honey buns and such

good afternoon! wow has it been hectic around here…between prepping for the shop hop, prepping for the wedding, and prepping for an autumn spent in house…there isn’t much time to sit and take a breather.

first off…the shop hop finished up last sunday and i never even got online to post a pic or 2 of our qm fabrics and projects…

this years fabric is sold out…other than a few panels and a couple kits.


now…on to the main part of this post…

HONEY BUNS…always a favorite…the younger sister to Jelly Rolls. Sweet little rolls that measure just 1 1/2 inches. Well, Moda has decided that they need a little love. So Labor Day weekend there will be some bun and games…using these little lovelies.

In preparation we’ve stocked up on Honey Buns…cuz generally speaking they are just the cutest little things.

holiday honey buns

we’ve got all of our honey bun choices available online and ready to ship. So grab a honey bun or 2 or 3 or 4 and get pressing. then join moda fabrics…you can get all the info here.

there are so many sweet honey buns that i’m not sure which ones we’ll use…decisions…we are leaning towards Marches de Noel designed by 3 Sisters (of course)…but who knows…

marches de noel by 3 sisters

or possibly Apricot and Ash…

apricot and ash honey bun

be sure to read up on the scoop over on the moda blog…i linked it above…but i’ll link it here again for you.

grab a lovely honey bun…over on our website here.

looks like it is past quitting time today…so i’d best be off.

have a wonderful evening and happy stitching!

gabby and qm2019

good evening! thought i’d pop in and give everyone a quilt minnesota update…

i’m currently lakehouse-watching and puppy-sitting Molly, an 11 month old Scottie, so lots of Golden Girls and puppy kisses.


Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop…update…

we still have a couple kits of our main quilt…Minnesota Night Sky

Minnesota Night Sky

and one lonely kit of Minnesota 2 Cents

Minnesota 2 Cents


Lastly…we have a new employee…i’d like to introduce Gabby…she is 7 weeks and a very light yellow lab. She’ll be at the shop with Mom and I …so it has been tons of fun keeping her entertained and she’s been meeting lots of hoppers and taking LOTS of naps! She does a lot of sleeping on the job!

i’d better get back to the Golden Girls and little Molly.

happy stitching!
—april&mickey sweetwater

minnesota night sky

so we are 7 days into the shop hop and i thought i better pop in here with a picture or 2.

our little booklet featuring our qm19 projects has been a hit…the booklet features our quilt Minnesota Night Sky (which features our block), 1 Yard Pillowcase, Minnesota Collage throw pillow, Minnesota 2 Cents, and Potholders in 2 colorways…Pink Sky at Night and Stormy Skies.

Quilt Minnesota 2019 projects
Quilt Minnesota potholders

we still have kits left of Minnesota Night Sky, Minnesota 2 Cents, the Story Skies potholders, and just 1 Minnesota Collage kit left.

The fabric has been finding new homes as well…we are out of several of the prints but have fat quarter bundles left which contain 1 fq of each print and 1 of each panel, single fat quarters, and some 1 yard cuts.

We even have a grouping of Moda Grunges that coordinate with the Quilt Minnesota fabrics…these are available as well.

moda grunges to coordinate with quilt minnesota 2019

our window display features a cozy bed, classic mantle and a cupboard full of quilt minnesota 2019 bolts, 1 yard cuts, fat quarters, and bundles.

quilt mn 2019
quilt minnesota 2019 placemat panel
quilt minnesota 2019 cupboard
Minnesota Night Sky quilt

happy stitching…hopefully you get a chance to stop in during hop!


quilt mn 2019 update

good morning!

the shop hop starts in just a few days and July is over tomorrow. I do prefer when the shop hop starts in August as opposed to the end of July…it is almost like we get a little extra summer!

