Life's About To Get Good With New Fabric!

 

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Life is about to get good because not only am I going to share with you the new fabrics coming to the Shoppe....but guess who is making a comeback?!

Shania Twain!!!!

I stumbled across her new song the other night and I have purchased the first three songs available! I'm hooked! It's the perfect video to celebrate the end of Summer and the perfect song to move on from betrayal. If you haven't ever had that in your life, be thankful. Apparently it has taken her a decade to get over it...from what I've read. She's not calling me nightly or anything. 

Her husband was such a dog, wasn't he? Note to self: Never get involved with anyone named Mutt.

Be on the lookout for her two iconic looks from "Man I Feel Like A Woman" and "Any Man Of Mine."

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Anyhoo....life is truly about joy! Right? 

Do you know what else brings me joy?

Our Mod Pineapple Quilt Kit. This popular pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful is simply enchanting.

Did you know the pineapple has long had a tradition of being the symbol for friendship and hospitality? A pineapple on display within social gatherings reassures the guest that no expense has been spared in creating an enjoyable time. Add the pineapple to a quilt and you've got an extra dose of enchantment! The color selection by the Mothership for our quilt is spot-on! The woman knows color and she takes pride in ensuring that everything we make here at the Shoppe has a fabulous outcome!

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I mentioned above that I would show you new fabrics coming to the Shoppe! Well...if life is about to get good...then it's going to get really good because the "Mothership" has ordered several collections that are due to arrive in the Shoppe between now and December! I can't show you them all in one post but here are some of our favorites!

As I have said for many years, the only way to ensure that there is always something new here in the Shoppe, is to support the Shoppe. If you don't live locally we have a website to shop from. When you shop from our website you ensure that the doors to our brick and mortar remain open for when you do decide to visit. Can't say that about an on-line only source now can ya???

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Obviously I can't show you everything that is scheduled to come into the Shoppe. It's just not possible in one blog post but we've also got new Corey Yoder and Fig Tree on the way as well! Just today I saw that Moda is already having designers show 2018 collections which we haven't even seen yet! Heck...we're waiting for the collections I've shown you just now to arrive.

Alright...hopefully that has tickled your creative fancy for a bit. I'll be back with more to show you soon seeew stay tuned and stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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Our New Mystery Club featuring Moda's Authentic Etc. by Sweetwater! Starts September 28

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There are two upcoming club-like programs you may want to consider getting signed up for as soon as possible. They are, as the headline suggests...our new Border Creek Station Mystery Club featuring Authentic Etc. and our new session of the very popular Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M. which I have covered in full detail here. Both clubs have an in-store and on-line option to participate. 

You may recall waaaay back in 2009 or 2010 the talented women behind Moda's Sweetwater released one of their first collections called, "Authentic." It was an absolute hit and sold out immediately. I can see why! The colors are always current and the designs are fresh! Eight years later they have revisited that iconic color palette and are bringing us their all-new Authentic Etc. Here's a peak at the fabrics....

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There are (as I shared above) two ways to participate: With Membership (in-store) or Without Membership (on-line).
I received an email the other day wanting to know what the quilt looks like seeew I must emphasize that a Mystery Quilt...IS A MYSTERY! I can tell you that we will be making the lap size and the "Mothership", Christine and I have all seen it. It's a fabulous quilt.

"With Membership" includes all eight monthly in-store meetings with clues, snacks (wine and cheese anyone?) and prize giveaways. The meeting dates are one Thursday a month from 6:30pm-7:30pm: September 28, October 26, November 16, January 25 2018, February 22 2018, March 29 2018, April 26 2018, & May 24 2018. * Please note there is not a meeting in December. The kit will be handed out at the first meeting with the first installment of the pattern. You will receive an installment of the pattern at each meeting thereafter seeew you want to make sure you attend! 

"Without Membership" is the on-line version of the program and is available for those who want to complete the program on their own. The first mailing will include the fabric kit with the the first pattern installment. The remaining pattern installments will be shipped once a month after the in-store meetings have taken place.

The "Mothership" (a.k.a. Jan for the newbies) is providing two kit colorways to select from, Black/Cream or Green/Cream (refer to the picture of the fabrics above).

Below are the links to the different options. Remember..."With Membership" is the in-store sign up and "Without Membership" is for those of you who want to do the program on-line.

