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.

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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?

 

Folks We Have a Winner!

Thanks so much to all of you that participated in the blog hop contest.  We had so many entries! But as with any contest, sadly there can only be one winner. So congratulations goes out to Connie Alexander for being, the soon to be, recipient of  John Kubiniec’s book “A New Spin on the Drunkard’s Path”.  But that’s not all!  Connie also won a set of the drunkard’s path templates!  I am so excited for her to put these prizes to use.  Who knows maybe we will receive pictures of the beautiful quilts Connie designs!

If you are a fan of grid line based quilting then I have the Go to Girl for you.  My talented friend, Gina Perkes, from the Copper Needle has come out with a fabulous product.  Her stencils, the Take Aim Stencil Collection! , are perfect for those that enjoy grid line based quilting. I missed the boat on this one, and am very disappointed. I wish I had them when I marked my border on my current quilt, it won’t happen again. I love the way the intersections are highlighted (increasing the accuracy).  Just because I missed out doesn’t mean my fellow quilters have to!   Please take a moment and see for yourself as I share the following video.  While watching this video you will observe Gina demonstrating how to incorporate clamshells with her “Jane” ruler.  I have no doubt at the conclusion of the video you too will think  “Yes, she is the one to go to!”

Don’t forget… we love to get pictures!!

Lisa

 

Sobering Up brings “A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path” by John Kubiniec and a Giveaway!

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My first blog hop, YES! I’ve always wanted to participate in one, so imagine my excitement when John Kubiniec asked me to take part in his Blog Hop?! I have learned so much personally and professionally throughout this project, it definitely has made me a better quilter.  So enjoy this Blog Hop and don’t forget the added bonus of entering in the giveaway posted at the conclusion of this post!

 

One of the many things I loved about doing this Blog Hop for John is that it has made me tackle and improve on one of my quilting skills.  Many of my fellow readers know that curved piecing is not my forte.  Stepping outside the box into curved piecing brings tiny beads of sweat to my forehead.   Don’t we all have a tendency to delay doing things we aren’t confident in? Well that’s how this quilter feels about curved piecing.  Although I have incorporated them into some of my designs, I definitely could step my game up a bit.  That being said,  John’s book, “A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path”, educates the reader on this component of quilting.  John has paved the way for those “curved piecing challenged” individuals, like myself, by composing ALL 12 quilts illustrated in his book with variations of the Drunkard’s Path Block.

John imparts an amazing technique on how to execute the artistry of curved piecing.  He has me so inspired that I may have to give his three pin method a whirl! But my love for quilting is where my passion dwells, therefore,  I couldn’t wait to pursue some of that open space.  It no secret that I use a three-step  method for designing the quilting on all of my pieces.  I definitely  suffer from “spacial”  issues… flashbacks of failing grades in HS geometry come to mind.  In order to compensate for this mathematical disability I ensure that my quilts are evenly quilted, I do so by making sure everything is quilted.  Just because I apply this into my method does not mean that you have to.  By all means, if you passed HS geometry  then make life simpler for yourself!  If you are not a fan of heavily quilted tops, you may consider completing only steps 1 and 2 of the instructions below.

Which project to choose? It was so difficult, John presents many beautiful options, but Nightfall on page 44 spoke to me. It exhibited a large portion of open space which I found yelling “Lisa put your big girl pants on and get curved piecing!”  So I did just that; now let the games begin!

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Step one:  Divide up the quilt.   This will break the wide open space into more manageable spaces.  I use echoed lines to accomplish the dividing… if you use the piecing in the quilt to help, it will minimize the marking that needs to be done. Start in the center of your quilt as that is the focal point.

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Step two:  Design for the open spaces…. when I look at all of the areas  that I have created, I like to alternate where my design work is going to go.  Design work is any of the motifs… feathers, ferns, flowers etc.  As you can see, I like feathers…

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Step  three:  This step is when I put in all of the fill work.  If you do not like your quilts heavily quilted you can skip this part and have a cuddable…

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Like I mentioned earlier, I am not proficient in the curved piecing department,  but John’s 3 pin method had me intrigued.  So listening to my inner voice I hiked up my big girl pants and gave it a try….

I created my own templates using the pattern John provided in his book.

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Just as John advises I used only three pins…. I have to admit I was skeptical, only three pins?  But any reservations quickly disappeared, I did it!!

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Bottom line…this once “curved piece challenged” girl will be stepping outside the box a bit more often and including curved piecing in her designs.  Trust me if I can execute this skill with more positivity and enjoyment you can too! Let John enlighten you and give you the ability to quilt peacefully!

Are you intrigued???  Well you can win a copy of John’s new book AND a set of the templates!  Leave a comment, making sure you’re email address is included and I will pick a winner on Oct.8th!! Good Luck!

Make sure you check out all of the blog posts on the hop!

 

September 26, 2016
Jennifer Dick http://www.42quilts.com
C&T Publishing http://www.ctpub.com/blog/

September 27, 2016
Sara Lawson http://www.sewsweetness.com/blog
Heather Kojan http://www.heatherkojan.com

September 28, 2016
Bill Volckening http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com
McCall’s Quilting http://www.mccallsquilting.com/blogs/

September 29, 2016
Generation Q Magazine http://generationqmagazine.com
Bonnie Hunter http://quiltville.blogspot.com

September 30, 2016
Made by ChrissieD http://madebychrissied.blogspot.com
LoveBug Studios https://www.lovebugstudios.com/blog/

October 1, 2016
Kathy Patterson http://hillstreetquilts.blogspot.com YOU ARE HERE
Teresa Coates http://www.crinkledreams.com

October 2, 2016
Carl Hentsch http://3dogdesignco.blogspot.com

October 3, 2016
Teri Lucas https://terificreations.com
Lisa Calle https://lisacalle.wordpress.com

October 4, 2016
Linzi Upton https://thequiltquine.wordpress.com
Nicole Daksiewicz http://www.modernhandcraft.com/blog

October 5, 2016
Marti Michell http://frommartimichell.blogspot.com
Debby Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com

October 6, 2016
Melody Crust http://melodycrust.blogspot.com/
Kim Niedzwiecki http://www.gogokim.com

October 7, 2016
Patrick Lose http://www.patricklose.com
John Kubiniec https://www.bigrigquilting.com/blog/

 

Have fun!!!

Lisa

 

 

To Blog = To Share, Connect, Inspire & Create

  

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  Although 2017 will not be arriving for 4 months, and Christmas (let alone New Year’s)is something I really don’t want any parts of since it’s only October, I did want to share this:  Starting next week I will commit to entertaining my audience every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  And should I fall short of that I believe Drea will come up with some type of consequence that is as torturous, if not worse, than Hot Yoga!  So a little more consistency is coming your way.

Here’s a sneak peak at whats coming up next week:

Blog Hop on the book “A New Spin on Drunkards Path” by John Kubinec!  John has designed unique pieces using variations of the Drunkard’s Path Block.

AND here comes FLAT LISA!  Who is she? What can she possibly do?? And what the heck is she for???  Stay tuned for her reveal next week!  So I will leave you in suspense for the next two days and look forward to kick off my earliest New Year’s resolution ever!

Quilt on, my friends!

Lisa

Ohio Star – Take 3

I hoped you liked the 2nd Ohio star.  This is the 3rd and final Ohio star.  I tried to do simple…. I really did….. this one you can stop at any stage so part is simple then it goes to crazy….

Step 1: A little fun continuous curve.

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Step 2:  Some outline quilting.  If I have curves…. I need straight lines as well.

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Step 3:  center CC and added lines in corner blocks.

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Step 4:  Added design elements in corners…. feather variation.

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Step 5:   Added some straight lines with the ProLine 8.

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Step 6:  Added some sand stipple to make everything POP!

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So you see, I started simple but couldn’t stop myself to keep going….  I tried.

Here is a recap of the 3 blocks

Up next week is the Churn Dash block!

What will you create?

Lisa

Ohio Star…Take 2

You all are great.  I am adding to my list of blocks you want!  Thank you!

Doris, you asked what  I would do with the star points in the last sample…. here it is…

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Here is the 2nd try at designing for the Ohio Star, its a little simpler.. you all know that I don’t do simple very well, right?

Ok, here ya go….

Step 1:  Divide up the open space a little… This is also when I do all of my SID which I always do on custom work!  I used the ProEcho 9!

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Step 2:  Need something in the center… so I divide again…

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step 3:  Did not like the random arc so I deleted it in the next pic… added some flower feathers and some arcs in the center.

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Step 4:  There was a little too much open space in the corner blocks…. I could have made those arcs shallower (is that a word?..LOL) but that would mean redoing and I only rip out for tension issues…. sooooo, I go to my standby and put in some small circles using the ProPebbles 1/2.

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Stay tuned for Ohio Star- Take 3 tomorrow!!

What will you create?

Please email me at Lisahcalle@me.com with your creations!

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

What to do with a 12″ block??

Hi all!

I have been working ever so slowly on my next competition piece…. when I say slowly… its been two weeks and I am still on the top border. So since my machine is taken I figured I would draw out a design using the Quilter’s Groove Rulers to show what you can create with them.  This is a 12″ block.

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You can see the guidelines that you would mark on your block.  I started with the ProPebble 3/4 and put the circle in the center.  I then used the ProSpine medium for the 4 diagonals and the ProSpine Small for the centers.  Then back to the ProPebble to add a circle to the top of each ProSpine Small design.  If you don’t like heavy quilting you can stop here.

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Then I picked up my ProPebble 1/2 and added some circles inside.  I also used the ProCircle 3,4,5, and 6 to echo the original design.

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Grabbed one of my  favorites!  ProLine 8!  This looks amazing as is and I was tempted to leave it but since I was just drawing I decided to quilt it (draw it) to death.  LOL

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Added some freehand pebbles!

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Finished off with some sand stipple!

So we went from this                                                                                                                                         to this!

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Once my machine is free I will be stitching this out!  Can’t wait!  What will you create?

Quilt on, my Friends!

Lisa

 

ProPebbles™ available for PreOrder!

Storewide 15% off Sale!

http://www.lisahcalle.com

Nov 23rd through Cyber Monday (Nov 30th)

The newest rulers in the Quilter’s Groove line of quilting templates, the ProPebbles™, are sure to cause quite a stir.  These will aid you in creating those perfect little circles that elude us.  There are 5 rulers, $15 a piece.  Each ruler does 2 different size circles an inch apart.  One inside circle and one outside circle.  There are 9 different sizes all together.  The 1 1/2 size there are two…. an inside and outside circle.  Circle sizes start at 1/4″ and go up from there to 2 1/2″.

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Bethanne Nemesh was so kind as to vigorously test these rulers for me and some guidelines were added.  She created this beautiful little sample!

Bethanne Nemesh's creation using the ProPebbles™.

Bethanne Nemesh’s creation using the ProPebbles™.

 

I am currently taking PreOrders for the rulers as well as having a 15% off storewide sale.  The ProPebbles will ship Mid to late Dec. If you are ordering other items, they will all ship together unless ordered separately.

Here are three videos about the ProPebbles™.  A basic video and then two tutorials.

ProPebbles™ Basics 

Orange Peel Tutorial 

Clamshell Tutorial

I hope to add more tutorials soon.

Quilt On, My Friends!

Lisa

Sparrow Studioz

I am getting excited for my first ever trip to Canada!  I will be  at Sparrow Studioz July 8-11!  I will be teaching 2 ruler classes, the first is Totally Templates.  This is a beginner class.  The second is Gettin’ in the Groove.  In this class you will learn how to use the Quilter’s Groove rulers.  If that isn’t enough fun.. I am debuting the hands on version of Divide and Design.

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We will be working on a simple nine patch block.  This is a 6 hour class where you will learn the technique of Divide and Design and then stitch out what you have designed.  It will be loads of fun.  Hope you can join me!

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa

Having a little fun!

I was having a little fun this weekend.  I found an orphan block and decided to play a little.  I don’t normally use high contrasting threads but thought I would give it a try… doesn’t get more contrasting than black… LOL

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I used the ProSpine Small for the shape around the outside and the ProLine 8 (my personal favorite) for the straight line quilting.  If you have any lonely blocks lying around, get them out and try something different.

Quilt on, My Friends!

Lisa