You know how when you're hosting parties at home, take a ton of pictures and forget to hang the photos on your wall? Well, here in blog-land it's kind of like that. Eventually you need to get those pictures off your desktop (or phone) and make sure you have given those memories their place in history. Seeew today I am sharing with all of you the wonderful time we had with our Summer classes and workshops. We truly appreciate the time many of you are seeew willing to spend with us. We love that we can say, "Hey Cindy, how are you? " (that's who is pictured above) and share in the excitement of your finished projects. When you stay "seeew-cial" with any quilt shop, you not only enrich yourselves, but you enrich the lives of the owners and staff.
Of course...I can't share memories without a little bit of music, now can I? Seeew, put your hands up as you focus on the joy creativity can bring!
I love the joy expressed here by Donna during the Bloom Applique Class! Donna...you're a gem! The class was taught by our very own Lisa Goodloe (behind Donna) who btw has been piecing our samples since 2006! She won't like that I'm bragging her up (she's super humble) but her piecing is amazing and the applique work she does is just fantastic. We are seeew thankful for her dedication in making us look so good! Thank you Lisa!
Pictured above is Joan! Little fun fact about Joan...she sold her 1963 Ford to purchase her sewing machine in 1970! It was love at first sight and she's been going strong ever since. Don't get between Joan and her machine!
Clearly there was a lot of happiness when their blocks were completed! Here's Carol with her block and she too is super happy!
I must say, our Farm Girl Vintage Block-of-The-Month "Farm Girls" are some of the most loyal and determined quilters we have ever met! Whether you joined us in-store or on-line, you all have been seeew completely dedicated to this program since August of last year! We only have two more months and then we will have a Grand Party sometime in January. I have ideas. It can't be just any Grand Party...it has to be interactive. :-)
Moda designer Sherri McConnell was here in August teaching her Mahalo and Kitchen Sink patterns during two different workshops. Did you know Sherri pieced many of Fig Tree's samples before she became a Moda designer? She is super sweet and has a vast knowledge of quilting. What a delight those colors are in her new collection, Desert Bloom (pictured below). This new collection will arrive in the Shoppe in November!
We love Colleen. She's been coming to the Shoppe since 2005! Always a delight and I feel like she's just part of the Hollyhill family!
Susanna and Jan T. took Sherri's Kitchen Sink Workshop. Susanna comes up about once a year from California to take some of our designer workshops. It's always nice to see her. We are seeing more and more of Jan T. Her hugs and overall sweetness are always welcome. She literally lights up the room when she walks in.
Sarah wanted to take the Kitchen Sink Workshop but switch it up with more traditional fabrics! It's going to be beautiful and we want to see it when it's finished!
Everybody being seeew-cial sharing projects and having serious discussions.
Karen J. took Sherri's Mahalo Workshop with her sister, Carleen. We get to see Karen and her sister twice this year as they are coming back for our 8th Annual Homespun & Holly Christmas Retreat Workshop in December! Karen wanted to make her Mahalo quilt with Sweetwater's Varsity collection. That would make a great quilt for someone going off to college, wouldn't it?
Ahhhhh. There she is! The "Mothership" and Christine taught my niece how to make hexis. She was drawn to the calming colors of Lullaby by Kate & Birdie. When I asked her what she is going to do next....she said she'd have to get back to me. LOL. I'll just have my people get in touch with her people and maybe we'll eat cake or something.
Our second Beginning Quilt Class just finished last week. Jan (the "mothership) and Christine do a fantastic job teaching this class. In just two classes you will walk out with a completed quilt top! I wasn't able to capture everybody's finished project, but I did manage to get pictures of Cindy, Carol, Darlene and Evelyn. The project just seeew happens to be from the book, "Fresh Family Traditions" by none other than Sherri McConnell. I love the beginners. They arrive with so much excitement and determination! The joy when they finish is just awesome! I love looking at all the different versions that are created, don't you?
That's it for today ladies and gentlemen. Jan & Christine are working on setting up classes for the fall seeew I'm sure I'll be sharing that with you as well. If you haven't already done seeew, you'll want to check out the Wool N' Harvest Fall Retreat Workshop with designer, Kathy Cardiff of the Cottage at Cardiff Farms. We have six more seats left. Maybe seven. I've covered it in full detail here, but I may be giving some sneak peaks to this year's exclusive project soon. Kathy is designing a larger wool project to premiere at the workshop! It's gorgeous.
That's another topic for another day.
Put your hands up and stay Seeew-cial! "Feels good don't it?" ~ Brian