Just hang in there with me; those beautiful pieces of clear plastic will be in my hot little hands within 2 weeks! Remember my last post containing the video of hopelessness? If not, go back and watch. If you did watched that little excerpt, and giggled, and moreover connected with my message then you really need to witness the ProFeather ruler in action. I’ll admit, perhaps my acting wasn’t quite convincing enough to have you believe that this tool would be incredibly helpful. BUT I am quite confident that the video below will demonstrate how unbelievably useful this instrument could be in producing feathers freehand!
Now that you have viewed my tutorial aren’t you super excited about getting your hands on one of cute little rulers? Yes, FINALLY this product ready to launch! How about we let a flock of feather’s fly among your fabric!
Does the following little video have you glancing in the mirror saying, “Oh my god! That’s me!” If so, then you’ll be happy to know I have a solution!
Yes, step by step, things are really starting to move forward in my little studio, here in Pennsylvania. Even during the process of preparing for shows, lectures, etc. I have remained focused on producing the ProFeather™ ruler AND the Perfect Plumes Class. No doubt it’s a lot to juggle, but I’m so excited that I’m putting the finishing touches on my newest ruler and class that I can’t set it aside now! Heck no! So be on the look out, they are coming your way very soon!!!
I’m still looking for February; and searching high and low for March!
I spent the better portion of last week at the AQS Lancaster Quiltweek. My trip began with a lovely spring blizzard which kindly dropped 12″ of snow on surrounding roads. Moreover, it’s timing couldn’t have been better…not. Those beautiful, white, flakes began falling from the sky above on the day I was scheduled to leave. But I pulled my big girl snow pants up, as high as they would go, and prayed that my 4 wheel drive SUV was up to challenge of transporting this quilter to Lancaster.
You will note that the speedometer above shows the average speed at which I drove. Slowly, but surely, moving at a snail’s pace of 20 mph, I inched my way towards my destination.
I MADE IT TO LANCASTER!
The workmanship and creativity in the quilts I encountered were spectacular. I had to share one of my favorites below. Karen Kay Buckley and Renae Haddadin make an amazing team as you can clearly see by what they created.
I was so proud and ecstatic that my BFF, Barbara Persing, piece won 1st place! AQS allowed me to conduct her winner’s interview. Doesn’t get better than that, for me at least! LOL
My time in Lancaster had me taking in the sites of many gorgeous quilts, and teaching classes. What more could I have asked for? Well, how about spending time with friends from near and far? Ah yes, that was the icing on the cake! So that grueling, 20 mph, crawl to the AQS Lancaster Quiltweek was more than worth it!
February where are you, where did you go? And did you take half of March with you? Will someone please find February, and for that matter, the beginning of March. I need them returned to me ASAP!
Goals, yes I have a few. You may be wondering why I’m sharing such things with you. Well, in order to accomplish these objectives, I felt if I shared them with all my quilting followers they would become a reality sooner rather than later. Nothing wrong with a little peer pressure.
The first on my little list “to do” is launching my newest feather’s class by April 1st, 2018. Although this will be a session for both domestic and longarm machines I will be rolling the session out to those using a domestic machine first (don’t worry longarm class will be following right behind). Then I will move forward, and create three additional classes by the end of this year. So if you want to learn something special…. let me know!
Next, I am introducing one on one consulting, which I am ecstatic to start! I offer one hour sessions with those needing guidance, and/or instruction on all the various aspects of this craft. Nothing is off-limits! We can discuss business, designing, quilting etc. I’ll be of service to my clients regarding any part of this industry, all you’ll need to do is schedule a consult!
Lastly, I’m really striving to hire my red-headed assistant full-time. My business is becoming more than a one woman job. It’s time for me delegate some aspects of this business to a coworker. Most of my days are spent cutting fabric; and constructing books for my kits and upcoming shows. We all know I’d rather be behind the machine, and bringing her on full-time would prove to be a great asset!
Because I’ve completed the final testing of my newest ruler, the feather ruler, now they are ready for production! I just need to get these lovely tools packaged and then we are ready to launch them your way! And should you all decide they are beneficial to your quilting I will pursue one or two more feather rulers. Your reaction to this initial product will determine the fate of future feather rulers.
This week I will be at the AQS Show in Lancaster! I’m hoping to see many familiar faces as I will hosting two lectures and taking in the show. Please make sure you stop and say hello if you happen to attend this event. Getting the chance to meet new peers and connect with fellow quilters puts a huge smile on my face!
I am blown away by the number of responses I received regarding feathers. Thank you so much for all the information that you submitted; I greatly appreciate, and WANT, the input! Rest assured that your valuable insight will contribute to the construction of an amazing feathering class!
Be on the lookout for a new “Feather Ruler”. You read correctly, in addition to the upcoming class I also have a Feather Ruler in the works! I still remain firm on the fact that everyone can create these beauties freehand, but a “combination” ruler will also prove beneficial. This tool can be utilized during quilting, more importantly, it will encourage the designer to draw plumes while training and instilling the process to one’s memory.
