day 12…89 days till christmas

today is the final day…first i would like to thank you if you stuck with us through the entire 12 days. i love christmas…but i need a little breather…i need to get back to my favorite season.

anyways…today i thought i would drop in with just a rundown of our Christmas collections…at the end of this blog post i’ll have all the links.

poinsettia plaza by 3 sisters
holly jolly by urbanchiks

christmas village by Katherine Lenius
merry little christmas by bonnie and camille
beachy at Christmas featuring Merry Little Christmas wovens by Bonnie and Camille

noel…(my favorite collection this year…it has such a frosty, glazed look to it…it’s just perfect!) mom is midway through a 9-patch project featuring this collection…so keep an eye out for that.

noel

we still have bits and pieces left of Christmas Morning from last year…i’ve relisted all the prints we have left in case you are on the hunt. we’ve also dug up 1 single kit of December Blizzard featuring Christmas Morning…

december blizzard

and here the links as promised…

Poinsettia Plaza

Holly Jolly

Christmas Village

Merry Little Christmas (prints and wovens)

Noel

Christmas Morning

December Blizzard

a few more links…

Christmas Cross Stitch

Christmas Ribbon Embroidery

Christmas Brazilian Embroidery

Christmas Nicki Franklin Embroidery

i’ll be back with some autumn goodness later this week…Buttercup and Slate, Country Rose, and American Beauty are all on the way (or in store already!)

happy tuesday!

-april&mickey&gabby

day 11…90 days till christmas

hello! and good morning…nearly afternoon! hopefully you had a wonderful weekend. i enjoyed the first autumn weekend…and am looking forward to sharing some autumn goodness with you later this week.

we do have 2 more days of Christmas to go…and today and tomorrow will both feature some of my current Christmas favorites.

today…we have Whipping Cream -a low volume double irish chain- that features our Low Volume Christmas bundle. 20 washed-out Christmas prints combine with a classic white and together they are enchanting. This combination is so perfect…

whipping cream

you can add a Whipping Cream kit to your to do list...here.

if you prefer a little bit of slow stitching…then we suggest maybe detouring into the world of cross stitch.

i love Christmas cross stitch (it is a close 2nd behind autumn/halloween cross stitch). i especially love Blackbird Designs…their Christmas Sampler series is on my list. last year i did the classic Merry Christmas…

merry christmas

this year…i’m going to stitch Feliz Navidad…

feliz navidad

one of these days…i want to start stitching up these strawberries as well…i can just see a glass candy dish overflowing with these luscious berries…yummy!

deck the halls

you can checkout all the christmas cross stitch here

just one more day…be sure to stop back tomorrow for day 12 of Christmas projects.

happy stitching!

-april&mickey&gabby

day 10…91 days till christmas

good morning! i am looking forward to a cozy sunday…spent at home. chili simmering, a hand stitching project (probably an autumn cross stitch…cuz i just couldn’t resist…but more on that later) and the windows open to enjoy the brisk autumn breeze.

today we have some Liberty Quilting Cottons…The Merry & Bright collection to be exact. if you are familiar with Liberty of London…they have started a division of Quilting Cottons. Liberty prints…just on quilt weight cottons. these are NOT tana lawns.

we have the 10 inch stackers and the fat quarter bundles left…these 2 precuts are the best though…a stacker or 2 can be whipped up into a quilt made up of simple squares…fat quarters are can be used in almost every single pattern.

merry and bright collection

there is even a little metallic dropped in here and there. i kinda love the bulb print. Merry and Bright precuts can be found here.

merry and bright collection

if you prefer a little embroidery…then The Winter’s Stitch might be more your cuppa tea. A little English paper piecing, a little embroidery…a perfect match. Features a darling little vase filled to the brim with holiday goodness…peppermint sticks, a snowman, holly and berries…aw…i can imagine the twinkly lights and soft christmas music…

you can grab this kit here.

A Winter’s Stitch

happy sunday…hopefully you find a moment or 2 to relax…maybe stitch a little…enjoy a hot cup of coffee…

happy stitching!

-april&mickey&gabby

sweetwater

day 9…92 days till christmas

our 12 days of Christmas projects is starting to wind down…just 3 days left after today.

i thought today i would offer up Checkerboard…this luscious, creamy quilt is absolutely divine. the original Checkerboard uses a patriotic shirting bundle…the original shirting bundle has long since been substituted out with newer, and possibly more wonderful shirtings. even with this bundle leaning more to the patriotic…it still works for Christmas.

several years ago…um…in 2017…we used the checkerboard quilt as our window display. we loaded the bed and the mantle with lots and lots of cream, white, beige, and ivory. Popped in bits of silver and grey for a little sparkle.

A wonderful neutral quilt to pair with your color palette whether traditional or modern…this project works.

