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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.

Seeew...let me help her out in the U.S.! Quilters love a good tune! LOL.

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. I too have had some sleepless nights and believe it or not...during my tenure here at the Shoppe, people have told me not to play my music loud. Pfffffff.

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 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. 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, August 18 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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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 middle of the month. This is a pre-order and I highly suggest that you order soon. As I say over and over again, don't wait until 3 months from now....in the heart of Winter...to finally decide to want a kit. 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 

After Market Preview Party Is Tomorrow Night!

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It has been one event after another and I have a Sh...quilt-load of stuff to share with you, but the challenge is finding the time to do it! Between our Instagram, Facebook, Newsletter (on the website) and our daily email...I can honestly only type seeew much.

Balance is key.

Besides, it's better to see you in-person anyway.

Which brings me to our After Market Preview Party! As you can see from the image "hint" above we have some fantastic prizes and things to share with you! The "Mothership" will be sharing some of the many things coming to the Shoppe over the next 6 months including fabrics and programs! The night will be filled with some fabulous prize opportunities, wine & cheese and special discounts on preorders! You can register here or you can call us at 503-694-8052.

Before we move onto the next thing though...."There's something I want you to have..."

 

Someone has to get excited around here...might as well be me! In my own special way of course...

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As I shared at the beginning, I have TONS to discuss and share with you, but since most of you are now reading my blog on a mobile device, I'm keeping it simple. I personally prefer to read blogs on desktops because you don't have to keep scrolling just to read. Anyway, we've been creating many new samples such as the table runner pictured above. It's just a close-up for now until it is quilted and ready for display!

The fabrics however are a combination of Leonie Bateman's Sorbet collection and Lori Holt's Bee Backgrounds.

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About two months ago I shared several of the new Mini Quilt projects we had been working on from the Moda All-Stars Mini Charm Quilts book. I think at the time that I posted we had about five, well we just added one more to the mix and I'm in love! I don't know how much spare time you get, but after putting this together you might not have any?

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I love how the "Mothership" took Sweetwater's Authentic Etc. and created a contemporary feel to this project.

Finally, we are prepping for this year's Row by Row Experience which begins June 21, 2018. More than likely we will reveal our project near or on that date seeew we do appreciate your patience. This year's theme just happens to be....

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Hmmm....for some reason this theme fits me to a tee!

Anyway....

Stay in tune and stay seeew-cial ~ Brian

 


It's Looking A Bit Wooly

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Quilt Market is here in Portland this week and we've already started the day off with a bus tour! Most of those on the bus are other shop owners or "industry folks" seeew there is definitely an energy that is much appreciated! Of course I always love the people from Australia, New Zealand and Norway! They are positive, full of excitement, and just amazed! Love that! It's ironic that we have folks travel from around the country and world, but our local community thinks Wilsonville is too far away from places like Tigard, Beaverton, Oregon City and Clackamas. Those are all within 15-25 minutes. LOL.

Since we've been busy here at the Shoppe with several things including our upcoming Lori Holt Workshops, I thought I would try to get a quick update in before I get too far behind!

What happened to blogging many times last week? I seriously have no idea...LOL.

The most important take-away from this post is this week we are closed on Friday, May 18 to attend Quilt Market (this is for retailers only and is not open to the public). We are closed on Sunday as we have the Lori Holt Workshops to prepare for seeew there is no way we can give you an extra day that day. However, if you're still in town on Monday, May 21 we are adding 11am-4pm. This is normally a closed day seeew be sure to come out and see us if you're a Monday kind of guy/gal! New-Wool

First, the "Mothership" has brought in some new hand-dyed wool packs which I am completely in love with! I'm smitten for blue in nearly any shade seeew you can see which ones I'm going to gravitate towards. Our packs of Wool are available here in our on-line Shoppe and here in-store! We make a limited quantity at a time....seeew the longer you wait, the more of a risk there is the best selection will be gone before the time you arrive!

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Hmmm...what would we make with all of that? Well if you don't know by now we love the sophisticated, nature inspired designs of The Cottage at Cardiff Farms. Kathy's small projects are elegant and are perfect for working on during those summer road trips. You can find patterns for all of these small projects right here on our website! The patterns for many of these smaller items are just $2.00 ea. Keep in mind shipping with USPS (we use the USPS Flat Rate Priority Mail Envelope) is $6.70 seeew order more than one pattern to make your shipping worth it!

Can I get ya anything? Pineapple? LOL.

 

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Everyone that comes in tends to love on A Single Stem (that unique pillow), Bleeding Heart and Flour. I don't know how you could pick just one? I don't know about you all, but something tells me Kathy loves to garden!

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Oh by the way....the fabrics on top of the table here are those linen textured backgrounds I showed to you a few posts back.

At least...I think I did??? If I didn't...here's a little reminder with my Neutral Fat Quarter Bundle. I know this might come as a shocker...but I like to sell things.

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Now hold onto your woolen wares because this next picture are the blocks from our recent Wooly Barn B.O.M. which used Kathy's B.O.M. "Where the Cows Come Home." The "Mothership" and Christine spent the last year preparing these blocks each month on top of countless other projects....and well, they finally finished our blocks for our sample!

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Next they will have to apply the borders and sashing. Last I heard we had
one kit left here seeew don't wait! Knowing how this blog works for me, when all of the kits are gone, and it's 2021, someone will find this on Pinterest and message me for a kit.

Trust me, I still get people coming to the blog from a Pinterest picture that was posted in 2012 from my blog! This is my one challenge with Pinterest that drives me to a cube of cheese. 

Sprung-Workshop-2Here is a group photo of some of the participants who stayed behind after our S.p.R.u.N.g. Workshop a few weeks ago! They joined us and Kathy Cardiff to work on Kathy's "For The Bees" project which is in her new book, "A Cottage Garden." In fact, all of those projects behind these talented gems....they are all from that book!

This quilt is flippin' fantastic! Absolutely gorgeous!

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It wouldn't be a blog post from me if I didn't include food! As always during any of our designer workshops we load you up with lots of food!

Contrary to folklore, I did not lock myself in a closet and make love to this gem of a carrot cake! Perfect for a workshop called, S.p.R.u.N.g don't ya think?

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Finally for today, I leave you with this....our new sign pictured below!

You know you're a permanent resident of the Charbonneau District when the "official" sign is mounted above your Shoppe! It was a long year of transition from our move and I sincerely thank those who had an active part in making our first year successful! We still are creating and trying to figure out how to bring more charm into our quaint location...seeeww stay in tune! ~ Brian

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