Friday, July 18, 2014

To much good and not enough time.

We have been crazy busy and have been checking in fabric as fast as we can.
A lot of the christmas fabrics are in clear reds and greens,
and there is plenty of gray too.

Some of my favorites.
 Tomorrow , Saturday is our Christmas in July and this darling snowman fabric arrived today. So
as fast as I could go I priced it and found a table to put it on . This is no easy feat as it is getting crowded around here.
One of the ideas they showed us for this cute fabric was a simple place mat. 
(shown in picture below)
The panel has 6 different squares. They would make lovely Christmas presents.

Also today a group of fabrics that I was super excited to arrive was delivered by our trusty UPS man.
Farm Friends by Sarah Frederking.
The quilt is a free download on the Studio e website.

Here are some close ups.


I know you want them.
                                                             How cute are these chickens?

My number one favorite holiday gift idea is this sleeping 
bag pattern for dolls or stuffed animals.
The largest size is perfect for 18" dolls. 
Excellent directions, I made one start to finish on a Sunday afternoon. 
They are great for using up your scraps of batting. 

Call and reserve yours today. 402 489 1067 or e-mail me.
(Kits are available for the one pictured here. )

We are Also participating in the row by row experience. 

Below is our original pattern.
You need to join the fun and check it out. 

Gotta run and make brownies for treats tomorrow. 
Stop in soon. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer Fun

We thought you might need a smile so I decided to start  this post with a fun
 picture I took at Quilt Market last fall.

Great patriotic fabrics are in stock and waiting for you.

One of the cutest new fabric lines for summer.
Love , love the colors.  

Patt from our staff made this large Spice Market tote by Amy Butler
 using the bathing beauties. 
It is a large tote. !!!!!

Geraniums are just one of the best things about summer. 
I admit to loving the red ones the best. 

This wall hanging features our felt and is 
available in a kit. 
The petals are hand applied and 3 dimensional. 

Pattt also made this cute block with our felt. 
Kits are waiting for you to stop by. 
We are also happy to mail out any our kits.  

Hope this got you in a summer mood. 
Thanks for stopping by. Janeese 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A few of my favorites from quilt market.

There is so much inspiration at market and 
a lot of new designers. 

This fun quilt is by Violet Craft and is called 
Forest Abstractions. I believe it is from her Brambleberry Ridge collection 
of fabrics from Michael Miller. 

I noticed the deep grape colors every where.
It will be lovely to mix with all the oranges and rusts for fall .  

Love all the orange and modern quilts that where very prevalent throughout
all the booths. 
Carolyn Fredlander's booth below. She has a blog at :
and some new patterns.

This quilt was large and on display . (Not a apart of any vendors booth.)
I just thought you might enjoy it 

                       Merchandise is coming from market quickly now . And the work of
                       sewing new models to share with you is keeping us all busy.
                      Always check the facebook page as I try to post there often.
                      Thanks for stopping by. Janeese

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Low Volume Prints

Modern Patchwork Magazine has a great article written by Cheryl Arkison about Low Volume fabrics in their Winter 2014  issue.

They define them as fabrics with a white/light base. Or the reverse with the color in the background with a predominantly white design. Basically they are a white-on -white or beige- on- beige fabric without a graphic nature to the pattern. They can be of any scale  and may be  a floral, novelty or stripe.

I have found myself admiring several quilts in books, magazines and on pinterest that are refereed to as low volume. I bet you have too.

Patt checked in a new fabric today that I thought could be classified as low volume.
We have it  4 colors.

and a pale gray. 

I will be trying to collect as many fabrics as I can find with writing on them for my stash. 
Give them a look and maybe start your own collection. 

Thanks for stopping by. Janeese

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Home is where your story begins

At quilt market last fall I fell in love with a debut line of fabric designed by 
Jamie Fingal for Hoffman of California fabrics. 
She is whimsical and her work has a collage aesthetic that  I hope you will love too.

Today some of her fabrics arrived. Wow she loves strong bold colors.
One of my favorites is the tea cups below.

Her word fabric has a ton of good uses. 

This wall hanging of cups was in the Hoffman of California's booth.
The pattern is available free from Hoffman 

The little wall hangings below are made from Jamie's fabrics and where in the Hoffman 
of California booth at quilt market in Houston. 

Here is some of her other fabrics that arrived today.

Jamie is a frequent contributor to Quilting Arts magazine. 
She also has a blog at 
Be sure to find the post about the shoes she covered using these fabrics. 

Thanks for stopping by. Janeese 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The care and feeding of thread

Today I came across a great article about the care and feeding of thread.
 Here are some of the storage guidelines to help you care for your thread in the best possible way.

• Optimum temperature for thread storage is 68° F

•Humidity of the storage area should not exceed 65%

•Thread should not be stored in direct sunlight or near a direct heat source, as even colorfast thread can weaken under these conditions.

•Thread should be used in a timely manner, if stored for a long period of time, it can lose its strength. Very old thread should be discarded and replaced. Why not put them in a jar or bowl for a cute display.

•Natural fibers such as cotton, rayon, and linen will disintegrate more rapidly than synthetic fibers such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic.

This information came from Superior threads and we carry and love their King Tut Quilting threads

King Tut is made of 100% extra long staple Egyptian  cotton. It is extremely low lint , give it a try your gonna like it. We use them for machine quilting and they come in several variegated colors.

We had a little bit of nasty weather today, but the good news is our UPS man delivered a fun box of new fabric.

Zen Chic designs fresh contemporary fabrics  for Moda and their latest collection is called Sphere.
It has several blues, white, yellow, periwinkle and teal colors . Lots of circles and words which are still hot.

These patterns also arrived that feature Zen Chic's new fabrics.
Love, love those triangles.

The precuts are also available. 

If you need some inspiration stop by and 
take a peak. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Coming Attractions

This week several salesman 
visited us at the Calico House.
We are starting to purchase all our 
Christmas, fall and Halloween fabrics.
It doesn't seem possible. 
I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the 
fabrics that will be arriving this spring.

The new designers are coming up with some big surprises.
I even saw a fabric at Quilt Market last fall that looked like strips of bacon. 

The background on this is a really dark navy blue. 


These jars of vegetables where charming.
I see lots of fun kitchen projects. 

You can never have to many cute fabrics with chickens. 
The colors are so subtle.

Bees are so fun and will give you a good dose 
of Spring fever. 

Hope you enjoyed this little preview.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wishes from Sweetwater

New Spring fabrics keep arriving almost daily
this time of year. 
Sunny yellow, lime green, aqua and clear red make these fabrics
 by Sweetwater for  Moda easy to mix and match with our stashes. 
I'm lovin the bias printed little plaids. 

The new Art to Heart book "Table Please " by Nancy Halvorsen 
has lots of fun ideas that would work perfectly 
with these fabrics. 

And the Chevy pattern below would be adorable made 
with these fabrics. 

I added a couple more Moda fabrics we had in stock in these pictures that 
really worked with this group. 

When you need a pick up stop by and 
see some of the new patterns and fabrics. 
They are guaranteed to lift you spirits . 
Thanks for stopping by. Janeese