Monday, November 23, 2015

Week 4—Moda Sampler Shuffle

Moda Sampler Shuffle

Week 4

Just click on the number of the block to download this week's patterns.

Block 10
Block 12

With these 12 blocks you can make a quilt using the inner border pattern and setting directions that Moda supplied. 
If you haven't gotten the inner border pattern and setting directions, just click on the links below.

Can you believe this Friday is "Black Friday"? While you are out and about don't forget to stop at the Calico House on Friday and Small Business Saturday.

Here are a couple of coupons for you to use.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!
Be sure to watch our facebook page for other specials.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Week 3 Moda Sampler Shuffle

Moda Sampler Shuffle

Week 3

Just click on the number of the block to download this week's patterns.
Block 7
Block 8
Block 9

Carol's Quick Tips and Observations
• #7 has lots of small pieces and you make lots of triangles. Refer to the triangles tip page for piecing and trimming. I make sure I sew just inside the drawn line to get that scant ¼" seam.
• Decide before you start sewing if directions of fabrics are important to you. Pin and check how the blocks look when triangles are added. I liked Block#7 the best when the circles and the loops were going the same direction. I had to keep thinking about how I was pinning, so I got the desired result!
• Press as you go. Using Best Press helps a lot when pressing the small pieces. Be careful to press (not iron) so you don't distort your pieces. Sometimes I've even pressed my seems open to reduce bulk.
• After sewing the pinwheel blocks, just remove the stitches from above the last stitched seam on both sides so you can press the seams opposite ways and form a mini pinwheel on the inside (see picture). Your block will lay much flatter! 
• I love using my 2½" square ruler to square up the small pieced units.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Week 2 Moda Sampler Shuffle

Moda Sampler Shuffle

Week 2

We hope you are having fun and making your 6" blocks. Carol is trying to keep up and here are the next 3 blocks made from the For You fabrics by Zen Chic for Moda.

Click on the links below to download this week's patterns!

Block 4

Block 5

Block 6

 I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the other quilts hanging at the store right now that also feature the For You fabrics.

This is Octo by Zen Chic and we have kits available, this one is paper pieced.

Here is a closeup of the block.

This lovely is by Angela Lawrence of Des Moines IA. 
We have the pattern in stock and of course the For You Fabrics. This quilt has little pieces of wool for accents , like the handles on the pitchers. Stop and take a look if you are in the neighborhood.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Moda Sampler Shuffle Setting Directions and Inner Border Pattern

For those of you participating in the Moda Sampler Shuffle, here are the links for the Setting Directions and the Inner Border Pattern. Just click on the links below to download. According to the information given us, patterns will only be available for 2 weeks.

Setting Directions and Fabric Requirements

Inner Border

Monday, November 2, 2015

Moda Sampler Shuffle

Welcome to Our Online Blocks of the Week Program

Sampler Block Shuffle from Moda

Starting November 2, 2015 through January 4, 2016.

Check our Blog each Monday after 10:00 a.m. to download two or three 6" block patterns.
Blocks will only be available for 2 weeks (no exceptions), so you will want to visit our blog each week to get your patterns.

Click on these links to download the PDF patterns for your first blocks.
Block 1
Block 2 
Block 3 

There is also a Bonus Tip page. Click on the link below to download this PDF.
Easy Triangles

We're excited about this online block program...please share this with your friends!

It's a busy time of year—you can sew along as the patterns are released or download your PDF patterns to make your blocks over the holidays.
Tips for piecing small blocks:
• Since you'll be squaring up small pieces, a 2½" square ruler will be helpful.
• Use a smaller stitch length.
• Use a 70/10 needle with 50 wt. thread.
• Sew with an accurate scant ¼".

Our Shuffle Blocks feature the "For You" and "Paper" fabrics by Zen Chic. We have layer cakes and jelly rolls available in our shop which are perfect for these 6" blocks (limited supplies available)! You can contact us on facebook, call the shop 402-489-1067 or stop in to purchase. Receive 10% off one layer cake or jelly roll if you mention that you are participating in the Sampler Block Shuffle.

New Arrivals from Quilt Market!

These are in stock, call 402-489-1067 or email to reserve your copy.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Me and You Batik giveaway.

Hoffman of California Fabrics has just released their new division of fabrics,
Me and You.
They are contemporary batiks with the initial release of 24 prints as shown below. 
And they are all in stock at Calico House.
They also have solids.

How cute are these adorable jars that have a 2" swatch of each print and solid.
 (Print swatches are shown in the center of the circle above).

And you can win 1 jar and the pattern Turning Points which
 features these Me and You Batiks
A limited number of jars are also available for purchase. 

 The entire collection of prints is incorporated in the pillow on the cover.
We are so excited to share these and this new direction for Hoffman and the look of batiks.

