Presenting… Perfect Plumes!

 

Some things are worth the wait, and I have to admit these are one of those things!  If you’ve been yearning to master the technique of creating beautiful heirloom feathers then, Perfect Plumes is calling your name!  The class is broken down into steps that are easy to understand and provides the knowledge and skills needed to enhance this aspect of quilting. The only catch is there is no magic fairy dust..

 

 

You may not want to hear this folks but the fact remains, like many things, the key to success with creating feathers is practice, practice, practice! You want to succeed, and I want you to succeed, so in order to achieve that, Perfect Plumes includes worksheets to be downloaded.  Trust me, they will be a huge learning asset. In addition, the class incorporates videos demonstrating drawings and stitching performed on the domestic machine.

When I began quilting, I desperately wanted to master feathers.  This didn’t happen over night, in fact, it took some patience, time, and a lot of doodling.  My unwavering dedication in grasping this concept evolved into a huge love of feathers.  They are, by no means perfect, but that’s just fine with me.

Okay, enough about me, back to YOU and Perfect Plumes! Finally, the conclusion of this session incorporates a final project to test your skills, and the pattern is included! A class with manageable steps, videos, worksheets, and a final project; what more could a fan of heirloom feathers ask for?  Trust me you’ll soon see that magic fairy dust isn’t necessary; the true magic lies in YOU!

So let’s get you flying with feathers! Sign up now!

NJ Quilt Fest and Memory Lane

Thank you Manusco! I’m sure they weren’t aware that selecting Edison, New Jersey as the new venue for the NJ Quilt fest, would bestow upon me a priceless gift.   In addition, I am quite certain they had no idea that they would have my professional and personal lives joining paths for the weekend.

 

So, believe it or not I actually grew up in the town of Plainfield which is right next to Edison, in fact my high school was in Edison.  Good Ole “Evergreen School” (my elementary school) I remember it felt overwhelming walking the halls as a young student.  Now the aged brick building appears so small.  Ah those early school days..

Yes, rings were exchanged and vows were made. Unfortunately when I recently witnessed the establishment it was evident that the church had aged over time. It no longer evoked  an establishment that housed an assembly of participating parishioners. Instead its lack of visitors was evident by the hollow, unkept, grounds and vacant parking lot.

 

My Days Intertwined:

Class was, of course, in session throughout the weekend.  And my students were incredible as always.  I couldn’t believe that one of my students actually went home and redid her “in class” project.  A shout-out to Valeria for doing an amazing job!

 

My timing couldn’t be have been more on point.  The weekend I was in town also happened to be the life celebration of a dear friend of mine who had passed last year.  Perhaps you recall my post last year that spoke of Paul.  He was a second brother to me and his presence is missed daily.  Paul is one of those rare individuals that we may have lost but will never forget.  My older brother had a “gang”, okay  let’s revise that a little.  My brother was part of six, very close friends, who spent a lot of quantity and quality time together.  Most of them knew me since the time I wore diapers.  Thankfully I don’t remember such early introductions, bottom line, they were all an extended part of our family.  When Paul lost his battle with cancer in 2017,  it was an enormous loss to me. I wasn’t sure how to deal and process the grief that I was experiencing.  In a shocker, quilting became my therapy. It was my means of getting through such devastation.  My mind and hands went to work constructing a special piece for my brother in honor of Paul.  Ironically the binding was completed during the Quilt Fest and I delivered this little memento at his party later that weekend.

Life has a way of placing us where we need to be at exactly the right time.  Although none of us will be able to close the missing piece that Paul has placed in our hearts, we will forever relive our lives with him strolling, together, down “Memory Lane”.

Lisa, Lisa, Where Are You?

I realize that I have been MIA, but for good reason as it all pertains to my love of quilting.  Numerous commitments have kept me on the go; trust me even my husband thinks I’ve disappeared!  First up was MQX (Machine Quilter’s Expo) in New Hampshire.  I love attending this show, it holds a special place in my heart since it was my first teaching gig way back in 2006.  I get such an overwhelming sense of nostalgia when I walk through the doors of this arena.

The word “amazing” doesn’t come close to describing this show or the quilts! AND the quilters were spectacular!  I am beyond thrilled to report that my four-year (okay five-year) project, “Oh, My Bleeding Heart” placed 3rd in the Solo division!  I am speechless and filled with immense joy.  

During my classes I was in awe of my incredibly talented students, and that’s putting it mildly.  They were amazing and brought tons of fun and the love of teaching to my days at MQX.

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No, no I have not forgotten about my Perfect Plumes class.  The perfectionist that I am, I felt  that I needed to add a “final” project to the session.  This little addition to the class has taken me a little bit longer than expected to produce. Good things come to those that wait..lol!

HOWEVER…

I believe everyone will be excited to hear that the ProFeather Rulers have arrived! If you’re out of the loop and haven’t heard about them, you better get in the loop by checking them out !!!

“Quiltique” A Must See!

