Idea Overload

 

Can You Relate? How to Deter Idea Overload!

It’s so exciting when you are ready to start a new project. Maybe to boost your wheels of creativity  you’ve attended a recent quilt show, googled images on your computer or made a trip to a quilt shop.  During those moments you’ve meandered up and down the aisles gazing upon one piece after another, or perhaps browsed the infinite number of images on the internet. You’ve invested a lot of time to collect all the insight possible, because you want to be fully prepared when it comes time to move full steam ahead on this new endeavor.  Then you eventually return to your sacred space designated for designing your new quilt; the birth of this amazing piece is just around the corner and then BAM mentally you’re combusting with the “how about this” and “what about that” statements.  The result is that you find yourself closing your eyes with a heavy feeling of anxiety and strong sense of being overwhelmed while silently saying this:     

I’ve been there and it really can suck the air right out of the “I can’t wait to start” feeling of a new project.  My secret to not letting this happen is simply this.  IF I’m starting a new quilt I deliberately don’t go to quilt shows, online, or into shops for inspiration.  This solution sounds a bit crazy but for me it works. It’s one thing to get a better understanding of how certain techniques are applied to a quilt, but quite frankly I don’t want someone else’s finished product to influence what I am going to create.  I find it way to easy for my brain to get overstimulated when I look at other quilters pieces; in order for my designs to feel organic I stick to my tried and true process of sketching.  So often we don’t give ourselves enough credit that we can come up with ideas without having to use designs we’ve encountered as a springboard for our personal art.  We presume gathering one idea upon another idea will make things easier, reassuring ourselves that several concepts are better than just one or two.  You may want to ask yourself “How is this working for me, am I mentally exhausted?”


Do you have any special ways you combat inspiration overload?

Let the Shows Begin!

 

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LET THE SHOW SEASON COMMENCE!

The time of year I wait for with an enormous amount of anticipation; the beginning of the Show Season for 2017!!  I am sure many of you are consumed with similar emotions since the New Year has arrived.  The quilting kick off starts immediately with the upcoming Rhoad to California January 19 through 22nd in Ontario California.  Deb Tucker and Amanda Leins will be hosting classes, and over 225 vendors will fill up Ontario Convention Center.  So if you’re eager to get into the quilting spirit check out the upcoming Rhoad to California.

I will be kicking off quilting season with:

Birds of a Feather : February 9 through the 12th in Newport News VA!

I say NO to snow, I don’t need mother nature interfering with my travel plans in February and March.unknown-36

March 17th and 18th: I will be teaching a Divide and Design Class at Steve’s Sew and Vac

March 30,2017 7pm-8:30: AQS Lancaster Show Trunk Show unknown-37

**If you are planning on visiting attending Birds of a Feather in Virginia don’t forget to get the new Quilter’s Groove Checklist.  It will be a big help when trying to remember what rulers you want to include in your inventory, I don’t want my quilters wasting money on items they have already purchased.

Is there a show in particular that has got you geared up for the upcoming season? I would love to hear what future quilting events are helping you get through the winter blues.

Flat Lisa is STILL in Pennsylvania?? Say It Isn’t So!!

WHAT,  Flat Lisa is STILL in Pennsylvania?! Say It Isn’t So!!  img_8873

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!!

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Vending…A Newbie’s Take

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It’s mid October when children, and some parents, are counting down the days until Halloween.  Yes, the one night of the year that delivers it’s evening of trick or treaters, and candy that will keep me on a sugar high for the next 2 months.  Yet, my reality has me counting down the days until I head to Houston.  This trip will have Judy and I gone for nine days; the longest I have been away from my family to attend a show.  Currently I am being attacked by LISTS.  Post-It notes can be found floating like mini ghosts from every part of my computer monitor whispering “Lisa we are here, and you have many things to do”.  Boxes are stacked, suitcases are opened and my mind is swirling.  Right now I feel like Dorothy as I look around the studio thinking “Soon I won’t be in Pottstown anymore”.

