scrappy star-a-day

good morning!  i’m working away at my star-a-day and couldn’t resist putting together a couple 9-patches.  oh goodness…i’m in love with them and want to spend every waking moment whipping up these tiny darling stars.

i’ve spent a few days chain-basting diamonds…look at that overflowing tin…(and that cottage hearts pillow…i’m all heart-eyes!)

3 inch squares are the alternating squares…

my goal is to use lots of different prints…if each star uses 2 darks and a shirting…it’s about 720ish different darks and 360ish shirtings.  take a look at my first 2 9-patches…loving those stars and scrappy backgrounds!  also…my new coffee cup…

to help get you started on your own star-a-day you can grab our pattern/papers/acrylic pack here.  grab that set of rose gold stork scissors here cuz you can NEVER have too many sets of scissors.

i’ve also put together some fat 8th civil war color bundles…top row from left… tomato soup, mint julep, cheddar cheese puffs, blueberry grits and salsa.  bottom row from left…bubblegum, grapes, burnt brown, peanut brittle, and espresso…you can grab them here.

my back was acting up last week…therefore i didn’t get a lot of bundles cut…but it seems to have calmed down over the last day or so, so hopefully come monday i can get back to bundle cutting and serious machine quilting in between printing and packing orders.

next week…shirting fat 16th bundles are on the agenda along with pattern writing and some kitting.

have a wonderful weekend!

happy healthy stitching!  -a&m&g

 

home-bound reading

good afternoon!  working from home this afternoon…the windows are open, the soft wind chimes outside the window, the overcast sky.  we have a winter weather advisory that starts this afternoon…so mom is outside tidying up some of her flower beds before the rain comes.

we have some new books that have arrived…perfect reading material while we spend the month hanging in our sewing studios and ordering online goodies.

right now may favorites are…

Civil War Quilts…yes that is Dear Jane…no there is not a pattern for it.  however it is full of historical information along with gorgeous pictures of vintage quilts from the era…even some quilt block patterns to get you in the spirit of the times.

Country Style Quilting…i love this book…the projects, the colors, the photography…look at that cover quilt…a little bit of EPP and a little bit of appliqué…scrumptious!

Embroidered Country Gardens…delve into a world of embroidery…dig out those long forgotten DMC skeins, that let’s face it are probably in a big ball, and get stitching.  these designs are absolutely gorgeous and work well for adding a little embroidery to bags, pillows, fobs, scissor cases, and framed pieces.

Patchwork Gifts…sweet little projects to fill your days…make a bowl of mushrooms, a little bag, baby quilt, or coaster set.

the books are available online…

Civil War Quilts

Country Style Quilting

Embroidered Country Gardens

Patchwork Gifts

now…off to grab a coffee (from the kitchen) and then maybe a little bit of EPP.

happy Thursday!  stay home…stay safe!

–april&mickey&gabby

working from home

good evening!  i’m sure you are very tired of hearing about all the news-stuff…

well…i have some good news!  we are working from home…we’ve set up a desk in the sewing room…right next to a window that’s been open all day long.  i get a little fresh air, the sound of the wind chimes, and even a little pandora streaming nature sounds.

i whipped up a new bundle today.  i have been meaning to put together bundles of the Passport collection from 3 Sisters and today sounded like the best time to do that.

This bundle features 6 Passport prints from 3 Sisters’ Passport collection.  Featuring sailboats, blueprints, and world maps…this collection speaks to the traveler in all of us.  Especially now, when travelling has been put on the back burner…what better way to travel to distant lands while staying in your own home.

Passport bundle…featuring 6–half yards

we are currently working on some quilts at home since time at the shop is spent packaging up order, machine quilting, and cutting bundles and kits to bring home to fold and tie.

we’ve added some of the Passport prints to our Memoirs prints and are working on a new smaller version of Lace (pattern is from about 10 years ago.)  i’ll be laying that out sometime tonight…it is so elegant and classic…almost a rich cottage feel.

look at how well they blend together…love how the Passport prints bring a little more movement to our Memoirs project.  once that gets finished it’ll be added to the machine quilting pile.

your can grab a memoirs bundle here.  passport bundle here.  shop our online shop here.

a few thing you need to know…

* the storefront will be closed until further notice (at least through Easter as of right now)…

*we will still be shipping regularly…possibly not everyday, but at least every other day.

