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!
I'm going to get back to blogging by only dippin' my toe in for the moment to show you some new quilts we offer as kits.
It's our Blitzen Trees Quilt Kit and I love it. The whimsical snowman border is perfect for those wonky 3-D trees. Our long arm quilter, Melissa, did a beautiful job and as always Lisa's piecing is impeccable. I can see this in seeew many colorways, what about you?
I love the holiday collections from Basic Grey. They are always filled with just the right amount of whimsy and they always present a color combination I wouldn't necessarily have thought of in my Christmas quilts.
Oh...here's another one of my favorites! Not everyone likes to cut little pieces, but this is made from a Jelly Roll seeew you see...some of your cutting time is saved already! For some odd reason I am fascinated with little piecing. I must like a challenge. You really have to see this one in person.
And here it is inside at "Boughs of Holly."
The White Damask print on the border is gorgeous.
Next is Oh-What-Fun featuring the new Aspen Frost collection. I decided I would show you a pre-quilting picture and a after-quilting picture. It's always amazing to see the difference. I don't know that people always realize the time and money that goes into our samples throughout the store. I know that not every store can have over 300 store samples completely finished with custom quilting. And ....some of our most supportive customers tell me that! Seeew I'm taking their word for it since I rarely get out of here. LOL.
Here's another brand new quilt kit called, "Candy Stripes." Leilani just recently finished this one seeew it hasn't received the magic touch just yet, but it looks like it would work perfectly for the North Pole!
And finally, Stepping Star, made using a Jelly Roll along with additional fabrics. Jelly Rolls are perfect for saving time on cutting and there literally are thousands of patterns that can be used for these 2-1/2" strips. I love that Monica threw in some holly leaves which are perfect for our stores - don't you think?
You'll find these new quilts over at our new Christmas-inspired store, "Boughs of Holly" which is home to all of our holiday fabrics, home decor, gift items, and ornaments throughout the year!
And yes...I said, "throughout the year." 365 days a year...give or take a few.
Kits are available for all of the featured quilts shown here while they last! Seeew don't miss out.
I'll be back with more! Stay tuned...I'm just getting warmed up after an absence! ~ Brian
It's my birthday today and the "Mothership" and I are workin' the floor at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile. I'm sure there are other things we could be doing, but you see...that's what happens when you own something and have staff out for various reasons. It's not all cupcakes and birthday hats girlfriends.
But thankfully...I have my pop-tarts like Katy Perry that will "make it like my birthday everyday."
I also have plenty of bright fabrics to surround myself with courtesy of who? That's right. The "Mothership."
Giggles by Me & My Sister is just as precious as can be. And so are they! Barb and Mary will be here during this year's "Homespun & Holly" on November 15 & 16.
I'm a bit partial to the blues and greens - including the aqua.
Of course, you can't have a brights section without a little bit of paint!
How else do you think we get all of that color around here?
The quilt on the back wall is called "Chubby Chicks." It's my never-ending story. Many of the Pinterest feeds to my blog are for those Chicks. We made our sample with the It's A Hoot collection which was available a few years ago but the Giggles Charm Pack would work just as well. The quilt you can barely see is called Easy As 7...8...9 by Me & My Sister and can be made with a Moda Layer Cake.
Speaking of Pinterest...I have one little request: If you are going to re-post my images on Pinterest, please at least give a description as to what it is. My sanity would appreciate it and it helps out other people. I can't tell you how many emails or phone calls we receive about a picture we have "on our website" only to find out that the caller is actually on Pinterest. Keep in mind that I have no control over what images are being posted so if it's older and not available...in the words of Diane Keaton in First Wives Club...I'm SORRRRRRY!
Need a reminder?
Ewww. He's such a creeper. Isn't he? Sick.
The world of social media is a strange one to me. I remember asking a particular designer why she didn't have a blog or participate in Facebook. Her reply was simple: she'd rather be creating.
Girl...I get it.
I'd rather be creating too. Or like...eating some cake? Priscilla Queen of the Dessert is out sick today...seeew that's probably not happening. Damn. Maybe there is a cube of cheese somewhere?
Honestly social media has me worn out. If I post something on Facebook and include the details, someone will always ask, "Is this a kit?" - which is expected of course.
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Feeling guilty if I don't reply right away, I "cave" and reach out with something like this:
"Why yes...yes it is. It's available on our website. Would you like one?"
At this point I would feel more productive changing light bulbs.Maybe I'm just ....burnt out. Ba ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
At least I'm honest.
This sure brightens up the day. It's called "Juggle." It's 42"x37" and we have made a few kits for you!
Since our samples for any upcoming season take months to make, we figured we'd better get started on Spring now. We switched up Camille Roskelley's Round & Round and used a green background. Here's a peak at how it's coming along. I'm in love.
Bonnie & Camille's "Happy Go Lucky" and "Scrumptious" are now available at the Shoppe.
I'm finding that photographing green is not easy. But then again, it's not easy being green. Our Frog Work Quilt Kit is now available for purchase! One more thing off of my to-do list! You do all know that I can't show you everything in one blog post. Right? Shop our website and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Next up...Bunny Hill!
Anne Sutton, the designer behind Bunny Hill Designs is also one of our guests at this year's "Homespun & Holly." Seeew it shouldn't surprise you that I want to show off Chick Jubilee. Yes, I'm aware it is fall and Easter is not on your mind (really?), but it's never too late to ask Santa! The quilting inspires everyone who sees it. Monica rocked it out on this one...definitely a true artist. Chick Jubilee was made from Anne's Jubilee collection. Did you miss this one? If you did, check our website and you might find some fabrics you were looking for!
Anne's newest collection in the Shoppe is called "Celebration." And we've been making quite a few kits out of it! What are they? Uh...I forgot. Oops.
Aren't these little Jelly Rolls cute? This one is the "boy" version. There is also a girl version featuring many of the fabrics you see above. They are less than the regular Jelly Roll which makes them even more fun to play with!
Alright...speaking of a celebration, it's time for me to join one in my birthday suit. This is my 39th year...isn't that like the end or something? Seriously, just three years ago I could pull an all-nighter. Now, I crash by 2am. And if I don't sleep at all...it's just kind of gross. That's all.
This is the time of year that starts getting cray-cray. I don't know what it is, but a big project always seems to come our way in the fall. The "Mothership's" birthday happened on October 4 and my dad's is November 3. Mine then follows on November 5. Ever since we opened the Shoppe back in 2005, we haven't really ever celebrated on the actual day...but hey...that's how it goes.
As I mentioned we are in the middle of another big project. Seeew, if you will forgive me, I'm going to simply show you all some of our newest exclusive to Hollyhill - quilt kits that you may have missed. Despite the "Modern" movement we are being bombarded with in national advertising - we are still going to offer something for our traditional customers. I tend to like stars, log cabins, flying geese, bear paws...and more! I've been around long enough to know everything cycles back around.
This first one is my absolute favorite.
Indigo Crossing Cabin Fever Quilt Kit using the Cabin Fever pattern by Bonnie Sullivan of All Through The Night. Kits available only while they last!
The "Mothership" - well, girl likes to mix textures in her quilts. In our Indigo Cabin Fever Quilt, she took the wovens and cotton prints of Minick & Simpson's Indigo Crossings and used the Cabin Fever pattern by Bonnie Sullivan of All Through The Night. As an extra touch she even used some of Minick & Simpson's ikat fabric. Overall...I just love and if she's not looking this will end up on my sofa.
Every year her and I try to put together a Christmas-inspired quilt using a Moda Layer Cake (10"x10" pre-cut squares available from Moda). Last year's was the Grace Butterscotch Tart Quilt using the Butterscotch Tart pattern by Fig Tree Quilts. This year, we have our Sentiments Rosette Quilt! This quilt brings a vintage-inspired holiday quilt to life. I really like this quilt because it can stay out long after the holidays are over. We decided to use the blue paisley border from the Sentiments collection, but you could certainly add in the red or green and change the sashing to the red print.
Sentiments Rosette Quilt Kit. Uses a Moda Layer Cake and the Rosettes pattern by Fig Tree Quilts. Kits available only while they last!
Graceful Dreams Quilt using Cabbages & Roses Northcotte Range. Kits are available at www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com
A Graceful Dream came about when the "Mothership" discovered she needed a quilt out of a soft vintage color palette. It was kind of like when Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey) tells her husband in the 1988 film, "Beaches" she was going into town to buy a wrench. When he asked, "Why?" she simply responded with, "We don't have one." Well, that's kind of how this quilt went down. Me: "Why do you want to make a vintage quilt?" The Mothership: "Uh...because we don't have one."
Anyway, she decided to use Cabbages & Roses Northcote Range and Denise Sheehan's (A Graceful Stitch) pattern, "Graceful Dreams." It really was the surprise hit of our Shoppe particularly because prior to this quilt being made no one even noticed the collection. It's a pretty quilt for anyone who loves that shabby chic style. And that's what I love about our Shoppe - we try to offer a little something for everyone!
And finally for today, our pride and joy. Bird Song became an idea when customer Judy Hillman picked up the book, "In The Meadow" and asked us if we had a kit of Bird Song.
Uh no pressure...Judy:-)
We told her it would take some time but we'd find a way. Well, on a Sunday evening in May the Mothership picked out a variety of fabrics from Jo Morton, Blackbird Designs and Renee Nanneman. It was one of those Sunday evenings in which I got to actually work with her. Just her and I. I love those moments. It's rare seeew I'll take it whenever I can get it.
