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Farmhouse Retreat Quilt Kit



That's how Brian used to start this blog so I figured it was a good way to start too.

I must tell you, I have never blogged before so if I don't get into the depth he used to, please understand. Since we closed my brick-and-mortar storefront last December, I am having to learn how to maneuver the social media world. It's not as simple as one would think. Links, pictures, Instagram, Facebook, etc. It's a lot to keep track of!

Thank you to those of you who have been patient.

I have two new quilts to show you and I have a limited number of kits for both of these quilts. Both of these kits are eligible for FREE SHIPPING (U.S. Orders). The first one is called, "Farmhouse Retreat" and uses a variety of vintage Renee Nanneman fabrics.


The second is the Farmhouse Urban Cottage Quilt Kit. This quilt is huge at 87" x 104". The backing included is 108" wide so you will not have to piece your backing. This is quite a bit of fabric to ship so I am offering FREE SHIPPING on this kit as well. Since I still am charged by USPS to ship, this is a great offer for you to take advantage of. When I had a brick and mortar location, it just wasn't possible to offer this option, so I am happy to now be able to do it for you on select items.


The Urban Cottage collection from Moda isn't a very big collection. I think there are just 15 cotton prints in the entire line so I used a variety of collections to create this dramatic quilt. I could not find a lot of patterns out there that really showcased the large text and floral prints so I was happy to find this one which definitely represents a modern, urban farmhouse style.

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I hope to continue this blog as often as I can but the way to not miss out on anything is to sign up for my email notifications on my website www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com. As I continue with the transition to an on-line store, I appreciate your patience while I update everything. I am specializing in pre-cuts and coordinated quilt kits on the website. Patterns shown with my kits are available with my kits only.

Finally, as quilters I consider all of us to be one family. Recently, the daughter of one of our local long-arm quilters, Trish Hevern of Keeping You In Stitches was involved in a horrific auto accident. On Monday March 18 2019 Trish's daughter Chelsea sustained multiple injuries. Her young son's angels were protecting him as he sustained a minor concussion after being thrown from the vehicle. This family is in need of help due to the multiple surgeries and recovery Chelsea will need. Please read their story by clicking on the GOFUNDME.COM link. If you can help that would be wonderful. If you cannot please pray for this family.

Thank you for hanging in there with me and I look forward to sharing more soon. ~ Jan


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National Jelly Roll Day is tomorrow Saturday, September 15, 2018! To celebrate we have hourly in-store specials for those who visit us in-person!


The Smitten Sweet Escape Quilt Kit is here and we have one kit left. If you have pre-ordered this kit from us, you will be contacted soon once we have your coordinating fabrics cut.

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It has been a very busy last couple of weeks around the Shoppe. The "Mothership" was kind enough to put some things aside so that I could take care of some things in my own life and I sincerely appreciate her letting me do that. While I was gone, she and Christine got our new version of the Merry Merry Snowmen Quilt featuring our favorite colors of red and aqua...completed. They had to finish it up before the end of the BOM so that everyone could see it before we finished the program! They also were able to make a few kits for folks to pre-order here. To be fair to those in our BOM program, these kits will not ship until mid October seeew get your pre-orders in! Since this kit is $319 it will earn you a $30 Quilting Queen Certificate from us, automatically! If you have the pattern (which retails for $40) we can deduct that from the $319 if you let us know on your order.

Look how cute it is on the bench!


The "Mothership" and Christine spent hours re-imagining this quilt which we initially made in red and tans back in 2011. I am in love with it. It's seeew fresh and cheery and compliments our signature Shoppe color (which is aqua) perfectly!


If you like wool projects for the holidays, there is more where this came from! This is our Snowcatcher Kit and Christine is getting ready to put the little stitching details on it and it will be all set to go!

Now if you will excuse me, I've got to help both of them with set up for tomorrow's Breakfast Club which I will cover more details about after the event! If you haven't been to one of Jan's Breakfast Club's before they are a fun interactive way to make new friends, learn about the Shoppe and help build a solid quilting community! Plus, you always get a kit for a fabulous project (like this gorgeousness below), a breakfast snack and be eligible to win prizes!!!


That's it for today everyone! Stay Seeew-cial and I'll be back with more! ~ Brian


A Bird & A New Song



With the end of Summer fast approaching, I realized I needed to get out and enjoy our beautiful scenery around the Shoppe! Of course...it also helps when I have a new quilt and a new song to share with you!


