I've had a very busy week as the "Mothership" and I prepare for many things that we have happening right now, but I wanted to announce our winner from the Little Darlings Giveaway! With the expertise of the Random Number Generator, it is with pleasure that we announce the winner! The winner is....
I luv luv luv this cute collection. They would make a really cute quilt for some lucky baby.
Congratulations Lonnie! You are definitely #winning! We will be in touch with your prize! Thank you for participating and thank you to all who submitted comments! Be watching for our next one very soon!
The last month around here has been filled with constant creativity! If you thought for a second we were done...not a chance. To our supporters, you know I have told all of you to stay tuned into this blog, and I truly hope you are. As I look over the orders that continue to come in, I see so many names that I recognize and it is very much appreciated. We also see many new names seeew if that's you, welcome and thank you! I said we would discuss things about our physical store location when the time is right, but we still are not 100% "there" yet. The subject encompasses seeew many things that I have broken it down into categories and honestly...I don't have time for that.
Today...I'm simply going to remain focused on the present. If you don't, you miss out.
During this downtime not only have we been creating but we've also been spending a lot of time together as family. In fact, some of them insist on getting their faces into our business.
That's Chance pictured above! He's my little Lhasa and he will be four this year! Has it been that long? He somehow reminds me of these adorable little sheep below but come to think of it, he sort of reminds me of that Llama's face at the top. He's a Lhasa Llama. LOL.
Have you seen this collection yet?
It's called Darling Little Dickens and it is precious as precious can be. Sheep, bears, bees, ducks and bunnies...there are ample choices for the cuteness factor. If you prefer softer, neutral shades for your favorite little one, this collection is for you. The itty bitty prints and colors work for boys and for girls.
Jenna, my niece, is now ten and lately she's starting to express her creativity by selecting fabrics and telling my mom what she wants. Ever since Darling Little Dickens arrived she had been telling us she wanted a quilt made with some of the fabrics. She also insisted she have a quilt with llamas. I honestly have no idea where her fascination with llamas has come from, but nonetheless, the "Mothership" knew exactly the pattern she would use.
We love Jenna's selection! She loves polka dots and insisted the little polka dot print be her background. For more contrast between the llama and the background you could also use a solid that is a smidge darker like these gorgeous backgrounds for a more mature Lloyd & Lola.
I love these soft greens and pinks. You know....you can even do Easter with a few of these prints. Think outside of the box.
That little dot though is the definition of sweet.
The quilting was done by the lovely Melissa Hoffman of Fiddlestitches. No...she's not a store, but she has been helping us look seeew good with her amazing quilting since 2006! Even her more basic designs (as shown in Lloyd & Lola) always compliment the quilt instead of taking away from it. Now, we just need to get it bound and to Jenna's bedroom it goes!
Pictured below are the puddle blues from the collection. I love the soft hue and it pairs up beautifully with the "toast" (I call it taupe) from the collection.
As you can see the "Mothership" is pairing up the puddle blue, toast and the cloud white. She's been cutting for a fun little project that I will show you later....
BTW...I've been able to catch up on a lot of movies and shows since our new chapter began.
Um...is anyone loving "This Is Us?"
How did I not know about this show? Even Priscilla "Queen of the Dessert" knew about this show before I did. I sent her a text, "Um Priscilla...do you know about this show?" and she was like, "OMG I looooooooove that show!"
I don't watch a lot of network television seeew I literally just discovered it two nights ago but....the "Mothership" and I are hooked. Amazing writing. Seeew far my favorite character is Kate and my favorite episode is "Pilgrim Rick." I lost it when Kevin decides to pass on the pilgrim hat. I have many more episodes to catch up on, so that may change, but seeew far those are my favorite things about the show.
I'm telling you this show is so good, I even shed a tear during the After Show for the "Pilgrim Rick" episode:
Alright, that's it for today! As the title implies, yes we are doing a giveaway here on the blog! One lucky winner will win the Darling Little Dickens Charm Pack pictured below. Be sure to leave a note in the comments below by 11:59pm PST February 13 to be eligible to win! I sometimes wonder if anyone actually reads these entries. LOL. I get so many emails that write to me about something I showed here, so remember... I've included links directly to the product in this entry. We appreciate your continued support!
Can't wait to see the many of you who signed up for February's Breakfast Club! We've got one of the biggest crowds we've ever had for this monthly event so we definitely feel the love! Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian
Be prepared for a long entry today as we have been very busy around here!
