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April 27, 2018
Lisa, Lisa, Where Are You? from Lisa H Calle's Blog

I realize that I have been MIA, but for good reason as it all pertains to my love of quilting.  Numerous commitments have kept me on the go; trust me even my husband thinks I’ve disappeared!  First up was MQX (Machine Quilter’s Expo) in New Hampshire.  I love attending this show, it holds a special place in my heart since it was my first teaching gig way back in 2006.  I get such an overwhelming sense of nostalgia when I walk through the doors of this arena.

The word “amazing” doesn’t come close to describing this show ...

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April 6, 2018
ProFeather™ Ruler Pre-Orders Start NOW! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Preorders are being taken now!


Just hang in there with me; those beautiful pieces of clear plastic will be in my hot little hands within 2 weeks!  Remember my last post containing  the video of hopelessness? If not, go back and watch.  If you did watched that little excerpt, and giggled, and moreover connected with my message then you really need to witness the ProFeather ruler in action.  I’ll admit, perhaps my acting wasn’t quite convincing enough to have you believe that this tool would be incredibly helpful.  BUT I am quite confident that the video below will ...

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“Idiom” Challenge from Flying Parrot Quilts

It’s been quiet around here, but I’ve been working on both some new patterns (more on those soon!) and some just-for-fun personal projects. In the latter category, both of the local quilt groups I’m involved with put out periodic challenges to make a quilt based on certain guidelines. The challenges I’ve enjoyed most are ones where the title of the quilt is chosen ahead of time, and you then have to make a quilt that corresponds to that title (see a previous challenge of this type here).

The guidelines for this challenge were that the quilt ...

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April 3, 2018
Folks We Are SOO Close! from Lisa H Calle's Blog


Does the following little video have you glancing in the mirror saying, “Oh my god! That’s me!”  If so, then you’ll be happy to know I have a solution!


Yes, step by step, things are really starting to move forward in my little studio, here in Pennsylvania.  Even during the process of preparing for shows, lectures, etc. I have remained focused on producing the ProFeather™ ruler AND the Perfect Plumes Class.  No doubt it’s a lot to juggle, but I’m so excited that I’m putting the finishing touches on my newest ruler and class that ...

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March 31, 2018
Line Drawing with Thread - What’s your Story?I love flowers and... from Living Water Quilter

Line Drawing with Thread - What’s your Story?

I love flowers and ornamental gardening. I haven’t had much time to play and work in my garden now that I am a full-time quilter and teacher.  Here is picture of my garden a few years ago. Each plant was nurtured and tended for 5 years to reach what is seen in the photo below.


While preparing for a Line Drawing with Thread class, I decided to incorporate my love of gardening in a wall art series. Each piece has a log cabin block as the background. Each tells a different ...

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March 28, 2018
Snow and Slow to Lancaster 2018 We Go! from Lisa H Calle's Blog



I’m still looking for February; and searching high and low for March!

I spent the better portion of last week at the AQS Lancaster Quiltweek.  My trip began with a lovely spring blizzard which kindly dropped 12″ of snow on surrounding roads.  Moreover,  it’s timing couldn’t have been better…not.   Those beautiful, white, flakes began falling from the sky above on the day I was scheduled to leave.  But I pulled my big girl snow pants up, as high as they would go, and prayed that my 4 wheel drive SUV was up to challenge of  transporting ...

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March 20, 2018
February Come Back! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

February where are you, where did you go?  And did you take half of March with you? Will someone please find February, and for that matter, the beginning of March.  I need them returned to me ASAP!

Goals,  yes I have a few.  You may be wondering why I’m sharing such things with you.  Well, in order to accomplish these objectives, I felt if I shared them with all my quilting followers they would become a reality sooner rather than later. Nothing wrong with a little peer pressure.

The first on my little list “to do” is launching my ...

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March 12, 2018
Here’s To You! from Lisa H Calle's Blog


I am blown away by the number of responses I received regarding feathers.  Thank you so much for all the information that you submitted; I greatly appreciate, and WANT, the input! Rest assured that your valuable insight will contribute to the construction of an amazing feathering class!

Be on the lookout for a new “Feather Ruler”.  You read correctly, in addition to the upcoming class I also have a Feather Ruler in the works!  I still remain firm on the fact that everyone can create these beauties freehand, but a “combination” ruler will also prove beneficial.  This tool can be ...

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March 1, 2018
What I “Did” VS What He “Thought I Did” from Lisa H Calle's Blog

The MidAtlantic Quilt Festival was upon me, and I had yet to make a sign for my booth.  I was hell-bent on creating a sign; I refused to present my space without it! No way, no how, this quilter was in a “get out of my way” mode until this task had been accomplished (I’m sure many of you can relate to a project that brought you similar feelings) Was having this piece absolutely necessary? Was the world going to end if I my sign wasn’t present at the show? When I am in a sane state of ...

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February 14, 2018
What Happened in Heidelberg PA? from Lisa H Calle's Blog


There was a lot going on in Heidelberg, PA regarding the craft of quilting! Saturday morning I headed out early, with my red-headed assistant along side of me, to the town located about an hour away.