Um...do ya think she did it on her own? LOL. I know I do this blog on my own. Maybe I need a song? Now I don't know much about Claire Richards...except that she is a rising star in the U.K., is 40 and has fabulous hair. Ya know...the important stuff.

As I've listened to it for the 20th time the video has hints of Wilson Phillips Hold On. If you don't know what that is....we can't be friends. LOL. But here's what I do know....life is full of adversity and everyone is dealing with something. Many of you come into the Shoppe, share your own stories and just know, I appreciate you.


I also know that we have a new quilt kit and it's called, Bird Song!

Do you see the hidden bird on that stem?

Our kit of course includes ample fabric to complete the top and binding. You will need to purchase the Mini Quick Curve Ruler and book (which has 16 other projects) separately. All the information you need to know is right here.

Aren't ya glad I did all of this for you..."all on my own?" LOL. BTW...the "Mothership" creates kits for your convenience. We know how long it takes to assist someone in store several months after a kit has sold out.  Seeew...the moral of the story is to get it when I'm talking about it. If you want your project to look like we are showing, purchasing the kit is the best way to go. Not only are they excellently priced but you also receive Quilting Queen Rewards!

The "Mothership" made ours with the gorgeous Sunkissed fabrics from Tilda that arrived in the Shoppe this past June.


Have you discovered Tilda yet? The fabrics are out of this world. Yes, they retail more because they are imported and a duty has to be paid, but they are seeew worth it!

Here's an idea of a pattern that would look amazing with some of these fabrics. Again, you will need the Quick Curve Ruler. Click the image to order the pattern or click here.


The "Mothership" also used these fabrics in her "secret" project for our Mother's Celebration Brunch this past May. Apparently I forgot to share seeew here it is....it's that sweet little bag with the heart clasp below. Our next Breakfast Club is Saturday, September 15 from 9am-11am seeew come on in and join us as she has another "secret" project just for you!


I should mention that the Sunkissed collection is starting to disappear from the shelves but never-fear there is a new collection scheduled for later this Autumn.


I would love to continue my seeew-cial-fest for today, but I kind of promised my niece we'd go do something before Summer is over!

Stay Seeew-cial and you can definitely do it...on your own! ~ Brian


Checking In With Our Merry Merry Snowmen B.O.M.



I thought it was time to give you a peak at the progress of our Merry Merry Snowmen Block-of-The-Month. We began this program in March and I believe they just received block 6. There are nine blocks total seeew they will have this completed by November if our group stayed on task. Hee hee. I mentioned back in February that you would want to sign up for this program because it would be very cute. I only had a picture of block 1, and some asked to see the entire quilt but for this program the "Mothership" decided she would plan it as we went along. The good news is she will have a limited number of kits to sell (see the end of this post for more info).  Merry-Merry-Snowmen-1

Obviously, I never doubt the "Mothership" when it comes to her ability with color and fabric selection. She rocks it every single time. 

Before my post gets too long here's a little backstory about Merry Merry Snowmen.

The Bunny Hill Designs pattern has been around for quite some time. In fact, our first version we made was using the reds and tans from French General collections back in 2010/2011. We have since sold our original sample , but back in 2012 I had photographed our sample hanging on a chair to which someone pinned to Pinterest. It is the quilt that will not go away despite us having put it to rest here in the Shoppe. Every Autumn/Winter I get countless emails asking about it. I will remind you that Pinterest is not our website and pictures can be from years ago. Keep that in mind.



This past December, a lifestyle blogger that focuses on kitchen fun with her three sons, took my picture from Pinterest and shared it with her 5 million followers. Of course she didn't give us a heads up and provided no details on her post except that she linked it to our shop. I woke up one morning to over 80 emails. It was overwhelming because nobody addresses an email properly anymore. Everyone was just shouting at me. "How can I get this quilt?" "You have a quilt. Snowmen. How can I get this to Florida before Christmas?" "Contact me with costs of this quilt. I live in Georgia." I started to get the feeling that the followers of this individual were not quilters. Don't get me wrong, some were but the majority of them basically thought we had them mass produced.


These will be the borders. Precious alert.