Mom and i are thinking we may be ready. We have all the QM kits cut and tied, just waiting on me to print up some tags. I’m working on the booklet today along with cutting non-qm kits to fold and tie tomorrow on my last day off for 20+ days. Speaking of 20+ days working in a row…Mom and I are a two-quilter-show, so we ask that you please adhere to the shop hop hours m-s 10-5 and sun noon-5 (these hours can be found on the front page of the flyer at the top, on the passport above your name, and on the quilt minnesota website right below the “Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop” banner). Even if the lights are on odds are we are printing up the block patterns, cutting 5 inch squares, or trying to get a couple more kits cut and tied. We need every minute of the non-shop hop day to get everything ready for you plus our online shop stays open, so we have to get that packaged and off to the post office as well.

now…back to qm info…we ordered in some Aurifil Thread Sets that coordinate with Quilt Minnesota 2019. This palette of colors is truly Minnesota…they are available now! $25.95 for the set of 5 small spools of 50wt (2725, 2887, 2335, 2605, 2000).

5 different qm colors
5 spools in a cute little box
a sweet little window so you can see a sampling of the threads.

these little boxes of threads are limited and exclusive to Quilt Minnesota 2019…i’m loving that grey!

now…back to kit cutting…then dinner with Monica tonight.

happy stitching…i’ll try and pop back in on Thursday with project pictures along with maybe our Quilt Minnesota display!

—april&mickey sweetwater

Quilt Minnesota 2019 project sneak peaks

good afternoon…mom and i have been hard at work stitching up and trying to finish up some Quilt Minnesota projects…

tentatively it will feature…a large quilt, a table topper, potholders, pillow, and pillowcases…5 quick Minnesota-inspired projects to show your love for this great state!

I am super excited for this years booklet collection…still debating names for the some of the projects, our block, and the booklet…all in good time.

i do have a couple sneak peaks for you today…

Minnesota Night Sky

Each shop in our section will have Potholder kits featuring their block…we will be offering our potholders in 2 colorways…stormy skies (grey) and pink sky at night (below)–look at that fancy-pants hang loop!

Pink Sky at Night Potholder…features a mixture of Quilt Minnesota 2019 and Grunge prints

IN LOVE with the potholders! We are still waiting on a coordinating Grunge to match up with the Stormy Skies colorway…but when we get it in…we’ll be whipping that one up too.

Both projects will be kitted…if you can’t wait drop us an email and we can get you set up with a kit and booklet so you don’t have to worry about missing out once the hop begins. (email is sweetwatercottonshoppe(@)yahoo(.)com)

Minnesota Night Sky kit includes booklet and scrappy binding $126.

Sky Potholder kit is complete (includes block pattern sheet, fabric for front, back, binding, hang loop, insulbrite, and batting for 1 potholder) $8.99

it’s nearing 5 bells and my Stars in the Garden using 3/8 inch hexies and 30’s repos is waiting for me…happy stitching! –april & mickey sweetwater

Quilt Minnesota 2019

good morning! it is already nearly the 4th of July and we are gearing up for quilt minnesota. our june was quite busy, so most of our qm2019 fabric still has the factory tape on it (YIKES! we’d better get crackin’ on our projects!)

all in good time…am i right? i’ve been dreaming of our qm2019 display…do i move everything out of the window and make it look outdoorsy, do i bring in a couple vintage bikes and a bench…depends upon what we are making…big quilts, throws, toppers, runners, pillowcases, hmm…decisions…decisions…


we are, however, doing the dollar ditty again! and the dollar ditties this year are the best ever…i think–but i may be a little biased!

our incentives have just arrived as well…who doesn’t love a good set of cool coasters…that could double as pretty tiles?

we aren’t even coaster people but i kinda wanna do the south central region…

i’m putting mom to work on our qm projects…so be on the lookout for those!

if we don’t see you july hopefully the south central region is on your list!

happy stitching! –april&mickey [sweetwater]

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.


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

happy shopping & hopping!