Green Authentic Etc. Sweet 16 Mystery Club Kit with Membership

Black Authentic Etc. Sweet 16 Mystery Club Kit with Membership

Green Authentic Etc. Sweet 16 Mystery Club Kit without Membership

Black Authentic Etc. Sweet 16 Mystery Club Kit without Membership

Thanks for joining us today! Remember Thursdays the Shoppe is open 12pm-8pm for your after-work creative urges!

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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Share A Creative Moment During Our 9th Annual Homespun & Holly Christmas Workshop! Registration Now Open!

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It's the announcement many wait for each year! Registration has opened for our 9th Annual Homespun & Holly Christmas Workshop!

But first...yes, the special song from my good friend and former Disney colleague, Brian Huff...will be back for some holiday entertaining! Did you see our Instagram post yesterday? If you haven't noticed, I'm kind of in love with Instagram. Quick little bits of info without having to create lengthy blogs. Especially when people are just "hunting" for product info. But that's a topic for another day...

This year we are excited to announce that we will have special guest designer, Kathy Cardiff of The Cottage at Cardiff Farms as the featured designer! Kathy is designing an exclusive Christmas-themed larger wool project specifically for this workshop! As always, since this project is in development, we protect the designer's creative process and will only reveal it on the magical day! If you love wool and if you love an enchanting Christmas design, this workshop is for you! Kathy doesn't release the designs she designs for us as patterns seeew the only way to receive is to attend! It's what we mean when we say....EXCLUSIVE.

During the workshop participants will learn Kathy's techniques for layering the applique while working with wool on textured backgrounds which always creates a sophisticated look. You can check out Kathy's featured project for last year's Wool N' Harvest Workshop by clicking here.

Our one day workshop will be held Friday, December 1 -or- Saturday, December 2 from 10am-6pm. You select the day you want to attend. The same project is taught both days.

The cost is $150 per person and includes a complete wool kit for Kathy's project, a catered holiday feast, and instruction by Kathy. Seats are limited this year so be sure to sign up as soon as you can!

And of course...even here in our new location, we look forward to bringing you the Christmas cheer we have brought for the last nine years! Here are a few of the highlights from some of the Homespun & Holly Workshops of "Christmas past" that I have captured on Instagram! As you can see, we INSIST on everyone having a good time! It is what the spirit of the season is all about!

To register you can call us at 503-694-8052 or you can click here for Friday, December 1 or click here for Saturday December 2!

Not to be outdone by Moda's lovely Brenda Riddle who captured some of  her own special moments last year!

That's it for today everyone! Be sure to get signed up for all of our workshops this fall starting with Sherri McConnell in September. Seats are limited in all workshops as they are filling up! 

Stay Seeew-cial and maybe we will see you at one of these creative moments in 2017! ~ Brian

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Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M Registration Is Now Open! Starts August 26, 2017 Seeew Get Registered Now!

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The next session of our very popular Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M. begins August 26, 2017. For all details click here and read it all! The "Mothership" (a.k.a. Jan for the newbies) knows color and puts together an incredible program! I won't get sidetracked in this post but I've included a few of the finished quilts from both Jayne and Elaine who participated in our last session! Just stunning!

Again...I've covered all details here, seeew read through it and come join us!

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I know I've been absent from the blog-o-sphere but trust me...I've just been busy and you'll be hearing from me again very soon! Oh trust me...I have a ton I'm going to say seeew watch out!:-)

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian

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Our Summer-Licious New Location Celebration Is Here Today July 15, 2017! Come Join The Fun!

 

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Today is the day!!! Are you ready to shake your charm pack???  Our Summer-Licious New Location Celebration is happening at the Shoppe from 12pm-4pm! Everyone is invited to come out with the family for a great time! Our celebration includes tons of prizes including gift bags for the kids (first come, first served) compliments of the "Mothership", Kid's Craft Table, complimentary face painting, lots of music, Demos and trunk shows!

I don't know what happened to the rest of the countdown? Could it be that I ended up on errands across the city??? LOL.

There also were some dancing rehearsals....and some shopping! If you've been following us on Instagram, I'm including some of the posts which highlight how we are preparing!

Come join the fun and stay seeew-cial with us! The more we have the more fun! ~ Brian


Summer Is Here & The Time Is Right...For Our Summer-Licious New Location Celebration! July 15, 2017

 

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Summer's here and the time is right! My regular blog posts will resume after our Summer-Licious New Location Celebration is over and done. Until then, enjoy my countdown! "It doesn't matter what you wear, just as long as you are there!"

