Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Little houses by Carolyn Friedlander

                                     Carolyn had this fun couch at quilt market with reversible cushions.
                             And in her booth was a little house wall hanging that really caught my eye.

Thank fully my friend Cindy Erickson , who also teaches machine quilting for us volunteered to make us a model. 
Way to go Cindy, she did such a good job. 
I think she can make just about anything. 

Its only 29" by 26 " but so cute. 

Here is a closeup of the two house in the lower left corner. 

You can use this charm pack . 
(5" by 5" squares) 
Also by Carolyn.
Limited quantities available at the Calico House. 

And we have the  pattern in stock.

We also stock some of her fabrics on the bolt. (This is one of my favorites. )

                         If you have any questions , just let me know.
                         The weather here has been very conducive for lots of serious quilting .
                          I am working on several models and our row by row experience row.
                          Thanks for stopping by . Janeese

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Irresistible critters to applique.

At Quilt Market in Houston this fall we found a new book of
 adorable animal appliques.
The glasses just make each of the characters twice as cute don't you think?

They had a darling quilt that incorporated all the designs, but my 
favorite idea was all the individual canvases made as wall art.

There was a tote bag that used the kitty design.

Clothing for adults and children where on display.
The colors are so fun.

Is this raccoon just to fun?

Love , love the cute fabric choices.

So Carol on our staff gave it a try and made this Owl for our demonstration
 at our customer appreciation event.

Carol also made this puppy wall art.

I wanted to try my hand at appliqueing on a garment. 
So I cut out all the parts , Patt button hole stitched 
around the parts and I did some hand embroidery for the details. 
The book has several different eye glass choices to choose from. 
For this toddler t-shirt I had the design shrunk 30% to fit. 

We have the book in stock and all the specialty supplies. 
Let me know if you want us to put a copy on hold,
we are happy to ship too.
Stop by and see all the new exciting books and patterns from market. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The making of a Twister Snowman

I swear I had no idea what I had gotten my self into when I started my snowman journey.
But I cut and I cut and I cut squares in blues and whites and black and reds.
Oh my there was a lot of squares.
And then I sewed and I sewed them into row after row until they resembled
a snowman like the pattern. 

This thing was HUGE.  

It is so big it drapes on the floor in my dining room. 
Where I had to move it to so I could start cutting 
the little twister units. 

Now I am getting really nervous and I have to start cutting it up into little 
pieces and I think I am going to be sick. 

You want me to do what with this quilt I have spent hours and hours on. 

But I take my little bitty twister template and I start to cut holes out of this quilt.  

                               Here is a close up of the tool and how you line it up to cut .

Oh my goodness, I have made a lot of holes.

This is how you line up the tool for row number 2.

Just do one row at a time and keep them in order when you cut
 and sew them together. 
That is really really important. 

Okay. I have one row out of 40 sewn. 
So far so good. 

Okay a few more rows. It actually looks like something.

Holy Cow I am almost half way done. 

Just  a close up.

I can't believe it I finished my 40 rows.
Now to get it off to my friend Mary V to be quilted.

This is Mary when she brought back the quilt  to me at the shop.
She is so cute and did such a great job.

All bound and finished.

I really wanted you to see a closeup of the quilting.
Because I think the quilting is a very important part of the finished product. 

It is not hard to make, but I will say you have to be a person that will stick with it.

It is nice to be done and a big relief.
Hope you can stop by the store  and 
take a peak. I hung it up today.

The pattern is the Twister Frosty by Need'l Love.

Thanks for stopping by. Janeese

Friday, October 10, 2014

5 fun fall projects

Some projects are small and some are larger, but I think you 
will agree there is a lot of inspiration. 

This fun table runner features a new line of Moda fabrics and kits and patterns are available.

Everyone loves pumpkins and these are made from denim, 
 the pattern includes 3 sizes. Pattern and denim are in stock.

Bright and colorful our crazy pumpkins can be a table runner or a wallhanging.
The kit and pattern are in stock.  

