Here's a sneak peak at our 2016 row for the Row By Row Experience which begins June 21, 2016. If you are traveling this year, our full service, inspirational quilt shop is located in West Linn, Oregon.
The Row by Row Experience is a national event to encourage and get you excited to visit local brick and mortar quilt shops! It's exactly the kind of event that defines what I mean when I say "stay seeew-cial."
This year's theme is "Home Sweet Home." Our row was designed by the "Mothership" (a.k.a. Jan) and Christine. We felt that as we get older, the simple life is more and more appealing. With the "tiny house" craze we couldn't help but think that for many people, the idea of minimal housework, yard work, is the goal. A camper (or "glamper") surrounded by our favorite quilts seems like complete bliss to us!
I will post more information about our row, when our sample comes back from being stitched and quilted.
Your questions about the Row By Row Experience can be answered by reading here.
* You will not find any information on our website about our row until the event begins. This is simply a sneak peak.
It's that time of year again ladies and gentlemen! Time to be thinking about registering for our popular fall and winter workshops! Our 8th Annual Homespun & Holly Retreat Workshop is on the horizon. Oh sure...I hear you. "But the holidays are six months away!" True...but seats are already filling for our popular holiday workshop (read below for availability)! Stacy West, Debbie Busby, Brenda Riddle, Sherri K. Falls and Kathy Cardiff will all be here at the Shoppe the first weekend of December to share their talents and the magic of the holidays with you!
Even though I've included all details on our website, I "get it"...it's always fun to re-read it here on the blog, right? LOL. Seeew if you've never joined us for one of our retreat workshops...here's how it all goes down:
First let's get acquainted with who will be here! This popular event features five special guest designers including Sherri K. Falls of This & That, Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin, Debbie Busby of Wooden Spool Designs, Kathy Cardiff of The Cottage at Cardiff Farms, and Moda designer, Brenda Riddle of Acorn Quilt & Gift Co.
Secondly, lets discuss the value you will receive because it is...AMAH-ZING! The fee includes all supplies to create the five "secret" projects and instruction by our five invited designers. Did ya' all get that? The projects are kept secret because just like Christmas day, we want to surprise you! It is an honor to be associated with such an amazing line up of talent which include local and national designers. The projects are handmade creations which each designer is designing exclusively for our workshop, so no sewing machines are needed to be brought.This year we can tell you that if you love holiday wool projects...you're going to love this year's event! In addition to the cutest holiday projects ever, we serve a fabulous catered luncheon, desserts and an afternoon snack. Most of all, the fee includes plenty of holiday cheer at our merriest workshop of the year! We decorate, we sing...we may even entertain!
Here's where seating stands as of May 18, 2016. This is a one day workshop retreat. You select the day you want to attend. Each designer presents the same project each day. You will leave with five holiday projects!
Friday December 2, 2016 - On-Line Registration is closed due to very limited seating. Please call us during regular hours with your party size 503-607-0600 for Friday's workshop. This is to prevent overbooking. 2 seats left.
Saturday December 3, 2016 - On-Line Registration is closed due to very limited seating. Please call us during regular hours with your party size 503-607-0600 for Saturday's workshop. This is to prevent overbooking. 2 seats left.
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Open Seating. The perfect day for those coming with larger groups of friends and family. Not only that, but by day three we've already hosted two prior groups seeew any kinks are worked out. *wink*
If you need help with using our website to register, we've got a little tutorial that walks you through the on-line registration by clicking here.
* If you are registering for more than one person, please make sure that you call us (503-607-0600) with the names of the people you are coming with to ensure you are seated together and we will make a note of it on your registration.
* The time of the workshop has been moved up to begin at 9:30am
Seeew that's the run down with Homespun & Holly. I will be spotlighting each guest designer in the days and weeks ahead. I hope you will stay tuned!
Now, if you love Fall and you love wool projects, Kathy Cardiff (The Cottage at Cardiff Farms) will be designing a beautiful fall wool project exclusively for our 2nd Annual Wool N' Harvest Retreat Workshop which is Saturday October 1, 2016.
To view the fun from last year click here! I'm already smelling the pumpkin bread!
