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!
Do I love you? I know you want to know. How can you tell if I love you seeew...well...it's in my links.
That's right my little quilt-lings...those "links" you see throughout our email and my blog? Those "links" - represent many hours of my life and my dedication to your convenience. But be warned, when I don't link...it's because I don't have what you desire most.
That's where it is ya'll.
Suddenly I hear a lot of Cher. Everyone to the dance floor. But please...no hugging and no squeezing. Thanks.
And if you're not using my "links" - as Cher croons, "you're not listening to all I say." And I always have a lot to say.
To celebrate the month of "Love" (yes, it's over in four days), I thought I would show you just a few of our quilts using a dash of red. I love how our Bitsy Buttons Quilt turned out above. How can you not love a Scotty dog? We ordered a ton of the Mama Said Sew collection by Sweetwater - seeew like... we still have some. But that's ok! It has a lot of great basic prints that stand the test of time seeew who knows what else you'll see ahead! In fact, I have this beautiful grey retro styled sofa at home that could use a stunning quilt. I just have to sabotage the Mothership's navigator to keep her grounded seeew she can sew.
Made with fabrics from American Jane's "Potluck" this is going down as one my all-time favorites. We also have a green and white version coming up - but I think I'll wait until March to show you that one. I told the "Mothership" last year that since "Boughs of Holly" is now our Christmas store, we will need a way to bring Christmas to the main Shoppe and this is definitely one of those quilts I could use.
Now I should know better than to do this to you, but next up are two quilts (which have sold out since I began this post) that I treasure. First up is Cabin Fever. The "Mothership" loves to combine textures into her quilts. With Cabin Fever she took the cottons, wovens and ikat of the Midwinter Red collection by Minick & Simpson to give the quilt a unique dash of character.
Holiday. Celebration. Come together...in every nation.
I just had to quote a Madonna song, it's been seeew long!
Mentioning her name on my blog is like yelling "Beetlejuice" three times.
Maybe if I mention her two more times my head will shrink?
At least it's not Miley.
Anyway, this next quilt is called "Holiday" and yes, we sold out of our kits long before the sample has returned. But that's ok, we have patterns (while they last).
By the way...if you just want to order patterns we can mail patterns with $1.90 postage. Our website will always generate a fee based on Flat Rate Priority Mail envelopes, however it doesn't know when it's just a pattern and when it's fabric. We can always adjust your order before charging your card. With the rise of PDF pattern formats and everyone sharing patterns, we have cut back on how many extra patterns we carry.
Now...hold onto your Jelly Rolls.
I am going to leave you with a sneak peak at one of our upcoming holiday collections from Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs called "Winter Wonderland."
If you don't love this...we need to talk.
Classic red and white with the cutest bunch of snowmen EVER.
And the truck.
My goodness Mary Ellen...the TRUCK!
How we doin'? Everyone still breathing? Pearls still in tact? Hair still perfectly in place?
Anyway, we will have kits for Wish Upon A Star....
And Christmas Wheels!
The collection isn't due until April/May but I thought I would drive you crazy now. Just remember... it will be in my "links."
If you feel anxious and obsessive, my job has been done.
When it comes to blogging I'm rather particular and I can't just splash up a notion and exclaim, "Ohhhh...gee...look! Another gadget." Perhaps that's my "male" nature. For the record I don't get excited for Craftsman power tools either. If I am in a Home Depot, it's usually more to gawk at the plantation style shutters.
With this revelation I'm sure we will all understand one another better.
Anyway, I take my early morning hours very seriously. These very private few hours before 10am are complete bliss for the creative flow. How much I accomplish is based on a series of factors. As I said, I'm very particular. Was I able to get to my workout? (Stress and cubes of cheese with the occasional batch of cookies are wearing on me). Was someone in my parking spot when I drove in? Was the elevator empty or did I have to share it with someone on their cell phone?
Always a pleasure listening to someone else's personal business.
Uh...sorry you're getting a divorce? *AWKWARD*
Oh heck...I'm afraid I might be a little bit like her.
"Somebody came to work today..."
In all seriousness...putting a blog together takes time and it usually has to take backseat to things like Shoppe displays, incoming inventory, uploading product to our website, planning upcoming quilt projects and my personal favorite...preparing backings for the over 200 finished samples in our Shoppe.
Take this quilt for example made with Moda's "Curio" from Basic Grey.
As you can see my choices for backing were plenty. It's always challenging when the "Mothership" isn't around.
Which one would she select? What would she do?
When it's left up to me, I'm usually in a time crunch. Seeew when bindings have failed to be placed in their bin or I cannot find a quilt that was recently returned from being pieced - I'm kind of like this...
