star a day…65 stars

good evening! hopefully you are getting some projects finished up! (i’ve started a new Christmas fussy-cut hexie project…more on that once i get a little bit further).

today i’m updating you on my Star-A-Day. i’m at 65 stars…15 of which have been stitched into 9-patches.

this was the last time i did a layout to get a feel for the quilt. i’m loving it! all the prints and the different backgrounds…yummo!

57 stars

if i were truly doing it a star a day…i would now be on March 5th…i’m nearly 2 months behind…but another weekend is on the horizon and maybe i can play catch up!

if you would like to join me you can grab a star-a-day paper/pattern/acrylic pack here.

if you would like scrappy backgrounds for star-a-day (or to mix with your civil war) we have independence low volume here and biscotti low volume here.

if you would like some color…civil war color bundles are available here.

also…do you see those tiny little scissors in the tin…they are seriously the cutest little things in the world. total length of them…2 1/4 inches with a blade of 5/8 inch. perfect for your little sewing kit, EPP tin, project bag, purse, or travel sewing. you can grab a pair of scissors here. i love that they look old already…like you found them in an old button box or sewing tin.

copper (left) and silver (right)

mom and i are busy getting quilts quilted…we finished up Bella Blossoms featuring Tilda’s Old Rose…it is so gorgeous! can’t wait to get the binding on it and get it washed and dried.

ok…now time to get going on the binding.

happy mid-week!

happy healthy stitching….

-april&mickey&gabby sweetwater

scrappy star-a-day

good morning!  i’m working away at my star-a-day and couldn’t resist putting together a couple 9-patches.  oh goodness…i’m in love with them and want to spend every waking moment whipping up these tiny darling stars.

i’ve spent a few days chain-basting diamonds…look at that overflowing tin…(and that cottage hearts pillow…i’m all heart-eyes!)

3 inch squares are the alternating squares…

my goal is to use lots of different prints…if each star uses 2 darks and a shirting…it’s about 720ish different darks and 360ish shirtings.  take a look at my first 2 9-patches…loving those stars and scrappy backgrounds!  also…my new coffee cup…

to help get you started on your own star-a-day you can grab our pattern/papers/acrylic pack here.  grab that set of rose gold stork scissors here cuz you can NEVER have too many sets of scissors.

i’ve also put together some fat 8th civil war color bundles…top row from left… tomato soup, mint julep, cheddar cheese puffs, blueberry grits and salsa.  bottom row from left…bubblegum, grapes, burnt brown, peanut brittle, and espresso…you can grab them here.

my back was acting up last week…therefore i didn’t get a lot of bundles cut…but it seems to have calmed down over the last day or so, so hopefully come monday i can get back to bundle cutting and serious machine quilting in between printing and packing orders.

next week…shirting fat 16th bundles are on the agenda along with pattern writing and some kitting.

have a wonderful weekend!

happy healthy stitching!  -a&m&g


urban farmhouse

good afternoon! our precuts for urban farmhouse gatherings have arrived…all grey and black and white…and of course we are loving it. it is full of not just any greys…pretty, soft, luscious greys…sweater weather greys, farmyard greys, down feather greys, patina-ed silver greys, country skies greys…perfect for a studio apartment, dorm room, farmhouse, lake house, or loft…

small prints keep the collection sweet, classic, simple, and focal-point worthy…

urban farmhouse gatherings precuts

we couldn’t resist these precuts…look how scrumptious they are…those gorgeous milk ones on top…yummy!

i’ve actually gotten everything online today along with the yardage that is expected to arrive on Thursday. trying to stay caught up with the new stuff so i can get caught up on old stuff.

also…if you are looking for a scrummy background to pair with this collection…Bella Solid Feather is a winner in my book…

grab your Urban Farmhouse Gatherings here.


i love epp (i’m sure you had no idea!) and i really love Karen Styles of Someret. Her projects, her fabrics, her instagram feed…all glorious!

her newest project…The Honeycomb Quilt…is also darn adorable! get a load of those longer hexies…(yes, these are similar to Yellow Creek, but different…i checked to see if they are interchangeable…they aren’t.)

i love hexies and kinda love this one a lot. the round the world looks like it would be lots of fun and perfect for using LOTS of different prints.

