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.


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!


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!



good afternoon! just finished getting our new embroidery books online…if you are looking for something new for spring…these might be the ticket…

stitched so sweet

check out Stitched So Sweet and the other new books here.

have a wonderful weekend!

—april&mickey sweetwater


our order of ribbons and a couple ribbon embroidery kits arrived today…just in time cuz i just finished up row 4 of Lucy’s Summer Cottage…(you can see it in my instagram stories).

i might try my hand at a little ribbon embroidery this weekend…tina has done it so if i run into any issues i can ask her.

gibb & hiney ribbons

we started with just ribbon sets of the 3.5 mm…and will expand from there. these are a couple of my favorite sets.

cloudy sky…of course!
peony…of course…cuz i can’t get enough of those dusky pinks and creams….

these are the ribbon kits we picked to start.

herb bouquet focuses on ribbon embroidery lazy daisies

i think i’m going to try my hand at the Fuchsias…it looks intense but i scanned the directions and she does a good job explaining with color pictures and the kit includes the needles, floss, ribbons, fusible-knit, and complete instructions…just need to find time to do a little stitching.

if you’d like to try your hand at it…here is the section link…ribbon.embroidery…so you can get started.

happy easter lovelies!


a few things new

good afternoon! it looks like the rain has left for a few days…it was nice being home yesterday with the rain falling, windows open, and a little bit of stitching. i’m trying hard to get row 4 done by next tuesday so i’ll have some progress to report…

i’ve finally gotten the Treehouse Textiles patterns packed up with acrylics and papers…mom is currently making the Dilly Bag so once she is done we’ll have it kitted.

I ordered up the June Dyson Coverlet and the Frankie Quilt patterns and have both ready to go.

June Dyson was featured in the most recent issue of Simply Vintage. We have the pattern, acrylics, and paper pack available here.

June Dyson coverlet by Treehouse Textiles

Frankie Quilt…this is the quirky little sister to the Sweet Sunday project. I love the pretty summer star pattern, the low volume prints, and the lovely vintage style fabrics. We have it packed up with the Frankie pattern, acrylics, and papers...here.

Frankie quilt by Treehouse Textiles

we’ve gotten in the newest chunky thread pack from Bee in My Bonnet along with the skeins of each color…check out our crochet section of the shop.

Chunky Thread sampler pack #4

looks like mom is waiting for me so we can get going…have a wonderful evening!

-april&mickey sweetwater


Chantilly is Fig Tree’s spring collection and it is every bit as sweet, fresh, and romantic as it sounds. Lovely prints, and the most lusciously soft colors. we chose 12 of the low-volume prints and have bundled them into packs of 12 fat quarters…plus mom is working on a new quilt featuring these summery fabrics. we have the low volume Chantilly bundles available now.

low volume Chantilly bundle

New DMC perle cotton no 8 has arrived and i’ve been whipping up tin collections of 8 colors…when the lovely Chantilly arrived i knew i needed to put together a tin of Chantilly-Inspired threads.

Chantilly-Inspired DMC perle cotton no 8

now back to sunday stitching…have a wonderful weekend! -what’s left of it-

happy stitching! –a&m

a little french flair…via Le Poulet

good morning…hopefully you are enjoying the sunshine and maybe even spending some time stitching on the porch, deck, or in a sunny spot in the sunroom. i’ve whipped up 2 rows of lucy then thought maybe i would take a mini break for a few days…work on some of my other favorite things…embroidery, cross stitch, crochet, Sashiko, and ribbon embroidery. yes…we’ve decided to add a little bit of ribbon to the needlework section of the shoppe. we have some ribbon sets…i’ve reordered some ribbon sets along with some ribbon embroidery kits and am waiting on those.

Mrs. Billings has been put on stand-by until i get lucy finished…i’m so excited to see my Lucy’s Summer Cottage all done…that i don’t want to work on anything else. i have had lots of fun working on a few other projects though…a couple small finishes in between a large undertaking like Patchwork of the Crosses…is always nice!

yesterday mom stitched my Le Poulet pincushion into a pincushion for me…i love it…the little chicken, the checkerboard, the pretty red chosen for the letters…they all combine to complete a truly delightful little pinny and i hope it receives the kind of love the original pincushion did.

le poulet..from .Ooh La La
le poulet
Ooh La La features 15 projects with a French Flair…by Blackbird Designs

Le Poulet kits are available now…online and in-store…a wonderful addition to your cross stitch library.

Le Poulet kit…including Ooh La La book, threads, linen, backing

Don’t forget to embroidery your initials/name…date/year…etc. I had originally stitched my initials and year on the front, but didn’t want to take anything away from the design so they ended up VERY small and hardly readable. I may embroidery my info on the back of my projects from now on….i like the look of it and it’s like a happy little surprise when you are looking at it…plus i’ve fallen in love with Diamond Textiles fabrics…they are so pretty…plus i am a sucker for anything woven, plaid, check, stripe, twill…the little diamonds…they are just the best! (so i made sure this print is in the kits for the back cuz it is just perfect!)

initials on the back of the pincushion

it fits nicely in with our other projects…

cross stitch smalls…

projects from top left Hallowe’en Greeting (on table), My Pink Rose, My Heart is Home, Le Poulet, and In Full Glory.

cross stitch smalls.

Morning Star project on left…has been MIA since last June…not sure what happened but quite sad that it has disappeared. we do have kits and i will probably break down and stitch up another at some point.

today’s agenda after lunch is to ship out some orders, impatiently wait for Chantilly fabrics and more DMC perle cotton no. 8 to arrive…then onto cutting bundles, taking pictures of the new cross stitch patterns, silk ribbons sets, perle cotton no 8 tins, and maybe i’ll even get a chance to list a few goodies online this afternoon.

lastly…we’ve come across a kit of our Hot Cocoa Cottage Chic edition…we thought these lovely had all found homes…but there is just one left…we have it available online with the option to add on the Dusky Petals tin of DMC perle cotton no 8…yummy for spring!

hot coca cottage chic edition
hot cocoa cottage chic edition

happy stitching! —i’ll be back with my Sashiko embroidery in a day or so…it was so much fun and quick and easy—


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…