Wednesday, December 26, 2012


The following is an actual converstion between my six year old nephew and myself:

Me:  C, what did Santa bring you for Christmas?
Nephew: Coal
Me: Coal?
Nephew: Yes, Coal.
Me: What are you going to do with it? Are you going to use it to heat the house so it will be more energy efficient?
Nephew: I don't know...I haven't decided yet.

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
I love this kid...he never ceases to amaze me.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas - Happy Wednesday.
- Kat  :)

Monday, December 24, 2012


The embroidery club that I belong to has a holiday party each year where we exchange gifts. This year I made this super cute Santa tree topper from Happy Hollow Designs.
Quilted tree topper
Actually I made two of them because I wanted one for my self. 

I have to admit that while the Santa tree toppers turned out cute, the directions were a bit confusing to me. I had to read them multiple times, and I really needed to rely on the photos to figure out how to piece Santa together.

Quilted tree topper
A girls gotta have hot fix crystals!!!

Santa went together really fast, but the beard was challenging. The directions called for the Santa cone to be sewn up first, and for the beard to be hand stitched on.  I'm not a fan of hand sewing, so I left the cone flat and machine sewed on the beard.  Then I sewed the cone up, and only had to hand sew on a few strands of beard to cover up the seam.

I found the glasses at a local hobby store. I think they just complete him. The buttons I had in my stash.
Quilted tree topper

While technically this Santa is supposed to be a tree topper, I think he makes an excellent centerpiece.

Merry Christmas...have a magical Holiday with your loved ones.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Fun with Zippers

I've been sick with bronchitis for a few weeks, but I finally snuck down into my studio and had some fun with Zippers!!

I love the look of zipper flowers, so I made this poinsettia for my MIL. I loved it so much that I made a few more for gifts.
Zipper Poinsettia

If you are going to make zipper flowers, I highly recommend the Whimsy Pinwheel tool from Kari Me Away.  You put pins through the holes in the tool, and then wrap the zipper around the pins. It's soo much easier than trying to hold the zipper with one hand, while twisting with the other. This tool free's up both hands.
Whimsey Pinwheel Tool

I also made these adorable zipper hearts for two teenage girls in my extended family.  I put them on corded necklaces and mailed them out as a surprise. Both girls loved them.
Zipper Heart

Of course I also made one for myself.
Zipper Necklace

Happy Sewing!!
 - Kat  :)

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Welcome to Calico Cali Designs! I’m Kat, digitizer and sewing enthusiast. I learned how to digitize in 2010 from master digitizer Walter Floriani…it was an amazing experience. Soon instead of spending my time sewing, quilting and stitching out other people’s embroidery designs, I was sewing, quilting and stitching out my own embroidery designs. I created this blog, not only as a place to share my embroidery designs, but also as a place to share all the things I make, sew, paint, embroider, and create. You’ll see posts about my life, my studio, patterns I’ve sewn and products I’ve tested. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them. Follow me on twitter . Hugs!! – Kat