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

Sew Much Fun

good afternoon! we are nearing the end of July already! Mom and i are back from Jackson, WY all safe and sound…a bit dizzy after traveling the Tetons, Yellowstone, and the making 2 passes through the Badlands and a quick visit with Dignity in Chamberlain, SD…(if you are on instagram, i’ve posted a couple pics of Dignity the post is dated July 20th …she is truly breathtaking and worth a trip!)

anyways…we are now back in the sewing of things. Orders arrived while we were gone. Some wool from In the Patch Designs: Pennies, Hex-A-Gons, and some Smidgens. Swell Christmas panels and bundles (i’ll be whipping up more kits of the Swell Dresden Pillow before the hop), Diamond Textiles…yardage and tons of 3 1/2 inch and 5 inch charm packs, and some Durham Collection…mostly blues on a soft creamy tan…scrumptious! We have some curated bundles available now….

Dress Shirt Wovens #2…this pack of 16 Diamond Textile fabrics is completely different than our first bundle…i even have it available here for you.

dress shirt wovens #2

Blue Durham…these fabrics are so scrumptious…a soft palette of pastel blue on a honey-vanilla background. A must for anyone looking for that cottage-English Garden-vintage sheets look. only 6 bolts of blue have arrived so far (plus 1 bolt of the pink colorway which is on more of a vanilla-white) so we’ve bundled them up. They are available here. There will be more arriving sometime in August which is its original ship date.

Blue Durham

i’ll be getting the yardage online later this week…hopefully before our Quilt Minnesota coordinating Grunges arrive on Friday…then we can finish up a couple QM projects!

tomorrow i’ll be home…stitching away…then back to work on Thursday for some Paynesville Crazy Days prep! be sure to stop by downtown friday and saturday…Crazy DAys includes sidewalk sales!

have a wonderful evening!

—april&mickey {sweetwater}

mid month mayhem

good afternoon!

Yesterday was mom’s birthday…so she had the day off–plus it coincided with her weekly day off…score!

we are trying to get everything all lined up and ready to go, but these july days just keep slipping by or are we the only ones that feel that way?

we are counting down the days to quilt minnesota 16 days…and in between those 16 days we have head out to Jackson, Wyoming to pick up mom’s car and drop off the rental (they had a little booboo when they were out there in June), plus counting and bagging a bazillion different papers, finish quilt minnesota projects, print the quilt minnesota booklet, kit up all the quilt minnesota projects, put together the incentive, maybe even whip up a new project (other than quilt minnesota), and do a mini shop rearrange.

however…we are getting in some new fabric! and we all know how much we love new fabric!

part of our Durham 2019 collection shipped that will be arriving later this week…this collection is our palette. Classic English roses, pastel colors, dots, small rose buds…i’m so happy that part of it is arriving in July!

Diamond Textiles…i have always loved woven, over stitched, yarn-dyed fabrics…so i cannot get enough of Diamond Textiles! Well, we have an order of bolts and their limited edition charm packs…now, i’m not entirely sure which charm packs we ordered…but i know there are some lovelies in the group! These will also be arriving later this week! Since our newest order has not arrived yet…i nabbed this pic from a previous Diamond Order…some of these were still available so we nabbed them…otherwise it is going to be all new colors and designs…

Diamond textiles

A couple new goodies arrived before we left for Jackson. We’ll get them online next week…

happy stitching!

–april & mickey


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

a little red

slowly as the years of owning a shoppe have slid by i’ve developed a love for red…especially soft red when mixed with white and cream.

it is that Old English style that we absolutely love and have tried to bring to life in this new version of Spring Romance…

soft shades of cream and white mellow the reds and dark pinks in this perfect-for-a-beginner project.

spring romance
spring romance
spring romance
spring romance

a collection of soft and sweet prints with a focus on red…collections include snowberry, holly woods, victoria, and durham.

we do have a limited number of kits available…check them out here.

it’s after 5…so it’s time to head out the day…have a wonderful evening!

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]

Lucy Boston week 104…grand finale

good afternoon! we are nearing the end of the day over here…hopefully i can squeeze in enough time to finish up some machine quilting…we’ll see what happens with that.

if you have not already heard…or seen over on instagram or facebook…Lucy’s Summer Cottage is officially finished. I quilted, bound, and washed her…had her all ready for a photo shoot outside, but it has been raining. So we’ve put her up in the shoppe and maybe in late July we’ll get a chance to take some pictures.

i do have a few for you though…this was fresh out of the dryer. it shrank up to be simply cozy…truly perfect for a summer cottage!

Lucy’s Summer Cottage

She is up in the shoppe if you are in the area…she’s always up for a visit…as is her civil war sister!

Lucy’s Summer Cottage…and Hexie Stones
Lucy’s Summer Cottage…close-up
Civil War Lucy Boston…Patchwork of the Crosses

Both Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses are on display in the shoppe…we do also have some of the block kits still available…but they are selling out fast.


i have other projects in the works…and about 15 minutes ago…thought of another project that i’m going to add to the list…never a dull moment…however, the next few i think will be framed pieces….far more doable and who doesn’t love a little quilty piece framed?

so…this will be the final Lucy Tuesday post…if you would like to start from the beginner 100+ posts ago…they have their own category…be sure to check it out below.

otherwise, i’ll be back later this week with my frothy yoyos…(they are so scrumptious…i just LOVE ’em!)…it is framed (of course!) and uses shirtings (of course!) and each shirting is different (of course! cuz you know i love low volume!) and i’ll have it kitted so you can frame it or stuff it or whatever…

(i also finally got my birthday present at the MN Quilt Show…a CRAZY QUILT! and you guessed it…it is here at the shoppe…to inspire you to get started on your own. it has the perfect-est feather stitching along with some ribbon embroidery, basic embroidery, and fun motifs. i’m hoping to put together crazy quilt packs with some fancy fabrics, threads, ribbons, lace, buttons, embellishments, beads, and other little fun things…all in good time. we do have a selection of the most amazing stitch books…like, literally, WOW!)


okay…i’d better get back to my machine quilting. hope you have a wonderful afternoon! i’ll be back with some pictures of Minnie (the crazy quilt has the name “Minnie” stitched on it) along with in-progress shots of a few of my on-going projects.


Now before i say good-bye to Lucy Tuesdays, i would like to thank everyone who has been following along…it has been so much fun seeing the progress made from week to week (or month to month depending upon life) and chatting with you when you’ve popped into the shoppe or seen us at a show. We’ll be sure she comes along with us this fall…so if you can’t get into the shoppe…you can catch us at a show.

happy stitching…i’ll be back soon with some new goodies!

—–april&mickey {sweetwater}