If the emails weren't pouring in, our phone was ringing non-stop keeping us very busy! Seeew thank you for that! Finally the Mothership contacted Anne Sutton (Bunny Hill Designs) and Anne was like, "What is going on????" LOL. We told her what happened and well...she doesn't keep a huge supply on hand either. Seeew we worked out an arrangement where she could produce so many each month as she has deadlines with Moda. I can't imagine her own frustration but she nevertheless delivered! THANK YOU ANNE! I then put up the pattern for pre-orders explaining that if you order between this date and this date, your pattern will ship in estimated month.

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What came next? Well...it all had to be shipped. I only share this because I want you to know there is a process and much time dedicated to a quilt shop. I've always said it is the most labor intensive of any retail.

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Since more and more people were wanting to make the quilt but didn't know how to obtain the fabrics, the "Mothership" began to put together a new version except this time instead of the red and tan, she would select our signature color of AQUA!

The result is the whimsical quilt she has re-created with unique and original fabrics for this version exclusive to our Shoppe! 

Seeew far it is nothing short of darling. I love the vintage feel and the red and aqua fits our new location here in Charbonneau, perfectly! In the end, it has been totally worth re-imagining.


Seeew what happens next?

Well, as you can see I only have six blocks to share with you here. We still have three more months to go! We did close off the B.O.M. sometime ago, but the "Mothership" is making a limited number of kits that are available to order here and will be shipped in September. To re-imagine a quilt of this much detail requires a special amount of dedication and skill. You will not find a kit of these fabrics anywhere else. This is truly one-of-a-kind and we will only produce these kits once. Once they are gone....THEY ARE GONE.  If you are not an "on-line" person as I so often hear, you can call us at 503-694-8052 and speak with Jan (the Mothership) or Christine. 

Alright everyone! Thank you for joining me today! Stay merry and most of all stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian

Introducing Autumn Love & Everything Else Lori Holt!



I don't know what happened to the month of July? Do you? It was here and then boom...GONE. As in year's past I feel like once August/September arrives, the rest of the year just flies by. Of course, if making seasonal projects is your thing now is the time to get busy!


This year I told the "Mothership" that I really wanted to focus on Autumn. After witnessing our first Autumn here in Charbonneau last year - which helloooo it was gorgeous - I thought we needed to celebrate it more! Since the "Mothership" and Christine are huge Lori Holt fans, it's only obvious that I would share Lori's new Autumn Love Quilt! If you are not aware, Lori's new Sew Along for this quilt begins August 20 on her blog. We have complete kits available to order here and they will ship in October. Even though the Sew Along starts on her blog in August, there will be plenty of time to join her and work on this project. This is a pre-order and I highly suggest that you order soon.  We only kit with exact fabrics and sometimes when fabrics sell out it's difficult to restock kits.

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For the "Mothership" and Christine (above), they have spent the last four years obsessing over everything Lori Holt since the first session of our Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M.

We are just wrapping up Session 2 of this popular B.O.M. Which reminds me...those of you in our in-store program that didn't show up for the last meeting (and there were quite a few of you)....this little message is for you:

Will she do a third session of Farm Girl Vintage? I have no idea at this point but I do know that we are already underway with the Quilty Fun B.O.M. seeew if you want to sign up for that give us a call at 503-694-8052. Here's the first row that they worked on...


Earlier this Summer we were lucky to have Lori Holt join us for a two day workshop. The workshop focused on a new project using her Sew Simple Shapes. Longtime customer Chris R. (below) was beyond thrilled to meet her favorite designer and get a chance to take a picture with Lori!

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For two days quilters from all over joined us in the classroom to celebrate and learn from Lori Holt herself. It was seriously the best two days EVER! If you have never met Lori, let me tell ya she is the absolute sweetest! You can tell that she puts a lot of thought into what she creates and she wants to spread joy with her art. She's a gift. A true gift!


Can you imagine a room full of Lori Holt quilts??? How can you not be happy and walk with a bounce in your step? I mean????? There is seriously....no other way to live. BEE HAPPY!

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That's all I have for you today! Must get to work and get the doors open...for you. But listen, if you're not getting our daily emails you are missing out on a ton of news and new products! As I shared a the beginning of this post, we are preparing for Autumn and the "Mothership" is bringing in tons of new wool for some new Autumn inspired projects! I also have a lot to catch up on with blogging but I want to know what you want to know! Gotta leave me comments seeew I know what it is you want to hear or see more of!

Until next time...Stay Seeew-cial! :-) ~ Brian


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