ash & eggshell

good evening! the week is winding down around here and we have brought home some bolts to cut up some new bundles…a Low Volume Summer which i am in LOVE with of course and a curated collection from our Bramble Cottage bolts.

we have been working on some this week as well…

ash & eggshell -a personal fav!-

ash & eggshell

we did up a new independence low volume…this one is lovely if you are in the market for some shirtings.

independence low volume

then we couldn’t resist a couple brenda riddle bundles…

first up…ginghams…talk about summer inspired….

gingham summer

Finnegan Favorite Flowers…this is a half yard bundle cuz a fat quarter of these luscious florals is just not enough!

finnegan favorite flowers

we have them available over in the precuts section of the website here.

i’m off to cut some new bundles.

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as for the storefront…we are usually at the shop from 10-2 m-f to do shipping drop off and pick up fabric, etc. if you are need of something or want to drop off a quilt…you are more than welcome to call for an appointment (shop number 320.243.4436 or my cell 320.241.8336). we are still taking in quilting with a turnaround time of about a week maybe less.

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happy stitching…stay healthy!

–april&mickey&gabby

romantic durham

good evening! hopefully you are doing well and getting lots of those projects finished up and others started!

we’ve been putting together lots of bundles and getting them in the shop.

right now my new favorite is romantic durham…who doesn’t love these gentle florals. these 3 bundles are our last combo blue and pink bundles….6–1/2 yards…total of 3 yards. grab one of these romantic durham bundles here.

romantic durham

we’ve also cut and bundled up more urban farmhouse gatherings…these are bundles of 10 fat quarters.

urban farmhouse gatherings 10fq

grab one of these lovely grey bundles here.

well…tator tot hotdish is done…so i’m off to supper then some more star-a-day.

happy tuesday! keep on stitching!

–april&mickey&gabby *sweetwater*

frosting with sprinkles…a low volume bundle

good evening! i’ve been meaning to cut up some of these bundles but haven’t had a chance. yesterday, i had a little extra time so i set to work.

i love a good low volume bundle and this one is a new favorite. lovely little dots on a frosting white…

bundles are 6–1/2 yards…dots are dark pink, baby blue, baby pink, black, orange, and spring green. perfect for adding into your low volume collection or use it as a starter pack for a new quilt…

you can grab a bundle here.

time to brew a new cup of coffee and nibble some dark chocolate with roasted almonds and sea salt (as a rule i don’t like sea salt with my chocolate but this Ghirardelli chocolate is amazing!)

have a wonderful weekend! stay healthy!

–april&mickey&gabby

sweetwater

nancy’s needle

good evening! thought i’d pop in…see how you are doing. we are powering through…staying busy. Reorganizing, amazon ordering, bingeing shows, stitching, dreaming up new DMC thread tins, packaging orders, and hoping for some warm spring thunderstorms.

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we’ve also been busy getting new fun goodies online, whipping up new bundles (tonight i’m doing a low volume mini dot bundle), and new projects that are ready to be quilted but are getting bumped to finish up customer quilts.

today we have some pictures of our newest bundles…Nancy’s Needle 1850-1880 by Betsy Chutchian. lovely civil war era prints that are in her signature colors and perfect for blending into your stash or starting a civil war stash.

we have fat quarter bundles and fat 8th bundles.

Nancy’s Needle
nancy’s needle

we’ve added them to website…you can grab a fat quarter bundle…here. fat 8ths are available here.

also…have about 50 star-a-day stars done…here are a handful of them to get a feel for what it’s going to look like…

star-a-day layout

i think i’m gonna have to layout all the stars and squares this weekend, but right now i’d better get back to stitching and maybe take some allergy medicine…cuz my nose is running away without me.

happy stitching!

— april&mickey&gabby

sweetwater

bon voyage

good evening!  no…we are not going on a cruise…

we did, however, get in the newest Tilda collection, Bon Voyage.  Inspired  by ceramic and bits of pottery from distant shores…it includes the prettiest tile prints along with flowers and amazing perfect-for-fussy-cutting prints.

we have the entire collection along with precuts…ready to ship!

mom is already plotting a sweet brick style quilt for this collection…

take a little trip without leaving home…add in a little bit of Bon Voyage.

you can grab it all…here.

happy stitching!  stay home…stay safe…keep quilting!

—-april&mickey&gabby

stay home quilt

we hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  mom and i are busy tidying and painting and raking and cozying up with our newest (completed) project.

mom’s been eyeing up this quilt she saw in the Romantic Prairie Style book for quite awhile and trying to find just the right fabric to bring it to life.  After looking over the Happy Campers fabric again…she decided that was the fabric…she cut her fabric and set to work that evening.

Then, yesterday, we put it on and quilted and bound it before we left the shop for the weekend.  it came straight home and went through a wash and dry.  And…honestly…i can’t get enough.  i love the large chain-link quilting, the coziness, the squishiness…gabby likes it too!

(It has been cloudy…so these pictures are not the best i’ve ever taken but they do show how cozy this quilt is!)

and of course gabby thought it was fantastic!

 

we have kits for the Stay Home Quilt…here …we have some new projects that will hopefully be available soon…Annie’s Cushion kits (pattern designed by Treehouse Textiles) is next on the list along with Memento kits and pattern featuring Memoirs and Passport collections by 3 sisters.

all for today…now a little evening relaxing along with star-a-day.

happy weekend!  please stay home…stay safe…we’ll keep the projects, kits, bundles, inspiration, and gabby pictures coming and keep shipping out your orders…cuz honestly…if you are going to stay home you deserve a little happy mail…every. single. day.

–april&mickey&gabby

a gabby nose

 

 

 

scrappy star-a-day

good morning!  i’m working away at my star-a-day and couldn’t resist putting together a couple 9-patches.  oh goodness…i’m in love with them and want to spend every waking moment whipping up these tiny darling stars.

i’ve spent a few days chain-basting diamonds…look at that overflowing tin…(and that cottage hearts pillow…i’m all heart-eyes!)

3 inch squares are the alternating squares…

my goal is to use lots of different prints…if each star uses 2 darks and a shirting…it’s about 720ish different darks and 360ish shirtings.  take a look at my first 2 9-patches…loving those stars and scrappy backgrounds!  also…my new coffee cup…

to help get you started on your own star-a-day you can grab our pattern/papers/acrylic pack here.  grab that set of rose gold stork scissors here cuz you can NEVER have too many sets of scissors.

i’ve also put together some fat 8th civil war color bundles…top row from left… tomato soup, mint julep, cheddar cheese puffs, blueberry grits and salsa.  bottom row from left…bubblegum, grapes, burnt brown, peanut brittle, and espresso…you can grab them here.

my back was acting up last week…therefore i didn’t get a lot of bundles cut…but it seems to have calmed down over the last day or so, so hopefully come monday i can get back to bundle cutting and serious machine quilting in between printing and packing orders.

next week…shirting fat 16th bundles are on the agenda along with pattern writing and some kitting.

have a wonderful weekend!

happy healthy stitching!  -a&m&g

 

home-bound reading

good afternoon!  working from home this afternoon…the windows are open, the soft wind chimes outside the window, the overcast sky.  we have a winter weather advisory that starts this afternoon…so mom is outside tidying up some of her flower beds before the rain comes.

we have some new books that have arrived…perfect reading material while we spend the month hanging in our sewing studios and ordering online goodies.

right now may favorites are…

Civil War Quilts…yes that is Dear Jane…no there is not a pattern for it.  however it is full of historical information along with gorgeous pictures of vintage quilts from the era…even some quilt block patterns to get you in the spirit of the times.

Country Style Quilting…i love this book…the projects, the colors, the photography…look at that cover quilt…a little bit of EPP and a little bit of appliqué…scrumptious!

Embroidered Country Gardens…delve into a world of embroidery…dig out those long forgotten DMC skeins, that let’s face it are probably in a big ball, and get stitching.  these designs are absolutely gorgeous and work well for adding a little embroidery to bags, pillows, fobs, scissor cases, and framed pieces.

Patchwork Gifts…sweet little projects to fill your days…make a bowl of mushrooms, a little bag, baby quilt, or coaster set.

the books are available online…

Civil War Quilts

Country Style Quilting

Embroidered Country Gardens

Patchwork Gifts

now…off to grab a coffee (from the kitchen) and then maybe a little bit of EPP.

happy Thursday!  stay home…stay safe!

–april&mickey&gabby

working from home

good evening!  i’m sure you are very tired of hearing about all the news-stuff…

well…i have some good news!  we are working from home…we’ve set up a desk in the sewing room…right next to a window that’s been open all day long.  i get a little fresh air, the sound of the wind chimes, and even a little pandora streaming nature sounds.

i whipped up a new bundle today.  i have been meaning to put together bundles of the Passport collection from 3 Sisters and today sounded like the best time to do that.

