return trip to Shelbyville

thought i’d pop in quick to let you know our factory bundles of Shelbyville have arrived! Scrumptious bundles of 40 prints in both fat quarters and fat 8ths (only 1 fat 8th bundles remains)

shelbyville fat quarter towers
Shelbyville fat 8th bundles

Nab a Shelbyville FQ bundles here

or the last Shelbyville f8 bundle here.

also…lots of new silk Ribbons have arrived along with a couple new kits…i have pictures taken just need to update the listings with the new size…we have both 3.5mm and 7mm now! Some new Crazy Quilting, embroidery, and silk ribbon books have arrived along with Civil War, EPP, and Quilt Mania. Notions from Lori Holt, new Magic Pins, gorgeous new scissors from Klasse’ and precuts from Diamond and embroidery stencils, In the Patch wool packs, and new EPP papers are all on the agenda to get photographed then listed…and show season starts in 2 weeks (September 3rd we load for Madison!)

and Finnegan! yes, Finnegan yardage will be arriving on FRIDAY! this week will definitely have a FRIYAY kind of friday!

have a wonderful week…i’ll be taking tomorrow off…1st day off in 20 days!

happy stitching!

—april&mickey&gabby

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take a trip to Shelbyville

good afternoon! my assistant is sleeping (of course) and mom is on the phone (of course) and i am working (of course).

our Shelbyville has arrived and i’ve folded and tied up some bundles of these glorious prints. we did bundles of all 18 prints we ordered in…lots of the black in these bundles making them perfect for cozy autumn baskets, fall-flavored maple leaves, or a fun add to your civil war stash.

shelbyville curated fat quarter bundles are available now along with yardage. Shelbyville fat quarter towers and fat 8th bundles will be arriving on monday.

shelbyville curated fat quarter bundle of 18 prints
shelbyville curated fat quarter bundles

check them out online here.

also…we are making up new Figgy Halloween bundles…so be on the lookout for those!

happy stitching! -april&mickey&gabby (sweetwater

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.

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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

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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

mid month mayhem

good afternoon!

Yesterday was mom’s birthday…so she had the day off–plus it coincided with her weekly day off…score!

we are trying to get everything all lined up and ready to go, but these july days just keep slipping by or are we the only ones that feel that way?

we are counting down the days to quilt minnesota 16 days…and in between those 16 days we have head out to Jackson, Wyoming to pick up mom’s car and drop off the rental (they had a little booboo when they were out there in June), plus counting and bagging a bazillion different papers, finish quilt minnesota projects, print the quilt minnesota booklet, kit up all the quilt minnesota projects, put together the incentive, maybe even whip up a new project (other than quilt minnesota), and do a mini shop rearrange.

however…we are getting in some new fabric! and we all know how much we love new fabric!

part of our Durham 2019 collection shipped yesterday..so that will be arriving later this week…this collection is our palette. Classic English roses, pastel colors, dots, small rose buds…i’m so happy that part of it is arriving in July!

Diamond Textiles…i have always loved woven, over stitched, yarn-dyed fabrics…so i cannot get enough of Diamond Textiles! Well, we have an order of bolts and their limited edition charm packs…now, i’m not entirely sure which charm packs we ordered…but i know there are some lovelies in the group! These will also be arriving later this week! Since our newest order has not arrived yet…i nabbed this pic from a previous Diamond Order…some of these were still available so we nabbed them…otherwise it is going to be all new colors and designs…

Diamond textiles

A couple new goodies arrived before we left for Jackson. We’ll get them online next week…

happy stitching!

–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

a little red

slowly as the years of owning a shoppe have slid by i’ve developed a love for red…especially soft red when mixed with white and cream.

it is that Old English style that we absolutely love and have tried to bring to life in this new version of Spring Romance…

soft shades of cream and white mellow the reds and dark pinks in this perfect-for-a-beginner project.

spring romance
spring romance
spring romance
spring romance

a collection of soft and sweet prints with a focus on red…collections include snowberry, holly woods, victoria, and durham.

we do have a limited number of kits available…check them out here.

it’s after 5…so it’s time to head out the day…have a wonderful evening!

happy stitching!
–april&mickey sweetwater

Lucy Boston week 104…grand finale

good afternoon! we are nearing the end of the day over here…hopefully i can squeeze in enough time to finish up some machine quilting…we’ll see what happens with that.

if you have not already heard…or seen over on instagram or facebook…Lucy’s Summer Cottage is officially finished. I quilted, bound, and washed her…had her all ready for a photo shoot outside, but it has been raining. So we’ve put her up in the shoppe and maybe in late July we’ll get a chance to take some pictures.

i do have a few for you though…this was fresh out of the dryer. it shrank up to be simply cozy…truly perfect for a summer cottage!

Lucy’s Summer Cottage

She is up in the shoppe if you are in the area…she’s always up for a visit…as is her civil war sister!

Lucy’s Summer Cottage…and Hexie Stones
Lucy’s Summer Cottage…close-up
Civil War Lucy Boston…Patchwork of the Crosses

Both Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses are on display in the shoppe…we do also have some of the block kits still available…but they are selling out fast.

