Monday, November 30, 2015

Week 5 Moda Sampler Block Shuffle

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle

Week 5

Here are the links for this weeks blocks! Hope you get to carve out some time for stitching!

Block #13

Block #14
Block #15
We are busy sewing and checking in new merchandise. And I know your life is busy also. 
IF your out and about and in the neighborhood stop and  say hi. If your sewing your blocks ,
send us a picture. Stay warm and safe. Its snowing here. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Week 4—Moda Sampler Shuffle

Moda Sampler Shuffle

Week 4

Just click on the number of the block to download this week's patterns.

Block 10
Block 12

With these 12 blocks you can make a quilt using the inner border pattern and setting directions that Moda supplied. 
If you haven't gotten the inner border pattern and setting directions, just click on the links below.

Can you believe this Friday is "Black Friday"? While you are out and about don't forget to stop at the Calico House on Friday and Small Business Saturday.

Here are a couple of coupons for you to use.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!
Be sure to watch our facebook page for other specials.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Week 3 Moda Sampler Shuffle

Moda Sampler Shuffle

Week 3

Just click on the number of the block to download this week's patterns.
Block 7
Block 8
Block 9

Carol's Quick Tips and Observations
• #7 has lots of small pieces and you make lots of triangles. Refer to the triangles tip page for piecing and trimming. I make sure I sew just inside the drawn line to get that scant ¼" seam.
• Decide before you start sewing if directions of fabrics are important to you. Pin and check how the blocks look when triangles are added. I liked Block#7 the best when the circles and the loops were going the same direction. I had to keep thinking about how I was pinning, so I got the desired result!
• Press as you go. Using Best Press helps a lot when pressing the small pieces. Be careful to press (not iron) so you don't distort your pieces. Sometimes I've even pressed my seems open to reduce bulk.
• After sewing the pinwheel blocks, just remove the stitches from above the last stitched seam on both sides so you can press the seams opposite ways and form a mini pinwheel on the inside (see picture). Your block will lay much flatter! 
• I love using my 2½" square ruler to square up the small pieced units.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Week 2 Moda Sampler Shuffle

Moda Sampler Shuffle

Week 2

We hope you are having fun and making your 6" blocks. Carol is trying to keep up and here are the next 3 blocks made from the For You fabrics by Zen Chic for Moda.

Click on the links below to download this week's patterns!

Block 4

Block 5

Block 6

 I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the other quilts hanging at the store right now that also feature the For You fabrics.

This is Octo by Zen Chic and we have kits available, this one is paper pieced.

Here is a closeup of the block.

This lovely is by Angela Lawrence of Des Moines IA. 
We have the pattern in stock and of course the For You Fabrics. This quilt has little pieces of wool for accents , like the handles on the pitchers. Stop and take a look if you are in the neighborhood.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Moda Sampler Shuffle Setting Directions and Inner Border Pattern

For those of you participating in the Moda Sampler Shuffle, here are the links for the Setting Directions and the Inner Border Pattern. Just click on the links below to download. According to the information given us, patterns will only be available for 2 weeks.

Setting Directions and Fabric Requirements

Inner Border

Monday, November 2, 2015

Moda Sampler Shuffle

Welcome to Our Online Blocks of the Week Program

Sampler Block Shuffle from Moda

Starting November 2, 2015 through January 4, 2016.

Check our Blog each Monday after 10:00 a.m. to download two or three 6" block patterns.
Blocks will only be available for 2 weeks (no exceptions), so you will want to visit our blog each week to get your patterns.

Click on these links to download the PDF patterns for your first blocks.
Block 1
Block 2 
Block 3 

There is also a Bonus Tip page. Click on the link below to download this PDF.
Easy Triangles

We're excited about this online block program...please share this with your friends!

It's a busy time of year—you can sew along as the patterns are released or download your PDF patterns to make your blocks over the holidays.
Tips for piecing small blocks:
• Since you'll be squaring up small pieces, a 2½" square ruler will be helpful.
• Use a smaller stitch length.
• Use a 70/10 needle with 50 wt. thread.
• Sew with an accurate scant ¼".

Our Shuffle Blocks feature the "For You" and "Paper" fabrics by Zen Chic. We have layer cakes and jelly rolls available in our shop which are perfect for these 6" blocks (limited supplies available)! You can contact us on facebook, call the shop 402-489-1067 or stop in to purchase. Receive 10% off one layer cake or jelly roll if you mention that you are participating in the Sampler Block Shuffle.

New Arrivals from Quilt Market!

These are in stock, call 402-489-1067 or email to reserve your copy.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Me and You Batik giveaway.

Hoffman of California Fabrics has just released their new division of fabrics,
Me and You.
They are contemporary batiks with the initial release of 24 prints as shown below. 
And they are all in stock at Calico House.
They also have solids.

How cute are these adorable jars that have a 2" swatch of each print and solid.
 (Print swatches are shown in the center of the circle above).

And you can win 1 jar and the pattern Turning Points which
 features these Me and You Batiks
A limited number of jars are also available for purchase. 

 The entire collection of prints is incorporated in the pillow on the cover.
We are so excited to share these and this new direction for Hoffman and the look of batiks.

So to enter you must leave a comment about why you love batiks here (1 per person) and a 2nd entry can be made on our facebook page by sharing the post with friends. Maximum entry 2 per person, one on this blog and one on our facebook post. We will close the entries on Sunday the 13th, 2015 at midnight. WInner will be randomly chosen Monday 9/14/2015. Winner must be in the contiguous
USA or Canada. link for facebook:

Monday, September 7, 2015

Truck full of Joy

I had a lot of time on my hands recovering from surgery lately. So I lined up some projects to work
on that involved hand work. I actually love to hand embroider, I find it relaxing, especially when my husband is watching something on tv that is not my cup of tea.  
I thought I would share some of my methods for making this pattern by Buttermilk Basin.
You may have another method , but I hope this will help you. 

Some of the tools that I used are Freezer paper found in the grocery store isle with the wax papers and Sarans. I use it to trace both the large and small parts of this design.  Once you have all your pieces cut out of freezer paper , they will iron easily on to your wool or felt . 
Now cut them out and the freezer paper just peels off. 
I pin the pieces onto the background and some times I glue them. 

From my tailoring days I have a handy curve ruler .
I used this when I was trying to trace the perfect large oval
onto my freezer paper. 

The most challenging part for me was cutting out the large black oval. 

The pattern provided the outer black oval in a quarter section to trace. 
I suggest you fold your freezer paper into fourths and then clamp it together. It makes cutting out the oval a lot easier. 
(Trace the inner arcs on all four layers before you cut the outer oval. )

I cut the freezer paper just a tiny bit outside the actual cutting line. After I ironed it onto the wool , I then cut on the black line. 

Now ironed onto the wool and ready to cut.

It was also hard to place the black oval on the back ground after it was cut out.  I wish I had marked the center top and bottom in some way to help transfer into on to the background.

 Use the freezer paper oval to check that the back ground piece is large enough.

I did not cut the background tan felt until I had stitched down the entire oval on the inside and outer edge.
Good sharp scissors are a must.

Let me know if you have any questions. We have the pattern in stock . Truck full of Joy.
Thanks for stopping by. Janeese