The Story Comes Alive...

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I have often thought of the Shoppe as one giant story. We have had many chapters over the last 12 years, but out of all of them...I think this new location is the most charming. Every great story includes a peaceful setting, a cast of characters, a theme and of course, a...happily ever after.

Is that not gorgeous? I appreciate how things come to life with all of the behind-the-scenes work. Whether it's a theme park production, a quilt store or even a bakery...there is always much work that goes into creating an imaginative space. BTW....when that choir chimes in at 2:52 seconds, I melt. Pixie dust galore!

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen some of the clips I posted recently. The show is Disney's all new "Happily Ever After" fireworks show that premiered in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort just last week! It is only the third show in the park's 46 year history! Word on the street is that it's more than just projections...they have made every window on Cindy's castle come to life. It's crazy!

And speaking of fireworks....

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The blooms of this new Applique Flower quilt remind me of a firework as it bursts in the sky!

Of course only I would think that way.

The "Mothership" and Christine have been working on this latest project by Jason Yenter over the last week. I absolutely love the gray background they are using! Sophisticated and classy! These beautiful floral prints remind us of Liberty of London or London Lawn fabrics.

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Jan and Christine figure if they work on ten of these petals a day they will have the over 100 needed for this quilt...finished in no time! I know they can do it because I BELIEVE! The amount of work in this quilt is another reason why I believe that finished quilts should never be undervalued when being sold. For those who under price their quilts for the sake of being "nice"...you are undervaluing your work and the art of others....stop. LOL.  I'll say it if nobody else will.

The pattern for the Applique Flower can be found in Jason Yenter's new book, Garden Delights which is available by clicking here to order. Yes we ship and yes, there is even a pick up option for local customers.

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All of the projects in this book are made with the new Garden Delights collection by Gray Sky Studio for In The Beginning. The collection of fabric will arrive in late June but we've got these gorgeous 2.5" Strip Rolls from In The Beginning right now! Two of the patterns in the book, Strippy Weave and Four Patch, use the 2.5" strip roll...seeew get them now before they are gone!

Isn't it a vision? Good job Jason and crew!

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Oh look....here are my cast of characters now!  While my dad and I got a new cabinet into place for an upcoming Christmas display behind them (gasp...I know, we are already making changes) Jan and Christine are busy as bees working nightly on this stunning quilt!

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For the record, I promised them some cinnamon roll dough from the bakery next door if they helped me make the story come to life with a photo op.

Since they cooperated seeew well, I merrily headed over to our neighbors, Lux Sucre Desserts and surprised Brandon & Chanelle with my request!

They were like...seriously? LOL. Dough?

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Don't you love it when your neighbors just pop their head in your back window???

Clearly I don't have any boundaries.

She's smiling, but she just might be thinking, "If you don't...get yo' head...outta my window...." LOL.

BTW...they make these delicious Cinnamon Rolls every Saturday morning and they are usually gone by 12pm. Just sayin' get here early if you want one or call them to place an order for pick up!

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Now that I have you drooling and hungry, I'm going to remind you to join us all out here for our Grand Opening Festival on Saturday, June 24, 2017!  We are still finalizing all of the plans, but I'm in the mood to celebrate! Everyone was posting how sad they were when we closed our previous location seeew let's see you all get excited! I can't be the only one getting excited in this relationship!

That's all I have for today...but I want to thank you for helping us to create a new chapter out here in Charbonneau. It takes people to make any dream a reality and you all definitely have your part in the cast! Remember to always reach out for your own "Happily Ever After" and stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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The Mother's Celebration Brunch Re-Cap And Blog Give-Away Winner!

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Today we're happy to share Jan's featured project for our "What's For Breakfast? Mother's Celebration Brunch"which was held this past weekend here at the Shoppe!

But first...in celebration of Mother's Day....

Um...what am I trying to say here exactly? LOL.

As you might know by now, we offer our "What's For Breakfast?" event each month and each month, Jan  comes up with something cute as her featured project. Enter this cutie...

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For our Mother's Celebration Brunch, she wanted to feature something that would not just be cute, but practical for our guests who joined us. Something they could use immediately once they got home! Thus, this super cute pincushion - pictured above - was a hit!

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For most of our "What's For Breakfast?" events Jan provides a kit for her featured project and then attendees take it home and complete it. However, for this event she went the extra mile (literally there was a road trip involved) to do all of the prep-work so that our guests could finish this project while they were here.

Our next "What's For Breakfast?" will be Saturday, June 10 2017 from 9am-11am. Click here to register. We reveal her selected project at the event, so be sure to register now! We'd love to have you join us as new faces are welcome all the time! You can sign up for just one, or you can come to them all...it's always up to you! Just know...these projects are available to attendees only unless otherwise noted.

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As you can see a few people were excited to get started and Jan is always happy to help!

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A few folks were mesmerized by the intricate embellishments they were about to create! You'd think they were studying an organism.

