Lucy week 101…6 rows

good afternoon! Mom and i are about to start loading for the Minnesota Quilt Show this weekend…but i thought i would pop in for a quick minute and give you an update.

I’ve gotten row 6 stitched on.

lucy boston 6 rows

just 2 more rows to go…i’ve gotten the sashing and cornerstones stitched to the row 7 blocks and decided to go ahead and do the same with the row 8 blocks…so once i get started i can get everything stitched on and be done…i have such a long list of little projects i want to stitch that getting this big one out of the way would be really nice.

–no worries in regards to Mrs. Billings…she’s on the agenda…just a slow process because i am loving working with so many different prints.–

**some of you probably know that Melany (my sister) is having a baby…which was due June 7th…so far no baby…but it’s looking like he will arrive early next week. we are so excited…every time her or Ty call…we are like…”anything happening?” hopefully lucy week 102 is the week i become an auntie!!**

anyways…Lucy 6 rows on…2 left. it is so much fun seeing the blocks come together. i just finished up block 47 after many weeks of talking about it. i ended up switching out the white on white for a grey stripe (i lost a white on white honeycomb and could not find any more of the fabric).

and as always…here is a link to the Lucy Boston goodies over on the website…keep in mind that some blocks are already sold out…and with 2 back to back big show weekends…the Lucy Block department may look a little skinny come end of June…so if there is a block you can’t live without…hopefully we still have one of you. Here is the link to anything Lucy Boston on the website…Lucy Boston.

well, it looks like mom is getting started on packing…so i’d best get going.

have a wonderful weekend! if you are down in the rochester area…be sure to stop by the Minnesota Quilt Show and check it out…be sure to stop by our booth and say hi!

happy stitching and have a wonderful June Weekend!


***Sweet Christmas Frosty kits are arriving on Friday…so if you’re on the hunt for one, we’ll have them! Tina will be here on Friday so she’ll be unpacking and getting them out on the floor for us***


Lucy week 100

as we get our 2nd round of storms this afternoon i thought i would take a moment and pop in and give you a Lucy update.

I have finished putting on row 5 and have started stitching the sashing and cornerstones onto row 6.

Lucy’s Summer Cottage…5 rows

Mom and Tina are heading down to Sioux Falls for the Siouxland Ren Fest…so i’ll have all weekend to this hard…maybe get row 6 on….maybe! or maybe i’ll switch over to some embroidery or the frothy yoyos…hmmm…


Quilt Minnesota Fabric has arrived…we’ve been so busy with family stuff over this last weekend…saturday was a grad party on dad’s side and a wedding on mom’s and sunday was the day to finish up the fence at mel and ty’s before the baby comes…so we’ve been doing a lot of running around like crazy ladies. Be sure to pop in and get your order placed and cut and set aside…so you won’t have to wait in line during the hop! More on our incentive and the dollar ditty info coming later this week!


New Christmas fabrics are arriving…yes…i know…Christmas already…but it is super sweet…

Merry Merry Snow Days by Bunny Hill is of course delightful. Her signature style of tiny delicate prints and fun colors make this a must! We’ve ordered in extra mini charms so we can whip up a Confetti and have lots of kits for you. It also blends wonderfully with Swell Christmas, Good Tidings, and Sweet Christmas…it is a perfect combination if you are looking for the retro, classic Christmas feel.

Merry Merry Snow Days…mini charms

Merry Merry Snow Days features a combination of pink, snow white, grey, taupe, spearmint, evergreen, and red. our cherry-picked yardage is arriving thursday, and i’ve gotten them online already…i’m actually ahead of things for a hot minute!

i thought i had already posted info on holiday lodge but a look through the blog posts shows i have not…so here it is…lots of charcoal, red, white, and green…perfect for a quick sleigh ride throw…Mom has a project planned, so be on the lookout…yardage, panel, and curated bundles are online and ready to ship…here.

our holiday lodge curated bundles include the panel and 7 fat quarters

looks like it’s almost time to hit the road…i’m having dinner with my longest friend…25+ years…we are getting some Chinese in Cold Spring (if you are looking for some good Chinese food…the Phoenix Too in Cold Spring is yummy…we’ve been a loyal customer since they were in the Crossroads Mall.)

have a wonderful evening! ———april & mickey

PS here is the link to the Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch *though it is more of a crumble…even with the oatmeal.

garden tour

good afternoon…i only have a couple minutes before dinner with monica tonight.

with the summer upon us…we are getting outside and digging in those flower beds, planting our gardens, and taking in the farmer’s market. we are on our 2nd pan of Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch…it is my new favorite…especially with a little vanilla ice cream and a cup of coffee–if you would like a recipe i can whip up a download for you if you like.

today, i have our newest project…garden tour…features amberley big florals and even bigger 4-patches.

garden tour

garden tour measures 89 x 89 inches and is perfect for crisp spring evenings, picnics, outside movies, or relaxing at the park.

just one more….

garden tour

Kits are available…we only have 3 left…and Melany has dibbs on the quilt…lucky girl! we have the kit available online…here...or in-store…just pop on in!

off to dinner…have a wonderful evening!

