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March 2018

Happy St. Patick's Day!

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Happy Worldwide Quilting Day and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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As I always do, I stopped in at our neighbor...Lux Sucre Desserts to frost my lucky charms! Lo and behold I happened upon some green cupcakes and cookies shaped like clovers! P.S. I'm fine with being pinched, but hands-off of the mid-section!

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This morning we hosted our monthly "What's For Breakfast?" Club. In my last post I wrote at great length about supporting brick-and-mortar quilt shops. This monthly event is a great way to create community by getting out of the house, interact with eachother while supporting our brick-and-mortar location! If you like quality projects and a good time...come to our What's For Breakfast? Club!

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Someone was feeling festive today! Carol and Cheryl are newbies to our What's For Breakfast? Club but I've been noticing these lovely gals more and more at our events which is always a good thing! Thanks for coming ladies!

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Every month the "Mothership" features a new project. Everyone who attends receives a complete kit to make whatever it is she's introducing. I wish I had taken video because when she revealed this month's there was a collective "Awwww...." from within.

This month she was inspired by the fabrics (pictured above) and surprised everyone with not just one project...but two projects from Bunny Hill Designs....perfect for springtime!

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Super cute! If you weren't able to attend, no worries!

Jan did make a handful of kits for purchase here on our website of the Bunny towel.

I receive a lot of requests every month from those of you who live outside of Oregon asking to purchase some of these projects. I am pleased to tell you that I have created a new category for these items on our website here. Keep in mind that our "What's For Breakfast?" Club was created to interact with us and others in-person seeew not every project will be listed.

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I had been wanting to share with you some of the new fabrics due to arrive this Spring! March and April are loaded for arrivals but I only have room to show you two today! I have a feeling there are those who can't wait to get their hands on some of these! Both of these collections have a vintage touch of traditional. Are these not perfect for our Shoppe?

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By the way...do you know whose book would be perfect for some patterns using those two collections? Moda Lissa's! If you haven't heard the news, Lissa Alexander has a new book out and it is fantastic! You can read all about it right here!

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I cannot wait until I get my first quilt completed seeew then I can move onto something a little more "intermediate." LOL. Clearly I'm not afraid!

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Last but not least for today is our upcoming 4th annual S.p.R.u.N.g Workshop with Kathy Cardiff. We love Kathy! Her nature inspired wool designs are awesome! Since she is our only featured designer for this year's event, the project will be bigger than if we have several designers. Seeew...not only do you get a catered, gourmet luncheon and specialty instruction from Kathy, but you also get a complete kit included with your fee!

There is some pre-work to do before the workshop on April 21, seeew we do have a "drop dead" registration deadline of March 31. If you are not local, that is ok as we will mail out the pre-work portion of the kit before the workshop. This is why I say over and over again....to get signed up EARLY. The sooner you register, you're going to love your life! If you can't register until after March 31, send us an email to hollyhillorders@comcast.net but don't wait too long as we do have limited seating.

That's all I have time for today! My other duties call (which are kind of important) seeew thank you for reading! ~ Brian

 


It's Been A Creative Week! Block 1 of Our Merry Merry Snowmen BOM & Lori Holt's Quilty Fun Announcement

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Our first in-store meeting for our Merry Merry Snowmen Block of The Month was yesterday here at the Shoppe! As you can see the "Mothership" has selected a cheerful new color palette that fits in perfectly with our Shoppe here in Charbonneau! It was nice to see seeew many signing up for the in-store meetings as that shows me people are still interested in needing their brick-and-mortars. If you are participating through the mail or "on-line" as it is now referred, blocks will be mailed in the coming week. 

Pictured above is Block 1.

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The "Mothership" and Christine have Month 2 in the works! I don't think folks always realize the time consuming steps of fabric selection. It's one of the biggest reasons why we kit around here.

Convenience. Convenience. Convenience!

This is a nine month program and if you keep up with your blocks each month,  we will all be finished by November! Merry Christmas indeed! Right?

If you'd like to join us, we discovered we could make room for a few more people seeew get signed up here! If you can join us in-store that's even better because we will be offering some extra quilty-fun along the way! Either way you join us, it's assumed you already know a method of applique. You will also need to purchase the pattern which is available here.

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In other news...the "Mothership" finally was able to finish her Farm Girl Vintage Quilt which was started back in 2015 with our first Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M.

