a little weekend broderie

good afternoon! we are spending the day ooohhhing and aaaahhhing over the new broderie panels that have just arrived. these lovelies may just get stitched up this weekend (or the stitching may start…maybe not finish).

i am planning on doing some thread collections for these…but we’ll see how long things take…everything seems to take 100 times longer to do when you want to do a million things.


these are just THE prettiest samplers…i’m kinda loving the sampler style one…but the patchwork one and these little sampler squares and all over vine…ummm love!

broderie blue
broderie red

you can nab these panels…here

well, i’d best get back to my cutting, kitting, and printing.

happy friday!


side note…we will be closed labor day, monday, september 5th.

Minnesota Staycation

join us for Quilt Minnesota 2021…

i realize that the shop hop starts today! we’ve been spending our time getting ready…cutting bundles, finishing up patterns, and a little faffing…(i think we should start using the word faff).

i grabbed a few pictures of the porch before the fabric gets raided later today.

we decided to cozy up the porch with a little quilt mn this year. projects are…from left: Mocha Flurry, Snow Day, Flurry Potholder, Staycation, MN Framed…Winter Bed Pillow is on the chair.


the left side of the porch features our papasan chair which showcases a Sledding Pillow and lots of panels, 1 yard cuts, and fat quarters. i love the barn quilt…who doesn’t love that dark blue!

sledding pillow

MN Framed and another Sledding Pillow in our hanging chair…(everyone needs one of these in their life!) also…coordinating grunges.

sledding pillow and grunges

Minnesota Staycation…this is our booklet cover photo…i really love these 2 large throw quilts…both have flannel backing which just makes them even more cozy!

Minnesota Staycation

shop hop starts right now! so i’d better get working! hopefully you have a chance to stop in during the hop and check out the porch. if you are unable to pop in but are interested in a quilt…please call us at 320.243.4436 or email us at sweetwatercottonshoppe(@)yahoo(.)com.

we do have some new arrivals including…

Sweet Summer kits (features Sophie by Brenda Riddle)

Garden District kits (features Jardin de Fleurs by French General)

Cranberries and Cream precuts have arrived…yardage is shipping today!

Red Robin/Repo Reds by Sheryl Johnson…a collection of 20 civil war era reds…should be arriving today!

have a good weekend…hopefully you get a chance to partake in the shop hop!


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.


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


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

minnesota night sky

so we are 7 days into the shop hop and i thought i better pop in here with a picture or 2.

our little booklet featuring our qm19 projects has been a hit…the booklet features our quilt Minnesota Night Sky (which features our block), 1 Yard Pillowcase, Minnesota Collage throw pillow, Minnesota 2 Cents, and Potholders in 2 colorways…Pink Sky at Night and Stormy Skies.

Quilt Minnesota 2019 projects
Quilt Minnesota potholders

we still have kits left of Minnesota Night Sky, Minnesota 2 Cents, the Story Skies potholders, and just 1 Minnesota Collage kit left.

The fabric has been finding new homes as well…we are out of several of the prints but have fat quarter bundles left which contain 1 fq of each print and 1 of each panel, single fat quarters, and some 1 yard cuts.

We even have a grouping of Moda Grunges that coordinate with the Quilt Minnesota fabrics…these are available as well.

moda grunges to coordinate with quilt minnesota 2019

our window display features a cozy bed, classic mantle and a cupboard full of quilt minnesota 2019 bolts, 1 yard cuts, fat quarters, and bundles.

quilt mn 2019
quilt minnesota 2019 placemat panel
quilt minnesota 2019 cupboard
Minnesota Night Sky quilt

happy stitching…hopefully you get a chance to stop in during hop!


quilt mn 2019 update

good morning!

the shop hop starts in just a few days and July is over tomorrow. I do prefer when the shop hop starts in August as opposed to the end of July…it is almost like we get a little extra summer!

