February Feather Friday! The Flower Feather…

is a beautiful and easy to execute feather… now, this is the last Friday of February but I still have one more feather that I’d like to teach so stay tuned as I am going to post the last feather on Monday…

If you’ve enjoyed February Feather Fridays, consider taking my Feathers for the Timid next time you are at a show!


Enjoy the Flower Feather!

Quilt on, My Friends!



MQX East 2015….

is right around the corner!  Have you signed up for your classes?  I am teaching a number of classes and would love to see you there…

Mastering the Mini and Making it yours is one of them.  This is a 2 part class.  The first part is on Wednesday April 8th  8-12p, we will be learning a simple method of designing.  This can be used for a whole cloth (which is what we will be designing), a simple block in a quilt or to design a spectacular border design… Day 2 April 9th  1-5p, , we move to the machines to stitch out your creations.  I will be on hand to guide you in using templates, stitching out beautiful motifs and finally stitching out the fill work!  This is like 5 classes in one!  Don’t miss out!


Quilt on, My Friends!


Think Spring, Think Spring….

It’s right around the corner…. isn’t it?  I am so ready for some warmer weather.  This snow and cold is for the birds…

I am just about done piecing and appliquéing my spring flowers….


Just need to machine applique them down.  Then add the geese…. speaking of geese…


I ma wondering how many of you are like me and make theirs a little bigger than trim them down.  I really dislike the added step of trimming them but I LOVE the how perfect they are…. What about you?  Do you make them the right size or a little large, then trim them down?

Quilt on, My Friends!


February Feather Friday: The Hook Feather

Hi all, its that time again….. today’s feather is the hook feather!  Remember to practice …. doodle, doodle , doodle!!

In hindsight, I am quite happy with how my feathers turned out.  I like all of you might be too hard on myself.  Keep at it… once done, walk away and then come back.  I was impressed with mine after a short time away.  🙂



February Feather Friday is Here!!! Tutorial #1

It’s finally Friday…. This is the first of 4 feather tutorials for the month.  ( I might  have a bonus tutorial along the way.)

We are starting with the traditional longarm feather.  The video takes you through drawing and how important it is to doodle…  quilting out the feather on my BERNINA 750  and finally, quilting the feather on my A1.  Please be kind as most of you know I am trying to learn to quilt on my domestic. I’ll get there …. slowly.

Practice, Practice, Practice….


Preparing for February’s Feather Fridays!!

I have been preparing for our Feather Fridays and realized as I was preparing the fabric for stitching stuff out that maybe you might want to stitch along with me!   So, I have uploaded my feather practice sheet to my website, click here for it. Look for the 3 Page Feather Practice printout.   Mine looks a little different as I print it off on a large printer.  I formatted this one so you can print if off on regular 8.5″ x 11″

Feather Print out

I will be using tracing paper laid over top to draw my feathers.

Next you need to prepare the fabric.  If you are going to quilt on a domestic machine, make 6 sandwiches roughly 15″ x 15″ and mark your spines onto the fabric with a blue washout marker.  Here are what mine look like….


Now, there is to be no laughing when you see my videos of me quilting these on my BERNINA 750QE.

On the longarm, I took a piece of fabric 90″ x 16″ and drew these spines each six times… ( I had 90″ wide fabric so I used that but you can certainly use 45″ wide.)



So now that you are prepared…. get ready for Friday and remember its all about practicing… you can’t get better if you don’t practice. Some of the feathers we are going to go over are on my Feathers DVD which is geared towards longarm quilters.

I hope to see some of you in my Feathers class at Birds of a Feather in Va this weekend.  🙂

Quilt on, My Friends!


Mini Me’s… hmmm….

I have been teaching now for quite a while and I hear this phrase spoken quite often….” I want to quilt just like you.”  This is very flattering to say the least…. however, I want you to quilt just like you!

My friend Teri Lucas wrote a blog post that got me thinking about this. ( make sure you read her post)  She was so right when she wrote that master painters didn’t become masterful overnight.  It took a lot of failures along the way before they got to where they are.

When I first started quilting , I wanted to quilt just like Linda Taylor, Renae Haddadin and Kim Brunner all rolled into one.  LOL   And I wanted it to happen overnight…… well, I can tell you  from experience that it doesn’t happen that way.  It is a lot of practice and hard work but it is so worth it.  When I look back at my earlier quilts, I can totally see their influences.  (btw, all great ladies, if you get a chance to take a class with any of them…. run to it)  Here is an example of my first “show” quilt.

Playing Hookie Full

I often look back at this quilt and wonder how I would quilt it now.   Probably much different… maybe I’ll give it a try in some spare time.

Like Teri, I don’t teach to create mini me’s but to inspire you to find your own style of quilting.  I encourage you to take classes from many different teachers, we all have something to offer and your quilting will thank you!

Quilt on, My Friends!



Rulers on a Domestic machine…..no way!

Yes way!  I have been playing around with rulers on my domestic machine and it works great!  If you have a ruler foot it makes it a little easier but it isn’t a necessity.  What prompted this??  I got a TON of questions about whether or not you could use my rulers on a domestic machine while I was in Houston this past October.  The ProLine™, ProCurve™ and ProCurve Lite™ are a little tricky if you don’t have a ruler foot.

Here is some of my work on my BERNINA using my rulers.

Lisa Calle whole cloth challenge quilt

Teri Lucas is a master and agreed to show us how it works.  Follow the link for an informative video on using rulers on a domestic.  We were very informal but you’ll get some great information.  We hope to do more in the future… maybe we will even try and be more professional…… hmmm, maybe…

Quilt on!