John Doe Has to Go!

Now that Drea has stepped foot into my quilting world, things in the studio are changing, for the better of course.  Her desire to pave a path for success has the two of us brainstorming on a regular basis.  Daily huddles have been incorporated keeping us, well mainly me, focused and on the same page as we go about our tasks.  During our most recent “huddle” we thought it might be a good idea that my blog was no longer nameless.  Drea and I spent the afternoon exchanging many different names.  Thoughts poured out of our mouths, and within moments the sound of laughter filled my studio. I later had to convince my husband that we were in fact being productive; our enjoyment heard from above didn’t bring the sound of “working hard” to his ears.  Titles swirled around the room and eventually we agreed on three potential candidates.  But which one? After struggling for quite some time we concluded that in order to resolve this matter my readers would need to contribute .  So inquiring minds want to know, which title below do you think is deserving of bearing the name of my blog?

  1.  Living on a Thread
  2.  Life in Stitches
  3. The Threads of Life

The name lies in your hands my fellow quilters.  Upon receiving your responses majority vote decides the title, and I will be happy to say that I no longer exhibit a John Doe blog!

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Here She is…Flat Lisa!

I know you may be a bit curious about Flat Lisa.  Have you been wondering “What the heck is Flat Lisa, and what does she do?”  Well, there is nothing I love more than discovering stories and witnessing what those loving this craft experience in the quilting world. And I mean all over the world.  That being said I am going GLOBAL!  Allow me to take part in your quilting adventures as you design, travel and embrace this aspect of your life. Simply take Flat Lisa with you and send me a picture of our time together via email.  Make sure you include our location so I can notate where I  have traveled abroad.  Photographs will be posted, and all participants will be entered into a drawing being held at then end of the month.  One lucky winner will receive a copy of my new book “Divide and Design”!  I am eager to see what quilters world-wide bestow upon me. Without further ado Flat Lisa is ready for take off!  (To print off the picture of Flat Lisa, right click and save to your computer.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folks We Have a Winner!

Thanks so much to all of you that participated in the blog hop contest.  We had so many entries! But as with any contest, sadly there can only be one winner. So congratulations goes out to Connie Alexander for being, the soon to be, recipient of  John Kubiniec’s book “A New Spin on the Drunkard’s Path”.  But that’s not all!  Connie also won a set of the drunkard’s path templates!  I am so excited for her to put these prizes to use.  Who knows maybe we will receive pictures of the beautiful quilts Connie designs!

If you are a fan of grid line based quilting then I have the Go to Girl for you.  My talented friend, Gina Perkes, from the Copper Needle has come out with a fabulous product.  Her stencils, the Take Aim Stencil Collection! , are perfect for those that enjoy grid line based quilting. I missed the boat on this one, and am very disappointed. I wish I had them when I marked my border on my current quilt, it won’t happen again. I love the way the intersections are highlighted (increasing the accuracy).  Just because I missed out doesn’t mean my fellow quilters have to!   Please take a moment and see for yourself as I share the following video.  While watching this video you will observe Gina demonstrating how to incorporate clamshells with her “Jane” ruler.  I have no doubt at the conclusion of the video you too will think  “Yes, she is the one to go to!”

Don’t forget… we love to get pictures!!

Lisa

 

BERNINA and Stitching in the Ditch…..

This past spring I took a trip that many quilters might compare to a child’s journey through Disney Land.  Yes, being the BERNINA Ambassador has given me the opportunity to experience the sights and quiet sounds of the BERNINA factory situated in Steckborn Switzerland. This quilter’s magical kingdom is located on the shore of Lake Constance, just across from Germany.

It’s not every day that you find yourself standing across from H.P. Ueltschi, the owner, and  also the grandson of the founder Fritz Gegauf.  I embraced his presence and found him to be both kind and delightful. Moreover, through my short visit with him I discovered that we both share a love for golf!

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I was overwhelmed entering the factory.  I was astonished how clean, and I mean clean, this facility appeared.  It sparkled, and yes you could serve dinner on the floors! And quiet! You would think the noise level of machines running would produce at least some sound, but nope.  You barely heard a thing.  Clean and quiet, two beautiful words to most women..lol

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After taking in everything presented before me in the factory, I then had a day of creating a video and then one day doing a print ad campaign.  During the four days the crew was awesome! Those around me  were so insightful and supportive as I grasped the process of all that shooting a video encompasses.  More than one take had me wondering how Jennifer Aniston does it! Same expression, same tone, but tilt the head a little to the right…oh my word!

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The days flew by, and four days with a German crew had me wishing I taken their language instead of french in high school.  But the entire adventure was something I will never forget.  Witnessing the process of building a video was fascinating, although the thought of viewing myself in the final product had me less than thrilled.  Most of all, observing all the facets of the factory has me appreciating my BERNINA even more.

So here I am today, October, in the USA.  As I turn on my machine I find myself loving it more and more with each use.  The use of this machine is like operating a brand new, car with all the bells and whistles. Your driving a Cadillac. Now, envision you have to hop into a Datsun B210 that’s rusted, and leaves a cloud of black smoke as you hit the gas. You desire the Cadillac, right?! Well, welcome to the BERNINA Q20.  I am in awe how light and smooth it maneuvers.  No heavy clanking or roughness.  It sails, just as a new Cadillac would down the highway.  Bells, and whistles…my most recent quilt, which I know I talk about often, is in need of a little SID around the appliqué.  No problem with the Q2o, it so efficient and simple to complete.  I am still adapting to the ease in which I can change the feet.  I mean it takes  mere seconds; and its interchangeable between the Q20 and my domestic machine.  Does it get any better than that?!

I wanted to share a quick video.  Realistically my quilting isn’t quite that speedy; in my dreams I quilt that fast.  But eventually I wake up from la la land, and realize my true pace and accept that it will take me awhile to finish this piece.

I used Aurifil’s Monofilament thread…. It’s thread is so fine that it fades into the seams.  And although it’s a beautiful thing, please refrain from using my name in a hostile way when you discover you may have trouble seeing it to thread the needle.  Below is a good example of the thread magically disappearing into the seam.

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Now that I have expressed that I still have SID to get done; remember slow and steady wins the race.  I ask, how do you accomplish your SID?  Would you say ruler or no ruler?  I can’t wait to hear what my fellow quilters have to say!

 

Not a Dreary Day at Danner BERNINA

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of teaching at Danner BERNINA.  Although mother nature decided to issue rain showers and bleak skies my time teaching was anything but dreary.  On the contrary, my day was absolutely fantastic!  The classroom was spacious and the energy at Danner BERNINA had me eager to begin the day.  Mother Nature had nothing on Danner BERNINA.

Seeing students that I have previously taught always brings a smile to my face.   I try to remember names and faces, but my age isn’t decreasing in years and my beautiful mind loves reminding me of that little fact.  It’s either I remember your name and not your face or vice versa, I remember your face and not your name.  Don’t get me wrong, I can remember both on a really good day…lol!   For instance, Rose, I will not forget because not only is she a quilter but she is also a ceramic artist.  I often imagine how therapeutic it must be letting your hands and clay work together as they produce an object of beauty.  But currently my hands are more than filled with quilting, so the idea of working with clay needs to be set aside…sigh.
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These three lovely ladies, pictured above, were a treat to teach.  Adele (situated all the way on the left) attended this class on her  birthday! I felt honored that she chose her special day to be here participating in BOTH the templates class and feathers class. I hope someone spoiled her with a cake, presents, and singing later that evening it was well deserved!  Thanks again Adele for spending a good portion of  your birthday at Danner’s. The mother-daughter duo are seated to right. It warmed my heart seeing them again and I love that they not only love quilting, but moreover obviously love spending time together.  Last year when I was in Houston Debra took my Divide and Design Class.  I must not have totally horrified her as she came back for more “Lisa” and attended one of my  feathers classes.  By the way Debra’s quilt was juried into Houston this year! You Go Girl!!!  During the sessions on Saturday I was excited to learn that Donna and Debra will be visiting Houston again this year.  I’m thrilled to hear this but I do need to encourage them to put their Fitbits on and pick up the pace a tad on preview night.  Last year they perused aisles 1 through 900, at that pace they won’t get to mine 1323.   Come on girls don’t let me down this year!

When it comes to quilting Debra is the chief, she does the quilting for this mother-daughter team; so partaking in this feathers  class may have put Donna a little out of her comfort zone. With concentration and perseverance she plugged away, and plugged away, and plugged away, and eventually proudly announced “I did it, I can stop now, I created a perfect feather!”  I was brimming with joy and was extremely anxious to see her design. So I scurried around to her table…AND

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there before me was just that, her one perfect feather. It may have only been one feather but it was perfect and she  had succeeded.

Saturday held so much laughter that my stomach felt as though I had done a bizillion sit ups. It is so refreshing as a teachers when we encounter those students that bring humor and lightness to our time together. Sandy was that individual on this past Saturday. Well, to be honest I had quite a few Sandy’s on Saturday.  My instruction time at Danner BERNINA quickly came to an end.  Soon we would be giggling as we said our goodbyes knowing that this was a class to remember.

These students had me so involved with questions, comments, and yes laughing that I didn’t have time to take as many photographs as I had hoped.

On my 2 hours drive home I kept smiling and giggling to myself knowing that drizzle and the gray clouds were no where to be found at Danner’s.  I hope to hold classes there again soon, I look forward to all the laughter that awaits me.

Have your local shop contact me if you are interested in having me come teach!!

Lisa

Sobering Up brings “A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path” by John Kubiniec and a Giveaway!