Recently…quilters have been whipping up Checkerboard using one of our Cloud Nine bundles by Laundry Basket. We offer 3 different bundles…Set 1, 2, or 3. Each has 10 different fat quarters…all are very washed out with hints of blue, pink, and green. Perfect for a soft holiday quilt…

cloud nine low volume bundles set 1, 2, 3

The bundle is paired with Bella Solid Unbleached Muslin for a truly calm and creamy quilt.

you can check out Checkerboard…here

Embroidery…if you know me at all, you know i love handwork. well, we’ve finally ordered in some Nicki Franklin embroidery kits. I love her scrumptious palette of pink, light blue, light green, grey, graphite, and pastel yellow.

We’ve ordered in mostly Christmas right now…with the season so lots of stitchy goodness to keep you occupied this autumn/winter season.

i’m currently working on this kit…i’ve always loved snow globes…so this one has been fun to stitch on. I have set it aside to try and get some kites stitched together…all in good time.

let it snow

you can check out our current collection of Nicki Franklin here.

that’s all for day 9…just 3 more days of Christmas projects…then back to autumn. SIDE NOTE: Buttercup and Slate has arrived (YUMM), Lori Holt Chunky Thread is in stock except for 1 color, American Beauty will be in store next week, and Material Madders by Sheryl Johnson has arrived. As much as i love Christmas…i am looking forward to dialing it back to autumn and halloween for just a little while longer. Unfortunately though…Christmas sneaks up on me…so i really need a reminder. I’m hoping this little 12 Days of Christmas projects will get me in gear.

anyways…we’ll see you tomorrow for day 10.

happy saturday!

-april&mickey&gabby

day 8…93 days till Christmas

day 8…goodness…these days are just slipping by…

This sweet throw quilt, aptly named Wrapping Paper, uses the Rowan collection by Whistler Studios. Not necessarily Christmas…but the red stripe brings to mind Christmas ribbon, bedecked lamp posts and poinsettia bunches tied with raffia and burlap.

A classic palette of dark tomato red, vanilla, and a pop of dark brown. A cozy, throw with a touch of Christmas.

wrapping paper

i dropped the kit online…you can grab it here.

today we also have a pillow…not necessarily Christmas…but definitely wintery and wonderful for the winter season.

snOw. a sweet little wintery pillow…features some batting appliqué and wool appliqué. Soft and sweet and perfect for winter.

snOw pillow

kits can be found here.

now back to pattern writing…happy Friday!

-april&mickey&gabby

day 7…94 days till christmas

good morning! we are happy to see you here for day 7!

Today’s quilt is a fun project features Christmas prints from Bunny Hill for moda. Ms. Sutton tends to showcase lots of little prints…and the collection featured in our Stepping Stones quilt was no exception. Sweet little snowmen, stars, stockings, and Christmas trees…and a baby gabby! We were moving the shoppe around before the hop and found a kit tucked behind the dresser…so i dug it out of our Christmas quilts from at home and brought it back over. i’ve popped it back online for you, but there is only one…you can grab it here.

stepping stones

i have a growing list of “someday” projects…i’m sure i’m not the only one. They tend to be a little more intense with a little or a lot of appliqué.

lace cabins

look how lovely those cabins are…at a quilt show in Fergus Falls…a booth had done one block and framed it. Lovely! I thought i would be able to do that…but i like them all SO much…i think when i do decide to tackle this i’ll have to make all six.

lace cozy cabin

if you are looking to add this to your list…you can find more information here.

another project i’d like to do…eventually…is The First Day of Christmas designed by Susan Smith. I love this sweet little quilt. i love the appliqué, the color palette, and the border that looks like party hats…fantastic!

first day of christmas

look at that tree with the heart…lovely…

first day of Christmas

The First Day of Christmas is available in store or you can check it out here.

be sure to pop back tomorrow for day 8.

happy stitching!

-april&mickey&gabby

day 6…95 days till Christmas

good morning! we are halfway through our 12 Day of Christmas projects. our Christmas embroidery kits have arrived and will be featured once i have all the kits available online.

today we have Woven Rose…this quilt uses Diamond Textiles woven and specialty fabrics.

Woven Rose…primitive and rustic with a touch of soft romance. A palette of garnet, peachy pink, sage and grass finished off with some chocolate brown. This quilt is perfect for your cabin or cottage, the woven prints washed up so nice giving it a squishy feel…making it perfect for cozying up by the bonfire and roasting marshmallows or having it on hand for sleigh rides. if you prefer indoors the colors lend themselves to Christmas whether you decorate with a northwoods feel or prefer the softer, shabbier side…this quilt is sure to fit right in.

woven rose

today we are venturing into Brazilian Embroidery. we have several Christmas kits that would make perfect little projects that could be framed, stitched into dough bowl pillows, or made into cards. get started on a little Christmas embroidery today…pop over to the website here to check out the embroidery.

Christmas Tree
Brazilian Embroidery

happy stitching!

-april&mickey&gabby

day 5…96 days till Christmas

happy Tuesday! we are nearly halfway through our 12 days of Christmas projects…celebrating 100 days until Christmas. (how can it be that time already?)

today is day 5 and we have one of my favorites (who am i kidding…they all hold a special place)…but the little fawn from Deer Christmas is a favorite!

