good afternoon! mom and i have been winding down after the Hometown Holiday Road Trip. We had a marvelous time and loved catching up with hoppers as they came and enjoyed the lights, snacked on christmas cutouts and picked up projects to keep them busy this autumn/winter.
we have finally ordered in some yarn! our first order should be arriving within the next week or so. some yummy sock yarn to start along with needles and crochet hooks to get you started. i don’t knit but i love crochet so it only made sense to have both…Tina is over the moon that we’ve finally dove in to yarn and is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first order so she can start whipping up the first project on the agenda…A Market Bag…i’ll get more deets on it once it arrives. As far as the needles…they are wooden and amazing! unfortunately we didn’t take a single picture of anything so i have nothing to show you in the yarn department.
a far as embroidery…there is always something new…our embroidery sampler kits have arrived…scrummy printed linen and Cosmo embroidery threads along with a stitch guide. 4 different embroidery sampler kits…each with its own palette of threads.
lastly my favorite…it features all of my favorite things…Sampler (check), threads (check), pretty tones of dusky pinks, blush, bruised peach, and greige (check)…and i’m thinking one of these kits may or may not accidentally (on purpose) come home with me.
grab you chafarcani embroidery kit…here. each kit includes the preprinted linen, 6 Cosmo embroidery flosses, stabilizer, color and stitch guide…linen measures 15 x 12 inches.
happy stitching! time for me to start wrapping up the day…
today at a few minutes before 5:30 it will be the one year anniversary of the accident that caused the amputation of dad’s right leg…above the knee. many of you have asked while in the shop or in our booth, commented, or direct messaged us asking for an update as he gets back to work.
first off…we wish to thank you…every single one of you for your support over that last year. it has been tremendous and no words could ever sum up our appreciation.
it has been a year that has seen definite ups and downs.
i promise i will keep this as clear cut as possible.
November 2, 2018 … a little before 5:30pm the accident …you can read about the accident here. Also on November 2nd, Melany decided to quit her job at about 5pm and the Capital Quiltfest in Bismark, ND which was our final show of 2018, started about 5.
(Melany had told everyone about 2 weeks before the accident that her and ty were going to have a baby)
Needless to say…Mom drove back that Friday…i stayed behind and worked the show…(honestly the longest evening of my entire life…) then lots and lots of phone calls and feeling helpless, but knowing that dad would want me to stay out in Bismark…cause you gotta make hay when the sun shines.
–it got around the quilt show that weekend and everyone was so wonderful and helpful
November 2nd-14th…Melany and Tyler (her boyfriend) went to the hospital every day while Mom did paperwork, insurance, etc. Tina worked and went to the hospital when she could. everyday after work…i would go home, mom would be there watering calves and feeding dogs. then we’d go back to the hospital until abut 10.
November 14th…dad came home from the rehab facility
We had Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s.
We played a lot of 500.
Dad got his leg the last week of December.
We played more 500.
Jan-May 1st Dad bagged papers, retro-fit the tractor with steps, worked the skid loader, moved/fed/watered the calves, ground feed, and did his PT.
May 2nd Dad went back to work
May 6th…Kandii, our 14 year old chocolate lab (Brutus and Max’s mom) passed away at home.
June 16th…Braxton Xavier was born. First grandchild and first great-grandchild on dad’s side which has 10 granddaughters and now 1 great-grandson)
June…Mom and Dad took a road trip out to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Badlands National Parks. They were in an accident…which left them stranded overnight. They rented a car and drove back.
June…after they got back Dad was fitted for a new socket and started back driving semi.
Mid-July…mom and i take a week and drive out to drop off the rental car and pick up her car. i had never been to yellowstone, grand tetons, or the badlands…breathtaking…the badlands were magnificent. as always though…i really like coming home.