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My first blog hop, YES! I’ve always wanted to participate in one, so imagine my excitement when John Kubiniec asked me to take part in his Blog Hop?! I have learned so much personally and professionally throughout this project, it definitely has made me a better quilter.  So enjoy this Blog Hop and don’t forget the added bonus of entering in the giveaway posted at the conclusion of this post!

 

One of the many things I loved about doing this Blog Hop for John is that it has made me tackle and improve on one of my quilting skills.  Many of my fellow readers know that curved piecing is not my forte.  Stepping outside the box into curved piecing brings tiny beads of sweat to my forehead.   Don’t we all have a tendency to delay doing things we aren’t confident in? Well that’s how this quilter feels about curved piecing.  Although I have incorporated them into some of my designs, I definitely could step my game up a bit.  That being said,  John’s book, “A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path”, educates the reader on this component of quilting.  John has paved the way for those “curved piecing challenged” individuals, like myself, by composing ALL 12 quilts illustrated in his book with variations of the Drunkard’s Path Block.

John imparts an amazing technique on how to execute the artistry of curved piecing.  He has me so inspired that I may have to give his three pin method a whirl! But my love for quilting is where my passion dwells, therefore,  I couldn’t wait to pursue some of that open space.  It no secret that I use a three-step  method for designing the quilting on all of my pieces.  I definitely  suffer from “spacial”  issues… flashbacks of failing grades in HS geometry come to mind.  In order to compensate for this mathematical disability I ensure that my quilts are evenly quilted, I do so by making sure everything is quilted.  Just because I apply this into my method does not mean that you have to.  By all means, if you passed HS geometry  then make life simpler for yourself!  If you are not a fan of heavily quilted tops, you may consider completing only steps 1 and 2 of the instructions below.

Which project to choose? It was so difficult, John presents many beautiful options, but Nightfall on page 44 spoke to me. It exhibited a large portion of open space which I found yelling “Lisa put your big girl pants on and get curved piecing!”  So I did just that; now let the games begin!

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Step one:  Divide up the quilt.   This will break the wide open space into more manageable spaces.  I use echoed lines to accomplish the dividing… if you use the piecing in the quilt to help, it will minimize the marking that needs to be done. Start in the center of your quilt as that is the focal point.

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Step two:  Design for the open spaces…. when I look at all of the areas  that I have created, I like to alternate where my design work is going to go.  Design work is any of the motifs… feathers, ferns, flowers etc.  As you can see, I like feathers…

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Step  three:  This step is when I put in all of the fill work.  If you do not like your quilts heavily quilted you can skip this part and have a cuddable…

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Like I mentioned earlier, I am not proficient in the curved piecing department,  but John’s 3 pin method had me intrigued.  So listening to my inner voice I hiked up my big girl pants and gave it a try….

I created my own templates using the pattern John provided in his book.

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Just as John advises I used only three pins…. I have to admit I was skeptical, only three pins?  But any reservations quickly disappeared, I did it!!

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Bottom line…this once “curved piece challenged” girl will be stepping outside the box a bit more often and including curved piecing in her designs.  Trust me if I can execute this skill with more positivity and enjoyment you can too! Let John enlighten you and give you the ability to quilt peacefully!

Are you intrigued???  Well you can win a copy of John’s new book AND a set of the templates!  Leave a comment, making sure you’re email address is included and I will pick a winner on Oct.8th!! Good Luck!

Make sure you check out all of the blog posts on the hop!

 

September 26, 2016
Jennifer Dick http://www.42quilts.com
C&T Publishing http://www.ctpub.com/blog/

September 27, 2016
Sara Lawson http://www.sewsweetness.com/blog
Heather Kojan http://www.heatherkojan.com

September 28, 2016
Bill Volckening http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com
McCall’s Quilting http://www.mccallsquilting.com/blogs/

September 29, 2016
Generation Q Magazine http://generationqmagazine.com
Bonnie Hunter http://quiltville.blogspot.com

September 30, 2016
Made by ChrissieD http://madebychrissied.blogspot.com
LoveBug Studios https://www.lovebugstudios.com/blog/

October 1, 2016
Kathy Patterson http://hillstreetquilts.blogspot.com YOU ARE HERE
Teresa Coates http://www.crinkledreams.com

October 2, 2016
Carl Hentsch http://3dogdesignco.blogspot.com

October 3, 2016
Teri Lucas https://terificreations.com
Lisa Calle https://lisacalle.wordpress.com

October 4, 2016
Linzi Upton https://thequiltquine.wordpress.com
Nicole Daksiewicz http://www.modernhandcraft.com/blog

October 5, 2016
Marti Michell http://frommartimichell.blogspot.com
Debby Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com

October 6, 2016
Melody Crust http://melodycrust.blogspot.com/
Kim Niedzwiecki http://www.gogokim.com

October 7, 2016
Patrick Lose http://www.patricklose.com
John Kubiniec https://www.bigrigquilting.com/blog/

 

Have fun!!!

Lisa