mid month mayhem

good afternoon!

Yesterday was mom’s birthday…so she had the day off–plus it coincided with her weekly day off…score!

we are trying to get everything all lined up and ready to go, but these july days just keep slipping by or are we the only ones that feel that way?

we are counting down the days to quilt minnesota 16 days…and in between those 16 days we have head out to Jackson, Wyoming to pick up mom’s car and drop off the rental (they had a little booboo when they were out there in June), plus counting and bagging a bazillion different papers, finish quilt minnesota projects, print the quilt minnesota booklet, kit up all the quilt minnesota projects, put together the incentive, maybe even whip up a new project (other than quilt minnesota), and do a mini shop rearrange.

however…we are getting in some new fabric! and we all know how much we love new fabric!

part of our Durham 2019 collection shipped yesterday..so that will be arriving later this week…this collection is our palette. Classic English roses, pastel colors, dots, small rose buds…i’m so happy that part of it is arriving in July!

Diamond Textiles…i have always loved woven, over stitched, yarn-dyed fabrics…so i cannot get enough of Diamond Textiles! Well, we have an order of bolts and their limited edition charm packs…now, i’m not entirely sure which charm packs we ordered…but i know there are some lovelies in the group! These will also be arriving later this week! Since our newest order has not arrived yet…i nabbed this pic from a previous Diamond Order…some of these were still available so we nabbed them…otherwise it is going to be all new colors and designs…

Diamond textiles

A couple new goodies arrived before we left for Jackson. We’ll get them online next week…

happy stitching!

–april & mickey

sweetwater

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Lucy Boston week 104…grand finale

good afternoon! we are nearing the end of the day over here…hopefully i can squeeze in enough time to finish up some machine quilting…we’ll see what happens with that.

if you have not already heard…or seen over on instagram or facebook…Lucy’s Summer Cottage is officially finished. I quilted, bound, and washed her…had her all ready for a photo shoot outside, but it has been raining. So we’ve put her up in the shoppe and maybe in late July we’ll get a chance to take some pictures.

i do have a few for you though…this was fresh out of the dryer. it shrank up to be simply cozy…truly perfect for a summer cottage!

Lucy’s Summer Cottage

She is up in the shoppe if you are in the area…she’s always up for a visit…as is her civil war sister!

Lucy’s Summer Cottage…and Hexie Stones
Lucy’s Summer Cottage…close-up
Civil War Lucy Boston…Patchwork of the Crosses

Both Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses are on display in the shoppe…we do also have some of the block kits still available…but they are selling out fast.

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i have other projects in the works…and about 15 minutes ago…thought of another project that i’m going to add to the list…never a dull moment…however, the next few i think will be framed pieces….far more doable and who doesn’t love a little quilty piece framed?

so…this will be the final Lucy Tuesday post…if you would like to start from the beginner 100+ posts ago…they have their own category…be sure to check it out below.

otherwise, i’ll be back later this week with my frothy yoyos…(they are so scrumptious…i just LOVE ’em!)…it is framed (of course!) and uses shirtings (of course!) and each shirting is different (of course! cuz you know i love low volume!) and i’ll have it kitted so you can frame it or stuff it or whatever…

(i also finally got my birthday present at the MN Quilt Show…a CRAZY QUILT! and you guessed it…it is here at the shoppe…to inspire you to get started on your own. it has the perfect-est feather stitching along with some ribbon embroidery, basic embroidery, and fun motifs. i’m hoping to put together crazy quilt packs with some fancy fabrics, threads, ribbons, lace, buttons, embellishments, beads, and other little fun things…all in good time. we do have a selection of the most amazing stitch books…like, literally, WOW!)

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okay…i’d better get back to my machine quilting. hope you have a wonderful afternoon! i’ll be back with some pictures of Minnie (the crazy quilt has the name “Minnie” stitched on it) along with in-progress shots of a few of my on-going projects.

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Now before i say good-bye to Lucy Tuesdays, i would like to thank everyone who has been following along…it has been so much fun seeing the progress made from week to week (or month to month depending upon life) and chatting with you when you’ve popped into the shoppe or seen us at a show. We’ll be sure she comes along with us this fall…so if you can’t get into the shoppe…you can catch us at a show.

happy stitching…i’ll be back soon with some new goodies!

—–april&mickey {sweetwater}

Lucy week 102…and a new baby (finally!)

i know it is a little late today for my weekly blog post…lots happened since last tuesday.

we vendored at the Minnesota Quilters quilt show in rochester. we had a blast…catching up with faraway friends, meeting new friends, and sharing our love of quilting. (a quick shout-out to all the lovely quilters that stopped by, said hi, and made it a very wonderful show! we’ll see you in st. cloud in june 2020.)

Minnesota Quilters quilt show…rochester, mn

Then on Sunday, June 16 at 10:47pm, Braxton Xavier Zimmer-Hoff joined the family. 7lbs 11oz, 20 1/2 inches long…blue eyes and blond hair.

braxton
baby punk
me and b…a little blurry, but cute as pie…10 hours old

Lastly…lucy update…i have all the sashing and cornerstone pieces stitched on…just have to have a spare few hours to get some stitching done. I have row 7 block 1 stitched on…and am currently in the middle of row 7 block 2…but remembered that i had not gotten the blog post out yet.

hopefully next week i’ll be able to show you a pic of lucy rows 1-7…fingers crossed!

have a wonderful evening! mom and i are packing for Omaha tomorrow then back on the road again on Thursday…then we can settle in for a couple months…work on some projects, fluff the website and the shop!

————-sweet christmas kits featuring the vintage style frosty have arrived…and is first on mom’s list! we have some kits that are available here.——-

sweet christmas 60 x 72 inches

i’d better get back to my coffee, perry mason, and row 7…

happy stitching!
—–april & mickey

Lucy Boston Week 98 & 99

good afternoon! the day is almost over, but i couldn’t take off for dinner with monica before popping on here and sharing some progress…yes…some progress!

first off…here is all my stuff! i am not very organized usually but i when it comes to working on something like this i strive to have everything in its place. the quilt top is always folded in as to not get dirty…plus i love the back…i can see all the work that has gone into it. I have been using a Simplicity vintage collection tin as a place to keep all my threads, extra paper, (final block that i need to piece), a smaller tin is full of the squares as i pull them out. I’m pretty sure i have all the sashings, cornerstones, border sashings, and border cornerstones pieced…just need to be putting them on. I only have the corners to finish since i wasn’t going to crack open another bag of 100 honeys for 8.

Lucy Boston organization

Row 5…i have the first row 5 block ready to stitch onto rows 1-4 but i’ve found that if i get all the sashings and cornerstones on first then in a couple days i can get the row on…

Lucy Boston row 5

Sashings…all stitched together and ready to rock.

Lucy Boston sashings in a bag by themselves

The cornerstones and border pieces are in a bag together.

Lucy Boston border pieces and cornerstones all organized.

one lonely honeycomb…found it on the front seat of the car…

Lucy Boston

and as always…we’ve been selling out of some Lucy Blocks…you can take a look at what’s left along with lovely prints that would be wonderful fussy cut for Lucy’s…here.

So hopefully i’ll be back with more progress next week! We also have other fun things on the horizon…frothy yoyos, Christmas goodies, EdMar Brazilian Embroidery, and Quilt Minnesota fabrics arrive tomorrow!

happy stitching! have a wonderful afternoon! –april&mickey

(a bit of trivia…today marks 20 years since i graduated high school! how can that possibly be???!!!)

Lucy Tuesday week 94 & 95

I’m halfway! i had originally planned on having it done by my birthday (today) but that didn’t really work out…however, i do have all the pink around all the 4-patch cornerstones and 18 or so sashings stitched. I’m getting impatient now when it comes to the sashings and cornerstones so i think i’m going to go through and piece all those so i can just go to town on stitching on the blocks.

Hopefully you’ve been stitching on yours! i’d love to see pics…if you’d like to see my progress…i try and post to instagram at least once a week…or check my instagram Lucy highlights for more pics.

Lucy’s Summer Cottage…halfway

and as always we still have some block kits left…you can check out what’s left here.

happy tuesday! –april&mickey

a few things new

good afternoon! it looks like the rain has left for a few days…it was nice being home yesterday with the rain falling, windows open, and a little bit of stitching. i’m trying hard to get row 4 done by next tuesday so i’ll have some progress to report…

i’ve finally gotten the Treehouse Textiles patterns packed up with acrylics and papers…mom is currently making the Dilly Bag so once she is done we’ll have it kitted.

I ordered up the June Dyson Coverlet and the Frankie Quilt patterns and have both ready to go.

June Dyson was featured in the most recent issue of Simply Vintage. We have the pattern, acrylics, and paper pack available here.

June Dyson coverlet by Treehouse Textiles

Frankie Quilt…this is the quirky little sister to the Sweet Sunday project. I love the pretty summer star pattern, the low volume prints, and the lovely vintage style fabrics. We have it packed up with the Frankie pattern, acrylics, and papers...here.

Frankie quilt by Treehouse Textiles

we’ve gotten in the newest chunky thread pack from Bee in My Bonnet along with the skeins of each color…check out our crochet section of the shop.

Chunky Thread sampler pack #4

looks like mom is waiting for me so we can get going…have a wonderful evening!

-april&mickey sweetwater

Lucy Tuesdays Week 91

good afternoon! i hope you have had a wonderful start to April…we had a little snow and rain today…and at one point i thought i heard thunder or maybe just a loud truck or a train.

i’ve been working on Lucy for over 91 weeks now. how is it possible i have been working on it that long? I am loving these early blocks…the colors are so pretty and some of the prints are no longer available so its a pleasure to work with them again.

today i worked all this morning to get the final block of the 3rd row on…and i did! so after a quick trip to the post office i thought i better share!

Lucy’s Summer Cottage patchwork of the crosses

i think block 16 and 21 may be in my top favorites…or maybe my row 3 favorites!

the day is winding down around here…but we do have a few things on the agenda…

**30’s section got a new coat of paint…we opted for a retro-ish pink color which really looks nice with the retro fabrics and makes the section look huge! just have to figure out the layout for the fabrics and where to put the quilts.