The fabrics from Blackbird Designs are primarily "Meadow" with backgrounds from some of their other collections. The entire quilt was a combined effort. Once the Mothership and I were done cutting the kits, we then had Lisa piece our sample. She simply is...one of the best. Our long arm quilter Monica then picked it up to do her beautiful work. All in all this quilt spent five months being created. I use this example to illustrate that at any one time we have over 20 upcoming projects in the works. And there is much time and labor invested in creating a Shoppe like ours.
Ya know, people have sometimes referred to us as the "Disneyland" of the quilt world. I'm not entirely sure where that came from. It's flattering but we never intended that or expected that. While I did work for the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando (I mainly hosted visiting VIP's and worked in Events) - trust me - that reference brings a ton of expectation that I know I can't live up to.
You might say I have a thing for dairy. Surely you've heard the stories of my late night rendevouz with a cube of cheese. Yes?
Anymoo - Do you like? The Mothership came up with this simple pattern to use our panel from the Oink A Doodle Moo collection by Jenn Ski. I am always amazed at how she can pick something up and make something that not only is simple and quick, but has cute appeal. I guess that's what makes us a little patch of heaven...way out west.
Sorry. I couldn't resist. Those dancing chickens crack me up.
As most of you know, we merged all of our brights back into the Main space last Autumn. Hard to believe it has been a year - isn't it? I still get people who ask, "Where are your brights?"
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I have been in love with this collection since it arrived earlier this year. Not only are the main prints adorable, but the coordinates are versatile and can be added into a variety of your projects that need a pop of color. The children's print factor is also a plus. But beware...they are all starting to thin out!
We've got Jelly Rolls & Layer Cakes too! You should all know by now that my love for these bundles of pre-cut realness is unmatched. Honestly, if you don't have a clue with what to do with them, well...come sit by me. I'll show you.
I love that the Fat Quarter Bundle includes one panel...there's your project, right there.
I should point out that we didn't make kits of the panel project. The "Mothership" simply wanted to show how simple it was to take a panel and make up something cute. Now because I reek of reality, let me just tell ya how it always goes down in Quilt World:
If we make a kit, inevitably someone will always tell us that they just want the panel. If we don't make a kit, someone will always ask us for a kit. It's the same for patterns. Make a kit and I will hear, "I don't want a kit, I just want a pattern to do my own thing." If we have sold out of a kit and only have a pattern I will hear..."No, I want a kit. I don't need another pattern." It is quite the debacle and it makes me keep reaching for that cube of cheese.
It's called "Retreat" Cute...eh? And perfect for a little boy! If you purchase the kit, don't forget to include your backing. The fabrics in this collection are starting to fade away and you only need 2-7/8yds! We give a 15% discount on your selected backing when purchased with your kit. Not bad..not bad at all. When finished you will have a cute quilt for less than $100 that we are sure will get plenty of use from your little one!
And coming soon...the "Mothership" has been re-creating the popular "Frog Work" by Briarwood Cottage. If you are interested in this kit you can send us an email to email@example.com and we will be sure to contact you when they are ready.
Now, don't forget...we have always carried a variety of gifts and home decor items throughout the Shoppe and our other store, "Boughs of Holly - The Store." My favorite items in the Shoppe right now are these clocks! Adorable. The "Mothership" even has some of the ocean inspired critters sprinkled throughout the beach cottage. Something to think about as we enter the season of giving.
Alright now...I've shown you quite a bit. The only thing missing here is you...as our guest! If it has been awhile since you've been in, you will find many new bright collections including Baby Jane, Glamping, Happy-Go-Lucky, Celebration, and Road 15. We even just received an all new batch of Chevrons (Half Moon Modern) and a ton of new Bella Solids.
Seeew why don't ya'll come visit? Just give me some notice and I'll make room in the nest out here in the little patch of heaven way out west. Everybody got that? Are we golden?
If it helps - ya know you could always leave me a comment. Just you know...a little something to show me you're not just stalkin' my blog and swiping my pics to place on Pinterest. :-P
I don't know about all of you, but I spent the weekend feeling a bit "heavy."
Is it just me, or does it seem like everybody is fighting?
We are living in a time when people are telling others their love is not equal. Turn on the evening news and to much of the world's dismay - we've learned three teenagers gunned down an innocent man out of "boredom." This...after everything we saw in Newtown. And let's not forget the senseless beating death of a World War II Veteran. What are we doing to one another? What is fueling this hate? This anger? This rage? The anonymity of the internet certainly hasn't helped. People are able to spew venom they would never say in public. Trust me, I've seen what some say about me! Why do so many people attack one another through the internet and social media? We do it to one another, celebs (guilty...but only with Miley), political figures, businesses and more.
Where is the love?
Judging by the endless stream of "Selfies" out there, there's enough "Self-Love" (or is there?) but what about love for one another? With so many images of negativity bombarding us daily, it's no surprise seeew many of us turn to quilting...in a world like this.
