Spring Forward…..

Well, I don’t know about you but this Spring forward stinks…. don’t get me wrong, I like it that it is light out later but why do we even still do this silly time change.  I think we need to  boycott when we get to Fall Back… what do you all think?

So this weekend, I went to the NJ Quiltfest!  Loads of fun with my pal, Barbara Persing… We helped out in Olde City Quilts booth… I don’t know about help… I played on the BERNINA Q24… the new longarm… what fun!  There aren’t a lot of days that I get to just play so this was like a vacation.  The machine stitches and moves like a dream.  If you get a chance to try one out, be forewarned… you’ll fall in love.

MQX is right around the corner… I have added on my beginner template class… Totally Templates… there is still some spots available. E268r – Totally Template Thursday April 9th 1-5pm!  Remember that you get the machine to yourself for 4 hours!!

Totally Template Sample

Totally Template Sample

 

From one quilt show to the next…. who’s going to Lancaster???  I will be there on Wednesday afternoon.  Maybe i’ll get to see the quilts in this show.  🙂

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

 

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!

Lisa

 

ProSpine™ rulers have arrived….

ProSpine Small : Shallow curve

ProSpine Small : Shallow curve

 

The ProSpine™ rulers have arrived… poor Fed Ex had to trudge through feet a couple inches of snow.  I have a limited amount in this order but have a second order coming.  So to celebrate the arrival of the new babies…. I will be offering them at 15% off till Sunday Feb 1st!   I will have them at Birds of a Feather as well.

ProSpine™ Small Deep Curve

ProSpine™ Small Deep Curve

 

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

 

Mastering the Mini!!

ClairewallaceminiMMI love whole cloths!  There is something so elegant about just a piece of fabric and thread.  The problem with whole cloths as I saw it was that there was a lot of measuring (which I totally dislike) and a lot of marking ( which I detest as well).  Maybe you feel the same way?

In my Mastering the Mini, I teach you how to create a one of a kind whole cloth with no measuring  and minimal marking!  What could be better?

Crown Jewels: Won HM at Houston International quilt festival

Crown Jewels: Won HM at Houston International quilt festival

I used this method to create Crown Jewels and it did quite well on the show circuit.  🙂

I will be teaching this class at Birds of a Feather (Feb 7, 1:30-6) and MQX  (April 10, 8-12p) (2 day and a 4 hour class)

Now, Mary from MQX has convinced me to do a hands on Mastering the Mini and More class…. what is this, you ask?  Well, it is a 2 part class, The first day (4 hours) will be spent designing your mini and marking it!  I provide you with the white fabric ( feel free to bring your own or I will have some luscious Radiance for sale, just the right size) and thread.

The second day, we will spend this time on the machines stitching out your beautiful masterpieces.   I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.  Make sure you sign up today as space is limited to 12 students… one per machine.

Here are some of the drawings from a previous Mastering the Mini class… these ladies have some wicked talent!  Don’t miss out.

Quilt on

Lisa

 

Gettin in the Groove!!

I am sure it comes as no surprise to many of you, I LOVE ruler work.  So much so that I have my own line of rulers, Quilter’s Groove Rulers.  Since I have designed my rulers to do what I love with minimal markings, I was encouraged to create a class to teach you all how to use them.  If you already have some , thank you!  I’d love to hear how you use them and how they made your quilting easier.  If you are not familiar with them…. come to the Gettin in the Groove class to learn how having the right tool for the job makes life oh so much easier.   I will be teaching this class at two shows this year,  Birds of a Feather (Feb 7, 10:30a-12:30p) and MQX (April 10, 1-5)

I have 3 new rulers!  ProSpine™ Small, ProSpine™ Medium and ProSpine™ Large!  They each have two different size curves so that’s 6 different spines!  They will be sold individually and in a set.  I am so excited about these.  We will be using the ProSpine™ small in class.  I am expecting the shipment at the end of the week  so shipping will commence the first week of February.

Here is the class sample….

Gettin in the Groove Sample

Gettin in the Groove Sample

 

Sign up today!!

If you would like to know more about some of the things you can do with my rulers, go to the video tutorial page on my website.

Quilt on!

Lisa

Latest Happenings…..

First , I have to thank you all for your wonderful name suggestions!  So far I have narrowed it down and these are the ones in the forefront.  I could change my mind as I am quilting but who knows….

Citrus Starburst

Persian Rose

Mimosa Blush

Navigating my Passion

Raspberry Fields

Raspberry Delight

Love to hear more if something pops into your head.

I am going to chronicle my journey with the quilting so make sure to subscribe to my blog.

