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!


Lucy Tuesdays week 65 & 66

good afternoon!  i’ve finished up my Primrose Garden

primrose garden finished

the background it a Bella unbleached muslin (this is a bella solid but it has flecks in it so it looks like a muslin).

the quilt has a total of 504 little primroses and features some new prints i picked at the Madison Quilt Expo and some of my favorite prints from my stash…

so now that this project is done…i’ve decided to work on a few other smaller projects…i have some hexie flowers to make for a new Hexie Stones featuring Guest Room, a new Candy and Hexies that will feature Petitie Maisons de Noel and Brazilian Embroidery for a couple demos i’m doing in Bismark, and i’m going to tidy up my civil war stash to get it ready for…

Mrs. Billings Coverlet…yes…i will be tackling this project this winter…the goal is to be done by the Minnesota Quilters quilt show in June…fingers crossed!

i will track my progress here…i’m thinking on Mondays…after the weekend…or maybe Fridays…we’ll see.

if you are thinking you’d like to give it a try…pop over to our shop and check out the pattern and paper pack…(yes…it is expensive…however…you will not have to reuse any papers…which is always a plus…then you can baste the entire round and figure placement then stitch).

mrs billings papers templates pattern blog


As for the Lucy Boston update…i haven’t worked on her…however, now i can start basting some honeycombs and squares since i now have a box full of empty papers waiting for some fabric…

happy autumn!  –april & mickey


Lucy Tuesdays week 64…progress report

good afternoon!  September is flying by…projects are piling up and we have 1 MORE SHOW.

we were just in Faribault (if you haven’t seen the video i took from our hotel room…it doesn’t show any damage but the wind is sure howling and rain is coming down)…the show went off without a hitch so it was nice to have a something calming after the crazy night.


this weekend we’ll be down in Chaska, so we’ve barely unpacked then we’ll be packing up again!


Progress report on Lucy Boston POTC…i’ve put the 8 squares around a 4-patch.  i know it doesn’t seem like much…but i’ve been working like crazy to get new stuff online, quilt tops quilted (speaking of quilt tops…i nabbed a vintage flower garden top in Faribault that i have to quilt up), Primrose Garden is in the home stretch…just 2 more rows of 9-patch primroses to do then i am DONE! and i only have 1 9-patch primrose to piece…

anyways…a 4-patch has been finished with the 8–1 inch bunny hill pink squares…and i LOVE it!  i can hardly wait to get back to working on this…the colors are so summery.

summer cottage 4-patch



autumn has arrived…we’ve been getting in some autumn toned fabrics…bundles of Heritage 10th Anniversary, Spice It Up, and Maple Street 101 are all available over in the precuts section of the shop…along with not so autumn-y Guest Room and Portsmouth!  i have precuts online with yardage being listed next week and more yardage on the way!


happy autumn!  –april & mickey

Lucy Tuesdays week 63…glitter

no change in the lucy boston patchwork of the crosses progress department… so i’m just going to move on and hopefully at some point i’ll have progressed and at least whipped up that last block.


I’ve added another project to my “Must Make” list.

Glitter by Jen Kingwell…(i saw a version out of pinks and it was luscious!)


if you’d like to add it to your list…i have it available online!

happy stitching lovelies!


Lucy Tuesdays week 62…when the cold wind blows

no change in the lucy boston patchwork of the crosses progress department… so i’m just going to move on and hopefully at some point i’ll have progressed and at least whipped up that last block.


we got back from madison late saturday night and unloaded…then put everything back on monday–still a few odds and ends to put in place.

some lovely new fabric arrived…French General’s newest collection La Vie En Rouge and some bella solids. New paper piece packs for Glitter by Jen Kingwell is now in stock and i am on the hunt for some Hexagon a Day and Star a Day patterns and acrylics…right now though i really have to get to work on a quilt that i just put on.

i did get a chance to place an order for some books and couldn’t believe that they still had When the Cold Wind Blows by Blackbird Designs…i love Blackbird and the quilts in this books are amazing and have me thinking of autumn, cozy quilts, snuggly sweaters, and cool windy evenings! (i’ve added that darling basket quilt (picture 4) to my list!)


(photos pulled from C&T publishing)

i haven’t listed them yet, but if you’d like one as soon as they arrive…drop me an email and i’ll set up a listing…

happy stitching!


Lucy Tuesdays week 61

no change in the lucy boston patchwork of the crosses progress department… so i’m just going to move on to what i did do!

i found more of the paisley print from Civil War block 14…so they have been relisted!  YAY!  so if you missed on on this wonderful kit last time…i found enough fabric for 4 kits and one of them (or all 4) can be yours!

lucy civil block 14c

lucy civil block 14b

lucy civil block 14a

we are packing for madison this afternoon…but we will be open tomorrow morning in case you can’t make it in today!  We will be closed Wednesday AFTERNOON and Thursday ALL DAY…normal hours will resume on Friday (Mel will be in charge on Friday and Saturday).  Madison is Thursday-Saturday…so we’ll be back in the shoppe on Monday getting it all decked for Autumn!

101 Maple Street arrived last week…it is just cute and sweet and scrumptious!  our curated bundle is available now!

101 maple street

happy stitching!