Stay Seeew-cial and maybe we'll see you in the fall! ~ Brian
We have been setting up for a very big quilt sale over the last couple of days. Our Quilt Vault is filled to the brim and it's time to make way for more...LOL. I love our quilts. For ten years we've been creating quality quilts based on patterns by our favorite designer friends. Not only are they pieced extremely well, but the careful color selection and attention to detail from the Mothership make them even more stunning! The majority of our quilts have been pieced by two women in recent years. Lisa Goodloe (who will be teaching our Bloom Applique class) alone has thousands of hours in the piecing she has done for us. Her points are always flat. Seriously...she never has any lumps in her piecing. It's amazing. Dorene Kemp has been piecing for us since 2006 and her piecing is always exquisite. I always joke that if I ever had a moment to do something for myself, I'd want to learn piecing from the Mothership...and then these two. As for the quilting Melissa Hoffman has been providing her quality custom quilting for us since 2005! Monica has recently moved to Alaska and is no longer quilting at this time, but before she left she too had thousands of hours in. Both of these ladies always create just the right amount of quilting for our samples to make sure it enhances the quilt.
Seeew take a look at the finished quilts we have for sale here. The red price listed is the sale price. If the quilt shown does not have a price listed, it has sold. Our finished quilts make great gifts or are perfect for the person who wants to sew but has no time. 25% off our regular price, along with FREE SHIPPING on quilts $500 or more* is a great deal! Quality custom quilting (I'm not talking about the quick job a friend does on their sewing machine) can cost between $300 and $500 - sometimes even more. Fabrics for just the top can range between $150 and $200 (more if it's wool). Keep in mind we haven't even discussed cost of the work that went into putting the quilt together. In fact, last week a lady was in talking about how the quilting on a recent quilt of hers was in the ball park of $700! It all adds up seeew enjoy our specials...you won't find this many designer inspired quilts anywhere else for these prices!
Stay Seeew-Cial ~ Brian
* Shipping will appear on your web order. We will credit the shipping back to you on quilt orders of $500 or more, before shipping your order.
Good Morning everyone! It's Sunday and here I am. It's my day to work on a multitude of projects around the Shoppe but I couldn't go one more minute without writing to you with the latest! Between working on our new website, re-setting the Shoppe displays, moving cabinetry (we found two more to incorporate - see below), new inventory, I never know which to work on first!
Let's begin with the the picture at the top of this post. After we have cut the first batch of blocks for our Barn Girl Vintage Block of The Month program, we have confirmed we can still accommodate those who have been needing a little more time to register! You can even participate on-line for those of you who prefer to have the blocks mailed to you. Click here to register for the on-line only option or click the picture above. I have much to talk about in this post, so either read the registration page or read my previous blog post here that discuss the details. If you are local and would like to join us for the Barn Girl Vintage Block of The Month in-store, you can still join us too! To register for Thursday evenings click here. To register for Saturday mornings click here.
* All details including what's included and the meeting date for each month are available in the links.
BTW...the Mothership has been having more of our favorite cabinets stripped and re-painted. I told you we aren't done. The building of the classroom was just one fraction of the remodel. There's base cove, re-painting, lighting, construction of our register counter, barn doors, all to still be done. We are methodical people around here. Each time we move a cabinet or a table, we have to work in the space a few days before we continue. Don't you do this at home? I guess this is why I wasn't understanding why people were seeew quick to judge a few weeks back. Creativity never has an ending.
Isn't this sweet? Summer is soon upon us ladies and gentlemen! One of the "Mothership's" favorite things to bring with her whenever going on a road trip is some stitchery. It's even better when the design is an iron-on embroidery transfer design! Each of these brand new patterns are part of a set of three which if you collect them...there is even a super cute quilt pattern to incorporate them into! The patterns are by Yesterday's Charm designer Loyce Saxton, who upon discovery is based here in Summerville, Oregon! We love to support local talent! You can support local talent too by ordering the patterns directly from our website. Click here for Set One, click here for Set Two and click here for Set Three. The darling Aqua border tea towel can be purchased here along with yellow, lime green, blue, red and grey. While you're out there on those Summer road trips don't forget to visit those inspirational local brick and mortar quilt shops!
Speaking of Summer, Moda's new SummerFest by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass patterns is in the Shoppe now! Summer is often a time filled with bright, vibrant and cheerful colors! It is a time for celebrations whether it's a picnic in the park, a parade or a nightly firework display! Sparklers, watermelon, flip flops and ice cream cones remind us of our own summer time memories. The entire collection can be viewed and purchased by clicking here.
We can ship up to six-seven yards of cotton fabrics for $5.95. We are still working on the shipping components of our new website so if it estimates more than $5.95 we will post a credit back to you.
