be mine…a sale celebrating our LoVE of all things fabric-y

valentine’s day is just around the corner…plus we have a wedding on saturday…which makes this the perfect time to celebrate our LOVE of fabric, epp, quilting, yarn, knitting, crochet, cross stitch, sashiko, Brazilian embroidery, wool, and all around craftyness!

we will be running a BE MINE sale over on our website…15% off…starting February 12th and running through February 15th (Kelly’s Wedding day!) so while we are away…be sure to nab some VERY good things! no code is needed just fill up the cart and checkout!

low volume valentine bundles

sale includes our Cottage Hearts pillow, low volume valentine bundles, bramble cottage, and lucy boston blocks to name a few! lots of yardage and instant downloadable patterns so you can get started right away.

–remember…the shop will have normal hours thru Friday…we will be closed on Saturday, February 15th. Normal hours will resume President’s Day, Monday, February 17th.

check out our Be Mine sale…celebrating our love of all things stitchy and fabricy and quilty…i’ve linked it here.

happy stitching!

-a&m&g

ps…some new things are on the way…lots of Precuts to be exact…Rue 1800 and Lancaster…just in time for the weekend…i’ve gotten them listed online if you’d like to be the first to get yours…Rue 1800 here and grab Lancaster here.

Scrumptious 4-Patch featuring Chantilly

good afternoon! i finished up our Scrumptious 4-Patch yesterday and ran it through the wash…and let me tell ya…it is scrumptious!

Chantilly is Fig Tree’s newest collection and Chantilly is the most perfect name for this range. A soft white (chantilly) is the backdrop for most of the prints we cherry-picked. Tones of luscious melon, gerbera, geranium, and forget me not really bring this collection together and make it perfect for some delightful springtime 4-patches.

Ruffle…instead of binding we opted for a hand-torn ruffle in Bella Bleach. the quilt just called for a ruffle to make it even more floofy and girly! kits are available…i’ve linked them after all the pictures…i just couldn’t pick 1 or 2 or 3…they are just so pretty!

chantilly fabrics
scrumptious 4-patch

scrumptious 4-patch
scrumptious 4-patch
scrumptious 4-patch
Chantilly-Inspired DMC threads

Scrumptious 4-Patch kits are available here.

Chantilly-Inspired DMC threads are available here.

Mom just finished up Wildflowers using Porcelain (and it is just lovely) but more on that once it is finished…right now i’m dreaming of orange dreamsicle cake and lemonade.

happy stitching!

——-april&mickey

Pantry Pack

good afternoon!  Day 14 of the shop hop is underway and we’ve been busy-busy with hoppers, new fabric, and stitching up projects for the autumn shows that i feel like i haven’t had a chance to pop in and catch up!

we’ve gotten in some Brenda Riddle prints from a few of her past collections to fill in the colors and we just couldn’t resist whipping up some Pantry Packs…

Pantry Pack: 4–1/2 yards of coordinating prints.

Right now we have Banana Split, Caroline Vanillas, and Oatmeal.

Banana Split

etsy banana split

etsy banana split1

Oatmeal

Caroline Vanillas

Brenda’s Christmas collection, Good Tidings, has arrived and we are kitting up our Sleigh Ride…  be sure to stop back tomorrow for an entire post about it!

happy stitching!

–april

Quilt Minnesota 2018

good morning!  mom and i hope you are gearing up for some Quilt Minnesota hopping and shopping!

we have finally gotten the display together…where has July gone?!  i’ve taken some pictures of our fun new projects, and as in years past i’ve put together a booklet of our projects.  this year our booklet will include 5 projects…2 quilts, a table runner, table topper, and a set of pillowcases.

everything is kitted, but as always kits are limited…so you are interested…drop us a line.

the fabrics…waiting for the hoppers…

2018 display

Pick Up Sticks…our topper that uses a charm pack.

2018 pick up sticks

Minnesota Scenery…this project uses every single fabric from the collection (including the 2 flannel prints as backing).

2018 mantle1

that tiny display of fabric goodness to the left of the mantle is past year’s quilt mn goodies…not much left, but worth a gander if you are looking to fill in.

2018 mantle2

Aromatic Cases and Perfect for Picnics…we pulled all the purple, white, and blue for this quilt and pillowcases…(this is our favorite…cottage-y, airy, and full of white softer colors).

2018 bed

our display from the window.

2018 mantle

Frog Pond…our table runner featuring our block.

2018 frog pond

Lady Slipper jar and a basket of kits.

2018 lady slipper jar

our booklet, Minnesota Scenery, includes 5 projects…Minnesota Scenery, Pick Up Sticks, Frog Pond, Perfect for Picnics, and Aromatic Cases.

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hopefully, you can pop in during the hop and see it in person…pictures don’t do the projects justice.

happy shopping & hopping!

—april&mickey

new Brazilian embroidery projects

i could hardly wait to get these new little Edmar kits and this fabulous book online!

Sunshine’s Fantasy World…ohmygodthisbookisamazing!  (yes…that is exactly how i said it when i looked through this book…)

this book is stuffed FULL of sea creatures, bugs, butterflies, birds, flowers, and bouquets.  over 100 traceable designs, over 50 stitches and all pictures are in color!  absolutely glorious…hours of gawking, drooling, oooing and aaahhing, and hours of stitching once you pick your favorites (which is going to be difficult!).

perfect for an i spy project, under the sea stitchery, or add these darling motifs to your crazy quilt.

Sunshine’s Fantasy World is available now!

sunshine's fantasy world

if you are thinking of trying it but want to start small…this California rosebud is up your stitching alley.  this delightful little rosebud is available in 3 colors, peach, plum, and pearl and are ready to ship so you can get started…kits include all the threads, instructions, printed trigger cloth, and needles to complete project. here is the link to the kit…California rosebud.

caliornia rosebud

happy stitching!

——————–april&mickey

bespoke brimfield

good morning!  we’ve had a little bit of weather overnight with the snow starting yesterday about 4ish…so that’s always fun this late in the season.  thought maybe a little bespoke Brimfield would brighten up your day!

i started basting the Brimfield pieces in early March.  i’m addicted to tiny florals…and had whipped up a bespoke tiny floral bundle.  it was that bundle that i knew i had to use for my Brimfield.

bespoke tiny floral bundle:  features 26 tiny florals (reminiscent of Liberty of London prints) from a variety of collections from a variety of designers from Washington Street Studios, Moda Fabrics, and Lecien.  I chose to mix cottage style florals, 30’s reproduction, and a couple more modern prints.  all the prints are floral in nature…no dots, stripes, plaids, or checks.  the colors range from cream and white, to yellow blue, grey, brown, red, pink, green, and black.  (if you can’t resist tiny florals…the bundle is available…bespoke tiny florals)

bespoke tiny florals

Brimfield mixes English paper pieces (my favorite) with applique which i had never really done, but thought it was high time i gave it a good old college try.  (i have only ever done needle-turn which i seemed to have issues with the fabric moving around on me–plus i have never taken any classes on applique…so that doesn’t help any.)

i used the technique used by Linda Hohag of brandywine design.  i’m planning on doing a tutorial on it…i have the pics just have to sit down and write it up..

…so i set to work basting, piecing, and then appliqueing the Brimfield rings.  Mom pieced the rows together for me then i quilted it…really close together so it had an old look to it once it was washed.

i just love how it turned out…all cozy and crinkly…

april brimfield

april brimfield closewe have all the pattern, acrylics, and papers available online…Brimfield awakening.

also…we have it kitted… Bespoke Brimfield includes the Bespoke Tiny Floral bundle, Bella Solid Bleach, and the option to add the complete set of papers, acrylics, and the pattern.

 

 

 

Cozy Tuck featuring Freya and Friends

good afternoon!  i’m blogging from home today.  it has been a little while since a non-Lucy post so i thought i better get on that since so much fun stuff has been rolling through the door.

today i decided on Cozy Tuck…featuring Freya and Friends by Janet Clare for Moda Fabrics…

the sweeet, petite prints from Freya and Friends are delightful…sweet little hexagons, ditzy flowers, and geometrics are reminiscent of vintage tiny florals.  a couple novelty prints round out our grouping of cherry-picked prints.  we chose our tried and true strippy quilt pattern to showcase Freya and finished it off with a classic tuck.

Cozy Tuck measures approximately 42 x 54 inches…we have it kitted with the tuck and then the option to add backing.

Cozy Tuck kit or if you prefer to pay with Paypal… click this link Cozy Tuck

april freya

check out that sweet little tuck…yummy!

cozy tuck3

cozy tuck2

cozy tuck1

we also have fat quarter bundles if you are looking to stash build also…we have yardage available too!

that’s all for today…but i’ll be getting some more blog posts ready to showcase our new French General, our Bespoke Brimfield finished quilt (YAY!), Victoria, and Homegrown…if you can’t wait for the blog posts…pop over to our website or follow us on Instagram (@sweetgirlstudio).

happy stitching!  now back to my coffee, stitching up a Lucy block, and a CSI binge while i wait for a mid-april snowstorm…

—————april&mickey

Pretty Bundles and EPP projects

hi!

hope you had a wonderful weekend!  we stayed in…I worked on my Jeweled Starflower, took in a little Netflix…dreamed of future projects…(**my list is getting longer by the moment**)

