Lisa H.Calle is a 1991 graduate of Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science with a BS in Textile Management and Marketing. She found a love for quilting in 1997 after leaving a management career in retail with the Limited Corporation’s Bath & Body Works Division to focus on raising a family.
Long Arm Quilting Business
In 2004, Lisa first learned about long arm quilting machines while working part-time in the local quilt shop. Within weeks Stone House Quilting was accepting customers. Lisa has finished quilts for 100’s of clients, most of which are repeat customers over and over. She has also finished the annual Christmas quilt for several years for the prestigious Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. Her studio consists of 2 A-1 Elite long arm machine, one dedicated to custom and the other with IQ computerized capabilities.
In 2005, Lisa’s first paper pantographs were being sold through Willow Leaf Studio, one of the first online pantograph stores. Since that time her portfolio of both paper and digital blocks, borders, fills, and sets have grown to 100’s of choices available through a variety of online outlets including her own website, Urban Elementz, Digitechpatterns , Quilts Complete, and others.
Award Winning Quilter
In 2006, Lisa won her first award for Playing Hookie. Later that year several of her Quilts were featured in a local Art Gallery for an exhibition called “When Tradition meets Imagination”. After a three year period where family and business took priority, Lisa claimed her first two “Best of Shows” with Hula Hibiscus at AQS Show in Des Moines, Iowa and the PA Nat’l Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Currently Swan’s Journey and Swan’s Song are making their rounds and collecting ribbons on the show circuit. Red Velvet is set to debut at the New England Quilt Festival in April.
In 2007, Lisa started teaching after producing her first Book and DVD Feathers of a New Generation. She has taught this as a class both at shows and in her studio. Her latest DVD Divide and Design, was released last year and is rapidly approaching the 1,000 unit sale mark. This is also being taught at shows, in studio, and on QNNTV.
In 2008, Lisa became a founding partner in Intelligent Quilting LLC, an online retail site for digital and paper patterns. She sold her interest in the business in 2011 to refocus on other aspects of her career. The company has grown to over 40 designers with 1000’s of pattern choices and is currently owned by Professional Longarmer Crystal Smythe.
In 2012, the Quilter’s Groove™ Rulers were introduced. The Quilter’s Groove Pro Series and Pro Curve Series are both available for online purchase and through various resellers.
Lisa resides in beautiful Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband and 3 children. Her love for quilting is only surpassed by love of family and maybe…….. golf.