honey buns and such

good afternoon! wow has it been hectic around here…between prepping for the shop hop, prepping for the wedding, and prepping for an autumn spent in house…there isn’t much time to sit and take a breather.

first off…the shop hop finished up last sunday and i never even got online to post a pic or 2 of our qm fabrics and projects…

this years fabric is sold out…other than a few panels and a couple kits.


now…on to the main part of this post…

HONEY BUNS…always a favorite…the younger sister to Jelly Rolls. Sweet little rolls that measure just 1 1/2 inches. Well, Moda has decided that they need a little love. So Labor Day weekend there will be some bun and games…using these little lovelies.

In preparation we’ve stocked up on Honey Buns…cuz generally speaking they are just the cutest little things.

holiday honey buns

we’ve got all of our honey bun choices available online and ready to ship. So grab a honey bun or 2 or 3 or 4 and get pressing. then join moda fabrics…you can get all the info here.

there are so many sweet honey buns that i’m not sure which ones we’ll use…decisions…we are leaning towards Marches de Noel designed by 3 Sisters (of course)…but who knows…

marches de noel by 3 sisters

or possibly Apricot and Ash…

apricot and ash honey bun

be sure to read up on the scoop over on the moda blog…i linked it above…but i’ll link it here again for you.

grab a lovely honey bun…over on our website here.

looks like it is past quitting time today…so i’d best be off.

have a wonderful evening and happy stitching!

sweetwater expansion

good afternoon! hopefully you are staying safe, healthy, and occupied. we have been getting ready for Quilt Minnesota, cutting up bundles and kits, working on new projects, and trying to enjoy a little bit of summer before autumn hits.

i’m sure you’ve heard, but if you haven’t…we’ve expanded. the bookstore is permanently closed and we were offered the room next to us. so we cleaned it out, painted it and took out the wall. we even made ourselves a “porch”. inspired by the long ago porch from our old location…you can see the gingerbread and the half posts…(interestingly enough…we used those at each end of the porch rail)

so here are the progress shots…starting with the bookstore space cleaned out and continuing from there.

if when you walk in the door you go to the right…

if at the door you go to the left

lastly…our porch decorated for the 4th of july. we still have a few trim boards to put up and to do a serious organization behind the picket fence where we work to get everything in order.

once we get our Quilt Minnesota kits cut…we’ll doing another rearrange…i’m thinking Quilt Minnesota will take up residence in the window and Rue 1800 will be moved to the porch. it just seems so appropriate to fill the porch with soft, romantic florals.

looks like i only have a little bit of time left to get done the 30 things i planned to do today (now 29 since i’m hitting publish on this post in a hot minute!)

i’ll be back with new qm projects, a fun super quick Rue 1800 project, and hopefully kits and patterns for my Stormy hexies.

until next week…have a wonderful afternoon!

stay safe…wear your face covering…and treat other how you wish to be treated…

a little gabby-goo throwback to when we were mid-expansion…apparently she wanted a little quiet (and dark) time.

happy stitching!


a little bit of autumn

as the days heat up, i always look forward to autumn. the rustling leaves, the glorious colors, the crisp evenings…

it was a longing for autumn that brought about the 2 exclusive bundles i have for you today.

autumn on the prairie…a classic bundle of kansas troubles…warm and cozy prints in tones reminiscent of the prairie…gold, rust, orange, beige, navy and burgundy…

autumn on the prairie

Halloween Cottage…a palette of grey, cream, black and a hint of orange…this bundle includes all our favorites. grey scrolls, florals, houndstooth and even some bats, cats, and spiders. 12 fat quarters to get you started or make a quick fat quarter throw.

halloween cottage

these exclusive bundles are limited…due to the availability of the fabrics…

you can grab a autumn at the prairie bundle here and the halloween cottage bundle here.

we are diligently working on our quilt minnesota quilts…we have 2 done, 1 quilted and waiting on a ruffle, 1 pieced and waiting to be quilted, and 1 more that mom is going to piece today…cuz tomorrow is her birthday and she taking the day off.

