I REPEAT……

A Mantra I Have Lived By

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!

Next:

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!

 

 

 

 

Because you just NEVER know!

So Long, Farewell 2017 BUT

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!

My “Almost” Shoulda, Coulda Been Houston Auction Quilt

 

It’s almost time to say,”Goodbye September and Hello October.”  Which means that getting ready for the big event in Houston is in full swing!  I am keeping my toes and fingers crossed that I see many of you there; just in case you are wondering where we will be located this year I am here to share that we will be in booth # 1223!

 

 

 

 And if necessary there’s always 24 other options available according to the alphabet!  Does the below photograph look familiar to you? My mind has immediate horrifying flashbacks when looking at it!

No too long ago, I had created a post regarding my  4 year forever quilt….. , and the lovely bleeding that graced it’s presence on my fabric.  Bear with me readers… I had an orphan block for this piece and had decided that after applying some beaded piping and a border on this project I would then quilt it.

My goal was to finally have this completed  for the Houston International Quilt Festival’s auction. I’m sad to report that  Houston isn’t going to happen.  Now, although the process did not meet the Houston deadline I DID finish quilting it!  I’m currently waiting for my friend Liz Haskell to provide me with the fabric needed which will allow me to bind this piece.  Having had the unfortunate experience of  the “4 year quilt bled bath” I am thinking that this scenario could repeat itself with the piece displayed below.  This time I am going to be proactive instead of reactive!  When it is time to block the needed area, I will implement the same process (dawn dish detergent) for this piece.  Typically I wouldn’t block such a small piece but I figure I might be about to learn another huge life lesson in regarding my quilting so better to be safe than sorry!

Below is a picture of the almost finished piece.

After much consideration I have also decided to hold off and reserve this for next years auction piece.  Hopefully I will FINALLY have the 4 year quilt finished in its entirety and entered into the Houston show.

Stay tuned for results on how  the blocking of this piece turns out!

Is anyone else gearing up for Houston? Whether you’re vending, teaching or planning on visiting please share your plans!

Pa National Quilt Extravaganza!

 

I was teaching at the PNQE 2017!  In a shocker my students were incredible!  This event had me teaching three classes on the long arms, which were kindly provided by Val of, The Longarm Network, thanks  so much Val!  Our tech support was provided by Matt (we would have been lost without him).  Typically we have the double duo team of Matt and Keith but unfortunately Keith was not in attendance; he was greatly missed.  AND those that enjoy their company during the evening really missed the pair as I have heard they are very entertaining!

So here are a few pictures from PNQE.  My classes wouldn’t be the same without one troublemaker participating, see if you can pick her out.

Every student gave a 110%, and as usual I was a very proud of these students.  They never cease to amaze me with their willingness to try new things and step outside their comfort zone.  Kudos to all of you!

The morning prior to classes was spent setting up our booth.  I was actually excited to break away from the booth and see my students   BUT the most exciting part of my morning was sharing the news to my good friend, Deb Levy, that she won Best of Show! Her work is incredible and she was more than worthy of the award.

Many people stopped by to view her amazing piece, I only witnessed a couple of people drooling over it.  Not to worry I was close by with bibs, and napkins in hand!

On a personal note, I was more than thrilled that my quilt, A Silver Lining, won Best Wall Quilt.  Excuse the poor photography but I was in a bit of a hurry.  Places to go and people to see.

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After completing two wonderful days of teaching, I spent the remainder of my time vending.  Although I did not take few, if any pictures, I had many visitors.  Making new friends and catching up with old ones, was terrific!  I had the opportunity to see one of my favorite mother daughter duos,  Debbie and Donna Lohman! Thank you both for taking the time to say hello, it is always great to see the two of you!  Other guests included, Jolene, who took a moment to stop by on her way back to Florida, Teri Lucas, Renee, and so many other incredible individuals!  I must admit that connecting with such wonderful people is one of the best parts of attending these events.

A HUGE Congrats goes out to Debbie Lohman for receiving “Best Longarm Workmanship in the Traditional Category”!   No pixie dust needed you spread all the sparkle on that beautiful award-winning piece on your own!

During my trip to Hershey, Judy and I met Daria (seen in picture below). We spent time chatting about our favorite topic… quilting, of course!  But who knew I’d come to PNQE and discover that Daria won the award for “Best Longarm Workmanship”?  Obviously, she is one talented quilter! Way to go Daria!

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Believe it or not, Judy and I did have a little down time in  between customers.  Downtime between customers doesn’t mean downtime for getting work done.  Judy and I made the most of our time by completing some hand work.

As you can see I REALLY made the most of my time and accomplished quite a bit!

What do you do during down time while vending? Is there something special you have in the works?

September is Here and Almost Gone!

We are mid way through September!  I’m so disappointed that the summer flew by and I know that I did not accomplish nearly half of what I set out to do.

