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July 29, 2015
Crunch Time!! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

I will be on vacation next week.  Yippee!  Golf, Beach and Family! Doesn’t get better than that.  But in order to have a good time I am working like mad to try and get some things done.

I will filming my iQuilt classes the last week of August which requires, lots of prep work even though I have taught these classes tons of times.  But I am lucky that it helps me get to know my new HandiQuilter Fusion!


Having fun and I’m almost done!

Then its on to the next class…. make sure you watch for the ...

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July 28, 2015
Cheer On the Makers & Bento Box Blue from Pink Doxies

My quilting friends have gotten phone calls lately asking if they had anything that needed longarming. No charge. Free. Please, I just needed practice. I didn't realize it would be hard  to rustle up quilts in the middle of summer, but it seems to be a slow time. 

Many have taken a complete break from sewing projects, and are enjoying the outdoors. I would, too, but rain and mosquitos are a problem this summer. Instead, I read, learn, and practice.

My friend, Irene, offered this Bento Box quilt top, and said it would probably be a charity quilt. I ...

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July 27, 2015
What day is it? from Field Trips in Fiber

Chris does house painting and when he has jobs he pretty much works continuously until it’s done. He worked 12 straight days earlier this month and he started a new job yesterday. As a result, we both have to check our computers every morning to see what day it is. Yesterday was Monday as far as I was concerned!

Of course, when you are retired and/or work from home the days often get confused and that’s a really nice luxury. Like the luxury of quilting time that I had this weekend.


July 27 quilt 1

I finished quilting my Snaps quilt ...

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July 24, 2015
The Quilt Show!!!! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

My episode of The Quilt Show will air on August 3rd!

Banner1-TQS-125x125Here is the trailer for the show.

Quilt on, My Friend!



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July 23, 2015
Double wave crosshatch - a tutorial from Field Trips in Fiber


After Mom finished her quilts last weekend I was a little jealous of how quickly she got 4 quilts done. I’ve been working on Mura’s Choice for a couple of months and it’s not even half done! I decided to take a break and quit a couple of quick quilts before I reload Lura’s Choice.

The one I’m working on first is Snaps. Now that I’m teaching free-motion quilting to new owners at Virginia Longarm I make sure that I quilt all of my quick quilts free-motion  I started this one off thinking I ...

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July 21, 2015
Quilts and More, Fall 2015 Issue from Prairie Moon Quilts

You need to get your hands on this magazine!


The Fall, 2015, issue of Quilts and More magazine. My friend, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, has a quilt in it, and it’s wonderful . . .


A very graphic quilt using Lynn Krawczyk’s fabric, Inked, along with some very striking pieces for the setting from Red Rooster.

VsQuiltI had the honor of quilting this quilt for Victoria, and it was fun to do. All ruler work, except for the very center Inked squares. I used Superior’s OMNI thread in Dark Gray for the quilting, and we chose to put Quilter’s Dream ...

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July 20, 2015
New Statler and Paper Quilting Patterns from Laurena's Longarm Quilting

After the Machine Quilter’s Expo, lovely delightful packages and downloads arrived in the studio. Hurray!  New paper pantograph and Statler Stitcher quilting patterns for all of us to enjoy. While Laurena knew the contents of the packages, it was still nice to watch the paper patterns unroll.

With so many paper and digital quilting patterns available, stocking our pattern stash does require strategic thinking. Were we reflecting a wide range of quilting styles? Did we already own something similar? What requests did we receive?

Whether you rent longarm quilting machines or have us do it for you, here’s ...

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Olde City Quilts…. Saturday July 25th from Lisa H Calle's Blog

I will be teaching at Olde City Quilts on Saturday, July 25th… what is it that I’ll be teaching…..

Divide and Design Hands on Class!!!

Take something that looks like this..


and learn how to turn it into this….

Simple Nine Patch

Simple Nine Patch

You will have your own machine for entire 6 hours.  I will walk you through the process step by step.  I will have all of my rulers there for you to use in your project.

Hope to see you all there.  :)

Quilt on, my Friends!


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July 19, 2015
Interesting Quilt Backs, a Business Relationship Story, and the Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

I really like the border on this quilt - how it makes the whole thing 'float' on the background.
I especially like the BACK of the quilt.  Using some leftover patchwork and some leftover fabric hunks from the top always makes things just a little more interesting.

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July 14, 2015
MIA from Scraps of Life

Hello friends! Yes I have been MIA from my blog. The countdown is on to my DD August 1st Wedding and we are in full Wedding mode around here. 
So not too much quilting going on  
I do have a few Client quilts to show you that I got finished in June.

This one is for my Granddaughter. Now the Grandkids are all caught up and have new cuddle quilts. They're baby ones are just about worn out so it was time!

We had a Paris themed Bridal Shower for Breanna 

 Complete with a Photo Booth! 
So much Fun ...

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Mom's quilting sweat shop from Field Trips in Fiber

Mom came to town this weekend and a weekend visit generally means that she has a pile of quilts to be quilted. She sets up her own personal sweat shop and gets to work.

July 13 Mom quilt 1

How’s this for an ultimate scrap quilt? I love it. There are so many fabrics in this one that have been in both of our stashes for years, maybe decades! Some fabrics seem to never go away but Mom swears that this quilt finished off a few of them.

The next 2 quilts were made by ladies in her quilt group. I created kits from ...

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July 12, 2015
Red & Cream Sampler, zucchini report from caledonia quilter

This was the June beauty.  Only thirteen pieced blocks.

The rest was all empty space.  The request to use red thread gave me a slightly nervous stomach.  It shows every single wobble.  And every single stop/start.  I stared 'er down for a while, then put on my big girl panties and took a deep breath.
This was my first experience with a DOUBLE batt.  The bottom layer was Hobbs 80/20, then a Hobbs Wool was added on top.
This gives a gorgeous pouf to the quilting designs.

I am totally in love with that border design by Karlee ...

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June 29, 2015
Changes…. from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Whether it is a new haircut, new school or a new machine, change is always a little scary.  It was time for a change in  my studio and I’m absolutely thrilled.  As some of you know, I have sold my A1 to a wonderful couple in Delaware who assure me she will have a great home.  It was bittersweet as I have been quilting on her for 10 years.  That is a LONG time.  We produced many beautiful quilts together…. these are just a few.

Longwood Quilt Hula Hibiscus center Longwood quilt Swan's Journer Not so Plain Jane Longwood quilt Emerald Isle Neon Lights Red Velvet Crown Jewels Red Velvet Swan's Song Swan's Journey Mastering the Mini Sample Summer Solstice Playing Hookie Petit a Four
©2015 Lisa H Calle

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Sunday Stash Share from MMM Quilts

I know, I know, it's supposed to be computer-free Sunday in my world, but I haven't posted since Tuesday, and I do have a purchase from a Canadian, no less, quilt store, to share, as well as my (somewhat limited) progress on the star quilt.  And it's morning somewhere...maybe Hawaii?!

After hearing good things about Sew Sisters from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts, I signed up for their newsletter.  Well, two months later, I made my first purchase.  They have a special on right now until July 1 or while supplies last, on the charm pack ...

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Bow Tie Quilt and UFO & Stash Reports from caledonia quilter

It's 2:30 in the morning - I seem to be having one of those nights when I cannot sleep.  That is a good opportunity to draft a blog post, which quite possibly will make no sense. But at least there are pictures. ☺
The UFO challenge for May/June was my Bow Tie quilt. 

This started several (!) years ago during a lesson at the Binbrook Quilt guild, when we learned how to make these cute 3-d bow tie blocks.
I really love the white with summer-beach-house-blues.  It has been custom quilted, using the IQ.

Now there is just the hand ...

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June 25, 2015
Work In Progress & Creative Space Tag from Pink Doxies

The Wrens & Friends quilt was loaded Sunday evening, and I started work on it. A pass or two, and I was off to bed. Monday afternoon I was back at it, but imagine my shock at how fast the looping went. By the time I was really relaxed and on a roll, it was over!

I didn't want an edge-to-edge on this quilt so I did straight lines on the border. It was loaded horizontally in the machine so the longest sides were at the top and bottom. With those done, I had to unpin the quilt from the ...

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June 21, 2015
Pet Project Show #25 from Pink Doxies

Thank you for all the warm wishes on my longarm acquistion. I've laughed out loud reading the names you've given to yours! You are some creative stitchers.

In honor of the Pet Project Show, I stylized a couple of our pets in thread up above--a llama and a dachsund.

 My first finish is this little test run. The front looks pretty good, but the back has some lingering issues with tension. It's time to dig deeper into my manual and online, and fine tune before I start a real piece. 

Black fabric with red thread is not ...

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June 19, 2015
Oh Canada…. from Lisa H Calle's Blog

I have been busy today packing up rulers and quilts to ship to Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton, Canada.  I will be teaching there on July 8,9,10 and 11th.  There are still spaces and I have a new hands-on based on my Divide and Design technique.  We will be working on a small nine patch block….

We will take something that looks like this…


and we will turn it into this…

Simple Nine Patch

Simple Nine Patch

This is a 6 hour hands on class….  I can not wait to teach it!  If you aren’t familiar with rulers and this looks ...

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June 18, 2015
Real Country Quilt finished from a class in 1998! from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

This is Jean's beautiful quilt that she began in a class taken in Palmerston North in 1998!!!  Now that is a year or two ago.  It took me some time to get my head around the plaids and strong colours and exactly what to quilt where.  However, in the end I am pleased with the result and Jean is too, which is the most important thing.  A happy customer is my aim after all. There are lots of photos as it was quite a large quilt...72 x 90 inches with lots of ditching to do and I found ...

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June 17, 2015
AQS Grand Rapids…. from Lisa H Calle's Blog

has accepted my little pink quilt… Petit a Four!  Yippee!

petitafourcloseupmarked petitafourfull markedIt was created to highlight my Divide and Design technique.  :)  I am pleased with how it turned out.

Quilt on, My Friends.



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