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!


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!)

rue 1800 and lancaster

precuts have arrived….

introducing Rue 1800…a sister collection to both Poetry and Porcelain…classic seaside inspiring colors including robin’s egg, dove, porcelain, and rose.

Rue 1800 is 3 Sisters spring 2020 collection and though it embodies all of their classic 3 Sisters-ness…it is also it’s own vision. The rose is a little pinker, the robin’s egg a little bluer, the prints a little bolder…yet still oh, so pretty.

Rue 1800 is explained as follows in the moda catalog…

“In a quiet corner of Paris, not far from the banks of the Seine, there is a lovely apartment building that embodies the spirit of the city, especially in the spring. It’s been said that Paris is for changing your outlook, for throwing open the windows and letting in the la vie en rose. Roses. And pink.”

i think that description is spot on…after a winter like we’ve had it is definitely time to throw open the windows and cut into some Rue 1800.

rue 1800 with a little natural light

you can find all our Rue 1800 precuts here.

And Lancaster…Jo Morton’s newest collection…

Classic and gorgeous…Jo really knows how to put a collection together!

Jo describes Lancaster as follows…

“Forever in the love with 19th Century Quilts, my Lancaster collection fills the bill to add another color layer to our quilts.

Lancaster provides beautiful prints for traditional and reproduction quilts, including madder reds and gold that give life to the 19th century browns, blacks, and neutrals. These fabrics feature a great “Momma bear” stripe that’s not too big, not too small, that’s just right, lovely florals, and a cool little dot print. There are leaves and buds, a few interesting background prints and a sweet small check will be perfect for traditional quilts. “

lancaster by jo morton

add lancaster to your civil war stash…here.

that’s all for today…remember…we will be closed today February 15th (i wrote this post yesterday before i left for the weekend…right now we are headed up to Fargo.).

our Be Mine 15% off sale does through tonight at 11:59pm. check out it out here.

have a wonderful weekend!



good evening! the day is winding down around here…just doing a tad bit of tidying and tying up a few of our newest Low Volume Christmas bundles (you can grab one of them here) they have been very popular it is hard to keep them in stock.

our memoirs order has arrived along with precuts and has taken up residence beside our silver tree and the Urban Farmhouse collection.

Memoirs is classic, wintery. Deep gold nearly brown, patina, indigo, rust, porcelain, and silvery grey remind me of Grandma. The cozy tones of her old davenport, her tasseled pillows, worn draperies, and knickknacks.


we have yardage and precuts available and a project percolating…check out the selection here.

New projects will start making their appearance quickly after Christmas…right now we are finishing up our (mostly) Homemade Christmas gifts…which is what i will be doing tomorrow…ALL. DAY. LONG. –since i haven’t started a single gift yet.

anyways…i’d best be off…dinner with Monica tonight…we are thinking burgers…

happy stitching!


happy saturday! Hopefully you have found a moment to stitch something or at least spend time doing a fabric pull for a new project or maybe even cutting out a hexie flower or 2.

our porcelain yardage arrived a few weeks ago and was a welcome addition to the shoppe with these chilly days it was nice having something soft and sweet and pastel in the shop.

this last week our precuts finally arrived and i’ve finally gotten them online.

porcelain precuts

we just couldn’t resist those cottage chic pastel palette…

our porcelain precuts and yardage are available online and in-store…if you live close enough we’d love to see you!

have a wonderful weekend!


quilting in january

how’s it going in your neck of the woods this afternoon? it’s a tad chilly at 19F feels like 10F and the next week or so we are looking at subzero highs…time to pull out an old project, nab a new project, or cozy up with coffee and your tablet and do a little bit of online shopping.

if you are looking for a little something-something to take your mind of winter…Porcelain by 3 Sisters arrived today (we have ordered up 3 more bolts which will arrive sometime next week) and it has us dreaming of springtime.

Porcelain features soft shades of grey, mist, blossom, and porcelain and the flowers are romantic, gentle, and sure to fit seamlessly with their previous collections…Victoria and Poetry to name a few.

Cottage Hearts, Porcelain, & Amberley

we tucked it in with our walk-in display…i love how it mixes with other cottage style florals…can’t wait until we get some projects finished up.

we have porcelain yardage available online and in-store…precuts are still on order and expected later this month.


we do have a few things on the agenda

  • English Paper Piecing tutorial
  • chunky thread (YARN!!!) by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet is expected tomorrow so a little crochet is on the horizon.
  • 4 x 5 Quilt Block Anthology…mom is done with the blocks for the first column (we’ll have each column available as a kit once i get that all figured out…)
  • project featuring Garden Variety…a wonderful quilt to use for the Easter festivities…

just a few things on my list…now back to Ring of Roses…i’ve decided to spend the last hour or so every work day working on her…i’ll do a post on Ring of Roses once i get a little bit more finished up.

Lucy Boston…i’ve neglected Lucy’s Summer Cottage…but my goal for 2019 is to get some of the unfinished projects finished…i have several both large and small that i would like to get finished…so here’s hoping! i’m hoping to do a Lucy Tuesday’s next week…January 29th. maybe i’ll have working on her a little bit.

happy stitching! –stay warm & cozy–

—-april & mickey

Victoria collection

happy sunday!  spring seems to have arrived…compared to a week ago when we were 3 days into a snowstorm with a day and half left…the windows are open, birds, chirping, and the sun is shining.

it is the perfect day to showcase our new project using the Victoria collection by 3 sisters…this grouping of soft linen white, rose and rouge, light denim and dark is a wonderful spring indulgence.  the prints are classic…dots, checks, and florals.

