the last year

today at a few minutes before 5:30 it will be the one year anniversary of the accident that caused the amputation of dad’s right leg…above the knee. many of you have asked while in the shop or in our booth, commented, or direct messaged us asking for an update as he gets back to work.

first off…we wish to thank you…every single one of you for your support over that last year. it has been tremendous and no words could ever sum up our appreciation.

it has been a year that has seen definite ups and downs.

i promise i will keep this as clear cut as possible.

November 2, 2018 … a little before 5:30pm the accident …you can read about the accident here. Also on November 2nd, Melany decided to quit her job at about 5pm and the Capital Quiltfest in Bismark, ND which was our final show of 2018, started about 5.

(Melany had told everyone about 2 weeks before the accident that her and ty were going to have a baby)

Needless to say…Mom drove back that Friday…i stayed behind and worked the show…(honestly the longest evening of my entire life…) then lots and lots of phone calls and feeling helpless, but knowing that dad would want me to stay out in Bismark…cause you gotta make hay when the sun shines.

–it got around the quilt show that weekend and everyone was so wonderful and helpful

November 2nd-14th…Melany and Tyler (her boyfriend) went to the hospital every day while Mom did paperwork, insurance, etc. Tina worked and went to the hospital when she could. everyday after work…i would go home, mom would be there watering calves and feeding dogs. then we’d go back to the hospital until abut 10.

November 14th…dad came home from the rehab facility

We had Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s.

We played a lot of 500.

Dad got his leg the last week of December.

2019

We played more 500.

Jan-May 1st Dad bagged papers, retro-fit the tractor with steps, worked the skid loader, moved/fed/watered the calves, ground feed, and did his PT.

May 2nd Dad went back to work

May 6th…Kandii, our 14 year old chocolate lab (Brutus and Max’s mom) passed away at home.

June 16th…Braxton Xavier was born. First grandchild and first great-grandchild on dad’s side which has 10 granddaughters and now 1 great-grandson)

June…Mom and Dad took a road trip out to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Badlands National Parks. They were in an accident…which left them stranded overnight. They rented a car and drove back.

June…after they got back Dad was fitted for a new socket and started back driving semi.

Mid-July…mom and i take a week and drive out to drop off the rental car and pick up her car. i had never been to yellowstone, grand tetons, or the badlands…breathtaking…the badlands were magnificent. as always though…i really like coming home.

August 8th…mom had been thinking about getting a puppy and dad had come across a listing online for yellow lab puppies by farming. mom wanted a little girl. so she stops out there after work on the 8th. while talking to the dog parents, the husband thought mom looked familiar and asked what her name was…she told him. he proceeds to tell mom that he was one of the paramedics that was out last fall that helped disconnect the PTO. gabby came home with mom this evening.

October 6th…Dad climbs over a fence…i’ll post this to instagram. (Dad has also climbed a ladder which they said he would not be able to do…he had to check the feeder)

november 2, 2019…if you are reading this about 5:30 we are heading to st. cloud. this time, we won’t be going to the hospital but to dinner. 3 generations…Dad, Mom, Tina, Melany, Tyler, Braxton, and I will be celebrating…making November 2nd a happy day. unlike last year…i’m sure this november 2nd will slip by so much faster.

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and cuz if you are a quilter…i’m sure you’d like a quilty picture…am i right?

Sweet Christmas…frosty welcomes you. (frosty kits are available on the website)

we getting ready for our Hometown Holiday Road Trip that will be starting this Thursday…November 7-9. we’ll be getting out the trees…Christmas is coming to Sweetwater…and this year we are bringing it!!! New projects, fabrics, food shelf donation for a fat quarter, a complementary project sheet with kits available.

we’ll update you on Christmas progress next week.

happy stitching!

—-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…

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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

Lucy week 101…6 rows

good afternoon! Mom and i are about to start loading for the Minnesota Quilt Show this weekend…but i thought i would pop in for a quick minute and give you an update.

I’ve gotten row 6 stitched on.

lucy boston 6 rows

just 2 more rows to go…i’ve gotten the sashing and cornerstones stitched to the row 7 blocks and decided to go ahead and do the same with the row 8 blocks…so once i get started i can get everything stitched on and be done…i have such a long list of little projects i want to stitch that getting this big one out of the way would be really nice.

–no worries in regards to Mrs. Billings…she’s on the agenda…just a slow process because i am loving working with so many different prints.–

**some of you probably know that Melany (my sister) is having a baby…which was due June 7th…so far no baby…but it’s looking like he will arrive early next week. we are so excited…every time her or Ty call…we are like…”anything happening?” hopefully lucy week 102 is the week i become an auntie!!**

anyways…Lucy 6 rows on…2 left. it is so much fun seeing the blocks come together. i just finished up block 47 after many weeks of talking about it. i ended up switching out the white on white for a grey stripe (i lost a white on white honeycomb and could not find any more of the fabric).

and as always…here is a link to the Lucy Boston goodies over on the website…keep in mind that some blocks are already sold out…and with 2 back to back big show weekends…the Lucy Block department may look a little skinny come end of June…so if there is a block you can’t live without…hopefully we still have one of you. Here is the link to anything Lucy Boston on the website…Lucy Boston.

well, it looks like mom is getting started on packing…so i’d best get going.

have a wonderful weekend! if you are down in the rochester area…be sure to stop by the Minnesota Quilt Show and check it out…be sure to stop by our booth and say hi!

happy stitching and have a wonderful June Weekend!

