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

2020 goals

good afternoon!

i’m just about to package up our online orders, have lunch, and crack open our newest arrival…Bramble Cottage and thought i would pop in for a quick check-in.

i’m sure before i’m done writing this post i will have done all 3 of those things above….

a few 2020 things…i’ve updated our events page. you can check out our shows and shop hops there. also…most show dates we will be closed.

the bookstore and gallery have changed their hours…they will be closed on Monday and Tuesday with normal hours the rest of the week. THIS WILL NOT AFFECT OUR SHOP HOURS. we will still have the same hours as before…just closed if we are at a show since Monica will not be around to keep an eye on things.

however, our day off during the week will now be different. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday both of us will be working the shoppe. Mom’s day off will now be Wednesday and my day off will now be Thursday. It will take me awhile to get used to this.

we’ve done a little rearranging…and honestly, aren’t we always doing a little rearranging? well, we got rid of our “office” cuz it was more of a catchall…we tossed things we’ve had since we moved to this location which was like 11 years ago.

we are doing a little painting…adding a few new pieces of furniture…once our rearrange is complete…then a little (or a lot) of vacuuming and maybe a coffee break and dare i say a new quilty project!

(i’m back from the post office and just finished lunch…)

we have a few of those quilty projects i mentioned above in the queue and hopefully once we get all the painting, moving around, and re-displaying out of the way we can get a project done.

looks like i won’t get Bramble Cottage unpacked before i finish up this post…however, i do have some bundles to share.

Valentine’s Day is coming up quick…(we have a wedding the 15th so the shop will be closed)…in celebration we have a couple bundles and my Cottage Hearts pillow kitted up again…

Cottage Hearts…i, as a rule, am not a big fan of hearts which i’m sure i mention every time this pillow pops up somehwere…however, i LOVE this pillow, and when i see it around the shoppe i begin to think of making a quilt. not sure if i would do 16 heart patches with sashing, or just 16 heart patches straight set without sashing. i debate and debate then decide to focus on the projects i have started or already have ready to start or that project i drool over online (ahem…Stonefields) and put it to the back of my mind. but alas, it creeps back in.

is a Cottage Hearts quilt something that you would want? are you looking for a heart quilt to add to your life? feel free to let me know.

either way…the pillow is done, kitted, on the bed in the window…nab the kit here if you missed our last year.

cottage hearts

a few bundles to lighten your stash and perfect for that Valentine’s Day project you’ve been wanting to start.

low volume valentine would be perfect for a red/pink version of Melany Square…you can find that post here. just add in several more prints and get started! low volume valentine is available here.

low volume valentine

My Redwork Garden…classic, creamy vanilla, and Bunny Hill…truly delightful. so pretty i chose a picture of these bundles to be my header for the Valentine season this year. so crisp and pretty.

This bundle…Red Velvet Blondies is a pantry pack (4–1/2 yards)…perfect for stash building, civil war projects, Christmas/Valentine’s Day, or mix in with other low volume prints for a fun low volume project. Grab your Red Velvet Blondies here.

my redwork garden bundles

now on to Bramble Cottage and some more rearranging.

happy Wednesday!

–a&m&g

dilly bag by treehouse textiles

when i saw this little hexie bag, i knew we needed to have it as part of our collection of EPP projects that we offer. so i messaged her down in Australia and she sent them right up…(you can follow her over on instagram @treehousetextiles)

we set to work on one quite awhile ago and i realized i never posted info on it here on the blog…

i would like to introduce the Sweet Sunday Dilly Bag. we used the delightful prints from Lella Boutique’s Garden Variety and Lollipop Garden along with a few embroidered hexies.

sweet sunday dilly bag

this little bag is wonderful if you would like to dip a toe in the EPP pool without doing a cannonball. Some 40ish hexies…totally doable even if EPP isn’t your thing.

we have have it kitted too! squares of Garden Variety and Lollipop Garden, along with backing, lining, pink stripe for the casing, cording, papers, Dilly Bag pattern which includes an acrylic if you want to do a little fussycutting.

