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June 29, 2019
20 Skills Every Sewist Learns from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Have you ever wondered what skills you've learned as you picked up sewing? It was a topic of discussion on one of the Facebook groups where I'm a member. The writer mentioned several and others chimed in. I've compiled the list of skills with a few examples of each. This list is certainly not exhaustive, but it's a great way to get started thinking about the many skills you have learned along the way.
  1. Artistry (creating and designing, use of color, fit and form)
  2. Chemistry (fiber content, treatment and care of fabrics, glues)
  3. Color theory (using ...

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May 29, 2019
New Journey! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

I recently posted a picture of my last show quilt, Oh My Bleeding Heart, and said that this was the quilt that broke me.  I do believe this to still be true.

I have decided to embark on a new quilt journey and invite you all to come along for the ride.  My BFF Barb Persing is going to be my guide as this will be completely new territory for me.  I am excited as this is going to take me far outside of my box.  I tell my students all the time to stretch themselves creatively and this will ...

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December 2, 2018
Returning to a familiar theme from Claire Passmore

I have made several quilts on the theme of Freedom and Liberty over the past few years and have just completed another for the group 12 by the Dozen. I didn't set out with that intention, but this recurring theme emerged from my research into the work of the textile artist Jean Lurçat. (Find out more about Lurçat and his work here.) Initially I was not drawn to his work at all - at first glance it appeared to me to be chaotic and confusing - too much to take in. But after some (slow) research I began understand ...

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August 29, 2018
A milestone in plaid from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

Sometimes you just have to step back to gaze at your work product

and bask in the satisfaction of what you’ve accomplished, like 63 plaid star blocks. Here are the last two blocks:

If this quilt never gets finished, I will still be happy about finishing 63 blocks with all those bias edges.

With block construction done, it was time to arrange the blocks and decide whether to keep them oriented the same way or to mix them up by rotating them. John convinced me to step outside my comfort zone of neat and orderly and rotate the blocks ...

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August 28, 2018
A portrait created with line from Claire Passmore

Following on from my last blog, this is the second of my 16 inch square quilts made in my 'Works inspired by artists' series for the group '12 by the Dozen'.  This time the artist chosen was Wilhelmina Barnes Graham, chosen by Linda Bilsborrow, and what a great choice it was. You can find out more about her by clicking here.
Below is a tiny taste of her work.
The inspiration for this next quilt comes from my study of her drawings, and in particular, her 'Line' series. One of my favourites is titled 'Music of the Sea' which you ...

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August 10, 2018
When This Quilters Away… from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Comes Your Way!

You heard right!! While I’m away ALL orders shipped within the United States will receive FREE shipping until August 20th!

NO Special Code is required to receive free shipping!

So take advantage of this great offer, and fill your cart today!   And you’ll enjoy free shipping within the great USA! 

I can’t stay in Europe forever.  Unfortunately, I will have to return to reality which mean free shipping will come to an end.  So don’t miss out, you have until August 20th to take advantage of what is happening while I’m traveling ...

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July 30, 2018
Abundance - Secondary Pattern ChallengeAbundance was designed in... from Living Water Quilter

Abundance - Secondary Pattern Challenge

Abundance was designed in early June for the Island Batik Ambassador July challenge, Secondary Pattern . I am thankful for the generosity of Island Batik, who supplied the fabric that helped moved Abundance from digital design to quilt.


Truth be told, I am hooked on designing now that I have dived into the deep end of the design pool. I still have a lot to learn. I am learning new skills with each pattern. One lesson is learning how to design with fabric selection and prominence the goal and free-motion quilting in a supporting role. 

In addition ...

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July 23, 2018
One Plus One Equals - Island Batik ChallengeThe Island Batik... from Living Water Quilter

One Plus One Equals - Island Batik Challenge

The Island Batik Ambassador quilt challenge for July is secondary patterns within a quilt design.


With the Island Batik supplied fabric, City Culture 2 , I went to work designing in a new quilt in Electric Quilt software.


The quilt design uses a block called Priscilla and sashing to create the secondary design. The gentle Y-seam tested my piecing skills. Paper-piecing the block increased accuracy.


Almost each block features a different combination of City Culture 2 fabric.


Now that Abundance is a completed quilt top, I’m thinking about how she will be quilted ...

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July 17, 2018
It’s HERE!! It’s Finally HERE!! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

“Ain’t No Junk:  Trunk Tell All (TTA)” is LIVE!! Can you feel my happy dance?

Here are some Q&A:

When is the Facebook LIVE event?

The Facebook LIVE event will be held on July 26th at 1pm EST. 



What exactly is a Trunk Tell All (TTA)?? 

Initially, the concept behind placing my trunkshow “No Junk In the Trunk” on my website was to allow those individuals who were unable to attend this event an alternative to simply missing out all together. However, I soon came to the realization that when I host a trunk show the duration is ...

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July 9, 2018
Something Exciting is coming….. from Lisa H Calle's Blog


I can barely contain my excitement… you’ve asked and I’ve listened… Yeah…..

Make sure you are signed up to receive my newsletter, or follow my blog, instagram or Facebook… one of them or all of them… you don’t want to miss out…. I am hoping to be spilling the beans next week…. so stay tuned.

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June 15, 2018
My Dearest Cherrywood, from Lisa H Calle's Blog

My life would simply feel incomplete without special moments found in the presence of my quilting crush, Cherrywood Fabric.  Over the past couple of days not only was I fulfilling my passion of “quilting” but I also laid hands on the love of my life – CHERRYWOOD! Yes, Cherrywood Fabric ranks up there as my first love, but I also have a second love.  I mean, god forbid there’s no Cherrywood in my life I need to have options! So next in line would undoubtedly have to be feathers.  Oh, how I gush when I am quilting feathers into a ...

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May 6, 2018
Free Motion doodle Dolls from Claire Passmore

I can't remember the last time I made a bed quilt; it has to be at least 5 years, probably longer. So, when I decided to make this one I came to it fresh - and enjoyed every minute of it!
It is a single bed size, so not too hard and made using the 'quilt-as-you-go' method, which meant that the intense free motion quilting I used on each of the panels was easy to handle on my small domestic Singer sewing machine. 
Doodle Dolls by Claire Passmore 2018

The quilt is currently hanging at Midsomer Quilting in Somerset, UK ...

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February 12, 2018
Designing Quilting Motifs from Quilting Solutions

I finished the top!!!  When I got it all together I just slumped.  We have been without sewage disposal for three weeks now.  The septic field has failed.  The pipes have dislocated. As I write we are scheduled to hook into the city system, but the plumbers were supposed to hook us up last Wednesday - no show.  Then Friday - still couldn't do it.  Now it should happen Monday.  We finally let them set us up for three nights in a local hotel.  In some ways it is hard to be creative, but I find that it takes my mind ...

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January 20, 2018
Neutrals and reds and math from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Oh my heavens, y'all, I do not know a bit of math. Nothing. Nada. Puh. How do I know? Because I needed math all day. Know what I got? Puh!

I've continued working on the neutrals scrap quilt top. Thanks to your encouragement, I decided to keep going with the red scraps because, I wanted to make it work. I'm hard-headed that way. Besides, I had sewn some of the scraps into fabric blocks. 

I have a 15" square ruler and cut the beige pieces into uniform blocks to match the ruler. That was easy and helped ...

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January 17, 2018
There are Several “Popabilities”! from Lisa H Calle's Blog


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 ...

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December 15, 2017
The copper quilt is finally coming together from Claire Passmore

This copper quilt is driving me mad! I don't think I have ever spent so long over the development of a quilt as this. For once I I had too many ideas and I decided to explore all the possibilities, which has all taken time:

copper used for electrical wiring, circuits & microschips;
copper fixed to the hulls of ships to reduce the amount of fouling and thus make them faster, so slave ship owners would loose less of their 'perishable' human cargo;
copper mined in Cornwall and refined in South Wales, forming the backbone of the economy for the ...

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November 8, 2017
The mysteries of copper from Claire Passmore

And so I finally got there. I have been thinking about this for so long now it seems like it is an old idea, but this week I have finally got it 'out'. The beginnings of a piece of work on copper, element 29. It is that shiny, reddish metal that was probably the first ever metal to be worked my man. 

The oldest metal object found to date in the Middle East consists of a tiny copper awl dating to around 5100 B.C. The artifact was unearthed in Tel Tsaf, an archaeological site in Israel located near the ...

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October 3, 2017
Celebration Part 5 from Ravelly1

Someone asked about the design I used in a previous post. I'm freely sharing it today. It's mostly half-square triangles with a few, what I call, blank squares added. You can use any size HST.

This Fractured Star design is perfect for the eagle I have in mind. The design for the Fractured Star, which I've used many times, you can probably find if you do a Search of tutorials on my Sidebar.
Just wait until you see the eagle I'll be using. It's perfect!!!!
Here's sort of hawk in the hay field ...

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