simply vintage summer 2020

simply vintage summer issue has arrived and it is lovely…

20 projects round out this issue including quilting, applique, wool, punch needle, embroidery, a recipe for lemon squares (a personal favorite!), a return trip to Chattanooga, a meet up with Jessie Chorley and more projects to get you summer ready!

these are available online…here and instore if you are out and about.

….better get back to my coffee…our pink keurig has arrived and i’m loving have coffee at my fingertips all day long!

it makes it easier to sit and write blog posts…incidentally i’m midway through a blog post featuring ALL the Christmas FAbric…lots of gorgeous prints…can’t wait to start whipping up some Low Volume Christmas bundles and maybe some half yard pantry packs…so many decisions.

happy wednesday!


ps…i’m nearly done with my stormy grey hexie project that i am framing…hopefully tonight i can get the last hexies on it….


good morning! we hope you are having a wonderful monday. we had a wonderful weekend…gabby turned 1 on saturday.

gabby-goo is 1

she didn’t even mind the unicorn birthday hat!

lots of fun christmas fabrics are arriving in the shoppe…today i have the Yuletide collection. these prints speak to the old-fashioned christmas…large sprawling holly with berries, small poinsettias, plaids, and a gorgeous low volume font print featuring Fa La La and who can pass up a rosy red toile.

yuletide…10 fat quarters

you can grab your yuletide bundle here…and yardage here.

we also have TrĂ©s Jolie that literally arrived like 10 minutes ago (the full collection), Deer Christmas will be arriving later this week (full collection)…Deer Christmas moda kits will be arriving later this month. Also arriving later this week some more Minick and Simpson…to fill out our Minick and Simpson…planning on a couple more Rockets’ Red Glare kits…

lots going on as we get ready for the quilt minnnesota which starts on July 31st…mom is cutting our project number 1 today!

have a safe and happy monday…hopefully i’ll be back later this week with some more goodies!


ps…this weekend would have been our final show for june…we would have been in Omaha for the weekend…however, we will be busy working on fun new projects to bring with us in 2021…we will see you Omaha ladies in June 2021.

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!


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…

sweetwater is 16!

June 4th (yesterday)…Sweetwater turned 16!

we have some exciting news…we’ve expanded! we are still mid-expansion…trying to get displays set, new goodies marked, fun new bundles cut, and the place back in working order.

once we get it all sorted and set…i’ll do a blog post full of pictures of our progress…its amazing how quickly it came together.

here are a couple of pictures of our favorite displays so far…


we’ve added another bed…which i am loving! how cozy is that!?

brenda riddle bed


our hours for the moment are m-f 10-2…we’ll keep you updated as to when they change.

quilt minnesota has also arrived and we are planning and plotting our projects and getting our qm display area finished up so it will be ready for the fabric, our exclusive blenders, and our projects.

we have some Halloween fabrics and Christmas fabrics arriving…Nancy’s Needle has also arrived…we’ll be whipping up some bundles…hopefully for this weekend…we’ll see!

i’d better get back to work…have a wonderful weekend!

happy stitching! -a&m sweetwater

memorial day weekend

good morning! happy memorial day weekend! hopefully all is well in your neck of the woods…it has been crazy around these parts.

lots going on…which is why i’ve been absent for the last little while. trying to catch up on bundles, working on a few new projects, Quilt Minnesota has arrived (along with most of our exclusive grouping of coordinates), Christmas fabric has been showing up on our doorstep along with lots of new notions, some patterns, and a few other things that we cannot wait to share with you!

today though i have some new bundles of Christmas…(i realize that it is still may…but these are so gorgeous that you won’t even mind…promise!)

first up is Christmas Traditions…featuring stockings, red trucks, pine trees, sleighs, snowmen, and snowflakes…lovely colors of snow, mint, evergreen, coal, and berry. for more pictures of the fabrics…check out my latest instagram post…you can see some fussy cutting action!

Christmas Traditions

it’s hard to pass up a good Jo Morton so this collection was a must! classic old christmas colors of turkey red, poison green, gold, brown, and cream make this grouping both christmas and civil war…but mostly perfect for mixing in to your civil war stash. i love the top floral. this entire collection is arriving this week! right now we do have bundles ready to ship!

glad tidings

i have a Christmas Hexie project in the works…inspired by @sew_what_becca over on instagram. i’ve been fussy cutting up a storm over here and once i get a sense of size i will be offering starter kits but more on that when i get that far.

grab these bundles over on the website…christmas traditions here and glad tidings here.

now back to Sweet Magnolias…which i wasn’t really sure about…but it is growing on.

happy stitching!

