home-bound reading

good afternoon!  working from home this afternoon…the windows are open, the soft wind chimes outside the window, the overcast sky.  we have a winter weather advisory that starts this afternoon…so mom is outside tidying up some of her flower beds before the rain comes.

we have some new books that have arrived…perfect reading material while we spend the month hanging in our sewing studios and ordering online goodies.

right now may favorites are…

Civil War Quilts…yes that is Dear Jane…no there is not a pattern for it.  however it is full of historical information along with gorgeous pictures of vintage quilts from the era…even some quilt block patterns to get you in the spirit of the times.

Country Style Quilting…i love this book…the projects, the colors, the photography…look at that cover quilt…a little bit of EPP and a little bit of appliqué…scrumptious!

Embroidered Country Gardens…delve into a world of embroidery…dig out those long forgotten DMC skeins, that let’s face it are probably in a big ball, and get stitching.  these designs are absolutely gorgeous and work well for adding a little embroidery to bags, pillows, fobs, scissor cases, and framed pieces.

Patchwork Gifts…sweet little projects to fill your days…make a bowl of mushrooms, a little bag, baby quilt, or coaster set.

the books are available online…

Civil War Quilts

Country Style Quilting

Embroidered Country Gardens

Patchwork Gifts

now…off to grab a coffee (from the kitchen) and then maybe a little bit of EPP.

happy Thursday!  stay home…stay safe!

–april&mickey&gabby

springtime sashiko

happy spring! with the days now getting longer, spring forward, and some sunny days…it sure feels like spring is on the way. i haven’t seen a robin yet…and we know they get snowed on at least 3 times.

mom and i are busy getting ready for our Medford show next weekend. the storefront will be open…

i thought i would pop in quick and share with you our newest sashiko project. i have it finished just not truly finished. the stitching is done and i love hexies so this is perfect!

These 3 Sashiko projects are from Tulip’s Sashiko World, America collection. we have 3 of them and i want to do all 3 and frame them and hang them in the shop…cuz they fit right in with our decor plus i really want to eventually have a WALL of hand work things…cross stitch, ribbon embroidery, epp, wool applique, Brazilian embroidery, crazy quilting…not sure what wall this will be on, but it’s a life goal. anyways…if you are looking for some stitching to get you in the mood for spring…maybe a little Easter topper.

Sashiko World…America…Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Sashiko World…Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Sashiko World…America…Flower Baskets

Sashiko Wrold…Flower Baskets

Sashiko World…America…Sampler Square

Sashiko World…Sampler Square

sashiko is quite fun. i love the classic running stitch and the designs are just fantastic! if you would like to give it a go…you can grab a sashiko kit here.

also…we’ve been jazzing up our shoppe entrance…this sign is our newest addition.

our happy place

that wraps up today…thinking i’m going to see if i can cut up some new civil war color bundles…

have a wonderful evening!

-april&mickey&gabby

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

february favorites

we’ve been getting in fun, new things this february.

i thought i would share a couple of my favorites…

right now i am really loving this new book by Linda Collins and Leah Zieber…Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

This book is fantabulous! Lovely, classic quilts with their antique inspiration. I like that they keep close to the original with the color palette…that one on the front is breathtaking! Plus it uses 50+ prints…sounds right up our alley! we’ve added it to the list…the back cover shows some of the other breathtaking quilts featured in this book.

treasure hunt…back cover

my other current fav is the Durham Quilt Collection bundle…

21 sweet, gentle, bespoke florals…this fat quarter bundle is a must if you prefer the English cottage surrounded by wild roses…looks like it belongs in Rosehill Cottage (the cottage Iris lives in on The Holiday).

Durham Quilt Collection

we have both available in store and online…you can find Treasure Hunt here and Durham Quilt Collection…Here.

well…the gabbers has been a miscreant today…so i’d better give her a little attention before she starts chewing on the furniture!

happy stitching!

–april&mickey&gabby

mid-february

well, our plans this week have been upended!

Mom and i came to work monday…it was a long weekend and mom is still feeling a bit under the weather so we did some planning, she did some sewing, and i did some online work.

well, yesterday early morning i came down with a stomach bug…which kept me in bed all day long. what a waste of a day! mom and dad came down with the same thing. tina, luckily enough, had the day off and felt great, so she brought gabby to the shop yesterday.

we are all on the mend. i’m back to work, dad is back on the computer as his arm heals, and mom is trying to take it easy so she can get over the combination flu and stomach bug.

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needless to say…the window is still semi-valentine’s day. not quite changed over to easter. we did start a new project using Brenda Riddle’s Bramble Cottage collection. remember Bliss? basic strips and piping…it is one of our favorites. we are so excited to see it made up again!

bramble cottage strips…ready for Bliss

i’ve finished piecing my Pastel Primrose Garden…it is so sweet and pretty. just have to get to work on the quilting part after i get the backing pieced.

pastel primrose garden
pastel primrose garden

i’m currently working the pattern and will be putting together paper packs and kits of both the pastel and civil war color ways.

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a few things are simmering but i can’t get started until i have all the pieces…so frustrating! i either don’t have the fabric, or the right paper pieces, or have to do a ton of math to make sure i have enough fabric…goodness…maybe i’ll just walk around the shop and plan the window display. that doesn’t really require any math.

happy wednesday! hope all is well!

—april&mickey&gabby

rue 1800 and lancaster

precuts have arrived….

introducing Rue 1800…a sister collection to both Poetry and Porcelain…classic seaside inspiring colors including robin’s egg, dove, porcelain, and rose.