*if you would like to drop of a quilt to be machine quilted…it would be best if you email us sweetwatercottonshoppe(@)yahoo(.)com or text or call me (april) at 320.241.8336 and we can set up a time for you to drop it off.  you can always call the shop and leave a message and i will try and remember to check it on days we will be in the shop.

*curbside pick up…send us an order via our email sweetwatercottonshoppe(@)yahoo(.)com and i’ll send you a paypal invoice.  once it has been paid i will pull and package up your order, and we can set up a time for you to pick it up.

*stay home…please…stay home…wash your hands…grab an extra frozen pizza, or box of cereal or bag of marshmallows to stave off going to the store for a day.

it looks like this is that snowstorm we’ve all been waiting for to get some of the projects finished up.

i’ll try and keep you updated with pictures of the shop as new goodies come in…Tilda’s Bon Voyage is in the warehouse and should be shipping out on Thursday…i’m looking for a little Tilda pick-me-up!

Mom is working diligently on our Bella Blossoms featuring Old Rose and we have our new project strippy quilt ready to layout featuring Happy Camper…(hint: this strippy project will be a super-quick project…and probably called something like “Staying Home” or “Happy at Home”…something like that…but more on that later.)

also…i’m sure you’ve heard this at least once in the last hour, but i want you to know that we are in this together even though we are apart.  what is happening is affecting everyone, everywhere and honestly is a little scary.  however, we have our fabric therapy, our cotton candy to help us get through this.  we have new projects, old projects, favorite projects, family time, messy closets, puppies and kittens and old dogs, true crime binges, and recipes that can fill the time.

speaking of recipes…i have an orange creamsicle cake in the oven and 15 minutes before Columbo starts to get settled in for the evening.

happy healthy stitching!

—april&mickey&gabby

ps…we have BritBox and Acorn and i LOVE the murder mystery shows…The Coroner, Miss Fisher’s, Vera, Shakespeare & Hathaway, Midsomer Murders, Father Brown, Murdoch Mysteries, and Detective Linley, Broadchurch, and Agatha Raisin (to name a few) plus anything True Crime.  looking forward to a couple weeks of at-home working to binge a few (or all!)

quiet cross stitch

it would appear that life will be generally slowing down for awhile. there seems to be no better time to take up a new hobby or return to a favorite.

i love handwork. i always forget how much i enjoy cross stitching until i am doing it. then i just want to cross stitch every project i come across…i want to make at least one project out of every book, and all the projects in the different groups. i always envision doing one a month and pretty soon its been 6 months without a new project. so it goes…

we are building our cross stitch section…lots of new projects from The Pinkeep, Blackbird Designs, La-D-Da, Plum Street, and With Thy Needle and Thread…along with lots more on the way arriving at the end of the week.

i did get in our order of linen…lots of wonderful new colors…can’t wait to get started on a project so i can use some of these yummy colors.

linens from the top down are Sanguine, Havana 36 count, Confederate Gray, Chestnut, Iced Cappuccino, Ligonier Latter, Linen, and Old Towne Blend…all are 32 count linens (other than Havana).

linen
linen

look at how gorgeous these are!

linen

i’ve also been ordering in some fun springtime/Easter themed cross stitch (which i’m almost positive you’d be able to finish before Easter arrives if you end up staying home). these are just a sampling of what we have right now…with fun new patterns coming the end of the week.

springtime cross stitch

cross stitch patterns and linens are available here.

hopefully a little happy mail has brightened your day!

please stay healthy…

happy wednesday!

–april&mickey&gabby

make your house a home

good afternoon! we hope you are having a wonderful weekend. our Medford Quilt Show has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic so mom and i will be hanging around the shop for the foreseeable future (hopefully when we start airing out the house and do all that spring cleaning stuff we can get back to business as usual). Until then though…i will be working the shoppe (sometimes with mom…depending upon how dad does with therapy and how the healing has been.)

we are still doing machine quilting so if you have some projects that need that final finishing…we can do that for you…so you can get the binding on those lovelies!

it seems like no time like the present to start something new…maybe pick up a basic or Brazilian embroidery project, try your hand at EPP, whip up a sashiko piece or collect all your fancy fabrics, threads, lace, and pretty threads and nab yourself a crazy quilt book.

