Pebbles, Echoes, Crosshatches.. Oh my!

Pebbles, Echoes, Crosshatches.. Oh My! is a  new hands on class that I will be teaching at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival in March!  This class is sold out at MQX New England so if you can make it to Pittsburgh, it is going to be a blast!

There are so many fills to choose from, how do you choose, size and stitch it out?  These are a few of the questions that will be answered in this fun hands on class.  It is Saturday March 5th from 2-5:30pm.



We quilters have so many more interests than just quilting… come check out the classes on knitting, felting, sewing and surface design… if you can think it, its probably being taught here.

Who will I see there?

Quilt on, My Friends!


Did you know that…..

The Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival has added quilting to their lineup.

If you are like me…. we quilters don’t just quilt…. we knit, crochet, felt, weave, dye and so much more!  Well, Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet festival has it all!  Come join me in my quilting classes or come learn something new!  I don’t have too many teaching gigs on the books this year but this is one of them AND I am teaching 4 hands on classes….

Totally Templates and   Gettin in the Groove for those who want to try their hand at templates.  They will transform your quilting!


Crown Jewels

Crown Jewels

Neon Lights

Neon Lights


Once you learn the tricks its pretty easy!







Feathers for the Timid!  Do you have  phobia of feathers and think they are out of reach…. they aren’t!

Not so Plain, Jane!


Longwood quilt

Longwood quilt








Pebbles, Echoes, Crosshatches, Oh My!   This is my new fills class.  Most of you know that I have spacial issues, I have learned to deal with it by quilting everything!  But how do you know what fills to use and how big/small to make them?  This class will help you out with those decisions.

I would love to see you all there!!

Quilt on, My Friends!


I am a piecer….hear me roar!!!

So many of you know that I don’t really consider myself a piecer.  I had really only done a handful of quilts before I got my longarm.  I am a much better longarm quilter than I am a piecer.  Over the past year, I have been trying to become a better piecer.  It is slow going…. part of my problem is that there are so many quilts that I want to make, figuring out what to make sometimes stumps me.  Part of the problem is that I don’t have a lot of time to piece so when I do make something I want to make it show worthy…. that ‘s a lot of pressure I put on myself.  LOL  I know, i’m working on it.

So after a fun lunch with my good friend Barb Persing,  I decided to just jump in.  I went home and designed the Lone star that I  wanted to make.  Barb graciously donated fabric from an upcoming fabric line with Island Batiks and away I went.  Now, I have NEVER been a precision quilter but since this is an area I have been trying to work on, I figure I better work on getting all those stinking seams to match…

I started with 2 1/2″ strips but soon realized that they were bigger than I wanted so I just practiced a little on matching up  the seams… didn’t do that great.


So I actually brought out my little ruler and measured and pinned everything exactly where it needed to go.


This worked much better… I will say that I starched the living crud out of the pieces…


While pinning is great…  and I use really small fine pins…. my machine tried to eat one… Of course then I started looking for my “Perfect Pins4th” by Karen Kay Buckley.  No such luck in finding them…. :(  They are probably having a party with my missing Full Bloom Aurifil thread box that went missing too.



Thank goodness my BERNINA was not harmed by that devilish looking pin!  I think I need to scour the studio for my perfect pins…. I know as soon as I order more, I will find mine…

After the hurtle of making the diamonds… the Y seams were up next.  After a couple of tries with mediocre results, I found this video by Edyta Sitar and voila…. I kicked butt!   Now to add the appliqué and figure out where to go from there.


©2016 Lisa H Calle

Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Quilt on, my Friends!


2015 Recap!



Wow, its already the middle of Jan.  I’m still wondering where 2015 went to… anyone else?  I hope you all had a fabulous holiday and are ready to make 2016 the best year yet.  I know I am.  Let’s do a quick recap of 2015!

A great time at “The Quilt Show”!!

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An amazing vacation with my handsome husband….

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Loads of talented students in all of my classes!

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My first teaching trip to Houston!  Sorry no pictures in class was too busy….

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My two worlds collided when my golfing buddies came to my special exhibit at the Pa National Quilt Extravaganza.  Thank you!!

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The introduction of my new rulers…. the ProPebbles™.


Bethanne Nemesh's creation using the ProPebbles™.

Bethanne Nemesh’s creation using the ProPebbles™.

Thank you Bethanne for testing them out!

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And of course the best thing…. my oldest son graduated from high school….

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2016 is going to be a banner year!  I can feel it, Can you?

Quilt on, My Friends!



Well, it looks like all the ProPebble™ orders that were placed during the sale will go out by the end of the day tomorrow.  1/2 the batch went out today… so start checking your mailboxes.  Thank you all for your support.

While I was waiting for the ProPebbles™ to come in, I decided to work on my new class sample for Pebbles, Echoes, Crosshatches, Oh My!

Of course I used the new ProPebbles™ in the borders.  So much fun!

Quilt on, My Friends!


Productive Tuesday!

What a roll!  I have been working (procrastinating) on a my sample for my new fill class, Pebbles, Echoes, Crosshatches, oh My!  It is one thing to procrastinate on a show quilt… which I am also doing….. but to do it on a sample is crazy.  Here are some of the pics so far…


I haven’t filled the borders yet!  I was playing with the ProPebbles™!

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I still have a ways to go… have the battle is deciding what fills I want to teach in this class… so if you have a fill you would like to see me teach, please let me know…

My friend, Bethanne Nemesh, has a wonderful book out, The Devil is in the Details…  I fell in love with the beaded piping and decided to try my hand at it.  OMG, I love the process!  It is slow but since I enjoy hand work I don’t mind that.   First up was making the piping…


It takes a while…..

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Here is the orphan block from my next show quilt….. and the border that I am going to use…


I love this block!!!

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I love how it turned out!  Thanks Bethanne!  You maybe thinking, I don’t need a book to tell me how to do it…. the book has an incredible amount of information in it.  You will not make mistakes if you read this and follow Bethanne’s directions.

Quilt on, My Friends!


Winter Festivities!!!

What better way to brighten up your winter than a quilt show or craft festival!  First up, Phoenix AQS in February!  So excited to be going someplace warm.  Will I see you there?  Check out all the great workshops!

Next up… March… I will be in Pittsburgh at the 12th annual Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival AND Creative Arts Festival.  That is going to be a lot of talented people under one roof.  Make sure you check it out and make your arrangements soon. 

Hope to see many of you at one of the shows!!!

Quilt on, My Friends!


Cyber Monday!!!

today is Cyber Monday and the last day of my 15% off sale!  Everything on my site is on sale including the preorders of the new ProPebbles!  Some examples of what you can do with them.  Thanks Bethanne for making the samples and testing them out! I played around on the domestic machine, you would need a ruler foot to use the inside circles work. They will work on all the sit down “long arms” as long as there is a ruler foot.

Here are some links to videos  as well.  Orange peel, clamshell, and basics!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Quilt on, My Friends!



Highlighting Small Businesses for Small Business Saturday!

Small business Saturday is a great way to support the little guys!  With this in mind, I am having a 15% off store wide sale at!  Digital designs, paper patterns, and of course all the Quilter’s Groove Rulers including preordering the ProPebbles™!  Bethanne Nemesh made a killer sample…. 

White Arbor Quilting

Bethanne Nemesh

Bethanne Nemesh is an extremely talented quilter who has 3 amazing books!  This Saturday starts her sale of 15% off !  They sell as a set for $65 as well as individually for $25 each!  The Devil is in the Detail…. this is  all about  the wonderful finishing touches that Bethanne uses on her award winning quilts.  I have read this book a couple of times and am going to try my hand at her beaded piping.   All three books are must have’s in your studio.  Bundle


4 and 6 Design

Barb Persing and Mary Hoover

Barb and Mary are a powerful combination!  Sisters who have been designing patterns for years and have just started designing fabrics for Island Batiks!  Full Bloom was the first BOM and a huge success.  They are having a sale so make sure you stop over and check it out.


Karen Kay Buckley

I think I have just about all of Karen’s products.  At Houston this year she gave the teachers  her adjustable cutting ruler! This is a must have and perfect if you go on retreats!  I had the pleasure of taking a hand appliqué workshop from Karen. LOVE hand appliqué.  She has these wonderful circles and ovals so you can create perfect shapes!!!    She is having a sale through Dec 1st,  make sure you don’t miss it!


Please support your local quilt shop and small businesses!  If we don’t they won’t be there when we want them.

Quilt on, My Friends!