So to enter you must leave a comment about why you love batiks here (1 per person) and a 2nd entry can be made on our facebook page by sharing the post with friends. Maximum entry 2 per person, one on this blog and one on our facebook post. We will close the entries on Sunday the 13th, 2015 at midnight. WInner will be randomly chosen Monday 9/14/2015. Winner must be in the contiguous
USA or Canada. link for facebook:

Monday, September 7, 2015

Truck full of Joy

I had a lot of time on my hands recovering from surgery lately. So I lined up some projects to work
on that involved hand work. I actually love to hand embroider, I find it relaxing, especially when my husband is watching something on tv that is not my cup of tea.  
I thought I would share some of my methods for making this pattern by Buttermilk Basin.
You may have another method , but I hope this will help you. 

Some of the tools that I used are Freezer paper found in the grocery store isle with the wax papers and Sarans. I use it to trace both the large and small parts of this design.  Once you have all your pieces cut out of freezer paper , they will iron easily on to your wool or felt . 
Now cut them out and the freezer paper just peels off. 
I pin the pieces onto the background and some times I glue them. 

From my tailoring days I have a handy curve ruler .
I used this when I was trying to trace the perfect large oval
onto my freezer paper. 

The most challenging part for me was cutting out the large black oval. 

The pattern provided the outer black oval in a quarter section to trace. 
I suggest you fold your freezer paper into fourths and then clamp it together. It makes cutting out the oval a lot easier. 
(Trace the inner arcs on all four layers before you cut the outer oval. )

I cut the freezer paper just a tiny bit outside the actual cutting line. After I ironed it onto the wool , I then cut on the black line. 

Now ironed onto the wool and ready to cut.

It was also hard to place the black oval on the back ground after it was cut out.  I wish I had marked the center top and bottom in some way to help transfer into on to the background.

 Use the freezer paper oval to check that the back ground piece is large enough.

I did not cut the background tan felt until I had stitched down the entire oval on the inside and outer edge.
Good sharp scissors are a must.

Let me know if you have any questions. We have the pattern in stock . Truck full of Joy.
Thanks for stopping by. Janeese

Monday, July 27, 2015

Part 2 of my Maxwell Bag assembly.

Once I finished making the front and back of my Maxwell bag it was time to make the sides.
There are pockets on the sides and you can use the tall side pieces to mark the pieced pockets for trimming.
I love the big dots and hated to cover them up with the pocket.

 Now I am ready to trim the pocket  to match the taller side piece.

As you can see you only are trimming a sliver of a piece.

 The bottom of your bag is a piece of timtex centered over a piece of soft and stable . You baste those two together and then place the fabric right side face down under the soft and stable.
Then you sew all those layers together.  I did some really simple straight lines to join them together.

You sew the sides with the pockets on to both ends of your bottom piece and these now look like a U.

The U is now sewn to the front and back. 
My advice is to pin a lot, especially in the curve. 
I also marked my 1/2 inch sewing line and sewed slowly thru the curve. 

Ta Dah My outside bag is now assembled. 

 This bag has feet and I had never added those before. I made a little paper template so I would get the same placement for all four feet. The little red pin is where the hole needed to be made.

There where three layers to go through on the bottom . I recommend using an awl, it worked perfectly
and made just the right size hole. 

 The company that made the feet recommended that you use cardboard or plastic to reinforce the prong on the inside of your bag. I chose template plastic because I thought I want this to be washable.
I cut a one inch square , found the center and made a hole with my awl.

 This shows the plastic inside the bag before and after I spread the prongs that keep your feet in position. I took a screw driver and ran it down the prong all the way to the bottom , to make sure they where open as far as they could be.

 Now on to the inside. Same as the outside . two layers. one of fabric and one of soft and stable.
They are also quilted. Tough to see here.  I just sewed with regular thread here. I chose a Cotton and Steel print for the lining. Love it.

Just like the outside of the bag, you sew the sides on to the bottom piece and make a U.

This is the outside of the bag place inside the lining. So right side to right side, 
You are going to sew all along the top with a 1/2 inch seam. 
There is a opening left in the lining bottom for turning. 
This is very thick, pin well and go slowly. Match up those side seams.

The handles are made by covering cording with the soft and stable. You will need a zipper foot here.  You trim the soft and stable to an 1/8 of an inch. I like to use a little ruler , it made life a lot easier . I was able to cut it with the rotary cutter, carefully.

The handles are covered with a tube of fabric and you hand sew the cording together as shown in this picture.

I have tried to show and share with you some of the  interesting parts of this pattern.
At times I was very frustrated and twice I had to check the web page for corrections or additions. My advice is when you can't make sense of the directions , check out their web pages.
Both times I was really struggling there was information that cleared up the problems . (It' s not you, check the web page.)

Here is my finished bag . This takes a fair amount of time , but I still think it was one of the best new bag ideas at quilt market.

Thanks for stopping by. Janeese