Last week, the "Mothership" launched sign ups for her new Wooly Barn Block of The Month program which will begin in March 2017 and is pictured at the top. The blocks in this program will feature beautiful 100% hand-dyed wool barns set on textured backgrounds. We have covered all of the details of the program hereand we hope you will join us.
If you were in the in-store Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M., we hope you are sewing your quilts together because we will be having some news for all of you soon! If you participated via on-line and mail, send us pictures of your finished quilts to email@example.com.
Now...I hope you all are enjoying our February Super Bolt Sale and that you are ready for lots of new! We've been working on so many things that it's difficult for me to pick just one. Seeew...don't worry because I'm going to show them all to you!
Pictured below is our new Chestnut Street Quilt. Can I just mention how absolutely lovely those fabrics in our kit look against that aqua cutting mat above? I love that Lori Holt brought some life to those boring green mats. Genius.
One thing I know for sure after doing this for 12 years is...you absolutely know you're going to love a quilt when it looks gorgeous without quilting. Oh sure there may be a few wrinkles but it is a blank canvas for everything your imagination can dream up! This quilt was a dream to sew together and the colors are a delight on the eyes.
Ahhh...you've discovered Florence. She's a Flamingo with nine different ensembles and she wears them all beautifully! You can view the entire quilt by clicking here. You'll notice that the "Mothership" even went as far to package each flamingo's fabrics individually in our kitto help you with placement when sewing your quilt together. Now, that's going the extra mile which is something we always do around here!
These kits are going quickly seeew don't write to me next year when you see it on Pinterest.
I can't help but notice how whimsical these Flamingos might also look with some of the Kimberbell Basics as shown in this new Fat Quarter Bundle.
There are two other projects in the works including this cute little Easter project using Lori Holt's new fabrics....
And another new project using our favorite fabrics from American Jane. Here is just a picture of the fabrics as we are piecing it now!
That's really all I can fit into one post for today. Don't forget to shop our February Super Bolt Salewhich continues all month long! Over 200 bolts of Lori Holt, Moda, Maywood Studios, Benartex, Michael Miller fabric are all $3.99 to $6.99yd. 1yd min. cuts or more to receive the sale price. We have also created a Sale Pattern section in which we are clearing out many patterns on sale! Our finished quilt samples that we will no longer be using for display are also on sale here.
Eight years ago my mom had mentioned she wanted to create a fun little Christmas event that would be exclusive to our Shoppe.
Um...notice I just said, "little."
Over the last eight years this "little" idea grew into a favorite event destination in which new and familiar faces joined us from around the country. This "little" idea came to be known as "Homespun & Holly." What began as a one night event quickly grew into a three day event. It was and is a beloved Shoppe tradition creating memories and friendships each holiday season.
This year my friend and colleague from our time at Disney, Brian Huff ...wrote a theme-song which celebrates all that makes this event seeew special! Yes, his name is nearly similar to mine. In the years since our days at Disney, Brian moved to Nashville with his wife and just let me know last week he will be performing a song on the Grand Ole' Opry stage in the Spring! Listen carefully for the shout-out to my beloved Priscilla "Queen of the Dessert" in this catchy little tune.
Oh look who it is! Yes, kids...that's me. I am the one who writes nearly everything you read. This year the "Mothership" (a.k.a. Jan) planned this dapper ensemble which was sewn by Christine. Who knew Christine was quite the seamstress? Uh..we did! Now all I needed was a horse and buggy.
Let me first tell you that preparation for our biggest workshop of the year is a bit of a beastly task. It doesn't happen overnight. This year, the "Mothership" found these fantastic tins that she used to hold the "secret" featured projects from our invited designers. The sight of these tins placed for our guests definitely helped in "making spirits bright!" Our invited designers included Kathy Cardiff of the Cottage at Cardiff Farms, Moda designer, Brenda Riddle (Acorn Quilt & Gift Co.), Sherri Falls of This & That, Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin, and local designer Debbie Busby of Wooden Spool Designs.
This year we featured five "secret" projects which were designed exclusively for our workshop by our invited designers. Seeew in other words this means you need to attend to receive. It's the gift that keeps on giving. From left to right: Top Left: Kathy Cardiff designed a holiday reminder pincushion to keep you on task during the busy holiday season. Top Right: Debbie Busby designed this darling Joy Banner that could be hung on your tree or across any fireplace mantle. Bottom Left: Stacy West created a holiday gift bag complete with wool applique. Middle Right: Brenda Riddle designed an elegant needle keep. Bottom Right: As a break from all of the stitching, Sherri Falls taught a new technique for embossing candles with cute vintage stamps and glitter.