The Honeycomb Quilt

if you’d like to get started on a The Honeycomb Quilt…be sure to nab the pattern and papers…here. we also have fat 16th bundles of civil war fabrics if you are looking to jazz up your civil war collection…here.


i am working on a few older projects right now…i’ll be back with more info on them.

todays almost over…so i best figure out the pathways on my vintage hexie quilt so i can get the yardage cut.

have a wonderful monday!


on the mend

good afternoon!  May the 4th be with you!

hopefully you’ve have a had wonderful first week of May!  Mom and i came down with a nasty cold/flu thing after the Forest Lake Quilt Show 2 weekends ago…which we are now just getting over.  (we had a wonderful time at the Forest Lake Memorial Quilters Quilt Show…we’ll see you in 2020 if not sooner!)

so now that we are on the mend…we’ve been starting to brainstorm for our Christmas (yes, Christmas) collections that will start arriving in the next week or so.  on the agenda is Swell Christmas which is very our style, kind 50’s style apple green, cherry red, and creamy white…we have the entire collection on order…and even an idea or 2.  plus we nabbed some of the circle tins that coordinate with the collection.  more on those when the collection arrives.  Holly Taylor’s Christmas collection, Once Upon a Memory is set to ship in May as well…we cherry-picked 4 gorgeous prints and the panel…just enough to make a gorgeous throw!


Until the new collections arrive, we’ve been busy playing catch up with some lines that arrived that we just didn’t know what to do with…mom has just finished up a couple over-sized throws that i have to quilt.  so i’ll be showing those sometime next week.


EPP projects

My must-do list is forever growing…i’m continuously dreaming of projects that i see and am slightly addicted to Somerset Designs…I love Karen Styles’ designs, her work, her color choices…are all magnificent!

Mrs. Billings…this is on my Summer to-do list.  i’m gathering right now and hoping to finish up all my Lucy Boston block kits, so i can work on the Primrose Garden Quilt (see further down) and Mrs. Billings…

mrs billings papers templates pattern blog

Ring of Roses…This quilt is just lovely!  I love the soft tones of pink, red, tan, and brown with a little splash of green.  I already have my background picked out (French General Favorites pearl) and the big floral for the hexagons (Atelier de France pearl background large floral), and then an assortment of pinks, reds, browns, tans, and a maybe a green or 2 from French General and civil war.

ring of roses

Circle of Sisters…this pattern, acrylic, and paper pack arrived today…and i’m already on the hunt for a yellow!  It looks so OLD, i LOVE IT!  based on a quilt from the 1940-50’s it is just lovely…perfect if you want to try your hand at applique.  look at those 7 stars in each circle…breathtaking!!!

circle of sisters


Primrose Garden Quilt…this is my current endeavor…instead of making yet another Lucy Boston using the civil war basted honeycombs.  (that would make 3 Lucy Boston POTC…i think a girl only really needs 2…1 for each hand:)

Instead, i’ve decided to whip up some little primroses and stitch up this little lovely!  i’m aiming for 399 primroses…a setting of 19 x 21…finishing at around 75 x 85ish…

primrose garden

I’ve even whipped up starter kits if you’d like to give it a go.  it is tons of fun and them little primroses take like literally 15 minutes to stitch up…you’ll be done in no time!

primrose garden

primrose garden and honeys

box of honeycombs prior to organizing…(yes, i organized them so i won’t have dig through to find 4 matching honeys).

box of honeys

organized…look at those rows of basted honeys…

organized box

almost time to run…i’m picking up Chinese for supper…today is Dad’s birthday…yes…he was born on Star Wars day!

if you are down by Owatonna tomorrow…be sure to stop in at the Rustic Mama’s Market and check out the Plume junk a la mode booth…lots of fun stuff…if you like our style…Plume has it!

have a wonderful weekend!  hopefully you can get in some stitching!

—————april   {sweetwater}