Saturday, June 13, 2015

Fish, lobsters, sorry no Sushi.

One of the joys of the quilt market is finding new talent. Some times it can be a new fabric designer or pattern company. And this year a new company represented a lot of different Australian artists.  My favorite was Claire Turpin and her Fishy Business pattern caught my attention.

Her patterns just make you smile. 

I was so  excited to come home and make this pattern up
with the Beach House collection from Moda

It just screams Summer. 

It is actually a cushion and is about 26" X 26".

The Beach House charm pack was perfect for the sides. 

It took awhile to find the perfect filler, and I was so happy 
to find a  Nu foam available in a 27" width.
It took several layers, but it filled the cushion perfectly. 

Some day it will be put to great use by our cat Mr Boots.
He is a big boy, but a lot of fun. 

All the rain here has made it easy to stay inside and sew. 
I hope you are having fun and enjoying Summer.

We have Fishy Business patterns and the Beach House fabrics in stock.
Thanks for stopping by. Janeese

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Quilting that makes you say Wow.

When I first started to quilt, hand quilting was definitely the norm for joining your 
3 layers together. Gradually I started to see more and more machine quilting , but I am not sure it was
enjoyed by all. 
This year at Quilt Market I was especially noting all the outstanding machine quilting. I am sure it was because of the recent acquisition of a Qnique 14 long arm for the store. 
That said it seems to me that we have come a long way in the sophistication of 
machine quilting. 
WIth that in mind I wanted to share a quilt that caught my attention in the Bloc loc booth.
I apologize for not recording the name of the quilter. 

We do not have the time to look as long as we would like, so I will share the  closeups I took the time to snap. 

If any one knows more about this quilt, please let me know the maker and quilter. I am so in awe of the
lovely quilting. I hope it will inspire you too.

Keep quilting and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 11, 2015

New BOM by Nebraska artist starting in June

We are so excited to share this wonderful new Block of the Month quilt
with you called 16 and Baltimore
Anneliese, the designer lives right here in Nebraska and for those that sign up for the BOM
she will be demonstrating her applique techniques at the Calico House, Sunday, June 7th.

You can sign up for the entire set of  the block patterns for $85.00, plus shipping costs and tax. If you need it shipped to you that will be additional.
Patterns will also be available individually for  $6.50 each. There are 16 blocks , plus a border pattern. 
We will  have both background fabrics from Moda available. 
Background fabrics are the Mochi linen/cotton blends . 
Quantities limited. First come first served.


We will not be kitting the applique fabrics for the flowers, but we carry a lot of Batiks and would be happy to help you select fabrics. The finished Quilt will also be on display at the Calico House , June 1st through the 6th.  It is 92"s x 92".
 I will post a picture of the finished quilt shortly. The quilting is truly spectacular.
Call and sign up asap. Bankcard number on file required. All charges will be made on the first of the month if you are buying the patterns individually.
It was love at first sight and I know it will be for you too.

Our phone number is 402 489 1067 and we are open 7 days a week.
my email is

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Auditioning a quilting design.

For my self I know I spend a lot of time selecting and or auditioning quilt designs . I find it stressful ,but I also realize you can make or break a quilt with what you select. It is time to select a design for my Cart Wheel quilt below, so I thought I would share some of my steps.

click on the face book link below. WHere it says posted by Calico House

Baby steps to auditioning a quilt design.Next I will be loading the quilt in my Qnique 14 long arm. Calico House is one of only 12 dealers in the USA for the Grace Co.
Posted by Calico House on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I love this set of circles I have for my long arm machine and yes we do cary them at the Calico House.
Oh and those are the paws of my Cat, Mr boots who always likes to be in the middle of the action at  our house. 
(Tools for long arm quilting are thicker than your quilting rulers. )

I mentioned the product below in my video . 
You can mark on it with a sharpie marker and erase your marks with rubbing alcohol. 
(Yes we carry it at the store)
You could also use sheets of plexi glass and I know several quilters who do use it for auditioning  quilt designs.  

Stay tuned to see how this all turns out. I will post some pictures of my progress and quilting on the Qnique 14 mid arm machine at the shop. I will be practicing on some fabric before I load the quilt.

Thanks for stopping by. Janeese

Friday, March 20, 2015

We have some bunnies to love.

On this first official day of Spring we wanted to share with you some of the newest fabrics. We
guarantee that they will put a smile on your face and make you think Spring. 
Are these just the sweetest bunnies. 


I hated to cut up the bunnies to much so I chose the churn dash block .

I think an alternate square of the bunny fabric would be really cute. 
They would make an adorable  baby quilt. 

These are some of the companion fabrics .

More companion fabrics. 
Do you have Spring fever yet?

They are selling quickly. 

Hop over to the store or give us a call.
We are happy to mail them out too. Janeese

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Row by Row Experience 2015 License Plate Pin

We are so excited to share with you our 2015 License Plate Pin!


We are taking pre-orders for our Row by Row Experience License Plate Pins. Pins are 1 1/4" wide and will be shipped or available for store pickup when we receive them. Price: $6.50 each or receive a 10% discount if you order 6 or more pins (Expected delivery date is sometime in May).

To pre-order, just call 402-489-1067 Mon thru Sat 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00–4:00 p.m. with a credit card number and we'll take your information and fill your order as soon as we can!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Paradiso by Kate Spain

Kate Spain designs fabrics for Moda and Paradiso is her newest collection. 
When I saw this collection in October and ordered it I knew it would deliver to stores in March of 2015. 
Fresh and clean are the words that describe this collection and a lot of the new fabrics for Spring.
This picture was taken of Kate's booth at Quilt Market. 
Is it giving you a strong dose of Spring Fever and an itch to go to your 
sewing room to create.


Love the torn strips of her Paradiso collection just hanging on the table in her booth. 

Just a few of the bolts  from Paradiso now in stock at Calico House

                              Horizon was Kate's previous collection and it mixes well with Paradiso.
                              (We still have charm packs of Horizon available. )


                      If you need to make a quilt for a graduation gift, baby or just your self
                      this collection has done all the work for you. Just add white Kona solid and your
                      favorite pattern .

                       Hope you can stop by and see all the new fabrics . Time spent sewing
                       is happy time. Janeese

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Little houses by Carolyn Friedlander

                                     Carolyn had this fun couch at quilt market with reversible cushions.
                             And in her booth was a little house wall hanging that really caught my eye.

Thank fully my friend Cindy Erickson , who also teaches machine quilting for us volunteered to make us a model. 
Way to go Cindy, she did such a good job. 
I think she can make just about anything. 

Its only 29" by 26 " but so cute. 

Here is a closeup of the two house in the lower left corner. 

You can use this charm pack . 
(5" by 5" squares) 
Also by Carolyn.
Limited quantities available at the Calico House. 

And we have the  pattern in stock.

We also stock some of her fabrics on the bolt. (This is one of my favorites. )

                         If you have any questions , just let me know.
                         The weather here has been very conducive for lots of serious quilting .
                          I am working on several models and our row by row experience row.
                          Thanks for stopping by . Janeese