Spring Romance…a quick-to-stitch spring project is sure to please and the colors could easily transfer over to a patriotic display later into summer.  it is a perfect porch quilt for cool spring nights or rainy summer days.

spring romance1

spring romance2

spring romance3

spring romance measures a 60 x 75 inches and is made up of super-sized blocks that really show the gorgeous Victoria prints.  Spring Romance kits are available now…and include the pattern and the binding.


we couldn’t resist a little precut love…honestly…who can!!!

13 fat quarter bundle

victoria 13 fat quarters

Victoria fat quarter tower

victoria bundlecharm packs

victoria charms

i’d better get back to my Americana cross-stitch project…happy sunday stitching!



spring is here…as of yesterday…which makes it the perfect day to get our Beachy quilt out, kitted, and displayed.

this bed size quilt measures 76 x 92 inches and features big rectangle blocks.  This project is a breeze for beginners and advanced quilters…and it showcases wovens, dobby dots, pintucks, and checks and stripes in signature beach colors…blush, stone, porcelain, rose, and mist.

it blends well with the sun dappled Stars in the Garden which reside over our mantle.

We have 1 yard cuts folded and ready.

lastly…1 more picture of Beachy…   

Beachy kit

Beachy PDF pattern

Stars in the Garden kit


poetry & romance

good morning!

our newest line, Poetry Collection by 3 Sisters has arrived and we are completely in love!

This collection of soft, subtle, & romantic florals is just what we had in mind for some pastel, spring/summer projects.  We cherry picked a grouping of grey, pink, teal, and pearl white…then pulled in coordinates from the shop.  the final display is breathtakingly romantic!

  poetry woven bundles

wovens, ruffles and coated dot

3 Sisters Favorites coordinates and Poetry wovens

mom is whipping up a big block summer quilt with the wovens and a new and improved Stepping Stones…

**everything has been posted online and is available in-store**


tomorrow morning…stop back for week 2 of Farmer’s Wife Friday…


happy stitching!



Christmas Morning Quilt Along & I love Lucy Boston stitch along

okay everyone…I hope you are loving this autumn weather!  it is brisk and beautiful around here…the leaves are really starting to pop with coral, red, orange, and yellow with even some purple here and there.

I thought I would pop in for a moment today.  I have compiled some information for you today regarding the Christmas Morning Quilt Along.  I don’t have much and had been hoping to give you all the cutting instructions today, but we are going to start loading the car for the Walker Quilt Show as soon as I finish up, and I do not want to make any errors (there are LOTS of little pieces).

Christmas Morning Quilt Along

christmas morning

Be sure to join us starting Tuesday, September 30th as we celebrate Christmas Morning and all the joys of the holiday season!  We are offering a limited number of kits of this project…so be sure to hope over to our etsy shop and place your order…Christmas Morning Kit.  I will be up in Walker on Thursday & Friday, but if you get your order placed today…i’ll ship them out tomorrow morning.

christmas morning blog

Otherwise, if you have some lovely fabrics you’d like to use these are the yardages needed…

1 1/4 yards green

3/4 yard background

3/8 yard red

Somerset by Fig Tree will arrive on Friday, so we have a busy week ahead of us.

Mom will be in Chaska on Friday & Saturday.

So be sure to stop by either the Walker Show or the Chaska Show…we’d love to see you!

happy stitching…i’ll be back on Friday with an English Paper Pieced tutorial and information on the I Love Lucy Boston Stitch Along that starts on October 3rd.  if you’d like to get a head start be sure to add the Patchwork of the Crosses to your cart when you check out over on etsy.   (POTC is currently on order, so I can split your order or ship Saturday morning.  Let me now when you place your order.)

lucy boston


just new…

i promised some pictures…

first off…i’d like to apologize because the next picture is of Christmas precuts.  i know, it isn’t June, nor has it been any kind of warm for 2 days in a row, and we haven’t even put crops in or planted flowers.  that is why i’m getting this picture out of the way.  it IS really pretty…and makes me want to curl up with some cocoa and watch White Christmas.

Winterlude is 3 Sisters’ new holiday line.  Lovely holly, crimson, parchment, and frost round out this breathtaking line.  we have honeybuns, charm packs, and mini charm packs available.


now that we have that out of the way…how about some springtime colors…

i do not have this baby named yet…but no worries, i’m finishing up the pattern and getting that all squared away, so kits should be on the shelf and online sometime next week.  i just LOVE the simple embroidery…it just finishes it!


here is a shot of the entire topper…isn’t it just yummy looking?  it just makes my mouth water!

fig again

Lavender…this sweet little pillow uses some super sweet embroidery…we just used white…for that down-home, shabby chic touch to it.  kits next week!


love this!  (but then we both love pincushions and any excuse to make one we’ll take it!)  this pincushion uses scraps of wool and you guessed it…painters’ cloth which is our go-to grey for all things shabby!  we are finishing up this pattern and getting some kits cut.  can’t guarantee what wool will be included, but i can guarantee that there will be 8 DIFFERENT wools in each kit…so your finished product will have the same feel as ours.  i also love how mom finished it…but more on that next week.

wool pincushion

Lastly…Lilac Lane.  Isn’t she lovely?

lilac laneIt is getting to be that time again!  BLT’s and S’Mores for supper…then maybe some pattern writing…i have a lot to catch up on!

–april {sweetwater}