Nothing makes a house a home like a little bit of handmade goodness…be it a piece of furniture, a crocheted afghan, a cozy quilt, a flannel pillowcase, or framed artwork (paint on canvas, thread on fabric, mixed media).

if we truly are looking at an extended period of time being a little more of a homebody…doing a little less socializing…then it seems like the perfect time to do a little bit of “homemaking”. baking some bread, whipping up a batch of cookies, putting on some soup, then relaxing with pandora streaming a nature station (i love the sound of rain with far off thunder) and cozying in with a beverage and a good book, handwork, or even instagram or your favorite blog.

if you are into Brazilian embroidery or want to be…we have a whole section devoted to Brazilian Embroidery over on our website. All kits include full instructions, preprinted fabric, threads, and needles. EdMar have the best instructions…mom and i are both self-taught Brazilian embroiderers using their instructions. They are very easy to follow and if you have some knowledge of embroidery that would help immensely…otherwise, there is youtube…

these projects which have lovingly been made with your hands over the course of some time can be framed, put in a hoop, made into a pillow, centered in a medallion quilt, or stitched into a bag.

we just received our EdMar order…so several new and gorgeous Brazilian Embroidery projects have been added to the website. my favorite of the new projects we received is Fuchsias and Butterfly…i love that flowing fuchsia and the floating butterfly.

fuchsias and butterfly

be sure to pop over and take a look at all the Brazilian embroidery projects…here.

another favorite that i’ve added to the list is the 9-flower sampler. look at those threads…um gorgeous!

9-flower sampler

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–april&mickey&gabby

gabby-goo says hi!

gabby-goo graduated from puppy classes on wednesday.

springtime sashiko

happy spring! with the days now getting longer, spring forward, and some sunny days…it sure feels like spring is on the way. i haven’t seen a robin yet…and we know they get snowed on at least 3 times.

mom and i are busy getting ready for our Medford show next weekend. the storefront will be open…

i thought i would pop in quick and share with you our newest sashiko project. i have it finished just not truly finished. the stitching is done and i love hexies so this is perfect!

These 3 Sashiko projects are from Tulip’s Sashiko World, America collection. we have 3 of them and i want to do all 3 and frame them and hang them in the shop…cuz they fit right in with our decor plus i really want to eventually have a WALL of hand work things…cross stitch, ribbon embroidery, epp, wool applique, Brazilian embroidery, crazy quilting…not sure what wall this will be on, but it’s a life goal. anyways…if you are looking for some stitching to get you in the mood for spring…maybe a little Easter topper.

Sashiko World…America…Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Sashiko World…Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Sashiko World…America…Flower Baskets

Sashiko Wrold…Flower Baskets

Sashiko World…America…Sampler Square

Sashiko World…Sampler Square

sashiko is quite fun. i love the classic running stitch and the designs are just fantastic! if you would like to give it a go…you can grab a sashiko kit here.

also…we’ve been jazzing up our shoppe entrance…this sign is our newest addition.

our happy place

that wraps up today…thinking i’m going to see if i can cut up some new civil war color bundles…

have a wonderful evening!

-april&mickey&gabby

paris apartment

good morning! mom and i are back from bemidji. we had a wonderful time teaching Brazilian Embroidery, catching up with Bonnie, and kicking off our shows for 2020.

we’ve been getting the shop switched around to showcase some of our favorite collections…right now…we are falling in love with Rue 1800. Soft, gentle, sweet, summery…perfect florals, classic paisleys, gorgeous colors of rose, porcelain, dove, robin’s egg, and cobblestone. i want to drop everything i’m doing and start cutting up a jelly roll (what i would make i’m not quite sure but the colors are so welcomed after a chilly winter).

the precuts for this collection include honeybuns which work wonderfully with 1/2 inch hexies (if you are looking for a summery hand project)…a stars in the garden would be lovely!

we sprung for the entire 40 bolt collection because we couldn’t pick just 10 or 12 or 18 or 32. they are all just so pretty and the florals are a mixture of new and some classic which makes them perfect for mixing with their previous collections…especially Poetry, Porcelain, and Victoria. The dove and cobblestone lean more towards a brown…but still has a slight grey tone to it…truly lucsious!

here they are all snuggled into the mantle…(the colors are even prettier in person!)

rue 1800

all the yardage and precuts are online now…grab your favorites right here.

also…some new fingering yarn from the Uluru Collection by Queensland

Uluru collection by Queensland

lovely, soft, and perfect for a little weekend knitting. grab a ball here.

gabby-goo is getting impatient so i’d better get going.

have a wonderful evening!

