autumn feels

good afternoon! morning thunderstorms and a muggy afternoon…we’ve been inside cutting and bundling and reorganizing after our last 2 shows, pulling out pastel pumpkins, pulling out the autumn music and trying to get all the autumn feels. a couple of collections have arrived with more on the way.

Today we have Wonder by katie & birdie paper co…the brown really adds a lot and the combination is scrumptious when paired with some white pumpkins…or spring for an heirloom pumpkin to really complete the autumn pastel look.

Wonder features the prettiest mixture of oatmeal, bubblegum, linen, and breeze with a soft white background. We have cherry-picked our 2 favorite prints…the all-over small leaf and the sort-of dot and mixed them with the coordinating Bella Solids. Packs of 10 prints are available…both fat quarters and half yards along with yardage…check out the wonder collection here.

wonder by Katie & Birdie Paper Co.

And…My Redwork Garden…i don’t think there is a shirting print i don’t like. i fell in love with these delightful red-on-cream shirtings when i spied them in the moda book and i knew we needed a few to add to our civil war collection. these are so versatile though they would work with almost any bunny hill collection…or mix in with Christmas prints, French General, 3 Sisters, or your low volume collection. i’m thinking it’s about time i put together a couple more low volume bundles…for sure a Low Volume Christmas.

My Redwork Garden is a collection of red, white, and cream designed by Bunny Hill for Moda. I chose just 4 prints to add to the shop. 4 shirting prints…red on cream. i’ve packaged them up into Pantry Packs: Red Velvet Blondies. We have the pantry packs along with yardage available here.

Red Velvet Blondies…pantry pack of 4—1/2 yards

oh…and a picture of gabby goo who can now get on the furniture all by herself…this is her on the daybed in the living room.


and this was her yesterday…

gabby goo

happy tuesday…



hello september

summer seems to have come to a close. the crisp autumn winds have started pushing out the sunny summer heat and the leaves have started to show their color. we’ve been cozy-ing up the shoppe as well–we’ve fluffed it up with some autumn pastels. pale pumpkins, pale colors, and some pastel fabrics.


Finnegan has arrived…yummy precuts and yardage.

finnegan precuts
finnegan green and yellow
finnegan white, pink, grey, blue
finnegan grey, blue, purple

love this jelly roll for any updated jelly garden…we have the kits including the Finnegan jelly roll…here.

jelly garden and finnegan jelly roll


i am in love with this newest project mom whipped up…inspired by the feel of a long past primitives shop…this project is cozy, classic, and a perfect addition to any autumn home. featuring a mixture of Shelbyville and Diamond Textiles, this project has all the autumn feels! Backroads measures approximately 48 x 60 inches and is perfect with cream linens and antique crocheted shams and a platter of fabric pumpkins. we have kits available here.



lastly…i’m feeling the cheery, 30’s repo love…(even though i relish the idea of cozy sweaters, farmer’s market chili-i spent all day sunday simmering a stock pot of it-, and crackling leaves)…i couldn’t resist pulling some of my favorite 30’s and whipping up one of these blocks. Missouri Daisy block measures 10 inches and the paper pack includes 4 acrylics and papers for 12 blocks…we have it available here.

missouri daisy


we’ll be in Madison starting Wednesday (for set up) thru Saturday…so Monica will be in charge of the shop…Gabby will have the rest of the week off. Normal hours will resume on Monday…new collections will be arriving while we are gone so we are super excited for Monday following the show!

Now i’d better get the orders shipped so we can get packing…if you are planning on being in Madison–please stop by and say hi, we are in the same spot as last year!

happy stitching! -a&m&g

return trip to Shelbyville

thought i’d pop in quick to let you know our factory bundles of Shelbyville have arrived! Scrumptious bundles of 40 prints in both fat quarters and fat 8ths (only 1 fat 8th bundles remains)

shelbyville fat quarter towers
Shelbyville fat 8th bundles

Nab a Shelbyville FQ bundles here

or the last Shelbyville f8 bundle here.

also…lots of new silk Ribbons have arrived along with a couple new kits…i have pictures taken just need to update the listings with the new size…we have both 3.5mm and 7mm now! Some new Crazy Quilting, embroidery, and silk ribbon books have arrived along with Civil War, EPP, and Quilt Mania. Notions from Lori Holt, new Magic Pins, gorgeous new scissors from Klasse’ and precuts from Diamond and embroidery stencils, In the Patch wool packs, and new EPP papers are all on the agenda to get photographed then listed…and show season starts in 2 weeks (September 3rd we load for Madison!)

and Finnegan! yes, Finnegan yardage will be arriving on FRIDAY! this week will definitely have a FRIYAY kind of friday!

have a wonderful week…i’ll be taking tomorrow off…1st day off in 20 days!

