the Bookshelf

good afternoon!

i’ve just gotten back from the Post Office and am about to pin on a quilt and thought i better pop in and give you the low down on some new titles we’ve gotten in.

quilty books

These new titles are absolutely wonderful…I’ve added a couple of them to my personal library.

These books are all listed online with a little more info on each…here are the links to each one.

Ratsburg Road Quilts (mostly civil war this book is put out by Quiltmania so it is packed full of projects)

Flossie Teacakes’ Guide to English Paper Piecing (this book is absolutely amazing…so informative and the photography is wonderful)

Scrap Valley (explore Ms. Saito’s world)

English Paper Piecing…A Stitch in Time (EPP projects galore…range from pillows to quilts)

Country Style Quilting (EPP, embroidery, and patchwork…a wonderful mix of projects)

Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern (Jera’s methods are wonderful leading to spectacular results…a must have)

Sewing by Heart…(this collection of projects feature Tilda fabric…you can’t go wrong)

Patchwork Quilts & Gifts (features projects large and small to beautify your home or give as gifts)


hopefully ones of these titles has struck a fancy…if you’d like more info on a specific title…feel free to email, comment, or send me a message via the website.

happy stitching!


a new year

***this post was supposed to go live earlier this week***

good afternoon! we hope you had a wonderful new year…we’ve been busy packing away all the Christmas trees and redoing the bed for january.

new collections are arriving and we are so excited to get started on fresh new projects and finish up some older projects.

with so many things rolling around the rotary cutter has hardly stopped cutting…

i don’t have a completed project today…but i do have a collection that arrived before the New Year…


Urban Cottage by Urban Chiks

A mixture of roses, wovens, and toweling in shades of black, ivory, and grey. classic yet contemporary…

We cherry-picked some roses, wovens, toweling, and the prepieced convenience cloth. mom and i have come up with a smashing idea for a summer throw. i can hardly wait.

here is a sneaky peak of the fabric…which we do have available online…here.

urban cottage

Stay tuned for our Summer Throw project…(mom is just about done with it now…didn’t have quite enough time yesterday before we left…so she is going to finish it up today after appointments and chores)…or nab some yardage and get started on your own project.

happy stitching!


merry christmas

we hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season full of festive fun, laughter, games, good food, delightful company, and quiet moments to soak it all in.

a few of my favorites from this holiday season…

Swell Christmas which has been retired from the shoppe and is enjoying the season at home.
cross stitch and needle punch


Cozy Quilter’s Christmas Tree pillow

Grandma’s Dresden pillow using Swell Christmas

Swell Christmas kit (sold out)

Old St. Nick punch needle

Home for the Holidays cross stitch

Jolly Old Soul cross stitch

merry christmas from our family to yours…

we are so thankful for your support this year…it truly has been one wild year…thank you for being along for the ride.

—april, mickey, dale, tina, melany, tyler, and the fur babies…kandii, brutus, max, lola, bella…and the little baby that’s on the way…Mel and Ty are planning on finding out what she’s having on the 27th…

Lucy Tuesdays week 75, 76, 77

good evening! where has the time gone? it has been almost 3 weeks since a Lucy update…well…

i’ve done a few more pink squares around the 4-patches, but that has been it.

so i have a few more of these than i had before…

Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day (December 24th & 25th) we will be closed.

New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day (December 31st & January 1st) we will be closed.

Normal hours Wednesday-Saturday December 26th-29th and starting January 2nd.

happy stitching!

——april & mickey

Anthology sew along

yes…a stitch along…featuring those fun rectangular blocks from the 4×5 inch block Anthology book.

Mom will be stitching all 182 blocks for The Sparrow’s Window version which is featured on the front cover.


here are the rules…

*there really aren’t any

mom will work on and hopefully finish 3 blocks a week starting in January…

she will use civil war prints from my stash and the shop to create the little blocks.

we will NOT have single block kits available.

we will have the column of blocks available at the end of each month.

we DO have fat quarter, fat 8th, and fat 16th bundles available that you could totally use for your quilt. the link is HERE.

The blocks are set with a grey print…mom has tentatively decided on this print by Moda Fabrics…Puzzle Pieces in dove. we will be ordering in more of this print and possibly several other greys from the Puzzle Pieces collection…

so if you’d like to join in…grab a book…a bundle or 2…brew a cup of coffee and put on your favorite netflix show to binge (i’m really liking Lucifer right now).

here are the links again…

Anthology block book

Civil War bundles

once have more greys in stock i’ll post the link here…until then if you’d like to order this grey…pop over to the website…here…and at the bottom of the page under “Navigate” click on “Contact Us” and let me know. (the book doesn’t have the yardage amount…just what needs to be cut…so we have to do a little math…we’ll update here once we have an idea of how much is needed.)

hopefully you will be able to join us…we will get to work on the first column.

we’d love to see pictures…be sure to tag us #sweetwatercottonshoppe #sweetwater4x5

time to get things wrapped up so i can head home for a 3 day weekend…

happy stitching lovelies!


Cozy Christmas Stitching

good afternoon!  Hopefully you have started Christmas shopping…i’m still in process of actually getting started.

I do have a new Christmas project kitted and ready to go…just in time for your stocking, under your tree, or work on it as you sit next to the tree soaking up all the pine and good Christmas feels.

Cozy Quilter’s Christmas Tree pillow by Crabapple Hill Studio hit my “Must Make” list in October/November…it arrived and i knew i had to make it.  I tend to do more embroidery and cross stitch around the Christmas…

Well, this year i picked this delightfully sweet pillow to whip up, and we have finally finished up the sawtooth and star borders and put on a backing.