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i have other projects in the works…and about 15 minutes ago…thought of another project that i’m going to add to the list…never a dull moment…however, the next few i think will be framed pieces….far more doable and who doesn’t love a little quilty piece framed?

so…this will be the final Lucy Tuesday post…if you would like to start from the beginner 100+ posts ago…they have their own category…be sure to check it out below.

otherwise, i’ll be back later this week with my frothy yoyos…(they are so scrumptious…i just LOVE ’em!)…it is framed (of course!) and uses shirtings (of course!) and each shirting is different (of course! cuz you know i love low volume!) and i’ll have it kitted so you can frame it or stuff it or whatever…

(i also finally got my birthday present at the MN Quilt Show…a CRAZY QUILT! and you guessed it…it is here at the shoppe…to inspire you to get started on your own. it has the perfect-est feather stitching along with some ribbon embroidery, basic embroidery, and fun motifs. i’m hoping to put together crazy quilt packs with some fancy fabrics, threads, ribbons, lace, buttons, embellishments, beads, and other little fun things…all in good time. we do have a selection of the most amazing stitch books…like, literally, WOW!)

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okay…i’d better get back to my machine quilting. hope you have a wonderful afternoon! i’ll be back with some pictures of Minnie (the crazy quilt has the name “Minnie” stitched on it) along with in-progress shots of a few of my on-going projects.

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Now before i say good-bye to Lucy Tuesdays, i would like to thank everyone who has been following along…it has been so much fun seeing the progress made from week to week (or month to month depending upon life) and chatting with you when you’ve popped into the shoppe or seen us at a show. We’ll be sure she comes along with us this fall…so if you can’t get into the shoppe…you can catch us at a show.

happy stitching…i’ll be back soon with some new goodies!

—–april&mickey {sweetwater}

lucy boston week 103

we are back from Omaha and are changing gears to get ready for Quilt Minnesota and our fall shows…(how is 2019 about half over…and how is it already the end of june?)

Quilt Minnesota fabric is in-store and ready for your preorders…just pop in and we’ll get you set up! mom and i haven’t had a chance to even untape some of the bolts…too much going on…and now mom and dad are going on a mini vacation starting tomorrow thru sunday! i’ll be around though…whipping up some kits, machine quilting, posting online and placing orders for fun, new things!

lucy’s summer cottage is nearing the finish line! i have 7+ rows on…(can you believe it!) the pic below shows 7 and Lola-Bear.

Lucy’s Summer Cottage 7 rows

i think i only have 4-5 blocks left to stitch on row 8 then i’m all done…hopefully tonight…if i hunker down and stitch till the wee hours! i’m seeing lots of coffee in my evening!

i’d better get stitching! have a wonderful evening!

—april&mickey

Lucy week 102…and a new baby (finally!)

i know it is a little late today for my weekly blog post…lots happened since last tuesday.

we vendored at the Minnesota Quilters quilt show in rochester. we had a blast…catching up with faraway friends, meeting new friends, and sharing our love of quilting. (a quick shout-out to all the lovely quilters that stopped by, said hi, and made it a very wonderful show! we’ll see you in st. cloud in june 2020.)

Minnesota Quilters quilt show…rochester, mn

Then on Sunday, June 16 at 10:47pm, Braxton Xavier Zimmer-Hoff joined the family. 7lbs 11oz, 20 1/2 inches long…blue eyes and blond hair.

braxton
baby punk
me and b…a little blurry, but cute as pie…10 hours old

Lastly…lucy update…i have all the sashing and cornerstone pieces stitched on…just have to have a spare few hours to get some stitching done. I have row 7 block 1 stitched on…and am currently in the middle of row 7 block 2…but remembered that i had not gotten the blog post out yet.

hopefully next week i’ll be able to show you a pic of lucy rows 1-7…fingers crossed!

have a wonderful evening! mom and i are packing for Omaha tomorrow then back on the road again on Thursday…then we can settle in for a couple months…work on some projects, fluff the website and the shop!

————-sweet christmas kits featuring the vintage style frosty have arrived…and is first on mom’s list! we have some kits that are available here.——-

sweet christmas 60 x 72 inches

i’d better get back to my coffee, perry mason, and row 7…

happy stitching!
—–april & mickey

garden tour

good afternoon…i only have a couple minutes before dinner with monica tonight.

with the summer upon us…we are getting outside and digging in those flower beds, planting our gardens, and taking in the farmer’s market. we are on our 2nd pan of Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch…it is my new favorite…especially with a little vanilla ice cream and a cup of coffee–if you would like a recipe i can whip up a download for you if you like.

today, i have our newest project…garden tour…features amberley big florals and even bigger 4-patches.

garden tour

garden tour measures 89 x 89 inches and is perfect for crisp spring evenings, picnics, outside movies, or relaxing at the park.

just one more….

garden tour

Kits are available…we only have 3 left…and Melany has dibbs on the quilt…lucky girl! we have the kit available online…here...or in-store…just pop on in!

off to dinner…have a wonderful evening!

—-april&mickey {sweetwater}