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


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…


Cozy Christmas Stitching

good afternoon!  Hopefully you have started Christmas shopping…i’m still in process of actually getting started.

I do have a new Christmas project kitted and ready to go…just in time for your stocking, under your tree, or work on it as you sit next to the tree soaking up all the pine and good Christmas feels.

Cozy Quilter’s Christmas Tree pillow by Crabapple Hill Studio hit my “Must Make” list in October/November…it arrived and i knew i had to make it.  I tend to do more embroidery and cross stitch around the Christmas…

Well, this year i picked this delightfully sweet pillow to whip up, and we have finally finished up the sawtooth and star borders and put on a backing.

I’m all heart eyes for this lovely bit of Christmas cheer.  As a rule i prefer Christmas but not “Christmas-y” colors…i love a good blue and white quilt or pink and mint…something not so traditional.  So when i picked these prints i surprised even myself.

Cozy Quilter’s Christmas pillow…embroidered by April…pieced by Mickey for Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe

Look at those Holly Taylor colors…cranberry red and sage-y green…love it!  The background is the little tan braid print on white from Good Tidings by Brenda Riddle.  I even did a little bit of crayon tinting then stitched it using hand-dyed cotton threads from Gentle Art and Classic Colorworks.  A perfect blend of classic yet up-to-date.

We have this lovely kitted (just 3 ready-to-ship)…kits include pattern, all the fabrics for the front, tuck, and back (stitchery backing and batting not included), hand-dyed cotton threads, along with Foxglove Cottage embroidery needles, Pigma Pen, and Needle Bird needle threader…so when this package of quilty embroidery bliss arrives you are set to stitch.  Click here to nab a kit…

cozy Quilter’s christmas tree kit…includes:  pattern, fabrics for front, tuck, and backing, threads, and embroidery notions.

Have a wonderful weekend…hopefully you can find a moment to get some stitching in!

—–april & mickey

Lucy Tuesday week 74

good afternoon!  we hope you are having a wonderful December.  we popped into town to get our Christmas tree on Sunday night…then we pulled out the lights and the beads and the ornaments and set to work.

this year we opted for 3 trees…1 real, 1 small artificial, and the feather tree from the shoppe i brought home.  the real tree is packed full of soft and sweet ornaments, vintage beads, candle lights…very pastel and pretty.  the other 2 trees are Christmas Past trees…the small artificial tree has some of our childhood ornaments…my Styrofoam star, my puzzle wreath, tina’s repunzel-angel, and felt bells with our kindergarten/first grade pics.  the feather tree we opted for bubble lights in memory of Grandma Zimmer and bulbs from when Mom and Dad were first married and some soft pink bulbs i found at Hollyhock Cottage several Christmases ago.  Needless to say, the house is very Christmas-y…just need to get shopping so we can get some presents wrapped and under the tree.


speaking of shopping…i thought i would pop in and update you on Lucy blocks.  i’m still trying to get my Christmas pillow all done and working on my Mrs. Billings triangles.

i did a check of the Lucy Block kits and some are either sold out or there are just a couple left.  keep in mind…that these are a limited run type thing, and right now i am not planning on making any more blocks.  i may decide to substitute fabrics in the kit…if i decide to do that i’ll make sure to let you know in the listing.

these are some that right now are limited to 1 or 2.

Summer Cottage Block 1


Summer Cottage block #7   EDIT:  i’ve found some green strawberries so there will be 8 more kits available.

Summer Cottage #52

Civil War block #2

Civil War #31


Right now these are the kits that i can only find 1 or 2 of and do not have enough to make any more.

i’ve linked them above in case you’d like to add them to your Patchwork of the Crosses.


Happy stitching…


Lucy Tuesday week 73

good afternoon!

i’ve been neglecting my EPP to whip up the Cozy Quilter’s Christmas Pillow by Crabapple Hill…and it is nearly done!  patterns and floss have been ordered and (fingers-crossed) will be here by the end of the week.

here is a sneaky peak of the project…i’ve gotten the embroidery all done…just waiting on the piecing part…maybe tonight!

also…we have only 1 Simply Vintage Christmas/winter issue left if you’d like a little bit of Christmas inspiration.

links are below

Cozy Quilter’s Christmas pillow (i only have patterns available right now…kits should be available end of the week).

Simply Vintage Christmas issue

Happy stitching…


christmas stitching

good morning!  hopefully you’ve had a wonderful thanksgiving.  ours was full of family, doggy kisses, delicious food, and a Clue playing marathon…poor Tina didn’t win a single game.


now that thanksgiving is over i am far more excited about Christmas.  i love pulling out the Christmas boxes and faffing the house with a little extra coziness that Christmas brings.  i love the smell of pine, the soft Christmas carols, twinkling lights, and neatly wrapped presents.

i think it is this inevitable feel of simpler times and wood burning fires that spur me to sit quietly and stitch.  whether i embroider, appliqué, or cross stitch…it truly doesn’t matter…

this year…i decided on Wednesday i would stitch up Crabapple Hill’s Cozy Quilter’s pillow…so i pulled fabrics, threads, traced the pattern and started it Wednesday evening.  i’m hoping to get a it finished up in the next week or so…i’ll be whipping up kits…

if this embroidered/quilty pillow isn’t really your thing…we also have EdMar Christmas kits available…kits include all the threads (including metallic if needed), beads, preprinted pattern on white, needles, and complete instructions.

