Row By Row Experience Has Begun! Pre-order Our Row By Row Kit Now For November 1, 2016 Shipping

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Today begins the Row By Row Experience! Now through September 6, 2016 visit participating brick and mortar quilt shops throughout the country to collect their free row pattern. Please read the following carefully so you know how this all works...or better yet, visit www.rowbyrowexperience.com to get complete details. Once you know how it all works...come back here and check out our row!

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Pictured above is our row, "Glamping Sweet Glamping." Our row kit can be pre-ordered starting today. These kits will not ship until November 1, 2016 as per the rules of the Row By Row Experience.  We adhere to all rules of the Row By Row Experience.
If you are local and would like to purchase a row kit, you must come into the Shoppe to purchase it. We will not hold kits.


*You must submit your order on our website to ensure accuracy with your order.

*If you are planning to order other items you see in today's email or on our website, you must place a separate order. The Glamping Sweet Glamping Kit will not ship until November 1, 2016 so we need this to be a separate order. 


Our Glamping Sweet Glamping Kit includes the pattern, all fabric to complete our row including background, fabrics for the trailers and a stack of 1-1/2" squares to make those darling mini quilts should you wish! Jan and Christine outdid themselves!

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This year's Row By Row Experience theme is "Home Sweet Home." Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2016 rows from 8 different 2016 participating Row By Row Experience shops. If you are the first to bring it into a participating shop you will win a stack of 25 fat quarters! Use that shop's row in your quilt and win a bonus prize!

You can order as many kits as you'd like. If you are collecting our pattern, patterns are limited to one per person and no portion of the pattern may be photocopied or copied for any reason. All stores including ours work hard to create a living in quilt world and we deserve the respect to do so.

Stay seeew-cial and enjoy the "experience!" ~ Brian

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A New Fig Tree Quilt!

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We've got a brand new quilt kit using a variety of Fig Tree fabrics! We've only made five (5) kits seeew don't wait. You can order the quilt kit by clicking the images or click here.

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Our kit includes ample fabric to complete the quilt top and binding. The pattern is also included and available only with our kit. The quilt is reminiscent of a garden in Autumn, complete with chestnut browns, beautiful persimmon, gorgeous citron and artichoke puts us in the mood for fall right now!

We also just happened to have enough Mirabelle fabric to re-create kits for the Canned Pears Quilt. This one sold out very fast the last time we made some, seeew let's get canning! There are only four kits available! Click here or the image to order. They will not last long at all. Trust me, I have experience. 

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It's seeew fresh and light isn't it? I think of hanging clothes out on clothesline next to an orchard but then I remember I don't have an orchard. LOL. But whatever...it's the vision in my mind. I know I showed you the apple green cupboard a few weeks ago, but have I shown you the apple green bench???? Well...it's under the quilt now and I'm not going to go take another picture. LOL.

Summer is definitely upon us ladies and gentlemen! Our Summer Linen Quilt is like a fresh summer breeze! I had someone ask me if the quilt was made from linen the other day. The answer is...no, that's just the name of the quilt. It's made entirely with quilting cottons.

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The "Mothership" selected all of the fabrics that are featured in our sample. Each kit contains ample fabrics to complete the quilt top and binding. The book is also included and only available with our kit. Below, my mom and Melissa Hoffman (our long arm quilter) holding up this beauty!

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That's it for today. I'm busy as a bee with the Row by Row Experience starting on Tuesday! Remember, we are open at 9am on weekdays. In addition to our regular hours we will be open Sunday, June 26 from 12pm-4pm. We are not open on July 3 or July 4 as July 4 is my niece's birthday and it's our family day. I know you all can understand:-)

Stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian

 

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We've Been Ordering Fabric, What Have You Been Doing?

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I love our blog. It is the best tool for finding out what fabrics we carry here in the Shoppe...just as long as you're looking at posts I have created in 2016. Nobody likes to disappoint anyone around here seeew if you're local, encourage your quilting friends to check our blog and check our website before making a trip out. Just thinking of your convenience and anticipating the need. Anyway, remember a couple of posts ago when I was showing you some of the new collections that premiered at Quilt Market for Retailers last month? Well, we were able to meet with our favorite Moda rep yesterday to see all of the exciting collections in person! I took a few pictures, but I must warn you....I didn't take pictures of everything. We like to throw in a few surprises or two! The fabrics I show you here today will arrive between August & November.