**Susanna’s Scrapbag (our cherry-picked prints) will be arriving on thursday.

**Scrumptious 4-Patch Tiny Tote…we are still waiting on the twill tape to finish this up…look for it later this week.

**Sweet Violet fat quarter bundles.

**a little rearrange in the floral section since i have half the Lucy blocks in my bag.

**a little rearrange in the civil war section to showcase Rockets’ Red Glare and make room for Susanna’s Scrapbag.

**new civil war fat 16th bundles made the agenda since someone nabbed the last one last night and was sent to its new home today, so i’d better get cutting.

happy stitching! —april&mickey

Lucy Tuesdays week 90

My mini break is over…i did finish up my Le Poulet pincushion and the stitching on the Sashiko style pillow cover…haven’t gotten it made into a pillow yet, but all in good time.

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Lucy Boston week 90…how has it been nearly 2 years since we started this trip to Lucy’s Summer Cottage?  Seems like yesterday i was pulling fabrics…eagerly waiting on new fabrics, trying to keep from using that mint green in every block.

( we still have some summer cottage block kits available.)

i haven’t added any more blocks to her, but i have been working on the next set of cornerstones and sashings…once they are all done…i can just sit and stitch on a row.  I get so focused on stitching on the blocks that i’m liking the idea of having all the pieces ready for the entire row…cuz once you get started it doesn’t take long to stitch it.

Row 3 blocks are in my bag, so once i finish up that last sashing piece i can get going on it.

After Row 4 i’m planning on taking a mini break to work on a little Brazilian Embroidery and a Ribbon Embroidery project…but we’ll see…i may have to buckle down and finish her up…it would be the halfway point!

The wall of Lucy’s Summer Cottage blocks sure is looking bare with 21 of them being stitched together and later blocks pulled since their kits are sold out.

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i’m already looking to the next EPP project and the next after that.  Several on my *to finish up in 2019* list.

Lucy’s Summer Cottage

Mrs. Billings (i am loving putting this one together.  i am using my stash and trying my hardest to use a little of each civil war print–i forget how much i love the total scrappiness of Civil War Quilts.)

Sweet Sunday by Treehouse Textiles –this projects features a delightful mix of florals and vintage embroideries…so i am on the hunt for vintage linens featuring pretty embroidered flowers, etc.

Dusky Flower Garden–i have some center/2 ring flowers that need a ring of white and a path of white…hopefully it can be a summer project.  These are 1 inch and super scrummy.

Shabby Smitten–i have started a new cotage style smitten…a couple blocks are finished…just need a little time to work on it…thinking i should cut the blocks from my favorite fabrics and have it ready to go when i want to work on something quick and easy.

Virginia Snowball–this red, white, blue, and pink lovely is classic, sweet, and patriotic (which i LOVE)!

Pastel Primrose Garden–this is cut and ready to go…however, i’ve confiscated all the loose honeycombs for Lucy’s Summer Cottage…so this once is on hold until she’s done.

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hopefully you can find time to work on your own list…even if you don’t have a chance to work on the projects themselves…at least get a list written up…then maybe cut out a flower, baste some white honeycombs, or bag up a block and toss it in your bag.

**a little look at my new favorite Tote***

Lucy’s Summer Cottage has gone from a little tin inside the Mrs. Billings Box…to a circle canvas tote with the most wonderful handles…

love that little moda patch with the barn quilt style quilt block!

It is truly unbelievable how much this bag holds…there are 7 more blocks underneath along with a little moda tin, a couple little fabric bags, my hexie bag, some papers, fabrics, Pandan cookies, granola bars, and of course the new Moda Look Book is sticking out of the top on the right but could easily be stuck down inside.

i didn’t mean for the end of this post to be a little plug for this new tote…but if you are in the market for a tote…this one is my new favorite…i have it listed over on the website here.

now…i’d better get back to packaging up last night/this mornings orders…then maybe a little rearrange or pattern printed…the jury is still out on that one.

happy stitching!
–april

Lucy Tuesdays week 89

Lucy 14 blocks…2 rows done!  we still have some summer cottage block kits available.

i took a mini break and stitched up a Sashiko embroidery pillow and am working on a cross stitch project from the new Ooh La La book by Blackbird Designs…neither is completed but hopefully in the next couple days we can get those finished up…then back to Lucy.

*also…

Chantilly by Fig Tree is arriving on Friday

the quilt featuring Garden Variety has been quilted…just needs binding

silk ribbon for ribbon embroidery has arrived

DMC perle cotton no 8 balls in assorted colors are now available along with different color collections

new cross stitch patterns from Blackbird Designs

**i’ll be working on getting everything online this week…along with a little organizing!**

Happy stitching! -a&m

Lucy Tuesdays week 88

Lucy 10 blocks…just 46 to go!  i’m having  a blast watching these blocks come together…it is so much fun seeing them with the white, pink, and 9-patches…

We still of lots of lucy boston block kits available…check them out here

We’ll be at the Medford, WI quilt show this weekend…be sure to stop on by!

Happy stitching! -a&m