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July 2015

Christmas Planning...



Do you hear it? Do you see it? Um...did you like my little video? LOL. Woo-hoo! Let's get excited out there!  July 25 is the subtle message in my mind that our 2015 holiday season isn't far away. Do you have your Christmas quilts planned and ready to go? Unless you have super powers, I seriously doubt you can quilt, decorate the house, prepare your holiday meals, take the kids to their Christmas pageants, and watch tree lighting ceremonies all in one month. Quilts take time and if you want them quilted and ready for your holiday's time to get busy! I'll share with you all of the fun we have planned soon, but until then enjoy three of the Mothership's favorite new quilts below. 

Our loyal followers know that registration for our 7th Annual Homespun & Holly is underway. Seeew far we have folks attending from Washington, California, Arizona, Idaho, Utah,  Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas...and of course our loyal Oregonians! Seating is limited to Sunday, November 15 and we may be able to accommodate you for Saturday, November 14 (depending on your party size). For Saturday, you will need to call us at 503-607-0600. For Sunday, please register here on our website

Do you not have a clue what Homespun & Holly is? Well, take a peak at last year's event by clicking right here

Now, if you will excuse me I am mapping out the Shoppe layout in my head and on paper of where I want my holiday display. This part drives me nuts as I have a vivid imagination and I question how much I can realistically accomplish. The quilt below is called Starry Pines and we literally only have a handful of these quilt kits. Uno, dos, tres, quatro...This one won't last until the holidays seeew if you love it, get it. I'm telling you now. We do however, recommend this quilt for intermediate to advanced quilters. I cover all the information right here. (P.S. for future readers...if the link isn't taking you anywhere, it's because the item is sold out:-) 

Make a wish that will last forever and remember...beeee seeew-cial! ~ Brian



The crisp red and greens of Christmas standout on a winter white background creating a dramatic and dazzling quilt for the holidays in our Yuletide Snowflake Quilt, which was made with the gorgeous Fig Tree pattern. I guess you could say it's when Edyta from Laundry Basket and Joanna from Fig Tree collided. LOL. Kits available here


Rich reds, various shades of holiday greens combined with a natural linen, help create vintage holiday goodness in our La Fete De Noel Quilt. Complete quilt kits are available here and include everything you need to get your holiday sewing into action! 

Here's What's Coming Up Real Soon!



It feels good to be back in the blogging chair! Did you know we have a sale happening on our website until Monday night? Better get to shopping because it's ending soon! Click here to start shopping! The last two months have been incredibly busy as we have had several things happening from shop hops to workshops. I'll recap those in an upcoming post, but first let's talk about all of that fabric above! If you are familiar with Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage, you're going to love this. Jan (a.k.a The Mothership) and Christine have been working with the above fabrics for "Farm Girl" every night until midnight. I'm not kidding. Each night I pop my head in the workshop and ask, "Can we go home yet?" and they look at me like...I'm normal??? I'm telling must be intense. Seeew...I go outside and water the flowers at midnight. That's our life right now. Anyone want to own a quilt shop? LOL. Yeah...that's gonna change your mind isn't it?

Anyway, there are 48 blocks in all, but here's a peak at the first ten. LOOK AT THE PUMPKIN!


Aren't they adorable? This is definitely a project that makes your heart sing a jam of happiness! Jan is putting a Block-of-The-Month together which will be held on one Thursday evening per month from 6:30pm -8:30pm and one Saturday per month from 11am until 1pm. You select the day you want to attend. This entire experience will begin August 20, 2015. She's got a fun time planned for everyone who signs up so you won't want to miss this one! As soon as she gives me the complete details, I'll be letting all of you know in our Shoppe email, on Facebook, Instagram and right here on "Boughs of Holly."

From what I know seeew far, the B.O.M. will be available both in-store and on-line. Again, that's all I know right now and you'll have to wait until she gives me all of the details for more info. In the meantime, pick up your copy of Farm Girl Vintage here in the Shoppe! We appreciate your purchase as your support allows us to keep on sharing! Look at all that work I've done for you below providing plenty of pictures for you to see! LOL. Seeew precious.

FSfdjpNKB8p4X6qQPqlgRJIyGoA3BMNljLRbWkBQj2RBma94SICHjotT33R1RUK2dEO-Mn1dC0TqadAi9PbOZHlaWjKVeSMJ2CNsq6Ud1auwtpDOLw7Z16DnGKKHcdifSB9kBv_43NRrRNeI3nF20EYu2s7hix-C31bNV2n9aFsUH27FqDNd9kCo9qUmFguIZjCaq0ZJmYnkfUVcZHMKPQf29VI7When they're not busy planning the Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M, Jan and Christine have been on kit duty packaging kits for these adorable Jelly Clip Coin Purses. Since the instructions were in Japanese, Jan interpreted the directions in our about service! Clearly someone is anticipating the need for all of you. She will be teaching a class on July 16 (which is now full), but we look forward to offering another one on August 6. You can sign up now here.


The cuteness factor doesn't stop there! Over on Instagram (are you a follower?) we took a trip up to the Mothership's home sewing room to discover she's got another Sherri McConnell quilt from Fresh Family Traditions in the works using some of the Bee My Honey fabrics.


Oh there's that Chance. He's two now and full of pup pep. He really shouldn't be up on that chair, but he was just too darn cute. Seeew glad I took a "chance" on the little dude.

We are really big on book purchases lately, especially books that have 15 plus projects in which you want to make them all! I hear so many people come into the Shoppe and say, "I don't need anymore fabric." It's a little surprising to hear because my first thought is,"Why would quilt shops exist if everyone who came in said that? Nobody can have too much fabric!" If that's the case out there, then we need to get you inspired with great books and patterns to use up your stash!


Or...we need to show you creative ways to display your stash and realize that it's perfectly A-OK to buy fabric and have a stash. The day you don't have or need a stash is the day I stop waking up seeew early. LOL. I mean...just look at the Mothership's sewing room (below). She's got such a nice stash that she now is using vintage cabinets on the walls! LOL. I originally wanted that cabinet out for the Shoppe, but I'll make like Elsa and "let it go." 


Below is another brand new quilt called Niner that Monica finished quilting. Kits are available while they last. I am in total love with this quilt! To me this is what I think of when I think scrappy or patchwork. Even as I type, I'm thinking I want to snuggle up under this one. It gets bonus points for being bright and happy!


Alright, consider this my re-entry into blog world. To keep up with us in between blog posts, read our daily email, or simply seeew-cialize with us on Instagram, Facebook...or better person! It sounds old fashioned, but I guarantee the connection will be 10x better!

Stay seeew-cial and we'll see you soon! ~ Brian


Golden Dreams



"America, you must keep dreaming now...."

We salute the men and women (along with their families) who have given so much to our country. It is because of them that we remain free and can continue to dream.

Happy 4th of July to all of you! Enjoy your celebrations! ~ Brian