First of all...we knew that before anything else we just had to order Olive's Flower Market. This is the first time we've ordered a Lella Boutique collection seeew it will be super fun to play with a new style and color palette. The collection arrives in November....and it's well worth the wait!

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This next collection doesn't need me to tell you how incredibly cute it is. It's perfect. Darling Little Dickens is by Moda's newest designer, Lydia Nelson of Dreamy Quilts. Love everything about this collection and more! It too is scheduled for November/December. If my memory serves correctly January is the peak of what I'm calling the "News of Baby" season! I think a lot of you get told at Christmas that the Stork is on the way! BTW and totally random...but did anyone see the Pelican that scarfed down a pigeon on Social Media? It was...insane. I don't even know why that popped into my mind right now. LOL. 

Be looking for this collection near the end of the year!


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Our next collection should be no surprise! We have loved the fabrics of Fig Tree ever since the first collection we carried...which was Yuletide Blessing.  Seems like forever ago knowing we've been here for ten years! Her fabrics blend from collection to collection which is why you will always find them around here. Her new Chestnut Street fabric is no exception and it will arrive in September/October.

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Sandy Klop alert! This one is near and dear to us at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe! When Sandy was here last year I asked her, "Hey Sandy..." (she's sweet as can possibly be), "would you ever name a collection Hop, Skip And A Jump?" She was delighted and said that she would totally plan a collection around that. Well, here it is....it's seeeew cute! There are even some paper doll prints that go with the collection that I forgot to get a photo of. Look for Hop, Skip And A Jump in October!

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The last collection I actually got pictures of is of Sherri McConnell's Desert Bloom. Sherri will be teaching her Grandmother's Applique workshop and Kitchen Sink workshop here on August 5 & August 6. Be sure to get registered now. Desert Bloom arrives in November. I see some gray!

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As always, we will have plenty arriving between now and the fall season. In fact, today we just opened our boxes of Little Ruby, and Jol. Sweetwater's The Cookie Exhange just made it on the floor and we've got some fun and cute projects planned with such an adorable collection. In fact, the "Mothership" and Christine will be teaching me my very first quilt using Sherri's very popular book and fabrics from The Cookie Exchange. I told them I need a break from display work. "The Mothership" guided me with fabric selection and as always she nailed it.

That's it for today folks. Remember, #shoplocal and stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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Summer Memories, Stars, Stripes & Cherry Pie!

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Our Farm Girl Pie Cherries Block Kit is available for purchase up on our website www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com. If you've been collecting our blocks, you'll want to add this one to your collection. You will need the book, Farm Girl Vintage to complete the block.

In the past I've talked about my time working for Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort. They were some of the best moments of my life especially during the summer!  During my time as a VIP Tour Guide I was able to fulfill dreams, meet and be in the presence of Betty White, Roy E. Disney (Walt's nephew), Dick Van Dyke, Sean Hayes, Rosa Parks, etc. Every event was exciting. Every moment a dream come true. There's one thing though that many people don't always grasp right away and that is...when you leave, you realize how special the people are with whom you worked with. For me, they were my second family and we all still keep in touch to this day.

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Two of my favorites blessed my life with their presence this week when one of them, Miss Nancy Parkes...sent me this old picture (above) from when Disney had us doing photo shoots for Disney parks VIP Services. She sent me a message asking, "Brian...do you remember this?"  Well as soon as I saw it I immediately said, "Of course!" Disney had her family pose as my guests. She retired a few years ago and much to her surprise Disney presented her with this photo but she wanted to share it with me. Seeew sweet. Unfortunately she shared news that her husband had passed away so that makes me sad but I know she's a trooper. Nancy is there in the photo below with her platinum silver hair - I don't know why they had her looking away from the camera. LOL. I'll always remember that hair..it was fabulous. You knew that was Nancy Parkes on Main Street U.S.A.!  I wish I had a picture of her in full VIP...always crisp and polished. Everything I loved and aspired to be while wearing the "Plaid." Believe me, when you are on tour with a celebrity for 15 hours a day, in the heat of Orlando wearing a Plaid vest, dress shoes and slacks....you learn how to stay polished. Maybe I should start sharing more stories about this era of my life?!

