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!

Twas the Friday Before Christmas

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The year 2016 is rapidly coming to a close and the reminiscing of holiday traditions can be heard during family meals, and seasonal festivities.  December provides the magic of reliving family customs that had soon become known as a “remember when?”  And it goes without saying that laughter, and many smiles can be seen when sharing these stories with others.

Growing up in the Hagstoz household, I was very fortunate.  Our family had more than on tradition which yearly brings such treasured memories of my childhood.  These are memories that will forever be ingrained as what brought the holiday spirit to our family.  So what were our family “remember when’s?”

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Christmas Eve:  One present, yes we were opened one present every Christmas Eve.  These were gifts placed under the tree from a sibling, grandparent, but OBVIOUSLY NOT Santa!  As evening came upon us, the excitement of which present we would unwrap grew within us.  Which one to choose, and what would it be?

 

“Twas the Night Before Christmas”, that lovely story was narrated by my father every Christmas Eve.  Probably by the time I was 7 years old I was quietly reciting the story right along with him. Our evening was not complete without the annual bedtime story prior to Santa’s arrival.

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Going to bed with sugar plums dancing through my head ALWAYS occured on December 24th. 

Do NOT even think about descending the staircase on Christmas Day.  Yepper, the Hagstoz children were not to even entertain the idea of going downstairs prior to my father checking under the tree to make sure Santa did deliver our gifts.  Did my father not realize that was an insult?   The Hagstoz children, especially me, were more than deserving of Santa’s visit the night before!

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I am quite sure my fellow followers have holiday traditions to share, memories that will add to the festive spirit that I’d like to share during this wonderful season.  So please let me know what magical memories you have experienced growing up.

 

Tis the Season to Receive

Giving, giving, giving, let’s forget we are on receiving end too, right? Monday we talked about giving, now it’s time to discuss the topic of being the recipient during  the holiday season.  I know since many relatives and friends know that quilting is my way of life they often impart on me gifts with a “quilting” theme.  And why wouldn’t they? If you knew someone in your family, or close friend shaped their world around fabric wouldn’t your gift ideas possibly be:  JoAnn Fabric gift cards, a tote bag with their company logo, or coffee mug with an adorable quilting quote? Heck YES!

 

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Do any of the items above look familiar?  Have you received any holiday gifts that are similar?  I am not ungrateful and I truly appreciate those that take the time out of their busy schedule to think of me, but have you felt you’ve been put in the “Quilter’s Gift Box” when it come to gifts?  The box that only has you receiving gifts pertaining to threads, and needles?  Please don’t  get me wrong, I’m not locked in the “Quilter’s Gift Box” let’s just say that the lid has, on occasion, been a little hard to open.

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Now that you have had time to think back on what Aunt Sally or Cousin Kate gave you as a present in the past for Christmas, or the holiday season, I am going to ask you to share what you have received.  Do you typically receive gifts in genre of quilting? If so what is the craziest or silliest item you have received? What present has meant the most to you?  Inquiring minds want to know! What presents are found elgantly wrapped under a quilter’s Christmas tree?

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Bah Humbug to Christmas in November

It is the beginning of November and already Christmas lights, trees and various other seasonal displays are appearing everywhere I turn.  Just the other day my mailbox had me receiving Target’s first 2016 advertisement of Christmas toys.  I immediately dispensed of the eight page catalog so I wouldn’t have to endure watching Brody circling his choices of most “wished for” items that we would send to Santa.  I can only hope, and keep my fingers crossed, that my Christmas Catalog intervention will continue until the Thanksgiving holiday has been celebrated.

“Thanksgiving” is the season when we keep in mind those priceless gifts in life we receive on a daily basis. It is 30 days that should have each of us realizing, if we don’t already,  no one is promised tomorrow.  Each morning that we are given is an opportunity to better ourselves and those around us.  So although our tomorrows are being flooded with the sights and sounds of Christmas I am instituting a “RAOK Challenge” for the next 22 days.

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RAOK – Random Acts of Kindness?  During my fabulous trip to Houston I kicked off my RAOK Challenge.  In case you have never heard of what this entails, it is very simple.  Completing a Random Act of Kindness essentially means doing something unselfish for anyone, anywhere, and at anytime.  Examples might be paying for the coffee the customer standing in line behind you is holding, walking up and handing a lottery ticket to an individual walking by you, or taping a little envelope with a $1.00 on a nearby RedBox machine. The ideas are endless and the spirit that fills the heart will be overwhelming.  Below you will see two instances where I wanted to create a Random Act of Kindness.

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One recipient found a little something in my RAOK envelope at the coffee stand (shown above) Hope they enjoyed a cup of JAVA or soft drink!  And whoever sat in the lucky RAOK chair (shown below) was certainly smiling!img_1881-2

I now ask my peers to join me and participate in this RAOK Challenge.  If each of my fellow quilters creates a RAOK moment just think of the smiles and positive feelings we will be generating! In addition if you email me a picture you and your Random Act of Kindness (please include your name and location) to lisahcalle@me.com you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win both my DVD’s!!

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