Lucy Tuesdays week 83, 84, 85

good afternoon! i have several things to do today before i take off until Thursday. Then we are loading for the Fiber Fest in Bemidji on Friday. Still some crazy quilt block kits to fold and bag, a quilt to quilt, and hopefully kits for the Ring of Roses and Cottage Eggs…(along with a pattern for the Cottage Eggs).

Today, however, i’ve got some Lucy news. I ordered myself a bolt of the Bella Bleach PFD for the Summer Cottage Lucy blocks…it arrived yesterday and i set to work.

It was relaxing last night to baste and stitch the pretty white honeycombs and dusky pink squares. I HAD to stitch together 2 sashing pieces and a corner to get the look…and I love it! It looks even better than i had imagined it would.

In order to cut down on the starting and stopping i’m doing 6 honeycombs with 4 squares for the sashing and the cornerstone/cross will have 12 honeycombs around it.

Lucy Boston Summer Cottage block 1 with sashing and cornerstone

i’m putting the blocks together starting with block 1 and working across.

***keep in mind that some of the Summer Cottage blocks are sold out…and some are down to just a few kits or just 1 kit –hello block 1–***

here is a link to the Summer Cottage blocks…Summer Cottage Blocks

If you are interested in using the bleach PFD and the dusky pink (bunny hill pink) to finish off your Lucy Boston POTC just let me know how much you need and we can get you set up with it.

now i’d better get quilting.

happy stitching–i’ll be back next Tuesday with a follow-up on my Lucy progress! –april



happy saturday! Hopefully you have found a moment to stitch something or at least spend time doing a fabric pull for a new project or maybe even cutting out a hexie flower or 2.

our porcelain yardage arrived a few weeks ago and was a welcome addition to the shoppe with these chilly days it was nice having something soft and sweet and pastel in the shop.

this last week our precuts finally arrived and i’ve finally gotten them online.

porcelain precuts

we just couldn’t resist those cottage chic pastel palette…

our porcelain precuts and yardage are available online and in-store…if you live close enough we’d love to see you!

have a wonderful weekend!


Column One of the 4 x 5 Anthology

good afternoon! The Polar Vortex gave us the day off yesterday but today seems to be a little bit better (it is a balmy -5°F here in Paynesville right now).

I had some warmed up beef stew for lunch and am sipping a coffee right now…cuz that walk from the Post Office is a little brisk!


Mom finished up Column One of the 4 x 5 inch Block Anthology earlier this week…i just needed some pictures of the column…

column one

I love that gray in there as a divider between the blocks and then the columns. it really helps each block stand on its own. we do have column one kitted up and available over on the website…linked here.

The Column One kit will be just the 14 blocks…

column one block kits

you do have the option to add on the gray and or the book if you don’t have it…

Anthology Book
anthology gray

we’ll be getting these column kits folded and ready to go…if you’d like to make your own Anthology quilt.

happy stitching!


Lucy Tuesdays (week 78, 79, 80, 81, 82)

these last 5 weeks have i’ve been debating on how to approach the actual piecing of the blocks, 4-patches, accent squares, and the background honeycombs. i don’t want them to be out of commission while i’m piecing them.

so i’ve decided to do the following…

i will stitch up the sashing pieces.

and finish up the cornerstones

then i think i’ll start piecing them together.

i’m also planning on piecing them together chronologically…so if there are any kits left when i’m done…they will be easy to find.

UPS just dropped off some brown paper packages so i’d better get back to work.

happy stitching…stay safe and warm.

——april & mickey

quilting in january

how’s it going in your neck of the woods this afternoon? it’s a tad chilly at 19F feels like 10F and the next week or so we are looking at subzero highs…time to pull out an old project, nab a new project, or cozy up with coffee and your tablet and do a little bit of online shopping.

if you are looking for a little something-something to take your mind of winter…Porcelain by 3 Sisters arrived today (we have ordered up 3 more bolts which will arrive sometime next week) and it has us dreaming of springtime.

Porcelain features soft shades of grey, mist, blossom, and porcelain and the flowers are romantic, gentle, and sure to fit seamlessly with their previous collections…Victoria and Poetry to name a few.

Cottage Hearts, Porcelain, & Amberley

we tucked it in with our walk-in display…i love how it mixes with other cottage style florals…can’t wait until we get some projects finished up.

we have porcelain yardage available online and in-store…precuts are still on order and expected later this month.


we do have a few things on the agenda

  • English Paper Piecing tutorial
  • chunky thread (YARN!!!) by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet is expected tomorrow so a little crochet is on the horizon.
  • 4 x 5 Quilt Block Anthology…mom is done with the blocks for the first column (we’ll have each column available as a kit once i get that all figured out…)
  • project featuring Garden Variety…a wonderful quilt to use for the Easter festivities…

just a few things on my list…now back to Ring of Roses…i’ve decided to spend the last hour or so every work day working on her…i’ll do a post on Ring of Roses once i get a little bit more finished up.

Lucy Boston…i’ve neglected Lucy’s Summer Cottage…but my goal for 2019 is to get some of the unfinished projects finished…i have several both large and small that i would like to get finished…so here’s hoping! i’m hoping to do a Lucy Tuesday’s next week…January 29th. maybe i’ll have working on her a little bit.

happy stitching! –stay warm & cozy–

—-april & mickey

the Bookshelf

good afternoon!

i’ve just gotten back from the Post Office and am about to pin on a quilt and thought i better pop in and give you the low down on some new titles we’ve gotten in.

quilty books

These new titles are absolutely wonderful…I’ve added a couple of them to my personal library.

These books are all listed online with a little more info on each…here are the links to each one.

Ratsburg Road Quilts (mostly civil war this book is put out by Quiltmania so it is packed full of projects)

Flossie Teacakes’ Guide to English Paper Piecing (this book is absolutely amazing…so informative and the photography is wonderful)

Scrap Valley (explore Ms. Saito’s world)

English Paper Piecing…A Stitch in Time (EPP projects galore…range from pillows to quilts)

Country Style Quilting (EPP, embroidery, and patchwork…a wonderful mix of projects)

Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern (Jera’s methods are wonderful leading to spectacular results…a must have)

Sewing by Heart…(this collection of projects feature Tilda fabric…you can’t go wrong)

Patchwork Quilts & Gifts (features projects large and small to beautify your home or give as gifts)


hopefully ones of these titles has struck a fancy…if you’d like more info on a specific title…feel free to email, comment, or send me a message via the website.

happy stitching!

a new year

***this post was supposed to go live earlier this week***

good afternoon! we hope you had a wonderful new year…we’ve been busy packing away all the Christmas trees and redoing the bed for january.

new collections are arriving and we are so excited to get started on fresh new projects and finish up some older projects.

with so many things rolling around the rotary cutter has hardly stopped cutting…

i don’t have a completed project today…but i do have a collection that arrived before the New Year…


Urban Cottage by Urban Chiks

A mixture of roses, wovens, and toweling in shades of black, ivory, and grey. classic yet contemporary…

We cherry-picked some roses, wovens, toweling, and the prepieced convenience cloth. mom and i have come up with a smashing idea for a summer throw. i can hardly wait.

here is a sneaky peak of the fabric…which we do have available online…here.

urban cottage

Stay tuned for our Summer Throw project…(mom is just about done with it now…didn’t have quite enough time yesterday before we left…so she is going to finish it up today after appointments and chores)…or nab some yardage and get started on your own project.

happy stitching!


Cozy Christmas Stitching

good afternoon!  Hopefully you have started Christmas shopping…i’m still in process of actually getting started.

I do have a new Christmas project kitted and ready to go…just in time for your stocking, under your tree, or work on it as you sit next to the tree soaking up all the pine and good Christmas feels.

