Janis’s Big Win!!!

I was so excited to receive Janis’s email!!

Lisa…do not know if you will get this…but I sent you a thank you a few years back for helping me quilt my first customer custom quilt…your classes have made me a really..I think…good Quilter.   Below is my first big win as a Quilter and waiting to see if my client and I get into AQS Daytona Beach 1st entry….still waiting.  I asked if you would please come to Florida…we have great golf courses.   I see you are on the list for Daytona Beach and you can bet ….I will be in those classes.  I know you have been thru a lot of changes in your life in the past year and I hope all is well.  Just wanted to let you know in this big world you are always in my thoughts….thanks again for all you do.

As a teacher we never tire of hearing our students success stories and I personally love to share them with the world!

Janis’s quilt won a blue ribbon!!! And I am quite certain I’ll be seeing this quilt in Daytona!!

Congratulations and thank you for sharing Janis!!

“Don’t have a creative Bone in your Body”

So its not secret that the past year has been a bit of a challenge…. divorce, moving etc.  It really takes it toll on how creative you are.  I have always been the type of person that takes her time with all of my projects… thinking that each one is a  masterpiece.  A creative rut is no place to be!  So how do you get out of it. Many of you have given great advice in the past…. step away, work on a simple project, knit or crochet etc…. I listened to this podcast on my way to teach in Vermont and I believe this is gonna help.

Take a listen and let me know in the comments what you think.

Marie Forleo’s Podcast with Chase Jarvis

I found the study on the pottery class most interesting!

With this in mind, I came home from that trip with a renewed energy that I just have to create.  Whether it is designing an original quilt, quilting customer quilts, my own quilts or even grabbing a pattern so I can work on something where I don’t have to think as much.

I decided to use a very old jelly roll in my limited stash…. and make this cute quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew called Pixel Chain.

How cute is that???  I cut all my fabric in a day and now it seems like its taking me forever to sew the blocks.  I have 5 done… that’s it.  lol . but at least the directions are there… I just have to follow them.

So with this podcast in my ear…. I am going to see how many projects I can get done by the end of the year.  I have a couple UFO’s that I am close to finishing so that should boost my numbers.  But the goal here is to not over think….. I suffer from Analysis Paralysis….. anyone else??

 

Who wants to join me???  Let’s see how productive we can be.

Love these Emails!!

For those of you who own your own business… you will probably agree.  Owning your business is a wonderful thing but sometimes it is extremely difficult!  So when I receive emails from my customers about how happy they are with their purchase, it makes my heart sing.  Here is a recent email I got from Carmen!

 

Hi Lisa!
This is the “ Baptist Fan” pantograph I used to use.

Okay results -nothing great.

These were borrowed from a friend-not very good at all! Forget it!!


This is the first row on this 1920s patchwork using your awesome ruler set!!!! Loving it!!  Your rulers & tutorial is my NEW go to for this design!! Thank you Sew very much!
Carmen
Soringfield MO

Thank you Carmen for sharing!!!

Here is a link to the Baptist Fan tutorial Carmen is speaking about.

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!!!

I am off to Vermont to visit The Champlain Valley Quilt Guild!

Lisa

20% off Flash Sale at LisahCalle.com

What better way to celebrate the back to school season then with a flash sale on the basics!  What are the basics you ask??  Straight edges (The Pros), Circles (ProCircles) and Arcs (ProEchoes)!!  Every studio should have these in different sizes.

Oh just think of all the things you can create with these…… piano keys, bead board borders, crosshatch, curved crosshatch, block designs, spines… the list is really quite endless!

SOOOOO……. From today through Monday Sept 2….. these categories will be 20% off!  This is an incredibly good deal for the sets as they are already 10% off.  No code is necessary!

New Digs…. New Design Wall!

So I am all moved into my studio.  If you’ve ever moved your studio…. you will know that it can take some time for it to feel like home.  I have been so busy getting the rest of the house set up that the studio unfortunately came last.

In the last couple of weeks, I have hung up all of my ribbons which are a great source of pride for me.

I am hoping that it motivates me to finish a show quilt that has been in progress for quite a while.

So the last item on the studio checklist was a design wall…. no studio is complete without this.  This required me to pull out the power tools.

Now I know a couple of my friends thought the prospect of me and power tools was a little scary and I am going to admit….. I am not the best with the drill.  But I managed to get them up!

I started with (3) 4′ x 8′ foam insulation boards.  I think mine were 3/4″ thick.  Drywall screws and some large washers.

So 8′ was a little to big for my walls…. I ended up cutting off 2′.  I used a utility knife…. and thank goodness I didn’t cut myself in the process of this project.

Now you will notice that there is an outlet on the wall….. I had to cut the board to accommodate this as well.  🤦‍♀️

I found the studs with a stud finder….. and no, unfortunately ladies… I found now living studs with this finder…. I think it is broken in that respect.  LOL

Screwed the foam boards into the wall.  I then covered the boards with flannel.  I just used pins to secure the flannel in case I need to remove it to wash it.   The flannel doesn’t keep my projects on the wall as well as cotton batting so I may switch it out at some point.  But for now the flannel seems to work ok.

You can see I was a tad bit off in my measurements for the outlet but it works!

Here are some current projects…. the one on the right is the show quilt that I need to finish.  I am waiting for it to tell me what border it needs.  LOL . I could be waiting a while.

If you do not have a design wall, they are quite easy to build.  I do recommend having a helper.  I did it by myself and it would have been easier if I had an extra set of hands.

 

Enjoy!!!

 

New Journey!

I recently posted a picture of my last show quilt, Oh My Bleeding Heart, and said that this was the quilt that broke me.  I do believe this to still be true.

I have decided to embark on a new quilt journey and invite you all to come along for the ride.  My BFF Barb Persing is going to be my guide as this will be completely new territory for me.  I am excited as this is going to take me far outside of my box.  I tell my students all the time to stretch themselves creatively and this will surely do that for me.

I am not certain of the format or where I will be posting most of the journey…. I wish I were that organized.  There will be blog posts, Instagram stories (so make sure you follow me @lisahcalle) and Facebook posts.  I will try and find the way that fits best but can’t make any promises.

 

So Here is the next project….. a pictorial…. should be an interesting journey. Wish me luck people!!

My 9 day Yoga Challenge

The past 6 months have been a lot!  I have divorced (amicably) and moved.  Talk about a stressful time.  I turn 50 this year as well.  I am actually very excited to be 50.  I feel my best years are ahead of me.

With all that being said….. I have had aches and pains that I should not have.  I have been doing yoga for a couple years now but with my travel schedule it has been hard to do it on a regular basis.  The other morning I woke up and I could barely move my neck…. I’ve been here before and it was not fun.  So I have the neck and shoulder and hip and lower back…. UGHHH…. so I decided that the only thing I could do is get this old ass in shape.

So I decided on Sat. that I was going to commit to 9 days of yoga and no alcohol.  9 days because on the 10th day, I will be traveling to MQX for a week.  My studio of choice is Bikram Yoga Exton…. no affiliation except that I love the studio.

Day 1: Sunday

Yin Yoga:  1 1/2 hours .  Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of modern yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.   I absolutely loved it but realized that it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  When Monday morning came, it was the first morning in quite a while that I woke up with little to no hip and lower back pain.  This spurred me on.  I had been getting leg cramps so Kristin, the owner and instructor, suggested Coconut water.  Well, it was not very good, however, it did help in my post workout recovery ALOT!

Day 2:  Monday

Bikram Yoga:  1 1/2 hours  Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques.[1] It became popular in the early 1970s.[2] All Bikram Yoga Beginning Series classes run for 90 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises.[3] Bikram Yoga is a hot yoga style, and is ideally practiced in a room heated to 35–42 °C (95–108 °F) with a humidity of 40%.[4] All official Bikram classes are taught by Bikram-certified teachers, who have completed nine weeks of training endorsed by Choudhury.[5] Bikram-certified teachers are taught a standardized dialogue to run the class, but are encouraged to develop their teaching skills the longer they teach. This results in varying deliveries and distinct teaching styles.[4]

This is the yoga that I like to practice.  I love the heat which is normally around 104 degrees with 40% humidity.  When I  leave the studio it looks as if I had been swimming.  There are days that I drive the yoga bus and days that I get run over by the yoga bus.  LOL   There was a little bit of both today.   I took the 6:30pm class.  I normally like to practice earlier in the day but this is what worked into all of my show prep schedule.  I grabbed a coconut water again today and it tasted a little better than the day before… I’m thinking it might be growing on me.

Day 3:  Tuesday

I like to arrive at the studio 20 minutes prior to class so my body can adjust to the heat.  I went to the 9:30 class which was tough as I was just there the night before.   I am finding it easier to concentrate and balance on Day 3.  I am not having as many aches and pains in my joints which is so positive.

Day 4:  Wednesday

Oh boy, this morning was really rough.  Brody wasn’t feeling great so I drove him to school and we were late… this made getting to the 9:30 class really rough.  I’m thinking that late for yoga is NOT a good reason to speed but I was NOT missing this class.  I swear, every car and truck in front of me was the universe trying to teach me something….. I had bad words coming out of my mouth as I was sure I wasn’t going to make it.

Needless to say, I was NOT there 20 minutes prior…. what I failed to say on Day 1 is that I am a little particular about where in the hot room I practice.  It is REALLY hot and there are ceiling fans that the instructors will turn on periodically as well as the doors that they will open.  Let me just say that you want to be where you benefit from both of these things.  So when I got there a whole 5 minutes before class started, I didn’t have a lot of areas to choose from.  But I managed to squeeze in where I benefited from the door being opened.  I was feeling anything but ZEN as I entered the room.  The hour and a half flew by and I was able to relax and let go of my hectic morning.  I am now a coconut water believer….. no more leg cramps and my recovery from sweating my ass off for 90 minutes is so much easier.  Moving on to Day 5…. this will get me to the half way mark.

Day 5:  Thursday

Some days you drive the yoga bus and others you get run over by the yoga bus.  Today I got “clipped” by the bus.  It was a great class but a little rougher than the other days.  I think since I felt so good the previous days, I pushed a little harder today.  I also went to the 12:00 class.  I prefer to go in the morning but this is what worked into the schedule.

Day 6:  Friday

Back to the 9:30 class.  Yeah!  I am noticing that the postures are feeling a little different which the instructor says is good.  My body is changing.  Noticeably less lower back and hip pain.  Today I realized that I can do Triangle to the left side much better than the right.  My right hip and left should scream at me when I do it to the right.  just gotta take it easy on that side til things loosen up.

Day 7:  Sat.

10am class…..  needless to say, I do not know why I though dropping Brody off with Jon at 9:30 was ok.  I like to be at the studio 1/2 hour before.  I had to call the studio and ask them to NOT lock the door as I was going to be a few minutes late.  This means that I would have to squeeze into a spot and sure enough… it was in the corner of hell…. no relief with the fan or door opening.  AND I did not even have a glimpse of myself in the mirror which is fine with some poses but others…. good to see if you are out of alignment.   But alas, I survived and learned that I am more flexible then I had thought…. the mind not the body.  LOL

Day 8:  Sunday

This brought me back to YIN yoga.  which was good but I def. missed the heat and sweating.  But I will be back to that tomorrow on Day 9.

Day 9:  Monday

Holy Sh-t people…. I got run over by the yoga bus today.   The breathing exercise which is the first thing you do….. was a struggle.  What I really wanted to do was just lie down and take a nap in the hot room.  Do you think that would be acceptable??  I mustered through but sat for the majority of the standing series….

 

Things I learned about myself…. I am stronger than I thought both physically and mentally.  I am able to adapt to the stressors of life more so now than ever before.  I am more flexible in my thinking….. wish it were my body.  😂

Physically, I am in good shape and as the week progressed, the postures definitely started to change which meant that my body is changing.  I focused more on using my core strength.  (always wanted a six pack… on my bucket list)  This may never happen but I can try.

If you haven’t given Bikram Yoga a shot, I would def try it.  You DO have to go more than once to know if you will like it.  The first class you might just be trying to survive the heat.  I know Bikram Yoga Exton does a 30 days for $30 for new people.  You should give it a whirl.

 

Maybe I’ll see you in the hot room soon.

 

Lisa

Is it the Easter Bunny??

Barb Persing, barbarapersing.com, and I have been each others support in this crazy quilting business for years now.  So I’m not sure what took us so long to actually work together.  LOL . Barb is an incredibly talented designer, not only of patterns but fabric as well.  This little bunny is only one of the patterns you receive in her Babyhood pattern.  There are 3 other patterns as well, all equally as cute and super simple to put together.

Barb and I have completely different styles of quilting…. she is all freehand, no stitch regulator or rulers (I know the horror… how can you not use rulers).  I am very structured in my quilting.  Obviously love rulers. Barb’s quilting on her bunny is just perfect and I love it….. so it was really hard to come up something different for my bunny.  But I did.  So we will be testing the waters…. I’ll put together the rulers that I use on her bunny along with her pattern….

I planned out the ruler work for my little bunny…. and then kind of went with the flow. The problem with me going with the flow…. I forget what I am doing or have done.

Prime example…. I started the top border with 3 lines… then I was at the bottom and going to finish up the three borders and forgot that I had already done the top border…. so I started with regular piano keys.  So I had to spend some time ripping out….. which I hate as I am sure everyone does… but I really hate when it is because of something stupid like forgetting what I was doing.  UGHHH …

But before the border fiasco, I did all of my SID work and ruler work.  I had to mark the large diamonds which is unusual.  I do NOT like to mark my quilts but this was unavoidable.  I used a water soluble blue pen.

Now, I LOVED how Barb quilted her bunny so it is sometimes hard to see past what has already been done to do something different.  But I think I managed.

 

I used 3 rulers on this quilt…. The Pro, ProLine 1 and the ProOval 3 (inside oval).

I hope you like both versions!  Barb sells this pattern on her website so make sure you check it out along with all her other amazing patterns.

 

Spring Show Season

The spring is always a busy show schedule and this year…. (I don’t know WHAT I was thinking)…. I booked 4 major shows…. this doesn’t even count Road to California.  Which was awesome by the way. If you are thinking about going…. GO!

So first on the schedule was Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival in Virginia.  I was so excited that Jolene Shindler could make it again this year to help me in the booth.  Our booth neighbors, again, were Jackie Gauker of Jackies Woolens and Barbara Persing of Barb Persing Designs.  We always have fun when we are together.   The shenanigans that happen in the booth….. well, they just keep going in the hotel.  This year, Jolene and I went to Ulta… we decided we needed to do a hydrating mask.  OH boy….

We found masks that look like animals… Don’t laugh too hard.

 

The masks were very difficult to keep on our faces because we were laughing so freaking hard.  Once we were sufficiently hydrated…. we thought our housekeeping people would get a kick out of it…

Next up was Lancaster… this show I was only teaching at.  Which I absolutely LOVE!!  I so prefer teaching to being in a booth.  So I think my plan is to do more teaching and less booths.   My students were all incredible and as always… AQS does not disappoint.  I got to judge this show… WOW, the quilts were amazing.

Then home to panic…… 2 more major shows….. MQX- teaching and booth and then Paducah a week after I get home from MQX.  Now, this wouldn’t be so bad except I had to ship everything to Paducah by April 5th.  🤦‍♀️ Talk about a ball of stress…. But I got it done.  Phew…..

Now I’m gathering everything for MQX where the band will be together again…. Jackie, Barb, Jolene and myself.  Watch out Manchester…. Here we come.

 

 

phew… it’s done…

So i have finished the move! I went from a big beautiful studio to a small quaint space.  I purged quite a bit of stuff that I totally didn’t need and it felt quite good.  Now I know the items in my studio will be well loved and well used.

Here is a video I put together when we built my old studio.  I will certainly miss all that space.

 

My new space is quite a bit much smaller but I am sure it will be just as effective as the bigger space.  I am hoping that it will make me more organized.  😂 I know it is probably wishful thinking.  Here are some pics of the new space.

Oh My Bleeding Heart has a new home.

Rulers are hung and there is space for more…..

No Judging!  Yes, I know my stash is small but it is mighty!

Now since my space is small, there was not room for the rulers and all my teaching stuff inside so thank goodness I have a garage.  But it is nice and organized.

What must haves are in your studio?  Love to hear.