Calico Cottage

April 2022

The time has finally come!

From April 1st to May 31 is the Kansas Nebraska Shop Hop! We still have magazines available, stop by and pick up your Shop Hop magazine for $9.95. It is loaded with information and fun patterns. Register for Prizes Galore & Experience all the add-ons for the All Kansas & Nebraska Shop Hop!

  • State Level Grand Prize Drawing plus More State Level Prizes
  • Regional Prizes, Calico Cottage is in the North Central Region - Grand Prize Bernina 325 Sewing Machine value $1,500
  • Shop Prizes
  • Store Collectible Quilt Block
  • Regional Collectible Quilt Block
  • State Collectible Quilt Block
  • Free Patterns
  • Special Shop Hop Material
  • Shop Hop T-shirts are available for purchase
  • Open Regular Hours, Monday - Friday 9:30 AM until 5:30 PM, Saturday until 5:00 PM
  • Shop Hop Sunday Hours - April 10th & May 15th, shop from 11 AM until 4 PM

Check out the website: and Facebook page at All Kansas & Nebraska Shop Hop!

Stop by Calico Cottage to see what Julie and her Piecemakers have in store for you!

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Quilting Across Nebraska 2022

Did someone say...Road Trip! Join the Nebraska Independent Fabric Shops on a journey across Nebraska throughout the rest of the year. Pick up your passport at Calico Cottage and visit any of the participating shops to get your stamp for a chance to win a Gift Certificate. Checkout

Happenings at Calico Cottage!

Julie's Combined (Quilters, Scrapbookers & Beaders) "Girls Just Wanna have Fun!" Retreat

  • April 22 - 24 - we have a couple openings left. If you are interested we need you to register by April 13th.

Tell me more about the “Girls Just Wanna have Fun” Retreat.......

We are trying a new style of retreat weekend, and we would love to have you join us for the fun. There are several things I would like you to know before you register.

· This retreat is a combination retreat featuring all the businesses in our building. You are invited to quilt, bead, paper craft, do fiber arts, or whatever projects you are working on.

· Our address is 743 West 2nd in Hastings, NE. We are on the corner of 2nd and Lincoln if you have any questions check map quest. Please drive around the block and park in the parking lot behind the shop and enter through the back door (Remember-Back Door friends are the BEST)

· The retreat weekend will be held in our "Nest" on 3rd floor - if you have never been to see us you will find this to be a large classroom area. By the way you will NOT have to climb steps to get there as we have an elevator and carts to help you with all your supplies.

· For our safety during non-store hours the doors will be locked (keys will be left in it for easy access). If you would happen to arrive after the doors are locked please call either the shop # 402-462-9284 or Julie's Cell # 402-469-0940 and we will be happy to unlock the door and help you with your supplies.

· Every attempt will be made to seat you with your special requests. However, I would encourage you to take this opportunity to make "New" Friends. To help you get to know everyone there will be name tags waiting for you at your table.

· Upon arriving you will receive a "Goodie Bag" and be registered for door prizes. We plan to draw about every two hours, you must be present to win a drawing. If your name is drawn we will put it back in and draw again until we have a winner.

· Meals & Snacks – Your registration includes three meals. Friday evening we will order pizza. Saturday lunch we will set up a taco bar where you can assemble tacos or create a taco salad, fresh fruit will complete the meal. Your Saturday evening meal will feature pork loin, cheesy potatoes, pasta salad and a dessert. Lunch on Sunday is not provided however there will be leftovers that we can munch on. We promise you that no one will leave hungry! Creating is hungry work so we ask that you bring snacks to share for the weekend. Bottles of water will be provided free for the weekend. Pop is also available in the fridge downstairs, please feed the pig 50 cents for each.

  • Here in the shop, we love children and welcome them to create alongside you on a regular basis. The Girls Just Wanna have Fun Weekend is featured as an Adult Only Event! Please find a babysitter so everyone can enjoy themselves.
  • A group picture will be taken on Saturday at 3 pm with everyone wearing our theme t-shirt. Please try to be present so we can capture the memory of everyone in attendance.

Can't wait to create with you!


More Fun at the Cottage!

  • Join us any Thursday evening anytime from 5 PM to 9 PM for "Girls Night Out", bring something to work on. Someone is always on site to offer assistance if you need some extra help or advice. We will have great conversation and maybe get some projects done.
  • Julie will be on Facebook live Friday night April 8th for Happy Hour, to show you what is new at Calico Cottage.
  • Quilts of Valor Sew day is April 20th from 9:30 AM until 2:30 Pm
  • Remember the 25th of the month is "12 Months of Christmas" = free Christmas projects.
  • April 26th features "Wool Club" from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM
  • Sew....It's Friday, happens on April 29th join us for a "free day of sewing"
  • Scrappy Saturday is on April 30th stop by to pick up your free patterns for more ideas.

