punchy pink…succulence blog tour

succulence blog tour

good morning!  so today we kick off the Succulence Blog Tour…we are kinda nervous, but spent all day Saturday taking pictures, pulling bits of inspiration, coming up with a new project that I put together Saturday night/Sunday because…I…I just had to!

this morning I took a few new pictures so we could get all the projects together and see them play off each other…I think it is fantastic.  I am just loving this line.

succulence, the fabric

succulence is an amazing collection of print, color, and design and apparently struck a cord somewhere.  after looking at her blog (which I might add is amazing…I love the soft colors) I saw her market photos from Spring 2015 and they looked familiar and low and behold when I was looking through my phone I had taken a picture of it.

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that torn wallpaper is A-MAZE-ING!

About the collection:

Succulents represent the ability to thrive and constantly create new growth through absorbing even the tiniest bits of water. Bonnie pays homage to this perseverance through a study of these plants in vibrant hues of earthy plum, sunlit copper and both pristine & opaque greens.

with this in mind…we set to work designing.  our style tends to be more toward light and airy florals, so this was a nice step outside the box.

in tried-and-true Sweetwater fashion we make it shabby…playing on the theme we thought a Practically Perfect basket was in order and of course we used white muslin for the background because it washes up beautifully.  we added a border of punchy pink vintage chenille to finish it off and it is that pink chenille that brings it all together.  Then we set it against a “Tom Sawyer” painted fence, painter’s cloth covered chair, and a cozy second-hand quilt.

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a close-up of the pillow.

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then Saturday we pulled EdMar thread to match and decided that i needed to make a pincushion…and i just LOVE engligh paper piecing and wool so i combined all 3.  this Prickly pincushion is only complete with a little bit of cacti embroidery.

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a few more Succulence-inspired threads, buttons, and a desert wool pack.

Succulence thread packs…curated to blend.

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Vintage (left) and New buttons…in Succulence hues.

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Desert bundles…

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And one last Succulent Punch pillow picture…this one shows how it looks with the plaid and checks of the vintage quilt.

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Be sure to stop on over at

here are some LInKs…

 going home to roost …she’s the leader…pop over if you are looking for more info on the blog hop

succulent punch pillow kit

succulent punch pdf pattern download

prickly pincushion kit

prickly pincushion pdf pattern download

succulent thread pack

desert wool bundle

succulence yardage

here is the list of the stops…i’ll link as they go live.

Monday February 1st: April and Mickey Zimmer (us!)| Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe

Tuesday February 2nd: Taylor Urban | Taylor Made Creates

Wednesday February 3rd: Bonnie (the leader) | Going Home to Roost

Thursday February 4th: Daisy Aschehoug | Ants to Sugar

Friday February 5th: Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company

Monday February 8th: Staci Barrett | A Vintage Fairytale

Tuesday February 9th: Denise Palmer | Denise Anne Studio

Wednesday February 10th: Sahnda Black | Sahnda Marie

Thursday February 11th: Monica De Leon | JourneyDeVida

Friday February 12th: Sarah Bertochi

Monday February 15th: Ali Brorsen | Because of Brenna

Tuesday February 16th: Maxie Ramey | Maxie Makes

Wednesday February 17th: Michelle Cain | From Bolt to Beauty

Thursday February 18th: Katharina Pferdmenges | Der Rabe Im Schlamm

Friday February 19th: Isabel Kelly | Lamb and Wolfie

Friday February 20th: Emi Shimokawa | Just Add Fabric

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ready?

no…we are not quite ready to kick off the Succulence Blog tour on Monday in which we are the first stop!  How in the…did that happen? 

we are diligently working on the project…we just have to run it through the washer/dryer so it has that crinkly look we adore.

                     >>>>>>how about a sneaky peak<<<<<<<

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Aren’t those prints just the prettiest?!  We will have a limited number of kits available…and yes…they will include the vintage “wow” pink chenille border.

So be sure to pop back on Monday when we kick off the Succulence Blog hop with fun pictures, some favorite things, and kit info.

have a happy January weekend…see you on Monday!

-april&mickey

january

it is hard to believe that we are on the downhill side of January. it has been ridiculously cold here the past week, so we have been plotting new projects.

I am working on pulling together English paper piecing supplies for the workshop i’ll be doing this Saturday. if you are interested in joining us the cost is $15 for guild members and 20 for non-members. it will be at the willmar community and activity center and start at 10am this Saturday, January 23rd.

some precuts and yardage have arrived…

Strawberry Fields Revisited…a nod to their previous strawberry fields line with an updated twist…lovely tan and grey mixed with pink, figgy green, and cream.  we have jellies and candies available.

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Frivol #6 has arrived!  another Strawberry Fields Revisited goody…

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loving these new Regent Street charm packs…thinking maybe taking a charm pack and making and EPP project…i’ll have to ponder that tonight…

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lastly…moda is 40 years old!  we have their celebratory selvage print available in-store and online…I think this print would be awesome for the back of a Bella Solids quilt…i’ll have to think on that as well.

Pictured…40th anniversary fabric, bella bleached white PFD, Steel, and Zen Grey…we also have Bella Ivory which is what we are using in our Frivol #6 instead of the 2 different sashing prints.  These prints are all available in the shoppe or online.
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Don’t forget to check out our **SALE** section of the etsy shoppe…I’ve added in some more flannels along with kits of Miss Kate…perfect for scrappy backings, ragtime quilts, or snuggly baby quilts.  Miss Kate features classic B&C colors…if you are curious!

Succulence Blog Tour

we are so happy to be a part of this blog tour that starts on January 28th!  Our day is February 1st!  SO excited…i’ll give you more info in the next couple days…but if you can’t wait pop over to going home to roost for a look at the fabulous world of Bonnie Christine…the designer behind the Succulence fabric and coordinator of the Succulence blog tour.

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be sure to pop over to our instagram account to follow the day-to-day… @sweetgirlstudio

have a wonderful afternoon…stay warm!

–april*mickey