so…some snow arrived on wednesday…seriously??  now it is 49ºF and they are forecasting 68ºF on Easter Sunday.  We are going to be enjoying burgers on the grill, 4 rowdy dogs, and maybe some cornhole.

mom is busy whipping up some small stitchery projects for the quilt show next weekend.

i’m quickly running out of time today to show you the many things i had planned so i’ll leave you with our newest project, together… we already have her kitted.  isn’t she just darling and perfect for porch living this summer!  she uses a moda mini charm pack, a little bit of yardage, buttons, wool, and beautiful Gentle Arts and Weeks Dye Works embroidery floss…don’t forget vintage buttons!


i’ll be back tomorrow with Simplify and Rejoice.


bucket of blooms

we hope that the snow slid by you without any trouble.  mom ended up leaving the shoppe early yesterday…thank goodness she did because the roads were kinda nasty last night.  tina put my car in the ditch, but she’s alright (and so is my car).

so we spent yesterday afternoon hanging with the dogs, drinking coffee, and doing a little embroidery.  the project mom was working on isn’t quite finished, but i do have a project she finished about a week ago that i never showed you.

bucket of blooms is our invitation to summer!  lovely fig tree mixes with wool, buttons, and vintage zippers with delightful results.  for added effect, we added ties and hung it from a vintage padded hanger–we have some available for purchase if you need one or i’m sure etsy is full of them.  bucket of blooms measures 16 x 29 inches and is perfect for spring/summer deocrating.  we have the kits and patterns finished and ready to go…online and in-store!




mom is busy working on some spring/summer themed embroidery, apple dumplings sweet confection, and Apples to Zinnias.  She has finished up Lilac Lane which needs to be machine quilted…so i’d better get to work.

hope all is well!  xo-april&mickey {sweetwater}

CW calendar girls bus options

Quilt Minnesota 2014 is right around the corner…

we have buses lined up along with dates…get your spot before they are gone!

CW bus online

if you are interested in joining us this August…click here for your registration form…just print, fill out, and drop off or mail to your host shop.

i’ll be back with some fun new projects…tomorrow…possibly thursday–until then keep up with the day to day via instagram our “handle” is @sweetgirlstudio

xo- april


Line Dried along with some other projects + Sarah’s Collection

yesterday we got in a curated selection of Sarah’s Collection by Elm Creek Quilts and have paired it with the solid-y tonals from Padstow Range…we’ll are still in the design stages, but i’m seeing some 4-patches, white muslin, and a grey from Field Notes in the future.


if you receive our e-sweetie some the following is a repeat…but pretty nonetheless…

Elegant pincushion using wonderful shabby Fig prints and creamy wool.  looks good enough to eat!  this beauty is kitted using a variety of fig tree prints and various wool choices…including:  apricot, persimmon, sour apple, pomegranate, cream to name a few.  i’ll get pictures of the kits in a the next day or so.  (if you are interested in a kit…the Elegant kit is available here just put in the note to seller what your wool choice is along with the words “Fig Tree”)

***sidenote:  a fun way to use vintage glassware…whether its plates, bowls, compotes, cake plates, etc…store your pincushions, buttons, thread, bundles…etc.  they will be in use, but won’t need to be washed–a total win-win!

fig tree elegant

A Sweet Girl Sew Essential:  Grandmother’s Garden pincushion…this delightful little gem makes use of a 3/4 inch hexi flower and a vintage zinc lid.  She is kitted for $9.50.  i’ll be adding her to the etsy shoppe in the next few days…if you need her sooner–let me know.

grandmother's garden pincushion

Line Dried…our newest lovely reminds me of vintage floral sheets.  We picked our favorite large florals on cream and white backgrounds and ended up with delightfully shabby quilt that measures a 70 x 86 inches which is perfect for summertime!  kits are $123.50 and include pattern and binding.

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Another Sweet Girl Sewing Essential:  Needle Cookies…who doesn’t love cookies?  whether they are from the Girl Scouts–thin mints, carmel delites, and peanut butter patties are my faves, oreos, or these little snacks–cookies are a must!  these cookies arrive precut for you and include:  2 outsides, 2 insides, and precut wool for the petals and leafs along with a vintage button from our button box.  petal colors include:  rose, lilac, and sunshine.  kits are available now…i’ll be listing them in the next few days. needle cookies

Orange Dreamsicle…this is our newest Sweet Confection.  It measures just 11 x 11 inches and features luscious prints from Fig Tree.  A mixture of Whimsy, Cinnamon Stars, and Millhouse Inn to name a few.  Each kit is made up of scraps…so they all vary, but will include authentic Fig Tree prints.  Kits are precut and retail for $20.00.

orange dreamsicle okaee-dokee…that’s all for today.  i’m going to get back to my day off.  we do have a few other things–Mirabelle jelly rolls and yardage, Country Summer project ready to be quilted, a wall hanging, and that sweet Sarahs’ Collection project.  i’ll post some pictures when those are finished up.

happy wednesday!  xoxo-a    {sweetwater}

eye candy

we just finished putting the shoppe back together after the 2 shows last weekend.  we are now open after a 3 day rearrange and paint!  we have some new projets too…but i’ll just give you some pictures.

our new and improved shop door…the purple is called Chivalrous


Lovely Sweet Cream is all dreamy…the walls are now Blueberry Whip.  it came out more lavender, but still gorgeous!

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30′s prints and Childhood Favorite


Sweet Confections…


Fig Tree…also…some Mirabelle is arrving tomorrow…jelly rolls and yardage.  Mom is thinking up some new projects…


Orange Dreamsicle…


bundles, Cupids Crumpets, 1 yards, and kits.


Our faux kitchen/dining room…complete with canisters, bread box, and blender…


Angel Cake and May Basket


Line Dried kits


Sewing at the table… (Line Dried)


Wool, needlework, embroidery, and pincushions…


Civil war mini kits…


Scrunchy bedding


Seasonal goodness…Olivia, Snickerdoodle, and Berry Mocha


Shabby Florals


MOre Shabby Florals


The shoppe…


shoppe again


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lastly…the minis as art over the bed…


i have some machine quilting to do…so i’ll be back with some Sweet Girl Sewing Essentials…including:  Grandmother’s Garden pincushion, 4-patch pincushion, and the Needle Cookie.  we also did a new fig tree Elegant pincushion.

happy thursday!  it is snowing here again–so drive safely if you are planning on being out and about.



getting ready

we’ve been cutting, kitting, writing, and printing…trying to get ready for a 2 shows next weekend.  i will try and get back with some pictures of Line Dried and Orange Creamsicle.

we are still running our half price quilt sale…so be sure to stop by and see what we have left…many of them have found new homes, but there ares till lots to pick from.

have a good weekend!

–april & mickey

small sample sale!

with the courtyard renovation starting in a couple weeks…we’ve gone through our samples and marked some of them down by 50%!

here are a couple pics of the projects…if you need a better picture or price…feel free to comment or email me at sweetwatercottonshoppe(at)yahoo(dot)com.

if you are looking for something specific–past project we had, baby quilt, a miniature, wedding present, hostess gift, etc…let me know what colors and i’ll see what we have!

this sale is only for a limited time…until March 19th!

(exclusions apply)

have a happy thursday!


sizes range from table runner to lap/throw size.  with sale prices ranging from $5.00 to $75.00…sale includes bags, wallhangings, baby quilts, pillows, and mini quilts.

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