For our Red Urban Scandinavian Quilt, we used the beautiful Urban Scandinavian collection which can be purchased here. We have another quilt made with the blues from the Urban Scandinavian collection but it is currently being quilted. Maybe we'll get it back soon and we can show you! Both of these quilts are variations of the log cabin block but have a contemporary design. The classic white and red combination gives the quilt a slight traditional touch. We just love these and who doesn't love a red and white quilt? Those greys (pictured below) would make excellent prints for say...a Jen Kingwell project? Just throwing out ideas!
Speaking of grey (btw, when did it go from gray to grey?), yellow and grey are hot combinations right now and honestly...they have been for awhile. It's definitely a color combination that has staying power. We noticed that we didn't have a sample of anything in this colorway but we wanted the project to be simple - something that could be completed in a weekend. The "Mothership" had been hoarding a little pile of yellows and greys for a lil' bit waiting for just the right pattern to come along. The end result is our Greysun Patchwork Quilt. By the way...this one has been extremely popular in the Shoppe with just four kits left. I say this every time....get it when I'm talking about it because these kits do sell out and we move onto something new.
Last but not least (for today anyway) is our new 7th Grade Quilt Kit. This quilt was made using the Pre-cut Primer book by Me & My Sister Designs. I say this everytime when discussing pre-cuts, but I'll say it again. If you struggle with selecting colors for your quilts, or if you dread the search for fabrics...pick up a Moda pre-cut! I notice lots of people pick them up, flip them over, flip them back over....and then put it down. It makes me wonder if people know what to do with them even after being around for ten years. We love all of the pre-cuts but we really love those Layer Cakes and here is why...
They make quilts like this!!! Isn't it cute? If you love something that makes you smile...this is it! The bright colors of Me & My Sister Designs always sparkle on a crisp gorgeous white and this quilt (even when it hasn't been quilted yet...) just radiates cheer! If you're having a bad day, well you just come see us and I'll wave this quilt in front of you in clever and artistic ways. This is another quilt that was flying out of here last week. We now just have three or four left. It won't last long. You can also save on your backing because I happen to know that some of the Me & My Sister fabrics on our website are 25% off!
Alright...as much as I have had fun sharing with you these lovelies, it's time for me to get to looking at the Shoppe floor. We still have seeew much work left to do. I will throw out a reminder to start registering for our workshops as they are starting to fill up. While we have quite a few scheduled, Sherri McConnell's workshop is coming up in August! She will be teaching her Grandmother's Fans Quiltand her Kitchen Sink Quilt on two different days. Click the links for information.
Stay seeew-cial and perhaps we will see you soon! ~ Brian
Good Morning! Welcome back to our blog, "Boughs of Holly!" Did you check your email from us? If you receive our Shoppe email, there's a little gift of savings for you to use by end of day today! Anyway, it's great to be here after a day of rest for Mother's Day! We had a fantastic time at our Mother's Day "Breakfast Club" Brunch on Saturday! Were you there? If you were, did you enjoy it? If you weren't....I'm sorry. LOL. Maybe after you see this post, we'll see you at the next one? Everyone is welcome to attend and we'd love to meet you! Register for one...or register for them all, it's entirely up to you! Of course, you wanna know what we do at Breakfast Club, right? Well...keep reading and I'll tell ya! This post will be longer, seeew it's much better to read on a desktop than on your iPhone. Just sayin.
First, let me just say that the Breakfast Club is usually more of a breakfast snack item. But for Mother's Day....we do a little brunching.
Upon seeing this menu, I of course had to load up! Boy...gotta' eat. I can't do all of this on an empty stomach. Anytime we have an event, the "Mothership", Christine and I are usually here until 1am the night before. Seeew needless to say I stocked up like the end of the world was coming! Not to be a "Foodie"...but here's my plate...don't judge.
If you have never been to a Breakfast Club before, you're in for a treat. The price varies month per month based on the size or type of project the "Mothership" (Jan..btw..for the newcomers) features. The cost also depends on whether we do a breakfast snack or a brunch. Everyone attending is invited to bring their favorite project to share with the group to be eligible for prizes! The project can be anything you are currently working on, or something that holds meaning to you. Jan then shares everything going on at the shop, introduces new projects, workshops, changes, etc. which gives people a chance to get to know her. It is truly a seeew-cial affair and I absolutely love it! We will continue doing it as long as there is creativity in our bones and you are interested!