 

Yes, I’m talking about, “Quiltique” located in Henderson, NV.  The first word that comes to mind is…WOW! Lucky for me, I had the pleasure of teaching in their establishment.  I loved the shop so much that I wanted to share a small piece of it with all my fellow fans of quilting.   So take a look at video that has me yearning to go back!

It was three fun-filled days of classes and my trunk show “There Ain’t No Junk in Lisa H Calle’s Trunk”.  I must admit teaching ruler work on the domestic machine was a blast!  So although I am a longarm quilter, please don’t hesitate to reach to me if your shop or guild is interested in classes or lectures on the domestic machine.  Just shoot me an email.

  Take off those shoes! Thank god! It was wonderful to witness others in the world of quilting that feel the need to quilt barefoot.  My first day at Quiltique I attempted to demo in a pair of heeled boots, that was not the smartest choice I’ve ever made.

Traveling brings many adventures and fun finds.  Everywhere I go I am never disappointed in the unique and often humorous items I come across.  Quiltitque did not let me down, on the contrary, it brought a few treasures my way as you can see below.  And yes, that is a wine sippy cup.

You all know that I don’t  keep a large stash.  Nope, I am a  minimalist in that area, but I am trying to step outside the box a little bit as shown above.  I have decided for 2018 that if I encounter a fabric that calls my name I better buy it.  My past choices of ignoring my inner voice that whispers, “Lisa, oh what you could do with that material” always comes back to bite me.  Even after taking baby steps and purchasing the fabric depicted above, I need to disclose that material was also available in a blue and green colorway.  And the consequences of old habits would have it I am kicking myself for not purchasing it!  A call to Quiltque may be in order

I’m teaching locally at Ladyfingers, and at InStitches!  Hope to see some familiar faces!

There will be two BIG announcements coming your way; actually maybe THREE!  I’ll keep you wondering for a bit longer, so stay tuned!

There are Several “Popabilities”!

 

I am about to mention a tool that I am sure that I have made reference to previously.   However, if by any small chance you missed the initial reveal of this tool; I will share with you one more time just how much I LOVE my  Corner Pop tool .

During the last couple of months I’ve been in my studio dedicating time to a special project, along with squeezing in time for my four-year quilt.  The Corner Pop tool and technique has made a huge difference in creating this design.

The photograph below shows the beginnings of the design.

I am auditioning different fabric pieces to select which shade of orange I prefer for this project.  And as you observe those rather large pieces of material, you may be wondering where I incorporated the use of the powerful Corner Pop tool.

TA DA! Doesn’t that look a bizillion times better?!

I absolutely LOVE how easy this tool is to use.  In the center of this quilt there is an enormous amount of open space.  I have an option of leaving the space vacant, but due to the importance of this quilt I chose to give extra attention to the blank space.

I often wish that I took more time, and placed some thought into the construction of my design prior to falling in love with it. Life might just be a little less stressful.  Therefore, I decided to push myself and step outside the box .  Straying from the norm I actually created the construction of the design.  My decsion in doing so has the  jury out on whether ALL the pieces will cooperate and go together.  If by chance they do, I will share with you all my creative, and crazy ways of  tying these pieces together.

It’s true, if you are looking to add a little pizzaz to a block , this tool will bring some magic to your project!  Take a few minutes and watch Deb’s video.  The “popabilities” are endless!  Enjoy!

 

 

Breaking Away from Me, Myself and I

There are many perks to having my own business.  For example, an alarm doesn’t go off, demanding me to jump out of bed and inhale a breakfast bar prior to spending unwanted time in my car during a morning commute to my place of employment. No, on the contrary I can lounge in the early am hours, unless “I” have scheduled an appointment or event.  Gradually I will meander to my sacred quilting studio for the rest of the day.  But let’s face it 99% of my working day consists of “Me, Myself and I”.  I am only graced with my red-headed assistant approximately 12 hours a week, if I’m lucky (can someone please give me the winning lottery ticket so I can make her full-time?).   That being said, it can get a bit dull day in and day out keeping this business in motion as a one woman show.  Moreover, being my own drill sergeant is really over rated!

I Must Get Rid of “Me, Myself and I” Every Now and Then

Yes, attending Quilting Shows, like MQX this past week, provides me the amazing opportunity to shed the dullness of working alone.  Traveling to different towns, and states; interacting with incredible people who share the passion of this craft, all keeps me stimulated until I return to my studio.  

Engaging ourselves with others by physically attending classes and lectures eliminates the loneliness that can easily consume us.  In order to be professionally productive, and creative we need to be stimulated by other people.  And shedding “Me, Myself and I” can be the best  route to acquiring those much-needed attributes.

 

Step outside your working arena, and re-energize yourself by embracing those gifted people who share your desire to quilt.  Even if it is for only a few hours here and there, you will refill your emotional bucket.  Trust me, that emotional bucket needs to be overflowing when you choose to have your own business.  So fill your calendar with some events.  And follow my lead when walking out the door smile and think, “See ya soon Me, Myself and I”.

Do you give yourself a break from being the solo office Nazi?