Me & My Sister Designs Yes, they actually are sisters. Barb & Mary are as bright and cheerful as the fabrics they design! Another one of our Moda favorites, these gals are clever and witty...check out their blog!
Minick & Simpson
Minick & Simpson Rug Hooking, Quilting...all things Americana with Moda's popular designers, Laurie Simpson and Polly Minick!
Simplify with Camille Roskelley
Simplify with Camille Roskelley A little bit of vintage meets contemporary in this fresh blog from designer, Camille Roskelley. Camille designs fabrics for Moda along with her mom, Bonnie. She also is the designer behind Thimble Blossoms pattern company.
Wooden Spool Designs - Debbie Busby She's one of our favorite original wool pattern designers! She's precious, she's real...she's the one and only Debbie Busby. Her exclusive hand-dyed wools can only be found at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile!
Welcome back to Day 5 of our 12 Days of Christmas Musical Celebration. I recently discovered Idina Menzel's "December Prayer" and found it to be the perfect music for our Fig Tree inspiration. For the "Boughs of Holly" faithful, you already know that my Idina Menzel fan-dom began long ago with "Rent" & "Wicked." "Frozen" simply put her into mainstream.
Anyway, the song is beautiful and it reminds me of my grandma who passed away three years ago this month. I can't help to "here the song within the silence." For anyone who has lost a loved one this song reminds me that even in loss...our angels are dancing everywhere...in the song of the silence.
I'll see you tomorrow but in the meantime, "open your heart....look around and listen." You're never really alone. - Brian
Merry Christmas ladies (and gentlemen). Due to technical difficulties I am blogging at 3am. I know. Insanity, right? Where am I getting this energy? In order to tend to my other responsibilities during the day, I have to blog at night. That's ok though as I have Michael Buble and the Puppini Sisters cranked up to keep me awake! In fact, I've even included a timer to make sure I don't go over my alotted time!
Hopefully you're hanging in there with me on day 4 of my 12 Days of Christmas Musical Celebration! Stay tuned throughout the days as we approach Christmas because I have a feeling these posts are just going to get better as I have some great tunes lined up!
I do have the names of the winners of our three Charm Packs from the other day...but first, let's talk about Jan's Breakfast Club! The next club date will be Saturday, January 24 and everyone is welcome to register now. The Breakfast Club is the "Mothership's" monthly club that meets one Saturday per month from 9am until 11am. During the club she provides a kit of her selected project and a catered breakfast snack. Tips and techniques to complete the featured project are shared and everyone is invited to bring their favorite project for a "share and tell." Afterwards an Open Sew is held for participants so everyone is encouraged to bring their sewing machine.
For November, the "Mothership" selected a simple project using the enchanting Solstice collection by Kate Spain.
This month was a little different. Instead of providing a kit, the "Mothership" decided she'd switch it up and have the participants select their own fabrics. With the help of our staff member Deb, she began cutting several strips of reds, greens and whites! P.S. Remember how I've told you in previous years how everything in a quilt shop is labor intensive? This is one of those examples...
Aren't they enchanting?
The ladies from Table 1 were soon given the task of selecting their reds for their project...which they have not seen at this point. Decisions...decisions. The great thing about this process is that the "Mothership" made sure every print was workable, seeew even if it appeared to be challenging, the reality was that anything they selected would work. Don't you love the creative process?
The ladies from Table 2 soon joined the selection process and as you can see it was quite the study. Observations, equations, formulas, calculated planning, the advance study of color coordination...it was all being done before our very eyes!
Somebody came to class today.
It was clear that the ladies of Table 3 had this project in the bag as they selected their whites. Unforunately I wasn't able to catch anyone gathering their greens.
May I just add how lovely it is to have one store and one store only? We definitely love having our Event Room and Sewing Studio on the main floor. It's bliss. It really is.
After one and all had gathered their fabrics, the "Mothership" (a.k.a. Jan. I only mention this because someone once told me she thought I was referring to a spaceship) revealed the project they would be making.
The "Mothership" was enjoying this project seeew much she made two (and a third one ...just for her....is on the way)! Here is the second one and as you can see it is far more scrappy! Cute and simple....what more could you want during this busy time of year?
