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.


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


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


take a trip to Shelbyville

good afternoon! my assistant is sleeping (of course) and mom is on the phone (of course) and i am working (of course).

our Shelbyville has arrived and i’ve folded and tied up some bundles of these glorious prints. we did bundles of all 18 prints we ordered in…lots of the black in these bundles making them perfect for cozy autumn baskets, fall-flavored maple leaves, or a fun add to your civil war stash.

shelbyville curated fat quarter bundles are available now along with yardage. Shelbyville fat quarter towers and fat 8th bundles will be arriving on monday.

shelbyville curated fat quarter bundle of 18 prints
shelbyville curated fat quarter bundles

check them out online here.

also…we are making up new Figgy Halloween bundles…so be on the lookout for those!

happy stitching! -april&mickey&gabby (sweetwater

Lucy Tuesdays week 59 & 60

no change in the lucy boston patchwork of the crosses progress department…  i still have 1 block left to piece, but i am determined to have it done for next week…at least i will be progressing then…i’m still trying to get the Primrose Garden finished up (so i can use all those honeys to start the sashing pieces).  i’ve cut some bunny hill pink 1 1/2 inch squares and have 2 bolts of bella bleach…just have to have more than 5 honeycombs ready to baste…i’m still thinking it will be a wintertime project.  i am, however, still going to try and pop in here on tuesdays with an update…


instead i’ve finished up my Suffolk Puffs/yoyo quilt i talked about last time…it is small but mighty…cute, sweet, and perfect at the shoppe on the child’s shell back chair…LOVE it!


then after the shop hop…i decreed that i would get ALL the quilt tops done before the end of the year (i make this decree every january, but never actually follow through)…well, i’ve been quilting up a storm over here…

including these 3 lovelies that have been on the pile for years!

Dresden Plate…the vintage plates were pieced but not appliqued down…i appliqued them, added the centers, and then the small plates…(i found a pic on instagram of this quilt all finished dated march 5, 2015…it was overdue to be finished up)


This jeweled star (i’ve also seen it called a daisy flower) was a vintage top i picked up in Sioux Falls at the quilt show (almost 3 years ago)…it is throw sized, and has some of the most amazing fabrics in it.


Blue Flower Garden…yummy wintery blues…i picked up these flowers at an occasional sale, then stitched them up adding in the floral diamond cornerstone…i’m sad it took me years to get it stitched up…but super happy that i finally did just in time for …winter!


(i’ve finished a total of 7 quilts…almost halfway through the pile of tops…)

now onto number 8 (a yellow bordered grandmother’s flower garden)

**no blog post is complete without a cotton candy pic**

new in the shoppe…civil war color bundles…available now!

packs are Cucumbers and Tomatoes, Bubblegum, Peanut Brittle, Burnt Brownie, Salsa, Blueberry Grits, and Grapes.  Perfect for adding into a current project or starting a new one…

civil war fat 8ths

happy stitching!