feedsack time

as the autumn day cool…a cheery distraction is welcomed. what better way to stave off the colder weather than some summery 30’s reproductions. as far was what to do with these delightful little prints…ideas are truly endless.

i’m a fan of English paper piecing so i gravitate towards projects that can be done this way. Double Wedding Ring, Jeweled Starflower, Dresden Plate, or a classic Grandmother’s Flower Garden are all wonderful ways to use 30’s and spend time with them.

if you prefer a quicker projects…9-patches are classic…rail fence another favorite.

right now we have a couple collection bundles…

Story Time for Kim’s Cause features mostly nursery rhyme prints…fun conversationals that are sure to brighten your day!

story time

Naptime…Darlene Zimmerman’s newest grouping of sweet prints are scrumptious. A mixture of nursery, florals, and a couple shirtings complete with a panel.


grab a feedsack bundle here.

well i’d best be off!

have a wonderful evening!

-april&mickey&gabby sweetwater


i don’t see many crisp, up-with-the-sun mornings. i am more of a night owl…stitching away to netflix until the wee hours of the morning.

this collection does remind me of the early morning hours that are spent heading to quilt shows. the brisk air chilly on bare toes…cuz i won’t give up flip flops until about November…the soft, morning glow illuminating the autumn-hued trees…the early morning light of a rising sun.

daybreak encompasses all those feels and in times like these…we need to really embrace those comfy, cozy vibes.

Daybreak is 3 Sisters’ newest collection…a combination of Memoirs from last autumn and Rue 1800 from this last spring. The colors are dawn, blush, dewdrop, silver, and midnight and are wonderful for lifting your spirit as we head into the shorter winter days.

daybreak and memoirs
daybreak precuts

We’ve done a little rearrange so you can really see the Daybreak and how it blends with Memoirs. Not sure what we are going to whip up with Daybreak…we have a couple more projects in the works before we get to Daybreak.

our yardage and precuts are online and instore…we have the full collection and ALL the precuts. you can grab daybreak here.

i’d best get back to my Folktale Jelly Garden flowers…

have a wonderful weekend!



vintage tilda

good afternoon!

we are busily trying to get things ready for our collections that will be arriving in the next couple weeks. today though we had a surprise order of a handful of tilda.

Vintage Tilda…Sunkissed…a throwback to before we were under the Tilda spell. This strip roll is packed full of punchy, citrus goodness.

It will contain doubles/triples/quadruples, but is absolutely yummy!

sunkissed…vintage tilda

a wonderful way to stave off those winter blues!

grab a sunkissed roll here.

daybreak precuts will be arriving on friday…Dover and Yesterday are shipping next week…

happy wednesday!


Jo Morton’s fall collection Yesterday is a classic. Fun, vintage-style prints are perfect for mixing with previous civil war collections of Jo’s or even Betsy Chutchian or Judie Rothermel. An array of pretty prints in shades of brown, tan, blue, and brick red…soft and gentle and perfect for blending


you can grab a bundle here…we’ve gotten in both fat quarters and fat 8ths.

yardage is expected sometime later this month. we’ll keep you in the loop as to the arrival date.

i have to get a quilt on the machine before we leave so i’d best be off.

happy stitching!
-april&mickey&gabby {sweetwater}

Jane Austen + Trés Jolie

good afternoon! i’ve just gotten back from my haircut and am sipping a little coffee. thought i’d pop in and give you a quick peak at Jane Austen At Home. Riley Blake and the Jane Austen House have come together to release a collection inspired by the Jane Austen Coverlet.

the Center Medallion, Border Panels, and additional yardage is all available. Kits for the Coverlet will be available once they arrive along with the Jane Austen booklet.

Jane Austen At Home is packed full of gorgeous florals…all named after women from her books each is lovely. This collection is what mom and i have been waiting for. you can see the fabrics and grab a bundle or 10 inch squares here.

jane austen at home

we’ve come up with the best idea…remember Melany Square? well, we are going to whip one up using a mixture of Jane Austen and French General…we’ll toss in some Trés Jolie Lawns for a truly wonderful grouping.

so the top part of this post was written yesterday…and i went to link up the Trés Jolie and couldn’t find it. we’ve had it all summer and just now i’m realizing i never introduced it. it is truly lovely…the colors are that of fresh spring blooms and sun dappled water…inspired by Liberty this collection is full of ditzies and buds and vines and printed on lawn cotton.

Trés Jolie lawns by French General

look at all those small prints…mixed with all the larger Jane Austen prints…truly a perfect match…i can hardly wait to see them come together.

you can grab some Trés Jolie here.

now i’m off to machine quilt and work on online orders…and maybe a little pattern writing…at some point today.

happy stitching!

redwork gatherings

good morning! another weekend has come and gone and the fabrics just keep coming…thank goodness! cuz honestly, it is one of my favorite things!

today we have redwork gatherings…the newest collection from Primitive Gatherings. It is jam packed with gorgeous reds and soft, creamy creams. Lovely for mixing in with your Christmas or civil war.

we’ve put together some curated bundles from the yardage we order…12 fat quarters consisting mostly of the shirtings and a just a couple reds.

redwork gatherings

we have the yardage along with factory cut fat quarter and fat 8th bundles all available in store and online. you can grab your redwork gatherings here.

next up on the agenda…

Jane Austen At Home (i’ve linked it, so you can check out the jane austen collection if you’d like)