i have pictures taken of the expansion and the displays…just need to upload and go through…work in progress.

just finished up my framed grey hexies…that’s a whole new post!

talk soon…happy stitching!

cottage caravan

we have finally nearly finished our expansion so hopefully a tour later this week.

we do have a new quilt for you today…

Cottage Caravan featuring Rue 1800…i absolutely love it! we used the tonals and all the large florals. it has a very Boho vibe…but cottage-y at the same time!

cottage caravan
cottage caravan

cottage caravan measure 66 x 80 inches…kits are available now…you can grab one here.

i’m on my way out the door…right now…so have a wonderful evening!


july 3

how is it already July? summer is nearly over…

our porch is nearly done…just 1 more trim piece and lights and a little bit of painting.

right now we are trying to get all of our qm2020 projects out of the way so we can do other things.

with july comes Christmas fabric! usually we keep the Christmas fabric to a minimum cuz it is so time sensitive …but we just couldn’t resist this year.

we have…Glad Tidings by Jo Morton

glad tidings



Santa Claus Lane…(i just love those gold trees on pink)

Santa Claus Lane

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

and lastly…Deer Christmas has been added to the mix. the full collection along with panels, Deer Christmas kits, and bundles.

also…i found enough to make 1 more 8 fat quarter bundle of holiday lodge from last christmas…if you are looking to fill in or missed out on it…grab it here.

holiday lodge

Deer Christmas…full collection in yardage…fat quarter bundles, panel, and the Deer Christmas kits…you can grab the kits here…see all of Deer Christmas here.

keep in mind…we are closed tomorrow July 4th….have a wonderful weekend!


simply vintage summer 2020

simply vintage summer issue has arrived and it is lovely…

20 projects round out this issue including quilting, applique, wool, punch needle, embroidery, a recipe for lemon squares (a personal favorite!), a return trip to Chattanooga, a meet up with Jessie Chorley and more projects to get you summer ready!

these are available online…here and instore if you are out and about.

….better get back to my coffee…our pink keurig has arrived and i’m loving have coffee at my fingertips all day long!

it makes it easier to sit and write blog posts…incidentally i’m midway through a blog post featuring ALL the Christmas FAbric…lots of gorgeous prints…can’t wait to start whipping up some Low Volume Christmas bundles and maybe some half yard pantry packs…so many decisions.

happy wednesday!


ps…i’m nearly done with my stormy grey hexie project that i am framing…hopefully tonight i can get the last hexies on it….


good morning! we hope you are having a wonderful monday. we had a wonderful weekend…gabby turned 1 on saturday.

gabby-goo is 1

she didn’t even mind the unicorn birthday hat!

lots of fun christmas fabrics are arriving in the shoppe…today i have the Yuletide collection. these prints speak to the old-fashioned christmas…large sprawling holly with berries, small poinsettias, plaids, and a gorgeous low volume font print featuring Fa La La and who can pass up a rosy red toile.

yuletide…10 fat quarters

you can grab your yuletide bundle here…and yardage here.

we also have TrĂ©s Jolie that literally arrived like 10 minutes ago (the full collection), Deer Christmas will be arriving later this week (full collection)…Deer Christmas moda kits will be arriving later this month. Also arriving later this week some more Minick and Simpson…to fill out our Minick and Simpson…planning on a couple more Rockets’ Red Glare kits…

lots going on as we get ready for the quilt minnnesota which starts on July 31st…mom is cutting our project number 1 today!

have a safe and happy monday…hopefully i’ll be back later this week with some more goodies!


ps…this weekend would have been our final show for june…we would have been in Omaha for the weekend…however, we will be busy working on fun new projects to bring with us in 2021…we will see you Omaha ladies in June 2021.

santa claus lane

good morning! we are nearly done with our expansion…still a few details to finish up then i’ll take you on a tour…promise.

but in the meantime…the shoppe is back to normal hours…10ish-5ish m-f and 10ish-3ish sa…so you are more than welcome to pop in and see it for yourself.

while we’ve been working with power tools not needles and rotary cutters…our Christmas orders have been arriving…lots and lots of Christmas…cuz you know…we had all these June shows lined up. well, we all know how that turned out…but at least people are safe…in the end that is all that matters!

today i have our new Santa Claus Lane Collection by Melissa Mortenson of Polka Dot Chair. This collection is just yummy! It looks like all those pretty sugar gum drops mixed with buckets of cotton candy, and then drizzled with some gold glitter. Anything that looks like cotton candy is a winner around these parts…

Our Santa Claus Lane bundle features the cotton candy colored prints from this collection with a couple reds for good measure.