Cozy Quilter’s Christmas Tree pillow by Crabapple Hill Studio hit my “Must Make” list in October/November…it arrived and i knew i had to make it.  I tend to do more embroidery and cross stitch around the Christmas…

Well, this year i picked this delightfully sweet pillow to whip up, and we have finally finished up the sawtooth and star borders and put on a backing.

I’m all heart eyes for this lovely bit of Christmas cheer.  As a rule i prefer Christmas but not “Christmas-y” colors…i love a good blue and white quilt or pink and mint…something not so traditional.  So when i picked these prints i surprised even myself.

Cozy Quilter’s Christmas pillow…embroidered by April…pieced by Mickey for Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe

Look at those Holly Taylor colors…cranberry red and sage-y green…love it!  The background is the little tan braid print on white from Good Tidings by Brenda Riddle.  I even did a little bit of crayon tinting then stitched it using hand-dyed cotton threads from Gentle Art and Classic Colorworks.  A perfect blend of classic yet up-to-date.

We have this lovely kitted (just 3 ready-to-ship)…kits include pattern, all the fabrics for the front, tuck, and back (stitchery backing and batting not included), hand-dyed cotton threads, along with Foxglove Cottage embroidery needles, Pigma Pen, and Needle Bird needle threader…so when this package of quilty embroidery bliss arrives you are set to stitch.  Click here to nab a kit…

cozy Quilter’s christmas tree kit…includes:  pattern, fabrics for front, tuck, and backing, threads, and embroidery notions.

Have a wonderful weekend…hopefully you can find a moment to get some stitching in!

—–april & mickey

Lucy Tuesday week 74

good afternoon!  we hope you are having a wonderful December.  we popped into town to get our Christmas tree on Sunday night…then we pulled out the lights and the beads and the ornaments and set to work.

this year we opted for 3 trees…1 real, 1 small artificial, and the feather tree from the shoppe i brought home.  the real tree is packed full of soft and sweet ornaments, vintage beads, candle lights…very pastel and pretty.  the other 2 trees are Christmas Past trees…the small artificial tree has some of our childhood ornaments…my Styrofoam star, my puzzle wreath, tina’s repunzel-angel, and felt bells with our kindergarten/first grade pics.  the feather tree we opted for bubble lights in memory of Grandma Zimmer and bulbs from when Mom and Dad were first married and some soft pink bulbs i found at Hollyhock Cottage several Christmases ago.  Needless to say, the house is very Christmas-y…just need to get shopping so we can get some presents wrapped and under the tree.


speaking of shopping…i thought i would pop in and update you on Lucy blocks.  i’m still trying to get my Christmas pillow all done and working on my Mrs. Billings triangles.

i did a check of the Lucy Block kits and some are either sold out or there are just a couple left.  keep in mind…that these are a limited run type thing, and right now i am not planning on making any more blocks.  i may decide to substitute fabrics in the kit…if i decide to do that i’ll make sure to let you know in the listing.

these are some that right now are limited to 1 or 2.

Summer Cottage Block 1


Summer Cottage block #7   EDIT:  i’ve found some green strawberries so there will be 8 more kits available.

Summer Cottage #52

Civil War block #2

Civil War #31


Right now these are the kits that i can only find 1 or 2 of and do not have enough to make any more.

i’ve linked them above in case you’d like to add them to your Patchwork of the Crosses.


Happy stitching…


Lucy Tuesday week 73

good afternoon!

i’ve been neglecting my EPP to whip up the Cozy Quilter’s Christmas Pillow by Crabapple Hill…and it is nearly done!  patterns and floss have been ordered and (fingers-crossed) will be here by the end of the week.

here is a sneaky peak of the project…i’ve gotten the embroidery all done…just waiting on the piecing part…maybe tonight!

also…we have only 1 Simply Vintage Christmas/winter issue left if you’d like a little bit of Christmas inspiration.

links are below

Cozy Quilter’s Christmas pillow (i only have patterns available right now…kits should be available end of the week).

Simply Vintage Christmas issue

Happy stitching…