Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summer Fun

Are you ready to try some thing fun with paint this Summer?
Then we might have just the idea, 
We met the people from the Marabu Paint company from Germany this last fall at Quilt Market.
They had never marketed their product in the US before.

So my friend Cindy E and I decided to take there Shibori class.

Their paints have the most pigment in them all brands out there. And your fabrics will remain soft after they are applied. 
We carry all the colors they make.
They recommend using them on 100% cotton and silk is also great. No more then 20% synthetic is what Marabu recommends.  

They do require heat seating. This can be done with an iron or if you do some
tennis shoes you can bake the paint.




This is a picture of one of the techniques we tried. 
So Cindy is now ready to spray paint her fabric. 
Marabu has 3 blues they call their Shibori colors, 
but you can use any of their colors. 





The little strip we made was used for the binding and some of the pieces of my table runner.






 Here is the finished Table runner using the Shibori fabric we made and some Batiks from the 
Calico House
We also have the pattern in stock for the table runner.  




 If you would just try some other projects with these great paints we have some
  books to help you get started. 












I am always glad to help so stop in. 
We have several samples to see at the store using these paints. 
Janeese

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tula Inspiration



This past fall at Quilt Market in Houston Tula Pink's booth was over the top 
with inspiration. 
If you had not been a devoted fan before, you where probably converted. 


So I thought I would share with you the pictures from her booth of quilts I found
so compelling.

This ottoman done with her Tula Nova pattern even made me want to try upholstering. 
It was only a fleeting weak moment. Honestly. 
  






This small quilt below had the most beautiful quilting and the subtle color change of background at the center was unusual. Free pattern from tulapink.com

Hex Quilt
40" x 50"




Of course every one was raving about the Center Stage Quilt . 
Made with the 6 prints from 6 previous collections and the help of her coordinating stripes and dots. 
There are 12 dots and 12 stripes available. 
Free pattern from FreeSpirit Fabrics





Center Stage
90" X  90"
     



Tabby Mountain is a free pattern from tulapink.com




Tabby Mountain
60" x 74"




Laserdisc is from NewYork Beauties & Flying Geese by Carl Hentsch

Laserdisc
80"X 80"





I Hope you have enjoyed seeing these beauties.
We are so thank full to have received the prints and the solids at Calico House
The stripes and the dots will be in soon. 
We also cary the wonderful book, New York Beauties and Flying Geese.

These photos have been all over the internet, but now that the fabrics are in stores it is fun to revisit them . 
Hope you are all inspired now. Come see us , we are always glad to see you. 
Janeese 



Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Show your Nebraska Spirit.


We are excited to share with you our exclusive 
Nebraska banner. 
All letters are laser cut and have fusible interfacing on the back. 

We have kits available in our Etsy store . click on the link below


They can also be purchased at the Calico House.

The kit contains the background fabric, binding and all laser cut letters and shapes. 

The dimensions are 9" x 36" 










We hope you are as excited as we are. We really wanted to represent our whole state. 



Plan to finish one as shown or incorporate it into a larger quilt. 
What  a great project to start of 2018. 

Happy sewing. Janeese 
If you have questions, leave me a comment. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New FFA fabric

Exciting news.

Cotton FFA  fabrics will be arriving shortly.
 And we have a special offer if you preorder with us. 
The price per yard is $11.99 
But if you preorder with us 
 the price is $10.79 per yard until December 31st, 2017.  
Pre payment will be required to receive specail pricing. 

We hope to have these in stock by late December or early January, 2018.
We will keep all who pre order up to date. 
all fabrics are 45" wide
100% cotton 

Fabric A
A Panel below

Panel fabric 35" x 44"




Here is a quilt that features the panel. 



Fabric C is the border fabric on the quilt above. 

Fabric C




Fabric D





Fabric E







Fabric F



We will also be offering pillow case kits featuring these fabrics. 

The colors look really accurate and leave your order in the comments with a name and email address
I just need quantity and fabric letter (just above each picture). I will get a hold of you for payment.
The panel is the same price .
Or give me a call. 
phone # 402 489 1067 for orders and questions.
 Janeese 


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Quilt market show and tell.





We saw way to many cute ideas, so we decided to start with just a few to share. 



My family is very lucky to share our home with one 19lb. cat and one black lab . 
They are a constant source of entertainment and joy. 
So when I found this book, I had to check it out. 
There are 35 projects large and small to choose from .
I can honestly say there are a couple I will have to make. 


