pastel smitten

happy 2021! i never got online to show pictures of the trees. when i have a moment, i’ll pop over and put them on facebook.

i’ve decided it’s time to get this pastel Smitten all finished up. it has been sitting in the sewing room since 2017 with a couple blocks done…i came to a screeching halt when i couldn’t find one of the pieces. Generally speaking it shouldn’t have been a big deal. Just grab a similar looking dot or small print with the same overall look and go with it, but for some reason i couldn’t move past it.

well, i came upon the bag of papers, acrylics, pattern and 2 1/2 blocks and decided it was time to untie (crazy…am i right?!) the bundles and dig out those favorite scraps…all of which i’ve been saving for some unknown project. Well, that project is a pastel smitten. Since untying the liberty bundles and fanning out the piles of scraps and pulling current luscious bundles from the shop i’ve been tracing, cutting, basting, and stitching like a crazy person.

each block is a new adventure…putting together combinations that are just a little outside the box but still within the color palette that we love so much.

the fabrics are a mixture…French General Lawns, 3 Sisters, Liberty, Tilda, Janet Clare, Quilting in the Rain, Fig Tree Quilts, Brenda Riddle, Jane Austen, and Pretty By Hand are just a few that i can think of.

pastel smitten

Right now we do not have any bundles of the fabrics used…however, to get a start…

the following are bundles that i am pulling from and are still available in the shoppe.

Tres Jolie Lawns by French General

Daybreak by 3 Sisters

Winter Flower Show by Liberty Fabrics,

Jane Austen At Home

Maple Farm by Tilda

Figs and Shirtings by Fig Tree Quilts

Guest Room by Pretty By Hand

you can find tilda bundles here. Remaining bundles can be found here.

if you have the fabrics and just need the paper/acrylic/pattern pack. we have those available here.

the pastel Smitten will be the 2nd Smitten i’ve made. The first was made using Moving On Lawns by Jen Kingwell. Definitely outside of our box…but a lovely palette to work with.

smitten featuring Moving on Lawns by Jen Kingwell

well…i’d best get back to unpacking the notions.

be sure to follow us over on instagram to see the pastel smitten come together…

happy stitching!
-a&m&g

sugared hexagons

i’ve been working on this hexagon projects since thanksgiving and i’ve finally gotten enough done to get a pattern done up and kits cut.

sugared hexagons
sugared hexagons
sugared hexagons
sugared hexagons
sugared hexagons

you can grab a kit to whip up your own Sugared Hexagons…here.

i’m working on a post featuring all the Christmas trees…look for that next week…hopefully!

-april&mickey&gabby

folktale garden

good afternoon! i’ve finished my folktale jelly garden…and i am loving it! it is totally my palette…dusky autumn tones of pink, blue, brown, white, and gold, and i finished it off with a soft pink chenille bedspread fringe…classic and sweet. hopefully i can remember to bring it home tomorrow so i can enjoy it on thanksgiving.

we have kits featuring the Folktale jelly roll available right now with more available when the precuts arrive…

folktale garden
folktale garden
folktale garden

i may have cozied up in this swing with this quilt for 5 or 15 minutes today…cuz i mean goodness how could i not?

we have some fringe available…along with kits…right now we only have creamy white and blue. no pink that works…keep in mind the fringe is vintage.

and yes, we have 3 kits right now…with more available once our folktale precut order arrives sometime before Christmas?…possibly…keep those fingers crossed!

we also have the full folktale collection available…you can find it here.

our folktale garden kits can be found here.

well, it’s nearing the end of the day and still have a few things to do.

happy stitching…stay safe!
-april&mickey&gabby

primrose garden

good morning! today is my day off, but i couldn’t resist letting you know that our Primrose Garden EPP pattern is now available as a PDF download. you can pop over to the shoppe and grab the download here.

pastel primrose
pastel primrose
civil war primrose

we still have starter kits available…you can grab a starter kit here.

i’m working like a mad lady on my jelly garden…not sure when the Folktale yardage will arrive but hopefully i can have a little bit of this together by then! fingers crossed!

happy stitching!

-a&m&g

sandals and snow

good afternoon! i started this post last week…the day of that 2nd snowfall…the snowfall that stuck. i had worn sandals…so i was shoveling in flip flops…and so it goes!

i never did finish up that blog post…so i decided today is the day.

the rest of our September collections have arrived…

first up is Dover…soft tones of green, blue, grey, and cream…a great way to escape to the sea without leaving your living room. you can grab some dover here.

dover

finally…Yesterday arrived. Jo Morton’s newest collection is filled to the brim with what i like to think of as “classic Jo Morton”. little prints in soft shades of brown, tan, red, cheddar, and blue…perfect for adding to your civil war stash or a perfect collection to start one. Grab precuts and yardage of Yesterday here.

yesterday

we have a few other goodies today as well…Festive Liberty bundles have arrived…available here.

festive liberty

lots of low volume christmas…including this lovely bundle…an updated bundle from last year includes all the new collections we’ve gotten in this year…Glad Tidings, Yuletide, Christmas Traditions, Deer Christmas, and Santa Claus Lane…grab the bundle here and shop all the low volume yardage here.

low volume christmas

a few things have been arriving and projects have been finished…just need to proof patterns, take pictures and put together kits…so i’d best get going…

oh…and Sweet Sunday Dilly Bag kits are back in stock…the perfect way to try a little EPP without stressing over such a large project…grab a kit here.

sweet sunday dilly bag

our order of kid cotton yarn arrived so mom has been working on a sampler style afghan. kid cotton yarn has not been loaded to the website yet…but you can see the luscious pastels below. i’m slowly working through our shop and getting items online. these are on the list…if you can’t wait…drop me a line and i’ll set up a listing for you. $11/ball.

kid cotton

have a wonderful tuesday…hopefully you can find some stitching time!

