Before I get too in depth, let's open up this blog post with something special. As many of you know we began our first Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M. last month. I might add that this is our very first B.O.M in the age of on-line. Now...I can sit here and tell you all what an amazing job Jan (my "Mothership") has done in producing a quality product, but I think it is more important to hear it from the minds of our customers. A few weeks ago we received this email from "Carrolyn" who is participating in the on-line portion of our B.O.M:
"I am blown away by the quality of this BOM. The instructions etc. are excellent. Such care, even in the packaging of the blocks. I am so impressed. My daughter and family live in Beaverton and I often visit (at least once a month) and always get to see your shop. It has become my favorite shop of all......and continues to excel in every way. It takes a lot to impress me......and you have. Kudos to all there."
Awww Carrolyn, you definitely have inspired Jan & Christine to keep going! P.S. Here's a little wave back at you and the rest of our on-line participants from our Thursday night group! Look at how precious they all are! Happy Quilters spreadin' the Farm Girl love!
And here's our Saturday Farm Girl Group...I told them to "get crazy" and they definitely did! LOL. L-O-V-E it. Gee...I wonder how much I can get them to do? What can I say? We have two very fun groups of quilters! I relish fun, happy, smiling, hilarious quilters.
The next four blocks will be heading your way shortly! If you are in our Farm Girl Vintage Block of the Month, Jan has uploaded some quick videos on the Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe YouTube Channel of the various tools we showcased in the in-store meetings to help you. She's even included a Farm Girl Vintage Tool Pack in the Notions section of our website. We can't say enough about the Bloc Loc and the Steady Betty! Everyone should have these tools...especially Steady Betty just because I like the name. "Ohhhh that Betty, she's always steady". "Hey Betty, you wanna go steady?" LOL. The Steady Betty will insist that you press instead of iron. It truly is the best thing ever. We like Betty in the 12" x 12" for Farm Girl Vintage.
BTW, you may have noticed a variety of different fabric manufacturers appearing in the Shoppe such as Riley Blake Designs, Lakehouse and these adorable Flower Sugar coordinates (below). Aren't they adorable? I'm sure we can find many uses for these as we travel through Farm Girl Vintage.
As I said at the beginning...there is a lot of seeew-cial-ness going on around the Shoppe.
Personally, I'm glad Summer is over. I'm not a fan of warm weather. People don't come out because it's "too hot" and everyone is on vacation. If I heard, "It's too hot for quilting" one more time, I was going to shut the doors, lock up and say, "See ya in the fall." LOL. THANKFULLY we saw lots of you despite the heat and THANKFULLY, the "Mothership" had a line up of three talented designers to help you create!
First up (below) was the American Jane Workshop with the fabulous Sandy Klop! Sandy was here to teach her Sky Diamonds Quilt and trust me when I say they all appreciated her guidance in constructing those blocks. I didn't get my yearly picture with Sandy, seeew instead we have Elaine and Cynthia! Not only have each of them been longtime customers, but they are very consistent with attendance at our workshops. Elaine even brought her version of Sandy's "Oh, My Stars" pattern. Isn't it gorge? Sandy's next collection is called "Lorraine" which just happens to be the name of my late grandmother seeew to me it's already very special! The collection can be seen in the last two quilts in the picture below.
If there is one thing I know for sure it is that the "Mothership" always goes above and beyond when it comes to our workshop experiences. Even with just a basic afternoon table runner class - she had appetizers ready for those attending the Antler Quilt Design Workshop with Doug Leko! Did you know Doug started quilting at just six years old and then at 14 created Antler Quilt Design? That's impressive!
In addition to his two classes, Doug brought his latest trunk show featuring quilts from his all new book, "Winter's Song" to share at our monthly Breakfast Club. We kept the boy busy! The book is definitely one to add to your collection as it contains lots of projects - from runners to quilts! It's one of those books in which you will want to make every project and has a great price! I will add that he is the best at creating patterns to use those Holly Taylor panels!
Last but not least we were lucky to have the talented Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts teach two different projects in her popular vintage Halloween color palette, Navajo Stars & Spools Quartet.
In case you don't know who she is...that's her right below in the figgy orange sweater. The one everbody is looking at. All eyes on Joanna.
As you can see in the photos above, we made the Navajo Stars Quilt in two different styles. One is the four star Halloween version and the other is the nine star version made with Joanna's Somerset collection. We do have complete kits for the nine star version here if you are interested. C'mon you know you wanna. If anything you'll get plenty of that popular green fabric that is practically non-existant these days.
Before I forget...those watermelon lemonades were to die for. Not kidding. It was like sending my tastebuds to the moon- that's how delicious they were. Of course, whenever Joanna comes to town, she likes French food seeew we took her to La Provence in Lake Oswego where I had the most amazing salad...
Oops! I just became one of those "foodie" people who photograph every meal they eat. Sorry!
PHEW! Now that I can breathe and reflect, we were BUSY!
Coming up next is our Wool N' Harvest Workshop with Kathy Cardiff of the Cottage at Cardiff Farms! Have you met her yet? Sweet, sweet, gal and her designs are beautiful! I've got ears that can hear through walls (minus the drinking glass) and from what I've heard the "Mothership" discussing with Kathy, they've got a beautiful sophisticated set of fall projects planned!
I'm just looking forward to the food.
Seriously. Priscilla Queen of the Dessert dropped by the other day to discuss her spread.
Let's just say I'm going to the gym relentlessly until October 3.
Oh and just in case you can't remember what day the workshop is, you can always ask Aaron Samuels....
Alright, I feel like a weight has been lifted. I have caught up with everything we've been doing (or at least I think I have.). That's it for today, but there is always more to share! Seeew stay tuned and stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian