bramble cottage

has arrived! It is quite lovely and perfect if you are itching for some little spring/summer colors! however, the winter wonderland-style snow this morning seems appropriate since yesterday i was placing Christmas orders for June…

Inspired by a dream of living in a countryside English cottage surrounded by unkept roses and meandering hills…this collection embodies that dream. Pretty flowers, classic plaids, clever dots and pluses…falling in love with it all over again.

precuts look to be shipping today and will be in-store early next week…i’ll get those listed over the next couple days so you can get your order in!

bramble cottage linen white
bramble cottage pebble
bramble cottage blossom
bramble cottage willow and mist
bramble cottage
finnagen

we have yardage of bramble cottage available now…here…and don’t you love how it looks with Finnegan and ALL THE GINGHAMS!

mom just finished piecing Cottage Charm using Finnegan. Cottage Charm is a large quilt that is perfect in soft pastel prints. Finnegan is a glorious older sister to Bramble Cottage. Soft airy prints, pretty Easter-Egg colors and truly delightful prints. Once it is quilted and washed i’ll do a blog post featuring it.

…i know we are about 5 collections behind but hopefully we can kick out a few new projects in the next few weeks…just in time to do a new rearrange for Easter and dad to have rotator cuff surgery…so mom will be home with him…hopefully all caught up and ready to set to work on the new collections that will be arriving.

in between all the piecing and machine quilting we are doing a little painting and trading in our old fence panels for a couple barn doors…all in good time…we have until surgery day to get that done…only about 16 more days!

time to start wrapping things up for the day…a few new bundles have arrived…yummy 30’s! i’ll work on getting those listed and maybe even a post about them this week.

happy tuesday!

–april&mickey&gabby

gabby goo yesterday

2020 goals

good afternoon!

i’m just about to package up our online orders, have lunch, and crack open our newest arrival…Bramble Cottage and thought i would pop in for a quick check-in.

i’m sure before i’m done writing this post i will have done all 3 of those things above….

a few 2020 things…i’ve updated our events page. you can check out our shows and shop hops there. also…most show dates we will be closed.

the bookstore and gallery have changed their hours…they will be closed on Monday and Tuesday with normal hours the rest of the week. THIS WILL NOT AFFECT OUR SHOP HOURS. we will still have the same hours as before…just closed if we are at a show since Monica will not be around to keep an eye on things.

however, our day off during the week will now be different. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday both of us will be working the shoppe. Mom’s day off will now be Wednesday and my day off will now be Thursday. It will take me awhile to get used to this.

we’ve done a little rearranging…and honestly, aren’t we always doing a little rearranging? well, we got rid of our “office” cuz it was more of a catchall…we tossed things we’ve had since we moved to this location which was like 11 years ago.

we are doing a little painting…adding a few new pieces of furniture…once our rearrange is complete…then a little (or a lot) of vacuuming and maybe a coffee break and dare i say a new quilty project!

(i’m back from the post office and just finished lunch…)

we have a few of those quilty projects i mentioned above in the queue and hopefully once we get all the painting, moving around, and re-displaying out of the way we can get a project done.

looks like i won’t get Bramble Cottage unpacked before i finish up this post…however, i do have some bundles to share.

Valentine’s Day is coming up quick…(we have a wedding the 15th so the shop will be closed)…in celebration we have a couple bundles and my Cottage Hearts pillow kitted up again…

Cottage Hearts…i, as a rule, am not a big fan of hearts which i’m sure i mention every time this pillow pops up somehwere…however, i LOVE this pillow, and when i see it around the shoppe i begin to think of making a quilt. not sure if i would do 16 heart patches with sashing, or just 16 heart patches straight set without sashing. i debate and debate then decide to focus on the projects i have started or already have ready to start or that project i drool over online (ahem…Stonefields) and put it to the back of my mind. but alas, it creeps back in.

is a Cottage Hearts quilt something that you would want? are you looking for a heart quilt to add to your life? feel free to let me know.

either way…the pillow is done, kitted, on the bed in the window…nab the kit here if you missed our last year.

cottage hearts

a few bundles to lighten your stash and perfect for that Valentine’s Day project you’ve been wanting to start.

low volume valentine would be perfect for a red/pink version of Melany Square…you can find that post here. just add in several more prints and get started! low volume valentine is available here.

low volume valentine

My Redwork Garden…classic, creamy vanilla, and Bunny Hill…truly delightful. so pretty i chose a picture of these bundles to be my header for the Valentine season this year. so crisp and pretty.

