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

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.

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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.

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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!

—-april&mickey&gabby

october

is anyone else shocked at the number of blog posts recently? well, i’ve decided to make blogging a priority…we get so stuck in the quick world of technology and pictures that i tend to spend my time on instagram. But lately i’ve noticed i’ve been shying away from it…looking more at blogs and magazines (i know, crazy right!). i love this time of year, when the daylight starts creeping in earlier, leaves change to brilliant hues, and when the rain is no longer warm but chills you to the bone. Out come the cozy quilts, slippers, my October coffee cup, and the holiday season.

today i thought i would give you a quick look at a several of my halloween favorites that we still have available…however, we can no longer kit them up so what we have is all we have.

Halloween

Schoolhouse Pumpkin…a small project features classic Fig Tree apricot and butterscotch and paired with a classic black. We embroidered a white pumpkin to give it a chalkboard look. This little wall hanging is one of our favorites! I love how that embroidery really pops on the black.

October Bats & Cats…this little wool project is classic Halloween without being too scary. How can you not love a sweet little kitty?

Spooky Spools…a little peach and orange mixed with a little grey and black. This mini measures just 6 x 6 and is a quick make for a hostess gift, use as mug rug, table topper, tack to your bulletin board, or clothespin to a basket.

Halloween in the Country…features the Eerily Elegant panel by Deb Strain along with a mixture of grunge and prints. Classic and neutral, this throw measures 50 x 58 and gives you all the the Halloween vibes. Shakespeare and Poe inspired the collection…you can see their words on the panel itself and the grey accent rectangles. A wonderful throw…perfect for cozying up with a good story (A Telltale Heart is a good one) or arrange on your porch with some heirloom pumpkins and a witch hat.

trick or treat pillow

mom and i love pillows…nothing can change a room like a good pillow. This Trick or Treat pillow is perfect to do just that. it is classic, neutral, and just the right amount of halloween, plus you get to do a little bit of embroidery…score!

we have all these available over on our website…i’ve linked them below…these are all project you can get done in time for Halloween…promise!

Schoolhouse Pumpkin

October Bats & Cats

Halloween in the Country

Trick or Treat

ok…i’d better get back to curating some bundles before i head out for the day!

happy stitching!

–april&mickey&gabby

PS…we have several new projects in the works…hopefully we’ll have them wrapped up before we head to Sioux Falls next week…lots to do and not lots of time to do it!

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

a little red

slowly as the years of owning a shoppe have slid by i’ve developed a love for red…especially soft red when mixed with white and cream.

it is that Old English style that we absolutely love and have tried to bring to life in this new version of Spring Romance…

soft shades of cream and white mellow the reds and dark pinks in this perfect-for-a-beginner project.

spring romance
spring romance
spring romance
spring romance

a collection of soft and sweet prints with a focus on red…collections include snowberry, holly woods, victoria, and durham.

we do have a limited number of kits available…check them out here.

it’s after 5…so it’s time to head out the day…have a wonderful evening!

happy stitching!
–april&mickey sweetwater

lucy boston week 103

we are back from Omaha and are changing gears to get ready for Quilt Minnesota and our fall shows…(how is 2019 about half over…and how is it already the end of june?)

Quilt Minnesota fabric is in-store and ready for your preorders…just pop in and we’ll get you set up! mom and i haven’t had a chance to even untape some of the bolts…too much going on…and now mom and dad are going on a mini vacation starting tomorrow thru sunday! i’ll be around though…whipping up some kits, machine quilting, posting online and placing orders for fun, new things!

lucy’s summer cottage is nearing the finish line! i have 7+ rows on…(can you believe it!) the pic below shows 7 and Lola-Bear.

Lucy’s Summer Cottage 7 rows

i think i only have 4-5 blocks left to stitch on row 8 then i’m all done…hopefully tonight…if i hunker down and stitch till the wee hours! i’m seeing lots of coffee in my evening!

i’d better get stitching! have a wonderful evening!

—april&mickey