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2 years in the making! The Mothership's quilt incorporates blocks from our first Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M ( Fall 2015- Winter 2016) and our second session of Farm Girl Vintage ( August 2017 - Current).

I absolutely love this and I can't wait to proudly display it in the Shoppe just in time for Lori's visit to the Shoppe this May! In fact, she will be teaching a new project during our Bee In My Bonnet Lori Holt Workshop, May 21 and May 22! It's a one day workshop seeew you pick the day you want to attend. We have added just four seats to each day so if you want to attend, you've got to grab those seats as soon as possible !

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Since we will probably not do a third session of Farm Girl Vintage, we do offer individual block kits for sale here on our website for your quilty pleasure.

Our next B.O.M. will be Lori Holt's Quilty Fun Row Quilt and that starts March 31. The picture below is Lori's quilt from the book but rest assured the "Mothership" will do a fantastic job with our version. You can learn about and register for Quilty Fun here on our website.

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That's all I have for you today! I'm going to call it a day and go home to my two kid-lets...Chance the Lhasa and Miss Grace Adler the Dachshund!

Have a good night everyone and stay seeew-cial! Brian


Crossing The Line & Learning to Quilt

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I finally did it! I took a bold step and I crossed the line into the world of Quilting! But first...we MUST have music because I'm headed to the mat to bring it on! Probably one of the worst musicals in Broadway history, but whatever...I ❤️ this song! 

🎼"How do we know who we are unless we cross the line?" 🎼

 

The "Mothership" and Christine have been my dedicated cheerleaders... teaching me to sew my first quilt! Even when I get frustrated and have to rip my seams out they remind me in their own special way not to be a "Cheer-tator Tor..." ✨Learning-To-Quilt-4

This is how it all went down: we were flipping through Sherri McConnell's "Fresh Family Traditions" last week and I said, "Hey, we need to make Sassy with Hi-De-Ho! It would be seeew happy and cheerful!" I was met with, "Well, there's the sewing machine."

With that single sentence...I started my quilting journey. In my own way of course...

Regardless, I am hooked which only makes everything about this blog that much better because I can now relate to some of the things I hear every day in the Shoppe!✨My favorite part seeew far is picking the fabrics for each block!

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I honestly don't think I will ever be one of those people who just doesn't care about wonky blocks. I will care...every day of my quilted life! I have a seam ripper and I know how to use it! I'm also a fan of pinning! Let's just say I'm willing to have the required notions to ensure I have a positive outcome. 

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As I mentioned above, I'm using this happy fabric known as Hi-De-Ho. I'll link it here for you as we do sell it here in the Shoppe!

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I keep telling the "Mothership" that larger print on blue (top of the bundle) would make a great bag for Summer! I know just the pattern...but the question is, will they ever get time to make it? Even as I finish typing this sentence I can already hear, "Make it yourself, Brian." We know eachother seeew well!

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If you haven't been into the Shoppe in awhile we have a series of these pre-cut kits such as the one above.... perfect for any beginner or anyone who wants to get right to sewing! Literally...all of the fabric has been cut for you seeew all you have to do is unwrap and sew.

Read the directions first...of course.✨

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 It looks like one of our newest customers enjoyed her pre-cut kit seeew much she went home, sewed and was back within a couple of days! Becky has definitely "crossed the line" and is now on her way to getting back into quilting! Great job Becky!

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Before I head out, I thought I'd share these two gems...Foster & Emily!

Not only were they well-behaved (props to their parents) but they were eager and attentive. Emily told us she likes to sew clothes for her dolls. When the "Mothership" asked if Emily would like to sew on her machine, the answer was an absolute YES! Seeew, the "Mothership" let both of them choose some fabrics to make a sweet little pillow...or bag. Foster watched closely and when it was his turn he knew exactly what to do!

Remember when we were young and unfraid? These kids were not afraid! They were champs as they let that sewing machine go! Me? I'm like 80 years old with a walker the way I sew!

It was just refreshing because it reminded me how much our children WANT to be engaged with activities! Many people today just hand their kids a digital device. Seeew sad!

When I shared the experience on our Social Media it was met with a comment..."You can't get that on-line."

No....no, you definitely cannot. But if people aren't careful that will be the future.

Anyway, it was the essence of being seeew-cial and we look forward to seeing them again!

You of course will see me again sooner than later as I still have tons to show you!

Stay Seeew-cial and "Cross The Line!"✨🎼🎩🎪 - Brian