Remain calm...I was kidding. I get a little sassy at 3am...and I am totally going to feel this tomorrow around 2pm.
Look at how cute the Mini Novelties and Not Even A Mouse are....perfect for the little ones! And of course we have Fat Quarters available in all of the prints both in-store and on our website.
Now for the moment you've all been waiting for! Who will the lucky winner's be from our contest on Day 2?
First let me say this...We both read every comment and I have to say, they are very entertaining! It definitely allows us to get to know you each a little better. Seeew, thank you for that! We appreciate the dedication many of you have for the Shoppe!
The winners are selected by the Random Number Generator and they are...."Amy", "Patty Davis" and "Wendy In NH!"
Congratulations to each of our winners and thank you again to everyone who participated and shared their obsessions! Winners, please contact the Shoppe at email@example.com to arrange delivery of your prize!
I should add, we are looking for two new people to join our team. Our little Niki (who started here when she was just 16 so long ago) has graduated college and is stepping into the "real world." Congratulations to her! Another member is going to have a surgery that will keep her out for at least six months and we send her many positive thoughts! Seeew if you are passionate for details, exciting, can multi-task, have quilting knowledge and know your quilting product, send us a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will leave you now by sharing with you that our original Jovial Trees Quilt sample is up for sale. We have since made a new one and well, we don't need two! The quilting on this one is phenomenal and attention to detail Melissa Hoffman used in manuevering those three dimensional trees is impressive. It's a visual stunner! I even showed you a little "leg" - by folding up the backing seeew you could see. All fabrics in the quilt were from the Jovial collection by Basic Grey. It will be on the website by end of today!
I'll be back soon to the jingle of a few bells ~ Brian
"I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow...." Ba ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Everytime I watch this, I laugh. Anyone notice the mysterious hand pouring the drinks? Maybe it's because of the way their posture is in this video...they remind me of audio-animatronics in the Carousel of Progress. Um...what? LOL. Personally, I love the formality and wish we saw that elegance more often today. It's one of my favorite songs during this time of year and I can't wait to "see a mountain covered with a quilt of snow...."
As I shared yesterday, the Shoppe is full of vintage holiday gift items. It's all 25% off right now, so if you still need some decorative items for your holiday entertaining, or as a gift...come on in! My personal favorites are the Mercury glass trees. They are visually stunning especially with candlelight. I might have to get a better picture in the days ahead. The little boxes with the musical notes make great gift boxes and perfect for a gift card to Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe! I should note that if you are planning to have a Hollyhill Gift Card mailed to someone, it's a good idea to get those orders in no later than December 18 for timely delivery. All gift cards are mailed in the USPS Flat Rate Priority for $5.50. This allows us to track the package should anything happen to it. If Santa is looking to visit the Shoppe personally and pick up gift cards, you all want to make sure he knows he will have Monday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 23 to do seeew as we will be closed on Christmas Eve.
I do have a pre-announcement to share with all of you today! I am happy to report to you that our 2015 Homespun & Holly Designers have been confirmed as well as the dates. Our 7th Annual Homespun & Holly will be held Friday, November 13, Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15, 2015. In 2015, the Shoppe will be celebrating 10 years! As an extra birthday treat, we will be bringing you five designers instead of four! This year we are pleased to welcome Meg Hawkey from Crabapple Hill Studios, Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Designs, Karla Eisenach from Sweetwater, Barbara Groves from Me & My Sister Designs, and Sherri K. Falls of This & That! There will also be new additions to the experience including assigned seats to ensure parties are sitting together, an exclusive "Homespun & Holly Shopping Pass" valid the entire three days of the workshop with an earlier start time, and more shopping time!
Registration will be announced soon. I was just giving you a heads up....seeew no one misses out. I promise full coverage of this year's event very, very, very soon (*hint...it's going to happen during my 12 Days of Christmas Music Celebration).
Someone sent me an email asking what the quilt was behind the Cloche I showed yesterday. Seeew below I thought I'd give you more a peak. It's called Rosettes. It was our fastest selling 3 Sisters quilt kit ever! Unfortunately we no longer have kits but patterns are still available.