August 8th…mom had been thinking about getting a puppy and dad had come across a listing online for yellow lab puppies by farming. mom wanted a little girl. so she stops out there after work on the 8th. while talking to the dog parents, the husband thought mom looked familiar and asked what her name was…she told him. he proceeds to tell mom that he was one of the paramedics that was out last fall that helped disconnect the PTO. gabby came home with mom this evening.
October 6th…Dad climbs over a fence…i’ll post this to instagram. (Dad has also climbed a ladder which they said he would not be able to do…he had to check the feeder)
november 2, 2019…if you are reading this about 5:30 we are heading to st. cloud. this time, we won’t be going to the hospital but to dinner. 3 generations…Dad, Mom, Tina, Melany, Tyler, Braxton, and I will be celebrating…making November 2nd a happy day. unlike last year…i’m sure this november 2nd will slip by so much faster.
and cuz if you are a quilter…i’m sure you’d like a quilty picture…am i right?
we getting ready for our Hometown Holiday Road Trip that will be starting this Thursday…November 7-9. we’ll be getting out the trees…Christmas is coming to Sweetwater…and this year we are bringing it!!! New projects, fabrics, food shelf donation for a fat quarter, a complementary project sheet with kits available.
good afternoon! our precuts for urban farmhouse gatherings have arrived…all grey and black and white…and of course we are loving it. it is full of not just any greys…pretty, soft, luscious greys…sweater weather greys, farmyard greys, down feather greys, patina-ed silver greys, country skies greys…perfect for a studio apartment, dorm room, farmhouse, lake house, or loft…
small prints keep the collection sweet, classic, simple, and focal-point worthy…
we couldn’t resist these precuts…look how scrumptious they are…those gorgeous milk ones on top…yummy!
i’ve actually gotten everything online today along with the yardage that is expected to arrive on Thursday. trying to stay caught up with the new stuff so i can get caught up on old stuff.
also…if you are looking for a scrummy background to pair with this collection…Bella Solid Feather is a winner in my book…
i love epp (i’m sure you had no idea!) and i really love Karen Styles of Someret. Her projects, her fabrics, her instagram feed…all glorious!
her newest project…The Honeycomb Quilt…is also darn adorable! get a load of those longer hexies…(yes, these are similar to Yellow Creek, but different…i checked to see if they are interchangeable…they aren’t.)
i love hexies and kinda love this one a lot. the round the world looks like it would be lots of fun and perfect for using LOTS of different prints.
if you’d like to get started on a The Honeycomb Quilt…be sure to nab the pattern and papers…here. we also have fat 16th bundles of civil war fabrics if you are looking to jazz up your civil war collection…here.
i am working on a few older projects right now…i’ll be back with more info on them.
todays almost over…so i best figure out the pathways on my vintage hexie quilt so i can get the yardage cut.
good evening! we finally have everything in the shop put back in order after our back-to-back shows…still didn’t have enough time to get this blog post done at the shoppe…so we are doing some computer work at home.
–a quick shout out to the Dakota Pieces and the Evenings Star quilt guilds for putting on 2 wonderful shows…we loved vendoring at both of your shows…it was a wonderful way to finish out our 2019 show season!–
along with getting everything in the shop back in order…we’ve made the window a little more Halloween/autumn…we still have several Halloween in the Country kits left. This project featuring black, beige and grey has been a big hit. the panel…unfortunately is no longer available…so we’ve kitted up what we could using Ms. Strain’s newest spiderweb print for the border…the remaining panels are available with the pattern…so you can use your favorite Halloween prints. Halloween in the Country kits are available here.
i’m still loving the Autumn Daydream featuring the Wonder collection by Katie & Birdie. the pastel colors work so well in autumn decor whether you are an eggplant, pumpkin, and rusty autumn lover or more the pastel, cottage-y autumn…this fresh mixture of colors will work wonderfully. we’ve put it on the bed and mixed in some more pumpkins along with some wonderful pillows for a comfy, cozy look. grab your autumn daydream kit here.
