Shop Hopping in Lincoln, NE

24 03 2014

After touring the International Quilt Study Center and Museum (more about that later), my hostess Deb and I visited two quilt shops in Lincoln, Nebraska.

We found Calico House, a charming shop. Don’t you love these valances made with bright fat quarters,  jumbo rickrack, and black and white prints? Wouldn’t that be a cute way to dress the windows in a child’s room?

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Their featured fabrics range from wool, to batiks, to solids, to modern, to traditional, to “cornhusker” themed. Just delightful!

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This display shows an apron and a quilt in the current popular gray and yellow palette.

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The wool Block of the Month designs are simply darling!

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I found Calico House’s bargain fat quarter container and bought a baker’s dozen. You’ll see them in future projects! Click here to link to their facebook page, and here to read the blog.

We next visited Cosmic Cow. Isn’t that a catchy name? Click here to find out more about the shop.

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Here’s part of the cow collection displayed on a shelf above the bolts of fabric.

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We were surprised at the eclectic collection for purchase: Civil War reproduction, holiday, modern, daiwabo fabrics, batiks, the Nebraska shop hop fabric, as well as juvenile prints. Cosmic Cow had a little bit of everything to buy and many fine samples to admire!

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Visiting shops like Calico House and Cosmic Cow stirs my imagination. My mind wonders, “Now, what could I make from this fabric?” Fabric shops such as these are an incubator for new quilt projects. Before shopping, I may have thought of a design that I want to make, but the quilt shop adds color and texture to my fledgling ideas.

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