Seeew, what is the "Mothership" up to? Well, we are both very busy with wrapping up end of the year priorities. I can tell you that in 2015 she's working on a new website for the Shoppe. It's long over-due and we are both thrilled at the new technologies that will A.) Make your experience better and B.) Make our lives a heck of a lot easier. I'm particularly excited for the rotating pictures! And good news for our in-store customers...she has been busy upgrading our registers so credit card transactions will process much faster starting this week (fingers crossed). We also have a new phone system that was just installed this weekend! Busy much? We will be adjusting to multiple lines so we thank you for your patience in advance.
I have a new merchant to share with you that recently opened here in historic Willamette. No...it is not one of ours. We are pefectly content with just one store. A can of worms I might open and discuss later, but not now. Anyway, we have a new merchant for those of you who like to collect unique antique and vintage finds...
We like to get outside of these walls when the opportunity arises. It just seeew happens the "Mothership" knows owner, Kathy Frydenlund from when Kathy had a shop in a different location. Fleurs Vintage Charm is up at the end of the second block next to BJ Willy's. We visited with her on Saturday and I told her I'd include her on our blog. She's a welcome addition to our street and I appreciate merchants who do something different from established merchants. It is what makes districts like ours unique and just one more reason to visit more frequently and stay awhile. I'm a huge believer in shopping small business for any number of reasons but most importantly...I like it when I'm greeted by name which we try to do often around here. Lunch at Lil Cooperstown and dinner at Allium Bistro are of course...always recommended and make for a perfect day. Make sure that on your next visit to Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe you take a walk up to Fleurs Vintage Charm (pictured below)!
Alright, that's it for now. How are we doing? Communicate with me. Are you enjoying? Are you sewing? Are you being naughty? Nice? Be sure to join me tomorrow for Day 4 and I'll have a winner announcement of the three charm packs from yesterday! Did you post? You have until 11:59pm on December 15 to post your favorite Christmas obsession on the post for Day 2.
Snow....snow....snow! Back to work for me! ~ Brian
Today I thought we'd wrap ourselves in red...and love on some Kelly Clarkson holiday! Girl has pipes. Everybody happy?
Yes, if you've just joined us...for the next eleven days we are enjoying the sounds of the season to the sights of the season around the Shoppe! As I said in yesterday's post, part of the magic of the holiday for me is the music... seeew enjoy!
This year, the Mothership chose vintage ornaments to decorate our front tree, and many of them just happen to be "wrapped in red." The warmth of childhood memories come to life in vintage Christmas collections bringing new traditions to life for you and your family. Of course, I had to incorporate a snowflake on behalf of my "Frozen" obsession. Guilty as charged.
Aren't they gorgeous? Or as my niece would say, "unique." She seems to be obsessed with that word lately. When I was younger, the "Mothership" would seek out little shops wherever she was to find her most "unique" treasures (this is why you need to support your local brick and mortar small businesses). We'd then go home and start decorating trees. Yes, trees. Plural. There had to be one in the living room, family room, bonus room, entry way etc. My two brothers were nowhere to be found, but I relished opening every bin she'd haul in from the garage. Today is a different story. We spend seeew much time on the Shoppe, that by December, we barely have time to get our own trees up, if at all. But you know...as you get older, all you want to do is wrap something in a little bit of "red" for others...
I love our holiday traditions at the Shoppe and our village houses always radiate merriment with every sparkle. These are not meant to simply be thrown out next year...these are keepsakes that you can pass on from generation to generation. Now some say that "Millenials" are not interested in this kind of thing, but I have a feeling once they get to a certain age...they will appreciate it oh-seeew-much more. We really must keep the traditions and memories of the holidays alive within us all. As we look more and more through our iPads and iPhones...it would be a shame if one day we looked up...and there was nothing there anymore.
Think about it.
The "Mothership" often will create little scenes under a glass cloche at home. They do wonders for displays on your coffee table or kitchen island. I couldn't help but do one of my own using her box set of vintage ornaments a bottle brush tree and a cake stand. The ornaments were a hit on our Instagram back in November, and as you can see we have just three more sets left! A great value, not only do you get the four overly cute ornaments, but you also get the vintage box.
Now, I want to show you one of our brand new quilts using French General's La Fete De Noel collection. If there was ever something "red" to wrap yourself up in, this would be it! This is seeew new it hasn't been quilted yet...but we are both in love with it! You can bet this will be a treasured quilt in the Shoppe for years to come!
I'm totally getting images of peppermint swirling about right now. I'm sure many of you have a favorite warm beverage you could sip while wrapped in this...I'm being serious, it's super magical! Can you tell I'm already obsessed?
But then again we do love French General fabrics around here! How can you resist these traditional Christmas colors??
To end this post, I have a treat for you...leave a comment on THIS post telling me your favorite Christmas obsession and you can win one of three charm packs below. I'm awarding three people one of these gorgeous charm packs seeew start enchanting me in the comments below. You have until Monday, December 15 @ 11:59pm to post your comment.
That's it for today...don't forget to "wrap yourself in something red" this Christmas and I will be back soon with Day 3 of my 12 Days of Christmas Celebration! ~ Brian
Our French Quarter Quilt Is Now For Sale. Was $800.00 Now: $450.00
Ladies and gentlemen, "everywhere we go...there's snow" and I'm kicking off my December Christmas blog posts by sharing my newest Christmas music discovery, Nica & Joe! Um...is she like, the new Celine Dion?
For the next 12 days I'll be sharing pictures throughout the Shoppe along with my favorite holiday music, both new and old favorites! For me, much of the "magic" surrounding the holidays includes the music of the season seeew I hope you will join me.
Basically, you're about to get blitzed with lots of holiday inspiration and maybe a few prize opportunities if you are good! Seeew stay tuned and of course, "think of me, underneath the Christmas tree!"
Ba ha ha ha ha ha ha. Hopefully you are keepin' it classy like...I'm simply watering your tree. Poor thing can get parched.
Merry Christmas to all and don't you worry..."I'll come back home"...tomorrow, with a fabulous vibrato. Celebrate the night! ~ Brian
Because we are announcing our #homefortheharvest instagram photo contest winners!
Before I get to that I have to extend a big thank you to those who participated! We really appreciate everyone taking the time to share their Thanksgiving traditions with us. I have a feeling this type of contest will only get more and more popular, seeew if you are not on Instagram yet, you might want to check it out!
When selecting the winning photos we were all looking to see what stories were being told through not just the decorating but through the photo itself. Seeeew without further delay...let's get to it! Drum Roll please.....
Our $100 Gift Card Winner goes to....
Nancy Scott! Nancy loves to decorate with her collection of postcards sent by ancestors from around 1910. Her unique take on a table centerpiece definitely had us wanting an invite for some pie and to hear the stories of this fifth generation Oregonian! Congratulations Nancy!
We also have two (2) $50 Gift Cards to award and those winners are....
Mindy Carlson! Mindy loves her vintage stone fruit which is part of her Thanksgiving table. We thoroughly enjoyed the attention to detail (garlands, pinecones, votives, monogram napkin) and have one question, "Um...can we eat yet?" Thank you Mindy and congratulations!
Our final winner is....
Jodi Nelsons! Jodi will also receive a $50 Gift Card! Jodi chose to share some of her favorite Thanksgiving treasures and what we really loved here was how fresh and crisp everything looks. We can't help but wonder...is that a vintage chalkboard in the background? A jar of fall leaves invites the outside in and is a nice creative accent. What a wonderful home to be invited into for the holidays. Congratulations Jodi!
Ladies contact the Shoppe at email@example.com to arrange your prize and again, congratulations. Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo! Since this is the holiday season, it is the time for photos. Perhaps another contest will be on the way soon?
I guess you'll have to wait and see:-)
It's 1:26am and...with the dawn of 40 comes a complete desire to be in bed. I'm no spring chicken anymore ya'll.
Speaking of chicken, I love this chicken themed tree my mom did next to the farmhouse. What a fitting location for it...using that good ole' imagination. Now we just need a cow bell or the sound of a rooster when you open the door! Be sure to check out the hens that flock the tree. This year we have included ornaments in the pots around the tree seeew you don't have to wait for us to find ornaments. Seeew look there first! BTW, did you know we carry decorative ribbon in the Shoppe during this time of year? All ribbon is 25% off seeew ask our staff to show you. We've got golds, greens, reds and burlap. *Sigh* Do we really have to take this down in January? Can you believe I just thought that? It's only December 1!