Santa Claus Lane

also…there is a little gold metallic in a couple prints…like that top pink print with the gold trees…the ideas are just swimming on how we will decorate the porch for Christmas this year. plus we’ve inherited some trees along with decor…but more on that when it gets just a *little* bit closer to Christmas.

these prints are also good fussy cut for my Christmas hexie quilt which i am diligently cutting hexies for…and more on that soon!


i have started my grey hexie flowers and have 2 complete flowers with white…this shot is from a couple days ago…

grey hexies

i will be working to get this done by the end of june…i really need an EPP finish…it feels like it has been forever.

i’d better get back to it…have a safe and happy tuesday!

and remember…to treat others how you wish to be treated. right now that seems more important than ever.

**happy stitching**

-april & mickey & gabby

ps…also…other new goodies include Nancy’s Needle (civil war collection), Yuletide (christmas), Glad Tidings (Civil War/Christmas) and All Hallow’s Eve by Fig Tree…i’ll be getting those online as soon as i can…

sweetwater is 16!

June 4th (yesterday)…Sweetwater turned 16!

we have some exciting news…we’ve expanded! we are still mid-expansion…trying to get displays set, new goodies marked, fun new bundles cut, and the place back in working order.

once we get it all sorted and set…i’ll do a blog post full of pictures of our progress…its amazing how quickly it came together.

here are a couple of pictures of our favorite displays so far…


we’ve added another bed…which i am loving! how cozy is that!?

brenda riddle bed


our hours for the moment are m-f 10-2…we’ll keep you updated as to when they change.

quilt minnesota has also arrived and we are planning and plotting our projects and getting our qm display area finished up so it will be ready for the fabric, our exclusive blenders, and our projects.

we have some Halloween fabrics and Christmas fabrics arriving…Nancy’s Needle has also arrived…we’ll be whipping up some bundles…hopefully for this weekend…we’ll see!

i’d better get back to work…have a wonderful weekend!

happy stitching! -a&m sweetwater

memorial day weekend

good morning! happy memorial day weekend! hopefully all is well in your neck of the woods…it has been crazy around these parts.

lots going on…which is why i’ve been absent for the last little while. trying to catch up on bundles, working on a few new projects, Quilt Minnesota has arrived (along with most of our exclusive grouping of coordinates), Christmas fabric has been showing up on our doorstep along with lots of new notions, some patterns, and a few other things that we cannot wait to share with you!

today though i have some new bundles of Christmas…(i realize that it is still may…but these are so gorgeous that you won’t even mind…promise!)

first up is Christmas Traditions…featuring stockings, red trucks, pine trees, sleighs, snowmen, and snowflakes…lovely colors of snow, mint, evergreen, coal, and berry. for more pictures of the fabrics…check out my latest instagram post…you can see some fussy cutting action!

Christmas Traditions

it’s hard to pass up a good Jo Morton so this collection was a must! classic old christmas colors of turkey red, poison green, gold, brown, and cream make this grouping both christmas and civil war…but mostly perfect for mixing in to your civil war stash. i love the top floral. this entire collection is arriving this week! right now we do have bundles ready to ship!

glad tidings

i have a Christmas Hexie project in the works…inspired by @sew_what_becca over on instagram. i’ve been fussy cutting up a storm over here and once i get a sense of size i will be offering starter kits but more on that when i get that far.

grab these bundles over on the website…christmas traditions here and glad tidings here.

now back to Sweet Magnolias…which i wasn’t really sure about…but it is growing on.

happy stitching!

–april, mickey, & gabby