Come join us...JULY 15, 2017!

The party begins at 12pm! Festivities until 4pm. Shoppe open until 6pm.

Our address is 31840 SW Charbonneau Dr. Wilsonville, OR 97070. If you are heading I-5 South take exit 282B. If you are heading on I-5 North, the exit is 282. We are located in the Charbonneau district. Follow the signs to the Village Center/Golf Course once you've entered Charbonneau. Look for the Vintage Shasta, quilts and tent outside of our Shoppe! You can't miss it!

Stay Seeew-cial - Brian

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Join Us for Our Summer-Licious Celebration July 15, Row by Row Experience and A Day With Moda's Corey Yoder!

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The Summer season is always a busy one around here but I finally got some down time to sit here and show you everything you're possibly missing out on!

Much has been happening over the last few weeks between planning our Summer-Licious New Location Celebration schedule for July 15 and the Row by Row Experience! I'm still getting all the details finalized for our big party, but here's a video clip that features some of the highlights below! I can tell you that the party begins at 12pm! We will have special performances, prize drawings, demos, face painting, a kids craft table and more,...though I'm not sure how much more I can fit in! Go ahead and click on the video below!

BTW Cami is looking for some extra talent so if anyone would like to join in our dances we have three rehearsals scheduled here at the Shoppe in our classroom on Thursday, July 6 & 13 from 7pm-9pm and Sunday, July 9 from 2pm-4pm. The more we have join the merrier! The moves are simple and I promise no lifts or splits. LOL. We do prefer it if you could let us know ahead so we know to expect you (all ages 10 and above!) Looking forward to it!

From all of the pictures today, it's obvious that the Row by Row Experience has launched! If you've never heard of this annual event, the goal is to visit as many participating shops across the country, Canada and Europe to collect row patterns! This year the theme is "On the Go" and the "Mothership" decided to create our Quilts On The Go Row to coordinate with our Glamping Sweet Glamping theme from last year! Personally, I would get the kit because it is these fabrics that MAKE this row.

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In order to receive the pattern, you must physically visit our Shoppe by September 5, 2017 during our store hours. As you travel and collect rows from participating shops don't forget to create a quilt using at least 8 different 2017 rows from 8 different 2017 participating Row by Row shops! If you're the first to bring your quilt into that participating shop, you will win a bundle of 25 Fat Quarters! Use our row in the quilt and you also receive a bonus prize! But here's the challenge...only one person gets to win this from our Shoppe!

If you can't make it to our Shoppe this Summer, you can pre-order our "Quilts On The Go" Row Kit by September 5, 2017 but it will not ship until November. You may also wish to add our Glamping Sweet Glamping Row Kit (pictured below) to your order. Keep in mind that if you add Glamping Sweet Glamping to your order for our current 2017 row, it will all be shipped together in November.

A word of warning...NO KITS AND OR PATTERNS MAY BE DISTRIBUTED IN ANY WAY FOR THE 2017 ROW between September 5 & November 1, 2017. This is what Row by Row considers the hibernation period in which you hunker down and get your quilts sewn!

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You may have noticed the little border around our current row. We simply used our laser-cut 1-1/2" Square Stacker to add to our row. We have left it as an option for our 2017 row, but it is included with the Glamping Sweet Glamping Kit as it is needed to make the hanging quilts.

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This year kids between the ages of 6 and 14 are also encouraged to participate with the all-new Row by Row Experience Junior! Have you heard of this? Do you know a young person who would love to be creative and sew? When traveling with an adult, children (6-14) can receive a free row pattern at our Shoppe! The pattern is designed specifically with kids in mind and each shop may have a different pattern! We have chosen "Rover" but since we have a little dachshund of our own we decided to rename our dog to "Gracie." Here she is!

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If you don't have a little one to bring with you to the Shoppe, adults can purchase our Gracie kit in the Shoppe! Patterns may only be handed out to children.

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With the Summer season in full swing, it's definitely Glamping season around here! The "Mothership" just brought in the sweet new Glamper-Licious Collection and we found this sweet Happy Camper Clock! The clock can be ordered by calling us at 503-694-8052 during Shoppe hours.

