autumn daydream

good afternoon! the day is winding down around here and as usual i wanted to do about 500 hours of work in just 7 hours.

we’ve been kicking it into high gear to try and get some projects made out of the collections that have been arriving.

Mom finished up Autumn Daydream using the Wonder collection and Bella solid coordinates…a classic palette of breeze, bubblegum, linen, cloud, and oatmeal. Pair with some peach and neutral hued pumpkins for instant autumn love.

it works so well with my new favorite peachy pumpkin…

autumn daydream with pastel pumpkins
autumn daydream

Autumn Daydream is available now…online here and in-store.

we’ve also whipped up a stepping stones featuring the Merry Merry Snow Days. Merry Merry Snow Days is a collection of small prints designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs…she has filled this collection with sweetest tiny prints. Snowmen in coffee cups, stockings, ice skates, stars, trees, dots, stripes…it is safe to say that i LOVE it and i love the quilt mom whipped up (and quilted with lifesize stocking hats–which i also love)! Gabby does too…cuz the second i unfolded it to take a picture…she had Frankensqueak on it and was rolling around…officially Gabby-approved!

Stepping Stones…with Merry Merry Snow Days

i’ve even gotten this kitted and ready to go…you can grab the kit online Here or in the store.

it’s nearing the end of the day…i’ve gotten exactly 7 things done today which is better than i thought i would. now for a last minute tidy up of the cutting table and then home…so we can try and finish up one more project before we load up for Sioux Falls on Friday (we are packing up tomorrow).

Our order of TILDA (yes TILDA!!!!!) will be arriving on Friday when we are in south dakota…so it won’t hit the floor until monday! i’ll be back with some piccys of the lovely Tilda, fingers crossed…early next week. we will be heading to the Evenings Star Quilt Show next Thursday so that doesn’t leave a lot of time for sewing, cutting, and bundling…good thing i ordered lots of precuts!

Just these 2 shows left along with our Hometown Holiday Road Trip then we are shop bound until February!

it is now 5…hmmm…

happy stitching! hopefully you’ve finished at least 7 of the 500 things you wanted to finish today.

—april&mickey&gabby

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october

is anyone else shocked at the number of blog posts recently? well, i’ve decided to make blogging a priority…we get so stuck in the quick world of technology and pictures that i tend to spend my time on instagram. But lately i’ve noticed i’ve been shying away from it…looking more at blogs and magazines (i know, crazy right!). i love this time of year, when the daylight starts creeping in earlier, leaves change to brilliant hues, and when the rain is no longer warm but chills you to the bone. Out come the cozy quilts, slippers, my October coffee cup, and the holiday season.

today i thought i would give you a quick look at a several of my halloween favorites that we still have available…however, we can no longer kit them up so what we have is all we have.

Halloween

Schoolhouse Pumpkin…a small project features classic Fig Tree apricot and butterscotch and paired with a classic black. We embroidered a white pumpkin to give it a chalkboard look. This little wall hanging is one of our favorites! I love how that embroidery really pops on the black.

October Bats & Cats…this little wool project is classic Halloween without being too scary. How can you not love a sweet little kitty?

Spooky Spools…a little peach and orange mixed with a little grey and black. This mini measures just 6 x 6 and is a quick make for a hostess gift, use as mug rug, table topper, tack to your bulletin board, or clothespin to a basket.

Halloween in the Country…features the Eerily Elegant panel by Deb Strain along with a mixture of grunge and prints. Classic and neutral, this throw measures 50 x 58 and gives you all the the Halloween vibes. Shakespeare and Poe inspired the collection…you can see their words on the panel itself and the grey accent rectangles. A wonderful throw…perfect for cozying up with a good story (A Telltale Heart is a good one) or arrange on your porch with some heirloom pumpkins and a witch hat.

trick or treat pillow

mom and i love pillows…nothing can change a room like a good pillow. This Trick or Treat pillow is perfect to do just that. it is classic, neutral, and just the right amount of halloween, plus you get to do a little bit of embroidery…score!

we have all these available over on our website…i’ve linked them below…these are all project you can get done in time for Halloween…promise!

Schoolhouse Pumpkin

October Bats & Cats

Halloween in the Country

Trick or Treat

ok…i’d better get back to curating some bundles before i head out for the day!

happy stitching!

–april&mickey&gabby

PS…we have several new projects in the works…hopefully we’ll have them wrapped up before we head to Sioux Falls next week…lots to do and not lots of time to do it!

blue

blue is my favorite color…even though i love my pink coffee cups and that autumny coral color, and the lavender of lilacs…i can’t pass up a nice blue.

this was evident when our Northport order arrived last week. We chose just 9 prints…all white, cream, or tan backgrounds…to mix in with our remaining Portsmouth and civil war. Well, of those 9…5 are blue the remaining are a mixture of tan, red, and a red that looks pink.

the non blues have been mixed in with French General and 3 Sisters to make a larger version of our Spring Romance…more on that later.

the blues have been pulled and bundled with an essential multi dot and the ideas are coming…do we design a new project with snowballs and some Portsmouth or do we look through our pattern folder and find something to remake in this palette…hmmm…decisions.

i have, however, bundled up the fat quarters…so you can add them to your stash of blues, your collection of Minick and Simpson, or add it to your favorite patriotic prints. we have them in the shop and online.

northport…6 fat quarters

if we get a few of these new projects finished up…i’ll be back with those later this week.

happy stitching!
—-april&mickey&gabby

shores of sugarcreek

good morning! mom and i are just about to start packing up to vendor over in Willmar and i thought i would pop in and give you a peak at the our newest collection, Sugarcreek.

Sugarcreek reminds me of Willy Wonka (the Gene Wilder version) where they are in the garden and everything looks so yummy. This collection is definitely a must if you have a sweet tooth…can’t you just envision beach sand like brown sugar!

we knew this collection was a must when we came upon it so we decided on just 12 bolts to add to our palette…to tame that sweet tooth! Mostly grey, blue and white with a splash of goldenrod and slate to really make everything pop. we (of course) couldn’t resist whipping up some 12FQ bundles…which we will have with us this weekend in Willmar, in the shoppe, and i’ve got them listed online…for you out-of-towners…you can nab yours…here.

sugarcreek bundles

now…i’d better start packing! We’ll see you in Willmar tomorrow and sunday!

–april&mickey&gabby (gabby gets to spend the weekend with dad…lucky girl!)

all roads lead home

i know it is still a couple months before the holiday season…so you will have plenty of time to whip up this cozy throw featuring a season-inspired mixture of Holiday Lodge and Urban Cottage.

Country Christmas makes the best throw at 68 x 77 inches.

Country Christmas

**take a look at that quilting…still learning the new machine…but i think those over-sized bulbs are super coolz!

we have kits of Country Christmas available now! you can nab one online here…otherwise…stop on by, we’ll have them in store!

–april&mickey&gabby

autumn feels

good afternoon! morning thunderstorms and a muggy afternoon…we’ve been inside cutting and bundling and reorganizing after our last 2 shows, pulling out pastel pumpkins, pulling out the autumn music and trying to get all the autumn feels. a couple of collections have arrived with more on the way.

Today we have Wonder by katie & birdie paper co…the brown really adds a lot and the combination is scrumptious when paired with some white pumpkins…or spring for an heirloom pumpkin to really complete the autumn pastel look.

Wonder features the prettiest mixture of oatmeal, bubblegum, linen, and breeze with a soft white background. We have cherry-picked our 2 favorite prints…the all-over small leaf and the sort-of dot and mixed them with the coordinating Bella Solids. Packs of 10 prints are available…both fat quarters and half yards along with yardage…check out the wonder collection here.

wonder by Katie & Birdie Paper Co.

And…My Redwork Garden…i don’t think there is a shirting print i don’t like. i fell in love with these delightful red-on-cream shirtings when i spied them in the moda book and i knew we needed a few to add to our civil war collection. these are so versatile though they would work with almost any bunny hill collection…or mix in with Christmas prints, French General, 3 Sisters, or your low volume collection. i’m thinking it’s about time i put together a couple more low volume bundles…for sure a Low Volume Christmas.

My Redwork Garden is a collection of red, white, and cream designed by Bunny Hill for Moda. I chose just 4 prints to add to the shop. 4 shirting prints…red on cream. i’ve packaged them up into Pantry Packs: Red Velvet Blondies. We have the pantry packs along with yardage available here.

Red Velvet Blondies…pantry pack of 4—1/2 yards

oh…and a picture of gabby goo who can now get on the furniture all by herself…this is her on the daybed in the living room.

gabbygoo

and this was her yesterday…

gabby goo

happy tuesday…

*a*m*g

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

return trip to Shelbyville

thought i’d pop in quick to let you know our factory bundles of Shelbyville have arrived! Scrumptious bundles of 40 prints in both fat quarters and fat 8ths (only 1 fat 8th bundles remains)

shelbyville fat quarter towers
Shelbyville fat 8th bundles

Nab a Shelbyville FQ bundles here

or the last Shelbyville f8 bundle here.

also…lots of new silk Ribbons have arrived along with a couple new kits…i have pictures taken just need to update the listings with the new size…we have both 3.5mm and 7mm now! Some new Crazy Quilting, embroidery, and silk ribbon books have arrived along with Civil War, EPP, and Quilt Mania. Notions from Lori Holt, new Magic Pins, gorgeous new scissors from Klasse’ and precuts from Diamond and embroidery stencils, In the Patch wool packs, and new EPP papers are all on the agenda to get photographed then listed…and show season starts in 2 weeks (September 3rd we load for Madison!)

and Finnegan! yes, Finnegan yardage will be arriving on FRIDAY! this week will definitely have a FRIYAY kind of friday!

have a wonderful week…i’ll be taking tomorrow off…1st day off in 20 days!

happy stitching!

—april&mickey&gabby

take a trip to Shelbyville

good afternoon! my assistant is sleeping (of course) and mom is on the phone (of course) and i am working (of course).

our Shelbyville has arrived and i’ve folded and tied up some bundles of these glorious prints. we did bundles of all 18 prints we ordered in…lots of the black in these bundles making them perfect for cozy autumn baskets, fall-flavored maple leaves, or a fun add to your civil war stash.

shelbyville curated fat quarter bundles are available now along with yardage. Shelbyville fat quarter towers and fat 8th bundles will be arriving on monday.

shelbyville curated fat quarter bundle of 18 prints
shelbyville curated fat quarter bundles

check them out online here.

also…we are making up new Figgy Halloween bundles…so be on the lookout for those!

happy stitching! -april&mickey&gabby (sweetwater

gabby and qm2019

good evening! thought i’d pop in and give everyone a quilt minnesota update…

i’m currently lakehouse-watching and puppy-sitting Molly, an 11 month old Scottie, so lots of Golden Girls and puppy kisses.

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Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop…update…

we still have a couple kits of our main quilt…Minnesota Night Sky

Minnesota Night Sky

and one lonely kit of Minnesota 2 Cents

Minnesota 2 Cents

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Lastly…we have a new employee…i’d like to introduce Gabby…she is 7 weeks and a very light yellow lab. She’ll be at the shop with Mom and I …so it has been tons of fun keeping her entertained and she’s been meeting lots of hoppers and taking LOTS of naps! She does a lot of sleeping on the job!

i’d better get back to the Golden Girls and little Molly.

happy stitching!
—april&mickey sweetwater