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NATIONAL JELLY ROLL DAY AND SNOWMEN!

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National Jelly Roll Day is tomorrow Saturday, September 15, 2018! To celebrate we have hourly in-store specials for those who visit us in-person!

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The Smitten Sweet Escape Quilt Kit is here and we have one kit left. If you have pre-ordered this kit from us, you will be contacted soon once we have your coordinating fabrics cut.

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It has been a very busy last couple of weeks around the Shoppe. The "Mothership" was kind enough to put some things aside so that I could take care of some things in my own life and I sincerely appreciate her letting me do that. While I was gone, she and Christine got our new version of the Merry Merry Snowmen Quilt featuring our favorite colors of red and aqua...completed. They had to finish it up before the end of the BOM so that everyone could see it before we finished the program! They also were able to make a few kits for folks to pre-order here. To be fair to those in our BOM program, these kits will not ship until mid October seeew get your pre-orders in! Since this kit is $319 it will earn you a $30 Quilting Queen Certificate from us, automatically! If you have the pattern (which retails for $40) we can deduct that from the $319 if you let us know on your order.

Look how cute it is on the bench!

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The "Mothership" and Christine spent hours re-imagining this quilt which we initially made in red and tans back in 2011. I am in love with it. It's seeew fresh and cheery and compliments our signature Shoppe color (which is aqua) perfectly!

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If you like wool projects for the holidays, there is more where this came from! This is our Snowcatcher Kit and Christine is getting ready to put the little stitching details on it and it will be all set to go!

Now if you will excuse me, I've got to help both of them with set up for tomorrow's Breakfast Club which I will cover more details about after the event! If you haven't been to one of Jan's Breakfast Club's before they are a fun interactive way to make new friends, learn about the Shoppe and help build a solid quilting community! Plus, you always get a kit for a fabulous project (like this gorgeousness below), a breakfast snack and be eligible to win prizes!!!

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That's it for today everyone! Stay Seeew-cial and I'll be back with more! ~ Brian

 


A Bird & A New Song

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With the end of Summer fast approaching, I realized I needed to get out and enjoy our beautiful scenery around the Shoppe! Of course...it also helps when I have a new quilt and a new song to share with you!

 

Um...do ya think she did it on her own? LOL. I know I do this blog on my own. Maybe I need a song? Now I don't know much about Claire Richards...except that she is a rising star in the U.K., is 40 and has fabulous hair. Ya know...the important stuff.

As I've listened to it for the 20th time the video has hints of Wilson Phillips Hold On. If you don't know what that is....we can't be friends. LOL. But here's what I do know....life is full of adversity and everyone is dealing with something. Many of you come into the Shoppe, share your own stories and just know, I appreciate you.

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I also know that we have a new quilt kit and it's called, Bird Song!

Do you see the hidden bird on that stem?

Our kit of course includes ample fabric to complete the top and binding. You will need to purchase the Mini Quick Curve Ruler and book (which has 16 other projects) separately. All the information you need to know is right here.

Aren't ya glad I did all of this for you..."all on my own?" LOL. BTW...the "Mothership" creates kits for your convenience. We know how long it takes to assist someone in store several months after a kit has sold out.  Seeew...the moral of the story is to get it when I'm talking about it. If you want your project to look like we are showing, purchasing the kit is the best way to go. Not only are they excellently priced but you also receive Quilting Queen Rewards!

The "Mothership" made ours with the gorgeous Sunkissed fabrics from Tilda that arrived in the Shoppe this past June.

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Have you discovered Tilda yet? The fabrics are out of this world. Yes, they retail more because they are imported and a duty has to be paid, but they are seeew worth it!

Here's an idea of a pattern that would look amazing with some of these fabrics. Again, you will need the Quick Curve Ruler. Click the image to order the pattern or click here.

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The "Mothership" also used these fabrics in her "secret" project for our Mother's Celebration Brunch this past May. Apparently I forgot to share seeew here it is....it's that sweet little bag with the heart clasp below. Our next Breakfast Club is Saturday, September 15 from 9am-11am seeew come on in and join us as she has another "secret" project just for you!

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I should mention that the Sunkissed collection is starting to disappear from the shelves but never-fear there is a new collection scheduled for later this Autumn.

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I would love to continue my seeew-cial-fest for today, but I kind of promised my niece we'd go do something before Summer is over!

Stay Seeew-cial and you can definitely do it...on your own! ~ Brian

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Checking In With Our Merry Merry Snowmen B.O.M.

