happy valentine’s day!

we hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day pictures…

ring of roses
cottage hearts
studio throw (sold out)
valentine’s day
low volume valentine bundle (still a few left)

don’t forget …15% off over on the website through tomorrow.

our sale includes…

Beachy in Grey kits

beachy in grey

Lucy Block kits (how about this for a little throwback!)

Lucy’s Summer Cottage

Bundles, precuts, charms, cakes

bramble cottage precuts

stars in the garden

stars in the garden

do you remember when we had stars in the garden in the window…well…we’re bringing it back (for Easter i think!) a little Brenda Riddle Easter window…mom and i are setting to work on it monday. fingers crossed!

EPP and quilting kits

Hexie Stones featuring Guest Room



also…our storefront will be closed on Saturday, February 15th…we will be attending a wedding out of state, but as always our online shop will be open.

happy valentine’s day…we are so happy we get to share our love of pretty colors and even prettier projects with you.

have a wonderful valentine’s day!

–april, mickey, & gabby

be mine…a sale celebrating our LoVE of all things fabric-y

valentine’s day is just around the corner…plus we have a wedding on saturday…which makes this the perfect time to celebrate our LOVE of fabric, epp, quilting, yarn, knitting, crochet, cross stitch, sashiko, Brazilian embroidery, wool, and all around craftyness!

we will be running a BE MINE sale over on our website…15% off…starting February 12th and running through February 15th (Kelly’s Wedding day!) so while we are away…be sure to nab some VERY good things! no code is needed just fill up the cart and checkout!

low volume valentine bundles

sale includes our Cottage Hearts pillow, low volume valentine bundles, bramble cottage, and lucy boston blocks to name a few! lots of yardage and instant downloadable patterns so you can get started right away.

–remember…the shop will have normal hours thru Friday…we will be closed on Saturday, February 15th. Normal hours will resume President’s Day, Monday, February 17th.

check out our Be Mine sale…celebrating our love of all things stitchy and fabricy and quilty…i’ve linked it here.

happy stitching!


ps…some new things are on the way…lots of Precuts to be exact…Rue 1800 and Lancaster…just in time for the weekend…i’ve gotten them listed online if you’d like to be the first to get yours…Rue 1800 here and grab Lancaster here.

spring romance and cottage hearts

i’m heading out the door in a few minutes but thought i would pop on and give you a quick peak at our valentine window display.

spring romance in shades of red is perfect for this time of year…classic and pretty. Red is so versatile and we just had to add in a little bit of pink…to give it that extra little love!

spring romance in shades of red
spring romance

don’t forget…we still have Cottage Hearts available…

cottage hearts

cottage hearts and spring romance look quite cozy together as well…

spring romance and cottage hearts

we have both kitted and ready to ship…Cottage Hearts…here and Spring Romance in Shades of Red…Here.

also…remember…that the shop will not be open on Saturday, February 15th…mom and i will be attending a wedding.

we will have normal hours all next week (m-f) and starting the following monday, february 17th.

happy saturday!


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!


Roses for Valentine’s Day

good afternoon! The weather has kicked up another wind chill warning in our neck of the woods and the snow is blowing, drifting, falling, piling up on the cars…so be careful if you are headed out.


As far as a dozen roses or chocolates for Valentine’s Day…i much prefer fabric.

When i started this project i had set a tentative goal of Valentine’s Day…well i finished the embroidery late last night…then quilted it today.

Ring of Roses and a pile of pillows… Cottage Hearts and Be Mine pillows are kitted and available online.

Valentine’s Day pillows

Ring of Roses needs a run through the washer and dryer…but i couldn’t resist a better pic of it.

Ring of Roses and Valentine’s Day pillows

Ring of Roses is made using a mixture of French General, Jo Morton, Jennifer Chiaverini, and Betsy Chutchian…we do have it kitted complete with pattern, acrylics, papers, and fabrics for front and binding.

Have a safe Valentine’s Day! —a&m

Urban Cottage Blanket

Happy weekend! mom has finished up the Urban Cottage Blanket, and we’ve set the bed for the February…think lovely pillows, pink, black, and a little bit of Urban Cottage.

This lightweight blanket is perfect for the hygge style…just add a few candles, a cup of your favorite hot beverage…i prefer coffee or cocoa, and maybe some stitching or family time.

If you prefer a little more Romantic Prairie style…it works for that too…we added black and white ticking pillows to our bed to help mix the white pillows with the cream-y toned blanket so it will work with all your black, white, and cream linens, slipcovers, or cushions.

Cottage Style…now…we realize that cottage style tends to lean more towards white, cream, grey, and softer pastels. But every once in a while…we are surprised by how much we love a little infusion of black. These pretty woven prints, big roses, and lovely toweling were just what we were looking for…there is even a little grey in the collection. We added the Cottage Hearts pillow, the Be Mine pillow, and a red linen heart on batting pillow to make it more Valentine’s Day. (When Easter/springtime rolls around pull out the bunnies and soft pastels…)

valentine’ day window display
mitered corner

we used the toweling for the border…cuz we love those stripes…then instead of layering it with backing and batting we finished the edges on the back side so you can use it as is.

zigzaged edge
zigzaged mitered corner

we do have the urban cottage blanket kit available over on the website here.

urban cottage blanket
urban cottage blanket

have a wonderful weekend!–a&m

cottage hearts

thank god it’s friday! i know i am excited for the short day tomorrow then quiet evening stitching with some Netflix and coffee.

i thought i would pop in and show you the project i whipped up last weekend.

cottage hearts

Cottage Hearts measures just 18 x 18 inches and features 16 hearts.

*i wanted a truly cottage style with lots of my favorite fabrics.*

I have whipped up some kits which are available here.

Time to get back to Ring of Roses…

have a wonderful weekend! –a

studio throw & valentine-inspired bundles

good afternoon-evening-ish!  we are wrapping up the day here, but I thought I’d take a minute to pop in with a pic or 2 of a few of our newest and favorite-ist things…

studio throw…this cozy little throw will imbue any studio with the warmth of the season…whether Christmas or Valentine’s Day…or even if you live in a cute little English Cottage (which if you do…I’m so jealous!!!), this cozy little throw is perfect for snuggling up, draping over the sofa, or rolling and storing in a basket.  it features the prettiest French General wovens from their Atelier de France collection which celebrates 20 years of French General (yay!).

Studio Throw uses a layer cake along with a bit of yardage.  I am loving this little throw…it is just scrummy!  we have a handful of kits available over on the website.

studio throw1 blog

studio throw measures approximately 60 x 70 inches.

studio throw2 blog

studio throw flat blogalso…I couldn’t resist whipping up some tasty bundles…


clockwise from top right…Olde Pinks, Box of Chocolates, Be Wine, A Dozen Roses, Low Volume Valentine, and Candy Hearts

*bundles are all fat quarters

*bundles are made up of 12 fat quarters

*Be Wine has 6 fat quarters

*Low Volume Valentine has 14 fat quarters

*all bundles are exclusive and limited

*bundles contain fabrics from a variety of designers from a variety of companies that include:  Lecien, Moda, Maywood, Washington Street, Diamond Textiles, and Red Rooster to name a few.

*bundles are available online and in-store.


happy cozy stitching!


cherry cordial

good afternoon!  we have another valentine’s day approved project for you…

we have a new addition to our Sweet Confections pattern collection….and just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Cherry Cordial measures just 12 x 12 inches and is perfect for the 12 inch large stands.  It features rouge red and white.  Classic, elegant, and sweet…features English paper piecing, applique, and some fun embroidery.


Perfect for your table top valentine vignette…just add a little pink dish of chocolates (pink and red peanut M&Ms are my favorite!) and you are good to go!

happy stitching!  –april&mickey

pretty in pink

we are gearing up for February…which means we get to go a little overboard with pink (but really is there such a thing as too much pink?)

Anyways…I’m not sure if I liked Pretty in Pink the movie…I have blended that movie with Sixteen Candles…either way I prefer the Breakfast Club and our English Garden in shades of pink.

This project is so pretty…mom and I have both called dibs on it and Mel hasn’t even seen it yet; she’s a big fan of pink too!

English Garden is 88 x 106 inches and features 10 shades of pink ranging from cotton candy to rouge.  Then we used a bleached muslin for the sashing, a small floral for the cornerstone 9-patch, a small rose print for the border, a cream and dark rosey-pink for the check binding.

Kits are ready to go and identical.  Online and in-store.

***valentine’s day approved***

english-garden1-blogenglish-garden2-blogenglish-garden3-blogMy Stars in the Garden featuring Brenda Riddle micro-prints is up in the shoppe.  We have it framed and over the mantle in the window.  It pops against the white frame and white wall.  If you are thinking of tackling it…check out the complete kit or a pattern.


******Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along******

it is happening

here on the blog

Starting Friday, March 3rd.

3 blocks a week

111 blocks

37 weeks

you should have all your blocks done by Thanksgiving.


I’ve already started cutting out templates, bagging, and paper clipping them in place. 20170131_154007.pngI’ve been collection civil war prints for a few months now

(apologies for the blurry photo)


so…grab your book…

decide on your fabrics…

and get going on getting the templates printed.

if you do not have a book but would like to join us, we have some available

farmer’s wife book


if you want to use colors similar to mine…

I suggest the following:

Jane & Lucy Starter Packs

Gratitude by Jo Morton

Hope’s Journey by Betsy Chutchian

Preservation by Howard Marcus

Reflections by Jo Morton

As for sashing…I’m using unbleached muslin and I’m pretty sure my cornerstones will be scrappy.  (Camille of Bonnie and Camille @thimbleblossoms on instagram did a white sashing and scrappy cornerstones if you’d like to take a look.)