good morning! we hope you are having a wonderful monday. we had a wonderful weekend…gabby turned 1 on saturday.

gabby-goo is 1

she didn’t even mind the unicorn birthday hat!

lots of fun christmas fabrics are arriving in the shoppe…today i have the Yuletide collection. these prints speak to the old-fashioned christmas…large sprawling holly with berries, small poinsettias, plaids, and a gorgeous low volume font print featuring Fa La La and who can pass up a rosy red toile.

yuletide…10 fat quarters

you can grab your yuletide bundle here…and yardage here.

we also have Trés Jolie that literally arrived like 10 minutes ago (the full collection), Deer Christmas will be arriving later this week (full collection)…Deer Christmas moda kits will be arriving later this month. Also arriving later this week some more Minick and Simpson…to fill out our Minick and Simpson…planning on a couple more Rockets’ Red Glare kits…

lots going on as we get ready for the quilt minnnesota which starts on July 31st…mom is cutting our project number 1 today!

have a safe and happy monday…hopefully i’ll be back later this week with some more goodies!


ps…this weekend would have been our final show for june…we would have been in Omaha for the weekend…however, we will be busy working on fun new projects to bring with us in 2021…we will see you Omaha ladies in June 2021.

sweetwater is 16!

June 4th (yesterday)…Sweetwater turned 16!

we have some exciting news…we’ve expanded! we are still mid-expansion…trying to get displays set, new goodies marked, fun new bundles cut, and the place back in working order.

once we get it all sorted and set…i’ll do a blog post full of pictures of our progress…its amazing how quickly it came together.

here are a couple of pictures of our favorite displays so far…


we’ve added another bed…which i am loving! how cozy is that!?

brenda riddle bed


our hours for the moment are m-f 10-2…we’ll keep you updated as to when they change.

quilt minnesota has also arrived and we are planning and plotting our projects and getting our qm display area finished up so it will be ready for the fabric, our exclusive blenders, and our projects.

we have some Halloween fabrics and Christmas fabrics arriving…Nancy’s Needle has also arrived…we’ll be whipping up some bundles…hopefully for this weekend…we’ll see!

i’d better get back to work…have a wonderful weekend!

happy stitching! -a&m sweetwater

memorial day weekend

good morning! happy memorial day weekend! hopefully all is well in your neck of the woods…it has been crazy around these parts.

lots going on…which is why i’ve been absent for the last little while. trying to catch up on bundles, working on a few new projects, Quilt Minnesota has arrived (along with most of our exclusive grouping of coordinates), Christmas fabric has been showing up on our doorstep along with lots of new notions, some patterns, and a few other things that we cannot wait to share with you!

today though i have some new bundles of Christmas…(i realize that it is still may…but these are so gorgeous that you won’t even mind…promise!)

first up is Christmas Traditions…featuring stockings, red trucks, pine trees, sleighs, snowmen, and snowflakes…lovely colors of snow, mint, evergreen, coal, and berry. for more pictures of the fabrics…check out my latest instagram post…you can see some fussy cutting action!

Christmas Traditions

it’s hard to pass up a good Jo Morton so this collection was a must! classic old christmas colors of turkey red, poison green, gold, brown, and cream make this grouping both christmas and civil war…but mostly perfect for mixing in to your civil war stash. i love the top floral. this entire collection is arriving this week! right now we do have bundles ready to ship!

glad tidings

i have a Christmas Hexie project in the works…inspired by @sew_what_becca over on instagram. i’ve been fussy cutting up a storm over here and once i get a sense of size i will be offering starter kits but more on that when i get that far.

grab these bundles over on the website…christmas traditions here and glad tidings here.

now back to Sweet Magnolias…which i wasn’t really sure about…but it is growing on.

happy stitching!

–april, mickey, & gabby

pretty bohin

another week has come and gone…

i had a wonderful birthday on thursday…we had birthday brownies…then yesterday Mel and Ty and Braxton came out for the evening. the girls (Lola and Bella) ran around outside and Braxton is walking now…how time flies! it was a nice little supper of burgers on the grill to celebrate our birthdays…(Ty/April 29th, Mine/April 30th, and Dad/May 4th). there wasn’t even any farm-work for Dad and Ty since the corn went in on Tuesday and feed was ground on Thursday.

the stay at home order has been extended to the 18th…hopefully by then we will have a handle on everything…

we have been getting in new notions and books to keep from being bored. lots of fun embroidery books, pretty pins, needle books, and fabric bundles.

today though i have our Bohin pins and needles…they arrived yesterday and i couldn’t wait to get them online…cuz they are just lovely!

first up…pretty 40 assortment Bohin needle books…lovely, pretty, and perfect for dropping into your sewing bag.

bohin needlecase
bohin needles

bohin pins…pretty colors…packs of 80…glass head

bohin needles

get a load of this baby pink color!

bohin pins..baby pink

you can grab some bohin goodies…here.

have a wonderful weekend…stay healthy!

happy stitching!
–april&mickey&gabby {sweetwater}

low volume loveliness

mom and i have been impatiently waiting for our orders to arrive…our next orders aren’t set to arrive until May! so we’ve been pulling and putting together some gorgeous bundles in anticipation of spring/summer sewing.

the first of our bundles goodness today is Summer Low Volume. a gorgeous mixture of some of our absolute favorite low volume florals. Prints from Pretty By Hand, 3 Sisters, Fig Tree, and some Zen Chic to name a few.

summer low volume

this bundle would be the best if you were planning on doing a pastel glitter with scrappy backgrounds…um…yumminess! (this is glitter…it’s on my list…eventually using pastel florals…and these low volumes would be PERFECT!)