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I thought it was time to give you a peak at the progress of our Merry Merry Snowmen Block-of-The-Month. We began this program in March and I believe they just received block 6. There are nine blocks total seeew they will have this completed by November if our group stayed on task. Hee hee. I mentioned back in February that you would want to sign up for this program because it would be very cute. I only had a picture of block 1, and some asked to see the entire quilt but for this program the "Mothership" decided she would plan it as we went along. The good news is she will have a limited number of kits to sell (see the end of this post for more info).  Merry-Merry-Snowmen-1

Obviously, I never doubt the "Mothership" when it comes to her ability with color and fabric selection. She rocks it every single time. 

Before my post gets too long here's a little backstory about Merry Merry Snowmen.

The Bunny Hill Designs pattern has been around for quite some time. In fact, our first version we made was using the reds and tans from French General collections back in 2010/2011. We have since sold our original sample , but back in 2012 I had photographed our sample hanging on a chair to which someone pinned to Pinterest. It is the quilt that will not go away despite us having put it to rest here in the Shoppe. Every Autumn/Winter I get countless emails asking about it. I will remind you that Pinterest is not our website and pictures can be from years ago. Keep that in mind.

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This past December, a lifestyle blogger that focuses on kitchen fun with her three sons, took my picture from Pinterest and shared it with her 5 million followers. Of course she didn't give us a heads up and provided no details on her post except that she linked it to our shop. I woke up one morning to over 80 emails. It was overwhelming because nobody addresses an email properly anymore. Everyone was just shouting at me. "How can I get this quilt?" "You have a quilt. Snowmen. How can I get this to Florida before Christmas?" "Contact me with costs of this quilt. I live in Georgia." I started to get the feeling that the followers of this individual were not quilters. Don't get me wrong, some were but the majority of them basically thought we had them mass produced.

*Sigh*

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These will be the borders. Precious alert.

 

If the emails weren't pouring in, our phone was ringing non-stop keeping us very busy! Seeew thank you for that! Finally the Mothership contacted Anne Sutton (Bunny Hill Designs) and Anne was like, "What is going on????" LOL. We told her what happened and well...she doesn't keep a huge supply on hand either. Seeew we worked out an arrangement where she could produce so many each month as she has deadlines with Moda. I can't imagine her own frustration but she nevertheless delivered! THANK YOU ANNE! I then put up the pattern for pre-orders explaining that if you order between this date and this date, your pattern will ship in estimated month.

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What came next? Well...it all had to be shipped. I only share this because I want you to know there is a process and much time dedicated to a quilt shop. I've always said it is the most labor intensive of any retail.

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Since more and more people were wanting to make the quilt but didn't know how to obtain the fabrics, the "Mothership" began to put together a new version except this time instead of the red and tan, she would select our signature color of AQUA!

The result is the whimsical quilt she has re-created with unique and original fabrics for this version exclusive to our Shoppe! 

Seeew far it is nothing short of darling. I love the vintage feel and the red and aqua fits our new location here in Charbonneau, perfectly! In the end, it has been totally worth re-imagining.

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Well, as you can see I only have six blocks to share with you here. We still have three more months to go! We did close off the B.O.M. sometime ago, but the "Mothership" is making a limited number of kits that are available to order here and will be shipped in September. To re-imagine a quilt of this much detail requires a special amount of dedication and skill. You will not find a kit of these fabrics anywhere else. This is truly one-of-a-kind and we will only produce these kits once. Once they are gone....THEY ARE GONE.  If you are not an "on-line" person as I so often hear, you can call us at 503-694-8052 and speak with Jan (the Mothership) or Christine. 

Alright everyone! Thank you for joining me today! Stay merry and most of all stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian


Introducing Autumn Love & Everything Else Lori Holt!

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I don't know what happened to the month of July? Do you? It was here and then boom...GONE. As in year's past I feel like once August/September arrives, the rest of the year just flies by. Of course, if making seasonal projects is your thing now is the time to get busy!

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This year I told the "Mothership" that I really wanted to focus on Autumn. After witnessing our first Autumn here in Charbonneau last year - which helloooo it was gorgeous - I thought we needed to celebrate it more! Since the "Mothership" and Christine are huge Lori Holt fans, it's only obvious that I would share Lori's new Autumn Love Quilt! If you are not aware, Lori's new Sew Along for this quilt begins August 20 on her blog. We have complete kits available to order here and they will ship in October. Even though the Sew Along starts on her blog in August, there will be plenty of time to join her and work on this project. This is a pre-order and I highly suggest that you order soon.  We only kit with exact fabrics and sometimes when fabrics sell out it's difficult to restock kits.