The MidAtlantic Quilt Festival was upon me, and I had yet to make a sign for my booth. I was hell-bent on creating a sign; I refused to present my space without it! No way, no how, this quilter was in a “get out of my way” mode until this task had been accomplished (I’m sure many of you can relate to a project that brought you similar feelings) Was having this piece absolutely necessary? Was the world going to end if I my sign wasn’t present at the show? When I am in a sane state of mind I would obviously say, of course not.
So I kindly informed my husband, Jon, that I was going to allow my studio to hold me hostage in order to erect the lovely sign for my booth. Many hours later, and I mean MANY, I emerged, weary, and blurry eyed; but victorious! My company sign was finished! I was so proud, and yet Jon raised his eyebrows at me like I was some lunatic. I wanted to grab his cheeks and say, “Hello? Do you understand what I have just accomplished?” But I refrained from doing so and relished silently in my personal success. It wasn’t until I had the opportunity to read my husbands FB post that it became very apparent that he had no idea the “type” of sign I was making. Silly boy!
BTW, it looked fabulous in the booth and was well worth the hours of stitching. I hope my husband realizes that sharpies and poster board are for beginners, this quilter is a little more advance than that 🙂
There was a lot going on in Heidelberg, PA regarding the craft of quilting! Saturday morning I headed out early, with my red-headed assistant along side of me, to the town located about an hour away.
My session took place in the banquet room of the Heidelberg Family Restaurant. Who says you can’t teach a class at a restaurant? Us quilters are very resourceful and the room was perfect!
I taught my favorite class, surrounded by a room full of engaging and delightful individuals.
Initially, many of my pupils, who were domestic machine users, were a bit intimidated by what I put before them. “Letting go” is always the most difficult part of this class; but I’d like to think that most of them “let go” a tiny bit by the conclusion of our day. I was impressed with the designs that were created; they all should be proud of their accomplishments.Thanks to all my creative students who were willing to step outside their comfort zone and embrace the adventures of today!
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!
I have stated in the past that I will typically have three projects going simultaneously (cray or not, that’s me). My typical circus involves one in the piecing state, one incorporating an appliqué project, and finally one pertaining to quilting. Like I said that would all be “15 years worth of typical” until now.
To be honest and bring clarification to the previous statement:
I currently have one in the quilting process. Yes, it feels to me as if it will be the never-ending project BUT I haven’t refuse to give up on it!
I have TWO, yes count them “TWO” in the piecing stage and believe it or not I am contemplating a third.
Project 1 of Piecing: I hate to leave you all in suspense but this is a special project. Unfortunately, I cannot provide further details until late March. Sorry, but perhaps some of you will return in March to see exactly what I am talking about..lol!
Project 2 of Piecing:
I am sure that it will come as no surprise to many of you that I making use of my all time favorite fabrics in both projects. Yes, “Cherrywood” fabric is awesome! Now, seeing as I had the bleeding issues on my previous quilt, I pre-washed all my fabric in my kitchen sink. Using extremely hot water (almost too hot to handle) and good old regular blue “Dawn Dish Detergent”. Please note the darker fabrics took about 5 rinses before the water appeared to run clear.
Project 3: Well, I suppose it better be an appliqué project, right?! I’ll have to give that one a little more thought.
How many projects do you have going at one time? We all have them. Perhaps you are very disciplined and only concentrate on one at a time idea, or maybe you are a bit like this quilter and have your hands full of a few things going on at one time. Regardless, I’d love to hear how you balance your one project or many projects simultaneously!
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and a wonderful weekend ringing in the New Year! I was very blessed to have all my boys together during the past couple of weeks. They always bring so much laughter, tons of craziness and endless love to our home. It certainly makes focusing on work difficult. Those moments of having my boys under one roof for any length of time is simply priceless!
I will be implementing one major word into 2018. And the word of the year is “EDUCATION“. Yes, eduction with be the foundation for this quilter over the next twelve months. Which will prove to be extremely beneficial to all those prospective quilters out there. I have recently launched my online class forum so check it out! This will be a combination of free classes, as well as smartly priced ones. Currently, Rulers for Rookies is available as a free class for the domestic machine (longarm class is coming soon). My mind is brewing with several ideas for future classes so be on the lookout. In the meantime, I know many of you have suggestions for classes swirling around in your creative heads so please feel free to share your suggestions with me! No idea is too big or small so don’t hesitate to say, “Hey Lisa, how about….”
Believe it or not I have not completely neglected my 4 year quilt over the holidays. It has been a very slow process but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I have decided not to display the entire quilt until it makes its debut, or should I say if it makes its debut. That darn bleed has to come out first! And that will be a major obstacle to overcome. I anticipate its completion in the next couple of weeks. The ultimate goal is that this project makes it to the Mancuso show in Virginia held in February.
So please keep those fingers crossed friends and followers! Here is the last peek:
AT THE END OF JANUARY????
I will be teaching at Quiltique! I have a great line up of classes scheduled: Rulers for Rookies, Divide and Design, and my newest class Flower Power! Oh, I can’t leave out that I will also be hosting my Trunk Show! I am hoping to see some of you there!
I’m hoping to see several class ideas fill my comment section, and get the chance to chat with a few friendly faces in Vegas!