It is almost a tradition in itself that I work through the night before the first workshop to ensure everything is cleaned up and ready-to-go. Seeew, even though I am half awake...it is the smiles, the laughter and people just having a good time that makes me say, "O.K. let's do this again."
With all of the details in place, it was time to let in our guests.
As I look at these pictures I can't help but marvel at the fact that each year we have folks from across the country join us for this event. If I'm not mistaking, I believe that's Katie looking at me taking the picture (below). If memory serves me well...she came all the way from Colorado just for our workshop! Throughout the three days we had people come from Georgia, North Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Washington and California in addition to our local Oregonians.
Lunch is always a special time. Not simply because we all get to eat, but because of the desserts. Our caterer, who I have dubbed Priscilla Queen of the Dessert ensures that a different dessert is served each day. As always, she does not disappoint. Contrary to popular folklore, I only had one of each.
I know. I can hear the gasps and the clutch of the pearls.
Are they not dreamy? Your tastebuds will thank you with each and every bite. Trust me.
Below is the lovely Sherri Falls of This & That. If you love Christmas themed quilts, you just might be familiar with Sherri. For the last two years she has produced some fabulous quilt books including Winter Wonderland and Holiday Wishes. Jayne, Freda and Rebecca enjoyed the break from stitching with Sherri's candle project.
One thing I know for sure is local quilt shops are not just for creating quilts, but they also create friendships. This group of ladies below and above met during our 15 month Farm Girl Vintage Block-of-The-Month and monthly Breakfast Clubs. We can't thank them enough for their friendship and constant support. Linda, Jan T., Cathy, Beth, Freda and Gwen. Thank you all seeew much!
Of course after everyone has eaten they are ready to rock it to our theme song in a way that quilters will only understand. Who knew Kathy Cardiff could get down like that...LOL. Look at her with her hands up in the air. Great designer. Something tells me she's the first one on the dance floor when it comes to line dancing!
Seeew...that wraps up the 8th Annual Homespun & Holly Workshop. You can check out other videos from the festivities on the front page of our official website www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com.
As you may have heard, we have closed our physical store front location for now as of January 1, 2017. We are still available on-line and still provide the quality fabric, kits, patterns and more you've expected from us for the last 12 years at www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com. Trust me, we've read all of the comments posted on our Facebook and Instagram. We know we have a passionate group of supporters and no one knows better than us how "sad" the situation is. There were many factors in this decision and when I feel the time is right, I may have an open discussion about those factors. In fact, I believe it would do the quilting community AND the quilting industry some good to have that discussion.
For now, I will simply thank you for reading and remind everyone to stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian
Let's just say I'm listening to all of my favorite songs right now. I'm sure the clips I post will vary greatly as a reflection of how I feel. Yes, I know you want to see pictures of quilts, fabrics, and give you product information, but right now...I just can't. That's not where I am. If you want that stuff, sign up for our email inspiration at www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com.
The drum beat echoes are your comments of support. The hidden boats are the quilts. The island is a destination. We know where we are and we know who we are.
First of all...if you are coming to my blog because someone takes my images and re-posts them on Pinterest, please understand that my current posts feature current projects and products. If you are trying to find an item on our website from posts older than 2016...things sell out and we move forward with new products. We wouldn't want you to miss out on the NEW seeew subscribe to the blog feed to keep up with us!
Jan (a.k.a. the "mothership") has finished Block 8 for our Barn Girl Vintage Block of The Month and it is super cute as they always are! If you are in our on-line program, blocks are in the process for mailing. If you participate with the in-store program, your blocks are now ready to pick up.
'Tis the season for a busy shopping day, seeew can't talk about much today! But trust me...I have a TON on my mind! In fact, our new website is still a work-in-progress! I recently started getting this page switched up! It's a process and takes time seeew I appreciate the patience of ya'll!
I will remind you that our Toast To The New Year Brunch will be New Years Eve from 9am-11am. Register here. Our caterer Priscilla is serving up a luscious warm breakfast brunch and Jan of course will be providing a kit of her featured project which is always super cute! New faces are welcome all the time! If you love to laugh, make new friends, share your own treasures....come join us!
Holiday Hours for the next week are the following which are subject to change without notice should the weather turn frigid or cause a delay:
Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day (for obvious reasons)
Closed Monday (regularly closed on Mondays for the last eight years)
Tuesday, December 27 - Friday, December 30 10am-5pm
Saturday, December 31 11am-3pm (If you are attending the New Years Eve Brunch, please park in the garage and use the hall/lobby entrance)