Mom and i are thinking we may be ready. We have all the QM kits cut and tied, just waiting on me to print up some tags. I’m working on the booklet today along with cutting non-qm kits to fold and tie tomorrow on my last day off for 20+ days. Speaking of 20+ days working in a row…Mom and I are a two-quilter-show, so we ask that you please adhere to the shop hop hours m-s 10-5 and sun noon-5 (these hours can be found on the front page of the flyer at the top, on the passport above your name, and on the quilt minnesota website right below the “Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop” banner). Even if the lights are on odds are we are printing up the block patterns, cutting 5 inch squares, or trying to get a couple more kits cut and tied. We need every minute of the non-shop hop day to get everything ready for you plus our online shop stays open, so we have to get that packaged and off to the post office as well.

now…back to qm info…we ordered in some Aurifil Thread Sets that coordinate with Quilt Minnesota 2019. This palette of colors is truly Minnesota…they are available now! $25.95 for the set of 5 small spools of 50wt (2725, 2887, 2335, 2605, 2000).

5 different qm colors
5 spools in a cute little box
a sweet little window so you can see a sampling of the threads.

these little boxes of threads are limited and exclusive to Quilt Minnesota 2019…i’m loving that grey!

now…back to kit cutting…then dinner with Monica tonight.

happy stitching…i’ll try and pop back in on Thursday with project pictures along with maybe our Quilt Minnesota display!

—april&mickey sweetwater

Quilt Minnesota 2019 project sneak peaks

good afternoon…mom and i have been hard at work stitching up and trying to finish up some Quilt Minnesota projects…

tentatively it will feature…a large quilt, a table topper, potholders, pillow, and pillowcases…5 quick Minnesota-inspired projects to show your love for this great state!

I am super excited for this years booklet collection…still debating names for the some of the projects, our block, and the booklet…all in good time.

i do have a couple sneak peaks for you today…

Minnesota Night Sky

Each shop in our section will have Potholder kits featuring their block…we will be offering our potholders in 2 colorways…stormy skies (grey) and pink sky at night (below)–look at that fancy-pants hang loop!

Pink Sky at Night Potholder…features a mixture of Quilt Minnesota 2019 and Grunge prints

IN LOVE with the potholders! We are still waiting on a coordinating Grunge to match up with the Stormy Skies colorway…but when we get it in…we’ll be whipping that one up too.

Both projects will be kitted…if you can’t wait drop us an email and we can get you set up with a kit and booklet so you don’t have to worry about missing out once the hop begins. (email is sweetwatercottonshoppe(@)yahoo(.)com)

Minnesota Night Sky kit includes booklet and scrappy binding $126.

Sky Potholder kit is complete (includes block pattern sheet, fabric for front, back, binding, hang loop, insulbrite, and batting for 1 potholder) $8.99

it’s nearing 5 bells and my Stars in the Garden using 3/8 inch hexies and 30’s repos is waiting for me…happy stitching! –april & mickey sweetwater

Quilt Minnesota 2019

good morning! it is already nearly the 4th of July and we are gearing up for quilt minnesota. our june was quite busy, so most of our qm2019 fabric still has the factory tape on it (YIKES! we’d better get crackin’ on our projects!)

all in good time…am i right? i’ve been dreaming of our qm2019 display…do i move everything out of the window and make it look outdoorsy, do i bring in a couple vintage bikes and a bench…depends upon what we are making…big quilts, throws, toppers, runners, pillowcases, hmm…decisions…decisions…


we are, however, doing the dollar ditty again! and the dollar ditties this year are the best ever…i think–but i may be a little biased!

our incentives have just arrived as well…who doesn’t love a good set of cool coasters…that could double as pretty tiles?

we aren’t even coaster people but i kinda wanna do the south central region…

i’m putting mom to work on our qm projects…so be on the lookout for those!

if we don’t see you july hopefully the south central region is on your list!

happy stitching! –april&mickey [sweetwater]

Quilt Minnesota 2018

good morning!  mom and i hope you are gearing up for some Quilt Minnesota hopping and shopping!

we have finally gotten the display together…where has July gone?!  i’ve taken some pictures of our fun new projects, and as in years past i’ve put together a booklet of our projects.  this year our booklet will include 5 projects…2 quilts, a table runner, table topper, and a set of pillowcases.

everything is kitted, but as always kits are limited…so you are interested…drop us a line.

the fabrics…waiting for the hoppers…

2018 display

Pick Up Sticks…our topper that uses a charm pack.

2018 pick up sticks

Minnesota Scenery…this project uses every single fabric from the collection (including the 2 flannel prints as backing).