Obviously when I feel like this...the "Mothership" reminds me that I sometimes need to take a break and nourish the creative soul. Seeew I decided I would spend a day with Shoppe friends...Matt & Darin over at Laurel Hedge. These personal gardens...they are a labor of love! I've never seen a garden like this on a personal property this big! You can't help but feel uplifted and feel a presence of hope while walking the many paths. In times where it would appear nothing comes from the heart...it's obvious the heart of the matter is in full view here.
Their waterfall = amazing! Did I mention they do landscaping?
And look what I brought with me! Lots of quilts using fabrics from Edyta Sitar's Over The Rainbow Batik collection.
It radiates love and light for all to see, especially here in the garden. When Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, dropped by the Shoppe in May...she was thoroughly impressed. With the help of Edyta's laser-cut fusible applique pieces known as Silhouettes, the applique part is easier than it looks. Yes, with the convenience of having these shapes already cut for you comes cost, but I am a firm believer in the value of time. And anything that saves time is a huge plus in my book. You can spend less time cutting and more time sewing! Cutting out little body parts for an endless soiree of birds and vines, would have me reaching for a cube of cheese. Seeew our kit, which includes the Silhouettes, is a dream! In a world like this.
What I love about M & D's garden... is the pond. I can remember as a little boy aged 7 and 8 - I would draw out maps of my own garden with my brother. The maps always contained a pond. This pond invites tranquility and I feel as if I'm walking through a meadow.
Well...I am. Sort of.
Just imagine...sitting here with your favorite book! In a world like this.
Have you ever seen something seeew pretty in someone's yard?
It's a little bit of heaven right here on Earth. And with every pond comes a family of Koi.
Precious Alert. Matt tossed some food out so I could get a lot of them in the picture.
If trying the Rainbow Star is too intimidating for you, or you are just beginning with applique, I highly recommend the Over the Rainbow Batik Garden Trio Table Runner Kit. Our kit contains enough fabric to make three table runners ( two of which are pictured - see below). The table runners are a great way to start working with the Silhouettes and you will feel a sense of accomplishment when you complete the project. That's always a plus!
Precious Alert Deux. Simple x100. Simple and quick is always a good thing! In what? That's right...a world like this.
One of the "Mothership's" favorite thing to do is combine batiks with cottons or other textures. I'm always amazed when she walks through the Shoppe. She finds things nobody else ever thinks to look at. In order to create a more contemporary quilt she took our Over the Rainbow Jelly Rolls and combined them with a solid linen from French General. I stumbled upon M & D's greenhouse and felt that our Jelly Parfait Quilt resembled the roof line. Seriously...I moved through the thicket and there it was.
The pattern is designed by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts. I've said it before and I will continue saying it...not only is Joanna one of the few designers with several patterns for Moda pre-cuts (including the Jelly Roll) but her designs are versatile and work with seeew many styles of fabric.
This next quilt you may have seen before at the Mothership's beach cottage. It's another Fig Tree Favorite...Jelly Stems and it fit perfectly here in the gardens. P.S. I love the wheel barrow planter on the top of this arbor.
Melissa chose a simple edge to edge pattern for this particular quilt. Simple is good! The fun part with this pattern is Joanna provides three variations for how you can set your "stems." You can make them all going in the same direction, or some up and some down creating a butterfly effect. Either way...we love this pattern and can see it re-created using almost any style of Jelly Roll.
One more picture just because I loved these flowers and the rake on the greenhouse.
Finally, our last project is the most beauteous of all. The "Mothership" loves log cabin blocks. In a tribute to the end of Summer, here is our Summer Cabin Over The Rainbow Batik Quilt. It's a visual masterpiece and when I look at it, I think of stained glass. Our piecer Lisa put this one together and she did mention that remaining organized during the assembly of this quilt was key -especially with all of that color placement! She did an amazing job - didn't she?
Seeew listen...I know that times are tough. In a world like this there are days where it feels like there is so much chaos and people are disconnected. We cover our eyes and ask, "Why?"
I started writing this post with a heavy mindset.
I was letting the negativity grab hold.
What I know for sure though is that all of those things associated with negativity - fear, doubt, and envy - they lead to chaos. And chaos...it's overwhelming. Love seems absent or impossible.
When you believe in yourself and your dreams.
When you use your imagination and express your creativity.
When you have passion.
When you do what you love to do regardless of opinions.
When you surround yourself with people who you love and love you back.
When you go that extra mile and never look back.
Love comes 'round.
And if you ever doubt love exists in a world like this...just look at a quilt and look at this garden. You'll see.
If you are interested in visiting the gardens and their boutique click here to check out the schedule of Saturdays that they are open. To catch up with Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile visit our Facebook page and check us out on Pinterest.