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 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Be my neighbor get together.

We hope you can join us Saturday, February 11th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. 
for our Be my Neighbor get together at the store.

Please bring your finished house blocks or quilt top to share 
with every one. 

 Bring at least 6 finished house blocks and you will receive our 
exclusive 17th house block instructions. 
Shown below

Our weather is cold, but great for all of us that love to sew and quilt. 

We have a new class schedule available. 
Do you want to learn to machine quilt all those unfinished quilt tops 
in the closet ? We have two classes just for you. 
Cindy Erickson will be teaching free motion quilting on a domestic machine on
  Saturday, March 18th.
In  the afternoon on March 18th , she will teaching quilting with a walking foot. 
Give us a call for details 402 489-1067
or e-mail me at

Barbara Caron is teaching a 4 session Beginning quilt class starting in March. 
This class is on Sunday afternoons. 
Call for details. 

We will also be participating in National Quilt Day, Saturday,
March 18th at the International Quilt Study Center. 
They will have lectures and demonstrations all day and admittance is free. 
Mark your calendars and plan to join us. 

Happy quilting. Janeese

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Setting instructions for Building permits

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. 

And where able to find a little time to sew. 

So here are the instructions for setting all 
your houses together. 
 A big thank you to Moda fabrics for providing these patterns to share with you . 

Click on the link below 

                 Remember we are having a skinny bolt sale from December 26th through the 31st.
And we will be closing the 31st at 2:00 o'clock. 

Cindy Erickson will be teaching machine quilting classes
on Saturday,  March 18th. Call or stop by for class times and details. 

Stay warm . Janeese

Monday, December 19, 2016

Building permit #16

As I write this post it is -8 degrees in Lincoln. 
Great weather for staying home and hunkering down in our sewing rooms. 

And today we are posting the last free pattern for 16th House block. 
I hope you have enjoyed these patterns and will share your progress with 
all of us. 


I will be posting the directions for joining them together. 

As I look back on 2016 I have started and finished many projects. 
And I meet many people who are not quite sure what drives all of us 
sewers and quilters. 
For me it is my happy place and I never tire of all the wonderful fabrics. 
The possibilities are endless . 
Let me know what you love most about sewing and quilting with a comment. 
 For those that comment I will be giving away one new Carolyn Freidlander charm pack.
We  will draw  a random # for the winner.
The drawing will close on the 24th of December, 2016. 

House block 16

click on the link below to access your free pattern

I thought I would share one of our best selling patterns.
It is in stock and ready for you to sew for your little dirt mover.

We will be having a skinny bolt sale starting December 26th -
through December 31st. You take all that is left on the bolt and recieve a
30% discount. Skinny bolts are 3 yards or less.

All Christmas fabrics will be on sale those same dates.

And we are closing New Years Eve at 2:00 o'clock.

Stay warm and cozy. I know your busy. Janeese 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Building permit #15

Finally it is my turn , I honestly am not sure how I ended up with #15 . 
I was very inspired by one of the previously sewn polka dot trees. 
And I tired to think outside the box by not making a green one.
For sure we can all get in a rut with favorite colors and playing it safe. 
With the coming new year why not challenge yourself to try 
some new techniques and colors. 

click on the link below for your free building permit #15

I am reading several books right now. And was lucky to attend a short lecture by
 Cindy Griselda at Quilt Market this fall. 
I really love her work and her latest book covers the principles of design.
(Always wise to review those from time to time. )

Below is her latest book.

She is not afraid to walk away for a while if her project is not falling into place.

You have to be willing to try, try, again.
When I started quilting the makers told me to have a light, a dark and a zinger.
This has been great advice.

Below is one of Cindy Grisdela's quilts that was on display in Houston this fall.
She has a love and a way with solids.

Well that is my weekly inspiration for now.
Get out there and try adding a few new colors to your work.

Take care and happy sewing.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Building Permit #14

Our polka dot House boat was made By Sandy.

Her flag features a Hey Dot fabric thats says Can't live with out fabric. 

The staff at Calico House got to choose any Grunge fabric and or any
 Hey Dot fabric by Zen Chic for Moda


click on the link below for your free pattern

Building permit #14

I thought I would share my most recent finished project with all of you.

It was one of my big finds this year at quilt Market. 

The pattern is available in 3 sizes .

And all are in stock at Calico House.

The most amazing aspect of this bag is how it stays completely open at the top.
I chose to make the largest size first because a Singer featherweight will fit into it. 
The fabric is by the Rifle Paper Company for Cotton and Steel. 
 It has passports, taxis, and sunglasses  all over it.  

The lining is a great Carolyn Friedlander Fabric.

The bright bag below was made by the pattern designer. 
There is foam through out to protect your machine, camera or
digital devices.  
I plan to use mine when I travel. It is not to big and not to small. 

The bag below is the smallest size and all stay open at the top. 

Be sure to take a peak at our model next time your at the store. 

We also have our Care and feeding of your Singer Feather Weight class scheduled for 
April 28th and 29th of 2017. It is an all day affair. Learn to clean and service your machine. 
 Be sure to your reserve your spot soon. 
This class always fills quickly. 
 We also have parts and supplies for your Singer feather weights available
 for purchase year round. 

Happy sewing and quilting. I know your busy. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

building permit # 13

I am pretty sure Theresa on the staff made this cutie . She is a good at hand appliqué.
The more you appliqué the better you get.
We carry some silk thread for appliqué, it really makes your stitches sink in. 
Why not give it a try. 

building permit #13
click on the link below for your free pattern. 

This  snowman was one of my favorite wool projects from  Quilt Market 
this fall. It is designed by Bonnie Sullivan and we have the book in stock. 

We also have a great selection of wool to choose from. 
It is constantly increasing, so why not stop in and take a peak. 

I hope you are finding some time to sew and quilt.
There are several new projects in the works at Calico House .
Thanks for stopping by . Janise