Christmas Low Volume + Melany Square

Equals a whip creamy-peppermint swirly-vanilla cream-frosty wonderland…

Melany Square uses the Christmas Low Volume bundle and classic squares for a truly Christmas delight!

Melany Square
Melany Square
Melany Square
Melany Square

We do have Christmas Low Volume Bundles left…you can grab one here.

If you have your own bundle and would like to make the Melany Square quilt you can download it here.

that’s all for me today…now time to head home for some hot coffee and a little evening television and probably a little EPP!


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.


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!


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!


all roads lead home

i know it is still a couple months before the holiday season…so you will have plenty of time to whip up this cozy throw featuring a season-inspired mixture of Holiday Lodge and Urban Cottage.

Country Christmas makes the best throw at 68 x 77 inches.

Country Christmas

**take a look at that quilting…still learning the new machine…but i think those over-sized bulbs are super coolz!

we have kits of Country Christmas available now! you can nab one online here…otherwise…stop on by, we’ll have them in store!


sweet christmas

good morning! i’m sure some of you popped over on tuesday for a lucy update…mom switched her day off this week to thursday which throws my whole week off. therefore, when i got home tuesday, i realized that it was tuesday and i had not done a lucy update. so…i’ve decided to work extra hard on her over the holiday weekend and maybe have something to show you next tuesday.


as for what’s going on in June…we have a busy, busy june planned…but as luck would have it…monica will be around to keep any eye on the shop when we are out of town.

here is the event schedule…

June 1st…mom and i will be at my cousins wedding

June 7th Mel’s Baby is due

June 7th & 8th Tina and Mom will be in South Dakota vendoring at the Siouxland Renaissance festival

June 12th-15th…mom and i will be at the Minnesota Quilt Show in Rochester

June 17th, 1:30ish…Brazilian Embroidery group is meeting at sweetwater…if you are interested in joining please drop me an email…sweetwatercottonshoppe(at)yahoo(dot)com.

June 20th-22nd…mom and i will be at the Omaha Quilt Show in Omaha, NE.

After this we’ll be focusing on Quilt Minnesota which will start August 2nd.

Then in September our next string of shows and events will start…check out our events page for our complete list of events, quilt shows, and shop hops.


Christmas fabric has started arriving…yes…i realize it hasn’t even been summer yet, but we must get started on those projects early.

sweet Christmas has arrived…(still waiting on the Snowman kits, but the yardage is super sweet and so cute…i’m already planning another pillow to coordinate with our Swell pillow…best keep an eye out)

sweet christmas
sweet christmas —looks like i better snip those threads on the sleigh ride quilt—

i love how sweet Christmas coordinates with Swell Christmas and Good Tidings…a lovely retro look that we cannot get enough of…plus it has Sweet in the name….can’t go wrong. the collection is small with only 26 different skus…but the variety is wonderful! Snowman heads, spinning peppermints, poinsettias and poinsettias with a background stripe, a plaid/check print, stripes, candy canes, and a geometric print…lots to choose from…though i don’t think i could choose just one!

i do have some lovely color bundles that would look lovely mixed with Sweet Christmas.

we will be getting in the Snowman kits sometime in early june…i’ll keep you in the loop…we’ll also be offering a few hand-cut fat quarter bundles.

i’m planning on quilting up a quilt this morning then taking some pictures of the various Crochet and Embroidery books, Simplicity vintage notions, and Bee in My Bonnet pins and along with some Brazilian Embroidery, new English Paper Pieces shapes…hello 7 petal Chrysanthemum! and don’t forget Treehouse Textiles’ Dilly Bag is kitted and ready to rock along with a few other goodies and doing a little online work this afternoon…maybe after a quick trip over to Teal’s for a taco…we’ll see what happens…(the back has been acting up the last couple days so we’ll see how much i actually get done today after quilting up the quilt.)

happy stitching! i’ll hopefully be back tomorrow with an update on all the new yummies that are available online…

—april&mickey —sweetwater—

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…

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 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…


christmas stitching

good morning!  hopefully you’ve had a wonderful thanksgiving.  ours was full of family, doggy kisses, delicious food, and a Clue playing marathon…poor Tina didn’t win a single game.


now that thanksgiving is over i am far more excited about Christmas.  i love pulling out the Christmas boxes and faffing the house with a little extra coziness that Christmas brings.  i love the smell of pine, the soft Christmas carols, twinkling lights, and neatly wrapped presents.

i think it is this inevitable feel of simpler times and wood burning fires that spur me to sit quietly and stitch.  whether i embroider, appliqué, or cross stitch…it truly doesn’t matter…

this year…i decided on Wednesday i would stitch up Crabapple Hill’s Cozy Quilter’s pillow…so i pulled fabrics, threads, traced the pattern and started it Wednesday evening.  i’m hoping to get a it finished up in the next week or so…i’ll be whipping up kits…

if this embroidered/quilty pillow isn’t really your thing…we also have EdMar Christmas kits available…kits include all the threads (including metallic if needed), beads, preprinted pattern on white, needles, and complete instructions.

Christmas Tree, Christmas Candles, Christmas Pine Cone, and Christmas Acorns

if Brazilian embriodery isn’t your thing either…last year i pulled my favorite Christmas Cross stitch patterns and you can check them out as well…Christmas Cross Stitch.

also…i’ll be kitting this lovely from Home for the Holidays…once everything arrives…

and if cross stitch isn’t your thing or you prefer working on something a little bit smaller…this Teenie Hardanger IV project could right up your alley.  cranberry and pine mix with ecru and beads…tuck in a little bowl with potpourri, pine boughs, and bulbs.

if you are looking for some inspiration…the new Simply Vintage winter edition by Quilt Mania is brimming with winter-y and Christmas-y projects including quilts, wool appliqué, embroidery, and Christmas crafts.  17 different projects total to get you in the mood for Christmas.

mom is going to stitch up the little piece on the bottom right.  it is just delightful, dainty, and darling, and she already had a place for it.

i’d better get on over to the post office and check the mailbox.  could have gotten some of my cross stitch supplies that i’ve been impatiently waiting on.

happy stitching…have a safe and happy weekend!  hopefully you can fit in a little quiet stitching time…

—april & mickey

Lucy Tuesday week 70, 71, & 72…a little christmas cross stitch

good evening!

hopefully all is well in your neck of the woods.  thought i would pop in and give an update…

i’ve only had a chance to get a few pink squares basted…and maybe one 9-patch surrounded.  i’ve worked on a couple hexie triangles for the Mrs. Billings border.

i have been debating if i should start working on the Ring of Roses at the shoppe, but then i’m torn because we are FINALLY getting some 30 count linen so i could start on this cross stitch project i want to kit…(it just so happens to be a Christmas cross stitch project by Blackbird Designs–of course!)

Christmas Garden is from the Home for the Holidays book by Blackbird Designs.

if you are interested in a kit…let me know and i’ll get you an eta and price…(still waiting on some of the threads…because i have to order from what seems like a dozen companies to get all the supplies…it’s truly only 3-4 but it is still frustrating.)


hopefully i can get back to nightly English paper piecing so i have more to show for the week…

Happy stitching…