A Green Dragon Gets Me Everytime

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I'm taking a break from product today because sometimes I don't want to be an info booth here on the blog. The best way to learn what is new in the Shoppe is to sign up for our daily email inspiration or visit our on-line store. Otherwise sometimes I'm feeling like I'm doing double-work. My blog is to have conversations and share things we like, even outside of the quilting realm. Seeew that said... I am very excited for Disney's live-action version of Pete's Dragon! Did you know the director for this re-make was living out of the back of his car nine years ago? While this new modern-take isn't even close to the 1970's version I grew up on (no Helen Reddy and singing every 10 minutes), early reviews are raving about this all-new heart warming story. I already bought this song from the soundtrack! P.S. I'll save the "tear jerker" for later.

 

I'm going to try and see it this weekend when we get some down time. I'll definitely keep you posted, but if you see it before me let me know in the comments! Remember when I predicted box office gold for an Ice Queen named Elsa? Well...I did. LOL. Seeew...there's that. Sorry you weren't here then to witness that milestone.

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He's so cute! Is he not? He reminds me of my little Lhasa, Chance. There has been a debate about why they didn't give him scales. Uh...because scales aren't as cute as fur. Duh. Since quality-family films have been few and far between this summer, I have a feeling this too will be very successful. BTW..there's a new princess coming up this Thanksgiving named, Moana. Hula skirts are going to be big this holiday season. Just tellin' ya now.

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Doesn't it look exotic?? The word from my Disney friends is the animation is dreamy.

Stay Seeew-cial! Remember when you had your own "maps drawn?" I do!

~ Brian


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Sugar Pines, Blue Barn & Mahalo

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We have the new Sugar Pines Blue Barn Quilt Kit on the website today using those beautiful Blue Barn cottons and Blue Barn batiks! Quilts like this...are quite the masterpiece and never go out of style. Like...ever. You can never go wrong with the traditional colors of blue and cream. 50 years from now, a family member is going to open it up and relish it the same way you did when you finally finished it. Just something to think about boys and girls. Isn't it pretty? You can order your complete kit here.

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If you haven't been into the Shoppe to check out the Blue Barn collection, whatcha' waiting for? The collection is very popular and if you love classic blues, the time is now to start building a quilt with them. When we view collections to purchase them, it's often 4 to 6 months before delivery. Seeew, when I'm sharing what's in the Shoppe now....that's when you want to start planning your dream quilt if you don't already see one. Both the Sugar Pine Quilt and our Blue Barn Quilt blend cotton and batiks.

Speaking of the Blue Barn Quilt....

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One of the reasons we invest seeew much into making our quilt samples, is so that we can pass the savings onto you. For example, the pattern for this quilt states to use both a Blue Barn cotton Fat Quarter Bundle and a Blue Barn batik Fat Quarter Bundle for variety. But let's be honest...who is going to put a cream barn on top of a cream background? That cream/tan barn is going to get lost and not show up. By adding two Fat Quarter Bundles to our kit, that would make the price of our kit $200. Does anyone see a cream/tan barn in this pic? I sure don't. 

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Seeew Jan prepared our kits with both the blue cotton and batik Fat Quarters as shown. We also give you plenty of background, binding and the pattern. Our kit price...$124.99.

The extra work of planning she put into creating our kits just saved you $80. You're welcome.

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Last weekend we were fortunate to have Moda designer Sherri McConnell here at the Shoppe teaching two separate workshops. I'll try and post a recap later seeew that you can see some of the beautiful variations each of these ladies made of Sherri's Grandmother's Fan pattern (which has since been renamed to Mahalo).

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Since this is a post about those luscious Blue Barn fabrics, I figured I would show longtime customer Sharon Loun's version of the Mahalo pattern which is pictured above. Isn't it gorgeous? It's proof that this pattern is very versatile and looks great in just about anything! I'll try and get a re-cap up to show you the versions I saw being made over the weekend but for now, here is a reminder of what the entire project looks like using Sherri's original sample.

Until next time....stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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Our July Breakfast Club Featured Project!

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Today we hosted the "Mothership's" (a.k.a. Jan for the newbies) monthly Breakfast Club and as expected, our eager club goers were waiting in a line to get in! I see Lynn, Patty, Eyvonne and Linda are near the front of check-in! For the month of July we had a "Christmas In July" theme. I say it over and over again...you need to at least begin selecting your Christmas fabrics now if you have any hope of having your projects ready to decorate your home in November & December.

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As you can expect from Jan's Breakfast Club...the featured project was super cute and is pictured above! Our group of anxious quilters received materials to make all three projects -including the jar, lid and cookie cutter!  We haven't finished the embroidery on the towel yet, but is this not just darling? I mean...how can you not smile? Believe it or not though, nobody was even looking at this pattern when I had it on the floor. Seeew like clockwork - everyone now wants it. I continue to be enchanted by the way Quilt World flows. Anyway, if you want to join us for our next Breakfast Club you need to register by clicking here. I've included all information in the link seeew I won't be repeating it here. The next one is Saturday, August 27 9am-11am. We keep the featured project a secret until the club meets but helloooo....judging by these pics, I think I will sign up right now!

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Is this "Hot Hexie" not the cutest? It can serve as a hot pad/pot holder that can also make a great gift idea for your friends. Add a cookie cutter along with a recipe card (maybe even a gift card to Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile) <----Smooth Brian, very smooth - and you will be the talk of your gift exchanges! Little tip from the Mothership; You can make the canister jar wrap in a few different styles to change out with the seasons!

I hadn't thought about it before, but it is a lot of work to prepare for a two hour "club!" Over the last two days, both Jan and Christine spray painted lids, ran around to every store they could think of to find the glass knobs, canning jar cookie cutters, and made it back in time to cut and package up all this goodness for our guests!

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BTW...they do all of this in addition to working our Shoppe floor (which is a whole new world Jasmine), cutting and packaging our Farm Girl B.O.M kits, our Barn Girl Kits, our shop kits, process incoming inventory, sew the projects up so you you can see them...the list goes on and on.

Speaking of samples, here's a new sample Dorene just recently finished piecing with some adorable Lil' Red fabric...and of course Jan has made complete quilt kits here! When I say complete I mean complete. The book, pattern, the fabric to make the entire quilt top including binding. Our kits are made ahead of time. Do you know what happens when we don't have kits made up? People come in and want us to make the quilt exactly like ours. Seeew that's why we kit.

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 If anyone thought for a minute that having a quilt shop was just sitting around sewing and employing friends...LOL. Mmmk.  Seeew I send a big thank you to both the "Mothership" and Christine for their countless hours of dedication in making our Shoppe look seeew good and providing me with plenty of content. 

And if you love it or just like what we do please...don't tell it to me, tell it to them! I'm simply kind-of-like the Quilt-A-Razzi...LOL. 

"Look over here. Work the camera. Own it. Work it."

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While Priscilla "Queen of the Dessert" is out on her dreamy Summer Vaca, Andrea from Cafe West Linn catered the breakfast snack for this month's Breakfast Club! If you haven't been to her cafe, she is the new owner and is super sweet! She's just two doors down from the Shoppe and is a great example of why you should #shoplocal.

The fabrics used in the featured project are Lori Holt's Cozy Christmas. We have the entire collection but it's getting picked at daily.  The collection is also available in flannels which would make adorable pajamas!

What else can I show ya? Oh trust me, I have plenty more where this came from but you'll have to wait until next time! Don't forget to sign up for the August Breakfast Club on August 27, 2016 9am-11am. Over half of the seats have been filled in just one day!

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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Moda's Blue Barn & Wool & Needle IV Are Here!

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With lots of new arrivals, we have been super busy around the Shoppe. New fabric is arriving daily and right along with all of that fabric are new projects! It's during these moments where I try and keep everyone connected as much as I possibly can seeew I hope you are enjoying!