Step out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself, it’s okay to feel uncomfortable; these are all things I can be heard impressing upon my students.  Now it’s time for me to practice what I preach.  Houston will give me my first experience at vending during a show.  My comfort zone has been in the classroom, that being said “Vending” is a whole new ballgame for this girl.  Am I stressed? No way.  Actually “freaking out” fits my demeanor.  There are soo many facets to this trip!

Here’s my typical routine: Pack vehicle, drive to destination, unload and set up.  Easy Peasy! If I missed something while loading the car, oh well no biggie, I can live without it for a few days.  Not this venture!  Most of the “Lisa Supervising” is being dispatched elsewhere. All my products are being shipped straight from the manufacturer; which means, to this Control Nazi, that I am basically leaving everything in the hands of the Expo Center.  Trust me, I will arrive holding my breath, fingers crossed and possessing a rabbit’s foot in my pocket.

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Producing a display.  Remember I am a vending newbie so improving upon its appearance will be shown next go around.  Yes, I am sure I could have spent mega bucks through the Expo Center but my money tree needs some watering.  With wheels already turning for some bells and whistles I will include next time I’m vending; I am still satisfied with what we are sharing in Houston.  Last week I delivered my booth apparatus and products to Rob and Judy of Olde City Quilts in Burlington NJ.  They will also be in attendance and have graciously offered to transport my belongings since they are driving to Houston.  Thanks Rob and Judy!  I owe you a beer, wine, whatever your beverage of choice may be!

Right now this vending adventure definitely has me filled me with a few emotions that coincide with the Halloween season.  Just as one would feel entering a haunted house, those feelings of apprehension  and uncertainty have embraced me as I continually wonder what the vending world has in store for me. Hopefully all the many moving parts of this new aspect of quilting will fall into place, and I will look back on this extravaganza and realize I was over thinking everything.

***Don’t miss out on the class I am teaching while in Houston.. Divide, Design and Get it done!! There is still time to sign up! The class is being held on Monday Oct 31st., and is based on my book and DVD.  Of course this had me packing yet another set of boxes full of class supplies, rulers, etc. but it has me stepping back into my comfort zone for a little while on this trip!

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Classes, classes, classes….

Hi all, I am getting classes together for 2016…. I know… I have trouble thinking that far out as well.  LOL   So it got me thinking… when you are looking at a list of classes to choose from… what do you look for?  Inviting descriptions? pictures? what draws you in to the classes you ultimately choose?   There  are so many to choose from now a days… any feedback would be appreciated.

I am teaching in Houston this year.  Yeah!  So excited.  I will be teaching a 6 hour hands on class for Divide and Design. on Monday oct 26th. you will be working on a real quilt! We will be designing and then quilting what you have designed.  It will be loads of fun!  Hope to see you all there.   I am providing said quilt.  It will be something along the lines of this…

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What are you all looking for in classes that is not being taught?  One of the struggles we teachers have is constantly coming up with new material for classes… ok, maybe not all teachers.. but I sure do!  I would love to hear your ideas!  You can leave them in the comments or email me directly… lisahcalle@me.com

Quilt on, My friends!

Lisa

 

Friday already…

where did the week go?

I was fortunate enough to get to go to AQS Lancaster on Wednesday afternoon.  I only made it to one floor of the exhibit so I am going tomorrow as well.  I missed my favorite booth…. Cherrywood Fabrics… hopefully, there will still be some fabric left when I get there.  I also got to have dinner with my friend Elaine on Wednesday.  We went to a wonderful little Irish pub around the corner from the convention center… for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it but it was delicious.

I am working on new classes for next year…. now, for those of you who know me… I am not a writer so it is pure torture to sit and write out class descriptions and handouts.. the fun part is teaching the classes.  I LOVE that part!  So, if any of you have some class ideas for me… I am all ears.

Started packing up some things for MQX…. it is right around the corner…. if you can’t make it to the east coast, I will be teaching at HMQS in Salt Lake City in May as well.  Hope to see you all in a classroom soon.

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa