My Whole Cloth Plan

I might have bitten off more than I can chew on this first whole cloth on my domestic machine.  Since this is the first time quilting on my domestic, I have decided to hold off on doing feathers.  I have also decided it would be in my best interest to mark the whole design…. minus the stippling.

While my  new BERNINA is wonderful… I am not so sure I can successfully quilt on it as I have on my A1.  Wish me luck… I am waiting on my new Craftoptic glasses before I do any quilting.  If you haven’t seen these glasses and have any neck or back issues, you would be doing yourself a favor by checking into them…. www.craftoptics.com

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Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Happy quilting!

Lisa

Whole Cloth Challenge Update!

This has been a busy summer!  Hopefully we are all in our final stages of our whole cloths… I can hear the clock ticking in the background here at my house.   Tick Tock Tick Tock… can you hear it?   Please send me your pictures @ Lisahcalle@me.com    Here are two that are done.  :)  Congratulations ladies, they are gorgeous!

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I am still working on mine as well.  ;)

Happy Quilting

Lisa

 

School Starts next Week!!!

No, I am not excited at all!!  I have had a nice summer of spending time with the kids swimming, golfing, and going to the beach BUT I am ready to get to work.  This summer was a transitional summer…. that’s what I’m calling it.  I have stopped doing quilts for customers and am focusing my energy on teaching, patterns, book proposals, working with BERNINA as an ambassador and creating my own quilts.

It was a little difficult going from physically doing quilts all day to sitting at a computer or my sewing machine.  I am now ready to hit the ground running.  So many ideas…. will there be enough time….. I sure hope so!

My quilt, Crown Jewels, will be making the trip to Houston!  This will be my second whole cloth that has been accepted.  I am honored!

Crown Jewels I will also be there and hope to see many of you!  I will be working in the Urban Elementz booth selling my rulers and DVD’s!  As soon as I get a booth number I’ll post it here.

I will be posting a whole cloth challenge update on Wednesday.   I will post all of the pictures I have received all in one place.  They are spectacular!  I will also post where I am in my challenge.  There is still time… send me those pics!  lisahcalle@me.com

Happy Quilting!

Lisa

 

Vacation Sale!!!

August…. is it really August?  Soon the kids will be back in school, the leaves will be falling from the trees and I will have the house to myself.  Well, at least from 8:00am-3:30pm.  Oh, the quilts I will get done…

Back to the moment at hand…. I am currently on a little vaca… at the beach. But to ensure that I will have things to do when I get home, I am having a VACATION SALE over at StoneHouse Quilting!!!!  Free shipping from August 7-17th on all orders over $40.  Use code vacation14 at checkout

Who has signed up for MQX Midwest???  What, you haven’t??? What are you waiting for???  Aside from myself teaching there… Linda Poole, Sherry Rogers-Harrison, Mark Lipinski, Gina Perkes, and Karen McTavish, just to name a few.   It is sure to be a blast with loads of inspiration!

I am thrilled to be going to Houston again this year… BUT, I am not only going to be at Festival for two days, I get to go to Market for 2 days as well.  PLUS, Crown Jewels has been accepted!  yeah!!

ok, I better sign off and go to the beach.

Happy Quilting

Lisa

A little something….

I have been working hard on a book proposal.  It is a lot of work and sometimes I wonder if I am really up for it.  Yep, I am.  Right now I am working on the projects for the proposal.  Since I can’t really show you the quilt… here is a little something… I am working on a part that I LOVE! Can you guess?

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Happy Quilting

Lisa

Finding Inspiration

Inspiration for your next project could be anywhere!  I love looking at other people’s quilts but that is not normally where I find my inspiration. Tile and carpet are great for ideas.  Take lots of pictures when you are out and about… you will be surprised at what pops out at you.

This weekend while shopping with my SIL and niece at HomeGoods… these caught my eyes… maybe they will inspire some ideas for my whole cloth.

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Happy Quilting

Lisa

 

Run to Coldwater Creek!!

I have been remiss in posting here…. I am working out my neck issues and hope to get back to quilting on my domestic.