–a&m&g

santa claus lane

good morning! we are nearly done with our expansion…still a few details to finish up then i’ll take you on a tour…promise.

but in the meantime…the shoppe is back to normal hours…10ish-5ish m-f and 10ish-3ish sa…so you are more than welcome to pop in and see it for yourself.

while we’ve been working with power tools not needles and rotary cutters…our Christmas orders have been arriving…lots and lots of Christmas…cuz you know…we had all these June shows lined up. well, we all know how that turned out…but at least people are safe…in the end that is all that matters!

today i have our new Santa Claus Lane Collection by Melissa Mortenson of Polka Dot Chair. This collection is just yummy! It looks like all those pretty sugar gum drops mixed with buckets of cotton candy, and then drizzled with some gold glitter. Anything that looks like cotton candy is a winner around these parts…

Our Santa Claus Lane bundle features the cotton candy colored prints from this collection with a couple reds for good measure.

Santa Claus Lane

also…there is a little gold metallic in a couple prints…like that top pink print with the gold trees…the ideas are just swimming on how we will decorate the porch for Christmas this year. plus we’ve inherited some trees along with decor…but more on that when it gets just a *little* bit closer to Christmas.

these prints are also good fussy cut for my Christmas hexie quilt which i am diligently cutting hexies for…and more on that soon!

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i have started my grey hexie flowers and have 2 complete flowers with white…this shot is from a couple days ago…

grey hexies

i will be working to get this done by the end of june…i really need an EPP finish…it feels like it has been forever.

i’d better get back to it…have a safe and happy tuesday!

and remember…to treat others how you wish to be treated. right now that seems more important than ever.

**happy stitching**

-april & mickey & gabby

ps…also…other new goodies include Nancy’s Needle (civil war collection), Yuletide (christmas), Glad Tidings (Civil War/Christmas) and All Hallow’s Eve by Fig Tree…i’ll be getting those online as soon as i can…

star a day…65 stars

good evening! hopefully you are getting some projects finished up! (i’ve started a new Christmas fussy-cut hexie project…more on that once i get a little bit further).

today i’m updating you on my Star-A-Day. i’m at 65 stars…15 of which have been stitched into 9-patches.

this was the last time i did a layout to get a feel for the quilt. i’m loving it! all the prints and the different backgrounds…yummo!

57 stars

if i were truly doing it a star a day…i would now be on March 5th…i’m nearly 2 months behind…but another weekend is on the horizon and maybe i can play catch up!

if you would like to join me you can grab a star-a-day paper/pattern/acrylic pack here.

if you would like scrappy backgrounds for star-a-day (or to mix with your civil war) we have independence low volume here and biscotti low volume here.

if you would like some color…civil war color bundles are available here.

also…do you see those tiny little scissors in the tin…they are seriously the cutest little things in the world. total length of them…2 1/4 inches with a blade of 5/8 inch. perfect for your little sewing kit, EPP tin, project bag, purse, or travel sewing. you can grab a pair of scissors here. i love that they look old already…like you found them in an old button box or sewing tin.

copper (left) and silver (right)

mom and i are busy getting quilts quilted…we finished up Bella Blossoms featuring Tilda’s Old Rose…it is so gorgeous! can’t wait to get the binding on it and get it washed and dried.

ok…now time to get going on the binding.

happy mid-week!

happy healthy stitching….

-april&mickey&gabby sweetwater

nancy’s needle

good evening! thought i’d pop in…see how you are doing. we are powering through…staying busy. Reorganizing, amazon ordering, bingeing shows, stitching, dreaming up new DMC thread tins, packaging orders, and hoping for some warm spring thunderstorms.

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we’ve also been busy getting new fun goodies online, whipping up new bundles (tonight i’m doing a low volume mini dot bundle), and new projects that are ready to be quilted but are getting bumped to finish up customer quilts.

today we have some pictures of our newest bundles…Nancy’s Needle 1850-1880 by Betsy Chutchian. lovely civil war era prints that are in her signature colors and perfect for blending into your stash or starting a civil war stash.

we have fat quarter bundles and fat 8th bundles.

Nancy’s Needle
nancy’s needle

we’ve added them to website…you can grab a fat quarter bundle…here. fat 8ths are available here.

also…have about 50 star-a-day stars done…here are a handful of them to get a feel for what it’s going to look like…

star-a-day layout

i think i’m gonna have to layout all the stars and squares this weekend, but right now i’d better get back to stitching and maybe take some allergy medicine…cuz my nose is running away without me.

happy stitching!

— april&mickey&gabby

sweetwater

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

 

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