I recently posted a picture of my last show quilt, Oh My Bleeding Heart, and said that this was the quilt that broke me. I do believe this to still be true.
I have decided to embark on a new quilt journey and invite you all to come along for the ride. My BFF Barb Persing is going to be my guide as this will be completely new territory for me. I am excited as this is going to take me far outside of my box. I tell my students all the time to stretch themselves creatively and this will surely do that for me.
I am not certain of the format or where I will be posting most of the journey…. I wish I were that organized. There will be blog posts, Instagram stories (so make sure you follow me @lisahcalle) and Facebook posts. I will try and find the way that fits best but can’t make any promises.
So Here is the next project….. a pictorial…. should be an interesting journey. Wish me luck people!!
Seriously 2019, how in the world did that happen? Just yesterday it was September and Brody was starting school; now we are into the new year. Boy time flies. I certainly hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday season. The holidays in the Calle household were wonderful but way too short. I’m sad to report that the older boys already headed back at school. 😦
The New ProOvals are here! Unfortunately, I do not have a sample made…yet. It’s on the top of my priority list. In the meantime, they are up on my site for 20% off till January 13th! Don’t pay full price, shop now while the discount is available! There are 4 different sizes of ProOvals and they work just like the ProPebbles. I know there is tons of creativity brewing in all of you, so I can’t wait to see what you produce with these new rulers! Feel free to share!
Mid Atlantic Quilt festival here I come! Yes, I will be vending for the second year in February and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ll be planting my roots in Booth #313. Last year brought such an amazing time I simply had to come back! This year will not disappoint as you’ll find Jolene, Jackie (Jackie’s Woolens – the booth next to us), Barb, and of course myself, taking over the convention center. Don’t miss out, come join the party. I guarantee you find amazing products and nonstop laughing. Fingers crossed I am hoping to have my new pattern and kit done, Marmalade Skies (see below). Perhaps, if enough of you flatter me with how much you like it, I’ll be motivated to have it completed on time. LOL Seriously, I absolutely love Cherrywood fabrics, and I also have a fondness for pinks. I did take into consideration that not everyone has the same taste as me so I produced another colorway. This is a project takes no time at all as it is fusible applique and blanket stitch. Hopefully you will give it a thumbs up.
Yes BIG, BIG news! I am returning to the business of accepting customer quilts. Or maybe I should say taking small steps into the customer quilts arena. Regardless of the size of my steps this is still BIG news!
Starting in March, I will begin taking on a few customer quilts a month. Initially I will only be completing “all over designs”. So if “all over designs” is something you’d like me to produce for you please email me at Lisahcalle@me.com, and I’ll place you on my list!
Don’t forget to visit me in February! Booth #313 at Mid Atlantic Quilt show!!
Santa is providing me with an early Christmas gift; I’m heading to the Dominican Republic for a little R&R (I guess Santa thought I was a good girl this year). So I thought I shouldn’t be the only one getting in the holiday spirit. That being said, I’m sending a great holiday sale your way.
My present to everyone is a 15% off storewide! The sale that will run from Dec 16th through Dec 24th! My quilting sleigh could be filled with goodies heading your way if you take advantage of my holiday sale. (my online classes use code FIFTEEN) (excludes iquilt classes).
Although orders will ship out AFTER Christmas there is no need to pout… just think your holiday season will extend past the 25th! Now is the time to fill your stockings with those rulers you have on your “Holiday Wish List”!
The sun is shining brightly in Hilton Head where I prepare to tee off for a round of golf; my second love in life. But before I venture into the rolling, green hills composed of 19 holes I wanted to wish all my fellow followers a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your plans include eating WAY too much turkey, indulging in a few holiday drinks and slumbering peacefully as Mr. Tryptophan slips you into nappy land. Those are myintentions for the next 24 hours!
