Lucy Tuesdays week 93…+ some geese in the garden

good evening! i know it is a little late, but the day got away from me then dinner with Monica then back to the shop for a little gather up, trim up, and pack up.

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Lucy is coming along wonderfully…i’m just about to start putting on row 4…all the sashings and cornerstones are done…plus a few extras as seed for the next row…now just need to start stitching them on. hopefully tomorrow i’ll be able to get a couple blocks on…it is my day off…so here’s hoping.

we’ve finally finished up Geese in the Garden featuring Garden Variety by Lella Boutique. Her fabrics are just the sweetest…they look so pretty mixed with white…her newest collection came in late last week…Lollipop Garden…they 2 collections look wonderful in the cupboard by the bed.

geese in the garden…on the bed in the window for Easter.
geese in the garden
geese in the garden…i just love those blocks with the white…yum!
delectable lollipop garden variety…the pinks are at the head of the bed…i’m planning a combo bundle of the entire grouping of both.

we have the geese in the garden kits ready to go…link is here if you fancy a gander.

–keep an eye out … we have a few more Treehouse Textiles pattern, acrylic, and paper packs to share with you along with some new chunky threads, embroidery threads, and DMC thread tins…all in good time!

happy stitching!
–april&mickey

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Lucy Tuesdays week 92

good afternoon! hopefully everyone has had a wonderful weekend and Monday. i had an impromptu monday at home due to a morning migraine…too busy of a weekend getting ready for Melany’s baby shower on Sunday. But now that is over and we had a wonderful time and have lots of candy from the candy bar left…and are now eagerly awaiting his arrival in June.

i did get a little bit of stitching in yesterday afternoon and evening! i even had a chance to use my new pink coffee mug…which i kinda love a lot.

mom and i are getting ready for our next 2 shows…Fargo and Fergus Falls…which are on back to back weekends–the first 2 weekends of May.

i finally had a moment to get Sweet Violet bundles listed online…you can grab one here if you like!

we have some new goodies on the way!

Susanna’s Scraps fat quarter and fat 8th bundles shipped yesterday and will be here thursday (hopefully the storm will blow by us so we can be here to greet UPS)!

Lollipop Garden by Lella Boutique…our cherry-picked collection of prints will be arriving on Friday. lovely orchid, pinkberry, raspberry, sky and apple colored summery prints…scrumptious!

have a wonderful evening!

happy stitching! –april & mickey

anthology quilt…breaktime

good afternoon! hopefully you have had a wonderful start to your April. we are still trying to get all our ducks in a row. new fabrics, precuts, and notions are arriving along with new Brazilian Embroidery and Ribbon Embroidery kits.

it is all these things…plus back to back big shows in both May and June that we think maybe the Anthology Quilt will have to take a break…plus we are impatiently waiting on new Civil War black/grey prints to arrive…all in good time. don’t worry…we won’t just forget about it…it is too darn nifty to forget about. This way you will have a little time to catch-up and we’ll have a little time to get a few other projects stitched up, quilted, written, kitted, and out on the floor.

speaking of getting things out on the floor…our 30’s section has been filled up with quilts, fabrics, bundles, chunky thread, and the most luscious solids.

30’s section
Bella Solids
30’s section
English Paper Pieced Double Wedding Ring featuring solids and prints.

the pink wall really pops with the 30’s…i’m loving the retro vibe and it’s inspiring us to whip up a new 30’s project using the new 30’s Playtime that arrived a little while ago. we’ll keep you in the loop! promise!

now…i’d better get back to cutting Susanna’s Scrapbag by Ms. Chutchian…can’t wait to get it bundled and added to my stash…the large cream floral is so pretty! i don’t know what i would do with it but i want to covet the whole bolt…but i won’t…but i may cut myself a yard or 11…

happy stitching…have a wonderful afternoon!

—-april&mickey

Lucy Tuesdays Week 91

good afternoon! i hope you have had a wonderful start to April…we had a little snow and rain today…and at one point i thought i heard thunder or maybe just a loud truck or a train.

i’ve been working on Lucy for over 91 weeks now. how is it possible i have been working on it that long? I am loving these early blocks…the colors are so pretty and some of the prints are no longer available so its a pleasure to work with them again.

today i worked all this morning to get the final block of the 3rd row on…and i did! so after a quick trip to the post office i thought i better share!

