Monday, September 26, 2016

Building permit #4

Hello neighbors. Has fall come to your neighborhood yet?
Have you purchased your pumpkins and mums?
How picky are you when you pick out your pumpkins?
I know I really look for long stems and search for the perfect pumpkins.  

Our builder this week is Carol. She has worked at the store for quite a while.
She is an artist and regularly changes the art on our chalk painted door at the store.
All the Hey Dot fabrics and Grunge from Moda 
 where selected by each staff member. 

House block #4

Here is what Carol wrote about her neighbor hood.

I live in an older neighborhood where no two houses are the same. Each house has its own unique characteristics. That's what drew me to the neighborhood years ago, but it's the neighbors that make it special. When we moved here we were the young ones with small children. Three of us are still here. Our children grew up together and now we have fun watching our grandchildren come for visits. Many younger families have moved into the neighborhood and it's fun to watch thier families grow. Best of all my neighbors are my friends.

 I also asked all the staff to share a favorite recipe with you . 

Taco Casserole
I learned how to make this recipe in 4H. I came home and made it for my family. It has remained a favorite through the years. Now my grandchildren love it. Here's the original recipe.

1 1/2 lb. hamburger
1 onion
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp thyme (I used 1/2 tsp crushed)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt (I use garlic powder)
1/2 can taco sauce (I use 1/2 cup of my homemade picante sauce)
1 can chili beans (I use black beans seasoned ith some chili powder)
1 cup chopped lettuce (I use more)
1 cup chopped tomato
Mozzarella cheese
Tortilla chips (I like white corn)

Fry hamburger, onion and all seasonings (taco sauce included). Drain. Mash beans and mix with hamburger mixture. Place in a casserole dish lined with chips. Generously sprinkle with cheese*. Spread tomato and lettuce over mixture. Cover with chips and heat at 475 for 15 - 20 minutes.

*When I got a microwave I adapted this recipe. I just cover the mixture with cheese and put the casserole in the microwave until the cheese melts (about 5 min). Then I put on the lettuce and tomatoes and serve. Pass extra chips if desire

It is really fun to see all the houses being posted at 

Your the best. Janeese 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Building permit # 3

Our builder this week is Amy. You will see her at the store on Saturdays. She makes a lot of baby quilts!
How cute is this? Do you love the mailbox. Me too. 

click on the words below to load your pattern


We asked Amy to tell us what she loves about her current or childhood neighborhood. 

The neighborhood I grew up in out in the country was surrounded by family on three sides of our acreage. The sense of security and safety was immensely comforting. The different houses and especially their kitchens were warm and inviting. Just general small town goodness! 

We also asked Amy to share a favorite recipe. 

Grandma's crunchy corn salad

2 cans yellow kernel corn, drained (or four cups frozen corn, thawed and drained)
1 green bell pepper, diced (approximately 1 cup)
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 cup mayonnaise
8 ounce block of cheddar cheese, shredded (approximately 2 cups)
Chili cheese flavored Frito-Lay corn chips

Mix together all but the corn chips.

If you are serving right away you can add the corn chips.  If not, wait until just before serving to stir in the chips so they stay nice and crispy.  I didn't use a full bag so use your judgement as to how many you like.

It tastes just as good the second day although it loses its corn chip crunch.  Sprinkle on a couple more crushed pieces and you'll be back in corn salad heaven!

We would love to see your progress. And be sure to check out other neighbor hood houses at
#modabemyneighbor. Janeese

Monday, September 12, 2016

Building permit #2

All of our houses feature Zen Chics new Hey Dot fabric and Grunge from Moda. We currently have 35 colors of grunge in stock. And we just ordered more colors. What  is your favorite? Mine is a chartreuse green. 

Andrea from our staff,(she works on Saturdays) is our builder this week. 

She is originally from the western part of Nebraska.

                                  click on the words block 2 to load your pattern


Andrea wrote the following :

                                   My favorite thing about our home is that our balcony looks out onto a cornfield and we can see a beautiful Nebraska sunset every night. I love to look at the colorful clouds. .

We also asked the staff to provide a favorite recipe.
Andrea chose Sauteed beef with sun-dried tomato sauce


1/3 cup julienne sliced sun-dried tomato packed in oil 
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 pound top round beef round steak
1 tbsp olive oil 
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup chopped onion

In a small bowl mix the first 4 ingredients and set aside. 
Cut the steak into thin strips and cut each strip into 1 to 1 1/2 inch long pieces.

Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a 12 " skillet over medium high heat. 
Add steak pieces, sprinkle with garlic powder. Saute over medium high heat, 
stirring often, until meat is cooked, approximately 5 minutes.
Remove meat and set aside, discard pan juices.
Place onion in pan and saute over medium heat,
approximately 2 minutes, until soft. Add cooked meat and sun-
dried tomato mixture to onion in skillet. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly.
1 minute or until heated through. 

Serve over angel hair pasta.
Makes 4 servings.  

My Hint for this week is about thread choices. When sewing with a lot
of different colors of fabrics, I try for a neutral thread that is not to dark or light. 
I find my self using a lot of gray and light tan. 
Happy sewing , Janeese 
We would love to see your houses as you are sewing or you can share them on #ModaBeMyNeighbor too. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Building Permit number 1

Today is the beginning  of our fun sew along, where we share a pattern
 and what our staff loves about their neighborhoods. 

Theresa is first up with building permit number 1.

Click on the highlighted Block 1 below for your free pattern.