The Blue Barn Quilt Kit pictured above will not last long. Much like the Homestead quilt we showed last year, these kits are already disappearing as we have only one batch (as you can see by my pile) and six of those have already sold! The beauty of our kits is you're going to get exactly what you need to complete your favorite quilt. Our kits are prepared with your convenience in mind. How many times have you been to a quilt shop and you have to wait behind someone who is planning an entire quilt because the kit sold out? Uh-huh. I know you all know what I'm talkin' about! Seeew personally...we love kits. The work has been done for you and you can grab and go! You can order yours here. Blue-Barn-Quilt-Kit5

The collection features cotton prints and batiks. We tend to keep our batiks limited to certain color palettes and this blue combo is divine. Our favorite thing is to mix batiks with cottons as it tends to add a lot of interest to our quilts. I guess we will have to see what we can come up with!

Can I pause for a moment. Do you know how NOISY it is in our building? My office is next to the men's room and beneath the staircase of the building. I hear urinals flushing (no hand washing though...ew), doors slamming, high heels clacking across my ceiling with calves of steel, loud talking....it truly is a miracle that I can put this blog together today. LOL. Do they think I live in a barn (wink)? LOL. I'm trying to write a speech here!

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The very popular pre-cuts are available with this collection including Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls and Fat Quarter Bundles. One of our students (shout out to Sharon) in Sherri McConnell's upcoming Grandmother's Fan Workshop is going to be using Blue Barn and I know it is going to be FABULOUS! Good for her! Sharon...if you're reading this....when your quilt is done, I'm going to feature you and your quilt on the blog. Just letting you know now!

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Also new this month are these gorgeous Wool & Needle Flannels (pictured below)! Neutrals, greys and beautiful blues make up this entire collection! Such great colors for a guy like myself (hint to the Mothership). I already know that our Swoon quilt made with greys and blacks is mine for the taking seeew now...I need a flannel quilt to compliment it. Right??? You can never have too many quilts ladies and gentlemen...I don't care if your fabric is taking over your closet. Start buying patterns from your favorite local quilt shop and get busy using up that fabric seeew you can buy more!

SNAP! SNAP!

No excuses.

That's all and stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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Seven Letters

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Before I begin...do you all know we open at 9am on weekdays? I'm going to throw a pop quiz, seeew make a note of it. LOL.

It's New Quilt Day here on the blog and I don't know about you, but new-anything makes me feel like dancin! Since we have a TON of new, I guess I'll be dancing for awhile. Give it a try for five minutes...you'll feel better!

 

The "Mothership" had a stash of Fig Tree fabrics that she was itching to use up. The end result is 7 Letters by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. - otherwise known as the very talented Carrie Nelson. Carrie now does a lot of work with and for Moda, seeew at this moment I'm not exactly sure if she still is doing the "designing-pattern-thing" full time or not, but what I can tell you is we have plenty of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. patterns right here in this link.

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Now I know someone out there will ask me, "Do you have a kit?" because they already have been asking us in-store. The answer is no. We don't. Jan simply put this one together just for her. Quilt World baffles me regarding kits. When we work hard...countless hours to create kits, it seems like daily everyone and their cat wants just the pattern. MEOW. The minute we offer just a pattern, everyone and their dog wants a kit. WOOF. There is no winning. LOL. Of course, when we don't have kits Jan and Christine have to spend an hour or more putting together something for someone who is afraid of color selection...we get it, it can be intimidating but that's where the beauty of a kit comes into play. Seeew you see the moral to this story ladies and gents...is-to-purchase-a-kit when it is being offered. It is done for your convenience and to create a more pleasurable shopping experience for you in terms of time. You'll have more time to dance. LOL.

If kits are not your thing, we have plenty of patterns around the Shoppe squealing for you to get creative. Isn't this just dreamy?

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One of the things you'll notice around the Shoppe is that the fabrics are getting brighter. It has often been forgotten that when we opened in 2005 we didn't carry primitive/reproduction fabrics at all. It wasn't until 2008 when we moved into our current location that we began to carry those types of fabrics. By 2011 we had dedicated our entire back section to that style.  Five years later, we are back to our origins and it's exciting! Will we have more primitive and reproduction in the months and years ahead, I don't know. It will depend on what the designers are creating. Is it going to look the same and will you purchase it...are the questions we ask. We just may surprise you.