I’m all heart eyes for this lovely bit of Christmas cheer.  As a rule i prefer Christmas but not “Christmas-y” colors…i love a good blue and white quilt or pink and mint…something not so traditional.  So when i picked these prints i surprised even myself.

Cozy Quilter’s Christmas pillow…embroidered by April…pieced by Mickey for Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe

Look at those Holly Taylor colors…cranberry red and sage-y green…love it!  The background is the little tan braid print on white from Good Tidings by Brenda Riddle.  I even did a little bit of crayon tinting then stitched it using hand-dyed cotton threads from Gentle Art and Classic Colorworks.  A perfect blend of classic yet up-to-date.

We have this lovely kitted (just 3 ready-to-ship)…kits include pattern, all the fabrics for the front, tuck, and back (stitchery backing and batting not included), hand-dyed cotton threads, along with Foxglove Cottage embroidery needles, Pigma Pen, and Needle Bird needle threader…so when this package of quilty embroidery bliss arrives you are set to stitch.  Click here to nab a kit…

cozy Quilter’s christmas tree kit…includes:  pattern, fabrics for front, tuck, and backing, threads, and embroidery notions.

Have a wonderful weekend…hopefully you can find a moment to get some stitching in!

—–april & mickey

Lucy Tuesday week 74

good afternoon!  we hope you are having a wonderful December.  we popped into town to get our Christmas tree on Sunday night…then we pulled out the lights and the beads and the ornaments and set to work.

this year we opted for 3 trees…1 real, 1 small artificial, and the feather tree from the shoppe i brought home.  the real tree is packed full of soft and sweet ornaments, vintage beads, candle lights…very pastel and pretty.  the other 2 trees are Christmas Past trees…the small artificial tree has some of our childhood ornaments…my Styrofoam star, my puzzle wreath, tina’s repunzel-angel, and felt bells with our kindergarten/first grade pics.  the feather tree we opted for bubble lights in memory of Grandma Zimmer and bulbs from when Mom and Dad were first married and some soft pink bulbs i found at Hollyhock Cottage several Christmases ago.  Needless to say, the house is very Christmas-y…just need to get shopping so we can get some presents wrapped and under the tree.


speaking of shopping…i thought i would pop in and update you on Lucy blocks.  i’m still trying to get my Christmas pillow all done and working on my Mrs. Billings triangles.

i did a check of the Lucy Block kits and some are either sold out or there are just a couple left.  keep in mind…that these are a limited run type thing, and right now i am not planning on making any more blocks.  i may decide to substitute fabrics in the kit…if i decide to do that i’ll make sure to let you know in the listing.

these are some that right now are limited to 1 or 2.

Summer Cottage Block 1


Summer Cottage block #7   EDIT:  i’ve found some green strawberries so there will be 8 more kits available.

Summer Cottage #52

Civil War block #2

Civil War #31


Right now these are the kits that i can only find 1 or 2 of and do not have enough to make any more.

i’ve linked them above in case you’d like to add them to your Patchwork of the Crosses.


Happy stitching…


Christmas Color Bundles

good evening!

it is nearing the end of the day today…but i couldn’t walk out the door until i whipped up this post to bring you some pics of my favorite new bundles.

Christmas Color Bundles

(see how they match up with the Sleigh Ride project on the bed…)

I’ve linked them up…just click the name.

Christmas Low Volume

(low volume is my Kryptonite)

Blue Christmas & Holly Berries


happy Christmas stitching!

Lucy Tuesday week 73

good afternoon!

i’ve been neglecting my EPP to whip up the Cozy Quilter’s Christmas Pillow by Crabapple Hill…and it is nearly done!  patterns and floss have been ordered and (fingers-crossed) will be here by the end of the week.

here is a sneaky peak of the project…i’ve gotten the embroidery all done…just waiting on the piecing part…maybe tonight!

also…we have only 1 Simply Vintage Christmas/winter issue left if you’d like a little bit of Christmas inspiration.

links are below

Cozy Quilter’s Christmas pillow (i only have patterns available right now…kits should be available end of the week).

Simply Vintage Christmas issue

Happy stitching…


slow stitching…*english paper piecing*

with the winter months setting in, temperatures are dropping and out come the winter coats, scarves, hats, and mittens.  i always look forward to when the white purity of winter sets in and the world gets a crispy outer layer. the hustle and bustle of the season really gets to me…i’m not a fan of shopping and lots of people, so it is nice to be able to go home and pull out a project.


if you are in the mood to start a slow stitching project…i have lots of favorites, but today i’ll only talk about 2 that are on my list…neither have i actually started. (hehe)

Glitter by Jen Kingwell…i am IN. LOVE. with this block.  it is just so different…which in turn gives you so many different options you could do with it.  Now that it is Christmas time…i could see them in more season-y colors…so that each block looks like those spiky christmas ornaments.  or you could use metallics for extra glitter!

Sweet Sunday by Treehouse Textiles.  When i saw this project on instagram i knew i needed to have it on my shelf so when i get that far…i can just start.  This quilt mixes new fabrics and techniques with vintage embroidered linens…a perfect way to keep grandma, great-grandma, and the great-aunties close to you.


I’ve linked each paper piece pack above…just click the green words.

hopefully you can find a quiet minute or 2 this weekend to stitch.

have a wonderful weekend!

happy stitching…april&mickey