Seeew Nancy was the first person who came back into my life this week. The second is my former Disney colleague, Brian Huff! We literally have almost the same name - it's kind of a riot. When we would finish a long day of tours, all of the VIP Guides would make our way to a local eatery/bar to listen to Brian play guitar and sing his country songs. Anyway, Brian recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his dream of becoming a country recording artist. His first single, "Gettin' Over You" just dropped on iTunes! It's only .99 cents folks! I mean...you can't get a coffee for .99 cents! Because I believe in spreading the good work and talents of others without using rigged singing competitions (The Voice, American Idol), I'm posting his YouTube channel here. If you love good ole' country music, this song has a catchy beat and is perfect for those summer road trips! You know you've made it when I post your song on this blog! I mean heck...look what I've done for Madonna! Head over to iTunes, purchase it and help make a dream come true!  

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As I showed you yesterday, our kits for the Stars & Stripes Quilt are now ready to be shipped directly to your door. We only made eight (8) kits seeew don't wait on this one! I can see this hanging on the front porch of the Shoppe throughout the summer! I love that subtle aqua background the Mothership used in our kits. It's going to provide a nice contrast for those blocks. LOVE IT.

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They are finally here! Our Kitchen Mixers are now available as kits! Each kit includes the pattern by Lori Holt, however...we have modified the pattern for our blocks seeew Jan has included these changes along with the Lori Holt pattern. Seeew, the only way you will be able to make the mixers like ours is with our kit. Click here to order our Kitchen Mixer Kits. As you can see below they are available in six different color styles!

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I just think those mixers are adorable and perfect for any kitchen! Summer is definitely upon us! As I said yesterday, we are already in the 90's! That usually doesn't happen until mid-July/August! Since many of our loyal blog readers will be traveling through this Summer, our Shoppe hours are changing to accommodate all of you! Woo-hoo! Our Shoppe will open daily 9am-5pm Tuesday - Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdays. Starting June 26 we will be open on Sundays from 12pm-4pm, this obviously excludes July 3 as July 4th is my niece's birthday and our family time.

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Finally, if you follow us regularly you know that I am a big supporter of the #shoplocal movement. I mentioned yesterday on Instagram that every little cute town will benefit from a brick and mortar quilt shop.  If it weren't for our Shoppe, our little town would be nothing but bars, plastic surgery and nail salons. How sterile! You definitely won't see quilts hanging from buildings! Thank you to everyone who continue to #shoplocal. I can't imagine a world that is only on-line. Can you? It's much more exciting to hear your voice, see your expressions (much of communication is the non-verbal), hear about your interests, laugh with you and watch your eyes light up when you make "quilt love" to a fabric! I promise you that when you support your local brick and mortar quilt shops, that LQS will continue to bring in fabric, notions, classes and more! Not to mention we will splash your towns with life and color!

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian


Patriotic Bundles Celebrating The Red, White & Blue

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Summer is upon us ladies and gentlemen! In fact, today it's sizzling here in Oregon! 90 degrees! Hopefully you are all out supporting your local quilt shops...we are open even when it's hot. Come in and get a blast of a/c. LOL. Personally, I'm not a fan of over 75. I start getting hot flashes and I'm a guy! As I was saying...Summer is upon us. It is the season of sparklers, the red, white and blue along with lots of picnics! You bring the baked beans and I'll bring the slaw. We have put together two different takes on the spirit of America with two new coordinated Fat Quarter Bundles. Each of these bundles contain 12 Fat Quarters and are just $39 plus shipping. Individual Fat Quarters are $3.25. These bundles are great for your next project or if you're stash building...they are chalk full of good basic prints! Both bundles can be purchased by clicking here along with the other bundles we've been showing this week.

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Pay close attention because I think what I'm about to show you nearly shut down Instagram the other day! It's Camille Roskelley's Stars & Stripes Quilt. Complete kits are available here!

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Of course, you can't think of Summer without thinking about luscious and delicious watermelon. We have been gathering these gorgeous greens and reds from around the Shoppe for a fun-filled Summer quilt that I can't wait to show you! It's going to be super cute! Seeew keep tuning into our blog for updates or get on our email list! I'm telling you...when we release anything I send it out via email first!

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Finally for today, don't forget we have our Festival of Quilt Sale going on now! All of our Finished Quilts are 25% off the cost it costs us to create these gorgeous quilts. Keep in mind, these quilts are those you obsess over in your journey to the shop. They are in excellent condition and feature excellent piecing and more often than not....exquisite custom quilting that you can treasure for generations. Today we added this gorgeous quilt which can be purchased here for 25% off. You will never find anything like this in Target, Pottery Barn, etc. The best part of all is all of our quilts are made right here in the U.S.A. by four lovely women who love to sew! You won't find this many designer inspired quilts with excellent color placement, quality custom quilting at these prices anywhere else.  All quilts $500 or more receive FREE SHIPPING. You can't beat that! Quilts featured in the Finished Quilt section here without a price have sold.

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That's it for today. Stay Seeew-cial and see you next time! ~ Brian


Greys

 

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There are lots of men in quilt world so I have never felt out of place. I always tell the "Mothership" that eventually I would like to sit down and take her Beginning Quilting class. After ten years of setting up displays and this blog, I think it's time. If it turns out that she'd have to run the floor seeew that I could learn, I would want to next learn from one of our piecers like...Dorene Kemp or Lisa Goodloe. I then imagine if I were to make quilts strictly for myself, what style and color theme would I select? I love Americana, I love Christmas, but for everyday...I love grey. Of course, I'm learning the brilliance of color the more and more color my mom brings into the Shoppe.

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Seeew I started gathering 12 of my favorite greys and created yet another Fat Quarter bundle which is available for purchase here. I'm always amazed at how many pre-cut Fat Quarters we have around the Shoppe. Creativity is literally at your fingertips!

Grey has always been popular but it seems like lately we are seeing it combined with lots of different colors. In-house here at the Shoppe one of our most popular quilts is the Greysun Patchwork Quilt, which combines yellow and grey. This color combination seems to be a hit with the "gender neutral" crowd. I can't tell you how many "grandmas-to-be" are out there dying to make a quilt with color yet the baby's future parents want nothing to do with that. LOL.  I showed you this one a few weeks ago and it has been very popular (only two left ladies and gents).

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We noticed that various shades of blue could also read gender neutral when combined with grey seeew below is the beginning of our next project. It also helps that the prints can go either female or male as bicycle prints have universal appeal. If you follow us on Instagram you may already know what this is. I personally am looking forward to this quilt. Kits will be available and anyone who loves a bicyclist or is a bicyclist themselves...will probably want. Just a hunch. I'll keep you posted on its progress.

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Now...here's a thought. In your defense, I get to spend an extra amount of time in the Shoppe. I mean...the time I spend in here is equivalent to Quasimodo in the Bell Tower. Mmmk. Seeew naturally I'm going to see things you never knew...you never knew.

Oh wait...that's from Pochahontas.

Whatev. My point is, don't feel bad if you didn't notice these fabrics before because I am here to guide you. There are seeew many shades of grey in the Shoppe right now. In fact the fabrics below have a bit of a "blue" base to them. I consider these to be perfect for some of those winter projects. We group our fabrics by designer collections. While it's nice to see the designer's group together, it can be overwhelming when you're looking at 42 skus. I honestly believe people start thinking they have to use every print. It's sometimes helpful to pull out the color palette you want to work with...and go from there. Would you believe these greys were in a collection full of bright green and red?

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We then have greys that seem to read more "taupe." I actually called them "muddy" but the Mothership was quick to correct me that they were "taupe." Seeew pardon me while I learn correct nomenclature.

I am salivating over these "taupes" pictured below. I'll totally show you why I'm obsessing in a minute. BTW I seriously doubt that will be a shop that groups our fabrics by color only. I find that seeew....sterile and predictable. I like to see people manuevering through the Shoppe and having those "a-ha" discovery moments. As a potential beginner myself, my advice to other beginners - or people intimidated by color - is to figure out the colors you like, take a walk through the Shoppe and then gather those colors from the various collections. It really is the best part of the entire experience!

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I liked these colors seeew much that I put together an exclusive Fat Quarter Bundle available in our on-line Shoppe here. I LOVE THESE!

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Alright...seeew remember how I just said I was obsessing and I would show you why??? Well, check out some of the new market collections from Spring Quilt Market that the "Mothership" and I are debating. The pictures come from Carrie Nelson's blog over at Moda which has some great coverage of what collections Moda will be releasing this fall. From what I can see, it looks like greys and taupes are still hot colors going into the fall season! They appear to be pairing them with pinks, corals, pumpkin and aqua.  Below are pictures of Sundrops by Corey Yoder, Lella Boutique's Olive's Flower Market, Handmade by Bonnie & Camille, and Chestnut Street by Fig Tree & Co. Again these are just four of the SEVERAL we will be looking at. There is a very large variety this year, seeew if you want to see more of it in the Shoppe, come in and #shoplocal! When you support the Shoppe in-store and on-line, we continue to bring you more fabulous things. That's how it works. It's simple economics. LOL.

That's it for today kids.Tell me what you love in the comments! I mean it! Stay Seeew-cial!~ Brian

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