This bundle…Red Velvet Blondies is a pantry pack (4–1/2 yards)…perfect for stash building, civil war projects, Christmas/Valentine’s Day, or mix in with other low volume prints for a fun low volume project. Grab your Red Velvet Blondies here.

my redwork garden bundles

now on to Bramble Cottage and some more rearranging.

happy Wednesday!

–a&m&g

dilly bag by treehouse textiles

when i saw this little hexie bag, i knew we needed to have it as part of our collection of EPP projects that we offer. so i messaged her down in Australia and she sent them right up…(you can follow her over on instagram @treehousetextiles)

we set to work on one quite awhile ago and i realized i never posted info on it here on the blog…

i would like to introduce the Sweet Sunday Dilly Bag. we used the delightful prints from Lella Boutique’s Garden Variety and Lollipop Garden along with a few embroidered hexies.

sweet sunday dilly bag

this little bag is wonderful if you would like to dip a toe in the EPP pool without doing a cannonball. Some 40ish hexies…totally doable even if EPP isn’t your thing.

we have have it kitted too! squares of Garden Variety and Lollipop Garden, along with backing, lining, pink stripe for the casing, cording, papers, Dilly Bag pattern which includes an acrylic if you want to do a little fussycutting.

Kits are available here.

if you do the FlossTube thing…you can see this kit over on Suzy’s page…watch it here.

now…to get started on setting up a newsletter/email list/mail chimp thing…don’t know that i have enough time left today for something like that…maybe i’ll just sit back and fold our Memoirs custom bundles…

happy thursday and happy stitching!

*a*m*g

ps…more yarn is on the way…just received the shipping notification!

memoirs

good evening! the day is winding down around here…just doing a tad bit of tidying and tying up a few of our newest Low Volume Christmas bundles (you can grab one of them here) they have been very popular it is hard to keep them in stock.

our memoirs order has arrived along with precuts and has taken up residence beside our silver tree and the Urban Farmhouse collection.

Memoirs is classic, wintery. Deep gold nearly brown, patina, indigo, rust, porcelain, and silvery grey remind me of Grandma. The cozy tones of her old davenport, her tasseled pillows, worn draperies, and knickknacks.

memoirs

we have yardage and precuts available and a project percolating…check out the selection here.

New projects will start making their appearance quickly after Christmas…right now we are finishing up our (mostly) Homemade Christmas gifts…which is what i will be doing tomorrow…ALL. DAY. LONG. –since i haven’t started a single gift yet.

anyways…i’d best be off…dinner with Monica tonight…we are thinking burgers…

happy stitching!
–april&mickey&gabby

Christmas Low Volume + Melany Square

Equals a whip creamy-peppermint swirly-vanilla cream-frosty wonderland…

Melany Square uses the Christmas Low Volume bundle and classic squares for a truly Christmas delight!

Melany Square
Melany Square
Melany Square
Melany Square

We do have Christmas Low Volume Bundles left…you can grab one here.

If you have your own bundle and would like to make the Melany Square quilt you can download it here.

that’s all for me today…now time to head home for some hot coffee and a little evening television and probably a little EPP!

-april&mickey&gabby

sarah's story

good afternoon! i can definitely feel the late afternoon chill as the sun starts its final descend and the street lights start turning on. It was blowy and snowy here this morning…which does make for a cozy day in the quilt shoppe. A little machine quilting, shipping, binding up a late-in-the-season Christmas quilt…that i just love and will talk about tomorrow…which if you remember our Melany Square quilt featuring Rhubarb and Ginger by 3 sisters (yes…i’m talking literally 14 years ago) then you have an idea of the pattern. More on that tomorrow…

today i want to talk about Sarah’s Story by Betsy Chutchian. Ms. Chutchian is one of my favorite designers…her palette, her prints, her books…um…lovely!

This collection features this most amazing wiggly stripe…perfect for the dividing bar of a column quilt, borders, a fun binding…a gorgeous backing…or i’m thinking some stupendous fussy cutting. i couldn’t resist it so i nabbed a bolt of each color of that divine wavy stripe….a total of 20ish bolts i think…some of each color…lots of that print. we have fq and f8 bundles as well…to help round out your civil war stash.

i even broke up shelbyville and now Sarah’s Story sits front and center…

sarah’s story on the right.

Quilts for all Seasons is the perfect companion to this collection…especially when mixed with her previous ranges…lots of rich colors and patterns…

quilts for all seasons

nab your Sarah’s Story precuts and yardage…here.

grab a copy of Quilts for all Seasons…here.

ALSO…Memoirs shipped today…i don’t have any pictures obviously…but we have lots of precuts and yardage arrving…i’d love a little Memoirs under the tree this year…get your order in now so when it arrives we can unpack it and pack it right up for you! check out our precuts and yardage here.

have a wonderful evening! it’s just about time to head home for a little coffee, cozy quilt, and embroidery.

happy stitching!
—april&mickey&gabby

patches and handfuls

these books are a feast for the eyes…they definitely have the inspiration to get anyone out of a quilty slump. the gallery of vintage quilts at the beginning of each book makes these both informative and inspiring. i mean honestly, who doesn’t love looking at quilts made 100+ years ago…seeing their craft, their tiny stitches, their colors and palette and possibly favorite print living on today…still inspiring and possibly even keeping someone cozy warm on cold evenings.

i know, for a fact, that in 100 years…if my quilts are still together as one big collection transported by hovercraft or across the galaxy at light speed or possibly across town in a buggy…that my favorite green will have lived longer and touched more quilters than i could have ever imagined.

it is this thought that resonates…that keeps me going back to these 4 books…obviously i love Ms. Sitar’s palette…soft florals, civil war style projects, and a little applique and EPP. However, the gallery of inspiring antique quilts is something that draws awe and wonder and makes me want to pull out my scraps and get to work creating a masterpiece that will live on (with my favorite green making an appearance).

Depending upon your palette…blue, stars, or scrappy…

these are all available now…just pop over to the website here and grab a little inspiration…

i’m heading over to post some Sarah’s Story yardage and hard-to-find Diamond Textiles charm packs of both 5 inch and 3 inch squares…

Sarah’s Story precuts are available now…here.

sarah’s story bundles

Diamond Textiles precuts and yardage is available as well…here.

diamond textiles 5 inch charms

now…time to get back to making some space for sarah’s story yardage…so when it arrives on tuesday i can set to work on custom curated bundles…and maybe even a new set of civil war color bundles…

so much to get to…so little time…

happy stitching lovelies! –a&m&g

christmas flash sale~

good afternoon! our December yarn order has arrived and it is in store now…however, that is not why i’ve popped in today!

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mom and i have decided to run a Christmas FLASH sale this weekend online (and instore if you pop in and nab a bit o’christmas).

30% off all christmas stuff…including all Christmas kits –Country Lodge, Sleigh Ride, Stepping Stones, Sweet Christmas–bundles/precuts, all CROSS STITCH kits/books/patterns (say what!!!???), EdMar Christmas embroidery kits (OMG!), basically if it has christmas in the name it is part of this flash sale!

christmas collections that are included will be…

sweet christmas

swell christmas

snowberry

holly woods

once upon a memory

holiday lodge

merry merry snow days

good tidings

petite maisons de noel

merry merry snow days made into stepping stones
country christmas
christmas
sleigh ride
christmas

be sure to pop over and fill your cart with all the goodies you need to finish up those projects…sale goes live at midnight tonight! website is linked…here.

happy stitching!

april&mickey&gabby

ps…our new yarns are online…more on those next week!

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Happy Thanksgiving!

My favorite kind of Pumpkin Pie Spice…hopefully available online on Friday…

Thank you for another great year…enjoy 20% off over on the website…here’s the link.

Have a wonderful day!

-april, mickey, gabby

simply vintage and a low volume christmas

good morning! hopefully you are getting all geared up for thanksgiving! we’ve been working on a few things around here along with some shopping. we’ve decided all homemade gifts this year, so that has been fun and i can be pretty crafty if i wanna be.

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we’ve been loving this retro christmas vibes we get from mixing Sweet Christmas and Merry Merry Snow Days with the remnants of Swell Christmas and Good Tidings. Lots of sweet little prints. i’ve taken all my favorite low volume prints from the 4 collections and added in the house print from French General’s Petite Maisons de Noel. The culmination of the 18 different prints is practically magical. pretty whites, beiges, creams, greiges mix with any decor whether it is classic reds and greens or a more pastel, cottage style christmas. pair this bundle with your favorite collection or add to your christmas collection for a future project.

christmas low volume

Christmas Low Volume mixes the best holiday low volumes to bring you a gorgeous grouping of backgrounds to use in all your holiday sewing.

we have limited quantities…nab your bundle here.

simply vintage winter 2019

grab your copy here.

i couldn’t resist a quick pic of both.

simply vintage and christmas low volume

i’m taking some shop pictures once we have a half done project all finished…then i’ll be back with info on that lovely along with a full album of the trees, the new collections, the yarn (and the new Market Square bag tina finished) along with some old favorites…

happy saturday! have a wonderful weekend!

–april&mickey&gabby