glitter pack

Biscotti backgrounds…we pulled 10 creamy backgrounds with bits of chocolate brown. it reminds me of delicious biscotti and cream-filled coffee. These scrummy prints make up this most luscious bundles. wonderful for adding into your shirting stash…i’ll be adding mine to my scrappy star-a-day! Pair this bundle with the Independence low volume and our civil war color bundles and you have a good start on your next civil war project.

biscotti backgrounds

our last bundle is cozy cottage…a pretty pastel bundle of Bramble Cottage favorites…12 fat quarters…perfect for a summertime throw, stashbuilding, mask making, or beginner quilting!

cozy cottage

that’s all for today…now i’ll be doing a little Christmas fussy cutting (a project is in the works…) and some evening television watching.

you can grab a bundle here.

also….just saw that our liberty Winterbourne bundles shipped today…can’t wait to share them with you!

happy stitching!
-april&mickey&gabby … sweetwater

ash & eggshell

good evening! the week is winding down around here and we have brought home some bolts to cut up some new bundles…a Low Volume Summer which i am in LOVE with of course and a curated collection from our Bramble Cottage bolts.

we have been working on some this week as well…

ash & eggshell -a personal fav!-

ash & eggshell

we did up a new independence low volume…this one is lovely if you are in the market for some shirtings.

independence low volume

then we couldn’t resist a couple brenda riddle bundles…

first up…ginghams…talk about summer inspired….

gingham summer

Finnegan Favorite Flowers…this is a half yard bundle cuz a fat quarter of these luscious florals is just not enough!

finnegan favorite flowers

we have them available over in the precuts section of the website here.

i’m off to cut some new bundles.


as for the storefront…we are usually at the shop from 10-2 m-f to do shipping drop off and pick up fabric, etc. if you are need of something or want to drop off a quilt…you are more than welcome to call for an appointment (shop number 320.243.4436 or my cell 320.241.8336). we are still taking in quilting with a turnaround time of about a week maybe less.


happy stitching…stay healthy!


romantic durham

good evening! hopefully you are doing well and getting lots of those projects finished up and others started!

we’ve been putting together lots of bundles and getting them in the shop.

right now my new favorite is romantic durham…who doesn’t love these gentle florals. these 3 bundles are our last combo blue and pink bundles….6–1/2 yards…total of 3 yards. grab one of these romantic durham bundles here.

romantic durham

we’ve also cut and bundled up more urban farmhouse gatherings…these are bundles of 10 fat quarters.

urban farmhouse gatherings 10fq

grab one of these lovely grey bundles here.

well…tator tot hotdish is done…so i’m off to supper then some more star-a-day.

happy tuesday! keep on stitching!

–april&mickey&gabby *sweetwater*

frosting with sprinkles…a low volume bundle

good evening! i’ve been meaning to cut up some of these bundles but haven’t had a chance. yesterday, i had a little extra time so i set to work.

i love a good low volume bundle and this one is a new favorite. lovely little dots on a frosting white…

bundles are 6–1/2 yards…dots are dark pink, baby blue, baby pink, black, orange, and spring green. perfect for adding into your low volume collection or use it as a starter pack for a new quilt…

you can grab a bundle here.

time to brew a new cup of coffee and nibble some dark chocolate with roasted almonds and sea salt (as a rule i don’t like sea salt with my chocolate but this Ghirardelli chocolate is amazing!)

have a wonderful weekend! stay healthy!



nancy’s needle

good evening! thought i’d pop in…see how you are doing. we are powering through…staying busy. Reorganizing, amazon ordering, bingeing shows, stitching, dreaming up new DMC thread tins, packaging orders, and hoping for some warm spring thunderstorms.


we’ve also been busy getting new fun goodies online, whipping up new bundles (tonight i’m doing a low volume mini dot bundle), and new projects that are ready to be quilted but are getting bumped to finish up customer quilts.

today we have some pictures of our newest bundles…Nancy’s Needle 1850-1880 by Betsy Chutchian. lovely civil war era prints that are in her signature colors and perfect for blending into your stash or starting a civil war stash.

we have fat quarter bundles and fat 8th bundles.

Nancy’s Needle
nancy’s needle

we’ve added them to website…you can grab a fat quarter bundle…here. fat 8ths are available here.

also…have about 50 star-a-day stars done…here are a handful of them to get a feel for what it’s going to look like…

star-a-day layout

i think i’m gonna have to layout all the stars and squares this weekend, but right now i’d better get back to stitching and maybe take some allergy medicine…cuz my nose is running away without me.

happy stitching!

— april&mickey&gabby


stay home quilt

we hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  mom and i are busy tidying and painting and raking and cozying up with our newest (completed) project.

mom’s been eyeing up this quilt she saw in the Romantic Prairie Style book for quite awhile and trying to find just the right fabric to bring it to life.  After looking over the Happy Campers fabric again…she decided that was the fabric…she cut her fabric and set to work that evening.

Then, yesterday, we put it on and quilted and bound it before we left the shop for the weekend.  it came straight home and went through a wash and dry.  And…honestly…i can’t get enough.  i love the large chain-link quilting, the coziness, the squishiness…gabby likes it too!

(It has been cloudy…so these pictures are not the best i’ve ever taken but they do show how cozy this quilt is!)

and of course gabby thought it was fantastic!


we have kits for the Stay Home Quilt…here …we have some new projects that will hopefully be available soon…Annie’s Cushion kits (pattern designed by Treehouse Textiles) is next on the list along with Memento kits and pattern featuring Memoirs and Passport collections by 3 sisters.

all for today…now a little evening relaxing along with star-a-day.

happy weekend!  please stay home…stay safe…we’ll keep the projects, kits, bundles, inspiration, and gabby pictures coming and keep shipping out your orders…cuz honestly…if you are going to stay home you deserve a little happy mail…every. single. day.


a gabby nose