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.
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.
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!
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.
I'd like to be able to sleep and eat.
Seeew - everyone remain calm. Mmmk?
And of course, I'll be back with more.
Be good out there!