-april&mickey&gabby

february favorites

we’ve been getting in fun, new things this february.

i thought i would share a couple of my favorites…

right now i am really loving this new book by Linda Collins and Leah Zieber…Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

This book is fantabulous! Lovely, classic quilts with their antique inspiration. I like that they keep close to the original with the color palette…that one on the front is breathtaking! Plus it uses 50+ prints…sounds right up our alley! we’ve added it to the list…the back cover shows some of the other breathtaking quilts featured in this book.

treasure hunt…back cover

my other current fav is the Durham Quilt Collection bundle…

21 sweet, gentle, bespoke florals…this fat quarter bundle is a must if you prefer the English cottage surrounded by wild roses…looks like it belongs in Rosehill Cottage (the cottage Iris lives in on The Holiday).

Durham Quilt Collection

we have both available in store and online…you can find Treasure Hunt here and Durham Quilt Collection…Here.

well…the gabbers has been a miscreant today…so i’d better give her a little attention before she starts chewing on the furniture!

happy stitching!

–april&mickey&gabby

mid-february

well, our plans this week have been upended!

Mom and i came to work monday…it was a long weekend and mom is still feeling a bit under the weather so we did some planning, she did some sewing, and i did some online work.

well, yesterday early morning i came down with a stomach bug…which kept me in bed all day long. what a waste of a day! mom and dad came down with the same thing. tina, luckily enough, had the day off and felt great, so she brought gabby to the shop yesterday.

we are all on the mend. i’m back to work, dad is back on the computer as his arm heals, and mom is trying to take it easy so she can get over the combination flu and stomach bug.

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needless to say…the window is still semi-valentine’s day. not quite changed over to easter. we did start a new project using Brenda Riddle’s Bramble Cottage collection. remember Bliss? basic strips and piping…it is one of our favorites. we are so excited to see it made up again!

bramble cottage strips…ready for Bliss

i’ve finished piecing my Pastel Primrose Garden…it is so sweet and pretty. just have to get to work on the quilting part after i get the backing pieced.

pastel primrose garden
pastel primrose garden

i’m currently working the pattern and will be putting together paper packs and kits of both the pastel and civil war color ways.

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a few things are simmering but i can’t get started until i have all the pieces…so frustrating! i either don’t have the fabric, or the right paper pieces, or have to do a ton of math to make sure i have enough fabric…goodness…maybe i’ll just walk around the shop and plan the window display. that doesn’t really require any math.

happy wednesday! hope all is well!

—april&mickey&gabby

rue 1800 and lancaster

precuts have arrived….

introducing Rue 1800…a sister collection to both Poetry and Porcelain…classic seaside inspiring colors including robin’s egg, dove, porcelain, and rose.

Rue 1800 is 3 Sisters spring 2020 collection and though it embodies all of their classic 3 Sisters-ness…it is also it’s own vision. The rose is a little pinker, the robin’s egg a little bluer, the prints a little bolder…yet still oh, so pretty.

Rue 1800 is explained as follows in the moda catalog…

“In a quiet corner of Paris, not far from the banks of the Seine, there is a lovely apartment building that embodies the spirit of the city, especially in the spring. It’s been said that Paris is for changing your outlook, for throwing open the windows and letting in the la vie en rose. Roses. And pink.”

i think that description is spot on…after a winter like we’ve had it is definitely time to throw open the windows and cut into some Rue 1800.

rue 1800 with a little natural light

you can find all our Rue 1800 precuts here.

And Lancaster…Jo Morton’s newest collection…

Classic and gorgeous…Jo really knows how to put a collection together!

Jo describes Lancaster as follows…

“Forever in the love with 19th Century Quilts, my Lancaster collection fills the bill to add another color layer to our quilts.

Lancaster provides beautiful prints for traditional and reproduction quilts, including madder reds and gold that give life to the 19th century browns, blacks, and neutrals. These fabrics feature a great “Momma bear” stripe that’s not too big, not too small, that’s just right, lovely florals, and a cool little dot print. There are leaves and buds, a few interesting background prints and a sweet small check will be perfect for traditional quilts. “

lancaster by jo morton

add lancaster to your civil war stash…here.

that’s all for today…remember…we will be closed today February 15th (i wrote this post yesterday before i left for the weekend…right now we are headed up to Fargo.).

our Be Mine 15% off sale does through tonight at 11:59pm. check out it out here.

have a wonderful weekend!

–april&mickey&gabby