Pumpkin Pie Spice

Happy Thanksgiving!

My favorite kind of Pumpkin Pie Spice…hopefully available online on Friday…

Thank you for another great year…enjoy 20% off over on the website…here’s the link.

Have a wonderful day!

-april, mickey, gabby

simply vintage and a low volume christmas

good morning! hopefully you are getting all geared up for thanksgiving! we’ve been working on a few things around here along with some shopping. we’ve decided all homemade gifts this year, so that has been fun and i can be pretty crafty if i wanna be.

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we’ve been loving this retro christmas vibes we get from mixing Sweet Christmas and Merry Merry Snow Days with the remnants of Swell Christmas and Good Tidings. Lots of sweet little prints. i’ve taken all my favorite low volume prints from the 4 collections and added in the house print from French General’s Petite Maisons de Noel. The culmination of the 18 different prints is practically magical. pretty whites, beiges, creams, greiges mix with any decor whether it is classic reds and greens or a more pastel, cottage style christmas. pair this bundle with your favorite collection or add to your christmas collection for a future project.

christmas low volume

Christmas Low Volume mixes the best holiday low volumes to bring you a gorgeous grouping of backgrounds to use in all your holiday sewing.

we have limited quantities…nab your bundle here.

simply vintage winter 2019

grab your copy here.

i couldn’t resist a quick pic of both.

simply vintage and christmas low volume

i’m taking some shop pictures once we have a half done project all finished…then i’ll be back with info on that lovely along with a full album of the trees, the new collections, the yarn (and the new Market Square bag tina finished) along with some old favorites…

happy saturday! have a wonderful weekend!

–april&mickey&gabby

mid november goodies

good afternoon!

we’ve been pottering around the shop this week…ordering in some yarn…doing a little cross stitch…a mini floor move.

our cross stitch order arrived bringing in some new Blackbird, La-D-Da, and With Thy Needle and Thread patterns…mostly Christmas with a few Halloween mixed in.

christmas cross stitch
christmas strawberries…never knew i needed a bowl of them until this darling book arrived…

–i also didn’t know i wanted 3 stockings for each month either…but i do now…seriously debating the idea of just doing them ALL and putting them on a tree together and having it up ALL YEAR LONG…hmmm…

La-D-Da has a definite look…and i love it…a lot! that little Emmanuel pocket…perfect for little trinkets, small pine boughs, your favorite bulbs, sprigs of holly or mistletoe…or make a set and hang on the mantle.

la-d-da christmas
la-d-da halloween…

doesn’t matter the time of year…i love the crows and the pumpkins. these cross stitch beauties look like they came over with the pilgrims which makes them all the better…maybe a Salem witch was stitching one.

you can nab your next holiday cross stitch pattern…here.

Yarn has arrived! we started off with a little sock yarn and a queensland collection that was used in a Market Bag. i’m putting Tina to work knitting…since knitting is not my jam. We also dropped off some mini skeins of Bee in My Bonnet with Mel in case she decides she wants to do a little crocheting on these chilly winter evenings…(i love crocheting…however, there is only one of me and i really want to finish up a couple of the vintage flower gardens…i’m itching for a quilty finish…hopefully before thanksgiving…still debating which stitchery project i’m going to tackle.)

sweetwater yarns

i LOVE LOVE LOVE the splotchy goodness of those sock yarns ( i love splotchy and speckled so be prepared for lots more of that in the future)…the 2 top middle skeins are perfect for some fall socks! hopefully tina can kick out a pair before thanksgiving cuz i’m thinking my tootsies would love to snuggle in the for the day in a pair of them!

knitting needles and crochet hooks will be arriving on monday…i’ll pop back with piccys of them…check out our current stock of yarns, crochet, and knitting goodness here.

our next order of yarn is supposed to arrive early december…perfect for hostess gifts, gift giving, stocking stuffers, or just-cuz!

happy stitching!