Somebody Who Came To Work Today: "What about the green for the backing?"
Me: Um no.
Somebody Who Came to Work Today: "What if we used a tonal?"
Me: Tonal...for backing? Groundbreaking. No.
Somebody Who Came To Work Today: "That brown polka dot would be pretty."
Me: Calm yourself. No.
Trust me, I've read the rumors.
From some descriptions I very well could be the "Dragon Lady."
Not sure how that works for an image...but we'll go with it.
Much like in the fashion industry, "Quilt World" has lots of opinions whether solicited or not. Oh yes, everyone has an opinion. Would you like an example? "You shouldn't have the quilt up if you don't have a pattern." Hmmm...let's compare a quilt that costs a couple hundred dollars to make vs. the absence of a $8.00 pattern? I think I'm going to leave the quilt up and get some more patterns. At the same time there are a lot of people who want an opinion and when they ask us for ours we simply tell them...
We would do what we love and you should too!
And by the way... when the "Mothership" doesn't initially do what she loves, the project becomes a U.F.O. Abandoned and forgotten.
I suppose this may be why she has me around.
To continually pester?
But just remember ( and I'm speaking to you Holly Berries)...
Just remember that this blue...
This blue..is not just blue. It's not Turquoise, it's not Lapis.
It's actually "Pond."
And that "Pond"... represents millions of dollars and countless jobs.
It's been awhile since I showed much going on at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile! Let's just say the last two months - I was focused on our Christmas store, "Boughs of Holly." While I've been away, the "Mothership" has been behind-closed-doors preparing several quilt kits using our "Potluck" collection by American Jane. Just look at the pile above. She's been busy!
But here's a secret...stick with me and I'll take you on a "Peep" Show.
Can I just send a shout out to Sandy Klop? I love her. She is as sweet as your grandma's apple pie. And if your grandma didn't make an apple pie, then...well...I feel sorry for you. In all fairness there isn't one Moda designer that isn't sweet. These people are very creative and definitely have a knack at bringing us some beautiful things, don't they?
Seeew what is Jan kitting, Brian? I hear you.
Well, since you've asked ever seeew politely, I'll show you. Because we all know the only reason you are here is for what I can show you. Right? I mean, you're not going to just randomly call me and say, "Hey, wanna get together for a game of Canasta?" Who are you kidding?
There she be! It's our Day Tripper Quilt. I can't help but think of a picnic, watermelon, apple pie...the sound of a lawn mower. No clue where that last image came from but suddenly I heard a lawn mower as I laid on a freshly mowed lawn. Because I have time to do that. Maybe it's my subconscious? Maybe I'm not even supposed to be here.
You're looking at the Potluck pre-cuts. Fat Quarter Bundles, Charm Packs, Layer Cakes...we've got it all. Do you like the Fat Quarter arrangement? I will say that we have very dedicated staff here. They really do their best to keep up my displays and for that I am thankful.
The collection is chalk full of primary colors and good basic prints. This time, Sandy has brought back some of her favorites such as the tape measure print, while introducing new prints including those adorable chicks. You may have noticed the 4 In 1 fabrics are back as well. The 4 In 1 fabrics are printed with two basic designs - checks and dots, but in different scales. If you've ever looked at an American Jane pattern and thought, "Well now...what collection did that fabric come from?" - check her 4 in 1 fabrics!
But wait...there's more! Day Tripper isn't our only kit we have to offer. The "Mothership" has also prepared three other kits. When she's busy...she is busy.
And of course...it's a process.
Pictured below are our Red Daisy kits in the assembly line. When we prepare kits - we do not prepare them on the sales floor. The biggest reason for this is we want to ensure accuracy with our cuts. Around here, kit preparation is an act of Congress as we have a system of checks and balances. As you will see illustrated in the picture below, each kit has a certain way we fold as a double check for accurate cuts and ample amounts. 90% of our kits are made up as shop samples which allows us to test the pattern for accuracy. That's a good thing Mary Ellen.
Of course being that we love Christmas around here, we couldn't just make a red and white version of Red Daisy. We also had to make a Green version!
Our last quilt from Potluck is our all-new Potluck Later Quilt kit - which has just recently been finished. I love all scrappy quilts. This one makes me want to take a can of paint and just start splashing color all over the Shoppe. But I won't. The thought (and the quilt) definitely makes you want to smile!
Finally, when Sandy Klopp isn't designing retro-styled fabrics, she sometimes dabbles in a bit of French Country.