Our Tiny Dancer quilt by Jaybird designs in orange and gray 
is a great fall project. And yes we have kits and patterns in stock.

Patt, from our staff made these cute towels. 
The pattern has all 7 days of the week included. 
You know you want them. Pattern in stock.

Bertie the bird was also made by Patt and we now have all 12 months on display. 
They feature our woolie flannels. 
We have beautiful flannels in stock, come take a peak. 

I hope we have given you some fall inspiration.
I know your busy and we are trying to make new models at full speed.

Save the date, Saturday , November 15th for our Customer Appreciation day
We will have demonstrations from 10:00 to 12:00. 
Kris Vierra will be talking about filler designs for machine quilting. 
I will post a schedule closer to the event. Each demo will run for 30 minutes. 
Thanks for stopping by. Janeese

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Football Season in Lincoln.

We are gearing up for the beginning of a new Husker season in Lincoln. 

We hope you plan to stop by and take a look at what we have been working on 
while your in town. 

                          This is our new Husker quilt. And kits are ready and waiting for you .

If you are looking for red, black, white or gray fabrics 
we have some great choices. 
I love this multi colored chevron and we have a minky fabric like it in stock also.

Go Huskers!!!!!

This fun quilt in fall colors is also available in kits. 
We have had  a really hard time keeping the pattern in stock.                

The Figures fabrics below have just arrived .
Precuts are also in stock.      

Just one of the new patterns developed by Zen CHic featuring her 
Figures collection. 
Take  a peak at these when you stop in.

Let me know what your favorite tail gate food is. 
I wont tell if it is something less than healthy.
Hmmn I am thinking of chicken wings now. 
Hope to see you . Janeese

Saturday, August 23, 2014

2 good reasons for Fall.

  For Me the 1st reason is the colors of the season  and the second is cooler weather. Here is some inspiration in fall colors from pictures I snapped in  Dear  Stella's booth at quilt market.

Notice the oranges and fall colors and the quilt in those colors on the right side of the booth.

The collection is called Woodwinked.  And this little owl print just reached out and grabbed my heart.
It arrived at the Calico House this week. Just in time to inspire your fall projects too.

This quilt is made from the chopsticks pattern by Jaybird Deigns. I have made several of her patterns and this one is on my list to make soon. The Woodwinked collection is featured through out the whole quilt.

We also have the Woodwinked fabrics below in stock.

Lets get sewing in fall colors and think of cooler days and nights.
Thanks for stopping by . Janeese

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pumpkins and Fall fabrics to tempt you.

Do you love fall and pumpkins?

I think I am a little obsessed with pumpkins. 
Large ones, small ones, white ones and of course lots of orange ones. 
So with some help from Patt, Carol, and Sandy we choose all the parts for my table runner. 
And I finished sewing it yesterday.
We call it Crazy Pumpkins and kits are now available. 
It measures about 22" tall by 43" wide,
which is about 6" taller than the pattern quoted . 

Helpful Hint: We had to put a layer of white fabric behind most of the pumpkins to keep the background from showing through. It takes a little extra prep time, but it is well worth it. 
If you would rather make a pillow, that would be very cute and borders could also be added. 
 The pattern will also be for sale alone. 

We have some fun new fall fabrics.

More pumpkins and the colors are gorgeous. 

Polka dot leaves,  life is so good. 

If you are in Lincoln be sure to stop by. 
We would love to see you. Janeese 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Just a farm girl at heart.

Moda just released this new group of fabrics that 
pulled at my heart . 
I hope it will make you smile too.

"Milk Cow Kitchen "

When I saw these milk cans with these fabrics 
I knew that we had to have them for the 
Calico House.

Long ago glass milk bottles had these little 
cardboard stoppers in them. 
Aren't they cute.

The cow faces and the kitchen utensils 
are fun. Are you getting inspired?

And just when you thought it couldn't get 
any better the pickup trucks steal your heart.

To see more about this fabric designer click on the
 link below 

The moo fabric is just so fun. You know you 
want some .