hollyzhobby

hollyzhobby "is a temporary home for small quilts that anxiously await placement to their forever home where they will be treasured for years to come." As a failed quilter myself (OH! How I failed!) I was eager to sit down with Holly for an interview.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
A million years ago, when I was a little girl, I would go to visit my grandmother. She always had a different quilt set up on the frames in the basement and I can remember running around and playing under those quilt frames like it was a tunnel, tent or house. Back home, my mother would piece quilt tops together and as I got older I would help cut the fabric and sew ribbons of pieces together always musing at what an exercise in futility this was...cut up fabric, sew it back together. In later years when I had my youngest child, I retired from my job to become a stay-at-home mom. At this time I started making custom quilts for people, setting up the same quilt stands my grandmother used while my son played with his hotwheel cars and toys underneath. I could spend upwards of 12-16 hours a day at times trying to meet deadlines. After taking a couple of years off for a break, I decided to start making smaller quilts to enjoy the variety and to be able to quilt at my leisure.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
My favourite thing in the whole wide world to do would have to be bragging about my kids. Don't get me started.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
The biggest challenge when it comes to running my shop is promotion and marketing online.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Every bed in my house has at least one quilt on it as well as quilts in the livingroom and familyroom. I love all the quilts in my shop as well. I honestly can't pick a favourite.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an accountant which was the direction I was heading for before I retired.

What other shops out there do you love?
raisinlike has adorable puppets and I love bluesaphire's sockmonkeys.
wallexpress has beautiful paintings
Glass2Class has unique glass works of art
and the list goes on. There are so many amazing etsians.

What does your future hold?
Who knows what the future holds. I can only hope that it includes a lottery jackpot win!


Visit hollyzhobby at Etsy or at hollyzhobby.blogspot.com