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For now though, the fabrics you see on our website, in our daily email, our Instagram and Facebook pages...those are the fabrics you will find at the Shoppe. In fact, the "Mothership" just started playing with these beauties (above) last night! I think it's going to be a sweet table runner! I love her taste - even her piles of fabric are fascinating. LOL.

BTW...have you noticed Sew & Sew??? Look at these perfect ruler prints! I already know they will make great bindings!

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I made some Fat Quarters for fun. LOL. "What are you doing tonight?"

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We do have a new kit called what-else.....the Sew & Sew Quilt Kit. It is absolutely adorable and if you have a bright, cheerful sewing room...it will look FABULOUS not only because of the colors but because the pattern uses that adorable ruler print!

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Last but not least today is our kit for the sweet project known as Kitchen Sink.

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As our loyal readers know, the wonderfully talented Sherri McConnell (author of Fresh Family Traditions and A Quilting Life) will be here Friday, August 5 & Saturday, August 6 to teach two fantastic workshops including the Kitchen Sink Workshop (above). Well, the "Mothership" was able to create kits that look just as fabulous as the original project! Seeew if you can't join us for the workshop and would like the fabric kit click here. The fabric kits are only $39.99 ea. You will need the book Fresh Family Traditions and this template to complete the project. We still have four seats left and it's not too late to join us!

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That's it for today everyone! I've got to get the day started now that we open at 9am seeew come by and say hi!

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian

 

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Homespun & Holly Retreat Workshop Designer Feature #1 - Meet Moda Designer, Brenda Riddle of Acorn Quilt & Gift Co.

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It's July and you know what that means! You don't? Well...let me spell it out for you the best I can: You have five months until Christmas.
 
Yes it may be 100 degrees where you are, but cue the music!!! The countdown has begun! 
 
 
 
Oh yes, we've officially passed the halfway point. Like....hellloooooo, what have you been doing?
 
Um...quilting? What do you think this is? A quilt store? LOL.
 
Seeew listen up ladies and gents, I know from first-hand experience we put on one heck of a holiday retreat workshop! This year I am excited because not only do we have a brand new workshop space to decorate, but the workshop is actually in December! Can we say...magical??? We also have a handful of new designers joining us who have never presented at "Homespun & Holly" before seeew this year is extra special! New space, new folks, new time! Nowhere else can you get five nationally known designers, supplies to create your projects and a catered lunch for $200. We have seats left for Sunday, December 4 but they are filling up!  I've covered all details here and highly suggest reading it seeew you know what it's all about in case it's your first time! Or...you can call me, I dig talking all things Homespun & Holly! Operators standing by.
 
 
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When we come home for the holidays, we have always felt it's important to know a little something about your hosts and other guests prior to arriving. Therefore I have decided to squeeze into my crazy work schedule extra blog posts about our designer friends who will be joining  us...and today I am featuring Moda designer, Brenda Riddle! We have some of Brenda's patterns for sale on our website here.
 
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Now...here's the scoop on Brenda. The word in Quilt World is she's a "bolt hugger" and get this little bit of juicy gossip...that's her brother in the photo above! I know...talk about the 4-1-1 lowdown! Just call me an extension of TMZ.
 
Prior to creating patterns for quilts and needlework, Brenda worked in architecture and design. She created her company, "Acorn Quilt & Gift Company" with the idea that "from little acorns, mighty oaks grow!" Wow, that's gooooood. Love it. I'm going to guess that I'm probably still a little acorn. Can I be a filbert? My eyes are hazel seeew maybe I might be a hazelnut? LOL. Brenda says that every project is about  "taking those little steps that add up to our "true works of heart."
 
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I kind of learned this same lesson from Grandmother Willow when she dips her leaves to make ripples in the water for Pochahontas, "so small at first, but someone...has to start them."
 
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I grabbed the images above from Brenda's Instagram (per her permission of course). As you can see it's full of inspiration and her cute little dog, Bailey. Everyone needs a cute little dog to share life with. Brenda also does a lot of embroidery, applique and needlework which seeew excites me because my "Mothership" is always looking for smaller projects. Look at that cute little wool pattern with the flower basket and chicks! If she makes cute stuff like that I'm betting money she's got something very cute for Homespun & Holly!
 