My session took place in the banquet room of the Heidelberg Family Restaurant.  Who says you can’t teach a class at a restaurant? Us quilters are very resourceful and the room was perfect!

I taught my favorite class, surrounded by a room full of engaging and delightful individuals.


Initially, many of my pupils, who were domestic machine users, were a bit intimidated by ...

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February 7, 2018
“Quiltique” A Must See! from Lisa H Calle's Blog


Yes, I’m talking about, “Quiltique” located in Henderson, NV.  The first word that comes to mind is…WOW! Lucky for me, I had the pleasure of teaching in their establishment.  I loved the shop so much that I wanted to share a small piece of it with all my fellow fans of quilting.   So take a look at video that has me yearning to go back!

It was three fun-filled days of classes and my trunk show “There Ain’t No Junk in Lisa H Calle’s Trunk”.  I must admit teaching ruler work on the domestic machine was ...

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January 28, 2018
Ultimate Stippling Quilting Tutorial from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I recently realized a lot of my older quilting tutorials on were looking a little outdated. I've decided to go back in and spice them up with new videos. And what better way to stitch things up a notch, but to also add a new machine to the mix as well!

I'm sharing new Ultimate Quilting Tutorials which feature instructions on quilting a design on your home machine, then on a longarm quilting frame.

Yep, I'm finally ready to show you my very beginner stitching on my Grace Qnique on the Continuum Frame. I'm ...

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January 10, 2018
I REPEAT…… from Lisa H Calle's Blog

A Mantra I Have Lived By

I have stated in the past that I will typically have three projects going simultaneously (cray or not, that’s me).  My typical circus involves one in the piecing state, one incorporating an appliqué project, and finally one pertaining to quilting.  Like I said that would all be “15 years worth of typical” until now.

To be honest and bring clarification to the previous statement:

I currently have one in the quilting process.  Yes, it feels to me as if it will be the never-ending project BUT I haven’t refuse to give up ...

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January 3, 2018
So Long, Farewell 2017 BUT from Lisa H Calle's Blog

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and a wonderful weekend ringing in the New Year!  I was very blessed to have all my boys together during the past couple of weeks. They always bring so much laughter, tons of craziness and endless love to our home. It certainly makes focusing on work difficult.  Those moments of having my boys under one roof for any length of time is simply priceless!

I will be implementing one major word into 2018.  And the word of the year is “EDUCATION“.  Yes, eduction with be the foundation for this quilter over the ...

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October 6, 2017
How to Quilt Neat Fans, Design #488 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I have a neat new quilting design for you today! It's appropriately titled Neat Fans:

I realized the other day that it's very easy to loose track of designs. I often try new designs and ideas in random quilts, but then forget to pick a name and add it to the project.

For me, unless it has a 4-inch square stitched, a name and number assigned, it doesn't count. Hmm...neurotic much? Maybe. All I can say is with over 450 machine quilting designs under my belt, it pays to have an organization system that works!

Neat ...

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September 30, 2017
How to Machine Quilt Voodle, Design #487 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It's late Friday night, but I didn't want the day to slip by without sharing a new quilting design this week. Here's a super simple, funky design called Voodle!

Learn how to machine quilt Voodle

This easy machine quilting design is a basic change-up of Paisley. Just add a circle in the end of the tear drop and you get a new design with an extra punch of travel stitching. Ready to learn how to quilt it? Here's the video:

Would you like to have a lot of beautiful quilting designs in an easy to browse place, maybe a book? I've ...

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September 29, 2017
Quilt-As-You-Go Chinese Coins from Pink Doxies

Chinese Coins
A Roman Stripe Variation
Also Reminiscent of Amish Bars

Moving right along with the theme of Roman stripe or Chinese coins, and adding a dash of scrappy goodness in both fabric and batting, I whipped up this delicious, little baby quilt! It took only a few days to complete, and not only did I have a top, but a completed quilt using the Quilt-As-You-Go Method. 

*In full disclosure, I am using the term loosely as I have never read the actual method, but seen a few You Tube videos using a  similar method. I blended everything I saw ...

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September 27, 2017
My “Almost” Shoulda, Coulda Been Houston Auction Quilt from Lisa H Calle's Blog


It’s almost time to say,”Goodbye September and Hello October.”  Which means that getting ready for the big event in Houston is in full swing!  I am keeping my toes and fingers crossed that I see many of you there; just in case you are wondering where we will be located this year I am here to share that we will be in booth # 1223!




 And if necessary there’s always 24 other options available according to the alphabet!  Does the below photograph look familiar to you? My mind has immediate horrifying flashbacks when looking at it!

No too ...

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September 20, 2017
Pa National Quilt Extravaganza! from Lisa H Calle's Blog


I was teaching at the PNQE 2017!  In a shocker my students were incredible!  This event had me teaching three classes on the long arms, which were kindly provided by Val of, The Longarm Network, thanks  so much Val!  Our tech support was provided by Matt (we would have been lost without him).  Typically we have the double duo team of Matt and Keith but unfortunately Keith was not in attendance; he was greatly missed.  AND those that enjoy their company during the evening really missed the pair as I have heard they are very entertaining!

So here are a ...

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September 12, 2017
September is Here and Almost Gone! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

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 ...

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