Lucy’s Summer Cottage patchwork of the crosses

i think block 16 and 21 may be in my top favorites…or maybe my row 3 favorites!

the day is winding down around here…but we do have a few things on the agenda…

**30’s section got a new coat of paint…we opted for a retro-ish pink color which really looks nice with the retro fabrics and makes the section look huge! just have to figure out the layout for the fabrics and where to put the quilts.

**Susanna’s Scrapbag (our cherry-picked prints) will be arriving on thursday.

**Scrumptious 4-Patch Tiny Tote…we are still waiting on the twill tape to finish this up…look for it later this week.

**Sweet Violet fat quarter bundles.

**a little rearrange in the floral section since i have half the Lucy blocks in my bag.

**a little rearrange in the civil war section to showcase Rockets’ Red Glare and make room for Susanna’s Scrapbag.

**new civil war fat 16th bundles made the agenda since someone nabbed the last one last night and was sent to its new home today, so i’d better get cutting.

happy stitching! —april&mickey

Lucy Tuesdays week 90

My mini break is over…i did finish up my Le Poulet pincushion and the stitching on the Sashiko style pillow cover…haven’t gotten it made into a pillow yet, but all in good time.

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Lucy Boston week 90…how has it been nearly 2 years since we started this trip to Lucy’s Summer Cottage?  Seems like yesterday i was pulling fabrics…eagerly waiting on new fabrics, trying to keep from using that mint green in every block.

( we still have some summer cottage block kits available.)

i haven’t added any more blocks to her, but i have been working on the next set of cornerstones and sashings…once they are all done…i can just sit and stitch on a row.  I get so focused on stitching on the blocks that i’m liking the idea of having all the pieces ready for the entire row…cuz once you get started it doesn’t take long to stitch it.

Row 3 blocks are in my bag, so once i finish up that last sashing piece i can get going on it.

After Row 4 i’m planning on taking a mini break to work on a little Brazilian Embroidery and a Ribbon Embroidery project…but we’ll see…i may have to buckle down and finish her up…it would be the halfway point!

The wall of Lucy’s Summer Cottage blocks sure is looking bare with 21 of them being stitched together and later blocks pulled since their kits are sold out.

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i’m already looking to the next EPP project and the next after that.  Several on my *to finish up in 2019* list.

Lucy’s Summer Cottage

Mrs. Billings (i am loving putting this one together.  i am using my stash and trying my hardest to use a little of each civil war print–i forget how much i love the total scrappiness of Civil War Quilts.)

Sweet Sunday by Treehouse Textiles –this projects features a delightful mix of florals and vintage embroideries…so i am on the hunt for vintage linens featuring pretty embroidered flowers, etc.

Dusky Flower Garden–i have some center/2 ring flowers that need a ring of white and a path of white…hopefully it can be a summer project.  These are 1 inch and super scrummy.

Shabby Smitten–i have started a new cotage style smitten…a couple blocks are finished…just need a little time to work on it…thinking i should cut the blocks from my favorite fabrics and have it ready to go when i want to work on something quick and easy.

Virginia Snowball–this red, white, blue, and pink lovely is classic, sweet, and patriotic (which i LOVE)!

Pastel Primrose Garden–this is cut and ready to go…however, i’ve confiscated all the loose honeycombs for Lucy’s Summer Cottage…so this once is on hold until she’s done.

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hopefully you can find time to work on your own list…even if you don’t have a chance to work on the projects themselves…at least get a list written up…then maybe cut out a flower, baste some white honeycombs, or bag up a block and toss it in your bag.

**a little look at my new favorite Tote***

Lucy’s Summer Cottage has gone from a little tin inside the Mrs. Billings Box…to a circle canvas tote with the most wonderful handles…

love that little moda patch with the barn quilt style quilt block!

It is truly unbelievable how much this bag holds…there are 7 more blocks underneath along with a little moda tin, a couple little fabric bags, my hexie bag, some papers, fabrics, Pandan cookies, granola bars, and of course the new Moda Look Book is sticking out of the top on the right but could easily be stuck down inside.

i didn’t mean for the end of this post to be a little plug for this new tote…but if you are in the market for a tote…this one is my new favorite…i have it listed over on the website here.

now…i’d better get back to packaging up last night/this mornings orders…then maybe a little rearrange or pattern printed…the jury is still out on that one.

happy stitching!
–april

Lucy Tuesdays week 89

Lucy 14 blocks…2 rows done!  we still have some summer cottage block kits available.

i took a mini break and stitched up a Sashiko embroidery pillow and am working on a cross stitch project from the new Ooh La La book by Blackbird Designs…neither is completed but hopefully in the next couple days we can get those finished up…then back to Lucy.