Brenda recently began designing beautiful vintage style fabric with the fabulous Moda. Her first collection, Ambleside was released in 2015 seeew this makes her one of their newest designers! Her collection for 2016 is called Fleurs (it's the collection at the top of the above image) and will be delivering to your favorite quilt shop in November...this of course means we just may have it in time for her visit! Love it when that happens!
 
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Brenda's color palette often reflects the colors you'd see walking on an English shoreline or through an English village in the spring. There is definitely a vintage cottage "feel" to her collections.
 
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Rosy reds, blush pinks, rain water blues, cobblestone and pebble combined with gentle linen are just some of the hues that she loves to design with. It doesn't surprise me that one of her quilt patterns is of cups which I can only assume are tea cups? I believe this one was released with her first collection, Ambleside.
 
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I did get some time to catch up with Brenda and ask her the important questions. You know...the questions that make the evening news.
 
B.H.: Seeew Brenda, first and most important question of all....are you excited to join us for the 8th Annual Homespun & Holly?
 
B.R: Oh yes, I really am! I've seen some of the photos from past years and it looks magical and so much fun! I'm looking forward to meeting and spending time with others who love to do handwork, needlework and celebrate all that the holiday season brings!
 
B.H.: I seeew love your spirit! You are going to do well here ya know! Can you give us any hints about your exclusive "secret holiday project?"
 
B.R.: Hmmm… my ‘secret holiday project’ is something that embraces my love of stitchery… now & in the future…!
 
B.H.: I see you're following my policy of keeping it under wraps very well! What could it be????? Since we can't break tradition, let's move onto something a bit more memorable...get ready...what is...your favorite Christmas memory? We all have them and I have a feeling you have lots!
 
B.R.: Well, when I was little - we would always get new pajamas on Christmas Eve. The year that I was old enough - instead of footie jammies - I got a ‘Lang’ flannel nightgown, with ruffles & everything. I felt like a little princess!
 
B.H.: Shut the door...I loved my pajamas with the footies! In fact...check this out! This picture is of my brother and I from the 70's! Um...is that brown carpet?
 
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B.H.: I have lots of Christmas traditions that I look on fondly but one of my favorite Christmas traditions from my youth was having a little Christmas tree in my bedroom window. Nothing is better than the glow of Christmas lights in your bedroom when you are little! That tradition seems to have continued with my niece. What are your favorite Christmas traditions in your home, Brenda?
 
B.R.: Well, at home - making something called ‘Cookie Brittle’ (basically shortbread with chocolate chips & walnuts). It is something my mom did each year & I make at least one batch. We also have homemade chili with cornbread on Christmas Eve. We then attend the Christmas concert at church… it really is something I always look forward to! Somehow music is such a wonderful way to celebrate the joy of Christmas!
 
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B.H.: Ohhhh Brenda...you mentioned cookies so I had to look up Cookie Brittle! I linked the above image to a delicious recipe so those reading could make love to their tastebuds this holiday season. I mean, it's from Nestle...how can you go wrong with Nestle?! By the way, I love music...not sure if you could tell....and Christmas music especially puts the jingle in my jolly!What is your all-time favorite Christmas song or Christmas movie?
 
B.R.: There are so many songs I love… but if I had to pick one - it would be Silent Night.  For Christmas movies… A Christmas Carol & A Charlie Brown Christmas.
 
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B.H.: I have one final question for you Brenda and that is if you could have the ultimate Christmas fantasy, what would it be?
 
B.R.: I think it would be to simply be with all my family again! Those were the best Christmas’ ever.
 
B.H.: I'm sure they were! There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than with family and friends! We can't wait to see you in December and welcome you into our Homespun & Holly family! You've now got me completely in the spirit! Stay Seeew-cial Brenda and we will see you December 2, 3 & 4!
 
Stay Seeew-cial everyone and I'll be back with more new products and more designers from this year's Homespun & Holly Retreat Workshop in December! ~ Brian

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