Pebble & Ivory (Scarlet & Sage)
i’ve been impatiently waiting for Fig Trees autumn collection to arrive…Scarlet & Sage (which sounds more like a Christmas collection) has the prettiest pebble & ivory…so that’s what we ordered in. 10 scrumptious prints of ivory and pebble. we have an idea of what we are going to make, but all in good time! i have gotten some 10 fat quarter bundles and yardage online for you to grab if you have a plan! here is the link to the Scarlet and Sage loveliness…here.
kinda really love these pebble and ivory bundles…totally perfect for a cozy autumn throw…or a Thanksgiving table runner…or even a Dresden plate wall hanging…hmmm…time to get crackin’ on my 10 pastel primroses…so hopefully by the end of the week i’ll be able to start putting together the 9-primrose-patches…gotta have goals!
good evening (early morning)! i promised some tilda and it has arrived and is as luscious as ever! it arrived literally as we were walking out the door last friday…so i opened all the boxes and leaned the bolts against the register and packed up the precuts and headed down to sioux falls.
we did have a little snow on Saturday…Sunday was clear skies, good roads, and easy driving.
we picked up the 28 bolts of Tilda’s Old Rose and Old Rose Angel Scraps collections…lots of yummy colors, prints, and precuts!
i’ve finally gotten almost all of tilda loaded to the website…you can check out tilda goodies…here.
the autumn hustle started in September (the tuesday after labor day)…we spent all of September vendoring, going to meetings, putting the shop back together/ripping the shop apart/putting it back together. it has been a busy fall…plus a little Gabby-Goo!
this weekend we are heading down to the Evenings Star Quilt Show…in Mahtomedi to vendor at our final show of 2019. This guild puts on a magnificent show…lots and lots of gorgeous embroidery, a scrumptious lunch, the show decor is out of this world! It is truly one of our favorite shows.
we’ll have all of our goodies there…lots of tilda, some holiday, French General, English Paper Piecing, embroidery, and a couple brand new projects. Hopefully you can join us!
good afternoon! the day is winding down around here and as usual i wanted to do about 500 hours of work in just 7 hours.
we’ve been kicking it into high gear to try and get some projects made out of the collections that have been arriving.
Mom finished up Autumn Daydream using the Wonder collection and Bella solid coordinates…a classic palette of breeze, bubblegum, linen, cloud, and oatmeal. Pair with some peach and neutral hued pumpkins for instant autumn love.
it works so well with my new favorite peachy pumpkin…
Autumn Daydream is available now…online here and in-store.
we’ve also whipped up a stepping stones featuring the Merry Merry Snow Days. Merry Merry Snow Days is a collection of small prints designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs…she has filled this collection with sweetest tiny prints. Snowmen in coffee cups, stockings, ice skates, stars, trees, dots, stripes…it is safe to say that i LOVE it and i love the quilt mom whipped up (and quilted with lifesize stocking hats–which i also love)! Gabby does too…cuz the second i unfolded it to take a picture…she had Frankensqueak on it and was rolling around…officially Gabby-approved!
i’ve even gotten this kitted and ready to go…you can grab the kit online Here or in the store.
it’s nearing the end of the day…i’ve gotten exactly 7 things done today which is better than i thought i would. now for a last minute tidy up of the cutting table and then home…so we can try and finish up one more project before we load up for Sioux Falls on Friday (we are packing up tomorrow).
Our order of TILDA (yes TILDA!!!!!) will be arriving on Friday when we are in south dakota…so it won’t hit the floor until monday! i’ll be back with some piccys of the lovely Tilda, fingers crossed…early next week. we will be heading to the Evenings Star Quilt Show next Thursday so that doesn’t leave a lot of time for sewing, cutting, and bundling…good thing i ordered lots of precuts!