2018 mantle1

that tiny display of fabric goodness to the left of the mantle is past year’s quilt mn goodies…not much left, but worth a gander if you are looking to fill in.

2018 mantle2

Aromatic Cases and Perfect for Picnics…we pulled all the purple, white, and blue for this quilt and pillowcases…(this is our favorite…cottage-y, airy, and full of white softer colors).

2018 bed

our display from the window.

2018 mantle

Frog Pond…our table runner featuring our block.

2018 frog pond

Lady Slipper jar and a basket of kits.

2018 lady slipper jar

our booklet, Minnesota Scenery, includes 5 projects…Minnesota Scenery, Pick Up Sticks, Frog Pond, Perfect for Picnics, and Aromatic Cases.


hopefully, you can pop in during the hop and see it in person…pictures don’t do the projects justice.

happy shopping & hopping!


Quilt Minnesota 2017

it has almost arrived and I have just finished up the display…–better late than never–

our projects are all done, quilted, bound, displayed, and the kits are packaged and the booklets are printed.

we’ve kitted everything…so if you are hopping around be sure to stop in and take a look!

qm17 V-neck tees…available now

complete window display morel ladyslipper1 yard cuts

fat quarters and Paddle Wheels (right) 

from left Table Quartet, Stripes, Lakeside pillowcase, and Lakeshore

Minnesota Tote bag for 2017 Table Quartet Table Quartet, Stripes and Lakeside pillowcase Stripes, Lakeside Pillowcase, and Lakeshore kits are available starting Friday, July 28th…


Kits include booklet:

Paddle Wheels $25

Stripes $42

Lakeside Pillowcase $30

Table Quartet $38

Lakeshore $79

Ladyslipper $34.75 (includes threads)

Morel $28.75 (includes thread)

Ladyslipper Jar $6.75 (pattern only available in jar kit)

I will not be posting these online…if you are from out of state or not doing the hop and would like to purchase…please request a paypal invoice (send me an email with your address and items you’d like to order) or call the shoppe (320.243.4436)


***please remember that our QM17 kits are exclusive to our shoppe and are extremely limited***

happy hopping!  –april

10 years of Quilt Minnesota

oh, goodness.  the shoppe has been nonstop since Friday, July 29th (the first day of the hop) to probably this moment that I can finally get online to post our quilt Minnesota shop hop display pics.  {granted…we are down to kits of only our table topper, a few 1 yards cuts and fat quarters, and under 18 bolts of the 28 bolt QM line}

but nonetheless…here is what it looked like 12 days ago…

quilt mn 16 1

quilt mn 16 2
Chain of Lakes project and pins from 2007-2016 (we only have pins left from 2012, 2014, 2015)

quilt mn 16 3
Road Trip Bingo car quilt…just 1 kit left…

quilt mn 16 5
1 yard cuts are precut and ready to rock…

quilt mn 16 7
Lemonade Cups for the Lady Slipper Lemonade tablemat

quilt mn 16 6
kiss the cook and grillin mit

quilt mn 16 4
camper valance showcases the panel

quilt mn 16 8
Quilt Labels…made exclusively for Quilt Minnesota shops…just $5.00 each.

quilt mn 16 9 quilt mn 16 9a quilt mn 16 9bwe still have a few kits of the Chain on Lakes table topper.

we are out of the following prints:  blue mosquito, cream mosquito, orange hash, brown hash, green hash, colored fish, cream tonal, stripe.  We still have at least 1–1 yard cut of everything OR a chunk left on the bolt.

ALSO…we have 1 FQ bundle left of the entire line (it includes the elusive mosquito prints and colored fish).

hope everyone is having a wonderful time hopping around the state…we are loving the pictures you are posting to Facebook!

if you can’t join us…be sure to check out Quilt Minnnesota on facebook or click on the “Minnesota” below.


now for non quilt Minnesota fun…

we have lines arriving along with precuts and other goodies…

Welcome Home from Maywood has arrived.

Antique Rose from Lecian.

Arriving this week…

Bella Solids…Betty’s Green (30’s green) and 30’s yellow

Smitten paper pieces and acrylics

Courtyard precuts


keep an eye out for pics of new projects…if you’d like to see what’s going on in between blog posts be sure to check out our instagram feed @sweetgirlstudio



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