—-april&mickey {sweetwater}

Lucy Boston Week 98 & 99

good afternoon! the day is almost over, but i couldn’t take off for dinner with monica before popping on here and sharing some progress…yes…some progress!

first off…here is all my stuff! i am not very organized usually but i when it comes to working on something like this i strive to have everything in its place. the quilt top is always folded in as to not get dirty…plus i love the back…i can see all the work that has gone into it. I have been using a Simplicity vintage collection tin as a place to keep all my threads, extra paper, (final block that i need to piece), a smaller tin is full of the squares as i pull them out. I’m pretty sure i have all the sashings, cornerstones, border sashings, and border cornerstones pieced…just need to be putting them on. I only have the corners to finish since i wasn’t going to crack open another bag of 100 honeys for 8.

Lucy Boston organization

Row 5…i have the first row 5 block ready to stitch onto rows 1-4 but i’ve found that if i get all the sashings and cornerstones on first then in a couple days i can get the row on…

Lucy Boston row 5

Sashings…all stitched together and ready to rock.

Lucy Boston sashings in a bag by themselves

The cornerstones and border pieces are in a bag together.

Lucy Boston border pieces and cornerstones all organized.

one lonely honeycomb…found it on the front seat of the car…

Lucy Boston

and as always…we’ve been selling out of some Lucy Blocks…you can take a look at what’s left along with lovely prints that would be wonderful fussy cut for Lucy’s…here.

So hopefully i’ll be back with more progress next week! We also have other fun things on the horizon…frothy yoyos, Christmas goodies, EdMar Brazilian Embroidery, and Quilt Minnesota fabrics arrive tomorrow!

happy stitching! have a wonderful afternoon! –april&mickey

(a bit of trivia…today marks 20 years since i graduated high school! how can that possibly be???!!!)

sweet christmas

good morning! i’m sure some of you popped over on tuesday for a lucy update…mom switched her day off this week to thursday which throws my whole week off. therefore, when i got home tuesday, i realized that it was tuesday and i had not done a lucy update. so…i’ve decided to work extra hard on her over the holiday weekend and maybe have something to show you next tuesday.


as for what’s going on in June…we have a busy, busy june planned…but as luck would have it…monica will be around to keep any eye on the shop when we are out of town.

here is the event schedule…

June 1st…mom and i will be at my cousins wedding

June 7th Mel’s Baby is due

June 7th & 8th Tina and Mom will be in South Dakota vendoring at the Siouxland Renaissance festival

June 12th-15th…mom and i will be at the Minnesota Quilt Show in Rochester

June 17th, 1:30ish…Brazilian Embroidery group is meeting at sweetwater…if you are interested in joining please drop me an email…sweetwatercottonshoppe(at)yahoo(dot)com.

June 20th-22nd…mom and i will be at the Omaha Quilt Show in Omaha, NE.

After this we’ll be focusing on Quilt Minnesota which will start August 2nd.

Then in September our next string of shows and events will start…check out our events page for our complete list of events, quilt shows, and shop hops.


Christmas fabric has started arriving…yes…i realize it hasn’t even been summer yet, but we must get started on those projects early.

sweet Christmas has arrived…(still waiting on the Snowman kits, but the yardage is super sweet and so cute…i’m already planning another pillow to coordinate with our Swell pillow…best keep an eye out)

sweet christmas
sweet christmas —looks like i better snip those threads on the sleigh ride quilt—

i love how sweet Christmas coordinates with Swell Christmas and Good Tidings…a lovely retro look that we cannot get enough of…plus it has Sweet in the name….can’t go wrong. the collection is small with only 26 different skus…but the variety is wonderful! Snowman heads, spinning peppermints, poinsettias and poinsettias with a background stripe, a plaid/check print, stripes, candy canes, and a geometric print…lots to choose from…though i don’t think i could choose just one!

i do have some lovely color bundles that would look lovely mixed with Sweet Christmas.

we will be getting in the Snowman kits sometime in early june…i’ll keep you in the loop…we’ll also be offering a few hand-cut fat quarter bundles.

i’m planning on quilting up a quilt this morning then taking some pictures of the various Crochet and Embroidery books, Simplicity vintage notions, and Bee in My Bonnet pins and along with some Brazilian Embroidery, new English Paper Pieces shapes…hello 7 petal Chrysanthemum! and don’t forget Treehouse Textiles’ Dilly Bag is kitted and ready to rock along with a few other goodies and doing a little online work this afternoon…maybe after a quick trip over to Teal’s for a taco…we’ll see what happens…(the back has been acting up the last couple days so we’ll see how much i actually get done today after quilting up the quilt.)

happy stitching! i’ll hopefully be back tomorrow with an update on all the new yummies that are available online…

—april&mickey —sweetwater—

Lucy Tuesdays week 97

happy tuesday! it has been a whirlwind since last week…we spent the weekend at the Festival of Quilts in Fergus Falls…we had a wonderful time! the quilters were wonderful and i haven’t really been up in Fergus since i graduated from FFCC in 2001.

