the last year

today at a few minutes before 5:30 it will be the one year anniversary of the accident that caused the amputation of dad’s right leg…above the knee. many of you have asked while in the shop or in our booth, commented, or direct messaged us asking for an update as he gets back to work.

first off…we wish to thank you…every single one of you for your support over that last year. it has been tremendous and no words could ever sum up our appreciation.

it has been a year that has seen definite ups and downs.

i promise i will keep this as clear cut as possible.

November 2, 2018 … a little before 5:30pm the accident …you can read about the accident here. Also on November 2nd, Melany decided to quit her job at about 5pm and the Capital Quiltfest in Bismark, ND which was our final show of 2018, started about 5.

(Melany had told everyone about 2 weeks before the accident that her and ty were going to have a baby)

Needless to say…Mom drove back that Friday…i stayed behind and worked the show…(honestly the longest evening of my entire life…) then lots and lots of phone calls and feeling helpless, but knowing that dad would want me to stay out in Bismark…cause you gotta make hay when the sun shines.

–it got around the quilt show that weekend and everyone was so wonderful and helpful

November 2nd-14th…Melany and Tyler (her boyfriend) went to the hospital every day while Mom did paperwork, insurance, etc. Tina worked and went to the hospital when she could. everyday after work…i would go home, mom would be there watering calves and feeding dogs. then we’d go back to the hospital until abut 10.

November 14th…dad came home from the rehab facility

We had Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s.

We played a lot of 500.

Dad got his leg the last week of December.

2019

We played more 500.

Jan-May 1st Dad bagged papers, retro-fit the tractor with steps, worked the skid loader, moved/fed/watered the calves, ground feed, and did his PT.

May 2nd Dad went back to work

May 6th…Kandii, our 14 year old chocolate lab (Brutus and Max’s mom) passed away at home.

June 16th…Braxton Xavier was born. First grandchild and first great-grandchild on dad’s side which has 10 granddaughters and now 1 great-grandson)

June…Mom and Dad took a road trip out to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Badlands National Parks. They were in an accident…which left them stranded overnight. They rented a car and drove back.

June…after they got back Dad was fitted for a new socket and started back driving semi.

Mid-July…mom and i take a week and drive out to drop off the rental car and pick up her car. i had never been to yellowstone, grand tetons, or the badlands…breathtaking…the badlands were magnificent. as always though…i really like coming home.

August 8th…mom had been thinking about getting a puppy and dad had come across a listing online for yellow lab puppies by farming. mom wanted a little girl. so she stops out there after work on the 8th. while talking to the dog parents, the husband thought mom looked familiar and asked what her name was…she told him. he proceeds to tell mom that he was one of the paramedics that was out last fall that helped disconnect the PTO. gabby came home with mom this evening.

October 6th…Dad climbs over a fence…i’ll post this to instagram. (Dad has also climbed a ladder which they said he would not be able to do…he had to check the feeder)

november 2, 2019…if you are reading this about 5:30 we are heading to st. cloud. this time, we won’t be going to the hospital but to dinner. 3 generations…Dad, Mom, Tina, Melany, Tyler, Braxton, and I will be celebrating…making November 2nd a happy day. unlike last year…i’m sure this november 2nd will slip by so much faster.

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and cuz if you are a quilter…i’m sure you’d like a quilty picture…am i right?

Sweet Christmas…frosty welcomes you. (frosty kits are available on the website)

we getting ready for our Hometown Holiday Road Trip that will be starting this Thursday…November 7-9. we’ll be getting out the trees…Christmas is coming to Sweetwater…and this year we are bringing it!!! New projects, fabrics, food shelf donation for a fat quarter, a complementary project sheet with kits available.

we’ll update you on Christmas progress next week.

happy stitching!

—-april&mickey&gabby

blue

blue is my favorite color…even though i love my pink coffee cups and that autumny coral color, and the lavender of lilacs…i can’t pass up a nice blue.

this was evident when our Northport order arrived last week. We chose just 9 prints…all white, cream, or tan backgrounds…to mix in with our remaining Portsmouth and civil war. Well, of those 9…5 are blue the remaining are a mixture of tan, red, and a red that looks pink.

the non blues have been mixed in with French General and 3 Sisters to make a larger version of our Spring Romance…more on that later.

the blues have been pulled and bundled with an essential multi dot and the ideas are coming…do we design a new project with snowballs and some Portsmouth or do we look through our pattern folder and find something to remake in this palette…hmmm…decisions.

i have, however, bundled up the fat quarters…so you can add them to your stash of blues, your collection of Minick and Simpson, or add it to your favorite patriotic prints. we have them in the shop and online.

northport…6 fat quarters

if we get a few of these new projects finished up…i’ll be back with those later this week.

happy stitching!
—-april&mickey&gabby

shores of sugarcreek

good morning! mom and i are just about to start packing up to vendor over in Willmar and i thought i would pop in and give you a peak at the our newest collection, Sugarcreek.

