Happy Chrismahankwanzakah!

 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”!

 

 

 

September is Here and Almost Gone!

We are mid way through September!  I’m so disappointed that the summer flew by and I know that I did not accomplish nearly half of what I set out to do.

 

What’s there to do besides pull up my big pants and move on, and that means I’m traveling to…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PA National Quilt Extravaganza! AND it’s practically in my backyard, well that’s a little exaggeration, but it sure is close to home!

Yes, next week I’ll be in Oaks, PA.  It’s literally located about 20 minutes away, which means no Holiday Inn, or Mariott for this quilter! Trust me any fellow instructor or vendor will agree that is really nice to have a break from living out of a suitcase!  In addition to teaching, I will also be vending!  My copilot, Judy, will be holding down the fort on Thursday and Friday while I conduct classes.  Please stop by and say hello, I don’t want her getting lonely!

I’m thrilled to announce that a couple of my new Getting in the Groove Kits will be accompanying me to this event! Yes, it’s the lovely picture displayed below.   This new kit includes the panel, booklet, and the 6 rulers (ProDiamond Even, ProLine 8, ProLine 1, ProPebble 1/4-1.25, ProPebble 1-2, and ProEcho 11).  I’ve taken all the guess-work out of completing this project by providing all the tools required to accomplish this sweet little sampler.  You will notice that since there is no ditch in which to travel, I hid my traveling with the black rick rack.  Also, along the black curves, if you aren’t perfect in the traveling, a black sharpie marker is your friend. Oh the uses of the sharpie!  It won’t be long before I have more of the panels and will then have them up on my site along with the Rulers for Rookies Kit.

 

 

I’m currently working on my Houston Auction quilt.  I’m vacillating on whether or not this piece is worthy of going to Houston.  The scale is tipping heavily towards “doubts”.

 

I completed further beading… ala Bethanne Nemesh.  It required the use of my BERNINA 750QE.  I thought I was doing a great job, until I pulled it away in order to resume sewing on the longarm.

 

This is no laughter matter! This piece has seen a couple different machines.  My crosshatch is slightly off kilter, and I have a little pucker in the top.  That being said I am still persevering onward and resolve myself to bring this quilt to a close.  I truly hope I can resolve some of these issues, because if not, it will not be heading to Houston. The idea of it not being in attendance at Houston makes me very sad.

I need some input from fellow followers.  Do I send this quilt regardless of the outcome, OR do I save it a nice little reminder of lessons on what not to do?

 

Relationships with Rulers

“Lisa, what is your favorite or most used ruler?”  That is the question that I frequently encounter.   My response is always “My ProEcho’s.”  Why are they my tool of choice?  My ProEcho’s are used daily whether it is for quilting or drafting out a design.  My next BFF is the ProLine 8.  Believe it or not the ProLine 8 is what started me on this crazy journey of template designing.  The idea of designing templates was not an overnight epiphany.  Life would have much simpler if I had woken up one day and said “Hey, I think I will design some templates starting today.”

My initial goal was performing perfectly straight lines, 1/8″ apart.  Attempting to accomplish this by drawing them free-handed wasn’t very successful, and I was far from happy with the results.

straightlinehh

I wanted perfection so I put my thinking cap on and eventually the ProLine 8 became a reality.  Out of all the ProLine rulers I gravitate towards working with the ProLine 8 and 16 the most.  The best things come in small packages, right? I know the lines appear very small but I love the look of straight lines next to the curves.

Below is a video of a straight line fill.  They are quite easy to use and will provide the look of perfection that many of us quilters demand to see.

Incorporating this fill in place of a small stipple is one of my favorite things to institute on one of my designs.  These amazing rulers are very versatile, and can be used on any longarm, mid arm or domestic machines that have a high shank.

If you haven’t given the ProLine or the ProEcho rulers a chance then you are missing out!  Why don’t you give them a whirl? If my theory is correct you will most likely shake your head and say “ProLine/ProEcho where have you been all my quilting life?”

Once you’ve had you’re first date with one of these rulers let me know how it went.  Did they have you at hello?