Rue 1800 is 3 Sisters spring 2020 collection and though it embodies all of their classic 3 Sisters-ness…it is also it’s own vision. The rose is a little pinker, the robin’s egg a little bluer, the prints a little bolder…yet still oh, so pretty.

Rue 1800 is explained as follows in the moda catalog…

“In a quiet corner of Paris, not far from the banks of the Seine, there is a lovely apartment building that embodies the spirit of the city, especially in the spring. It’s been said that Paris is for changing your outlook, for throwing open the windows and letting in the la vie en rose. Roses. And pink.”

i think that description is spot on…after a winter like we’ve had it is definitely time to throw open the windows and cut into some Rue 1800.

rue 1800 with a little natural light

you can find all our Rue 1800 precuts here.

And Lancaster…Jo Morton’s newest collection…

Classic and gorgeous…Jo really knows how to put a collection together!

Jo describes Lancaster as follows…

“Forever in the love with 19th Century Quilts, my Lancaster collection fills the bill to add another color layer to our quilts.

Lancaster provides beautiful prints for traditional and reproduction quilts, including madder reds and gold that give life to the 19th century browns, blacks, and neutrals. These fabrics feature a great “Momma bear” stripe that’s not too big, not too small, that’s just right, lovely florals, and a cool little dot print. There are leaves and buds, a few interesting background prints and a sweet small check will be perfect for traditional quilts. “

lancaster by jo morton

add lancaster to your civil war stash…here.

that’s all for today…remember…we will be closed today February 15th (i wrote this post yesterday before i left for the weekend…right now we are headed up to Fargo.).

our Be Mine 15% off sale does through tonight at 11:59pm. check out it out here.

have a wonderful weekend!

–april&mickey&gabby

happy valentine’s day!

we hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day pictures…

ring of roses
cottage hearts
studio throw (sold out)
valentine’s day
low volume valentine bundle (still a few left)

don’t forget …15% off over on the website through tomorrow.

our sale includes…

Beachy in Grey kits

beachy in grey

Lucy Block kits (how about this for a little throwback!)

Lucy’s Summer Cottage

Bundles, precuts, charms, cakes

bramble cottage precuts

stars in the garden

stars in the garden

do you remember when we had stars in the garden in the window…well…we’re bringing it back (for Easter i think!) a little Brenda Riddle Easter window…mom and i are setting to work on it monday. fingers crossed!

EPP and quilting kits

Hexie Stones featuring Guest Room

yarn

yarn

also…our storefront will be closed on Saturday, February 15th…we will be attending a wedding out of state, but as always our online shop will be open.

happy valentine’s day…we are so happy we get to share our love of pretty colors and even prettier projects with you.

have a wonderful valentine’s day!

–april, mickey, & gabby

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.

tilda’s happy campers

our happy campers yardage has arrived and it is every bit as summer-infused as we imagined it to be.

soft honey hued prints cozy in next to pink and rose, blue, eggnog, green and teal…luscious florals, gingdots, paisleys, and mosaic type prints remind me of summers spent in flower gardens, dreaming of a vintage camper decked with sweet little curtains while snacking on pink lemonade and orange creamsicle cake with vanilla ice cream.

unfortunately it is quite chilly outside for any porch sitting and flower gardening…however, i’m thinking an afternoon with some Happy Campers is sure to brighten my winter blues.

i’ve been kicking around some EPP/embroidery pillow ideas…right now though i’m focusing on the Pastel Primrose Garden i’ve been crazily working on…just 45 more flower to put on…hopefully i can be finished by the end of the week…then be sure to look for the pattern.

speaking of embroidery…with all the thread stories, collections, packs, tins, boxes, and such…i cannot find a pack of Tilda’s inspired threads. Tilda had a collection of thread basics 10 years ago…but nothing recent, so i pulled out a couple tins and set to work on putting together DMC perle cotton tins for both Old Rose and Happy Campers.

Tilda’s Old Rose-Inspired DMC thread tin
Tilda’s Happy Campers-Inspired DMC thread tin

Old Rose-Inspired Tin…Here. Happy Campers-Inspired tin…Here.

as for Happy Campers…it has been tucked in with Old Rose and Angel Scraps…i’m thinking a move-around sometime in the near future…so it is a little more front and center.

tilda Old Rose, Angel Scraps, and Happy Campers

grab some happy campers here.

i’m wrapping it up for the day…gabby is impatiently waiting for me to get going!

happy stitching!

-a&m&g

happy campers

good morning! Precuts for Happy Campers, Tilda’s newest collection, have arrived and with it hopefully some warmer weather!

color fat quarter bundles, rolls, charms, and fat 8ths and BUTTONS to jazz up your bags, Tilda dolls, pin cushions, pillows, embroidery projects…

i pulled a couple product pictures from Tilda’s World and truly wish i had a photographer on staff…along with the wall behind the bundle…that wallpaper looks absolutely gorgeous! if you have never been to Tilda’s World…you must go…now…here.

happy campers fat 8th bundle (photo courtesy of Tilda’s World)
happy campers fat quarter color bundles (photo courtesy of Tilda’s World)

we’ve put Happy Campers with our Old Rose and Angel Scraps…they compliment each other without being too matchy-matchy!

tilda

grab your precuts here…grab some Old Rose and Angel Scraps here. browse all Tilda here.

now…time for some bundle cutting, machine quilting, and maybe lunch.

happy wednesday! hopefully you can get in a few stitches this evening!

-april&mickey&gabby

ps…dad goes in for rotator cuff surgery on Friday…so for the next several weeks…i’ll be here solo…