Upcoming Class!!!

Did you know that I teach locally occasionally?  Yep… I sure do!  In fact, I will be teaching at Ladyfingers Nov 21st!  One of the great things about this class…. and I don’t want to toot my own horn but there are many…. is that you do NOT have to lug a sewing machine!  This is a design class…. so if you have problems figuring out what to quilt on your tops… especially those that have some open space… this class is for you!  Divide and Design!!!  You’ll never look at another quilt top the same way!

 

A couple of examples of what you can do when you learn the Divide and Design technique!!!  So don’t wait!  Sign up today!

 

Houston or bust!!

It’s that time of year again!  We all madly prepare for Houston market and Festival! Those late nights of prepping the boxes for shipping.  We have to send those weeks ahead of time.  I always forget what I put in the boxes so this year… I wrote down what was in the boxes so hopefully I won’t forget something crucial!  Which I ALWAYS DO!!!

I will be arriving on Sunday to set up my classroom for Monday and Tuesday classes…. unfortunately this year…. I will not be having a booth at Festival!  I know…..booooo!  I just couldn’t swing it this year.  I am hoping to be back next year.

FREE SHIPPING ON DOMESTIC ORDERS 

when you purchase 2 or more items

OCT 25-NOV 1, 2019

Use the code FREE

So in light of the fact that I won’t have a booth… From Oct 25-Nov 1, you will receive free shipping on orders of 2 or more items!   Orders will go out the following week!

If you forget to enter the code…. (please don’t)…… remember I am in Houston teaching and won’t be readily available to fix the error!

Purple What???

I’m embarrassed to say that this post is VERY late in the making (she says hanging her head very low).  A couple of years ago, a student of mine in Houston, Heather Snow,  gave me a wonderful gift!  Now, I need to say…. when I return from a Houston trip things are very hectic…. unpacking, finishing up the accounting etc.  It normally takes me at least a week to see the top of my desk.  (not that this is a good excuse at all) So I put Heather’s gift in my studio and like everything else it got shuffled around a bit.  When I recently  moved I rediscovered it and promptly was kicking myself in the ass for letting it get shuffled around.   AT this point you are all probably saying… just shut up and tell us what the hell the gift was!!

It is the Blade Saver thread cutter from her company… Purple Hobbies!  

BladeSaver thread cutter

Bladesaver Thread Cutter

Soooo… those old rotary cutting blades that really don’t cut fabric very well… now they have a use!!  Pop them in this cute little flower and voila!  a thread cutter for when you are chain piecing.  When not in use the cute little flower is stored in the circular base!  Heather, Thank you so much for your thoughtful gift!

This is the next must have, the Magnetic Pin cup!   They come in different sizes for all of your pin holding needs.  I realized I needed this after needlessly stabbing my self countless times (and cursing up a blue streak) going for a pin!

Make sure you check out all that Heather has to offer at Purple Hobbies!  No affiliation…. just a very happy quilter!

 

If you are going to Houston and see me…. Make sure you say hello!!

Janis’s Big Win!!!

I was so excited to receive Janis’s email!!

Lisa…do not know if you will get this…but I sent you a thank you a few years back for helping me quilt my first customer custom quilt…your classes have made me a really..I think…good Quilter.   Below is my first big win as a Quilter and waiting to see if my client and I get into AQS Daytona Beach 1st entry….still waiting.  I asked if you would please come to Florida…we have great golf courses.   I see you are on the list for Daytona Beach and you can bet ….I will be in those classes.  I know you have been thru a lot of changes in your life in the past year and I hope all is well.  Just wanted to let you know in this big world you are always in my thoughts….thanks again for all you do.

As a teacher we never tire of hearing our students success stories and I personally love to share them with the world!

Janis’s quilt won a blue ribbon!!! And I am quite certain I’ll be seeing this quilt in Daytona!!

Congratulations and thank you for sharing Janis!!

“Don’t have a creative Bone in your Body”

So its not secret that the past year has been a bit of a challenge…. divorce, moving etc.  It really takes it toll on how creative you are.  I have always been the type of person that takes her time with all of my projects… thinking that each one is a  masterpiece.  A creative rut is no place to be!  So how do you get out of it. Many of you have given great advice in the past…. step away, work on a simple project, knit or crochet etc…. I listened to this podcast on my way to teach in Vermont and I believe this is gonna help.

Take a listen and let me know in the comments what you think.

Marie Forleo’s Podcast with Chase Jarvis

I found the study on the pottery class most interesting!

With this in mind, I came home from that trip with a renewed energy that I just have to create.  Whether it is designing an original quilt, quilting customer quilts, my own quilts or even grabbing a pattern so I can work on something where I don’t have to think as much.

I decided to use a very old jelly roll in my limited stash…. and make this cute quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew called Pixel Chain.

How cute is that???  I cut all my fabric in a day and now it seems like its taking me forever to sew the blocks.  I have 5 done… that’s it.  lol . but at least the directions are there… I just have to follow them.

So with this podcast in my ear…. I am going to see how many projects I can get done by the end of the year.  I have a couple UFO’s that I am close to finishing so that should boost my numbers.  But the goal here is to not over think….. I suffer from Analysis Paralysis….. anyone else??

 

Who wants to join me???  Let’s see how productive we can be.

Love these Emails!!

For those of you who own your own business… you will probably agree.  Owning your business is a wonderful thing but sometimes it is extremely difficult!  So when I receive emails from my customers about how happy they are with their purchase, it makes my heart sing.  Here is a recent email I got from Carmen!

 

Hi Lisa!
This is the “ Baptist Fan” pantograph I used to use.

Okay results -nothing great.

These were borrowed from a friend-not very good at all! Forget it!!


This is the first row on this 1920s patchwork using your awesome ruler set!!!! Loving it!!  Your rulers & tutorial is my NEW go to for this design!! Thank you Sew very much!
Carmen
Soringfield MO

Thank you Carmen for sharing!!!

Here is a link to the Baptist Fan tutorial Carmen is speaking about.

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!!!

I am off to Vermont to visit The Champlain Valley Quilt Guild!

Lisa

20% off Flash Sale at LisahCalle.com

What better way to celebrate the back to school season then with a flash sale on the basics!  What are the basics you ask??  Straight edges (The Pros), Circles (ProCircles) and Arcs (ProEchoes)!!  Every studio should have these in different sizes.

Oh just think of all the things you can create with these…… piano keys, bead board borders, crosshatch, curved crosshatch, block designs, spines… the list is really quite endless!

SOOOOO……. From today through Monday Sept 2….. these categories will be 20% off!  This is an incredibly good deal for the sets as they are already 10% off.  No code is necessary!

New Digs…. New Design Wall!

So I am all moved into my studio.  If you’ve ever moved your studio…. you will know that it can take some time for it to feel like home.  I have been so busy getting the rest of the house set up that the studio unfortunately came last.

In the last couple of weeks, I have hung up all of my ribbons which are a great source of pride for me.

I am hoping that it motivates me to finish a show quilt that has been in progress for quite a while.

So the last item on the studio checklist was a design wall…. no studio is complete without this.  This required me to pull out the power tools.

Now I know a couple of my friends thought the prospect of me and power tools was a little scary and I am going to admit….. I am not the best with the drill.  But I managed to get them up!

I started with (3) 4′ x 8′ foam insulation boards.  I think mine were 3/4″ thick.  Drywall screws and some large washers.

So 8′ was a little to big for my walls…. I ended up cutting off 2′.  I used a utility knife…. and thank goodness I didn’t cut myself in the process of this project.

Now you will notice that there is an outlet on the wall….. I had to cut the board to accommodate this as well.  🤦‍♀️

I found the studs with a stud finder….. and no, unfortunately ladies… I found now living studs with this finder…. I think it is broken in that respect.  LOL

Screwed the foam boards into the wall.  I then covered the boards with flannel.  I just used pins to secure the flannel in case I need to remove it to wash it.   The flannel doesn’t keep my projects on the wall as well as cotton batting so I may switch it out at some point.  But for now the flannel seems to work ok.

You can see I was a tad bit off in my measurements for the outlet but it works!

Here are some current projects…. the one on the right is the show quilt that I need to finish.  I am waiting for it to tell me what border it needs.  LOL . I could be waiting a while.

If you do not have a design wall, they are quite easy to build.  I do recommend having a helper.  I did it by myself and it would have been easier if I had an extra set of hands.

 

Enjoy!!!

 

New Journey!

I recently posted a picture of my last show quilt, Oh My Bleeding Heart, and said that this was the quilt that broke me.  I do believe this to still be true.

I have decided to embark on a new quilt journey and invite you all to come along for the ride.  My BFF Barb Persing is going to be my guide as this will be completely new territory for me.  I am excited as this is going to take me far outside of my box.  I tell my students all the time to stretch themselves creatively and this will surely do that for me.

I am not certain of the format or where I will be posting most of the journey…. I wish I were that organized.  There will be blog posts, Instagram stories (so make sure you follow me @lisahcalle) and Facebook posts.  I will try and find the way that fits best but can’t make any promises.

 

So Here is the next project….. a pictorial…. should be an interesting journey. Wish me luck people!!

My 9 day Yoga Challenge

The past 6 months have been a lot!  I have divorced (amicably) and moved.  Talk about a stressful time.  I turn 50 this year as well.  I am actually very excited to be 50.  I feel my best years are ahead of me.

With all that being said….. I have had aches and pains that I should not have.  I have been doing yoga for a couple years now but with my travel schedule it has been hard to do it on a regular basis.  The other morning I woke up and I could barely move my neck…. I’ve been here before and it was not fun.  So I have the neck and shoulder and hip and lower back…. UGHHH…. so I decided that the only thing I could do is get this old ass in shape.

So I decided on Sat. that I was going to commit to 9 days of yoga and no alcohol.  9 days because on the 10th day, I will be traveling to MQX for a week.  My studio of choice is Bikram Yoga Exton…. no affiliation except that I love the studio.

Day 1: Sunday

Yin Yoga:  1 1/2 hours .  Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of modern yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.   I absolutely loved it but realized that it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  When Monday morning came, it was the first morning in quite a while that I woke up with little to no hip and lower back pain.  This spurred me on.  I had been getting leg cramps so Kristin, the owner and instructor, suggested Coconut water.  Well, it was not very good, however, it did help in my post workout recovery ALOT!

Day 2:  Monday

Bikram Yoga:  1 1/2 hours  Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques.[1] It became popular in the early 1970s.[2] All Bikram Yoga Beginning Series classes run for 90 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises.[3] Bikram Yoga is a hot yoga style, and is ideally practiced in a room heated to 35–42 °C (95–108 °F) with a humidity of 40%.[4] All official Bikram classes are taught by Bikram-certified teachers, who have completed nine weeks of training endorsed by Choudhury.[5] Bikram-certified teachers are taught a standardized dialogue to run the class, but are encouraged to develop their teaching skills the longer they teach. This results in varying deliveries and distinct teaching styles.[4]

This is the yoga that I like to practice.  I love the heat which is normally around 104 degrees with 40% humidity.  When I  leave the studio it looks as if I had been swimming.  There are days that I drive the yoga bus and days that I get run over by the yoga bus.  LOL   There was a little bit of both today.   I took the 6:30pm class.  I normally like to practice earlier in the day but this is what worked into all of my show prep schedule.  I grabbed a coconut water again today and it tasted a little better than the day before… I’m thinking it might be growing on me.

Day 3:  Tuesday

I like to arrive at the studio 20 minutes prior to class so my body can adjust to the heat.  I went to the 9:30 class which was tough as I was just there the night before.   I am finding it easier to concentrate and balance on Day 3.  I am not having as many aches and pains in my joints which is so positive.

Day 4:  Wednesday

Oh boy, this morning was really rough.  Brody wasn’t feeling great so I drove him to school and we were late… this made getting to the 9:30 class really rough.  I’m thinking that late for yoga is NOT a good reason to speed but I was NOT missing this class.  I swear, every car and truck in front of me was the universe trying to teach me something….. I had bad words coming out of my mouth as I was sure I wasn’t going to make it.

Needless to say, I was NOT there 20 minutes prior…. what I failed to say on Day 1 is that I am a little particular about where in the hot room I practice.  It is REALLY hot and there are ceiling fans that the instructors will turn on periodically as well as the doors that they will open.  Let me just say that you want to be where you benefit from both of these things.  So when I got there a whole 5 minutes before class started, I didn’t have a lot of areas to choose from.  But I managed to squeeze in where I benefited from the door being opened.  I was feeling anything but ZEN as I entered the room.  The hour and a half flew by and I was able to relax and let go of my hectic morning.  I am now a coconut water believer….. no more leg cramps and my recovery from sweating my ass off for 90 minutes is so much easier.  Moving on to Day 5…. this will get me to the half way mark.

Day 5:  Thursday

Some days you drive the yoga bus and others you get run over by the yoga bus.  Today I got “clipped” by the bus.  It was a great class but a little rougher than the other days.  I think since I felt so good the previous days, I pushed a little harder today.  I also went to the 12:00 class.  I prefer to go in the morning but this is what worked into the schedule.

Day 6:  Friday

Back to the 9:30 class.  Yeah!  I am noticing that the postures are feeling a little different which the instructor says is good.  My body is changing.  Noticeably less lower back and hip pain.  Today I realized that I can do Triangle to the left side much better than the right.  My right hip and left should scream at me when I do it to the right.  just gotta take it easy on that side til things loosen up.

Day 7:  Sat.

10am class…..  needless to say, I do not know why I though dropping Brody off with Jon at 9:30 was ok.  I like to be at the studio 1/2 hour before.  I had to call the studio and ask them to NOT lock the door as I was going to be a few minutes late.  This means that I would have to squeeze into a spot and sure enough… it was in the corner of hell…. no relief with the fan or door opening.  AND I did not even have a glimpse of myself in the mirror which is fine with some poses but others…. good to see if you are out of alignment.   But alas, I survived and learned that I am more flexible then I had thought…. the mind not the body.  LOL

Day 8:  Sunday

This brought me back to YIN yoga.  which was good but I def. missed the heat and sweating.  But I will be back to that tomorrow on Day 9.

Day 9:  Monday

Holy Sh-t people…. I got run over by the yoga bus today.   The breathing exercise which is the first thing you do….. was a struggle.  What I really wanted to do was just lie down and take a nap in the hot room.  Do you think that would be acceptable??  I mustered through but sat for the majority of the standing series….

 

Things I learned about myself…. I am stronger than I thought both physically and mentally.  I am able to adapt to the stressors of life more so now than ever before.  I am more flexible in my thinking….. wish it were my body.  😂

Physically, I am in good shape and as the week progressed, the postures definitely started to change which meant that my body is changing.  I focused more on using my core strength.  (always wanted a six pack… on my bucket list)  This may never happen but I can try.

If you haven’t given Bikram Yoga a shot, I would def try it.  You DO have to go more than once to know if you will like it.  The first class you might just be trying to survive the heat.  I know Bikram Yoga Exton does a 30 days for $30 for new people.  You should give it a whirl.

 

Maybe I’ll see you in the hot room soon.

 

Lisa