Sugarcreek reminds me of Willy Wonka (the Gene Wilder version) where they are in the garden and everything looks so yummy. This collection is definitely a must if you have a sweet tooth…can’t you just envision beach sand like brown sugar!

we knew this collection was a must when we came upon it so we decided on just 12 bolts to add to our palette…to tame that sweet tooth! Mostly grey, blue and white with a splash of goldenrod and slate to really make everything pop. we (of course) couldn’t resist whipping up some 12FQ bundles…which we will have with us this weekend in Willmar, in the shoppe, and i’ve got them listed online…for you out-of-towners…you can nab yours…here.

sugarcreek bundles

now…i’d better start packing! We’ll see you in Willmar tomorrow and sunday!

–april&mickey&gabby (gabby gets to spend the weekend with dad…lucky girl!)

autumn feels

good afternoon! morning thunderstorms and a muggy afternoon…we’ve been inside cutting and bundling and reorganizing after our last 2 shows, pulling out pastel pumpkins, pulling out the autumn music and trying to get all the autumn feels. a couple of collections have arrived with more on the way.

Today we have Wonder by katie & birdie paper co…the brown really adds a lot and the combination is scrumptious when paired with some white pumpkins…or spring for an heirloom pumpkin to really complete the autumn pastel look.

Wonder features the prettiest mixture of oatmeal, bubblegum, linen, and breeze with a soft white background. We have cherry-picked our 2 favorite prints…the all-over small leaf and the sort-of dot and mixed them with the coordinating Bella Solids. Packs of 10 prints are available…both fat quarters and half yards along with yardage…check out the wonder collection here.

wonder by Katie & Birdie Paper Co.

And…My Redwork Garden…i don’t think there is a shirting print i don’t like. i fell in love with these delightful red-on-cream shirtings when i spied them in the moda book and i knew we needed a few to add to our civil war collection. these are so versatile though they would work with almost any bunny hill collection…or mix in with Christmas prints, French General, 3 Sisters, or your low volume collection. i’m thinking it’s about time i put together a couple more low volume bundles…for sure a Low Volume Christmas.

My Redwork Garden is a collection of red, white, and cream designed by Bunny Hill for Moda. I chose just 4 prints to add to the shop. 4 shirting prints…red on cream. i’ve packaged them up into Pantry Packs: Red Velvet Blondies. We have the pantry packs along with yardage available here.

Red Velvet Blondies…pantry pack of 4—1/2 yards

oh…and a picture of gabby goo who can now get on the furniture all by herself…this is her on the daybed in the living room.

gabbygoo

and this was her yesterday…

gabby goo

happy tuesday…

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hello september

summer seems to have come to a close. the crisp autumn winds have started pushing out the sunny summer heat and the leaves have started to show their color. we’ve been cozy-ing up the shoppe as well–we’ve fluffed it up with some autumn pastels. pale pumpkins, pale colors, and some pastel fabrics.

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Finnegan has arrived…yummy precuts and yardage.

finnegan precuts
finnegan green and yellow
finnegan white, pink, grey, blue
finnegan grey, blue, purple

love this jelly roll for any updated jelly garden…we have the kits including the Finnegan jelly roll…here.

jelly garden and finnegan jelly roll

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i am in love with this newest project mom whipped up…inspired by the feel of a long past primitives shop…this project is cozy, classic, and a perfect addition to any autumn home. featuring a mixture of Shelbyville and Diamond Textiles, this project has all the autumn feels! Backroads measures approximately 48 x 60 inches and is perfect with cream linens and antique crocheted shams and a platter of fabric pumpkins. we have kits available here.

backroads

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lastly…i’m feeling the cheery, 30’s repo love…(even though i relish the idea of cozy sweaters, farmer’s market chili-i spent all day sunday simmering a stock pot of it-, and crackling leaves)…i couldn’t resist pulling some of my favorite 30’s and whipping up one of these blocks. Missouri Daisy block measures 10 inches and the paper pack includes 4 acrylics and papers for 12 blocks…we have it available here.

missouri daisy

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we’ll be in Madison starting Wednesday (for set up) thru Saturday…so Monica will be in charge of the shop…Gabby will have the rest of the week off. Normal hours will resume on Monday…new collections will be arriving while we are gone so we are super excited for Monday following the show!

Now i’d better get the orders shipped so we can get packing…if you are planning on being in Madison–please stop by and say hi, we are in the same spot as last year!

happy stitching! -a&m&g

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

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