Brimfield Awakening is on the list of projects to do (at some point in the near future after a few other projects…)

however, I may (and by may I mean have already started) to pull together a grouping of prints to use for it.  This bundle of Pretty by Hand’s First Romance is going to be my starting point.  I LOVE the cute little prints, the variety of pinks…that blue…ohmygodgorgeous!  how have i not listed this delightful bit of fabric heaven online?!  well…it is available now…i linked it up…above.

first romance blog

this is Brimfield Awakening…it combines EPP with a little bit of Appliqué.

a brimfield awakening paper, acylic, pattern set

Roses & Chocolate II…a lovely mixture of peachy pink, chocolate, soft creamy vanilla yellowish, and green.  A perfect bundle to add to your floral mixture…(i have used most of these in the Lucy Boston Summer Cottage blocks).

roses and chocolate II blog

Mrs. Billings Coverlet…will be my next endeavor…though about a month ago i said to mom, “You know, it takes so long to hand piece these big quilts (Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses, Dear Jane, Double Wedding Ring), I’m thinking i might only work on small projects for awhile.  They won’t take so long to get done.”  Well, then I’m cruising around on Paper Pieces website looking through their designer packs and low and behold this little darlin’ popped up and i was like…OMG…adding that to the list.  ( also added Ring of Roses to my list…that designer pack will be on my next order…plus it is smaller at about 53 x 49 inches…only 900 pieces…piece o’ cake!!)

i do have the Mrs. Billings Coverlet pattern, acrylics templates, and complete paper piece pack ready to go if you’d like to tackle it.  it measures 94 x 94 inches.

mrs billings papers templates pattern blog

(I’ve order a Moda Bella Muslin unbleached to use as the background…we’ll see how it looks once it arrives.)

it’s time for me to head out for the day!

happy stitching!
–april

sweetwater

the quilter’s bookshelf

since this is a holiday week…I have opted to forgo Lucy Tuesday and Farmer’s Wife Friday.  with so much going on…we could all use a week to play catch-up, sit back, relax, run ourselves a cup of coffee, and snuggle up with a good book.

we’ve gotten in a some new titles that we are adding to our personal quilty bookshelf.

books flat for blog

We love the simplicity of the Utility-Style book…simple blocks are striking too and this book has a bunch of them.  Perfect for beginners to advanced this book will help you achieve a look that is both modern and classic.

 

If you prefer to use up some of your layer cakes…then either the Cake Mix Quilt Book or the Easy Layer Cakes book would help you do that.  Both books help you gobble up those layer cakes.  Promise!

 

Do you want to whip up a quilt from start to finish?  The Quilt-As-You-Go Made Vintage will help you achieve that goal.  This book features 51 blocks and multiple joining methods to take you from start to finish.

 

Lastly…if you are looking for a good reference guide then Patchwork & Quilting a visual guide to all things quilty is perfect for you!  This book is packed full of quilty info…from deciding on color and fabrics to piecing, quilting, and binding.  This book covers the basics and then some…delving into English Paper Piecing, Appliqué, Crazy Quilting and even pincushions and pillow shams.  This book truly is a one-stop-quilt-know-it all!

 

hope you have a wonderful weekend!  i’ll be taking some pictures of the shop all decked for Christmas…so stay tuned for those!

 

happy stitching!

–april&mickey

 

Lucy Tuesdays week 20

we hope you’ve been following along…if you are just popping in…this is week 20 of Lucy Tuesdays…

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a little info…

Lucy Boston stitched the lovely Patchwork of the Crosses in the late 1950’s.  She used lovely prints and did the most amazing fussy cutting to create her breathtaking blocks.

She used 2 different shapes…honeycomb and square.

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I pieced a Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses a couple years ago though my original was made of Civil War fabrics…I fell for the POTC made from florals.  (for the blog post featuring my Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses…Jane and Lucy)

so I decided to do another round of the Lucy potc blocks, but this time I would offer kits for the blocks.

Since each block can have between 1 and 4 different fabrics (depending upon fussy cutting) I thought it would be fun to see the various layouts…it’s amazing how different it looks when you move around colors.

The civil war Lucy block

Lucy Boston Civil War potc

How about a trip to the summer cottage with Lucy?   

Lucy’s Summer Cottage potc

Each kit will include:

fabric to make at least 1 block (the excess can be added to your lucy stash)

24–1 inch honeycomb papers

4–1 inch square papers (or multiples of 4 depending upon how many 4-patches are fussy cut from the fabrics

pattern card with color layout and cutting instructions

Kits will be $8.

***listing options:

we have added listing options to the website…you can add:

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses book

1 inch Honeycomb and 1 inch Square templates (with 3/8 inch seam allowance)

 

it’s time to get stitching!

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Happy epping!

-a