My wonderful assistant, whom I could not do without, found a wonderful table at Coldwater Creek.  This is a clothing store which is closing.  It is huge 4′ x 9’!  As we looked at it in the store, my only thought was how in the world we get this into the studio!  Judy told me not to worry about that and did I like it?  Heck yes!  But how in the world will we get it into the studio.  LOL

We enlisted the help of my handy husband Jon (and his truck), Noah, Judy’s daughter Brandy and Danielle, and her friend.  We had our army!  After farting around trying to take it apart since it weighed about 500 lbs… give or take 1000.  Jon made the executive decision to load it without disassembling it.  We got the monster into his truck and away we went.  Once at my house, Jon and the boys got it into the unfinished room next to my studio.  The room affectionately called  “the weight room”.  There it waited for Judy and I to figure out the logistics.

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Making progress!!

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ok, now to get it on its side to get through the door.    GIRL POWER!!

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Noah woke up at just the right time.  OH Noahhhhh , we need your help.

We got it all put back together…. the problem was, we were not strong enough to flip it over.  UGHHH

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We had to wait for the big guns to come home…. that would be Jon and Brandon.

It was worth all of that!!  I LOVE my new table.

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Happy Quilting

Lisa

Wholecloth update!!!

I am so excited to see the whole cloths that everyone is doing!  Here are a couple…..

check out Laura Davies blog about her quilt…. http://tanderwenquilts.blogspot.com/2014/06/wholecloth-challenge-take-1.html   Great job Laura, it is incredible!!

Here is AnneLize’s!  It is so beautiful!

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I have decided to possibly go a different direction with mine….

1st Draft!

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2nd Draft

Who knows how many drafts this will take??? But it sure is fun!

When I design, really anything, I typically use my longarm templates.  Do you?  If not, what do you use?  The reason I use my longarm templates, more specifically my Quilter’s Groove™ ProEcho™ rulers, is it makes it easy when I quilt it because I know what rulers I need.  When I draw freehand it makes the quilting process a little more difficult and I am all about ease.

Everyone has their own design process and it is fun to see how others go about it… here are Jacqueline’s doodles.

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So this past week, I took my oldest to Ithaca College.  He met with the lacrosse coach and we took a tour.  What a beautiful area!  While talking to the coach, he asked me what I did for a living…. this is always an interesting question to answer.  So I told him, I was a professional quilter.  He was surprised as most people are and we chatted for a few minutes about the difference between what I do and the Amish.  He then told me about a quilt shop in town.  So since we had some extra time… guess where we went.

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Brandon waited in the car and it was a good thing because I would somehow embarrassed him.  Of course I found some fabric but made some new friends as well.

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Turns out the woman in the middle, Bryn, is the acting Dean’s wife!  Small world!  The wonderful plaid fabric is now in my stash as well.  :)

I also was excited to see  Gretchen’s  book in the store.  I quilted the cover quilt for her.  Yeah Gretchen!

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Remember to send me YOUR pictures!  I love to see and share them with everyone.  I am off to write or I should say attempt to write a pattern now.  Wish me luck.

Happy Quilting

Lisa

 

 

 

Small Progress

I am  behind on my whole cloth.  Some of you may know, I am having some minor neck issues that I am trying to work through.

Small progress has been made, I am slowly working on some sketches for my whole cloth!

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just a little sketch of the center… working on some ideas.

How are you all doing???  I’d love to see some pictures.

Happy quilting.

Lisa

Whole Cloth Challenge update..

Things have been a little quiet for me.  I am dealing with a neck/head issue which has limited my work for the past 3 weeks.  :(

So, thank you to Cindy Christenson for sending in her picture.  I can’t wait to see how this transforms…

Here is what Cindy had to say… “I had no idea of what I was doing.. it just blossomed!!  “

It sure did blossom.  Cindy is using my method Mastering the Mini for her design.  It is really quite simple.

Thank you for sharing Cindy!!

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Since I am limited as to what I can accomplish… please send me your progress.  Love to post it here.

Make sure to visit Teri’s blog as well.

 

Happy Quilting

Lisa