Quilt Minnesota 2017

it has almost arrived and I have just finished up the display…–better late than never–

our projects are all done, quilted, bound, displayed, and the kits are packaged and the booklets are printed.

we’ve kitted everything…so if you are hopping around be sure to stop in and take a look!

qm17 V-neck tees…available now

complete window display morel ladyslipper1 yard cuts

fat quarters and Paddle Wheels (right) 

from left Table Quartet, Stripes, Lakeside pillowcase, and Lakeshore

Minnesota Tote bag for 2017 Table Quartet Table Quartet, Stripes and Lakeside pillowcase Stripes, Lakeside Pillowcase, and Lakeshore kits are available starting Friday, July 28th…


Kits include booklet:

Paddle Wheels $25

Stripes $42

Lakeside Pillowcase $30

Table Quartet $38

Lakeshore $79

Ladyslipper $34.75 (includes threads)

Morel $28.75 (includes thread)

Ladyslipper Jar $6.75 (pattern only available in jar kit)

I will not be posting these online…if you are from out of state or not doing the hop and would like to purchase…please request a paypal invoice (send me an email with your address and items you’d like to order) or call the shoppe (320.243.4436)


***please remember that our QM17 kits are exclusive to our shoppe and are extremely limited***

happy hopping!  –april


Today we are working on the floor move for quilt Minnesota 2016.  So I just have a few pics of some of our qm16 projects.  All of these are kitted…please call or email if you are interested in purchasing for pick up Friday (or after) or mailing out.

Chain of Lakes

Minnesota Summer

Lady Slipper Lemonade (I’m kinda love this picture…the aqua lunch box, the blue, white, and cream table topper, all on a blue table…)

The first 2 projects will be ava ilable in our booklet, Minnesota Camper.  Lady Slipper Lemonade is a single pattern.

Minnesota Camper booklet will include a couple other projects…more on that later after I have compiled all the projects and taken pictures.. .I’m hoping monday.


let’s play catch up

oh…my…goodness…I’m sure you are wondering where we have been…other than Lucy blocks (which the last one was posted almost a month ago).

I will make this long story short…

I ruptured a disc in my back which led to a week of rest then physical therapy and then some follow-up doctor appointments.

Then more recently mom’s mom (grandma a) has been in and out of the hospital…blood clots and a cancerous polyp (which thankfully was caught in time), so now hopefully she will be on the mend.  Mom has been down to the cities several times in the last few weeks.

Plus…we had 2 shows in June and now starting this weekend 2 more shows that will bring us right into August!  (YIKES…summer hasn’t even started yet!)

now…on to a few fun things…Quilt Minnesota is in and we are loving it!  we will have our pattern booklet available for $16.99 (or each pattern individual for $5).

Only a couple of the projects are quilted and ready to go…

Wintergreen Slippers  is an octagonal table topper featuring some gorgeous embroidery.  the white gets lost in photos but in person it is breathtaking!


This 2-handled treasure is wonderful for beach-going, road-tripping, English paper piecing supplies, class projects, you name it–it works!


that is just 2 of our quilt Minnesota projects…we also have a throw quilt made from the black and white prints, a table topper made from the blue and chocolate, an Americana themed table runner, and lastly a ruffled throw pillow using the soft blue and a set of pillowcases using the focal stripe.  once those are finished up i’ll work on getting pictures up.

the fabric is located by the cutting table…once we have all the projects done…we’ll be setting up our display.  we have all 23 prints and are busy cutting up One Yard Wonders that are perfect if you need to grab and go!  along with 5 inch and 10 inch squares, 2 1/2 inch strips, F8ths, and FQs.



we are still working on kit prices, patterns, and the booklet.  if you are interested in reserving the Wintergreen Slippers kit or the Bag kit or any yardage, precut, kit combination …please let me know…call us at 320.243.4436 or email us at sweetwatercottonshoppe(at)yahoo(dot)com.

lastly!  I hope you stayed around long enough to get a peak at our newest little jar topper…this little lady was inspired by the Quilt Minnesota 2015 fabric but it doesn’t use any of the fabrics so you can pick it up now!  We will be in Bemidji this weekend and at the Hayward Quilt show the July 24 and 25…so if you are interested…stop on by.

I leave you with:

Lady Slipper


happy stitching in the summertime!

sweetwater cotton shoppe