I Just Wanna Have Fun

 

 

Most of you know it’s with much excitement that I’ve announced that Perfect Plumes has made its big debut.  But what you don’t know is that during the process of constructing my latest class, with a little help, I filmed a little promo video for the launch of my newest addition.  Below you will find the small segment to watch, if you haven’t already. And if you’re about to click “play” keep in mind that there’s nothing I love more than adding a bit of comedy into my work days.

So feel free take a look at the video:

Since you have watched the above little clip I’d like to now reveal the first couple recordings that were filmed.  But first I need to disclose that my red-headed assistant, Drea, was helping with this project. And whenever the two of us are found in the same room, regardless of size, a unique and rare element of playfulness fills the space. For the record I’d like to say that despite how many times fits of laughter place our work on a brief pause; we still manage to be productive!  So, on this particular day Drea, and I thought it would be fun to add a “tiny” bit of costuming to the video; and the chosen accessory was a wig. The end result is what you are about to observe below.  Now, I realize that you may not find it nearly as comical as we did; but trust me, managing a falling wig makes “serious” acting a bit difficult. My intent in sharing these clips is to encourage everyone to permit themselves to embrace silly, laughter-filled, moments in their day.  And if you’re lucky enough to have someone who brings that aspect into your life then make sure that you incorporate them into your tomorrows!

Enjoy and have a laugh…

 

“Quiltique” A Must See!

 

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!

May I Have Your Attention..

 

After five very long years I am pleased to announce that I have finished this quilt.

The photograph below was taken back in 2013, five very long years ago.

Cherrywood fabric, the love of my life when it comes to material. I am sure that is nothing new to my readers, and quilting friends.

This quilt has taken me on a journey of self discovery and a very difficult lesson in letting go. It will surprise no one to hear me say that I can be a little bit of a control freak and perfectionist (and that’s putting it mildly).  To further describe my character traits I am extremely hard on myself and this quilting adventure has, I pray, cured me of that personality flaw. This finished piece is far, very far, from perfect.  The list of mistakes is quite lengthy, but what I have learned and the amount I have grown as a quilter and individual is enormous.

I’m going to share a few revelations with you.

Revelation #1:  Basting and removing my quilt from the frame umpteen times will not happen again in my studio.   The result of basting my quilt and repeatedly removing it caused more than a few migraines!  Typically I go through the quilt and complete my SID and dividing lines which is enough to stabilize the quilt. However, I strayed from my “typical” routine on this project and paid the price.  Note to self, “Do Not Deviate!”

Revelation#2:  I always pre-wash my fabrics but I underestimated the TLC that hand dyed fabrics require.  This quilt quickly taught me that hand dyed material definitely needs a little “extra attention”.   If you look below you will observe a fabric bleed. This is not something any quilter wants to witness on their quilt.  Yes, I pre-washed the fabric.  No, it is NOT the fault of the dyer. Yes, it is my fault for treating Cherrywood like all my other fabric.


Now when I am working with hand dyed fabrics, I wash them in my sink with the hottest water possible and dawn dish detergent until the water is clear.  Hard lesson to learn? The word “hard” doesn’t do this lesson justice.  Thus, I have chosen to name this quilt “Oh, My Bleeding Heart”.  Rolling the dice I persevered and continue on with the quilting; hoping that a small miracle would transpire and the bleed would come out.

And it DID!  I’ve been bowing to the quilting gods above each morning. I followed Vicki Welsh’s directions.  Do yourself a favor and print off her directions and stash them in a safe spot. You might want to print off a couple of copies trust me may never know when you might need them.

Aside from the major catastrophe of the fabric bleeding, this quilt had challenges in the piecing as well.  I tend to generate designs and neglect to give much thought as to how I will execute what I have composed.  It has gotten me into a lot of trouble more than once  The most challenging aspect on this pattern was the inner pieced border…

 

 

What in the bleepity bleep was I thinking? Obviously I wasn’t!  Although it nearly killed me, I continued onward.

The question then became how in the world would I get these together?

I somehow managed to put them together, but it was less than easy.

This is, by far, my favorite quilt.  I absolutely love the design, but the true reason why it has become the love of my quilting life is due to all that I endured and discovered during the entire process.  I poured my heart into this piece for many, many years, and many, many lessons were unveiled.

I am hosting a lecture at the AQS Lancaster show in March called “Oh, My Bleeding Heart” , the subject matter is, of course, this lovely quilt.  I hope to see many of you there as I share moments of self discovery and quilting adversity during the creation of this unbelievable piece.

Do you have a quilt that challenged you till you almost gave up??

There are Several “Popabilities”!

 

I am about to mention a tool that I am sure that I have made reference to previously.   However, if by any small chance you missed the initial reveal of this tool; I will share with you one more time just how much I LOVE my  Corner Pop tool .

During the last couple of months I’ve been in my studio dedicating time to a special project, along with squeezing in time for my four-year quilt.  The Corner Pop tool and technique has made a huge difference in creating this design.

The photograph below shows the beginnings of the design.

I am auditioning different fabric pieces to select which shade of orange I prefer for this project.  And as you observe those rather large pieces of material, you may be wondering where I incorporated the use of the powerful Corner Pop tool.

TA DA! Doesn’t that look a bizillion times better?!

I absolutely LOVE how easy this tool is to use.  In the center of this quilt there is an enormous amount of open space.  I have an option of leaving the space vacant, but due to the importance of this quilt I chose to give extra attention to the blank space.

I often wish that I took more time, and placed some thought into the construction of my design prior to falling in love with it. Life might just be a little less stressful.  Therefore, I decided to push myself and step outside the box .  Straying from the norm I actually created the construction of the design.  My decsion in doing so has the  jury out on whether ALL the pieces will cooperate and go together.  If by chance they do, I will share with you all my creative, and crazy ways of  tying these pieces together.

It’s true, if you are looking to add a little pizzaz to a block , this tool will bring some magic to your project!  Take a few minutes and watch Deb’s video.  The “popabilities” are endless!  Enjoy!