Christmas Tree, Christmas Candles, Christmas Pine Cone, and Christmas Acorns

if Brazilian embriodery isn’t your thing either…last year i pulled my favorite Christmas Cross stitch patterns and you can check them out as well…Christmas Cross Stitch.

also…i’ll be kitting this lovely from Home for the Holidays…once everything arrives…

and if cross stitch isn’t your thing or you prefer working on something a little bit smaller…this Teenie Hardanger IV project could right up your alley.  cranberry and pine mix with ecru and beads…tuck in a little bowl with potpourri, pine boughs, and bulbs.

if you are looking for some inspiration…the new Simply Vintage winter edition by Quilt Mania is brimming with winter-y and Christmas-y projects including quilts, wool appliqué, embroidery, and Christmas crafts.  17 different projects total to get you in the mood for Christmas.

mom is going to stitch up the little piece on the bottom right.  it is just delightful, dainty, and darling, and she already had a place for it.

i’d better get on over to the post office and check the mailbox.  could have gotten some of my cross stitch supplies that i’ve been impatiently waiting on.

happy stitching…have a safe and happy weekend!  hopefully you can fit in a little quiet stitching time…

—april & mickey

Lucy Tuesday week 70, 71, & 72…a little christmas cross stitch

good evening!

hopefully all is well in your neck of the woods.  thought i would pop in and give an update…

i’ve only had a chance to get a few pink squares basted…and maybe one 9-patch surrounded.  i’ve worked on a couple hexie triangles for the Mrs. Billings border.

i have been debating if i should start working on the Ring of Roses at the shoppe, but then i’m torn because we are FINALLY getting some 30 count linen so i could start on this cross stitch project i want to kit…(it just so happens to be a Christmas cross stitch project by Blackbird Designs–of course!)

Christmas Garden is from the Home for the Holidays book by Blackbird Designs.

if you are interested in a kit…let me know and i’ll get you an eta and price…(still waiting on some of the threads…because i have to order from what seems like a dozen companies to get all the supplies…it’s truly only 3-4 but it is still frustrating.)


hopefully i can get back to nightly English paper piecing so i have more to show for the week…

Happy stitching…


new Brazilian embroidery projects

i could hardly wait to get these new little Edmar kits and this fabulous book online!

Sunshine’s Fantasy World…ohmygodthisbookisamazing!  (yes…that is exactly how i said it when i looked through this book…)

this book is stuffed FULL of sea creatures, bugs, butterflies, birds, flowers, and bouquets.  over 100 traceable designs, over 50 stitches and all pictures are in color!  absolutely glorious…hours of gawking, drooling, oooing and aaahhing, and hours of stitching once you pick your favorites (which is going to be difficult!).

perfect for an i spy project, under the sea stitchery, or add these darling motifs to your crazy quilt.

Sunshine’s Fantasy World is available now!

sunshine's fantasy world

if you are thinking of trying it but want to start small…this California rosebud is up your stitching alley.  this delightful little rosebud is available in 3 colors, peach, plum, and pearl and are ready to ship so you can get started…kits include all the threads, instructions, printed trigger cloth, and needles to complete project. here is the link to the kit…California rosebud.

caliornia rosebud

happy stitching!


christmas cross stitch

I just can’t pass up a good cross stitch pattern…especially when it is seasonal…

some of these are on the “must make” list…

*I’d better get started cross stitch

from left…

Merry Christmas, Ho! Ho! Ho! Evergreen Lane, Merry Noel, And Rudolf, and Bringing Good Cheer.

All are available now!



Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses…Thanksgiving week

I’ve chosen to forgo a Lucy block this week.

(if you are looking to catchup…now is the time…all block kits are still available… here is the link to the section of Lucy Boston blocks, papers, the book…etc)


Instead I’ve decided to do a little bit of plotting…I’m still about 40ish flowers shy of being finished with my Miss Scarlet Flower Garden…I’ve vowed to have it done by Christmas.  I’ve also vowed to not start a new project until this quilt was finished.  –I do have others started and many more in the hopper…I’m not a one-project-at-a-time kind of gal, but the end is near and I want her finished.

she’s gorgeous!  I used Miss Scarlet by Minick and Simpson for the flowers and bella ivory for the flower centers and the path.  –I have progress pics over on our instagram feed…

…as I was saying…

I have lots of ideas for some new English Paper Piecing projects…most of these will be smaller…promise!  more on that after Miss Scarlet has been finished, quilted, bound, and washed.

plus…we’ve been whipping up some Cross-stich and embroidery projects –I had forgotten how much I LOVE stitching!

a new favorite are these Lace Cabins…how unbelievably sweet are these?  I’m thinking maybe next Christmas!  🙂

we have this pattern available online…

Don’t forget to shop small this Saturday…we’ll be here from 10-3…be sure to stop on by and check out our holiday bundles, the trees, and I’m thinking we’ll have a little chocolate around!



autumn goodies

autumn seems to have arrived.  the farmers market is full of pumpkins, gourds, and sunflowers; pots of chili splatter the stove, and I’ve pulled out my thick socks and a flannel quilt or 2.

autumn is most definitely my favorite season…the leaves changing colors, the corn drying down, and autumn collections start shipping.

Today, however, I have other goodies…autumn-inspired goodies…

we’ve gotten in some wonderfully sweet cross stitch…and this Pumpkin project is probably my favorite (for the moment)!

if cross stitch isn’t your thing…I’m sure you can find something to cozy-up your home this season between the pages of the newest Simply Vintage

lastly…our French General thread collections of Autumn and Winter have arrived and are perfect for your next stitchy project…



happy stitching!

-april & mickey