I’m embarrassed to say that this post is VERY late in the making (she says hanging her head very low). A couple of years ago, a student of mine in Houston, Heather Snow, gave me a wonderful gift! Now, I need to say…. when I return from a Houston trip things are very hectic…. unpacking, finishing up the accounting etc. It normally takes me at least a week to see the top of my desk. (not that this is a good excuse at all) So I put Heather’s gift in my studio and like everything else it got shuffled around a bit. When I recently moved I rediscovered it and promptly was kicking myself in the ass for letting it get shuffled around. AT this point you are all probably saying… just shut up and tell us what the hell the gift was!!
Soooo… those old rotary cutting blades that really don’t cut fabric very well… now they have a use!! Pop them in this cute little flower and voila! a thread cutter for when you are chain piecing. When not in use the cute little flower is stored in the circular base! Heather, Thank you so much for your thoughtful gift!
This is the next must have, the Magnetic Pin cup! They come in different sizes for all of your pin holding needs. I realized I needed this after needlessly stabbing my self countless times (and cursing up a blue streak) going for a pin!
Make sure you check out all that Heather has to offer at Purple Hobbies! No affiliation…. just a very happy quilter!
If you are going to Houston and see me…. Make sure you say hello!!
WHAT, Flat Lisa is STILL in Pennsylvania?! Say It Isn’t So!!
Where is everyone? I know quilters reside in places other than Pennsylvania, so why is Flat Lisa stuck in Pennsylvania? Okay, perhaps you missed the Flat Lisa Reveal, maybe you skipped the Flat Lisa Reveal, or I suppose there is a slight possibility you aren’t interested in Flat Lisa.? Regardless, I will say it again I am eager to view my quilting friends globally. That being said I’d like, one more time, to introduce Flat Lisa! Share with me your quilting studio, classes, shows etc.(be creative if you’d like). Simply right-click on Flat Lisa below, save it to your computer and print out copy. Take a selfie with you and Flat Lisa and send your picture via email to Lisahcalle@me.com –It’s that easy!!
****Make sure you include your location so that I can track where my adventures have taken me. All photographs will be posted AND you will be entered to win a copy of my book “Divide and Design”. A winner will be drawn for end of this month. You don’t have a lot of time, so come on quilting friends I know you’re out there!!
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!!
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…
I added some feather and some little pebbles along the scrolls.
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
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..
I love whole cloths! There is something so elegant about just a piece of fabric and thread. The problem with whole cloths as I saw it was that there was a lot of measuring (which I totally dislike) and a lot of marking ( which I detest as well). Maybe you feel the same way?
In my Mastering the Mini, I teach you how to create a one of a kind whole cloth with no measuring and minimal marking! What could be better?
Crown Jewels: Won HM at Houston International quilt festival
I used this method to create Crown Jewels and it did quite well on the show circuit. 🙂
I will be teaching this class at Birds of a Feather (Feb 7, 1:30-6) and MQX (April 10, 8-12p) (2 day and a 4 hour class)
Now, Mary from MQX has convinced me to do a hands on Mastering the Mini and More class…. what is this, you ask? Well, it is a 2 part class, The first day (4 hours) will be spent designing your mini and marking it! I provide you with the white fabric ( feel free to bring your own or I will have some luscious Radiance for sale, just the right size) and thread.
The second day, we will spend this time on the machines stitching out your beautiful masterpieces. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with. Make sure you sign up today as space is limited to 12 students… one per machine.
My whole cloth design
Here are some of the drawings from a previous Mastering the Mini class… these ladies have some wicked talent! Don’t miss out.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful….. ok, no, I’m not going to torture you by singing. I can’t carry a tune to save my life so I will spare you that. But the weather has been terribly cold and most of you might know, I can’t stand the cold. So I am flying south from Feb 6th -8th to Virginia Beach to teach at Birds of a Feather. What?? you haven’t heard of it? Where have you been? This is a wonderful conference to further your machine quilting skills with lectures, hands on classes, drawing classes and lecture demos and the faculty list is amazing!!!
Check out this great class! I will not be teaching this class again this year on the East Coast so don’t miss out.
Totally Template Sample
“Lisa relies on quilting templates to make the most of her complex and dynamic quilting designs. But using templates and rulers to stitch straight lines and perfect curves can be daunting. Join her as she shares her insider knowledge on how to use them and how just a few simple shapes open up 100‘s of possibilities. You will leave this class with a solid knowledge of how to make the most of templates and work with them with confidence. This is a beginner template class.”
Join me for this 2 hour hands on class on Feb 7th from 8-10! We will have a blast!