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For the "Mothership" and Christine (above), they have spent the last four years obsessing over everything Lori Holt since the first session of our Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M.

We are just wrapping up Session 2 of this popular B.O.M. Which reminds me...those of you in our in-store program that didn't show up for the last meeting (and there were quite a few of you)....this little message is for you:

Will she do a third session of Farm Girl Vintage? I have no idea at this point but I do know that we are already underway with the Quilty Fun B.O.M. seeew if you want to sign up for that give us a call at 503-694-8052. Here's the first row that they worked on...

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Earlier this Summer we were lucky to have Lori Holt join us for a two day workshop. The workshop focused on a new project using her Sew Simple Shapes. Longtime customer Chris R. (below) was beyond thrilled to meet her favorite designer and get a chance to take a picture with Lori!

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For two days quilters from all over joined us in the classroom to celebrate and learn from Lori Holt herself. It was seriously the best two days EVER! If you have never met Lori, let me tell ya she is the absolute sweetest! You can tell that she puts a lot of thought into what she creates and she wants to spread joy with her art. She's a gift. A true gift!

 

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Can you imagine a room full of Lori Holt quilts??? How can you not be happy and walk with a bounce in your step? I mean????? There is seriously....no other way to live. BEE HAPPY!

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That's all I have for you today! Must get to work and get the doors open...for you. But listen, if you're not getting our daily emails you are missing out on a ton of news and new products! As I shared a the beginning of this post, we are preparing for Autumn and the "Mothership" is bringing in tons of new wool for some new Autumn inspired projects! I also have a lot to catch up on with blogging but I want to know what you want to know! Gotta leave me comments seeew I know what it is you want to hear or see more of!

Until next time...Stay Seeew-cial! :-) ~ Brian

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Rama Lama Lama Ka Dinga Dinga Da Dong! Check Out Our We Go Together 2018 Row By Row Experience Block

 

 

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Can you believe it is officially Summer??? Half the year has gone by already!  But let's not dwell...instead lets focus on the possibilities of our creative streaks and celebrate that the 2018 Row By Row Experience has officially begun! That's right, you can now visit the Shoppe to pick up a pattern or purchase a kit for our 2018 project...appropriately titled, "We Go Together." If you're not familiar with this yearly event, here's a brief description...visit participating shops throughout the country, Canada and Europe between now and September 4, collect a variety of rows, and complete a quilt using at least 8 different rows from 8 different 2018 participating shops. Be the first to bring it into a shop and you win a stash of 25 fat quarters! Win a bonus prize for using that storeโ€™s row in your quilt! That's kind of the basics...but for more details refer to my link at the end of this post.

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If you can't visit the Shoppe, you can pre-order our kit here on our website for November delivery. Yes...due to the rules of the Row By Row Experience, kits cannot be "shipped" until November because the point of the entire event is to visit your local quilt shops. This year's theme is "Sew Musical" so shops were encouraged to incorporate a little musicality into their rows.

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The "Mothership" had many requests to continue our vintage "Glamper" theme we began in 2016 so this year in honor of the "Pink Ladies" we added a fancy pink "glamper" complete with picnic table and radio. They of course are listening to "We Go Together." Because??? Why wouldn't you? The 36 pinwheels make this project extra sweet! While they look like a lot of work, if you use the 1.5" x 1.5" Bloc Loc they go together quickly and perfectly.

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This year's row will compliment our 2016 (top right) and 2017 (bottom) perfectly. I think we were doing vintage trailers long before they started popping up everywhere. The Row By Row Experience did offer some new sizes to work with seeew we chose the 18" x 18" Foxy Boxy Block. We are glad they did this because it will bring interest to your projects! Kits for all rows are available here.

The "Mothership" and Christine will be sewing all of our rows together with some new additions later on and I'll be sure to share it with you.

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Oh here's a little something from the "archives." LOL. My brother and I did "Grease" our Senior year of high school in 1993! I was Roger "The Mooning Champ of Rydell High" and he was Doody. He's not pictured so I'm guessing this was probably backstage - but from left to right we have Rizzo, Twinkie Jan and Marty! If you know anything about the musical (not the movie) Twinkie Jan and Roger have a "thing."