Kits are available here.

if you do the FlossTube thing…you can see this kit over on Suzy’s page…watch it here.

now…to get started on setting up a newsletter/email list/mail chimp thing…don’t know that i have enough time left today for something like that…maybe i’ll just sit back and fold our Memoirs custom bundles…

happy thursday and happy stitching!

*a*m*g

ps…more yarn is on the way…just received the shipping notification!

patches and handfuls

these books are a feast for the eyes…they definitely have the inspiration to get anyone out of a quilty slump. the gallery of vintage quilts at the beginning of each book makes these both informative and inspiring. i mean honestly, who doesn’t love looking at quilts made 100+ years ago…seeing their craft, their tiny stitches, their colors and palette and possibly favorite print living on today…still inspiring and possibly even keeping someone cozy warm on cold evenings.

i know, for a fact, that in 100 years…if my quilts are still together as one big collection transported by hovercraft or across the galaxy at light speed or possibly across town in a buggy…that my favorite green will have lived longer and touched more quilters than i could have ever imagined.

it is this thought that resonates…that keeps me going back to these 4 books…obviously i love Ms. Sitar’s palette…soft florals, civil war style projects, and a little applique and EPP. However, the gallery of inspiring antique quilts is something that draws awe and wonder and makes me want to pull out my scraps and get to work creating a masterpiece that will live on (with my favorite green making an appearance).

Depending upon your palette…blue, stars, or scrappy…

these are all available now…just pop over to the website here and grab a little inspiration…

i’m heading over to post some Sarah’s Story yardage and hard-to-find Diamond Textiles charm packs of both 5 inch and 3 inch squares…

Sarah’s Story precuts are available now…here.

sarah’s story bundles

Diamond Textiles precuts and yardage is available as well…here.

diamond textiles 5 inch charms

now…time to get back to making some space for sarah’s story yardage…so when it arrives on tuesday i can set to work on custom curated bundles…and maybe even a new set of civil war color bundles…

so much to get to…so little time…

happy stitching lovelies! –a&m&g

urban farmhouse

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…

urban farmhouse gatherings precuts

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…

grab your Urban Farmhouse Gatherings here.

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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.

The Honeycomb Quilt

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.

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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.

have a wonderful monday!

—-april&mickey&gabby

hello september

summer seems to have come to a close. the crisp autumn winds have started pushing out the sunny summer heat and the leaves have started to show their color. we’ve been cozy-ing up the shoppe as well–we’ve fluffed it up with some autumn pastels. pale pumpkins, pale colors, and some pastel fabrics.

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Finnegan has arrived…yummy precuts and yardage.

finnegan precuts
finnegan green and yellow
finnegan white, pink, grey, blue
finnegan grey, blue, purple

love this jelly roll for any updated jelly garden…we have the kits including the Finnegan jelly roll…here.

jelly garden and finnegan jelly roll

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i am in love with this newest project mom whipped up…inspired by the feel of a long past primitives shop…this project is cozy, classic, and a perfect addition to any autumn home. featuring a mixture of Shelbyville and Diamond Textiles, this project has all the autumn feels! Backroads measures approximately 48 x 60 inches and is perfect with cream linens and antique crocheted shams and a platter of fabric pumpkins. we have kits available here.

backroads

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lastly…i’m feeling the cheery, 30’s repo love…(even though i relish the idea of cozy sweaters, farmer’s market chili-i spent all day sunday simmering a stock pot of it-, and crackling leaves)…i couldn’t resist pulling some of my favorite 30’s and whipping up one of these blocks. Missouri Daisy block measures 10 inches and the paper pack includes 4 acrylics and papers for 12 blocks…we have it available here.

missouri daisy

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we’ll be in Madison starting Wednesday (for set up) thru Saturday…so Monica will be in charge of the shop…Gabby will have the rest of the week off. Normal hours will resume on Monday…new collections will be arriving while we are gone so we are super excited for Monday following the show!

Now i’d better get the orders shipped so we can get packing…if you are planning on being in Madison–please stop by and say hi, we are in the same spot as last year!

happy stitching! -a&m&g