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.

A Silver Lining


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!

Best Longarm Workmanship

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?

Me and my BERNINA’s!

Have I mentioned how much I love my BERNINA’s?  My second sewing machine I bought was a BERNINA and I have been in love with them ever since so when they came out with their longarm I was quite excited! I have a BERNINA 145S, BERNINA 750QE and The BERNINA Q20!

My cousin recently had twins, a boy and a girl!  Yeah!  Of course I had to make them quilts.  I went to the LQS,  The Quilt Block where Cynthia was ever so patient while I made my fabric choices.  LOL  It felt like I took forever… Once I had that decision made, it was on to the construction.

I chose an Atkinson pattern called Yellow Brick Rd.  Very simple and quick.  My BERNINA 750QE didn’t fail me!  How many of you love to hear the sound of your machine run?  For me it is very therapeutic and when I haven’t pieced in a while I get a little cranky.   LOVE the sound of the machine!

It is very exciting now because I get to finish my pieced tops on my BERNINA Longarm!  So I popped the two baby quilts on, ZIP, ZIP , added some Aurifil thread (yummy) and away I went.   There is a feature I want to point out that the BERNINA Longarm have that I have come to love!  BSR3!!  This is the basting stitch and I am in love with it.  You can program it to do 1,2 or 4 stitches per inch.  I baste the sides of my quilts AND when doing my show quilts have pinned some areas that  I am not ready to quilt!  Now  I do both with the BSR3!  I like the 2 stitches per inch for both of these.


This past week I taught a guild workshop in MD. and one of my students and I were talking about some of the decorative stitches on the BERNINA.  I am not a sewer so I think the only two stitches I have really used are the straight stitch and the zig zag.  We were specifically looking at the #4 stitch, which is a wavy line and thought it would be a great decorative stitch to sew the binding down with.  What do you think? What are your favorite stitches?


Love to hear what are your  favorite stitches!  Don’t be shy!

Quilt on, My Friends!





Inspired to Redesign!

I have been working/procrastinating on a quilt for a while now.  You all have seen it.  It has been finished for quite a while now and I have pretty much designed the quilting so why was I procrastinating loading it?

I realized that I wasn’t really happy with what I was going to put in the floral border.  I was planning on doing a basket weave since I just wanted to texturize it.

A Color of its Own

A Color of its Own

I recently watched Gina Perkes iquilt class,  machine Quilting on the Grid.  I was inspired to redesign the border of the quilt.  So I am currently marking the grid in the floral border.  If you aren’t familiar with you should check it out.  There are some fantastic quilt classes.  My Divide and Design class is on there as well as classses from quilting greats,  Bethanne Nemesh, Jodi Robinson, Gina Perkes just to name a few.

All of the designs that Gina shows can be done either on a domestic machine or longarm so the class is great for no matter how you quilt.  I am going to finish marking this top this weekend and once the batting arrives, I will start quilting.  I plan on posting some along the way photos so please make sure you follow my blog so you can join me on my quilting journey.

Quilt on, My Friends,


Zip, Zip, Zip…. Zippers or Pins?

So I have finished a couple of quilts on my BERNINA and am loving it!  BUT, it was time ….. to put the zippers on!

You may be thinking zippers on your longarm… whatever for?  Loading quilts can be a time consuming process so when I was doing customer quilts, I started using zippers instead of pinning my quilts to the leaders.  WOW, what a time difference.  But that wasn’t the only great thing about zippers…. There were times that I ran out of thread for a particular quilt and I was able easily zip it off and zip another on.  Once the thread arrived, I was able to zip the quilt back on and continue.

How many of you have stuck yourself with those corsage pins?  Those really hurt, pins are bad enough but those pins really gouge you. So happy to be done with them.  🙂

We are all familiar with the seam ripper.  Well, with the zippers, I was able to take the quilt off, rip out the offending stitches and put back on easily with those zippers.  Yippee!!!

So now that I have my new BERNINA Longarm, it was time  to put those zippers on the leaders.  I purchased my zippers from The Quilting Connection LLC .  Its called the Quick Zip system and it is super easy.

First I find the center of my leaders and the center of the zipper and I pin from the middle out.  I do this on both the backing leaders.


