Welcome to the Calico House. We love to share information about all things "quilty" (I don't' think thats a real word). We hope you will join along in the discussions, so check back often and thanks for stopping by.
Are you feeling the love. These are some of the new collections we love and have been receiving for spring. The colors are so clean and fresh with touches of the all important color grey. Just a close up of a really cute polka dot that is part of this fun collection.
Bold and beautiful and just another close up to tempt you a little more.
Some times do you find a print you love but your just not sure what you would make with it? Well that was just how I felt about this sunny yellow and blue happy cotton print. I loved the design and colors and was willing to find just the right project. So while cleaning my sewing room I found a pattern I loved and needed to try.
The results are this fun flat iron travel case I thought would be good for graduation or mothers day gifts. I had never sewn with the silver fabric you use for ironing board covers but that was what they used on the inside and it was easy with no special needles required. I used blue painters tape to mark my quilting lines and the 1½ inch width worked great.
Hope you like it, I love bias cut binding and because of the curved top flap that was a necessity. But stripes are always so cute on the bias any way.
This fabric just makes my heart pound a little faster. And it was truly love at first sight when I saw the polka sheep by Laurie Wisbrun. I hope you will feel that way to. It is made from 100% organic cotton and is guaranteed to give you a little spring fever.
This is the reverse side and you could add pockets if you wanted to. The pattern has many sizes and even includes an adult version. The best part is it also has a bib option you can sew. Pattern and kits available. We bought a lot of fabric from Moda this week to sew fabulous adult Christmas aprons.
I looked up the word Pretty in my thesaurus and the following synonyms, pleasant, pleasing, delightful and charming all seemed like a perfect description for these new fabrics from 3Sisters. When I was setting up to take this picture I rolled the jelly rolls around so you could see some of the other colors in this collection. Layer cakes, jelly rolls, and charm squares are all available. We are always happy to mail them if you will not be able to stop in.
It is not to early to be hinting that a gift certificate would be a great present for Valentines Day. Hope you receive one, good things come in small packages. We can also mail them to.
A big thank you goes out to Patt from our staff who sewed this great nostalgic quilt, Ticket to play. We used a lot of prairie points and felt they really added to the overall design. And I know if you have ever made them you to have burned your fingers a little bit. Also thanks to our friend Mary Dittenber for machine quilting it on such short notice. You are the best.
All the fabrics where designed by Sandy Klop for her line of American Jane fabrics for Moda. Sandy does a wonderful job of capturing days gone by and works with a palette of primary colors, including the cutest tiny polka dots.
Kits are ready. If questions, give us a shout. Remember if you can't stop in, we are happy to ship .
I have loved this scotty dog fabric since the day we received it and could not be happier with the way it turned out in our Little Vicki dress. Thanks you so much to Carol Curtis who did such a beautiful job of sewing it. She centered the scotties and I wanted the large dots at the bottom to come out just right with 2 rows showing. It is definitely a team effort here. Izzy and Ivy designs have a lot of cute patterns so take a peek at their blog. http://izzynivydesigns.blogspot.com/
We also have this adorable fabric with a pink background and it would be just as cute for this darling dress. Stop by soon, we would love to see you.
Hopefully our new baby quilt that we just finished will make you feel warm inside with its sunny colors. The kits are ready and if you need any information just drop us an e-mail or give us a call. A big thank you to Mary Dittenber who machine quilted it for the store.
If you are needing some inspiration why not stop by the store. We are sewing a lot of new samples just for you.
Lora Rocke has a few spots left in her machine quilting class in February. Its a great way to improve or just get started so you can finish up all those quilt tops.
Well I am not sure all the gang is here, but all of the new group of fabrics, A Stitch in Color are. So fresh, clean, and bright this inaugural group by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda knocked my socks off and I hope yours to. Check out her blog http://stitchindye.blogspot.com/ where she shows her fabric and lots of great stuff. Stop by soon , they won't last long.
Do you just love the scooters? This new fabric with its British accents was just to hard to resist. We noticed that after the royal wedding and with the Olympics coming to Britain this summer, a big increase in all things British. It would be perfect for a messenger bag, but I am working on a pillow for the time being. Denim would make a great companion fabric with this print.
We have a few spots left in our Machine Quilting class with Lora Rocke. If you are thinking you would like to start quilting some of your quilt tops ,this would be a great class .Interested?
Give us a call for details or drop me an email with any questions.
Are you able to get back in your sewing rooms and start a new project? After sitting on this pattern for over a year I finally decided on my fabrics and sewed my heart out this past weekend. I am so pleased with the finished blocks and love how the Cabbages and Rose fabrics and the Puttin' on the Ritz fabrics ( all from Moda ) are combining to create a soft romantic look. I sewed the sashings on today and will be auditioning borders tomorrow.
Winter is a great time to sew and if you have been dreaming about a new quilt why not start now. Little ideas can turn into great finished quilts.
You will Love this new pattern we just received Fill 'Er Up that features these fun mug shaped place mats. The fabrics I chose are Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda , I never met a polka dot fabric I didn't like. My machine applique skills are very rusty to say the least , I need to practice, practice, practice. In place mats I like to use pellon's fusible 988 product for batting. It is just the right thickness and does not have thick and thin spots like some battings. It is also very well priced and comes on a roll that is 45 inches wide. Give it a try in any quilted item where you need a low loft consistent thickness.
You know I always say resistance is futile, and it definitely applies to these two new St. Patricks day fabrics. Carol sewed them up into a pillow case with a little dark green trim piece and made up some kits today. I forgot to take a picture, but I will try to remember to post one.
If you have a little cabin fever, stop in soon and see all the new fabrics.