Monday, October 24, 2016

Building permit # 8

Greetings from all of us at Calico House.

Thank you to those of you who have been sending us pictures of your finished houses. 
We have been posting them on our Facebook page.

This week Carolyn, who works on Saturdays made house # 8.

click below to download the pattern. 

For all of you that have unfinished quilt tops and are wondering what design to feature.
We will be having the perfect new class, Saturday, November 12th, 
from 9:30 - 12:30. How to choose your quilt design with Mary Valaika. 
I would love to take this class and Mary is a wonderful quilter. 
We hope to see you, why not sign up today. 
We are open 7 days a week or give us a call to sign up. 

Happy Sewing . Janeese

Monday, October 17, 2016

Building permit #7

This weeks house block was made by Sandy. She works on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
All of our houses feature Moda's Grunge and Hey Dot collections.
The back ground is Moda's Bella white. Which you will need 4 1/4 yards of if  you want to use one fabric .

Click on the link below

Here is what Sandy said she loves about her neighborhood. 

Here is why I love my "neighborhood": My neighbors are an orchard of apples, pears and peaches to the south, a dog kennel were Jake (our German Shorthair) lives and keeps watch over the place to the west, a corn field that is rented to a local farmer and a very long driveway to the north, and a large pond full of catfish to the east. There aren't any neighbors close enough to see from the house but I'm kept company by fresh air breezes, Canadian geese, and visiting deer all year long. Mostly I love the quiet and peace of country living!

We also asked the staff to provide a favorite recipe to share.

Man sized monster cookies 

*Melt together 1/2 c. margarine & 2-1/2 squares chocolate (or substitute 1/2 c. cocoa & 2-1/2 T. shortening for chocolate squares). Beat in: 1 c. sugar. Set aside. * Beat together: 1 t. vanilla & 2 eggs. Set aside. *Sift together: 2 c. flour, 1 t. baking powder, and 1/2 t. soda. *Add egg mixture and dry ingredients alternately to chocolate mixture, mixing well after each addition. * Drop large tablespoons full of batter (which looks like brownie batter) on ungreased cookie sheets and bake @350 for 2 minutes. Cookies will be large and can be frosted with your favorite chocolate frosting for an even tastier treat.

We hope you are taking a peak at all the fun houses at #modabemyneighbor.

We have a new class Saturday, November 12th on How to Choose your quilt design. It is a 3 hour class with Mary Valaika. A perfect class to help you with all those unquilted items you
just can't decide how to quilt.

Happy sewing. Janeese 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Building permit # 6

This might be my favorite house block. 
Carolyn that works on Saturdays sewed this one and I know we challenged her with this color pallet.  

Carolyn always talks about walking her dog Dooly. I hope I am spelling that right Carolyn. 
Great exercise for all involved. Carolyn has lived all over the globe,  And I need to learn more about all the  interesting places she has lived. 

This past weekend we hosted a class on the care and cleaning of your Singer featherweight machine. 
It is a all day affair. 
They worked very hard and I promise we do give them a lunch break. 
Nancy really covers a lot of material in her fabulous class. 
She will be back on April 28th and 29th of next year. 

This class fills quickly. 
If you are interested  will need to sign up quickly.  
We already have a  waiting list. 

Its fall and things are really humming at the store. 
If you are looking for a project stop in and take a peak. 
Happy sewing . Janeese

Monday, October 3, 2016

Building permit # 5

Fall is in full swing here with a lot of football and volleyball games. 
Our trees have not changed color, but it won't be long now.
We hope you are down loading our house patterns . 
This week our builder is Cori. She works on Wednesday's and Thursday's.

Here is what Cori loves about her neighborhood. And we asked her to share a favorite recipe. These are wonderful. 

My favorite thing about my neighborhood is how quiet it is! I live out in the 
country, and the view outside my sewing room (aka the dinning room) are the 
beautiful fields! 
My neighbors are not close by but they are all very friendly! 
My husband and I love the simple life out in the county! 
My favorite recipe for parties is Hot Ham Sandwiches 
(Makes a dozen sandwiches) 
- 1 package of Hawaiian Rolls 
- 3/4 lb. of Ham 
-12 slices of Swiss 
-Thin slices of onions 
- 1 stick of Butter (I like to use about half of a stick) 
-T. of mustard 
- 1/2 T. of Worcestershire Sauce 
-2 T. Of poppy seeds -sprinkled 
Cut rolls in half, and start to layer ingredients on the bottom of the roll as 
follows: thin slices of onion, A fourth a slice of cheese, ham folded to fit, a 
fourth of slice of cheese, and the top of the bun. 
Place all buns in a 9x13 glass dish. 
Melt butter, add Worcestershire, and mustard. Pour over sandwiches. Sprinkle 
poppy seeds over top. 
Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. 
Bake at 350° still Covered with foil for 20 minutes and uncovered for 8 -10 
minutes longer. 
Serve warm 

Remember to share your finished houses on our face book page or at #modabemyneighbor
Happy Sewing, Janeese

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.