*also…

Chantilly by Fig Tree is arriving on Friday

the quilt featuring Garden Variety has been quilted…just needs binding

silk ribbon for ribbon embroidery has arrived

DMC perle cotton no 8 balls in assorted colors are now available along with different color collections

new cross stitch patterns from Blackbird Designs

**i’ll be working on getting everything online this week…along with a little organizing!**

Happy stitching! -a&m

Lucy Tuesday week 86

2 weeks in a row! WHAT IS GOING ON? no i have not been body snatched…just very excited to show you my Lucy progress. i have 4 blocks together…and am all heart-eyes for it…

lucy boston summer cottage…blocks 1-4

that pink is just scrummy and really sets off the blocks.

lucy’s summer cottage

time to pack up and head home…hopefully this inspires you to get out your Lucy Boston POTC and stitch a little tonight.

if you’d like to get started check out our collection of lucy blocks over on the website…here.

happy stitching!
–april&mickey

Lucy Tuesdays week 83, 84, 85

good afternoon! i have several things to do today before i take off until Thursday. Then we are loading for the Fiber Fest in Bemidji on Friday. Still some crazy quilt block kits to fold and bag, a quilt to quilt, and hopefully kits for the Ring of Roses and Cottage Eggs…(along with a pattern for the Cottage Eggs).

Today, however, i’ve got some Lucy news. I ordered myself a bolt of the Bella Bleach PFD for the Summer Cottage Lucy blocks…it arrived yesterday and i set to work.

It was relaxing last night to baste and stitch the pretty white honeycombs and dusky pink squares. I HAD to stitch together 2 sashing pieces and a corner to get the look…and I love it! It looks even better than i had imagined it would.

In order to cut down on the starting and stopping i’m doing 6 honeycombs with 4 squares for the sashing and the cornerstone/cross will have 12 honeycombs around it.

Lucy Boston Summer Cottage block 1 with sashing and cornerstone

i’m putting the blocks together starting with block 1 and working across.

***keep in mind that some of the Summer Cottage blocks are sold out…and some are down to just a few kits or just 1 kit –hello block 1–***

here is a link to the Summer Cottage blocks…Summer Cottage Blocks

If you are interested in using the bleach PFD and the dusky pink (bunny hill pink) to finish off your Lucy Boston POTC just let me know how much you need and we can get you set up with it.

now i’d better get quilting.

happy stitching–i’ll be back next Tuesday with a follow-up on my Lucy progress! –april

Roses for Valentine’s Day

good afternoon! The weather has kicked up another wind chill warning in our neck of the woods and the snow is blowing, drifting, falling, piling up on the cars…so be careful if you are headed out.

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As far as a dozen roses or chocolates for Valentine’s Day…i much prefer fabric.

When i started this project i had set a tentative goal of Valentine’s Day…well i finished the embroidery late last night…then quilted it today.

Ring of Roses and a pile of pillows… Cottage Hearts and Be Mine pillows are kitted and available online.

Valentine’s Day pillows

Ring of Roses needs a run through the washer and dryer…but i couldn’t resist a better pic of it.

Ring of Roses and Valentine’s Day pillows

Ring of Roses is made using a mixture of French General, Jo Morton, Jennifer Chiaverini, and Betsy Chutchian…we do have it kitted complete with pattern, acrylics, papers, and fabrics for front and binding.

Have a safe Valentine’s Day! —a&m

Lucy Tuesdays (week 78, 79, 80, 81, 82)

these last 5 weeks have i’ve been debating on how to approach the actual piecing of the blocks, 4-patches, accent squares, and the background honeycombs. i don’t want them to be out of commission while i’m piecing them.

so i’ve decided to do the following…

i will stitch up the sashing pieces.

and finish up the cornerstones

then i think i’ll start piecing them together.

i’m also planning on piecing them together chronologically…so if there are any kits left when i’m done…they will be easy to find.

UPS just dropped off some brown paper packages so i’d better get back to work.

happy stitching…stay safe and warm.

——april & mickey