Peppermint Christmas features the dee panel framed it with a border and then a classic piano key with brown corner squares. A quick weekend project if you are looking for a little retro Christmas fun. The size 72 x 82 inches makes it perfect for cozy evenings sitting in front of the fire, or put it down for the kiddles when they start opening presents. we have just a few kits left…you can find them here.

peppermint christmas

Milk & Cookies…a Christmas table topper…features a more traditional color palette of burgundy, cranberry, pine, forest, and pie crust. A little wool appliqué pops against the soft border. A perfect topper for your dining table or coffee table. the size is perfect at 27 x 27 inches…to grab a kit pop over to the listing here.

milk and cookies

tomorrow will be the halfway point…before you know it we’ll be back to our regular erratic posting…hopefully i can be more consistent.

new collections are arriving…so be sure to stay tuned after our 12 days countdown. we have lots of new projects on the way.

happy stitching!

-april&mickey&gabby

day 4…97 days till Christmas

good morning! hopefully you found a moment to work on a little stitching…maybe even a little Christmas stitching…i found a little bit of time to work on some Christmas embroidery. i do wish the days were a little cooler; i love being cozy while stitching.

we are already a third of the way through our 12 days…also crazy!

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fussy cutting Christmas…generally i don’t care to fussy cut. i LOVE how it looks…the amazing designs that appear when you fussy cut are endless and amazing. i have a hard time making my fabric into Swiss cheese plus i think there is a fair amount of fabric waste. now that being said…i will fussy cut…especially when i am draw to specific prints and can see them kaleidoscope in my head.

an instagram account i follow posted a picture of 6 hexagon flowers…separated by the single white hexie and i was hooked…i truly could not think of anything else. i reached out to her…expressing how i would love to take that idea and run with it as a quilt. she told me to run with it. Her project has since morphed into a glorious mixture of fussy cut hexies. i stuck with fussy cut flowers…

Sugared Hexagons uses 1 inch hexies (my ALL TIME favorite hexagon size) and loads of Christmas prints.

sugared hexagons

Sugared Hexagons

i’m thinking about 99% of the flowers are fussy cut…each one look like its own little snowflake…i have put together kits featuring 32 Christmas prints plus the white solid…this will give you a very good start and depending upon how much fussy cutting you’d like to to do…there could be enough to stitch up the entire kit. otherwise, we have great new prints that would work wonderfully for fussy cutting. you can grab our exclusive kit here.

we also do a little ribbon embroidery…and i mean a little…i’ve only done one project over Easter Weekend several years ago…but it was fun and at some point i’m going to work on another project…all in good time. i, however, had to add these delightful velvet acorns to our ribbon embroidery offerings. MaryJo has the best color combos and the instructions are amazing…especially for beginners. The kits are all inclusive…meaning all you need is a little filler otherwise everything is included. i can just see these sweet acorns hanging on a tree or pilled in a dough bowl with other Christmas offerings.

christmas velvet acorns
sugar plum acorns

you can check out the Velvet Acorns here. we also have an autumn acorn kit…dusky colors reminiscent of a Hocus Pocus inspired Salem…if you are interested.

now it is off to do some kit cutting and order packing.

happy monday and happy stitching!

-april&mickey&gabby

PS. Tilda Hometown will be delayed…i’ll let you know once i have an arrival date. in other news, we have some new collections arriving in store…look for those in store and online. i’ll introduce them here once our 12 days of Christmas has wrapped.

day 3…98 days till Christmas

good morning! hopefully your sunday is relaxing. as the autumn takes hold, we love putting on a big pot of Chili on Sunday morning and letting it simmer throughout the day. today though, we will be spending the day celebrating Penny’s 1st birthday, her actual birthday is October 5th…but Mel & Ty are vendoring the first weekend of October, Ty works the other weekends and Baby Girl is due mid-October. i should be able to get in a little stitching this evening…so excited to share some new Christmas embroidery kits with you–that will be a little further down the line though.

Today we have for you a brand new project featuring the sweetest little Christmas Village. We love this sweet Christmas panel…it has all the Christmas feels and a wonderful color palette of sea glass, denim, off white, pink, and blush. The prints are fun as well…snow globes, presents, angels, and houses. They are all so cute…we wanted to use them all and actually see them…so Mom designed little houses to border it and paired the fabric with a Bella. A perfect weekend project for the quilt ladder, your favorite chair, or the new grandbaby that needs tummy-time. Christmas-Town measures a 54 x 69 inches. Christmas-Town is available online…here.

Christmas-Town

Another favorite today is a sweet little framed project by Plumcute Designs…and yes…all her projects are plum cute! i stitched up this project last year as we headed into the autumn season and love it! Each kit incudes the fabric, threads, buttons, and a scrap of a vintage quilt that had been salvaged and parts had been framed. i snagged the cut up bits and thought they would be perfect for this project.

merry christmas

you can find the Merry Christmas kit…here.

now off to Mels…happy sunday stitching!

-april&mickey&gabby

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