Watermelon & A Cozy Christmas Are Big Business Around Here...

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Yes Summer is almost over, but does anyone want to have a watermelon eating contest? Doesn't this look delicious? It makes me want to put on a show in a little small town! Are you a Rose or Sadie?

 

 

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I love the reds the "Mothership" selected for those watermelons. She did a great job making sure it shows the texture of the melon. We still have to put the binding on, but as soon as Trish Hevern (one of our newest quilters) brought it back, I just had to play. The entire quilt is just charming and whimsical. You can order this bright and happy Summer Slice Quilt Kit by clicking here.

This quilt would be seeew much fun to take along on a picnic or use while sitting on your front porch during those summer nights. During the holidays you could even get away with folding it up on your favorite ladder and simply show off the middle.

Our complete quilt kit includes ample fabric to create the quilt top and binding. Jan has also included ric-rac, buttons (for the seeds which we haven't put on yet) and the pattern for this 60" x 60" quilt. One of my favorite things is the way Jan, Christine and Joann package our kits! They are always like presents. Seeew much attention to detail and it inspires me daily. They take a lot of time to create seeew we usually only kit once unless it's a smaller item.

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As I always say, and have said for the last ten years...get it when I'm advertising it because this kit is limited to just eight (8).

Seeew what else happened this week?

 

Well, as you can see the "Mothership" hosted the August Breakfast Club this past Saturday. As always everyone has a good time and there is usually a winner or two in the bunch. Each month Jan features a project and provides a kit to all attendees. The fee includes a breakfast snack and kit for the project. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own favorite project to share with the group. Here is this month's featured project:

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This Wall Bucket is perfect for holding "stuff" on spaces that are hard to use, especially in our sewing rooms! When Jan saw both the pattern print and ruler print from Moda's Sew & Sew collection, she knew it would be perfect for this month's project! You can order the pattern from us by calling 503-607-0600. We can ship pattern only orders (without tracking) for $1.90 - $2.25. If you place an order for a pattern through our on-line store, the general shipping fee is $5.95 with the USPS Flat Rate Envelope (tracking included). My advice is to order more than one pattern (or throw in some fabric) if you want to use the website, otherwise just call us for pattern-only orders.

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Pictured above are the Breakfast Club projects from May through August. Jan focuses on selecting projects that you will find practical for your personal sewing space or perhaps for a friend. Many of the people who attend bring back their projects to share and talk about how they made more because a family member or friend wanted to make one too! It gets a little contagious! Be watching our daily email to register for our September Breakfast Club soon!

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Don't forget, we also have two other brand new quilt kits including the Sew & Sew Quilt Kit and the Lori Holt Cozy Christmas Quilt Kit.

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Both of these quilt kits are available in the Shoppe and in our on-line Shoppe now. For Lori Holt's Cozy Christmas Quilt, Jan & Christine will be hosting a weekly Sew-Along on Wednesday evenings 6:30pm-8:30pm starting September 7 through November 30. This program is free to those who purchase the Cozy Christmas Quilt Kit from us. The cost of the kit is $129.99 and includes ample fabric to create the quilt top and binding. You will need to purchase the Sew Simple Shapes Cozy Christmas Templates and Cute Little Christmas Buttons separately. The program is going to be valuable to you because Jan & Christine are sewing our sample and there are lots of tips to go over! Seeew, get your kit purchased and if you are local, be sure to register for the Sew Along by clicking here.

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian

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Lori Holt's Cozy Christmas In-Store Sew Along! Sign Up Now!

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Click here for all of the details! The Sew Along is free to those who purchase their kit from Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile! Every Wednesday evening 6:30pm-8:30pm from September 7 through November 30. You get to choose how many Sew Along's you want to come too. You can attend them all, or you may want to do one every other week, or once per month. Jan and Christine's extensive knowledge will ensure you have this quilt finished in time for the holidays! They will be sewing right alongside you! If you're looking for a good time, laughs and friendship...you'll want to join us!

We do highly encourage everyone to at least come to the first one on September 7 for the complete introduction, but you must have your kit purchased! Only $129.99 ea. Includes ample fabrics to complete the quilt top and binding. The pattern is also included. You will need to purchase the Sew Simple Shapes and the Cute Little Jar of Buttons separately. We did that to keep the fabric kit cost to $129.99 for those who may already have the additional items.

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian

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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!

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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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