Recovering from HMQS……

I had a blast at HMQS!  My students were incredibly talented and eager to learn… I loved every minute of it.  If you have never been to Salt Lake City, you need to put it on a list of things to do.  Judy and I did quite a bit… retail therapy, dining and the best was that our hotel had a hot tub… we sat in there 2 of the three nights.. Now I must get one for my house.  I am pleased to say that on our flight out, Judy won the arm rest war… She has a strategy of starting from the back and inching her elbow forward… this skill is a must have for sitting in the middle seat.

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You can see the mountains out the wing… couldn’t get a good picture.  They are beautiful and the clouds looked like a beautiful carpet.

My Divide and Design students had it going on…. here is what they came up with.

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Next up is my teaching gig at Sparrow Studio in Canada.  Will I see any of you there?  It is July 8-11th.  I’ve never been to Canada before and am so looking forward to it.  I’ll be teaching a hands on Divide and Design and some template classes.  Make sure you sign up.

Off to get the kiddo off of the bus….

Quilt on, my Friends!

Lisa

 

 

Sale Reminder!!!

Don’t forget to head over to www.lisahcalle.com for my birthday sale!  I will be shipping everything out next week when I return from HMQS!

46% off all digital designs

20% off everything else

A little eye candy for your day….

Petit a Four ©2015 Lisa H Calle

Petit a Four
©2015 Lisa H Calle

Petit a Four ©2015 Lisa H Calle

Petit a Four
©2015 Lisa H Calle

This is the quilt that I entered into HMQS!  I always wanted to make a pink and black quilt and this was just the ticket.

 

Jump in with both Feet!!

I am working on getting ready to go to HMQS in Salt Lake City, which I can’t wait to get there and see all of my quilty friends.  (If you haven’t signed up for any classes, you can sign up on site)  I have a quilt in the show and a quilt in the teacher exhibit.  Wren asked me to write a description for the quilt in the exhibit…. I struggle with this as  I am definitely not a writer. LOL  many of you may remember this quilt….. Hula Hibiscus.

 

Hula Hibiscus

Hula Hibiscus 2010

I was in a creative funk when Ronda K Beyer decided to do an online challenge.  She designed the center appliqué design and we were challenged to create a quilt with it… the caveat… we could only use the fabric from our stash… oh boy… I did not have a big inventory to choose from…

Final reveal

my inventory

So I dove in with both feet like I do most things, not knowing where it will take me.  I had the prettiest   ugliest fabric that I have no idea why I bought it.  It was a brown background with peacocks on it.  I must have been hallucinating when I bought it.  So I dug it out and cut it up, sewed it on, pieced some more etc…

There were many firsts in this quilt….

it was the first time I had done machine appliqué, which I now love…

it was the first time I had done paperless paper piecing, which I now love…

it was the first time I had done curved piecing, which I now love….

I learned so much on this one quilt with so many firsts, it is my favorite.  When it came time to show it, I was not expecting anything and was so pleasantly surprised to have it do so well… two Best of shows, some honorable mentions and a Founders Award.

This quilt could have been a complete failure with all of those first time techniques but I didn’t care!  Hmmm, failure… if we never try anything new where would that leave us….

Next time you think “I can’t do that”…… jump in with both feet!  you might just be surprised where you land.

Next quilt up….. “A Color of its Own”…. my first hand appliquéd quilt….

A Color of its Own

A Color of its Own

Quilt on, My friends!

Lisa

Birthday Sale!!

My 21st birthday is this week.  ;)  I am celebrating with a sale on my site from 5/4 -5/10!

46% off all digital designs code: bday46

20% off all Quilter’s Groove Rulers code:bday2015

20% off all Paper Pantographs code: bday2015

20% off all Lisa’s Favorite things  code: bday2015

20% off DVD’s  code: bday2015

discounts cannot be combined with other discounts, no wholesale orders- all orders will ship out by the end of next week.

Yippee! HMQS is this week.  I am so looking forward to seeing you all.  I love SLC and this time I might have some time to see some sights.

A huge thank you to all who responded about classes... I have some good ideas and hopefully will find the time to come up with some new classes.  I am always open so you can still email me at Lisahcalle@me.com

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

 

 

Classes, classes, classes….

Hi all, I am getting classes together for 2016…. I know… I have trouble thinking that far out as well.  LOL   So it got me thinking… when you are looking at a list of classes to choose from… what do you look for?  Inviting descriptions? pictures? what draws you in to the classes you ultimately choose?   There  are so many to choose from now a days… any feedback would be appreciated.

I am teaching in Houston this year.  Yeah!  So excited.  I will be teaching a 6 hour hands on class for Divide and Design. on Monday oct 26th. you will be working on a real quilt! We will be designing and then quilting what you have designed.  It will be loads of fun!  Hope to see you all there.   I am providing said quilt.  It will be something along the lines of this…

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What are you all looking for in classes that is not being taught?  One of the struggles we teachers have is constantly coming up with new material for classes… ok, maybe not all teachers.. but I sure do!  I would love to hear your ideas!  You can leave them in the comments or email me directly… lisahcalle@me.com

Quilt on, My friends!

Lisa

 

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