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

New York Beauty!!

Hi all,

This post is a little late.  But better late then never.  🙂

New York Beauty…. I think I am going to be making one of these now.

I thought for this one, I would go a little more in depth of my thought process so bear with me…

 

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I wanted to start by dividing this block but I didn’t want to just go with curves or straight lines.  I love how scrolls can look especially when they intertwine and go behind things… The first thing I started with was the middle diamond.  I was unsure of how this beauty was set with the other blocks so thought this was a safe way to  go regardless of how they were set.

I then drew one wavy line on each side going “under the piecing”.  I know, it’s another start and stop or traveling in the ditch to make it work but I think its worth it.  I then echoed back.  I’m normally not worried about making both sides match perfectly.  (life is too short for that) I then added the two scrolls coming from the middle of the diamond.

When I divide up a quilt, I need to LOVE the it.  So much so that if that were the only thing I was going to quilt, I’d be happy with it.

The center or bottom right area, I divided up with come curves.  Looks like a fan.  I would also stitch in the ditch everything.

Stay tuned for what happens next……

What will you create?

Lisa

PS:  I would love to see your New York Beauty’s ….. send them to Lisahcalle@me.com

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.   http://pghknitandcrochet.com/saturday-afternoon/longarm-quilting-pebbles-echoes-crosshatches-oh-my-with-lisa-h-calle/

 

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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.   http://pghknitandcrochet.com

Who will I see there?

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

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!

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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!

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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!

Lisa

Bonding time!

As many of you know, I have recently become a HandiQuilter Ambassador.  My new Fusion came to me in May and I was quite excited and ready to jump in.

Now, those of you who teach will understand…. I don’t get a lot of time to quilt.  😦   I know, you are all thinking, poor Lisa.  A lot of my time is spent on class preparation and developing new classes.  My online business also keeps me hustling.  So while I had a chance to play a little  once I got it set up, I didn’t have a lot of time.  This past week, I got a chance to quilt!  Yeah me….. Here is what I was working on….

Lots of fun!

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

Having a little fun!

I was having a little fun this weekend.  I found an orphan block and decided to play a little.  I don’t normally use high contrasting threads but thought I would give it a try… doesn’t get more contrasting than black… LOL

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I used the ProSpine Small for the shape around the outside and the ProLine 8 (my personal favorite) for the straight line quilting.  If you have any lonely blocks lying around, get them out and try something different.

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

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!

Lisa

 

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!

Lisa