—april&mickey

***Sweet Christmas Frosty kits are arriving on Friday…so if you’re on the hunt for one, we’ll have them! Tina will be here on Friday so she’ll be unpacking and getting them out on the floor for us***

Lucy Tuesday week 96

good afternoon! i haven’t put any rows on, but am working on getting all the sashings and cornerstones stitched together so once i start adding on the rows i can add them all on.

we had an eventful life since last tuesday…both happy and sad.

Dad started work on May 2nd…Mom and I missed the 1st day back to work since we were up in Fargo vendoring at the Metro Quilt Expo.

May 2nd was the 6 month anniversary of the accident.

Then sadly on Monday, Kandii…our 14 month old chocolate lab passed away. A tumor on the front of her neck that had shrank back in March had grown overnight and by Saturday night it had broke open. Sunday she went down hill fast after Mel and Ty and the girls came out to see her. Wethought maybe she wouldn’t bounce back from this. Mom stayed up with her all Sunday night and in the morning, told me that she had made an appointment for 9:30 am…Tina, Mom, Dad, and I along with her 2 boys Max and Brutus sat with her in the living room telling her that it was ok…she could go. At 9:00 am she crossed the rainbow bridge…apparently someone else needs her more than we do.

kandii…april 25th, 2019…with her butt falling off the cushion…super-goof

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after a one week late birthday supper with Monica i’m going home and snuggling up with Max and Brutus until they get up and move.

—-we are loading up for Fergus Falls Festival of Quilts tomorrow…hopefully this coming weekend will be less eventful on the home front!

JUNE events…heads up…we will be closed some days in June…Quilt Shows, a new baby boy, a wedding, and a Renaissance Festival…i’ll figure out the calendar and get back to you.

happy stitching…april

Susanna’s Scraps

good morning! what a wonderful day…i just love foggy, rainy mornings…a most perfect lazy day, however, i have some things to do before i can sit back and relax.

First up…Susanna’s Scraps arrived thursday and i set to work cutting bundles and getting it online. yardage made it online yesterday…the custom bundle today…you can see it all here. factory-cut bundles will be shipping next week.

susanna’s scraps

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The rest of what’s going on this weekend is family stuff. mom and dad are heading to a birthday party tonight (for which we are finishing up the quilty birthday present today), i’ll be getting ready for the baby shower we are throwing for Melany tomorrow. then we can sit back and relax a little before our back to back shows in May. better get back to work…

have a wonderful weekend!

—-april&mickey

merry christmas

we hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season full of festive fun, laughter, games, good food, delightful company, and quiet moments to soak it all in.

a few of my favorites from this holiday season…

Swell Christmas which has been retired from the shoppe and is enjoying the season at home.
cross stitch and needle punch

links…

Cozy Quilter’s Christmas Tree pillow

Grandma’s Dresden pillow using Swell Christmas

Swell Christmas kit (sold out)

Old St. Nick punch needle

Home for the Holidays cross stitch

Jolly Old Soul cross stitch

merry christmas from our family to yours…

we are so thankful for your support this year…it truly has been one wild year…thank you for being along for the ride.

—april, mickey, dale, tina, melany, tyler, and the fur babies…kandii, brutus, max, lola, bella…and the little baby that’s on the way…Mel and Ty are planning on finding out what she’s having on the 27th…

thankful

happy thanksgiving!

we would like to say…

thank you

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we could not have gotten this far without you.

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your support, thoughts, prayers, hugs, love, donations, treats, bread, meals, visits, and words of encouragement have truly touched our hearts.

we are surrounded by the best people in the world!

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forever grateful…

dale, mickey, april, tina, melany, tyler and kandii, brutus, max, lola & bella

glad tidings and good cheer

good afternoon!

it is the last work day of 2017 here in the shoppe!

man…2017 has gone by fast.

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Mom and I would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who has stopped by throughout the year…whether you make it to Paynesville to visit our storefront, see us at shows, frequent our etsy shop, website, blog, facebook, or instagram…we appreciate your conversation, inspiration, likes, follows, comments, tags, and shares.

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THANK YOU…from the bottom of our hearts!  we truly could not do this without you!

 

***to celebrate 2017 and all of you…be sure to pop over the website (www.sweetwatercottonshoppe.com) for 20% off (almost) everything!

 

have a safe and stitch-filled 2018!

–april&mickey

 

rock candy box top
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?