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Others appeared to be distracted at what was under the table....

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I sure hope it wasn't this little dude......

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Relax. It wasn't. LOL. But he does come by the huge windows of our classroom to see what's happening!

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See Jayne with her pincushion.

Be like Jayne and finish your project! LOL.

Side Note: Jayne seems to surround herself with winners because three of the day's winners...were from her table. 

The moral of this story? Always...sit with Jayne.

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After the projects were completed it was time for a "Sharing Is Caring" session. 

I'm kidding. It's not really called that....but it could be! LOL.

It was the day of Jan's Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M. shares! These ladies (pictured above) all participated in either the Farm Girl Vintage or Barn Girl Vintage program Jan offered last year. We appreciate them taking the time to share their creations and we look forward to seeing them again during our Wrap Up Party which we will announce soon!

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It's also always nice to see what projects each of you have been working on and this month we had quite a few people bring in their favorite projects! Pictured above are a few that I was able to capture!

Now...for the moment many of you are probably waiting for on this post! The winner announcement of the Guernsey Charm Pack! With the help of the Random Number Generator, the winner is: Roberta Fosterman! Roberta wrote:

"I love your videos in your blog. They make me smile. Agree with Jayne's comment. There is nothing like living in Long Beach, WA. Blue skies, breezes and the sound of the surf. The best of times for creating treasures."

Be sure to tune in often as you never know when we will host another give-away!

Finally, I want to wish my own Mom a Happy Mother's Day! Without her creativity none of this would even happen! She continues to persevere and create and I am very thankful for all that she does!

Thank you to all of the women who joined us this weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all of you too! Leave a comment below and tell us what you thought!

Remember...stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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Another Day of Sun, Another Day For A Blog-Give-Away!

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Do you like our umbrella? It's "another day of sun" here in Oregon and another chance for a blog give-away! But first, it's just not quite a sunny day out here without dancing on some cars! After all we have a very large parking lot!

Oh yes, you had to know it was coming! How could I not pay tribute to one of my all-time favorite movies of 2016?

Is that just not the best??? I can't imagine the amount of work it took to get that sequence filmed! My favorite is the gal in the yellow dress with her dramatic poses.

You know what else I think about on a sunny day?

Coney Island.

More specifically this gorgeous Coney Island Fat Quarter Bundle from none other than the fabulous Fig Tree. With just one look at this bundle it's easy to imagine weathered boardwalks, beautiful beaches, carnival games and surprise...a QUILT! Summer seriously cannot get here fast enough...just don't be too hot!

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A sunny day couldn't have timed iteself anymore perfectly than it did today because the "Mothership" has also finished kits for our brand new Sunny Sunday Supper Table Runner sample (pictured below)! You will need the book, Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt to complete the project. Of course as my mom always does...she goes the extra mile with the details! She's even individually packaged the blocks to help you with block placement when you receive your kit!

These kits won't be around for long seeew be sure to pick one up on your next visit! Don't wait. I seriously say this every time and even though we have a website to order from as soon as you see it, there are those who wait a month later...and then they are gone. Seeew get it when you see it remains my motto!

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Speaking of Farm Girl Vintage....in addition to our Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M. (block-of-the-month) that we ran for 15 months last year, the "Mothership" also created our Barn Girl Vintage B.O.M. As if it wasn't enough to make all of those blocks three times, Jan (a.k.a the Mothership) and Christine sewed a fourth set for Barn Girl!

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Well would ya look at that! Customer Suzie R. (pictured above), being the radiant bursts of sunny days that she is, brought in her finished quilt from the program to share with us! Congratulations Suzie! Suzie is a fairly new quilter and she did a fantastic job! I also have to applaud Jan & Christine again on the color selection for these blocks! Now...we just need to get our sample finished! Chop, chop! LOL. If you missed out on the Farm Girl Vintage last time, don't worry...we will run it again as soon as we get to sit down and think!

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Seeew now that you get a feel for what brings a little bit of sunshine into our day, I'm going to ask you what brings the sun shining through to your day! Leave a comment below before 11:59pm on Thursday, May 11 and you just might win this beautiful Guernsey Charm Pack by Brenda Riddle of Acorn Quilt & Gift Co. for Moda.

Please make sure before you comment that you understand what item it is that is part of the giveaway;-) These giveaways only happen with support of our Shoppe so I want to thank you in advance for shopping our website and our physical store location.

I've got plenty more where this came from seeew leave a comment and stay seeew-cial! Staying seeew-cial means...calling me up to say hi, tagging us using #hollyhillquiltshoppe on Instagram & Facebook and stopping by to make me laugh ~ Brian

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Make This Quick Tea Towel In A Weekend!

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If you weren't able to join us for our April "What's For Breakfast?" event, we gave everyone who attended an introduction to paper piecing with this cute kitchen towel.

