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?
Their featured fabrics range from wool, to batiks, to solids, to modern, to traditional, to “cornhusker” themed. Just delightful!
This display shows an apron and a quilt in the current popular gray and yellow palette.
The wool Block of the Month designs are simply darling!
We next visited Cosmic Cow. Isn’t that a catchy name? Click here to find out more about the shop.
Here’s part of the cow collection displayed on a shelf above the bolts of fabric.
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!
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.