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Another new arrival last week are these adorable Playtime 30's pre-cuts and fabric bolts. That bundle alone is dreamy! I can see seeew many quilts with it, can't you? You may even notice the yellows in the drawer! You can never have too many yellows and I sometimes feel that there are times of the year where yellow is hard to find! Summer is the perfect time to grab a stash of yellow!

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Finally before I go and grab my lunch, I will leave you today with this little tidbit of info....

Did you know Moda's Corey Yoder is coming to the Shoppe for a one day workshop experience on Wednesday, July 26? Yep! 'Tis true! Corey will be teaching a Hand Quilting Workshop in the morning from 9am-12pm and then her Patchwork Magnets Workshop from 1pm-4pm! Sign up for one or sign up for both! You're going to have a great time with this amazing, talented designer! Check out some of her work below and until next time....

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian

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Save the Date: Saturday, July 15 2017

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Save the date: Saturday, July 15 2017.

As my post on our Instagram indicates below...details including times, activities and more will be coming soon! You know it's absolutely killing me to not share the details just yet...but I needed to post this because I've had a few calls already. Trust me, when I can organize the details for you...I will and there will be multiple ways for YOU to be in the know...but you've got to follow us folks. We have a daily email, we have Instagram, we have Facebook, we have this blog....

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian

P.S. Get in the mood and click my Instagram post below! Mother Nature was giving me a light show. I'm sure a few of you are climbing up on a cutting table right now? Right?


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I have a lot on my mind after what clearly a rough start to the week! If you don't follow us on Facebook, this post will be irrelevant to you. Let's just say that a small portion of the population certainly should have paid more attention to this lesson in their childhood. When I was younger my parents would point out that "the world doesn't revolve around you" whenever I misbehaved. I wasn't always a gem ya know. In fact, I have never claimed to be. Whenever they would say that to me, the only thing my mind could envision at the time was a planet swirling around me. I didn't get it. LOL. But as I got older....it all made sense.

Social Media has definitely brought out a lack of manners in quite a few. That's all.

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian

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Thursdays Are Date Nights With Holly! Now Open Until 8pm On Thursdays!

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No, that's not "Holly." That's the "Mothership"...her name btw is Jan.

About five years ago I adopted the name "Mothership" because I had some woman harrassing me through email and comments about how I referred to her as "my mom" and tried to mock the fact that we are a mother/son team. It was getting seeew bad that I started to not want to post. Well, unbeknownst to me our loyal blog readers enjoyed the nickname seeew much that it just took hold and the "Mothership" was born. The moral of the story...take someone's negative and turn it upside down.

As far as "Holly" is concerned, we always know when a solicitor is calling the Shoppe because they ask for "Holly." Nice try but uh...that's not her name. You'd think that if they wanted us to buy from them or listen to their spiel, they'd maybe do their research to find out the owner's name? Another give away I always know it's a solicitor...our actual customers don't call us from a noisy call center. LOL. Truth be told Holly is the name of a very ugly cat that belongs to one of my brothers. I suppose I can't be too harsh because it was her name that has made us who we are today, right? I should try and get a photo. I'll get on that stat.

The purpose of this blog post however is to let you know we are now open until 8pm on Thursdays here in the Charbonneau District of Wilsonville, Oregon. We sent a survey last month asking our followers what night they would like to see the Shoppe open late, and the result was Thursday night! Friday was in second place but I have a hard time with giving up my Friday night for someone to maybe show up. I'm still young...I've got dance floors to burn up! LOL.

No seriously, Thursday nights are a great night to come out as the traffic isn't bad at all and it's gorgeous out here! The best part about it is that it was selected by YOU! We are excited to see what happens!

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We do have an English Paper Piecing Club on Thursday night once a month from 6:30pm-8:30pm seeew be sure to check out the schedule located here. Seats are limited to 8 and each month the "Mothership" will be introducing new projects and techniques! The first date is June 15, 2017.

This Saturday is our neighbor's first birthday! Lux Sucre Desserts turns one! That's a huge milestone! To celebrate we are adding a complimentary Kid's Craft Table from 12pm-4pm. The Mothership will be teaching these adorable popsicle garlands which is what she has been working on in the photo above! She's created a variety of styles so bring your favorite little one and watch them be creative!

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Alright everyone...we are looking forward to seeing the result of your survey! Are Thursday nights your best night to visit? I guess we will find out!

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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