happy stitching!


take a trip to Shelbyville

good afternoon! my assistant is sleeping (of course) and mom is on the phone (of course) and i am working (of course).

our Shelbyville has arrived and i’ve folded and tied up some bundles of these glorious prints. we did bundles of all 18 prints we ordered in…lots of the black in these bundles making them perfect for cozy autumn baskets, fall-flavored maple leaves, or a fun add to your civil war stash.

shelbyville curated fat quarter bundles are available now along with yardage. Shelbyville fat quarter towers and fat 8th bundles will be arriving on monday.

shelbyville curated fat quarter bundle of 18 prints
shelbyville curated fat quarter bundles

check them out online here.

also…we are making up new Figgy Halloween bundles…so be on the lookout for those!

happy stitching! -april&mickey&gabby (sweetwater

gabby and qm2019

good evening! thought i’d pop in and give everyone a quilt minnesota update…

i’m currently lakehouse-watching and puppy-sitting Molly, an 11 month old Scottie, so lots of Golden Girls and puppy kisses.


Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop…update…

we still have a couple kits of our main quilt…Minnesota Night Sky

Minnesota Night Sky

and one lonely kit of Minnesota 2 Cents

Minnesota 2 Cents


Lastly…we have a new employee…i’d like to introduce Gabby…she is 7 weeks and a very light yellow lab. She’ll be at the shop with Mom and I …so it has been tons of fun keeping her entertained and she’s been meeting lots of hoppers and taking LOTS of naps! She does a lot of sleeping on the job!

i’d better get back to the Golden Girls and little Molly.

happy stitching!
—april&mickey sweetwater

minnesota night sky

so we are 7 days into the shop hop and i thought i better pop in here with a picture or 2.

our little booklet featuring our qm19 projects has been a hit…the booklet features our quilt Minnesota Night Sky (which features our block), 1 Yard Pillowcase, Minnesota Collage throw pillow, Minnesota 2 Cents, and Potholders in 2 colorways…Pink Sky at Night and Stormy Skies.

Quilt Minnesota 2019 projects
Quilt Minnesota potholders

we still have kits left of Minnesota Night Sky, Minnesota 2 Cents, the Story Skies potholders, and just 1 Minnesota Collage kit left.

The fabric has been finding new homes as well…we are out of several of the prints but have fat quarter bundles left which contain 1 fq of each print and 1 of each panel, single fat quarters, and some 1 yard cuts.

We even have a grouping of Moda Grunges that coordinate with the Quilt Minnesota fabrics…these are available as well.

moda grunges to coordinate with quilt minnesota 2019

our window display features a cozy bed, classic mantle and a cupboard full of quilt minnesota 2019 bolts, 1 yard cuts, fat quarters, and bundles.

quilt mn 2019
quilt minnesota 2019 placemat panel
quilt minnesota 2019 cupboard
Minnesota Night Sky quilt

happy stitching…hopefully you get a chance to stop in during hop!


quilt mn 2019 update

good morning!

the shop hop starts in just a few days and July is over tomorrow. I do prefer when the shop hop starts in August as opposed to the end of July…it is almost like we get a little extra summer!

Mom and i are thinking we may be ready. We have all the QM kits cut and tied, just waiting on me to print up some tags. I’m working on the booklet today along with cutting non-qm kits to fold and tie tomorrow on my last day off for 20+ days. Speaking of 20+ days working in a row…Mom and I are a two-quilter-show, so we ask that you please adhere to the shop hop hours m-s 10-5 and sun noon-5 (these hours can be found on the front page of the flyer at the top, on the passport above your name, and on the quilt minnesota website right below the “Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop” banner). Even if the lights are on odds are we are printing up the block patterns, cutting 5 inch squares, or trying to get a couple more kits cut and tied. We need every minute of the non-shop hop day to get everything ready for you plus our online shop stays open, so we have to get that packaged and off to the post office as well.

now…back to qm info…we ordered in some Aurifil Thread Sets that coordinate with Quilt Minnesota 2019. This palette of colors is truly Minnesota…they are available now! $25.95 for the set of 5 small spools of 50wt (2725, 2887, 2335, 2605, 2000).

5 different qm colors
5 spools in a cute little box
a sweet little window so you can see a sampling of the threads.

these little boxes of threads are limited and exclusive to Quilt Minnesota 2019…i’m loving that grey!

now…back to kit cutting…then dinner with Monica tonight.

happy stitching…i’ll try and pop back in on Thursday with project pictures along with maybe our Quilt Minnesota display!

—april&mickey sweetwater

Sew Much Fun

good afternoon! we are nearing the end of July already! Mom and i are back from Jackson, WY all safe and sound…a bit dizzy after traveling the Tetons, Yellowstone, and the making 2 passes through the Badlands and a quick visit with Dignity in Chamberlain, SD…(if you are on instagram, i’ve posted a couple pics of Dignity the post is dated July 20th …she is truly breathtaking and worth a trip!)

anyways…we are now back in the sewing of things. Orders arrived while we were gone. Some wool from In the Patch Designs: Pennies, Hex-A-Gons, and some Smidgens. Swell Christmas panels and bundles (i’ll be whipping up more kits of the Swell Dresden Pillow before the hop), Diamond Textiles…yardage and tons of 3 1/2 inch and 5 inch charm packs, and some Durham Collection…mostly blues on a soft creamy tan…scrumptious! We have some curated bundles available now….

Dress Shirt Wovens #2…this pack of 16 Diamond Textile fabrics is completely different than our first bundle…i even have it available here for you.

dress shirt wovens #2

Blue Durham…these fabrics are so scrumptious…a soft palette of pastel blue on a honey-vanilla background. A must for anyone looking for that cottage-English Garden-vintage sheets look. only 6 bolts of blue have arrived so far (plus 1 bolt of the pink colorway which is on more of a vanilla-white) so we’ve bundled them up. They are available here. There will be more arriving sometime in August which is its original ship date.

Blue Durham

i’ll be getting the yardage online later this week…hopefully before our Quilt Minnesota coordinating Grunges arrive on Friday…then we can finish up a couple QM projects!

tomorrow i’ll be home…stitching away…then back to work on Thursday for some Paynesville Crazy Days prep! be sure to stop by downtown friday and saturday…Crazy DAys includes sidewalk sales!

have a wonderful evening!

—april&mickey {sweetwater}

mid month mayhem

good afternoon!

Yesterday was mom’s birthday…so she had the day off–plus it coincided with her weekly day off…score!

we are trying to get everything all lined up and ready to go, but these july days just keep slipping by or are we the only ones that feel that way?

we are counting down the days to quilt minnesota 16 days…and in between those 16 days we have head out to Jackson, Wyoming to pick up mom’s car and drop off the rental (they had a little booboo when they were out there in June), plus counting and bagging a bazillion different papers, finish quilt minnesota projects, print the quilt minnesota booklet, kit up all the quilt minnesota projects, put together the incentive, maybe even whip up a new project (other than quilt minnesota), and do a mini shop rearrange.

however…we are getting in some new fabric! and we all know how much we love new fabric!

part of our Durham 2019 collection shipped that will be arriving later this week…this collection is our palette. Classic English roses, pastel colors, dots, small rose buds…i’m so happy that part of it is arriving in July!

Diamond Textiles…i have always loved woven, over stitched, yarn-dyed fabrics…so i cannot get enough of Diamond Textiles! Well, we have an order of bolts and their limited edition charm packs…now, i’m not entirely sure which charm packs we ordered…but i know there are some lovelies in the group! These will also be arriving later this week! Since our newest order has not arrived yet…i nabbed this pic from a previous Diamond Order…some of these were still available so we nabbed them…otherwise it is going to be all new colors and designs…

Diamond textiles

A couple new goodies arrived before we left for Jackson. We’ll get them online next week…

happy stitching!

–april & mickey


Quilt Minnesota 2019 project sneak peaks

good afternoon…mom and i have been hard at work stitching up and trying to finish up some Quilt Minnesota projects…

tentatively it will feature…a large quilt, a table topper, potholders, pillow, and pillowcases…5 quick Minnesota-inspired projects to show your love for this great state!

I am super excited for this years booklet collection…still debating names for the some of the projects, our block, and the booklet…all in good time.

i do have a couple sneak peaks for you today…

Minnesota Night Sky

Each shop in our section will have Potholder kits featuring their block…we will be offering our potholders in 2 colorways…stormy skies (grey) and pink sky at night (below)–look at that fancy-pants hang loop!

Pink Sky at Night Potholder…features a mixture of Quilt Minnesota 2019 and Grunge prints

IN LOVE with the potholders! We are still waiting on a coordinating Grunge to match up with the Stormy Skies colorway…but when we get it in…we’ll be whipping that one up too.

Both projects will be kitted…if you can’t wait drop us an email and we can get you set up with a kit and booklet so you don’t have to worry about missing out once the hop begins. (email is sweetwatercottonshoppe(@)yahoo(.)com)

Minnesota Night Sky kit includes booklet and scrappy binding $126.

Sky Potholder kit is complete (includes block pattern sheet, fabric for front, back, binding, hang loop, insulbrite, and batting for 1 potholder) $8.99

it’s nearing 5 bells and my Stars in the Garden using 3/8 inch hexies and 30’s repos is waiting for me…happy stitching! –april & mickey sweetwater