good morning! reds have arrived! lots of scrummy reds…

Cranberries & Cream precuts in are in the shoppe and online…yardage has shipped so that should be arriving on tuesday. You can grab some precuts here. featuring a classic color palette…cranberry, cinnamon, cream, sugar and cocoa…it is sure to please come this christmas season!

cranberries & cream

Repro Reds…Sheryl Johnson (of Temecula Quilt Co.) has wowed us with her most recent collection. Civil war era shades of red and pink are complimented with shades of brown, cream, and white. we have the bundles available here…look for yardage to hit the online shop over the next few days!

repro reds

these collections look so nice together!

we are wrapping up day 2 of the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop over here…still fabrics and kits left!

happy stitching! i’ll be back next week with more goodies!


Minnesota Staycation

join us for Quilt Minnesota 2021…

i realize that the shop hop starts today! we’ve been spending our time getting ready…cutting bundles, finishing up patterns, and a little faffing…(i think we should start using the word faff).

i grabbed a few pictures of the porch before the fabric gets raided later today.

we decided to cozy up the porch with a little quilt mn this year. projects are…from left: Mocha Flurry, Snow Day, Flurry Potholder, Staycation, MN Framed…Winter Bed Pillow is on the chair.


the left side of the porch features our papasan chair which showcases a Sledding Pillow and lots of panels, 1 yard cuts, and fat quarters. i love the barn quilt…who doesn’t love that dark blue!

sledding pillow

MN Framed and another Sledding Pillow in our hanging chair…(everyone needs one of these in their life!) also…coordinating grunges.

sledding pillow and grunges

Minnesota Staycation…this is our booklet cover photo…i really love these 2 large throw quilts…both have flannel backing which just makes them even more cozy!

Minnesota Staycation

shop hop starts right now! so i’d better get working! hopefully you have a chance to stop in during the hop and check out the porch. if you are unable to pop in but are interested in a quilt…please call us at 320.243.4436 or email us at sweetwatercottonshoppe(@)yahoo(.)com.

we do have some new arrivals including…

Sweet Summer kits (features Sophie by Brenda Riddle)

Garden District kits (features Jardin de Fleurs by French General)

Cranberries and Cream precuts have arrived…yardage is shipping today!

Red Robin/Repo Reds by Sheryl Johnson…a collection of 20 civil war era reds…should be arriving today!

have a good weekend…hopefully you get a chance to partake in the shop hop!



good morning!

the month is flying by as we are busily getting ready for the hop.

first off…sad news in the quilty/cross stitch world…Barb Adams…half of Blackbird Designs passed away on the 4th of July. Mom and I have always been a fans of Blackbird Designs and always look forward to new cross stitch projects, books, and have eagerly waited for news of a new fabric collection. we are hoping that Alma will continue publishing patterns and books…i can’t imagine a world without Blackbird cross stitch and quilty goodness. As for fabric and books…a new Blackbird Designs fabric collection, Threads That Bind, is expected in February along with a new collection of projects in the book, In Full Bloom. We will be ordering the full collection along with precuts and the book.

if you need a little Blackbird Designs right now…we still have some Garden Club and The Raven books and more When the Cold Wind Blows on order and expected later this month…(you can take a look at When the Cold Wind Blows here…i’m in love with this book and the Trick or Treat Baskets!) you can grab a blackbird project here.


Exquisite has arrived! i’m loving the burgundy, grey, and blush palette…lovely and elegant and sweet. Lovely paisley, floral, tonal, and large floral prints. you can nab some exquisite here.


i also didn’t introduce Sweet Beginnings…lovely shades of pink, yellow, red, green, cream, and grey. this is Jera’s first collection with Maywood Studios…and we still debating on what to make with it. i am loving the grey mixed with the pink and yellow! the full collection along with precuts are available here.

sweet beginnings


new projects…we are nearly finished with our Quilt Minnesota projects…once those are up then we can get started on the tops we have set aside until after QM projects…cuz of course we need batting!

our finished projects include…Kitty Corn moda kit (totes adorbs!), a French General quilt featuring their newest collection Jardin de Fleurs, and a low volume lovely featuring the Delightful Dozen and mom is finishing up the crochet edge of our Sophie project…so i can take its place on the Brenda Riddle bed.


now back to finishing up the QM display so we can get back quilting, tidying, and cutting bundles and kits.

happy stitching!
-april&mickey&gabby {sweetwater}

petite perennials collection

good afternoon! we’ve been having internet issues over here all week. it seems it has been sorted, so we are back!

we have some new collections coming in along with some fun patterns, notions, and kits, but for today…we’d like to welcome the Petite Perennials collection.

we opted for only bundles and a handful of prints from this collection. Some fun civil war colors to add to your curated collection. i’m loving the blues and that cheddar!

petite perennials

we have only handful left…you can grab a bundle here.

keep an eye out for Exquisite which will be in-store and online next week!

happy stitching this 4th of July weekend!


REMINDER: our storefront will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of the 4th of July.

salem and jack

good afternoon!

we hope you had a wonderful weekend…it rained here…FINALLY, it was the perfect father’s day present for dad. it was also gabby’s birthday…she turned 2! as you can tell…she had a long day…playing in the rain, going for a car ride, then more playing.

gabby-goo turned 2!

now…on to fabric goodness… Kitty Corn as arrived and it is one of the cutest collections! the colors are lovely…definitely more our palette…black, soft almost lavender, peachy-coral, soft yellow, and soft teal. A retro yet updated Halloween vibe…complete with an adorable Kitty (which we’ve named after our barn kitty, Salem). Mom is cutting up the Moda boxed kit right this minute and then will set to work on the 9-patches…i am so excited to see this project come together.

kitty corn

Kitty Corn was designed by Urban Chiks who is the designer behind, Swell and Sweet and Deer Christmas…i am so glad she has branched out into Halloween…it was a welcomed change! I love seeing her updated retro vibe for the holidays!

you can grab some Kitty Corn here. we have the full collection in yardage along with ALL the precuts.

arriving later this week…The Deco Dance collection of Liberty Quilting Cottons (soft and sweet pastels…i can hardly wait) and the remainder of our Sweet Beginnings collection.

Quilt Minnesota 2021 has also arrived in store and we are sorting our projects and getting ready to dive in. be sure to pop in and get your order cut and paid for so during the hop you can just grab and go!

well…i’d best get back to the cutting table.

happy stitching!


jen’s low volume wovens

we’ve gotten in the full collection of Jen’s Low Volume wovens and they are luxurious. So silky soft and the prettiest neutral colors.

jen’s low volume

grab a bundle to add to your collection…we’ve added one to ours!

you can check out the full collection here. if you are looking for some low volume prints to mix in…check out the delightful dozen shirtings…mom seriously debating whipping up a quilt for Little Braxton who has moved to big bed…cuz his little SISTER is arriving in October! (SO excited and cannot wait!)

well…the rain has stopped so we are off…have a wonderful evening!


american gathering

good afternoon! we are past the halfway point of May…man, the weeks are just flying by!

good news!

American Gathering fat quarter towers have arrived (FINALY!) after they were originally scheduled as a January delivery. hopefully, now things can get back on track…Right now that was our oldest order that we are waiting on. I think our last order from February has just shipped as well…can’t wait to welcome some Sophie precuts into the mix. So now we are waiting on a couple from March…so it goes… If you would like a tower you can grab one here.

american gathering

i’ve also put in an autoship for ALL the quiltmania magazines…so we will also be on the list to receive Simply Moderne and Quiltmania, the Quilt Magazine, right along with the Simply Vintage that we already recieve.


We’ve never gotten the Quiltmania magazine before…and i saw a couple pictures from Carolyn Johnson’s home and i knew we needed to offer it. you can grab the quiltmania magazine here. i might forgo a little stitching tonight to flip through this lovely…

well, i’d best be off…have to do some rearranging to make a little more room.

happy stitching!

Gardenlife…tilda’s spring/summer 2021 collection

Well…I didn’t get a blog post out yesterday (it was my day off) and today I ran out of time…

So I have the new Gardenlife collection…lovely flowers, pretty colors, perfect for summery projects.

Gardenlife yardage

We’ve ordered in all the precuts and yardage and buttons.

Gardenlife precuts and buttons

You can grab some Gardenlife here.

This releases tomorrow so it is on the floor and looking right at home in our Tilda section.

ALSO…GOOD NEWS…American Gathering FAT QUARTER TOWERS will be IN STORE (yes they are on their way) on Monday! If you want one…keep an eye on the website for the listing or drop me an email with “American gathering fq” as the subject line.

Now…back to our Moda Mail…picking out our october/november collections.

Happy stitching!



it is day 3 and i am introducing…

Gypsophila…this fun mix and match project was inspired by a Pin on Pinterest which of course had no link. so we graphed out a pattern similar and pulled the Ruru prints and added in a couple orphan prints and reordered the primitive stripe…and there you have it. This quilt is a new favorite. A fun mixture of sizes and florals…reminds me of the opulent caravans that you see on the English countryside in those British murder mystery shows.


Gypsophila measures 70 x 80 inches and is available now. you can grab a kit here.

be sure to pop back tomorrow…

happy stitching!

ps…gardenlife has arrived so i’ll be spending the next 2 days getting it all ready for saturday

summer breeze

good afternoon!

Prepare yourself…we have several new projects that have just come off the machine, been bound, washed, dried, and photographed. i’m hoping to bring a new quilt your way every day this week…we’ll see how well i do.

today i’m introducing…

Summer Breeze…a soft and soothing mixture of low volume, dusk, and raven fig tree prints with a warm white background. perfect for spare rooms, couch arms, quilt stacks, and porch relaxing. the colors are reminiscent of perennials beds…Shasta daisies, black-eyed susans, and garden gates.

i just love how that raven pops and the low volume prints are gorgeous and create such a soft quilt!

summer breeze

kits are available now…you can find them here.

happy stitching!