—-a&m&g

a little embroidery, a little yarn

good afternoon! mom and i have been winding down after the Hometown Holiday Road Trip. We had a marvelous time and loved catching up with hoppers as they came and enjoyed the lights, snacked on christmas cutouts and picked up projects to keep them busy this autumn/winter.

we have finally ordered in some yarn! our first order should be arriving within the next week or so. some yummy sock yarn to start along with needles and crochet hooks to get you started. i don’t knit but i love crochet so it only made sense to have both…Tina is over the moon that we’ve finally dove in to yarn and is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first order so she can start whipping up the first project on the agenda…A Market Bag…i’ll get more deets on it once it arrives. As far as the needles…they are wooden and amazing! unfortunately we didn’t take a single picture of anything so i have nothing to show you in the yarn department.

a far as embroidery…there is always something new…our embroidery sampler kits have arrived…scrummy printed linen and Cosmo embroidery threads along with a stitch guide. 4 different embroidery sampler kits…each with its own palette of threads.

broderie francaise
fleurs des jardins
un petit bouquet

lastly my favorite…it features all of my favorite things…Sampler (check), threads (check), pretty tones of dusky pinks, blush, bruised peach, and greige (check)…and i’m thinking one of these kits may or may not accidentally (on purpose) come home with me.

jolie petite fille

grab you chafarcani embroidery kit…here. each kit includes the preprinted linen, 6 Cosmo embroidery flosses, stabilizer, color and stitch guide…linen measures 15 x 12 inches.

happy stitching! time for me to start wrapping up the day…

—april&mickey&gabby

hometown holiday road trip

our final shop hop of 2019 has started! lots of twinkly lights, glittery trees, holiday projects, christmas carols, cozy little nooks full of cotton goodness, and a shop hop to boot!

see you soon!

—april&mickey&gabby

the last year

today at a few minutes before 5:30 it will be the one year anniversary of the accident that caused the amputation of dad’s right leg…above the knee. many of you have asked while in the shop or in our booth, commented, or direct messaged us asking for an update as he gets back to work.

first off…we wish to thank you…every single one of you for your support over that last year. it has been tremendous and no words could ever sum up our appreciation.

it has been a year that has seen definite ups and downs.

i promise i will keep this as clear cut as possible.

November 2, 2018 … a little before 5:30pm the accident …you can read about the accident here. Also on November 2nd, Melany decided to quit her job at about 5pm and the Capital Quiltfest in Bismark, ND which was our final show of 2018, started about 5.

(Melany had told everyone about 2 weeks before the accident that her and ty were going to have a baby)

Needless to say…Mom drove back that Friday…i stayed behind and worked the show…(honestly the longest evening of my entire life…) then lots and lots of phone calls and feeling helpless, but knowing that dad would want me to stay out in Bismark…cause you gotta make hay when the sun shines.

–it got around the quilt show that weekend and everyone was so wonderful and helpful

November 2nd-14th…Melany and Tyler (her boyfriend) went to the hospital every day while Mom did paperwork, insurance, etc. Tina worked and went to the hospital when she could. everyday after work…i would go home, mom would be there watering calves and feeding dogs. then we’d go back to the hospital until abut 10.

November 14th…dad came home from the rehab facility

We had Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s.

We played a lot of 500.

Dad got his leg the last week of December.

2019

We played more 500.

Jan-May 1st Dad bagged papers, retro-fit the tractor with steps, worked the skid loader, moved/fed/watered the calves, ground feed, and did his PT.

May 2nd Dad went back to work

May 6th…Kandii, our 14 year old chocolate lab (Brutus and Max’s mom) passed away at home.

June 16th…Braxton Xavier was born. First grandchild and first great-grandchild on dad’s side which has 10 granddaughters and now 1 great-grandson)

June…Mom and Dad took a road trip out to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Badlands National Parks. They were in an accident…which left them stranded overnight. They rented a car and drove back.

June…after they got back Dad was fitted for a new socket and started back driving semi.

Mid-July…mom and i take a week and drive out to drop off the rental car and pick up her car. i had never been to yellowstone, grand tetons, or the badlands…breathtaking…the badlands were magnificent. as always though…i really like coming home.

August 8th…mom had been thinking about getting a puppy and dad had come across a listing online for yellow lab puppies by farming. mom wanted a little girl. so she stops out there after work on the 8th. while talking to the dog parents, the husband thought mom looked familiar and asked what her name was…she told him. he proceeds to tell mom that he was one of the paramedics that was out last fall that helped disconnect the PTO. gabby came home with mom this evening.

