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

 

My Template story….

When I first started quilting, I stayed in the front of the machine and did my all over designs freehand.  Loved it!  My true love was for custom work.  Feathers in particular.  After hours and hours of practicing both on and off the machine… I had those mastered.  I started using templates.. probably the same way other quilters did… I had a straight edge and I would use it to SID (stitch in the ditch).  Once I mastered how to hold the ruler there was no stopping me.  I LOVE ruler work… you can see it in all of my quilts.  I am not alone in this obsession, look at most of the quilts in quilt shows… they have used a ruler somewhere.

Here is one of my first…

Playing Hookie Full

I am thinking about remaking this piece. As I would probably quilt it much different now.

ProSpine™ Small Deep Curve

ProSpine™ Small Deep Curve

photo-1 copy

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Gettin in the Groove Sample

Gettin in the Groove Sample

If you have been hesitant about trying templates in your quilting….. don’t!  They open up a whole other world.

I have a beginner template class…. Totally Template!  I will be teaching this class at Machine Quilter’s Expo  aka MQX (April, New Hampshire)  and Home Machine Quilting Show aka HMQS (May, Salt Lake City, Ut).  This is truly a beginner class. You will learn how to hold the template so that the machine moves easily and you get nice straight lines or nice curved lines… Jump on in!

Hope to see you in a class soon.

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

 

Lancaster Quilt show!!!

I attended the AQS Lancaster Quilt show on Wednesday and had to make a return trip on Sat as I didn’t see the whole show.

I have determined that I am not a great quilt show attendee by myself.  I like to visit all of the vendors that I don’t get to see while I am teaching and catch up.  That is pretty much what I did on Wed.  I didn’t really eve get to see the quilts.

So on the return trip I brought a friend to keep me on track.  LOL  We went through all of the quilts first.  Here is some eye candy for your Monday viewing pleasure…

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First up is my whole cloth Crown Jewels.

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Gina Perkes’ Nostaglia

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Orange Zest by Kimberly Einmo and Judi Madsen

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Janet Atkins Murdererskill Crossing

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Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchinson Stars on Mars

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Carolyn Rider Country Garden


These were just a few that caught my eye….

I made a stop at the YLI booth ….


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And one of the main reasons I went back to the show…. Cherrywood Fabrics!

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While I was there I was hoping lightening would strike and I would be motivated and inspired to quilt my hand appliqued top.  While I don’t feel that lightening struck…. I talked with Mark Hyland from Handiquilter and something he said made a huge impact…. “we can only focus on what we are doing and not those around us” ….. that is not the exact quote but you get the drift…  Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what other quilters are doing and seeing their beautiful work that we can get a little lost in our own work…. at least I can.  So  I spent yesterday doing MY thing!  I have marked some areas on my quilt and have a few more (since I really don’t like to mark) and then I will load it up and hopefully have it done to enter into Houston.

I am so happy to get going on this top as I absolutely love it.  What fabrics…. why Cherrywood of course.

A Color of Its Own

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

Friday already…

where did the week go?

I was fortunate enough to get to go to AQS Lancaster on Wednesday afternoon.  I only made it to one floor of the exhibit so I am going tomorrow as well.  I missed my favorite booth…. Cherrywood Fabrics… hopefully, there will still be some fabric left when I get there.  I also got to have dinner with my friend Elaine on Wednesday.  We went to a wonderful little Irish pub around the corner from the convention center… for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it but it was delicious.

I am working on new classes for next year…. now, for those of you who know me… I am not a writer so it is pure torture to sit and write out class descriptions and handouts.. the fun part is teaching the classes.  I LOVE that part!  So, if any of you have some class ideas for me… I am all ears.

Started packing up some things for MQX…. it is right around the corner…. if you can’t make it to the east coast, I will be teaching at HMQS in Salt Lake City in May as well.  Hope to see you all in a classroom soon.

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

AQS Lancaster….

Well, I am off to day to Lancaster to see the show and have dinner with a friend.  So looking forward to it.  Wow, two quilt shows in 2 weeks.. how’d I’d get so lucky.

I posted a video on how to use my ProSpine rulers about a month ago, in case you missed it…

What’s interesting is I had just as many inquires about the “Hopper” I was using to draw with as I did about the ProSpine rulers.  So I wanted to let you all know that I have them up on my site if you are interested.  Check them out here.

I am off to the show….. I’ll have pictures on Friday.  :)

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

 

 

Spring Forward…..

Well, I don’t know about you but this Spring forward stinks…. don’t get me wrong, I like it that it is light out later but why do we even still do this silly time change.  I think we need to  boycott when we get to Fall Back… what do you all think?

So this weekend, I went to the NJ Quiltfest!  Loads of fun with my pal, Barbara Persing… We helped out in Olde City Quilts booth… I don’t know about help… I played on the BERNINA Q24… the new longarm… what fun!  There aren’t a lot of days that I get to just play so this was like a vacation.  The machine stitches and moves like a dream.  If you get a chance to try one out, be forewarned… you’ll fall in love.

MQX is right around the corner… I have added on my beginner template class… Totally Templates… there is still some spots available. E268r – Totally Template Thursday April 9th 1-5pm!  Remember that you get the machine to yourself for 4 hours!!

Totally Template Sample

Totally Template Sample

 

From one quilt show to the next…. who’s going to Lancaster???  I will be there on Wednesday afternoon.  Maybe i’ll get to see the quilts in this show.  :)

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

Friday’s thoughts……

*****Today I am making my way to the NJ Quilt Fest to help Rob and Judy in their booth.  Come see us… Olde City Quilts!  I will be playing on the BERNINA longarm!******

The snow has prevented me from making it to NJQuiltfest today.  I am going to be there tomorrow.  Hope to see you there.

I think I am going to stop by Jackie’s woolens booth for some bright wool fabric…. why you ask?

Some of you may remember I was working on a machine appliqué project…

IMG_2465I was absolutely loving it!  The colors , the flowers… all of it…. But have you ever have  project that in the end does not look as you envisioned it… well this is one of those.  It is complete and will reside in the BERNINA creative center even though I am not thrilled with it.

I have decided to remake it with wools and some hand sewing.  I am also having this pattern digitized so I can quilt it out.  So here is the final project….

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What I would do differently….  I would back the light colored fabric, you can’t really see the colors behind it but  I think it would look better.  I would use a lighter color thread in the center to quilt with.  I would put a piping to separate the borders.  My thought was to use a thick black thread but that didn’t work so then I tried using Razzle Dazzle bobbin thread and that didn’t look how I envisioned either…

You learn something from every quilt!

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa