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

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Special delivery baby quilt.

This time of year we keep really busy at the shop and many customers 
are making baby quilts. 
One of the most popular requested color combinations for babies 
has been gray and white. 
I noticed as I was looking through the new Pottery Barn baby
catalog they where featuring a lot of gray and white also.
 Another trend I keep reading about is all the different animal prints 
we will be seeing for 2014. 

These fabrics just arrived and we quickly chose a pattern to make
 our special delivery quilt. 

This is  a fun and easy pattern if you are 
looking for a quick kit. 

I just finished the binding . It seems like that is all 
I have done lately, but I enjoy it.

 The gray and white animal print  worked great on the back. 

Heres a closeup of the quilting , I hope it gives you a little inspiration. 

Valerie Janzen of Sewing In The  Sunshine did a really
 great job on the quilting. 
We have her cards at the store if your looking for
 a machine quilter to hire. 
Valerie has quilted many of our models. 

I will have kits available shortly and they will
 be available in our Etsy store too. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Who can resist a hedgehog.

You know when you find a fabric and you immediately
just gotta have it?

Well that was how I felt about the Bluebird Park fabrics by Kate and Birdie 
for Moda.

It didn't hurt that there is a little hedgehog fabric in the collection either.

This was the inaugural collection by Kate and Birdie for Moda.

Even though it was a very wintery day today
these fabrics will make you feel sunny and warm.

I just finished sewing the binding tonight and was determined to have 
a little row of hedgehogs all around the outer edge.
If you can dream it and are stubborn like me stay with it. 
It can be a little harder, but worth it.

I have to show you the back of the quilt.
You know I am a polka dot nut and I asked Martha Lane if she could quilt it for me.
Bless you Martha for indulging my ideas and thoughts. 
She did a wonderful job.
 This is not very visible on the front, but I really wanted the fabrics to be the star of the show. 

Kits will be available shortly.
If you live out of town watch for it in our Etsy store.

Thanks for stopping by. Janeese

Monday, January 6, 2014

Our Hearts are full of Pink and Red Fabrics.

Are you working on some fun projects 
and staying warm?

Do you love reds and pinks together? 
  Then you will love Moda fabrics new Valentines group called Surrounded by Love.
It has pinks, reds, whites and a tiny bit of grey. 

It was a good day here even with the cold because  several projects
came back to the store from machine quilters .  

Might heart was so happy when Jean dropped
 off the table runner  below. 
It features the new Moda Valentines group plus 
some other fun red and pink fabrics.

Kits will be available at the store and we will put them in our Etsy store shortly.
I just finished the binding and need to print the photos for the kits.

I thought you might appreciate a closeup of the quilting.
We love to use the variegated  threads. 
If you stop in take a look .
Jean did such a nice job. 


We carry the pattern and have several in stock if you need one. 

Our candle mat pattern for the model below just arrived back in stock today too. 

Just another cute pattern below to tempt you.

Here is a closeup of some of the surrounded by love fabrics. 
It is just such a great group with lots of little chevrons.

The fabric below is my favorite from the group. 
I hope you like them. 

My other news is our classes have been filling up. 
So if your interested sign up soon. 
Call if you have questions

Thanks for stopping by. Janeese