October 6th…Dad climbs over a fence…i’ll post this to instagram. (Dad has also climbed a ladder which they said he would not be able to do…he had to check the feeder)

november 2, 2019…if you are reading this about 5:30 we are heading to st. cloud. this time, we won’t be going to the hospital but to dinner. 3 generations…Dad, Mom, Tina, Melany, Tyler, Braxton, and I will be celebrating…making November 2nd a happy day. unlike last year…i’m sure this november 2nd will slip by so much faster.

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and cuz if you are a quilter…i’m sure you’d like a quilty picture…am i right?

Sweet Christmas…frosty welcomes you. (frosty kits are available on the website)

we getting ready for our Hometown Holiday Road Trip that will be starting this Thursday…November 7-9. we’ll be getting out the trees…Christmas is coming to Sweetwater…and this year we are bringing it!!! New projects, fabrics, food shelf donation for a fat quarter, a complementary project sheet with kits available.

we’ll update you on Christmas progress next week.

happy stitching!

—-april&mickey&gabby

urban farmhouse

good afternoon! our precuts for urban farmhouse gatherings have arrived…all grey and black and white…and of course we are loving it. it is full of not just any greys…pretty, soft, luscious greys…sweater weather greys, farmyard greys, down feather greys, patina-ed silver greys, country skies greys…perfect for a studio apartment, dorm room, farmhouse, lake house, or loft…

small prints keep the collection sweet, classic, simple, and focal-point worthy…

urban farmhouse gatherings precuts

we couldn’t resist these precuts…look how scrumptious they are…those gorgeous milk ones on top…yummy!

i’ve actually gotten everything online today along with the yardage that is expected to arrive on Thursday. trying to stay caught up with the new stuff so i can get caught up on old stuff.

also…if you are looking for a scrummy background to pair with this collection…Bella Solid Feather is a winner in my book…

grab your Urban Farmhouse Gatherings here.

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i love epp (i’m sure you had no idea!) and i really love Karen Styles of Someret. Her projects, her fabrics, her instagram feed…all glorious!

her newest project…The Honeycomb Quilt…is also darn adorable! get a load of those longer hexies…(yes, these are similar to Yellow Creek, but different…i checked to see if they are interchangeable…they aren’t.)

i love hexies and kinda love this one a lot. the round the world looks like it would be lots of fun and perfect for using LOTS of different prints.

The Honeycomb Quilt

if you’d like to get started on a The Honeycomb Quilt…be sure to nab the pattern and papers…here. we also have fat 16th bundles of civil war fabrics if you are looking to jazz up your civil war collection…here.

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i am working on a few older projects right now…i’ll be back with more info on them.

todays almost over…so i best figure out the pathways on my vintage hexie quilt so i can get the yardage cut.

have a wonderful monday!

—-april&mickey&gabby

pebble & ivory

good evening! we finally have everything in the shop put back in order after our back-to-back shows…still didn’t have enough time to get this blog post done at the shoppe…so we are doing some computer work at home.

–a quick shout out to the Dakota Pieces and the Evenings Star quilt guilds for putting on 2 wonderful shows…we loved vendoring at both of your shows…it was a wonderful way to finish out our 2019 show season!–

along with getting everything in the shop back in order…we’ve made the window a little more Halloween/autumn…we still have several Halloween in the Country kits left. This project featuring black, beige and grey has been a big hit. the panel…unfortunately is no longer available…so we’ve kitted up what we could using Ms. Strain’s newest spiderweb print for the border…the remaining panels are available with the pattern…so you can use your favorite Halloween prints. Halloween in the Country kits are available here.

i’m still loving the Autumn Daydream featuring the Wonder collection by Katie & Birdie. the pastel colors work so well in autumn decor whether you are an eggplant, pumpkin, and rusty autumn lover or more the pastel, cottage-y autumn…this fresh mixture of colors will work wonderfully. we’ve put it on the bed and mixed in some more pumpkins along with some wonderful pillows for a comfy, cozy look. grab your autumn daydream kit here.