What would Thanksgiving be without including Black Friday and Cyber Monday? So let’s whoop it up and celebrate those two unofficial holidays with a sale! You don’t even have to leave your home, I’ll help you get into the spirit of holiday shopping AND allow you to stay in your pajamas!
15% off storewide! This will include my two online classes Perfect Plumes and Anything but Junk: Tell All! Use code FIFTEEN for online classes. (note: iquilt classes are excluded)
Now’s the perfect opportunity to purchase those rulers that you’ve been yearning for but guilt has held you hostage. Or perhaps you want to create those beautiful feathers and my online classes have been calling your name. Not only will you finally learn the skill of designing feathers but you’ll surely be entertained during my online trunk show.
I’m quite sure you’ve been good all year and deserve a little “To Me, From Me” present or two! I give you permission to treat yourself and smile knowing you’ve taken advantage of a great sale!
Regardless of what you choose to do over this Thanksgiving holiday I wish you peace and prosperity.
I’ve recently received a couple of messages of, “Lisa, where are you?” and “Lisa why haven’t you shown us any love over the past two months?”. Firstly, I’d like to thank those individuals who sent those kind inquiries. Secondly, has it reallybeen two months?
I’M WEARING THEADMINISTRATIVE HAT
Unfortunately, I’ve been fabric deep in completing all the boring, and daunting, administrative aspects of my business. Nope nothing quilty, or fun has been transpiring in my studio. I’ve been doing more pencil pushing than threading needles that’s for sure!
Now if you are a current blog follower the saga of Oh, My Bleeding Heart. is nothing new to you. What will be new is that the saga wasn’t quite over since I last posted. And here’s why; I chose to block it again right before Houston. Why I would push my luck with this quilt I have no idea. Because once again the piece bled; did I mention that I brought this upon myself right before my trip to Europe.
Obviously time was not on my side so I couldn’t take a stab at removing the bleed (for the second time). So I stood peering down at this project with two options. One choice was to simply pull the quilt from the show, but this would prohibit me from being able to submit another design for next three years (that’s 1,095 days). My other option was to move forward and provide Houston with what sat before me; bleed and all. Do I? Don’t I? Perhaps I’m a glutton for punishment but I chose to send “Oh My Bleeding Heart” to Texas.
I was in total disbelief when I received a notification that it had won an award. I’m still pinching myself trying to comprehend that this quilt found a way to speak to the judges. Why, or how, it won I won’t know until the awards ceremony. I’d like to think that between the name of this piece, and the bleeds that appeared, its voice resonated with those gazing over its content. Maybe this quilt symbolizes the beauty and the flaws that resides within each and every one of us. Its voice shouted “regardless of circumstances, I am worthy of being noticed and acknowledged”. Whatever the reason I’m so proud that, imperfections and all, this quilt stood out and spoke to those in its presences.
Now, if this quilt speaks to you… you can have a small piece of it. The small quilt below will be auctioned off. Yes, you will have the opportunity to bid on this little quilt that certainly provided a journey within my heart. This is such a bittersweet moment for me; I love this quilt so much that I might just have to bid on it myself! LOL
So Houston is just around the corner! I will be in booth #1334 this year which is right across the aisle from BERNINA!! Will I see you there? I sure hope so!
You heard right!! While I’m away ALL orders shipped within the United States will receive FREE shipping until August 20th!
NO Special Code is required to receive free shipping!
So take advantage of this great offer, and fill your cart today! And you’ll enjoy free shipping within the great USA!
I can’t stay in Europe forever. Unfortunately, I will have to return to reality which mean free shipping will come to an end. So don’t miss out, you have until August 20th to take advantage of what is happening while I’m traveling abroad!
Don’t miss “Aint No Junk”, a great tell all class with lots of EXTRAS. ANDbecome a member of my Facebook Live Event! I will be “live” answering questions and concerns regarding EVERYTHING under the sun QUILTY related! Sign up now for this amazing class!
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 lotof 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!
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”.
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.