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December 2015

Bright & Cheerful Changes Ahead In 2016!



Every now and then we like to mix it up here at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile. We've been around since the fall of 2005 seeew we are officially 10 years old! We've been in our current space for eight years and it was only a matter of time before we started looking at what things we could do differently with our existing space.  Don't get me wrong, it's a great space but in this timeless tale, we've learned what we do not like.

I'll be happy to share with you more details as we head into January.  Right now it's far too much for me to wrap my mind around. I'm telling you right now to forget the past...and embrace the future. The timing is right and I think you're going to love the first of what-I-am-sure will be a couple of phases. When we are done, I don't think you will recognize the Shoppe. At first it will be little things, additions...subtractions. Testing the waters. And will all flow together. It's going to be brilliant and I love, love, love...that my partner in this project is the "Mothership."

In the meantime, visit the Shoppe and shop our huge Remodel/New Years Sale! I've spent the last three days setting up sale fabric, Moda pre-cuts, kits, gifts and home decor at super crazy prices! Clear any of the $6.99 bolts here and take an extra $2 off per yard. Simply type "Clear the Bolt" in the Special Instructions/Comment section during the check-out process, and we will adjust your order total before charging your card. It's that simple.

I don't like to look at it forever, so the faster it leaves...the happier I am. Selected kits are on sale here! I hope to see many of your orders coming in!

One of the favorites for our on-line customers are the 5yd Cuts on sale for $34.95. Reg. Price $59.95. That's a $25 savings! I can think of lots of things I can get for $25.  The 5yd cuts make great backings (especially Chevrons!) and some are great borders.  Pictured below are the Christmas 5yd cuts but there are far more here

That's it for today, be watching for changes and of course, stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian

New Farm Girl Vintage Mini Quilt Block Kits



You may remember last September we began our Farm Girl Vintage Block-of-The-Month. As I step away from Christmas for the moment (don't worry...Christmas returns here on the blog in the next day or two) - we have a new product to show all of you...our Farm Girl Vintage Mini Quilt Block Kits



It is a fact that our Farm Girl Vintage Block-of-The-Month is full. Trust me, we would have loved to have more of you join us, but timing and extra hands were not on our side in September. We know a lot of our loyal followers wanted to make blocks like ours seeew pictured above are the first of several individual Farm Girl Vintage Mini Quilt Block Kits we will be making.  You can purchase one or you can purchase them all! The color coordination with these blocks are seeew well-done, that if you decided to make a full quilt with're going to have a lovely, beautiful, cheerful Farm Girl Vintage quilt!  Jan put a lot of thought and effort into these blocks...they are amazing. So bright and happy! 

*You'll notice the blocks on the left side of the picture have been finished with a little border and binding. Eventually all of our individual blocks will be finished like that as we work on an entirely new display/area featuring not just Farm Girl Vintage but lots of Lori Holt projects throughout 2016. 


As for the Penny Pig and Milk Cow Mini Quilt Blocks, those are extras and not in our Block-of-The-Month program. Directions on how to obtain the pattern for these blocks are included with our kit.  Seeew, if you are taking the B.O.M on-line or are one of our in-store members, you may want to purchase these two right away as they are not part of your 48 blocks. 


Alright, consider yourselves informed.

Before I leave you today, don't forget to pick up this all new calendar on your next visit to the Shoppe! This one is seeew good, you could literally purchase one in March and still feel like it was money well spent. 


 Stay seeew-cial and stay tuned! ~ Brian  


Winter Gatherings At Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe!




Before I begin, let me just say I love Christmas! I'm very much a traditionalist when it comes to the holidays. I think we need to see more of it during this time of year! It was shocking to me to hear my niece tell me that her school concert doesn't have one Christmas song in it. Ridiculous. Seeew pardon me while I take a moment to reflect on Florin Street Band's "Winter Wonder." Each year they make a new Christmas video. This particular one is from last year but I just read that for 2016 they are creating a new one called, "Wonderful Things." I've posted the preview at the end of this post. Seeew magical!

P.S. If I could fit a lot of people in the farmhouse, this is what it would look like. LOL. Love the gal with the red flower on her dress. She exudes Christmas doesn't she?  Look at all of those happy people!!! Love it all. Did you know they do not get any financial backing from major labels to make these videos? Make sure you purchase their three current Christmas songs! Just as you would support quilt shops, support talented artists by purchasing their work!




I had wanted to finish the inside of the farmhouse moons ago, but I unfortunately ended up in the hospital after Homespun & Holly was over. Somehow I developed two more blood clots in my left calf and as soon as that happens, the "Mothership" will not let me out of her sight. "That shop is not worth your life." I totally agree. Of course, I am happy to report that everything is now under control and I'm doing well. 

BTW...when I say "farmhouse" I am referring to the one that we had built inside the Shoppe. Our friends from Laurel Hedge recently finished the inside walls and ceiling, which makes us love it even more! We take great pride in decorating it and I believe it's that extra "touch" which makes our Shoppe unique and special. I'm serious when I say - "I'm going to leave it decorated with Christmas the entire year."  Do you know how long it has taken us to get it decorated this year? Try...three months. LOL. I love it though... super cozy and sweet! Wouldn't you agree? 


The project on the back wall is our Bertie's Winter Kit. For our version, we used fabulous hand-dyed wool to create the applique, which is a lot easier to applique than flannel. You also don't have to turn under the edges with wool applique and can whip stitch or blanket stitch. The applique is laid upon a flannel background. The pattern's version is made with Bonnie Sullivan's Woolies Flannel. To me, that wool applique really stands out on that background.  Complete kits are available here.



What I love the most about our Shoppe is that you will always find a little bit of everything from whimsy to traditional. Personally, during the holidays I tend to lean towards traditions. I like quilts with lots of piecing and of course I love any quilt in Christmas colors! Introducing...our new sample for Christmas @ 45


We just love our 45 & Life To Go Quilt Kit seeew much that we decided we needed to make a Christmas version, which we have renamed, Christmas @ 45. The "Mothership" did a fantastic job with the color selection and Lisa's piecing on those teeny-tiny little squares is phenomenal. Love this quilt seeew much! You won't find one like it anywhere else! Complete kits are available here while they last. My advice: Don't wait as they will disappear. I say it everytime, and everytime someone doesn't listen to me. 

P.S. Now is a good time to add your backing as the backing is 25% off the regular price. 


If you've never been to our Shoppe before, it's not just fabrics and quilts. The "Mercantile" portion of our store is alive and well...filled to the brim with plenty of Christmas home decor and ornaments. Lots and lots of ornaments. As I said earlier, I'm planning on leaving our farmhouse decorated with a little bit of Christmas throughout the year. From now through December 23, save 25% off all Christmas home decor and 25% off Christmas ornaments when you purchase five (5) or more. For the ornaments, we will have to adjust your discount in before charging your card as it does not show on your order confirmation. 

The following items are not available on our website seeew you will have to call us at 503-607-0600 if you wish to purchase. It really is much easier than communicating through endless emails. It's the biggest thing that baffles me right now. Does anyone dial a number anymore? LOL. 





Now it's time to say good night, but as I mentioned at the top of this post, here is what we can look forward to from the Florin Street Band in 2016! It looks to be completely magical! 

Stay Seeew-cial, Merry Christmas and Happy Holly Days! ~ Brian