Yippee! It’s Friday!

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This has been an interesting week.  On Sunday, I watched a news program where a well respected older business man said if you only do one thing….. keep up on technology!  Ugh, it is changing so fast but ok, i’ll give it a try.

First up, I need to update my Quickbooks to 2015 (I have updated every 2 years so I can get support)  so instead of updating I decided to migrate to QB online.  So the migration went easily enough but once there, it is like learning a whole new program… ok  Lisa, just stick with it…. you can do this… if the old man can keep up on technology so can you!

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Well, now there are apps you can integrate with QB, such as PayPal and Square and you can connect your bank accounts electronically.  All sounds very positive as time is always on short supply.  First up, PayPal….. done…. not quite sure about it as the orders come over automatically…. can you say  ” control freak”.  I’ll give it a little while to see if I get use to it…

The Square, since I only use it at shows, I have a couple weeks before i have to jump into that pool… thank goodness!

“Connect an account”  …. sounds good too.  So this morning, I have connected my business credit card to QB as well.  Again, the jury is still out on whether I will continue to use it…

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My thoughts on this week are…… if the old man can stay up to date on all the new technology then I certainly should try, this man has about 30 years on me.  My business has changed so much over the years… I have found myself saying all too often…. there is not enough time in the day to get everything done…. so while this week I have felt like I haven’t gotten a lot done (due to learning this new technology) I am hopeful that it will make certain tasks quicker and easier thus freeing up a little time to maybe actually QUILT something!

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

I wanted to give a huge congratulations to all of the Paducah winners!  Your quilts are amazing!

HMQS is right around the corner!  Who am I going to be seeing in my classes?  I am teaching on Friday May 7 and Sat May 8th!  Hope to see you all there.  :)

I have had a lot of people interested in a DVD on my rulers… I am going to be figuring this out and hopefully have something for the beginning of next year.  But in the meantime, I have put my class handout for sale on my website.  It doesn’t take the place of a class but it has some good information.

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While at MQX I got to finally meet Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts. She is just as wonderful as I thought she would be and an amazing quilter.  She is teaching in Paducah this week and also at HMQS!  check her out.

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Here is my wonderful dog, Thurber!  He is getting so old….. look at that gray muzzle.  Love him…

Quilt on, my Friend!

Lisa

On Tap for Monday

It is a rainy drizzly day here in Pottstown.  Hopefully, the sun is shining where you are!   I always say I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love, that is not to say I LOVE every aspect.  Today is one of those days…. I am writing a pattern… ugh…  this is not my thing but it is necessary and I need to get better at it.  I believe that I have only ever followed a pattern a couple of times, I typically just start making blocks and see what happens.  I keep telling myself that I need to take notes as I am sewing but then I think…. nah, I’ll remember this.  Oh boy…. wish me luck as I have a couple to write.

Paducah is here!!  I wish everyone safe travels and loads of fun!  Jamie Wallen will be there and teaching.  If you are not familiar, where have you been?  He is an extraordinary person and teacher!  He will be at Paper Pieces Palooza at the Hexie House!  If you see him, tell him I said hello.  I hope to get to Paducah one of these days.

Golf season is finally here… though this rain is a killer.  I have been out twice now, just for nine holes.  Tomorrow begins my team matches… I am on the second team this year (thankfully, not the first as I was last year).  I will hitting the links at Concord CC tomorrow.  Wish me luck.

ok, I better stop procrastinating…. someone check on me later to make sure I am still at it.

Quilt on, my Friends!

Lisa

Wednesday

So I think I have recovered from my trips….. the Bahama trip was wonderful, but ran right into the beginning of MQX.  Thank goodness I prepared everything in January.   What can I say about MQX?  It was awesome!  My students are so talented and I always end up learning from them.  I taught 6 classes…. Here are some pictures of what they were doing…

this was from my Divide and Design Class… If you are interested.. I will be teaching this technique at HMQS in Salt Lake City on May 8th from 6-10pm!  There is still room in the class.

My new Class, The Quilt as Desired Conundrum, was a ton of fun!  Here are some of the quilts students brought that they need some design ideas on… I will be teaching this at HMQS as well.  So get those quilts together that have you stumped and we will help you figure them out..

I will also be teaching my Totally Template Class!  Hands on.  you each will have your own machine.  This is a beginner template class.  Loads of fun.

Hope to see you all in SLC!

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

Out the Door!!

I have just gotten back home from a week in the Bahamas… I know, you feel sorry for me.  LOL

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It was a wonderful surprise from my husband for our 20th wedding anniversary.  Now its back to reality…

MQX here I come!!  I will be teaching this week at MQX and hope to see many of you in my classes.  Templates, whole cloths and Divide and design.. what could be better?  I can’t think of anything.

OH yeah!!  How about 20% off storewide at  Stone House Quilting???  It will run till 4/12/15!

 

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

 

More on The Quilt Show!!

Before I get to The Quilt Show…..  I am offering Free domestic shipping this week at Stone House Quilting!   Since I am taking the week off for a well deserved rest before MQX all orders will ship next week.   If you are attending MQX and would like to preorder and pick it up at the show… just put MQX East in the notes.

 

My episode of The Quilt Show will be on Divide and Design!  I love this class… it is one of my favorites to teach!

I made so many new friends at the taping….

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Here are two of them….. Adele and Shelly!  They made it so much fun!

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Justin!

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The whole crew was incredible… I felt like I was on the Oprah Winfrey show.  :)

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Alex and her husband John!

I could go on and on about what a wonderful time it was…

more on Wednesday….

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims!

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I had so much fun at the taping of the show!  I do not know when my episode will air but will keep you all posted…

Here are a couple of fun photos….

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I got to watch Jamie Wallen‘s taping from the control booth…. It was amazing but not as amazing as Jamie’s show is going to be!  If you have the opportunity to take a class from him….run to it!  You won’t be sorry.

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The very talented Andrea Brokenshire was there taping as well.  Her quilts are beyond spectacular!  Another talented quilter you must take a class with!

The trip to Denver wouldn’t be complete without snow….. it snowed a couple of inches but in typical Denver fashion that afternoon the sun came out and was beautiful!

More on Monday….

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

 

For Sale!!!

I am selling my A1 Quilting machine with an Intelliquilter.   $19,999

2005 A1 with 12 ft. table, hydraulic lift, stitch rite stitch regulator, ergo handles…runs beautifully! Well maintained with regular spa treatments.
IQ with new tablet as of Dec. Full package, panto, custom etc.
Located in Pottstown, Pa
If interested, email: lisahcalle@me.com

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

Busy Monday….

It is crazy busy here today…. getting packed for MQX as  I am on vacation right before the show.  Handouts finished up etc… Looking forward to seeing you all in NH!  There is still some room in the two classes I added…. Divide and Design on Wed. morning and Totally Templates on Thursday afternoon.  Love to see you.

 

As many of you know,  I LOVE Cherrywood fabric and if my bank account could handle it, I would own every stinking color Karla makes…. so I had ordered some wonderful  Kaffe fabric and low and behold it goes beautifully with the Kiwi berry pack of Cherrywood I picked up at Lancaster.

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now i just have to figure out what  I am going to do with this luscious fabric!!! oh the possibilities…..

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

Bits and Pieces…..

Spring Show season is upon us and I hope to see many of you in some classes.  I recently gave a lecture at a local guild and encouraged them all to take some quilting classes.  Whether you quilt on a domestic, mid arm or longarm, you should peruse the classes.  Many of the classes I teach are drawing classes so it really doesn’t matter how you quilt.  So jump on in and sign up, there are so many talented teachers ready to impart their knowledge on you!

I will be teaching at MQX in April, HMQS in May and I will be in Edmonton, Canada at Sparrow Studios in July.   I will also be teaching this year at the Houston International Quilt Festival!!

 

I have started to mark my hand applique quilt, A Color of its Own, and am in the process of picking out thread colors…. I will be using FilTec’s Allure Buttermilk Silk thread and am in the process of choosing the perfect color of Aurifil Lana Wool.  Getting excited to start this project.

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Tuesday, I will be traveling to Denver to film an episode of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms.  Woo Hoo!!!  Excited to meet them and see some friends while I’m there.

Quilt on, My Friends,

Lisa