Her Savonnerie collection is just like a trip to the South of France with vibrant French Reds and Mustard Yellows. Her Sun & Sea II Quilt is inspired by the romance of France, with the large floral border adding a dramatic finish! Voila! We have made a limited number of kits seeew be sure to grab yours soon! If you are on our Shoppe email distribution, I keep telling everyone that most fabric is produced once with reorder options either limited or not available. Seeew, we generally make kits once (unless it's a versatile pattern that we can do over and over again) and then we move on. I of course can't show you everything we have to offer in one post, so check out our other kits. I'll give you a hint: The Midwinter Reds Quilt Kits are going fast!
I had asked all of you last week to tell me how you plan to "Let It Go" in 2014. The responses were overwhelming! I wanted to make sure we took the time to read through each response. It is clear to me, that the subject of "Let It Go" resonates within all of you. Just from the comments alone I can tell you...everyone is dealing with something. Everyone has challenges. We just all approach the same goal - differently. Many of you expressed wanting to let go of perfection, expectation, and the fear of saying, "No." Others shared more personal challenges through stories of cancer survival, accidents that have left scars and the loss of someone close to you - whether through the end of a marriage or death.
The fact that you all were so comfortable sharing these intimate parts of your lives makes it clear to me that you didn't do this just to win the Jelly Roll. You had something to say. You had something to let go.
Well I heard ya. And I am hereby validating each of you to rise like the break of dawn and "let it go" in 2014!
"It's funny how some distance makes everything seem small. And the fears that once controlled me can't get to me at all."
As you know there can only be one winner and it is with great excitement that with the help of the Random Number Generator, I present the Snow Days Batik Jelly Roll to:
Kathy wrote: "It's been so long since I've created anything! My sewing room became the "pitch it in, dumping ground" during an overhaul of our kitchen and laundry room. Now I need to dig out, rearrange, redesign and restart my creative mind set. So that is my plan - to put blinders on and focus on getting my creativity jump started and running again. There are too many projects and quilt tops that had to be abandoned this year and I need to get back to them to bring that peace back into my life.
Seeew...Kathy! Congratulations! Please email me at email@example.com to arrange your prize. I sincerely hope that it is just what you need to bring that "peace" back into your life! We certainly know how it is here to have a creative space in disarray!
Now it's time to see what I can do ...no right, no wrong...no rules for me! ~ Brian
I kind of had a day off. And I emphasize "kind of." Technically today - for me- is the fourth day of Christmas and by golly wouldn't you know - four calling birds swooped in and helped me decorate with a few snowmen!
Is your tree already decorated? Don't have a tree? What about a garland? A wreath? We love to even accent our table centerpiece with a few smaller ornaments.
Seeew, do you believe in the magic of a snowman? If you could spend one day with a snowman, what would you do before he melts away? Let me know in the comments, and you could win a "In From The Cold" Charm Pack!
(This contest is now closed. Our winner "Kristy" has been notified.)
The following pictures are from our new Christmas-inspired cottage, "Boughs of Holly." If you haven't yet been, hurry and do seeew. Starting in January, it will have a different set of hours through late Spring. Seeew be sure to visit soon!
B.T.W. snowmen are magical! And it could very well have something to do with the hat. Or the carrot nose.
B.T.W. I'm betting no one has even noticed the magic of the "Mothership's" attention to detail. The front of "Boughs of Holly" is heavy on red accents and as you make your way back she chose to focus more on the green. It just adds to the merriment.
Anyone need a stocking? We've got this simple stocking the "Mothership" put together on a Sunday made from this panel. Oh..and this one from "In From The Cold." If I'm not mistaking...there is even another one in the store at "Boughs of Holly" featuring a Santa and a snowman. But don't get mad at me if it's gone. Things are starting to disappear.
And of course we have a few stocking holders left including this little guy.
We only have three more of these Share the Joy Panels by Deb Strain.
I love Jim Shore. His artistry and craftsmanship are just magical and obviously his designs are heavily influenced by quilting. You can find all of our Christmas Jim Shore here. We will continue to offer Christmas Jim Shore but in limited quantities.
Over the last few months as we've moved our entire upstairs offices (office, classroom, stock rooms), we've been cleaning out our stock rooms and reducing anything that doesn't fit into our new office space so we have a variety of Jim Shore on sale at 50%. Be sure to check it out! We have also discontinued Jim Shore Disney Traditions.
The "Mothership" has been making a variety of smaller projects for "Boughs of Holly." This little guy below is called "Hanging the Lights" and our kit includes everything you need to complete the project!
In the cold Winter's night, a snow family gathers along with their forest friends to celebrate the Christmas holiday in our Winter Friends Table Runner. Complete kits are available.
This last guy...we are actually sold out of but I think he's too cute and he goes with my theme. Seeew...I guess you can simply drool. Right? Make sure you wipe it up though because it's seeew cold in here it might freeze.