Seeew...if you love our project, and you will not be visiting the Shoppe between June 21 and September 4, 2018 you will have to pre-order the kit here on our website (www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com)These kits cannot ship until November but at least you will have it pre-ordered. There is absolutely no guarantee we will have kits left after the event is over so get your preorder in to ensure you get one!

For all other information about the Row by Row Experience, click here.

That's it for today! Thank you for joining us and see you at the Shoppe! ~ Brian


True Blue: I Love You

 


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LISTEN...๐ŸŽผ I've had all the "lines"....I've displayed them many times, but I never knew love before 'till Feedsacks: True Blue arrived on the floor...๐ŸŽผ

What can I say? I'm a child of the 80's and I'm guilty as charged when it comes to favoring some of the 80's most memorable pop-tarts!

But what you really came here for was this....๐Ÿ’™

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Moda has a new designer. Her name is Linzee McCray, she loves feedsacks and her new collection Feedsacks: True Blue is featured in this gorgeous quilt called Lulee's Garden by May Chappell (above). The collection is also available in the Shoppe now and on our website. Imagine that? 

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Linzee has had a long love-affair with feedsack prints and has written a book about them: Feed Sacks: A Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric. She selected blue for her first collection with Moda because - as she shared with Moda's Carrie Nelson last fall, โ€œI selected blue for my first collection because I grew up in a house of blue โ€“ as a child, I ate off blue dishes, walked on a blue carpet, and was frequently dressed in blue clothing sewn by my blue-loving mother. Blue is comforting, classic and modern all at the same time."

Of course we absolutely agree on the comforting, classic and modern thing!
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It just seeew happens that while looking at this True Blue Fat Quarter Bundle (this one has 19 cotton Fat Quarters P.S.), I thought "Ya know...these blues work amazingly well with Sweetwater's Harmony!" Seeew I did what comes natural to me and I added 9 more blue Fat Quarters to create this....
 
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This right here....this is the Out of The Blue Fat Quarter Bundle which I have named after another 80's pop sensation - Debbie Gibson's 1987 mega hit album, "Out of The Blue!"
 
Contrary to popular belief, she was not a one-hit-wonder. You haven't lived until you have crammed your foot into a pair of rollerskates to couple skate to "Only In My Dreams" or "Shake Your Love!" Of course I was a true "10"๐Ÿ˜‚ in the skating rink - decked out in my multiple SWATCH watches and jelly bracelets. The best part was always skating to the lights of the disco ball!
 
Anyway...this bundle includes 28 Fat Quarters and blends traditional with a touch of modern!
 
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Someone even mixed some Project Red in with this. Of course, I don't know what they are planning to make with all of this but the red, white and blue definitely works together!
 
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The Feedsacks collection is still seeew new that we haven't had time to make anything from it, but here is another beautiful quilt that we have been considering especially since we love Dresden's. It's called the "Bloomin' Dresden" by May Chappell. It looks huge but it's only 56" x 56". Look at all that space for some fab quilting!
 
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If you want to add in more color to the blue and white bundles that I showed you above, you may want to get yourself one of these....
 
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Since we like to provide a few options when ordering from our website, I created the prints only FQ bundle seeew that you can add these into whatever-it-is you're going to end up making.
 
I will let you in on a little secret: We've already sold out of the Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes seeew something tells me the Charm Packs and Mini Charm Packs won't last much longer.
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The canister set of 3 is just a little extra somethin' special and it has a fantastic price point. It's one of those "Gotta Have It" even if you don't know exactly what you will use them for at the time. It never hurts to cute up your creative space!
Oh I almost forgot...there is one more quilt we should consider! I always like it when we mix up traditional fabrics with a contemporary pattern. It's always a WOW! I believe this is Metro Rings. We've done Metro Hoops before, but we may want to experiment with "Rings". What do you think? Just an FYI: You will need the Quick Curve Ruler to complete this quilt.
 
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Of course there's always more where this came from and I'm very happy to report that there are two more upcoming collections that will have a gorgeous selections of blues. The collections are...
 
 
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Look for these collections coming to the Shoppe this August/September! As some of you know, we will be celebrating the release of Clover Hollow with a 2 Day Workshop Retreat with Moda designers, Sherri McConnell and Chelsi Stratton September 21 & 22! You can learn all about it and register here on our website. Seats are now beginning to fill up and we have seven spots left. Don't wait!
 
๐ŸŽผSeeew....if you should ever doubt, wonder what your next quilt will be all about.....just think back and remember dears...these things I share with you here.๐ŸŽผ 
 
That's it for today! Stay in tune for more and ....
 
Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian