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

Houston….. here we come!

Houston here we come!  Yes, we are coming back for this 2016!! Last year was my first experience with teaching; I cannot express how amazing the event was, my class and students were simply incredible!  My time in Houston was so motivating that it has me coming back for more;  and I cannot wait to see what this year has to offer.  On Monday Oct 31st I will be teaching one “Hands On” class using my 3 step method for quilting.  It is my most popular class based on my new book, Divide and Design, Get it done!

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There are still some spots available!!  Sign up today.   Class #103

Divide and Design:
The Cure for Quilter’s Agoraphobia
Do you feel overwhelmed when gazing upon a quilt feeling anxious that something creative and beautiful is beyond your scope? Have you observed pieces designed by quilters and thought “where do they come up with such originality?”  You are not alone, and the cure for such reluctance is just a class away.  With Lisa’s 3 step process you will approach the idea of quilting in a completely new way. Over the course of this class you will divide large areas of your quilt into manageable small spaces, gaining the confidence and skill needed to produce a design that will make your quilt top sing and have you smiling with pride!  You will soon discover that anyone can transform the everyday quilt into a masterpiece, and moreover turn those special quilts into treasured heirlooms.  So don’t let Quilter’s Agoraphobia keep you from doing what you love; let Lisa’s class provide the freedom needed to bring out the quilter in you!

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I am also excited to announce that we will take our first step into the world of vending!  The whole process has been fun and terrifying all at the same time. But we are eager to launch our business among vendors nationwide and begin this new journey here in Houston.  Don’t miss out on our booth, #1323 and get a first hand look at what our business can offer you.  Moreover, Judy and I would love the opportunity to meet with those attending the show; exchanging ideas, and stories with others in the quilting industry is what we live for!

And on an ESTATIC note while in Houston, that Tuesday evening,  I will have the honor of accpeting an award  for my quilt, A Silver Lining.  This is a huge thrill from me as this quilt was created on the BERNINA longarm.  While designing this second quilt, using the BERNINA Qmatic, this amazing machine enabled me to use my computerized components to produce an award winning piece of art.  I cannot thank BERNINA for making such a incredible product!!

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So… who are we going to see at the show???

Lisa

AQS Chattanooga

My journey to AQS Chattanooga has come to an end; now that I am home I can reflect and share with everyone what an incredible time Judy and I had!  We definitely embraced quality and quantity car time together as we drove 10 1/2 hours from Philadelphia to Chattanooga…. to many I am sure this sounds dreadful, but Judy and I always make each trip an adventure to remember.  And although the world outside was trying poop on our parade the two of inside the vehicle laughed it away!

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Had we known prior that Dolly Parton would be greeting us as we entered good ole Tennessee we would have honored her with a little  music.  I’m thinking “9 to 5” would have been just perfect!

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After a great morning of judging the amazing talent in Tennessee, we decided to venture to the Tennessee Aquarium.  So many incredible things to see; I didn’t realize that seahorses could be so small, or perhaps I just haven’t seen enough of them.  And oh my! The creatures that look as though they are from prehistoric times, Jurassic Park comes to mind or Harry Potter?  Regardless our time spent at the museum was interesting to say the least.

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Classes began on Wednesday, each session was  filled with students that arrived eager and ready to learn.  I too was excited, I never tire of having the opportunity to share my knowledge and methods .  As in any class each group of students is different, and yes that means the serious learner , the comical learner, and even those who like to cause trouble…Marsha…Debby, need I say more?  Heading to the South is one of my favorite areas to teach.  I am never disappointed by the warmth and kindness I experience from those around me, it’s like coming home.

 

Below are some pictures taken from the classes I taught….. there was a total of six sessions…. 2 Templates classes, 2 Feathers classes, my session demonstrating the Divide and Design technique and a Fills class.

 

I actually had some student that had never laid fingers on a machine!  This thrilled me, as I was ecstatic to bring the world of quilting into their lives.  With each class I witnessed everyone progress. Moreover, it was so rewarding to observe their confidence and self satisfaction with their results .  My trip to Chattanooga was awesome, and I can only thank everyone who participated in my classes for such a great week.

And I can’t forget to mention that while in Tennessee I had a chance to visit Spool and Maddie Kertay!  The character of her store will draw you in, it has such a warm and inviting feel, and once you see her selection of fabric you will wish you had visited sooner!  But spending time with Maddie was the highlight; she is one badass!

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Thank you AQS for a fabulous week!  I am so fortunate to do this for a living; not a day goes by that I don’t  wonder how I got so lucky to be sharing my passion and love of quilting.

What will your passion and love of quilting create???

Lisa

PS.  Make sure you check out my new book!  Divide and Design!  I just got some of the quilts back ….. here are my two favorites.

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

Friendship Star.. take?

Hi all,

I am trying to get caught up and organized after that sale.  It was a whirlwind and the feedback on the new site and new packaging was great.  Thank you.

I did not get a chance to draw up a new design but Dagmar Eu was kind enough to send me her design and I must say I really like it.

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I am hoping to get back to drawing and quilting… I actually came close to turning on my machine but it hasn’t happened.  I am determined to work on my quilt next week, I need to get it off the frame to do a couple of samples.  This means that I at least have to baste it.

The thought of basting the whole quilt to take it off use to send shivers down my spine but now with the BERNINA longarm…. no more.  The basting stitch is wonderful.  I like the 2 stitches per inch when I am basting and it does it like a dream.  I ‘ll keep you posted but in the mean time, I am going to ask you for your help…. the New York Beauty block is up next and I would love to get some pictures of what you all have done with it.  Can you all send me some pics?  email them to me at lisahcalle@me.com with your name and the date done and i will make sure that is embedded in the pic.

What will you create?

Lisa

Storm at Sea – Take 2

Ok, here we go with our second try… don’t forget about the sale  going on over at lisahcalle.com

Step 1:    I decided to use some scrolls to divide this time.  It adds a lot of movement to the quilt.

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Step 2: I went back to feathers and love how this looks.

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Step 3:  So far this is how I would stitch it out as well.  added some straight lines  and circles to the dark patches.

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Since the these blocks are normally set next to each other I wanted to know how the quilt would look…

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Love how this one turned out.

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

 

What will you Create? Clamshell- Take 3

As we move through the blocks that you all request, one thing I need to point out…. some of these designs really depend on what the fabric is like.  If a fabric is really busy, I tend to like to texturize it.  If its going to show, I like to use main design motifs like feathers, leaves, all those beautiful things that people drool over.

This one was fun!  I tried to get outside of the box… for me.  LOL  This one is a snuggable as well.

Step 1: Divide up the block… lol, I laugh because it isn’t much but like I say in my class, the more you divide the more intricate the design…. I wanted this one simple so its simple dividing.  I don’t worry about the scrolls being identical.

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Step 2:  Add some ferns…. see, I can do other things beside feathers…

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Step 3:  That alternate block…. did you think we weren’t going to use any rulers?  Wrong…. Proline 4 for those 1/4″ lines…

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Step 4:  a little pebble in there as well…

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Hope you enjoyed the clamshell.  Here is your recap.

 

 

What will you create??

Lisa

What will you Create?? Clamshell- Take 2

This block is harder to come up with different ideas for me…

Step 1:   Divide up the block.

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Step 2:  Add a little pebble… those ProPebbles come in handy.

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Step 3:  Figure the alternate blocks out. Going for a fan shape.

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Step 4:  Feathers of course…

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This would be a “snuggable” design as well.

OK, off to see if I can’t figure out something different for the Take 3!   Have a great Wednesday.

What will you create?

Lisa