 

What’s there to do besides pull up my big pants and move on, and that means I’m traveling to…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PA National Quilt Extravaganza! AND it’s practically in my backyard, well that’s a little exaggeration, but it sure is close to home!

Yes, next week I’ll be in Oaks, PA.  It’s literally located about 20 minutes away, which means no Holiday Inn, or Mariott for this quilter! Trust me any fellow instructor or vendor will agree that is really nice to have a break from living out of a suitcase!  In addition to teaching, I will also be vending!  My copilot, Judy, will be holding down the fort on Thursday and Friday while I conduct classes.  Please stop by and say hello, I don’t want her getting lonely!

I’m thrilled to announce that a couple of my new Getting in the Groove Kits will be accompanying me to this event! Yes, it’s the lovely picture displayed below.   This new kit includes the panel, booklet, and the 6 rulers (ProDiamond Even, ProLine 8, ProLine 1, ProPebble 1/4-1.25, ProPebble 1-2, and ProEcho 11).  I’ve taken all the guess-work out of completing this project by providing all the tools required to accomplish this sweet little sampler.  You will notice that since there is no ditch in which to travel, I hid my traveling with the black rick rack.  Also, along the black curves, if you aren’t perfect in the traveling, a black sharpie marker is your friend. Oh the uses of the sharpie!  It won’t be long before I have more of the panels and will then have them up on my site along with the Rulers for Rookies Kit.

 

 

I’m currently working on my Houston Auction quilt.  I’m vacillating on whether or not this piece is worthy of going to Houston.  The scale is tipping heavily towards “doubts”.

 

I completed further beading… ala Bethanne Nemesh.  It required the use of my BERNINA 750QE.  I thought I was doing a great job, until I pulled it away in order to resume sewing on the longarm.

 

This is no laughter matter! This piece has seen a couple different machines.  My crosshatch is slightly off kilter, and I have a little pucker in the top.  That being said I am still persevering onward and resolve myself to bring this quilt to a close.  I truly hope I can resolve some of these issues, because if not, it will not be heading to Houston. The idea of it not being in attendance at Houston makes me very sad.

I need some input from fellow followers.  Do I send this quilt regardless of the outcome, OR do I save it a nice little reminder of lessons on what not to do?

 

Sobering Up brings “A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path” by John Kubiniec and a Giveaway!

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My first blog hop, YES! I’ve always wanted to participate in one, so imagine my excitement when John Kubiniec asked me to take part in his Blog Hop?! I have learned so much personally and professionally throughout this project, it definitely has made me a better quilter.  So enjoy this Blog Hop and don’t forget the added bonus of entering in the giveaway posted at the conclusion of this post!

 

One of the many things I loved about doing this Blog Hop for John is that it has made me tackle and improve on one of my quilting skills.  Many of my fellow readers know that curved piecing is not my forte.  Stepping outside the box into curved piecing brings tiny beads of sweat to my forehead.   Don’t we all have a tendency to delay doing things we aren’t confident in? Well that’s how this quilter feels about curved piecing.  Although I have incorporated them into some of my designs, I definitely could step my game up a bit.  That being said,  John’s book, “A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path”, educates the reader on this component of quilting.  John has paved the way for those “curved piecing challenged” individuals, like myself, by composing ALL 12 quilts illustrated in his book with variations of the Drunkard’s Path Block.

John imparts an amazing technique on how to execute the artistry of curved piecing.  He has me so inspired that I may have to give his three pin method a whirl! But my love for quilting is where my passion dwells, therefore,  I couldn’t wait to pursue some of that open space.  It no secret that I use a three-step  method for designing the quilting on all of my pieces.  I definitely  suffer from “spacial”  issues… flashbacks of failing grades in HS geometry come to mind.  In order to compensate for this mathematical disability I ensure that my quilts are evenly quilted, I do so by making sure everything is quilted.  Just because I apply this into my method does not mean that you have to.  By all means, if you passed HS geometry  then make life simpler for yourself!  If you are not a fan of heavily quilted tops, you may consider completing only steps 1 and 2 of the instructions below.

Which project to choose? It was so difficult, John presents many beautiful options, but Nightfall on page 44 spoke to me. It exhibited a large portion of open space which I found yelling “Lisa put your big girl pants on and get curved piecing!”  So I did just that; now let the games begin!

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Step one:  Divide up the quilt.   This will break the wide open space into more manageable spaces.  I use echoed lines to accomplish the dividing… if you use the piecing in the quilt to help, it will minimize the marking that needs to be done. Start in the center of your quilt as that is the focal point.

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Step two:  Design for the open spaces…. when I look at all of the areas  that I have created, I like to alternate where my design work is going to go.  Design work is any of the motifs… feathers, ferns, flowers etc.  As you can see, I like feathers…

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Step  three:  This step is when I put in all of the fill work.  If you do not like your quilts heavily quilted you can skip this part and have a cuddable…

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Like I mentioned earlier, I am not proficient in the curved piecing department,  but John’s 3 pin method had me intrigued.  So listening to my inner voice I hiked up my big girl pants and gave it a try….

I created my own templates using the pattern John provided in his book.

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Just as John advises I used only three pins…. I have to admit I was skeptical, only three pins?  But any reservations quickly disappeared, I did it!!

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Bottom line…this once “curved piece challenged” girl will be stepping outside the box a bit more often and including curved piecing in her designs.  Trust me if I can execute this skill with more positivity and enjoyment you can too! Let John enlighten you and give you the ability to quilt peacefully!

Are you intrigued???  Well you can win a copy of John’s new book AND a set of the templates!  Leave a comment, making sure you’re email address is included and I will pick a winner on Oct.8th!! Good Luck!

Make sure you check out all of the blog posts on the hop!

 

September 26, 2016
Jennifer Dick http://www.42quilts.com
C&T Publishing http://www.ctpub.com/blog/

September 27, 2016
Sara Lawson http://www.sewsweetness.com/blog
Heather Kojan http://www.heatherkojan.com

September 28, 2016
Bill Volckening http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com
McCall’s Quilting http://www.mccallsquilting.com/blogs/

September 29, 2016
Generation Q Magazine http://generationqmagazine.com
Bonnie Hunter http://quiltville.blogspot.com

September 30, 2016
Made by ChrissieD http://madebychrissied.blogspot.com
LoveBug Studios https://www.lovebugstudios.com/blog/

October 1, 2016
Kathy Patterson http://hillstreetquilts.blogspot.com YOU ARE HERE
Teresa Coates http://www.crinkledreams.com

October 2, 2016
Carl Hentsch http://3dogdesignco.blogspot.com

October 3, 2016
Teri Lucas https://terificreations.com
Lisa Calle https://lisacalle.wordpress.com

October 4, 2016
Linzi Upton https://thequiltquine.wordpress.com
Nicole Daksiewicz http://www.modernhandcraft.com/blog

October 5, 2016
Marti Michell http://frommartimichell.blogspot.com
Debby Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com

October 6, 2016
Melody Crust http://melodycrust.blogspot.com/
Kim Niedzwiecki http://www.gogokim.com

October 7, 2016
Patrick Lose http://www.patricklose.com
John Kubiniec https://www.bigrigquilting.com/blog/

 

Have fun!!!

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.

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

My Quilting Project….

So I have taken some time to get back to my quilting.  It feels like its been ages.   I’d have to look but I think I finished piecing this 2 years ago.  I ‘m sure Facebook will remind me at some point . LOL  I remember piecing this center…. it just about killed me trying to make the corners work…

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So it is loaded on my machine and this is where I’m at…

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doing some grid based quilting…. ala Gina Perkes…. also using my ProPebble ruler 1-2  to make the arcs…

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Here is a great picture of the texture it adds.

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Getting ready to add some dividing lines in the pink area.  I then used the wonderful basting stitch on my BERNINA longarm to baste until I’m ready for the design work.

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Some ditch work using Aurifil’s Monofilament thread…. love it.

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And my favorite ditching ruler… the ProMini!

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Now I did some remarking on the scroll work before  I loaded it… I used my Fine Line Blue washout pen.  Now, many of you have heard that I struggle with following a line so I used this as my practice…. LOL  I concentrated on looking where I wanted to go and now where my needle was.  It worked fairly well… I was pleased.  Please don’t point out my wobbles… I know they are there and I am NOT taking them out.  LOL

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Last Christmas, I was working on a tuffet.  I wanted it to be red and white like a candy cane… ok, it looks more like a peppermint.  I learned a lot.  Sharyn Cole’s iquilt class helped tremendously.  I recommend ordering her kit and then order the class.

Here is my peppermint…

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What will you create?

Lisa

New York Beauty… con’t

Here is where we left off on Tuesday… its worth repeating… if you don’t like your dividing lines (the scrolls on this design that are dividing up the areas) you won’t like your end product!!

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You all know that I love feathers so that is what I decided to go with…. however, this design would look good if you skipped over the design work and just did fills…

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I added some  feather and some little pebbles along the scrolls.

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I then decided ribbon candy would look good in the 1/4 circle.  What do you think?  it will make the unquilted areas there pop.   I added some more feathers on the top scrolls as well.  I love straight lines next to feathers so that is the fill I did around the outside but since I didn’t want to be precise when I got to the feathers…. I stippled next to the feathers.  ( I do the straight lines first then go back and stipple over them.)  I put also used some pebbles and a curvy fill.

I like to use a couple of different fills as it lends some more interest to the quilt.

What do you think?  Do you have a New York Beauty you would like to share?  We would all love to see it. Send it to Lisahcalle@me.com

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I positioned the mirror in different corners.  I love all of them… which is your favorite?

Jean Greco sent me the next two pictures.  Thank you!  I think we all learn best from each other when we share..

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What will you create?

Lisa