Then I zip them together. But don’t pull tight.  I then take the machine and sew the zippers to the leaders removing the pins as I go along so I don’t hit them.


Once both zippers are sewn to the leaders. You can pull tight.


You can also put a zipper on the leader where you attach the quilt top.  I tend to either float my top or  just pin my top on with flower head pins as  I won’t take my quilt off till it is at least stabilized.   Then you can just zip your quilt on.  This quilt had zippers on because I had started it on my other machine.

IMG_0877When I am ready to do a new quilt, I will take the backing fabric over to my BERNINA 750QE and set my stitch length to the longest there is and baste the backing to the zippers.  I start from the center out to make sure it centered.  Then I can just zip the backing on.   The best part is when I am done with the quilt, I can just rip the quilt from the zippers.   LOVE that sound!

I am curious how everyone loads their quilts?  Do you float, pin, leader grips?  And why do you do it that way?

Quilt on, My friends!


MQX East recap…

The past two weeks were a whirlwind.  I was at MQX East where I spent the week with some very talented quilters.. my students.  I always learn so much from them.  I launched a new class All Marked Up!  It was so much fun.  It was a round table discussion on marking tools and all 25 students participated.  It was such a great class I can’t wait to “teach” it again.

Of course I taught ruler classes, my Divide and Design technique and Mastering the Mini.  Here are some pictures….

Divide, Design, Get it done!

Mastering the Mini!


And of course, my Sis, Judy is there with me.  She’s the one that makes sure all the students are sufficiently caffeinated with coffee and chocolate..


We always try and squeeze in some fun as well…. Judy surprised me with a quilt she made me…. Love it!

Always a great time!  Can’t wait till next year!  Hope to see you there.

Quilt on, My Friends!


Did you know that…..

The Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival has added quilting to their lineup.

If you are like me…. we quilters don’t just quilt…. we knit, crochet, felt, weave, dye and so much more!  Well, Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet festival has it all!  Come join me in my quilting classes or come learn something new!  I don’t have too many teaching gigs on the books this year but this is one of them AND I am teaching 4 hands on classes….

Totally Templates and   Gettin in the Groove for those who want to try their hand at templates.  They will transform your quilting!


Crown Jewels

Crown Jewels

Neon Lights

Neon Lights


Once you learn the tricks its pretty easy!







Feathers for the Timid!  Do you have  phobia of feathers and think they are out of reach…. they aren’t!

Not so Plain, Jane!


Longwood quilt

Longwood quilt








Pebbles, Echoes, Crosshatches, Oh My!   This is my new fills class.  Most of you know that I have spacial issues, I have learned to deal with it by quilting everything!  But how do you know what fills to use and how big/small to make them?  This class will help you out with those decisions.

I would love to see you all there!!

Quilt on, My Friends!


Houston… here I come!

Thank you all for the comments about what you like to listen to while quilting.  I enjoyed reading all of them.  I am going to have to try the audio books.

I am currently getting ready to go to Houston and hopefully the rain won’t pose a problem for getting in.  At the beginning of last week, I set a goal of finishing a quilt before I left and I am proud to say, I did it!  Here is a picture…. this is one for my book…. thank you to Barb and Mary  for donating the fabric from their new fabric line…. Lavish.  They are debuting the fabric at Market as we speak in the Island Batik booth!


I am happy with how it turned out.  I challenged myself not to use feathers and I actually did not use any.  Yeah!!!

I am leaving for the airport in a bit and can’t wait to meet up with all of you!  This is my first year teaching at the show and am looking forward to it.  I will be setting up my classroom tomorrow around 10am if anyone is free and wants to help load machines for my Monday class.  🙂

See you all soon.


Bonding time!

As many of you know, I have recently become a HandiQuilter Ambassador.  My new Fusion came to me in May and I was quite excited and ready to jump in.

Now, those of you who teach will understand…. I don’t get a lot of time to quilt.  😦   I know, you are all thinking, poor Lisa.  A lot of my time is spent on class preparation and developing new classes.  My online business also keeps me hustling.  So while I had a chance to play a little  once I got it set up, I didn’t have a lot of time.  This past week, I got a chance to quilt!  Yeah me….. Here is what I was working on….

Lots of fun!

Quilt on, My Friends!