For this month's project, Jan featured the Sit & Stitch Pincushion (pictured below) by the fabulous Cindy Taylor Oates. This is designed to fit over your arm rest of your favorite chair or sofa. Isn't it cute? Jan made this using fabrics from Fig Tree's Strawberry Fields Re-Visited and the cute canning jar labels from the adorable Farm Girl collection here. Normally, Jan provides a kit for the featured project, but this time she had all attendees pick out their favorite fabrics seeew their project would be exclusive to the style and colors of their own home! Their eyes lit up! "We get to pick our own???" I'm telling you...it was fabulous. My mom definitely knows how to mix it up and wow you. She knows customer service, she knows how to plan an event and she has vision! Time...though...girl, that's another subject for later. There's never enough hours in a day!
Now that I've shown you the featured project, let's get onto photos of my favorite part...the SHARING! As I said above, everyone is invited to bring and share a project that has meaning for them. Those who do are eligible for prizes! The Quilt-A-Razzi was in full force with his two cameras and I tried to capture as much as I could. If you didn't show up here, check our Facebook or Instagram as sometimes if people were moving, their photo became blurry.
BTW...It's a friendly bunch out here at the Shoppe seeew just know we may call out your name with a big ole' welcome! Just ask Freda...
Pictured below are Jennifer, Elaine & Janette. We had noticed that Jennifer (top) had been missing from some Breakfast Clubs. Turns out...she was working on this epic quilt! Somebody over-achieved. It was pretty darn magnificent! When she unveiled it...I'm not kidding, the entire room clutched their pearls. LOL. It was amazing. Elaine (lower left) bought our Canning Season Quilt Kit and brought in her finished project! Great job Elaine! She said it went together wonderfully. Meanwhile, Janette brought her favorite adorable mini quilt projects to share with all of us! Thank you for sharing ladies!
Pearls were clutched again when this sweet lady pictured below (her name is Pat) brought up her amazing Dresden plate! The Dresden's were hand applique. It was absolutely stunning. When she had called the Shoppe prior to coming she said she wasn't sure if she should bring it. Um??? Yes please! I'm seeew glad she did because it was beautiful! The colors were very well coordinated and of course most of them appeared to be American Jane fabrics! Love that Sandy Klop! BTW...I need to give her a call. Memo to me....call Sandy. Everybody got that? LOL.
Longtime customer Charlotte W. brought this beautiful quilt made with her scraps of batiks! I don't think Charlotte has missed a Breakfast Club yet. In fact, Charlotte has been coming to the Shoppe since we opened in 2005! Thank you for eleven years of shopping with us Charlotte!
Next up is one of my faves...it's Linda P.! Sweetest little lady you'll ever meet. Linda brought this eye-catching, bright quilt in which the black creates a bit of dramatic flair. Thank you for sharing Linda!
The wonderful Bev H. brought her beautiful 30's quilt featuring a Marsha McCloskey Feathered Star. Just gorgeous. We are loving on 30's vintage right now. All of it reminds me of clotheslines in the Summer and much simpler times. I can smell the Downey! It helps that the colors are so darn cheerful because you can't help but smile when looking at a quilt like this one. Thanks Bev! Bev also happened to be one of the prize drawing winners and won a little Fat Quarter pack of April Rosenthal's Summerfest, which we will have out sometime this week! I included a little picture below.
Pictured above are Lynn, Eyvonne, Jill and Carol!
Lynn...in the top left corner shared a story of how a mouse chewed a portion of her favorite quilt. I don't know about you but I don't care how cute that mouse is....if they chew a quilt, it's trap season!
Eyvonne brought a Christmas quilt in which she made a bag to keep it in from fabric she had left from the project. Jill (bottom left) brought her table runner that she made after taking Doug Leko's workshop we had here at the Shoppe last summer. Looks like she made it out of Sweetwater's Holly's Tree Farm. Last but not least, Carol brought a table topper/wall hanging in which she found quotes for each of her sisters. There are four total...and Eyvonne happens to be one of them. I don't know why the other two didn't bring a project (a-hem...Linda, Laurie..) but they could have all been featured in my four block photo. LOL.
We always love seeing new faces join us at our workshops and Breakfast Club. Newcomers Mary & Laura (Mother & Daughter) have fun working on projects together. I can't remember which of the two does the color selection, but I believe it was Mary who does all of that little applique. O-M-G. Look at all of that work! These were definitely a treat to see and we thank them seeew much for bringing them to share! Maybe we'll see them again!