So I printed off my black and white print out but I had some trouble seeing the area I wanted to work on. So I zoomed in on the center and printed that off.  Here is what  I have so far….

centerdrawing

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a Friday at Olde City Quilts with Teri Lucas!  We were filming how Teri uses templates on her Domestic machine.  While I was in Houston, I got a lot of question as to whether you could use templates on a domestic machine.  The answer is YES!!!  Teri makes it look so easy.  I will be posting the link on Friday barring any unforeseen computer glitches, so stay tuned!! Here are some of the very talented quilters who used this method.  Come join us.

AnitapedersonAndiBarney2IMG_0495IMG_0490IMG_0487

Quilt on!

Lisa

Beat the Winter Blues…. Take a Road Trip

Oh, the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful….. ok, no, I’m not going to torture you by singing.  I can’t carry a tune to save my life so I will spare you that.  But the weather has been terribly cold and most of you might know, I can’t stand the cold.  So I am flying south from Feb 6th -8th to Virginia Beach to teach at Birds of a Feather.    What?? you haven’t heard of it?  Where have you been?  This is a wonderful conference to further your machine quilting skills with lectures, hands on classes, drawing classes and lecture demos and  the faculty list is amazing!!!

Check out this great class!  I will not be teaching this class again this year on the East Coast so don’t miss out.

Totally Templates:

Totally Template Sample

Totally Template Sample

“Lisa relies on quilting templates to make the most of her complex and dynamic quilting designs. But using templates and rulers to stitch straight lines and perfect curves can be daunting. Join her as she shares her insider knowledge on how to use them and how just a few simple shapes open up 100‘s of possibilities. You will leave this class with a solid knowledge of how to make the most of templates and work with them with confidence. This is a beginner template class.”

Totally Templates

Totally Templates

 

Join me for this 2 hour hands on class on Feb 7th from 8-10!  We will have a blast!

Quilt on!

Lisa

Happy New Year!!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, it feels like it went by in a huge blur, but it was very enjoyable.  2014, wow, it will be at least till June before I will write the correct year on my checks.

In the beginning of each year I like to review how the previous year went and look to see what I would like to accomplish in the new year.  One of the things that came to mind was my blog.  I am going to try and be a better “blogger”.  This year I would like to use my blog to post things I feel would be helpful in both long arming and quilting in general.  I am by no means saying I am an expert and what I convey may or may not be helpful to you but I am going to give it a go.  So here goes nothing… ( I could be talking to myself here..)

I have been working hard on my template class for the spring.  I tend to procrastinate so I have 2 more classes to finish up as well but since I am teaching the template class at Olde City Quilts on Jan 18 from 10-2 (hint, hint) I figure that I better work on that one first.  😉  If you can’t make it to Olde City, I will be teaching this at Birds of a Feather, MQX East and HMQS in Salt Lake City in the coming months.  Click here for dates.

Some things to think about…. not everyone will love quilting with templates as much as I do and that’s ok.  Templates are for creating accuracy not speed.  You will not be an expert right out of the gate but don’t get frustrated.  One of the hardest things is getting use to holding the template.  You will want a secure hold but not a death grip, you don’t want to press too hard or the machine won’t move either.  I have found that if you put a piece of paper underneath your template on a flat surface, you will want to apply enough pressure that you are able to pull the paper out from underneath but not too much that the paper won’t pull out at all.  There is also a give and take, side to side as well since your hopping foot is being guided by the template.    This class is great for beginners as we go over all of this in class.

One question I get asked a lot is what is my favorite template for beginners.  I believe that if you have determined that you like using templates, you must have a straight edge ruler and a set of circles.  You can get by with just these two  for some time.  ( I am working on my straight edge now.  I just need to make sure the size is right).    There are so many things you can use the circles for aside from wreaths, you can use them for CC (continuous curves), spines, swags, clamshells etc.  I also use them for marking scallops for borders.  You will not regret having them!

One last item about templates…. SID or stitch in the ditch.  If you like custom work, this is a skill worth mastering.  There is a high side and a low side of a seam.  You will want to SID on the low side with a thread that blends.  If you quilt for other people, check out their seam pressing before suggesting a lot of ditch work.  I have found that some seams go both  ways….

seampress

If the seam indeed goes both ways, sometimes you will be able to “swipe” the seam back to its correct side.  Insert a needle or pin on the low side near the seam and swipe the needle in an arc shape to push the seam back.

seampress2

This is not always possible but worth a try so you don’t have to jump the ditch.  🙂 I like to use monopoly thread when I am doing ditch work but silk thread works great as well.  You will want a thinner thread so it disappears.

This is the sample for the hands on template class.  This is a class designed to get you comfortable with using holding and using templates,  straight edge and circles.  Hope to see you in class.

Template sample

If you have any questions about templates, don’t hesitate to ask.  You can find mine line of templates at http://www.stonehousequilting.com

Lisa