Houston Market

Wow, market is incredible.  So many things to look at, so many new people to meet.  Where to start …..

First up, the BERNINA booth.  Testing the Longarm, Wow, it is incredible.  Smooth and the features are really nice! I love my BERNINA 750 so it wasn’t a surprise that I really liked the Longarm as well.

The Gen Q booth was on the list…  Saw Teri Lucas…fun gal.  AQS booth, Fabric manufacturers, so many ideas swimming around in my head.  Probably won’t sort them all out till I get home. .

Today, I set up the booth for Festival.  Make sure you come by and see me in the Urban Elementz booth. #1324.

Award ceremony tonight…. So much excitement.

Preview tomorrow night….. Yeah!  Can’t wait.

Happy quilting


Houston Here I come!!!

I leave tomorrow for Houston!!  Can’t wait.  Today is the last day of my 15% off PreHouston Sale!  www.stonehousequilting.com

Make sure you get those rulers!  If you’d like to get them while in Houston, I’ll be in the Urban Elementz booth #1324!  Come by and see me. I’ll show you how they work.

Better go pack!!!

Happy Quilting



Mindy Powell's whole cloth

Getting Ready for Houston!!

October already… where did the summer go? I would love it to be summer all year long! Love the sun and surf… although the fall leaves are beautiful, I might miss those.

September was a fun month! I got to teach at MQX Midwest in Springfield, Ill. Did you know that there are ALOT of cornfields between Pa and Illinois?IMG_1959

I met so many talented quilters in my classes and had a wonderful experience.  Hope that MQX is back there next year!

This year will be the first year I am attending  Houston Market! Last year it was just Festival and boy, was that fun.  In celebrating the whole Houston Festival, I am going to have a little pre-sale on my site.  15% off your entire order now through Oct 24th.  For those of you who were on the fence about ordering the Quilter’s Groove Rulers™ now is a great time!  Let your loved ones know, holidays are right around the corner…. oh no, I’d  better get shopping.  Perhaps you’d like to join the whole cloth challenge and need some help on how to start… Mastering the Mini might be just what you need.  Maybe you’d like to see what others have done….. check them out.

There is still time to join the  challenge.   Here are the details.    It has been amazing to see what this group of talented quilters have come up with.  Here is another one by Linda Read. Linda was in my Mastering the Mini class at MQX Midwest in Springfield!  Boy she took it and ran with it!  Great job Linda!  Email your pictures to me at lisahcalle@me.com


My whole cloth is still in progress.  Hopefully I’ll have time to work on it this week. Crossing my fingers…

Happy Quilting




Many of you know that I have  been struggling with some neck issues.  I have been told I have Cervical Facet Syndrome.  Part of my problem is how I have quilted for the past 10+ years.  I like to get my nose right down into my quilting…. this is NOT good for your posture.  I was on some pretty heavy duty medicine for the past 4 months.  I didn’t like the options that the western doctors had…. injections.  Now, I have heard they work great for some and not so great for others.  I decided to explore acupuncture.  I have had 4 treatments and am now off of the medicine.  While I am not operating at 100%, I feel much better off the medicine and hope to continue to improve…. which brings me to title of this post.

I purchased the CraftOptics glasses about a month ago.  I originally got my reader prescription put into them and have now taken them out and am just using the regular glasses.  Jeff and the team at CraftOptics have been wonderful and have followed up via phone calls and emails.  The swap from the prescription to regular glasses went seamlessly at MQX in Springfield and I couldn’t wait to get home to try them.  It takes a little getting use to but I LOVE them.  (especially when frogging little stitches)   I take breaks often now in my quilting which is something new.  I encourage you all to do the same.  Remember to breathe and relax those shoulders… this is the big one for me.  I highly recommend these glasses to all who do custom work! (no affiliation)

Here is a little eye candy of a project I am working on but can’t reveal the whole thing…



Happy Quilting


MQX Midwest!

It is Wednesday already?  Really?  A week ago today I was driving the last leg of my trip to MQX Midwest in Springfield, IL with my sister in law, Judy.  We took the trip in two days going out so as to not have to do 13 hours in one day, the day before I taught.  I love traveling with Judy, we chatted the whole time and it flew by… we passed by many cornfields… and many towns called Springfield till we came to the one we were looking for.

What a great time!  I had two days of classes and I have to say… I love the people in the midwest… you all are so nice!  Tons of talent as well.  I better sharpen my skills a little or you all will put me out of a job.  LOL  I met so many wonderful people, I do hope that MQX decides to go back again next year.  Maybe I can even get a quilt done by then for the show…. well, one can hope.  The time went by much too quickly and Saturday morning arrived and it was time to go home… we decided to make the drive in one day so we would have Sunday to recuperate…. or maybe it was because I wanted to watch the Ryder Cup… regardless, we passed by many more  cornfields and finally made it home at roughly 10pm.

I hope you all had as much fun as I did…See you next year, hopefully.

Happy Quilting


Whole Cloth Update: Sept 29

I have a virtual quilt show!  Amazing little whole cloths!  Keep them coming!

IreneHendrickson jacquelinebertho2 jacquelinebertho1 neleyre mindypowell joebennison joyvoltenburg sky annegarner2 Annegarner JillLindstrom

Absolutely amazing!  Life has been quite busy and what with the issues with my neck AND learning to quilt this on my domestic machine, Teri and I have decided to extend the deadline for these little beauties till December.  Yeah!!!  More time!

Now, be careful as these are quite addictive because they (usually) go quickly.

Happy Quilting


Sept 9th Whole Cloth Update!

You all have done so much better than I have.  I have my quilt top basted and am currently waiting on thread.  I hope I have it done in time….

IMG_0060Here it is all marked.  :)

On a much better note…. here are three that are done by some quilters in the UK!  Great job ladies!

Ginko in Gold by Adrienne Quinlan

Ginko in Gold by Adrienne Quinlan

Face, based on drawing by Victor Vasarely

Face, based on drawing by Victor Vasarely

by Jill Lindstrom

by Jill Lindstrom

I hope to have more of mine posted in the next couple of days…. hoping for the thread fairy to come.  :)

Happy Quilting!



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


Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Happy quilting!


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!




I am still working on mine as well.  ;)

Happy Quilting



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!