Halloween/Autumn projects

Daybreak looks to be on its way in the next day or so (i have been waiting for this for SO long. the colors, the prints, definitely more of a pastel autumn vibe.)

all in good time!

i’d best get back to packaging up the weekend orders.

happy stitching!



the arrival of autumn

autumn has officially arrived. the trees have definitely been popping! lots of gorgeous coral, orange, eggplant, rust, red, and yellows have started dotting the landscape. mom and i have not had a chance to switch the shop to fall, but now that it is official (and the wedding has happened) i think we can find some spare time to do that.

we have bags of faux floral, fun signs, and 2 boxes of pumpkins in the storage room just waiting to sorted and hung. a porch to decorate and a window to dress. lots of fun things on the horizon for the next few days.

speaking of the wedding…it was a blast. i’m still exhausted for staying up until the early morning hours every night last week getting ready. I went to bed earlier on the night of the wedding (2:30am) than i did on Wedding Eve (4:30am). it was a great wedding though i needed to get back to work to relax. (hehe!)

we’ve had some new arrivals…but today i have pics of La Rose Rouge…

la rose rouge

we have Pantry Packs of 1/2 yards of the lovely French Florals along with some fat quarter towers of the entire collection.

all La Rose Rouge is available here.

i’ll be working on Redwork Gatherings and Jane Austen tomorrow along with switching over to autumn. can’t wait!

happy stitching!


autumn simply vintage

happy friday! the day is nearly here. i’m at the shoppe for just a few more minutes and thought i would pop on and let you know that the autumn simply vintage has arrived and oh my goodness! it is amazing! full of lots of fun halloween/autumn projects…ranging from quilts to small embroidery projects…it has it all…classic autumn toned quilts, pumpkins, spooky houses, and even a recipe to help use up all those apples. i love the little shelf using spools if you are looking to do a little woodworking! also…when is the last time you saw a ragtime…that you didn’t mind going through the effort of snipping 11,000 seams? that cover quilt…a ragtime and i love it! you can grab a your copy here…we only have a handful left!

autumn 2020 simply vintage

the nails went great…then when we got home we spent the night (until 1am…working on putting up lights). i went with “Hurry Up and Wait”. you can see it at the bottom of the picture…i’ve never been one for pinky tan polish but i kinda like it…definitely works for autumn.

remember…closing early today and closed tomorrow…september 19th.

regular hours resume monday and we have some Redwork Gatherings arriving (YAY!) along with some perle cotton (double YAY!) and more precuts (TRIPLE YAY)!!

i’d better get going…still plenty to do and running out of time to do it.

have a wonderful weekend! happy stitching and stay safe!



the weekend

good morning! It is Thursday and Mel & Ty’s wedding is this weekend! i’ve been at the shoppe everyday…but everyone else has been decorating and putting up chandeliers, stringing fairy lights, hanging lanterns and drapery. Tables and chairs arrive today…golf carts tomorrow, hay bales get put out saturday morning. Lots going on…so be sure to keep in mind we have different hours…cuz there are nails tonight and rehearsal dinner tomorrow…which i guess as a bridesmaid i have to be apart of both.

(fun fact: 20 years and 2 weeks ago on September 5th, 1998 was the last time i was a bridesmaid)

Thursday, September 17th … 10-2

Friday, September 18th … 10-1

Saturday, September 19th … Closed

Normal Hours resume on Monday, September 21st

We have so many new and exciting things…i truly don’t know where to start…

we have Ghouls and Goodies…precuts to jazz up your Halloween stash.

ghouls and goodies

you can grab precuts here.

Cross Stitch lovelies from With Thy Needle and Thread, Blackbird, Heartstrings Samplery, La D Da, and Plum Street Sampler along with some new linens…yummy! you can peruse the shelves here. we have a couple new patterns for Halloween…

Ghoultide Greetings and A Ghoultide Welcome…both amazing…both by Plum Street and both would make wonderful additions to your halloween decor.

ghoul tidings
a ghoultide welcome

if you prefer more of an all fall through thanksgiving … Betsy’s Autumn is wonderful (i love her hat and those plump blackbirds!)

betsy’s autumn

If you’ve moved onto your Christmas projects…we’ve still got some yardage and precuts available. grab what you need here. this link will bring up anything tagged Christmas on our sight. Yardage, precuts, cross stitch, thread packs, kits, bundles…you name it!

Mom has Christmas Canning Day all done…this is the 4th time we’ve made this project and every time we do it i like it even more!

christmas canning day

we have it kitted and ready to go here.

hopefully next week things will start to get back to the even keel we are used to. then i’ll have a little more time to write blog posts, catch up on machine quilting, write a pattern or 4, and do a little EPP.

don’t forget about our hours today thru saturday…

happy stitching!


a little bundle…

good evening….i’m writing this as we near the end of the day…then off to dinner with Monica.

i’ve finally gotten back to getting items listed online…today i only got a handful but i promise it is a good handful.

a few bundles today then hopefully later this week the new Maple Farm and Tiny Farm (both collections are in store and ready to go…precuts will be arriving next week along with Jane Austen from Riley Blake but more on that later…)

today i have bundles…i love bundles…from picking out the prints to cutting, folding, and tying them…they are my FAVORITE!

today we have…

Halloween Farmhouse

halloween farmhouse

Harbor Springs low volumes and pinks

Harbor Springs Low Volumes and Pinks

Apricot and Ash

Apricot and Ash



these are all available now in store and online…here.

now i’m off…i’ll be back in store on Friday…hopefully getting Tilda goodies online…fingers crossed!