Whether it's just for you or a gift, it's a quick project that you can make in a weekend. The best part is that you can arrange the layout of your pattern to fit your own personal style!

All of the items needed to make this project are available to purchase here at the Shoppe. For our fabric we selected a variety of prints from Lori Holt's Sew Cherry 2, Flower Sugar , L's Modern, Lake House and Chloe's Closet Sew & Sew to name just a few.

WHAT IS JAN'S FEATURED PROJECT FOR MAY? Come find out! I can tell you it's adorable and something completely outside of what we've done in the past! Come with an eagerness to create something cute and you'll have a good time!

If you'd like to attend our "What's For Breakfast?" Mother's Celebration Brunch Event on Saturday, May 13 2017 call 503-694-8052.  The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 10 as we do have to give our final count to Priscilla for the brunch! Seats are beginning to fill up and they are limited seeew don't wait! The "Mothership's" featured project for May is a fabulous treat! Come join the fun!

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Be sure to follow our daily email inspiration because I'm showing a lot more there!

Stay Seeew-cial and remember...support your local quilt shops!  ~ Brian

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Join Us For Our Mother's Celebration Brunch! Saturday, May 13 12pm-2pm! Sunday Supper Giveaway Winner Announcement

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One of the events we most look forward to every month is our "What's For Breakfast?" event! For the month of May we kick it up a notch for our Mother's Celebration Brunch on Saturday, May 13 from 12pm-2pm. Mom's are special and what a better way to share the day before Mother's Day with a delicious brunch while enjoying all things quilting! We do have some seats left so it's not too late to register!  To register click here or call us at 503-694-8052.

For our "What's For Breakfast?" event Jan always shares her featured project, which is kept under wraps until the reveal! I can tell you that this month's project is going to make a fabulous gift for a favorite creative mom in your life...or maybe even yourself! The best part, you will be creating the project during the event! Pictured above are some of the various projects Jan has featured over the last several months. The way to acquire the project is by attending the event. On rare occasions Jan may offer a kit for purchase outside of the event (as she did with the Spring Daisy Wool Mat) but for the most part we keep the projects exclusive to the event.

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One of the highlights of the event is the sharing of favorite projects from all of you! Of course we always love to see what you're making with fabrics, patterns and kits from us here at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe, but it's also fun to see the variety of projects that mean so much to you from your own stories! Since 2014 there have been quite a few friendships made and it's always nice to meet new people! We are firm believers that the way you ensure there are quilt shops available in your future is to participate in one and support them.  Everyone is welcome to join us!

Before I get too much further I should add that Jennifer Ball (pictured with the Giraffe paper piecing quilt above) will be teaching a Foundation Paper Piecing class on Saturday, July 29. Registration will be available soon on our website seeew be watching for it!

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Speaking of workshops, Moda designer Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life will be teaching TWO workshops here at the Shoppe in September! Now is the time to register ladies and gentlemen...especially if you want to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount! You must be registered by May 31, 2017 to enjoy that special incentive! The regular workshop fee is $150 but if you register by May 31, 2017 it's $127.50 per workshop. Attend just one workshop or sign up for both! Sherri is an amazing designer and a wealth of knowledge with two books under her belt, a blog and fabric collections with Moda! This fee includes all instruction by Sherri and a catered lunch! Students also receive a 20% discount on class supplies purchased from our Shoppe! Click here to register for one of her workshops or call us at 503-694-8052.

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I'm going to keep it rather simple today but I know you've all been patiently waiting for the Sunday Supper Charm Pack winner announcement! Seeew without further delay, with the help of the Random Number Generator, the winner is:

Paula Overfield!

Paula said...

Brian, your enthusiasm is contagious. I am super excited to see that you will be offering the Vintage Farm Girl BOM again. I was so disappointed to not get in last time. The new shop is super cute and inviting and much closer to my home.

Congratulations Paula! Be sure to contact the Shoppe to arrange pick up of your prize! Thank you to everyone who participated and be watching for the next one! If you would like a Sunday Supper Charm pack or some Sunday Supper fabric, you can buy it all from us by clicking here!

Before I go, some folks have been confused as to where we are in the Chabronneau district. A.) The Charbonneau District is a planned community within the city limits of Wilsonville. We are no more than 10-15 minutes away from our previous location. B.) Once you enter Charbonneau, follow the green signs (which will be on the left hand side of the road) that say "Village Center/Golf Course." C.) Once in the "Village Center" we are at the end of the long white/cream building, under the flagpole.

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See this black and white striped umbrella? Well, we are located right next to that. It's an easy find out here and there is far more parking than we could have ever imagined in the previous location! No busy street to turn onto either! It really is bliss! There are also two other quilt shops (Sewn Loverly & Speckled Hen Quilts) in the area with entirely different styles from us. We are all just about 10 minutes from one another. That's the beauty of the independent quilt shop, we don't and should not...all have to be the same.

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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