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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Gifts you still have time to sew.

It's a very busy time of year for all.
So I thought I would post some pictures of ideas 
that are very fun and easy to make for gift giving. 

One of my favorite new patterns from quilt Market this fall.
It really is for a quilt made with the dog and lots of great black and white prints .
We have an excellent selection of low volume and script types of prints in stock. 
It would be possible to make a pillow, and if your feeling
 really ambitious possibly the quilt for gifting. 
We also have script fabrics in many shades of grey.
Ask to see the Mod dog pattern 

This very use full zipper pouch is sewn with foam padding so it weighs nothing.
But the foam would be great for protecting your tablets, i pads or  e-readers. 
The pattern has a zipper at the top and a zipper on the outside with a vinyl
pocket so you can see the contents. 
It would hold a coloring book and all the markers or crayons in the vinyl pocket. 
Be sure to buy some wonder clips (one of my favorite tools). 
You cannot pin into the vinyl and you really don't want to iron it.
I have tried to share some of my secrets for sewing this with all the staff, 
so just asked them to share them with you .  

This little zipper pouch pattern comes with 3 sizes.
Yes we have zippers.  And we have a a great selection of colors.
These fabrics are by Heather Ross, and are from 
her inaugural collection.

This new awesome lipstick tube fabric with gold metallic 
accents would be perfect for the zipper pouches above.
Do you love it too?

I plan to post some more ideas. 

And you can always let me know in a comment if you have a question
or want us to hold a pattern for you. 

Happy sewing and thanks for stoping by. Janeese 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Building permit # 12

How cute is this?
Cori from our staff was the maker. 

click on the link below to down load your pattern.


Did you know we have 30's precuts. Choose from
charm packs, jelly roll's and layer cakes from several companies.
Right now we have Moda, Robert Kaufman, Riley Blake and
Wilmington precuts .
They are waiting for you to stop in and there are some bolts for backings.

I know your busy, but thanks for stopping by. Janeese


Monday, November 14, 2016

Building permit # 11

Carol on our staff was the maker of this fun house block.
Polka dots are so fun and you can never have to many. 
Be sure to send us pictures of your houses. 

click on the link below for the pattern

 Are you feeling the pressure of the looming holidays?
We thought we would provide you with some inspiration for a few small
projects that are available at the store.
We would love to see you .

Happy sewing . Janeese

Monday, November 7, 2016

Building permit # 10

Amy who works on Saturdays at the store was our maker for house #10. 
She features a lot of Grunge from Moda and a little piece of Hey Dot also by Moda

click on the link below for your pattern. 

We are back from Quilt Market in Houston and working hard to
check in a lot of new merchandise.are looking
If you are looking for a new iron stop in and see our choices.
We have big ones and little ones.
Happy Sewing . Janee

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Building permit # 9

House quilts are some of the best quilts around. 
I hope these bright happy house blocks are keeping
 you inspired and sewing along with us. 
Andrea from our staff who made house # 9 chose a grunge fabric from Moda
Did you know they know have a few 108" wide grunge fabrics available. 
We always have a great selection of colors of grunge to choose from. 
Carol on are staff is working on a model right now that features about 12 different 
grunge fabrics. 
The reason I love them so much is that they are like a solid fabric, but they add a little texture. 
Give them a try or ask to see them the next time your in the store. 

Click on the link below to print your pattern.


 Sorry I was a few days late posting, but I was at Quilt Market in Houston .
I will be posting pictures of some of my Favorite quilts soon. They will have lots of color, and 
will be the ones that pulled at my heart strings the most. 

Thank you for the pictures of your finished house blocks, keep them coming.
Be sure to check on  #modabemyneighbor to see house blocks from all over the U.S.

Happy sewing. Janeese

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