ash & eggshell

good evening! the week is winding down around here and we have brought home some bolts to cut up some new bundles…a Low Volume Summer which i am in LOVE with of course and a curated collection from our Bramble Cottage bolts.

we have been working on some this week as well…

ash & eggshell -a personal fav!-

ash & eggshell

we did up a new independence low volume…this one is lovely if you are in the market for some shirtings.

independence low volume

then we couldn’t resist a couple brenda riddle bundles…

first up…ginghams…talk about summer inspired….

gingham summer

Finnegan Favorite Flowers…this is a half yard bundle cuz a fat quarter of these luscious florals is just not enough!

finnegan favorite flowers

we have them available over in the precuts section of the website here.

i’m off to cut some new bundles.

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as for the storefront…we are usually at the shop from 10-2 m-f to do shipping drop off and pick up fabric, etc. if you are need of something or want to drop off a quilt…you are more than welcome to call for an appointment (shop number 320.243.4436 or my cell 320.241.8336). we are still taking in quilting with a turnaround time of about a week maybe less.

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happy stitching…stay healthy!

–april&mickey&gabby

frosting with sprinkles…a low volume bundle

good evening! i’ve been meaning to cut up some of these bundles but haven’t had a chance. yesterday, i had a little extra time so i set to work.

i love a good low volume bundle and this one is a new favorite. lovely little dots on a frosting white…

bundles are 6–1/2 yards…dots are dark pink, baby blue, baby pink, black, orange, and spring green. perfect for adding into your low volume collection or use it as a starter pack for a new quilt…

you can grab a bundle here.

time to brew a new cup of coffee and nibble some dark chocolate with roasted almonds and sea salt (as a rule i don’t like sea salt with my chocolate but this Ghirardelli chocolate is amazing!)

have a wonderful weekend! stay healthy!

–april&mickey&gabby

sweetwater

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!

—april&mickey&gabby

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!)

paris apartment

good morning! mom and i are back from bemidji. we had a wonderful time teaching Brazilian Embroidery, catching up with Bonnie, and kicking off our shows for 2020.

we’ve been getting the shop switched around to showcase some of our favorite collections…right now…we are falling in love with Rue 1800. Soft, gentle, sweet, summery…perfect florals, classic paisleys, gorgeous colors of rose, porcelain, dove, robin’s egg, and cobblestone. i want to drop everything i’m doing and start cutting up a jelly roll (what i would make i’m not quite sure but the colors are so welcomed after a chilly winter).

the precuts for this collection include honeybuns which work wonderfully with 1/2 inch hexies (if you are looking for a summery hand project)…a stars in the garden would be lovely!

we sprung for the entire 40 bolt collection because we couldn’t pick just 10 or 12 or 18 or 32. they are all just so pretty and the florals are a mixture of new and some classic which makes them perfect for mixing with their previous collections…especially Poetry, Porcelain, and Victoria. The dove and cobblestone lean more towards a brown…but still has a slight grey tone to it…truly lucsious!

here they are all snuggled into the mantle…(the colors are even prettier in person!)

rue 1800

all the yardage and precuts are online now…grab your favorites right here.

also…some new fingering yarn from the Uluru Collection by Queensland

Uluru collection by Queensland

lovely, soft, and perfect for a little weekend knitting. grab a ball here.

gabby-goo is getting impatient so i’d better get going.

have a wonderful evening!

-april&mickey&gabby

amelia in sugarcreek

i’m heading out the door for an afternoon with Mel and Braxton and shopping and Panera (if you have’t heard…Bistro French Onion soup is back!)

thought i would pop in and wish everyone a happy February 1st! Can you believe january is already over and we are 1 month into 2020 already. Dad’s surgery went well yesterday and he is getting geared up for physical therapy starting on monday. thank goodness our barn doors are up!

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our newest project in the shoppe is amelia. if you’ve been following along…this project was first introduced quite a few years ago. it has always been a favorite so when we saw Sugarcreek with all its modern/vintage feel we knew it would work.

i love the bright, punchy colors mixed with the white and grey…it really brings this quilt together.

amelia in sugarcreek
amelia in sugarcreek

i’ve gotten the kits ready to go so you can start grabbing those summer-vibes this february!

kits are here and are identical to ours…so you will get the same scraps-from-vintage-sheets-and-grandma’s-table-cloths feel as ours.

happy february!

–april&mickey&gabby

finnegan again

just finished up cutting and bundling fat quarter and fat 8th bundles of the entire Finnegan collection. (we had all of them left shockingly enough…however, some are mighty skinny now!)

if you missed out on adding the Finnegan collection to YOUR collection…we have a very limited number of in-house cut fat quarter and fat 8th bundles.

finnegan fat 8th bundles
finnegan fat quarters

these are total Easter-can’t-wait-for-spring colors and go amazingly well with Amberley and Bramble Cottage…there is just something about that lavender and pink!

…mom finished up Cottage Charm but we’ll save that for another day…

nab Finnegan here.

happy friday!
-april&mickey&gabby

bramble precuts

bramble cottage…which is FULL of pastel, Easter-egg toned florals, checks, dots, and more florals is out and the precuts have arrived….FINALLY!

We ordered in all the bramble precuts: fat quarters and fat eighths, layer cakes, charms, mini charms, and jelly rolls and honeybuns. lots of different sizes…all perfect for a sweet little table runner, an Easter bag, a quick spring throw to get you out of the winter slump, or if your tastes are more hand work oriented we have the jelly rolls available in a Jelly Garden kit complete with papers, background, and the pattern.

we have the full collection of prints on the bolt as well if you are looking to put together a large project or need a background, border, binding, or backing to go with your precut project.

grab your precuts and yardage here.

bramble cottage
bramble cottage precuts

Happy stitching! -a*m*g

bramble cottage

has arrived! It is quite lovely and perfect if you are itching for some little spring/summer colors! however, the winter wonderland-style snow this morning seems appropriate since yesterday i was placing Christmas orders for June…

Inspired by a dream of living in a countryside English cottage surrounded by unkept roses and meandering hills…this collection embodies that dream. Pretty flowers, classic plaids, clever dots and pluses…falling in love with it all over again.

precuts look to be shipping today and will be in-store early next week…i’ll get those listed over the next couple days so you can get your order in!

bramble cottage linen white
bramble cottage pebble
bramble cottage blossom
bramble cottage willow and mist
bramble cottage
finnagen

we have yardage of bramble cottage available now…here…and don’t you love how it looks with Finnegan and ALL THE GINGHAMS!

mom just finished piecing Cottage Charm using Finnegan. Cottage Charm is a large quilt that is perfect in soft pastel prints. Finnegan is a glorious older sister to Bramble Cottage. Soft airy prints, pretty Easter-Egg colors and truly delightful prints. Once it is quilted and washed i’ll do a blog post featuring it.

…i know we are about 5 collections behind but hopefully we can kick out a few new projects in the next few weeks…just in time to do a new rearrange for Easter and dad to have rotator cuff surgery…so mom will be home with him…hopefully all caught up and ready to set to work on the new collections that will be arriving.

in between all the piecing and machine quilting we are doing a little painting and trading in our old fence panels for a couple barn doors…all in good time…we have until surgery day to get that done…only about 16 more days!

time to start wrapping things up for the day…a few new bundles have arrived…yummy 30’s! i’ll work on getting those listed and maybe even a post about them this week.

happy tuesday!

–april&mickey&gabby

gabby goo yesterday

2020 goals

good afternoon!

i’m just about to package up our online orders, have lunch, and crack open our newest arrival…Bramble Cottage and thought i would pop in for a quick check-in.

i’m sure before i’m done writing this post i will have done all 3 of those things above….

a few 2020 things…i’ve updated our events page. you can check out our shows and shop hops there. also…most show dates we will be closed.

the bookstore and gallery have changed their hours…they will be closed on Monday and Tuesday with normal hours the rest of the week. THIS WILL NOT AFFECT OUR SHOP HOURS. we will still have the same hours as before…just closed if we are at a show since Monica will not be around to keep an eye on things.

however, our day off during the week will now be different. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday both of us will be working the shoppe. Mom’s day off will now be Wednesday and my day off will now be Thursday. It will take me awhile to get used to this.

we’ve done a little rearranging…and honestly, aren’t we always doing a little rearranging? well, we got rid of our “office” cuz it was more of a catchall…we tossed things we’ve had since we moved to this location which was like 11 years ago.

we are doing a little painting…adding a few new pieces of furniture…once our rearrange is complete…then a little (or a lot) of vacuuming and maybe a coffee break and dare i say a new quilty project!

(i’m back from the post office and just finished lunch…)

we have a few of those quilty projects i mentioned above in the queue and hopefully once we get all the painting, moving around, and re-displaying out of the way we can get a project done.

looks like i won’t get Bramble Cottage unpacked before i finish up this post…however, i do have some bundles to share.

Valentine’s Day is coming up quick…(we have a wedding the 15th so the shop will be closed)…in celebration we have a couple bundles and my Cottage Hearts pillow kitted up again…

Cottage Hearts…i, as a rule, am not a big fan of hearts which i’m sure i mention every time this pillow pops up somehwere…however, i LOVE this pillow, and when i see it around the shoppe i begin to think of making a quilt. not sure if i would do 16 heart patches with sashing, or just 16 heart patches straight set without sashing. i debate and debate then decide to focus on the projects i have started or already have ready to start or that project i drool over online (ahem…Stonefields) and put it to the back of my mind. but alas, it creeps back in.

is a Cottage Hearts quilt something that you would want? are you looking for a heart quilt to add to your life? feel free to let me know.

either way…the pillow is done, kitted, on the bed in the window…nab the kit here if you missed our last year.

cottage hearts

a few bundles to lighten your stash and perfect for that Valentine’s Day project you’ve been wanting to start.

low volume valentine would be perfect for a red/pink version of Melany Square…you can find that post here. just add in several more prints and get started! low volume valentine is available here.

low volume valentine

My Redwork Garden…classic, creamy vanilla, and Bunny Hill…truly delightful. so pretty i chose a picture of these bundles to be my header for the Valentine season this year. so crisp and pretty.

This bundle…Red Velvet Blondies is a pantry pack (4–1/2 yards)…perfect for stash building, civil war projects, Christmas/Valentine’s Day, or mix in with other low volume prints for a fun low volume project. Grab your Red Velvet Blondies here.

my redwork garden bundles

now on to Bramble Cottage and some more rearranging.

happy Wednesday!

–a&m&g

memoirs

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.

memoirs

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!
–april&mickey&gabby