This bundle features 6 Passport prints from 3 Sisters’ Passport collection.  Featuring sailboats, blueprints, and world maps…this collection speaks to the traveler in all of us.  Especially now, when travelling has been put on the back burner…what better way to travel to distant lands while staying in your own home.

Passport bundle…featuring 6–half yards

we are currently working on some quilts at home since time at the shop is spent packaging up order, machine quilting, and cutting bundles and kits to bring home to fold and tie.

we’ve added some of the Passport prints to our Memoirs prints and are working on a new smaller version of Lace (pattern is from about 10 years ago.)  i’ll be laying that out sometime tonight…it is so elegant and classic…almost a rich cottage feel.

look at how well they blend together…love how the Passport prints bring a little more movement to our Memoirs project.  once that gets finished it’ll be added to the machine quilting pile.

your can grab a memoirs bundle here.  passport bundle here.  shop our online shop here.

a few thing you need to know…

* the storefront will be closed until further notice (at least through Easter as of right now)…

*we will still be shipping regularly…possibly not everyday, but at least every other day.

*if you would like to drop of a quilt to be machine quilted…it would be best if you email us sweetwatercottonshoppe(@)yahoo(.)com or text or call me (april) at 320.241.8336 and we can set up a time for you to drop it off.  you can always call the shop and leave a message and i will try and remember to check it on days we will be in the shop.

*curbside pick up…send us an order via our email sweetwatercottonshoppe(@)yahoo(.)com and i’ll send you a paypal invoice.  once it has been paid i will pull and package up your order, and we can set up a time for you to pick it up.

*stay home…please…stay home…wash your hands…grab an extra frozen pizza, or box of cereal or bag of marshmallows to stave off going to the store for a day.

it looks like this is that snowstorm we’ve all been waiting for to get some of the projects finished up.

i’ll try and keep you updated with pictures of the shop as new goodies come in…Tilda’s Bon Voyage is in the warehouse and should be shipping out on Thursday…i’m looking for a little Tilda pick-me-up!

Mom is working diligently on our Bella Blossoms featuring Old Rose and we have our new project strippy quilt ready to layout featuring Happy Camper…(hint: this strippy project will be a super-quick project…and probably called something like “Staying Home” or “Happy at Home”…something like that…but more on that later.)

also…i’m sure you’ve heard this at least once in the last hour, but i want you to know that we are in this together even though we are apart.  what is happening is affecting everyone, everywhere and honestly is a little scary.  however, we have our fabric therapy, our cotton candy to help us get through this.  we have new projects, old projects, favorite projects, family time, messy closets, puppies and kittens and old dogs, true crime binges, and recipes that can fill the time.

speaking of recipes…i have an orange creamsicle cake in the oven and 15 minutes before Columbo starts to get settled in for the evening.

happy healthy stitching!

—april&mickey&gabby

ps…we have BritBox and Acorn and i LOVE the murder mystery shows…The Coroner, Miss Fisher’s, Vera, Shakespeare & Hathaway, Midsomer Murders, Father Brown, Murdoch Mysteries, and Detective Linley, Broadchurch, and Agatha Raisin (to name a few) plus anything True Crime.  looking forward to a couple weeks of at-home working to binge a few (or all!)

quiet cross stitch

it would appear that life will be generally slowing down for awhile. there seems to be no better time to take up a new hobby or return to a favorite.

i love handwork. i always forget how much i enjoy cross stitching until i am doing it. then i just want to cross stitch every project i come across…i want to make at least one project out of every book, and all the projects in the different groups. i always envision doing one a month and pretty soon its been 6 months without a new project. so it goes…

we are building our cross stitch section…lots of new projects from The Pinkeep, Blackbird Designs, La-D-Da, Plum Street, and With Thy Needle and Thread…along with lots more on the way arriving at the end of the week.

i did get in our order of linen…lots of wonderful new colors…can’t wait to get started on a project so i can use some of these yummy colors.

linens from the top down are Sanguine, Havana 36 count, Confederate Gray, Chestnut, Iced Cappuccino, Ligonier Latter, Linen, and Old Towne Blend…all are 32 count linens (other than Havana).

linen
linen

look at how gorgeous these are!

linen

i’ve also been ordering in some fun springtime/Easter themed cross stitch (which i’m almost positive you’d be able to finish before Easter arrives if you end up staying home). these are just a sampling of what we have right now…with fun new patterns coming the end of the week.

springtime cross stitch

cross stitch patterns and linens are available here.

hopefully a little happy mail has brightened your day!

please stay healthy…

happy wednesday!

–april&mickey&gabby