This is what she chose to share.
 We are truly blessed with a great neighborhood.  Our neighborhood is a mix of young families and a few of us older folks.  It is truly a delight to see so many children on the block.  The young families are amazing!  For the past two years they have organized a summer block party, complete with bounce house, water balloons, and games like dinosaur hunting in ice cubes.  Did I mention the great pot luck? Truly, our neighborhood is truly a supportive community.  For example, someone will make sure an elderly resident will have a clean sidewalk after a snowstorm.  People greet each other and are welcoming.  Some have taken down their fences so their children have more room to play, explore and enjoy their friends.  Reminds me of  Mr. Roger's Neighborhood: " I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you! So lets make the most of this beautiful day, since we're together we might as well stay, won't you be my neighbor?"

We also asked them to share with you a family or favorite recipe. 

Basic Cheesecake
Crust: one package of graham crackers crushed.  Combine with  3 Tbsp. soft butter and press in spring foam pan.  (spray pan with pam)

Filling:  one 15 oz. tub low-fat ricotta chees, three 8oz. fat-free cream cheese, one cup Greek vanilla yogurt, five eggs, 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract, 1 1/4 cups of sucralose (or sugar).  Place all in food processor and blend until smooth.
Bake at 350 degrees or 325 in convection oven for one hour and twenty minutes or until middle is firm.  Test with a knife to
see if it comes out clean.
May top as desired.  Fresh berries or lite cherry pie filling and whipped cream. Enjoy!

Helpful Hint: When sewing pieces that ask you to stitch on the diagonal line you have drawn, we find greater success when you stitch ever so slightly inside the line as shown here. When you press, the fold will end up on the line. You will be much happier with your results. 

Be sure to post your finished blocks on either #chneighborhood or #ModaBeMyNeighbor

OR post to our Facebook.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Be My Neighbor Sew along

Join us for our sew along where  MODA and Calico House will supply
16 building permits (House Quilt Blocks) weekly 
Starting September 6th. 

 Our entire staff will be sharing what they love about their neighbor hoods. 
And we hope you will share too. 

All our houses will feature 2 collections from Moda: Grunge and Hey Dot by Zen Chic. 
Fat quarters and fat eights will be available for purchase. 
The background and sashing fabric takes 4 1/2 yards. If you want the border to be the same as the background add 1 1/4 yards.  We will be 
sewing with Moda's Bella solid white for our background. 

We have 31 colors of grunge in stock.

Hey dot precuts and bolts are waiting for you . 

New blueprints will be posted here on Mondays for you to print off.
Because of the holiday the first block starts on a Tuesday. 
(A limited number of patterns will be available at the store.)
Let us know if you will be needing them, please.  

We will be sharing our houses on two hashtags 
#chneighborhood and #ModaBeMyNeighbor.
And we will be posting on our Facebook
Please post your finished houses on these hash tags and
 check out all the other houses posted there.

Moda is providing a master plan for all the houses to fit together
into a quilt. 
In January we will have an open house for all our participants to share there 
quilts and houses. 
And we will have an exclusive 17 house block we will be giving out that evening. 

If your interested in sewing with moda bella white or fat 1/8ths give us a call or face book me.

Are you ready?
We are excited and can't wait to share all
our wonderful houses with you .
If you have questions just let me know.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Building permits will not be required

                                      However we will be building a wonderful House quilt .
And with the help from our friends at Moda we will be posting 16 blue prints (blocks)
weekly on our blog.
All the building starts on September 6th. 

 We hope you will join our staff, who have been working diligently sewing the samples to share with you. 
The blueprints (patterns ) will be available to download or print again starting weekly, September 6th.   
If you are technically challenged we will be printing a limited amount of the blue prints also. 
Let us know if you will be needing us to print you one please. 

All of our houses will feature two of Moda's collections. 
Grunge and Hey Dot by Zen Chic. 

We will have fat quarter and fat 1/8 th bundles available of each. 
The  precuts of both collections are also  in stock.
As well as yardage of both groups. 

Our whole staff will be posting their finished houses here and on the following hashtags. #chneighbor and moda's hashtag  #ModaBeMyNeighbor .

The finished size of the quilt is 68" X 84 1/2 " 
There are 16 blocks provided by MODA and we will be have an exclusive 17 house block for those who attend our Open House with their House quilt and or House blocks in January. 

We will be posting more information as September 6th approaches. 
And we hope you will join us in the be our neighbor sew along. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Let the fun begin with Cozy Christmas.


                     Cozy Christmas starts tomorrow on Lori Holts blog. Are you ready?

                            You can download the patterns for free starting  August 15th. 
                                                        But there is a time limit.          

                We have kits available for the entire project and that includes the templates.

                      Here is block one. This is on display at the store and all the blocks
                                eventually will be available for you to see, when you stop by.


                                          We currently have the first 3 blocks on display.

                               Big thank you to Cindy Erickson for her help making these blocks.


                                                            They are so cute.

If you are having problems printing the pattern out ,
give us a call and we can make you a copy for a small fee.
402 489- 1067

Remember the third Friday of every month we will refill your 16oz 
bottle of best press for $5.99. 
One bottle per person , Limited to one bottle per month.
We have Lavender , Caribbean breeze, Citrus grove and Unscented available.  

Our September is filled with trunk shows and more exciting news. Stay tuned.

If you would like to receive our email newsletter send me a message or

They come out about once per month. 

Thanks for stopping by. Janeese

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Row by Row Experience 2016

This years theme is Home Sweet Home.

And starting June 21st, you will be able to 
join the fun in all 50 states. 
Carol G from our staff is ready for you to stop in and see her fabulous 
row of our Nebraska state capitol.

There is some piecing and a little bit of applique involved. 

We will also have kits available . 

The upper section (the part with the dome) is placed under the middle section , 
which has all the outer edges turned under. 

We also have a very limited number of our License Plates available. 

click on the link to purchase now. 

To see all the other Nebraska shops that are participating 
click on the link below.

Thanks for stopping by. Janeese