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

sweet christmas

good morning! i’m sure some of you popped over on tuesday for a lucy update…mom switched her day off this week to thursday which throws my whole week off. therefore, when i got home tuesday, i realized that it was tuesday and i had not done a lucy update. so…i’ve decided to work extra hard on her over the holiday weekend and maybe have something to show you next tuesday.

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as for what’s going on in June…we have a busy, busy june planned…but as luck would have it…monica will be around to keep any eye on the shop when we are out of town.

here is the event schedule…

June 1st…mom and i will be at my cousins wedding

June 7th Mel’s Baby is due

June 7th & 8th Tina and Mom will be in South Dakota vendoring at the Siouxland Renaissance festival

June 12th-15th…mom and i will be at the Minnesota Quilt Show in Rochester

June 17th, 1:30ish…Brazilian Embroidery group is meeting at sweetwater…if you are interested in joining please drop me an email…sweetwatercottonshoppe(at)yahoo(dot)com.

June 20th-22nd…mom and i will be at the Omaha Quilt Show in Omaha, NE.

After this we’ll be focusing on Quilt Minnesota which will start August 2nd.

Then in September our next string of shows and events will start…check out our events page for our complete list of events, quilt shows, and shop hops.

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Christmas fabric has started arriving…yes…i realize it hasn’t even been summer yet, but we must get started on those projects early.

sweet Christmas has arrived…(still waiting on the Snowman kits, but the yardage is super sweet and so cute…i’m already planning another pillow to coordinate with our Swell pillow…best keep an eye out)

sweet christmas
sweet christmas —looks like i better snip those threads on the sleigh ride quilt—

i love how sweet Christmas coordinates with Swell Christmas and Good Tidings…a lovely retro look that we cannot get enough of…plus it has Sweet in the name….can’t go wrong. the collection is small with only 26 different skus…but the variety is wonderful! Snowman heads, spinning peppermints, poinsettias and poinsettias with a background stripe, a plaid/check print, stripes, candy canes, and a geometric print…lots to choose from…though i don’t think i could choose just one!

i do have some lovely color bundles that would look lovely mixed with Sweet Christmas.

we will be getting in the Snowman kits sometime in early june…i’ll keep you in the loop…we’ll also be offering a few hand-cut fat quarter bundles.

i’m planning on quilting up a quilt this morning then taking some pictures of the various Crochet and Embroidery books, Simplicity vintage notions, and Bee in My Bonnet pins and along with some Brazilian Embroidery, new English Paper Pieces shapes…hello 7 petal Chrysanthemum! and don’t forget Treehouse Textiles’ Dilly Bag is kitted and ready to rock along with a few other goodies and doing a little online work this afternoon…maybe after a quick trip over to Teal’s for a taco…we’ll see what happens…(the back has been acting up the last couple days so we’ll see how much i actually get done today after quilting up the quilt.)

happy stitching! i’ll hopefully be back tomorrow with an update on all the new yummies that are available online…

—april&mickey —sweetwater—