It's a Wrap (Original Calico Cottage Patterns)

And the Pillow Wrap series continues with:

April - "Not just any rabbit... it's the Easter Bunny"

March - "No Shenanigans just Clovers"

February - " Love Hearts"

January - "Sledding through the Winter"

Each month on the first Wednesday of the month a new wrap for the month will be released!

Stop by and pick up your free pattern and/or (kit includes pattern) for $ I7.49.


Please note our class schedule has been scaled down during April & May due to Shop Hop.

All classes with the exception of Barn Quilts and Embroidery Classes require a sewing machine and basic sewing supplies: mat, rulers, cutter, thread, scissors, pins, marking pencils, seam ripper, etc. Call, stop in or e-mail the store for a more detailed supply list on any specific class.

Exploring Embroidery and Embellishments - "Free Class with Julie"

Select a panel (any panel of your choice) this is what you will work on during the classes, April 21st, May 19th, August 18th, September 15th, October 20th, November 17th, December 15th. Each class will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Please note you do not need to attend all the classes but you do need to call and let us know that you will be attending
  • Please bring scissors, embroidery floss, specialty threads, beads, a hoop & needles to the class.

Class is for Beginning Level to Experienced Embroiders - Everyone will learn something new!

Beyond the Quilt (Jacket) with Vicki Neiman

April 27 & May 25, please note this is a two session

10 AM to 4 PM

Class Fee - $20.00

Please pre-register by April 20th for a complete supply list.

Class is for Intermediate Quilters

Vicki is here to guide you with this project. You will create depth by surrounding focal fabrics with contrasting shades. This is truly a wow project!

"Barn Quilts"

Evening Classes on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM

May 2nd & 3rd

June 6th & 7th

Class Fee - 2' x 2' = $45.00, 3' x 3' = $55.00, 4' x 4' = $65.00

Choose a two - day evening class. Find a time that fits your schedule. These classes tend to fill quickly so sign up early. Wear your painting clothes and learn the technique on plywood. The class fee includes wood, paint and all the materials. Instructor, Rickie Crandell, suggests that you bring a book or something to do while the paint is drying. You might also bring a hair dryer to speed up the process. If you're painting a 4' x 4', make sure it will fit in your vehicle so you can take it home after it dries.


  • Fat Quarter Friday on April 15th - Take a chance and draw for your discount on the fat quarters. You may draw prior to shopping for the fat quarters. There will be some great deals on the "fats".
  • On April 15th & 16th the Downtown Center is having a kids Bunny Hop. Join our special customer bunny hop by finding our hidden prize eggs. It's a surprise in each egg! Limit 3 eggs per customer.
  • Check out our web site for a "special word" on April 18th, come in and mention the word to receive 50% off an item of your choice.
  • Check out the great deals during "Girls just wanna have Fun weekend - April 22, 23 & 24! It's Julies Birthday Party Sale!

Luggage Sale Tags!

Yes, we have the luggage tags for sale! They work like the shop hop bags, the only difference is that they are a tag not a bag. They can be purchased at any participating shop for $10.00. Then use the tag on the 20th of the month for a 20% off of your sale.

Hey There, did you know that April is Celebrate Diversity Month?

Let's take a moment to celebrate our differences by continuing to elevate one another and our awesome creations! We create quilts, garments, bags and everything in-between. We come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. And the one thing that brings us together is our love of fabric. Be sure to download the free quilt block pattern (Heart of a Woman) from Riley Blake Designs. Enjoy the pattern by creating a mini quilt, table runner, pillow and so much more. Have fun with it.

Save these Dates!

Upcoming classes in May:

  • Barn Quilts - May 2nd & 3rd
  • Mosaic Made Easy - May 4th
  • Exploring Embroidery - May 19th
  • Continued Class, Beyond the Quilt (Jacket or Vest) - May 25th

Quilt Show

  • 2022 Airing of the Quilts, June 1st - 4th in Winterset, IA - Iowa Quilt Museum

Upcoming Retreats

Sue's Quilt Retreat at Calico Cottage Oct 21, 22 & 23 has several spaces available stop in to register.

Julie is adding another retreat with Sue at Calico Cottage this fall November 11th & 12th let us know if you are interested.

Remember to Stop by the Calico Cottage Nebraska Facebook Page regularly!

Register Now for Fall!

Block of the Month

“Wing & a Prayer design”

October 2022 – September 2023

Available on the Last Wednesday of the month,

Also featuring a free sew along that day.

Down-payment $26.50

Due at sign-up

Kit Each month $26.50

only 8 registrations available so don't wait

Come to Shop!

Monday through Friday; 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Saturday; 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday; Closed

Summer Saturdays (Memorial Day through Labor Day); closing at 3:00 PM

Julie, and her Calico Cottage Piecemaker's - Diane, Lorinda, Carla, Deb, Eileen, Jo & Ann will be happy to assist you!