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15% REPEAT..REPEAT 15% OFF THE ENTIRE SITE.  YES WE SAID ENTIRE SITE!

Don’t you hate it when you’ve been holiday shopping, after being five deep in line you finally drag yourself the register.  It’s painful, and frustrating but for our lovely quilters it doesn’t have to end in such a sad scenario.

We feel your pain so we are rolling into the upcoming BIG weekend with a sale to get you excited about spending money.  And why not start by treating yourself; there is nothing wrong with a “To: Me/From: Me” gift.  Perhaps there is a friend, boss, relative who could also reap the benefits of this sale.

Our “Black Friday/Small Business/Cyber Monday Sale” begins Friday the 25th  through Mondaythe 28th!  But I’ve been known to start early…. so check out the website!

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This little sample that Bethanne Nemesh made is quite stunning.  She used the ProPebbles rulers for all of those beautiful circle designs.  They as well as the rest of the Quilter’s Groove Line of rulers are 15% off.

The center is an exquisite example of her Nemeshing technique which is explained in her book.

Bethanne is also having a 15% off sale this weekend so make sure you stop by her site….  WhitearborQuilting.com .

  

Hop aboard the #BFSBCM train and take advantage of this amazing sale going on Friday through Monday November 28th, 2016.  Skip the Black Friday crowds, the Small Business chaos, and Cyber Monday traffic by shopping with Lisa and Bethanne.  You might just have time to quilt a thing or two before the holidays!

**Please note each business will be shipping their own products.  We cannot combine products and ship from one site. IQuilt products are sold independently and cannot be included in the 15% off sale.

SHOP, SAVE and SMILE!

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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

 

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

To Blog = To Share, Connect, Inspire & Create

  

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  Although 2017 will not be arriving for 4 months, and Christmas (let alone New Year’s)is something I really don’t want any parts of since it’s only October, I did want to share this:  Starting next week I will commit to entertaining my audience every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  And should I fall short of that I believe Drea will come up with some type of consequence that is as torturous, if not worse, than Hot Yoga!  So a little more consistency is coming your way.

Here’s a sneak peak at whats coming up next week:

Blog Hop on the book “A New Spin on Drunkards Path” by John Kubinec!  John has designed unique pieces using variations of the Drunkard’s Path Block.

AND here comes FLAT LISA!  Who is she? What can she possibly do?? And what the heck is she for???  Stay tuned for her reveal next week!  So I will leave you in suspense for the next two days and look forward to kick off my earliest New Year’s resolution ever!

Quilt on, my friends!

Lisa

My New Book!!!

I am so excited!  My new book, Lisa H Calle’s Divide and Design, is coming out!  They are due to arrive here in my studio the week of Sept 19th!!

I am now accepting preorders for a signed copy….. all orders will go out the week of the 26th!  (hopefully sooner) If you order your book with any Quilter’s Groove Rulers, they will all go out at the same time so if you need your rulers, please order them separately.

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This book will teach you my divide and design technique as well as give you 5 simple piecing/applique projects to practice on.  When using this technique I use a  variety of rulers to divide out my quilt.  I use the ProEcho’s … the small ones (Proechoes 3-7) and medium ones (Proechoes 8-12) are the most used! You can use whatever templates/rulers you have on hand.

This technique is not just  for longarmers!  If you quilt your own tops, this book is for you!

Here are a couple of peeks at some of the quilts…

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This book goes over the material in my iQuilt class as well.  iQuilt is having a sale 40% off one  class!

Divide, Design and Fill for Beautiful Quilting or Mastering the Mini, Wholecloth that is!

Promotional Disclosure: *Use coupon code SEPT40 at checkout to receive your discount. Discount applied to the lowest priced class in the cart. Members receive an additional 20% off at checkout. Sale valid 09/08/16 through 09/13/16 at 11:59 p.m. (CT). Limited time only. Subject to change without notice. Only one coupon code may be used per order. Not valid on prior orders. This offer may not be combined with other offers.

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I am off to AQS Chattanooga on Monday!  I hope to see a lot of you there!

What will you create?

Lisa

LeMoyne Star – Take 1

Sorry for the late post… I guess better late than never…

This week we are working on the Lemoyne star!  First I want to say…. a lot of my design choices really depend on the fabric used, whether the thread will show, can I get away with one thread or would I need to change threads.

Step 1:  Divide the block… I’m sure you are seeing a trend here with step 1.

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I then realized I wanted something in the center…

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Step 2:  Add some design elements…

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Needed to add some little bit of interest.  Circles it is.

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I added the lines in the center to divide up the area a little more… remember the more dividing lines you put in the more intricate your quilting will be. You could stop here if you like…

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Step 3… Add fills… And stipple, pebbles and sand stipple and straight lines…

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This quilt would not be a cuddable quilt with all this quilting.  Wednesday I will make sure it is lightly quilted.

What will you CREATE?

Lisa

 

Exciting News!!

I am excited to share with all of you that I am the newest BERNINA longarm spokesperson!!  I am thrilled to be working with such a wonderful company and promoting an incredible brand!

I have just returned from New Orleans where I attended my first BERNINA University.  This is where all of the dealers across the country and some from out of the country come and learn about the new products that BERNINA has to offer!  To say it is an educational whirlwind is putting it mildly!   The Q-matic which is the computer component to the longarm made its appearance and everyone was so excited… myself included.  I had the opportunity to do a little work with it back in April and am excited to get it into my studio soon.

The domestic ruler foot #72 made its debut as well.  This was highly anticipated and did not disappoint.  We all wanted to sneak them into our pockets to take home… alas, that did not happen, as I gave up first born (sorry Brandon) to get to try it out.  LOL  Just kidding… they really are in high demand though.  Make sure you reach out to your dealer so they know you want one.  Once you have this ruler foot you will then be able to use all of the  Quilter’s Groove Rulers on your domestic machine… YEAH!!!

If you are a fan of the Quilter’s Groove Rulers, please let your shop know that they are available to stock in their store either  through me or BREWER.  What a convenience to be able to place the ruler order along with all of their other quilt shop needs.  They have all  been repackaged for their quilt shop debut!

For those of you who have been following my block of the week posts… fear not,  I have just pushed that post till tomorrow.

If you are interested in seeing and hearing about the features of the BERNINA Q24 and her little sister the Q20, you can check it out here.

https://www.bernina.com/en-US/Products-US/BERNINA-products/Longarm-Quilting

What will you create?

Lisa

Churn Dash – Take 3

We are a little off with the posts due to the July 4th holiday…. so we have a Saturday post.  I wanted to make sure we got 3 designs for the Churn Dash before we move on to the Clamshell next week.

Since I know a lot of you do customer quilts and you don’t want to spend a ton of time doing minute background fills, we will call this a snuggable!  I will make sure each block has at least one snuggable in it.

Step 1:  A little continuous curve to break up the block.  You can use a variety of different CC for this.  Play around and see what you like the best.

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Step 2:  I used the ProCurve 1 to do a 1″ curved crosshatch in the center area.  With this tool you do not need to measure or mark!

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Step 3: Add some feathers to get a little movement in the block.  I like to make sure all of my feathers are going in the same direction.

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Step 4:  The corners needed something and I opted for some more curved crosshatching.

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Hope you like the first “snuggable” !

Here is a recap of the 3 Churn Dash blocks we did….

What will you create??

Lisa

 

Churn Dash – Take Two!

Hope you enjoyed the first version of the Churn Dash.  Here is the second design I came up with.

Step 1:  Divide up the block.  Again a combination of the ProEcho rulers were used.


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Step 2: I added the design element of the swirl to fill some empty space.  I do not worry about the swirls all being identical.

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Step 3:  Feathers of course come next.

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Step 4:  A little straight line fill.

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Step 5: Added some more swirls.  I tried to keep this one lightly quilted.  LOL

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If you were going to add more… what would you do?  I know what  I would do…

What will you create??

Lisa

Churn Dash – Take One

Hope you all had a fantastic Fourth of July!  Our block this week is the Churn Dash or Monkey Wrench block.

Step 1:  Divide the block.  I use a combination of ProEcho rulers and sometimes straight edges in this step.  All of my rulers can be found at lisahcalle.com

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Step 2:  I added a little something in the pieced area.

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Step 3:   added my design elements…. feathers of course.

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Step 4:   The center looked a little lonely.  Added the straight lines with my favorite ProLine™ tool.

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Step 5:  A little sand stipple…. Many of you have asked what sand stipple is… it is a very tiny stipple that really just mushes down all the fabric.  Lines cross over each other as it would be impossible to do it any other way.  I use a fine thread such as silk or Invisafil by Wonderfil for this step.

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What will you create???

Lisa