Just these 2 shows left along with our Hometown Holiday Road Trip then we are shop bound until February!
it is now 5…hmmm…
happy stitching! hopefully you’ve finished at least 7 of the 500 things you wanted to finish today.
is anyone else shocked at the number of blog posts recently? well, i’ve decided to make blogging a priority…we get so stuck in the quick world of technology and pictures that i tend to spend my time on instagram. But lately i’ve noticed i’ve been shying away from it…looking more at blogs and magazines (i know, crazy right!). i love this time of year, when the daylight starts creeping in earlier, leaves change to brilliant hues, and when the rain is no longer warm but chills you to the bone. Out come the cozy quilts, slippers, my October coffee cup, and the holiday season.
today i thought i would give you a quick look at a several of my halloween favorites that we still have available…however, we can no longer kit them up so what we have is all we have.
Schoolhouse Pumpkin…a small project features classic Fig Tree apricot and butterscotch and paired with a classic black. We embroidered a white pumpkin to give it a chalkboard look. This little wall hanging is one of our favorites! I love how that embroidery really pops on the black.
October Bats & Cats…this little wool project is classic Halloween without being too scary. How can you not love a sweet little kitty?
Spooky Spools…a little peach and orange mixed with a little grey and black. This mini measures just 6 x 6 and is a quick make for a hostess gift, use as mug rug, table topper, tack to your bulletin board, or clothespin to a basket.
Halloween in the Country…features the Eerily Elegant panel by Deb Strain along with a mixture of grunge and prints. Classic and neutral, this throw measures 50 x 58 and gives you all the the Halloween vibes. Shakespeare and Poe inspired the collection…you can see their words on the panel itself and the grey accent rectangles. A wonderful throw…perfect for cozying up with a good story (A Telltale Heart is a good one) or arrange on your porch with some heirloom pumpkins and a witch hat.
mom and i love pillows…nothing can change a room like a good pillow. This Trick or Treat pillow is perfect to do just that. it is classic, neutral, and just the right amount of halloween, plus you get to do a little bit of embroidery…score!
we have all these available over on our website…i’ve linked them below…these are all project you can get done in time for Halloween…promise!
blue is my favorite color…even though i love my pink coffee cups and that autumny coral color, and the lavender of lilacs…i can’t pass up a nice blue.
this was evident when our Northport order arrived last week. We chose just 9 prints…all white, cream, or tan backgrounds…to mix in with our remaining Portsmouth and civil war. Well, of those 9…5 are blue the remaining are a mixture of tan, red, and a red that looks pink.
the non blues have been mixed in with French General and 3 Sisters to make a larger version of our Spring Romance…more on that later.
the blues have been pulled and bundled with an essential multi dot and the ideas are coming…do we design a new project with snowballs and some Portsmouth or do we look through our pattern folder and find something to remake in this palette…hmmm…decisions.
i have, however, bundled up the fat quarters…so you can add them to your stash of blues, your collection of Minick and Simpson, or add it to your favorite patriotic prints. we have them in the shop and online.
if we get a few of these new projects finished up…i’ll be back with those later this week.
good morning! mom and i are just about to start packing up to vendor over in Willmar and i thought i would pop in and give you a peak at the our newest collection, Sugarcreek.
Sugarcreek reminds me of Willy Wonka (the Gene Wilder version) where they are in the garden and everything looks so yummy. This collection is definitely a must if you have a sweet tooth…can’t you just envision beach sand like brown sugar!
we knew this collection was a must when we came upon it so we decided on just 12 bolts to add to our palette…to tame that sweet tooth! Mostly grey, blue and white with a splash of goldenrod and slate to really make everything pop. we (of course) couldn’t resist whipping up some 12FQ bundles…which we will have with us this weekend in Willmar, in the shoppe, and i’ve got them listed online…for you out-of-towners…you can nab yours…here.
now…i’d better start packing! We’ll see you in Willmar tomorrow and sunday!
–april&mickey&gabby (gabby gets to spend the weekend with dad…lucky girl!)