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

winterbourne by liberty

our first ever liberty fabrics have arrived! we decided to start slow…just a handful of bundles and we are in love!

The Winterbourne Collection by Liberty Fabrics is just wonderful. I pulled a bundle for myself…still unsure of what to make with it, but i’m sure i’ll come up with something.

lots of fussy cutting opportunities…pretty low volume backgrounds, all-over florals, and a gorgeous palette.

the winterbourne collection
the winterbourne collection

the winterbourne bundles are available here.

well, i’d better get back to my Star-a-Day.

May the 4th be with you!

–april&mickey&gabby sweetwater

…today is Dad’s birthday so maybe some cards tonight or a movie or evening television…

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}

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

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

amelia in sugarcreek

i’m heading out the door for an afternoon with Mel and Braxton and shopping and Panera (if you have’t heard…Bistro French Onion soup is back!)

thought i would pop in and wish everyone a happy February 1st! Can you believe january is already over and we are 1 month into 2020 already. Dad’s surgery went well yesterday and he is getting geared up for physical therapy starting on monday. thank goodness our barn doors are up!

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our newest project in the shoppe is amelia. if you’ve been following along…this project was first introduced quite a few years ago. it has always been a favorite so when we saw Sugarcreek with all its modern/vintage feel we knew it would work.

i love the bright, punchy colors mixed with the white and grey…it really brings this quilt together.

amelia in sugarcreek
amelia in sugarcreek

i’ve gotten the kits ready to go so you can start grabbing those summer-vibes this february!

kits are here and are identical to ours…so you will get the same scraps-from-vintage-sheets-and-grandma’s-table-cloths feel as ours.

happy february!

–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!

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