Pebble & Ivory (Scarlet & Sage)

i’ve been impatiently waiting for Fig Trees autumn collection to arrive…Scarlet & Sage (which sounds more like a Christmas collection) has the prettiest pebble & ivory…so that’s what we ordered in. 10 scrumptious prints of ivory and pebble. we have an idea of what we are going to make, but all in good time! i have gotten some 10 fat quarter bundles and yardage online for you to grab if you have a plan! here is the link to the Scarlet and Sage loveliness…here.

pebble and ivory prints from scarlet and sage

kinda really love these pebble and ivory bundles…totally perfect for a cozy autumn throw…or a Thanksgiving table runner…or even a Dresden plate wall hanging…hmmm…time to get crackin’ on my 10 pastel primroses…so hopefully by the end of the week i’ll be able to start putting together the 9-primrose-patches…gotta have goals!

happy stitching!

—–april&mickey&gabby

autumn hustle

good evening (early morning)! i promised some tilda and it has arrived and is as luscious as ever! it arrived literally as we were walking out the door last friday…so i opened all the boxes and leaned the bolts against the register and packed up the precuts and headed down to sioux falls.

we did have a little snow on Saturday…Sunday was clear skies, good roads, and easy driving.

we picked up the 28 bolts of Tilda’s Old Rose and Old Rose Angel Scraps collections…lots of yummy colors, prints, and precuts!

tilda old rose
tilda old rose bundles
tilda old rose and apple butter
tilda angel garland
tilda old rose strip rolls

i’ve finally gotten almost all of tilda loaded to the website…you can check out tilda goodies…here.

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the autumn hustle started in September (the tuesday after labor day)…we spent all of September vendoring, going to meetings, putting the shop back together/ripping the shop apart/putting it back together. it has been a busy fall…plus a little Gabby-Goo!

this weekend we are heading down to the Evenings Star Quilt Show…in Mahtomedi to vendor at our final show of 2019. This guild puts on a magnificent show…lots and lots of gorgeous embroidery, a scrumptious lunch, the show decor is out of this world! It is truly one of our favorite shows.

we’ll have all of our goodies there…lots of tilda, some holiday, French General, English Paper Piecing, embroidery, and a couple brand new projects. Hopefully you can join us!

happy stitching!

–april&mickey&gabby

autumn daydream

good afternoon! the day is winding down around here and as usual i wanted to do about 500 hours of work in just 7 hours.

we’ve been kicking it into high gear to try and get some projects made out of the collections that have been arriving.

Mom finished up Autumn Daydream using the Wonder collection and Bella solid coordinates…a classic palette of breeze, bubblegum, linen, cloud, and oatmeal. Pair with some peach and neutral hued pumpkins for instant autumn love.

it works so well with my new favorite peachy pumpkin…

autumn daydream with pastel pumpkins
autumn daydream

Autumn Daydream is available now…online here and in-store.

we’ve also whipped up a stepping stones featuring the Merry Merry Snow Days. Merry Merry Snow Days is a collection of small prints designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs…she has filled this collection with sweetest tiny prints. Snowmen in coffee cups, stockings, ice skates, stars, trees, dots, stripes…it is safe to say that i LOVE it and i love the quilt mom whipped up (and quilted with lifesize stocking hats–which i also love)! Gabby does too…cuz the second i unfolded it to take a picture…she had Frankensqueak on it and was rolling around…officially Gabby-approved!

Stepping Stones…with Merry Merry Snow Days

i’ve even gotten this kitted and ready to go…you can grab the kit online Here or in the store.

it’s nearing the end of the day…i’ve gotten exactly 7 things done today which is better than i thought i would. now for a last minute tidy up of the cutting table and then home…so we can try and finish up one more project before we load up for Sioux Falls on Friday (we are packing up tomorrow).

Our order of TILDA (yes TILDA!!!!!) will be arriving on Friday when we are in south dakota…so it won’t hit the floor until monday! i’ll be back with some piccys of the lovely Tilda, fingers crossed…early next week. we will be heading to the Evenings Star Quilt Show next Thursday so that doesn’t leave a lot of time for sewing, cutting, and bundling…good thing i ordered lots of precuts!

Just these 2 shows left along with our Hometown Holiday Road Trip then we are shop bound until February!

it is now 5…hmmm…

happy stitching! hopefully you’ve finished at least 7 of the 500 things you wanted to finish today.

—april&mickey&gabby