always from my heart…

Please feel free to email me, Denise at info@hotpossum.com if you would like me to teach at your studio or make an appointment to visit in the studio….