Now we can relax for about a month…then off to Rochester then Omaha…i’m still pinning down our June so be on the lookout for our hours.

Mom and i have been dreaming up new projects, cutting up new bundles, and loving the new fun little things that have been arriving.

today i had a chance to cut up some new Jo’s Shirting bundles…right now though i only have 3 bundle of all 16 prints.

Jo’s Shirtings

these are the prints we still have in stock right now…

jo’s shirtings

we’ve added a couple, and i’ve finished off a few bolts cutting up some bundles…


Lucy Boston progress…still working on getting those sashings and cornerstones finished up…hopefully tomorrow on my day off i can really get going on those…


looks like it is time to go…

happy stitching!


Lucy Tuesday week 96

good afternoon! i haven’t put any rows on, but am working on getting all the sashings and cornerstones stitched together so once i start adding on the rows i can add them all on.

we had an eventful life since last tuesday…both happy and sad.

Dad started work on May 2nd…Mom and I missed the 1st day back to work since we were up in Fargo vendoring at the Metro Quilt Expo.

May 2nd was the 6 month anniversary of the accident.

Then sadly on Monday, Kandii…our 14 month old chocolate lab passed away. A tumor on the front of her neck that had shrank back in March had grown overnight and by Saturday night it had broke open. Sunday she went down hill fast after Mel and Ty and the girls came out to see her. Wethought maybe she wouldn’t bounce back from this. Mom stayed up with her all Sunday night and in the morning, told me that she had made an appointment for 9:30 am…Tina, Mom, Dad, and I along with her 2 boys Max and Brutus sat with her in the living room telling her that it was ok…she could go. At 9:00 am she crossed the rainbow bridge…apparently someone else needs her more than we do.

kandii…april 25th, 2019…with her butt falling off the cushion…super-goof


after a one week late birthday supper with Monica i’m going home and snuggling up with Max and Brutus until they get up and move.

—-we are loading up for Fergus Falls Festival of Quilts tomorrow…hopefully this coming weekend will be less eventful on the home front!

JUNE events…heads up…we will be closed some days in June…Quilt Shows, a new baby boy, a wedding, and a Renaissance Festival…i’ll figure out the calendar and get back to you.

happy stitching…april

Lucy Tuesday week 94 & 95

I’m halfway! i had originally planned on having it done by my birthday (today) but that didn’t really work out…however, i do have all the pink around all the 4-patch cornerstones and 18 or so sashings stitched. I’m getting impatient now when it comes to the sashings and cornerstones so i think i’m going to go through and piece all those so i can just go to town on stitching on the blocks.

Hopefully you’ve been stitching on yours! i’d love to see pics…if you’d like to see my progress…i try and post to instagram at least once a week…or check my instagram Lucy highlights for more pics.

Lucy’s Summer Cottage…halfway

and as always we still have some block kits left…you can check out what’s left here.

happy tuesday! –april&mickey

Box O’Scraps

good morning! Hopefully you are feeling right as rain today…i prefer days that are cloudy, rainy, and cool…so it is the perfect day!

Last night when i couldn’t sleep i was thinking of what i can do with all the shop scraps…we have so many scraps and older patterns, threads, odds and baubles, bits of lace, ribbon, and other things we’ve only used once, or the item has come out of the case or is otherwise not sell-able but still usable.

so i’ve come up with a plan to attack the ever growing baskets, shelves, boxes, and stacks of scraps and things…

Introducing…Box O’Scraps

Each box will contain lots and lots of stuff at a great low price of $20 plus shipping! Score!

Here is what the box contains…

This box is basically self-explanatory.

A box of scraps…

fabrcis will be a variety of sizes including off-cuts/partial kits, from a variety of companies, designers, styles…etc.

may or may not include:

Moda Fabrics
Windham Fabrics
Marcus Fabrics
Maywood Studios
Diamond Textiles


Orphan Blocks



possibly a book

Keep in mind…every Box O’Scraps will be different…Photo is just a sampling of what we have packed into each box…which will be bursting at the seams…promise!

Each Box O’Scraps would be wonderful for any craft project including: quilting, dollmaking, hatmaking, collage, mixed media art, clothing design, school projects, etc.

Beginner friendly…the perfect opportunity to help a young quilter get started…the mixture of fabrics will help with fabric picking, color placement…the list goes on.

i will pack a new box for each order…so each box will be unique and full of fun!

box o’scraps

If you’d like a box of goodies…the link is here…be sure to nab a couple!

happy monday…be sure to pop back tomorrow for Lucy Tuesdays…i have 4 rows done and prepping the cornerstones and sashings for the remaining 4 so i can just sit and stitch!

happy stitching! -april&mickey sweetwater


good afternoon! just finished getting our new embroidery books online…if you are looking for something new for spring…these might be the ticket…

stitched so sweet

check out Stitched So Sweet and the other new books here.

have a wonderful weekend!

—april&mickey sweetwater