If you'd like to see more of the fun from this month's Breakfast Club, hop over to our Instagram or Facebook pages where we've been posting video of the fun we have! I'm telling you...Jan makes it special...every...single...time. We thank all of our guests this weekend for coming out to this event and sharing their wonderful projects. It's exactly what we mean when we say "Stay Seeew-cial." Quilting is a seeew-cial activity. While I can show you all of this on-line, nothing is better than getting out to your favorite brick and mortar quilt shop and interact with them. I say it over...and over...and over again. Nothing compares to the smiles and the stories that are shared.
Right Cathy P???? You've been caught on camera....LOL. Girl is in here nearly every day! Love her!
Of course....the saddest part of the day is....when you all go home. It becomes seeew quiet!
Stay Seeew-cial everyone and I'll be back to show you some more! ~ Brian
The "Mothership" and I at Disneyland the Christmas right before Disney's California Adventure would open in 2000/2001.
If you love your mom as much as I love mine ...you may want to grab a box of Kleenex because this little video (below) can stir some emotions. When Thumper's mother starts talking, I just melt. I don't know why. It could be the music, it could be watching Bambi and his mom frolicking in the woods...but it certainly tugs at the heart strings. Take a look.
All playfulness aside...Happy Mother's Day to all! The two of us have been busy preparing for our Mother's Day Breakfast Club Brunch coming up this Saturday (May 7, 2016) from 9am until 11am! I'm excited to see what our caterer, Priscilla "Queen of the Dessert" <-----this is what I've dubbed her-----comes up with! I hear she's going to be slavin' over a hot stove to make a delicious brunch! The "Mothership's" project is super cute and very, very practical. I know our guests are going to love it and I think they'll love it more when they find out what she has planned for them! Our Mother's Day Breakfast Club Brunch is the kick-off to the return of our popular Breakfast Club. We had put it on hold while we prepared for everything that has gone on in the Shoppe the last few months. It will definitely be fantastic to see both familiar and new faces!
Meanwhile...in the Shoppe we just received another new collection pictured below called "Picnic In The Park" and it is available both in-store and on our website by clicking here. You can order Fat Quarters, 1/2yds, 3/4yds, and yardage! We think this one is super cute and it needs something special to be made with it. Strawberries, miniature ice cream cones, bicycles....everything you could ask for in a sweet and adorable fabric collection.
I truly want to show you everything we have going on, but unfortunately I'm just one person and there is only seeew much room in these blog posts and communications. My hope is simply that you are doing your own searching of our new website, www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com and discovering our fabrics, notions, patterns (I've been loading lots of patterns folks), classes & workshops and of course...KITS!
Speaking of kits, I love that retro, 50's flashback style ...anything that reminds me of the classic malt shop of the 1950's...bright colors, modern lines, neon signs and lots of innocence. Our Sodalicious Quilt (pictured below) is made with the fabulous Sodalicious collection by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller and is perfect for those family movie nights! Our complete quilt kit includes ample fabric to complete the quilt top and binding. The pattern is also included. You will need the Quick Curve Ruler to make this quilt. For the month of May, our kit is 25% off! Seeew get it now because at the end of May it goes back to regular price if there are any left. I love, love the little retro bottle cap print and the straw print makes excellent binding. Melissa, as always, did an excellent job on the quilting. She always picks just the right style for our quilts. Love her.
Work continues on our Farm Girl blocks with registration for the all-new Barn Girl Block of The Month already underway. We have several more people who need some time to register seeew we have extended the registration to May 11, 2016. That is the absolute latest we can go as we do have to plan cutting and preparation time. Seeew...I will say this very clear, if you want to be in our Barn Girl Vintage Block of The Month...this is the time to register. This program is $29.95 a month (plus shipping). Each month your block will be mailed to you. Participants will receive one 14"x14" block kit each month for 9 months along with cutting diagrams, piecing tips, fabric identification list and cutting instructions. Click here to read more details or to register.
Our Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M. started last August (2015) but you can still purchase our individual block kits. Ever since we displayed the blocks on the clothesline they continue to be very, very popular! Now that the farmhouse is no longer in the Shoppe, the two of us had a chance to move some cabinetry and tables to get this section near completion. We just love it. It's so much more cheerful than the primitive we used to have up in this area. Don't get me wrong, we still like primitive, but it was time for something new for now! Still plenty of work and surprises ahead! I'll keep you posted!
Enjoy your Mother's Day and remember to stay seeew-cial with those you love! ~ Brian