 

Many of you have seen our cat Patches who came to us from an Australian company.
We have the pattern in stock and she features Tula Pink's Tabby road fabrics. 





We just had to have these adorable scissors in the shape of a cat face. 

Great for stocking stuffers. 




And new to us from Australia is Fifi the fox.
Patterns are in stock.
Give us a call to reserve yours or stop by. 





New patterns are arriving daily from quilt market. So stay tuned for more show and tells.

Or just stop in and see us and follow us on Facebook for daily news.
https://www.facebook.com/Calico-House-111958605551117/

Thanks for stopping by. Janeese

Monday, July 3, 2017

New class schedule


We are so excited to share our new classes with you. 

Have you always wanted to try English Paper Piecing?
It is very portable and our new version elimainates some of the hand work, but gives you a great finished product. 
Join Cindy Erickson on Sunday, October 1st   
in learning this new technique. 
A Charm pack or mini charm pack is perfect for your hexagons. 
You will need to cut out your hexagons ahead of time. 




This is the project for your  class below.








Have you seen the new cork fabric and wanted to try sewing with some?

We have the perfect class for you. 
Martha Lane will help you learn all the secrets, while making your own mini wallet. 
These would make fantastic Christmas gifts. 





The wallet below was the one that stole my heart. 
We have the cork and the hardware in stock for class. 
Your class fee includes your pattern, cork and hardware for one mini wallet. 
The class is Saturday, July 29th at 9:30. Fee: $36.00






Cindy Erickson will also be teaching quilting with your

                                      walking footSaturday, September 30th 9:30- 12:30 p.m. 





Cindy recommends this new book Walk

by Jacquie Gering  .

It has received rave reviews. And we have it in stock. 



Saturday afternoon September 30th, Cindy will be teaching Machine quilting basics
 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 
Her classes always fill quickly and she recieve's rave reviews. 


Nancy Troyer will be returning to offer her class on 
the Care and Cleaning of your Singer Featherweight.  
Dates: Friday, September 8th or Saturday, September 9th. 
Friday's class starts at 10:00 and Saturday's class starts at 9:00. 
Class fee: $85.00

We have just received a new shipment of fabrics featuring the 
Singer featherweight. 

    








For the beginner we have Basic Quilting 
with instructor: Barbara Caron.
4 sessions / Sundays September 17th, 24th, October 8th and 15th. 
The class starts at 1:00 p.m. 
Learn patchwork basics while making a 40' X 58" pieced quilt.  






If you  have any questions just give me a call. 
402 489 1067


  Happy Quilting. Janeese






Saturday, March 25, 2017

Love at first sight




It was very hard to wait to share this new collection of fabric with all of you. There are so many wonderful fabrics and so many great designers. 

However while at quilt market last fall I came upon a new fabric maker. One I had never seen or heard of.
 Sarah Golden and her fabrics immediately spoke to me. Her entire collection is made of a combination of linen and cotton. 

And is called Maker Maker



Needless to say I ordered them all.










They arrived late Friday and are ready for you to stop by and see them .


The cats and the Boston Terriers below are two of the cutest.






 


Below is one of the small improv quilts from the booth at market 
that features the whole collection. 



Watch our facebook page for more pictures 
featuring this exciting collection. 

The store has been busy checking in lots of new fabrics. It never fails to amaze me how they 
seem to come in big batches no matter how we plan. 
Lots and lots of batiks.


Our dates for kids quilt camp are available . They are June 12- 15th.
From  9:30 to 12:30 Instructor : Barb Clement 
This always fill up quickly. 

Thanks for stopping by. Janeese


Sunday, January 22, 2017

New cute paper pieced animal patterns.


In May of 2015 at Quilt Market I stopped and
 spoke with a lady about her cute purse. 
I am a sucker for any thing with a fun cat on it. 
I asked her about patterns for her purse and she told me she
 was developing some. 
I contacted her about a year later and she said she was indeed
close to having some ideas published.









So happily the other day I noticed a new book on the market
for fun paper pieced animals. 



This Cute and clever Totes book arrived today.
And in the lower left corner is the cat pattern I had spoken with her about. 

I was so excited and the fox is so adorable also. 
Next time your at the store take a look and a
consider trying some paper piecing.

New year, new adventures. Janeese