–april, mickey, & gabby

my notion pretties

good evening!

we had some fun pretty notions come in over the last couple days…and if you know me at all you know i LOVE scissors…today we have…

bee in my bonnet stork scissors…3 colors
ice cream swirls scissors…lavender handle

also…these tape measures…pretty pretty! can’t beat a good lori holt fabric-covered tape measure.

bee in my bonnet…4 colors

lastly…our Splash rotary cutters are back in stock…with more on the way to keep everyone in new tools!

splash rotary cutter

our replacement blades are also on the way…hopefully, saturday, then i’ll get those online too…don’t want anybody using dull blades!

you can grab a pretty pair of scissors here.

measuring tapes are here.

splash rotary cutters and blades are here.

have a happy thursday!

–april&mickey&gabby {sweetwater}

winterbourne by liberty

our first ever liberty fabrics have arrived! we decided to start slow…just a handful of bundles and we are in love!

The Winterbourne Collection by Liberty Fabrics is just wonderful. I pulled a bundle for myself…still unsure of what to make with it, but i’m sure i’ll come up with something.

lots of fussy cutting opportunities…pretty low volume backgrounds, all-over florals, and a gorgeous palette.

the winterbourne collection
the winterbourne collection

the winterbourne bundles are available here.

well, i’d better get back to my Star-a-Day.

May the 4th be with you!

–april&mickey&gabby sweetwater

…today is Dad’s birthday so maybe some cards tonight or a movie or evening television…

pretty bohin

another week has come and gone…

i had a wonderful birthday on thursday…we had birthday brownies…then yesterday Mel and Ty and Braxton came out for the evening. the girls (Lola and Bella) ran around outside and Braxton is walking now…how time flies! it was a nice little supper of burgers on the grill to celebrate our birthdays…(Ty/April 29th, Mine/April 30th, and Dad/May 4th). there wasn’t even any farm-work for Dad and Ty since the corn went in on Tuesday and feed was ground on Thursday.

the stay at home order has been extended to the 18th…hopefully by then we will have a handle on everything…

we have been getting in new notions and books to keep from being bored. lots of fun embroidery books, pretty pins, needle books, and fabric bundles.

today though i have our Bohin pins and needles…they arrived yesterday and i couldn’t wait to get them online…cuz they are just lovely!

first up…pretty 40 assortment Bohin needle books…lovely, pretty, and perfect for dropping into your sewing bag.

bohin needlecase
bohin needles

bohin pins…pretty colors…packs of 80…glass head

bohin needles

get a load of this baby pink color!

bohin pink

you can grab some bohin goodies…here.

have a wonderful weekend…stay healthy!

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

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

low volume loveliness

mom and i have been impatiently waiting for our orders to arrive…our next orders aren’t set to arrive until May! so we’ve been pulling and putting together some gorgeous bundles in anticipation of spring/summer sewing.

the first of our bundles goodness today is Summer Low Volume. a gorgeous mixture of some of our absolute favorite low volume florals. Prints from Pretty By Hand, 3 Sisters, Fig Tree, and some Zen Chic to name a few.

summer low volume

this bundle would be the best if you were planning on doing a pastel glitter with scrappy backgrounds…um…yumminess! (this is glitter…it’s on my list…eventually using pastel florals…and these low volumes would be PERFECT!)

glitter pack

Biscotti backgrounds…we pulled 10 creamy backgrounds with bits of chocolate brown. it reminds me of delicious biscotti and cream-filled coffee. These scrummy prints make up this most luscious bundles. wonderful for adding into your shirting stash…i’ll be adding mine to my scrappy star-a-day! Pair this bundle with the Independence low volume and our civil war color bundles and you have a good start on your next civil war project.

biscotti backgrounds

our last bundle is cozy cottage…a pretty pastel bundle of Bramble Cottage favorites…12 fat quarters…perfect for a summertime throw, stashbuilding, mask making, or beginner quilting!

cozy cottage

that’s all for today…now i’ll be doing a little Christmas fussy cutting (a project is in the works…) and some evening television watching.

you can grab a bundle here.

also….just saw that our liberty Winterbourne bundles shipped today…can’t wait to share them with you!

happy stitching!
-april&mickey&gabby … sweetwater