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October 19, 2016
Which Color Thread Should I Use in High-Contrast Quilts? from Quilted Joy

Recently, Kelli contacted me through the contact form at to ask for advice on choosing quilting thread for high-contrast quilts.

I was hoping you could discuss in your blog thread choices for high contrast quilts. I keep getting red and whites, black with various colors but also white, scrappy and no two match…. The black thread looks awful to me on white…. The gray thread shows too bad on the black… White thread stands out all over. How to choose thread in high contrast quilts is currently my biggest challenge. I’m told invisible thread ruins thread guides ...

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October 10, 2016
Folks We Have a Winner! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

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 ...

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October 7, 2016
Gammill Vision Longarm for Sale! from Laurena's Longarm Quilting

Do you long for your own longarm quilting machine?

I have a used Gammill Vision 1 machine in my fleet for sale!

Laurena Longarm Boston used Gammill Vision on sale

This sturdy, trusty machine lead demonstrations and quilted many a quilt. You may have seen it in action at a benefit quilt or demo day.

The 18-8 system gives you a color LCD touch screen, choice of stitch regulation or manual mode and an on board bobbin winder. The adjustable laser light is the same as you may have used on the studio’s rental machines.

With an 18″ longarm and a 12″ table, this Vision 1 is ...

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October 6, 2016
Christmas Trees Anyone??? and the Border Challenge from caledonia quilter

I wish I could be as prepared as some of my customers.

I will still be trying to choose Christmas gifts on December 22nd.  And cursing myself.
This is beautifully pieced and will make a great gift for someone.

This backing is a lovely cozy green flannel.

These stupid tomatoes are no longer allowed in the house.  There are so many fruit flies zipping around the kitchen that I have to keep a SECOND coaster for my wine and put it on the top of the glass to keep the bugs out.  I've now become very adept at picking ...

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October 4, 2016
Fabric Scrap Star Christmas Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Back in June I started cutting up my fabric scrap pile to make a Rising Star quilt block. I’m happy to report that I finished that little-big project! Here’s the info on the quilt block...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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October 3, 2016
It Was a Winning Weekend from Inside Quilters Newsletter

I had such a productive weekend. I went home from work on Friday afternoon knowing that I had three projects that I really wanted to get done and two of them had to be done by Tuesday so I could bring them to work for photography. I finished all three. The small wall quilt I talked about last week is done. And I made the top for a baby quilt. I’ll talk more about them another time.

But here’s what I’m the most pleased about – Grandma’s Windmill is finished. I got it back from the quilter ...

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September 30, 2016
To Blog = To Share, Connect, Inspire & Create from Lisa H Calle's Blog




  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 ...

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The Joy of Longarm Quilting from Emily's Quilting

Why do we quilt?Sampler Quilt

Because we want to be creative?  Because we want to make a keepsake for someone we love?  Because we want to cut something whole into little pieces to make a new “whole”?  Sometimes I wonder….

My job is to help people finish their quits.  Usually I receive a quilt top and I know how I want to quilt it.  Lots of times I love the pattern and the fabrics grab my eye.  Other times I’m at a loss for pattern ideas.  And still other times I’m not sure if I can quilt a top ...

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September 29, 2016
Modern Neutrals & tomato recipe from caledonia quilter

This lovely neutral quilt is destined to be a wedding gift.

Since this is for a young couple - what young person does not like music?

I pulled a nice co-ordinating sashing design to go with the musical border.

The brown panels hide the quilting (for the most part) but were stitched with a puzzle design.

I am in the throws of tomato season.  So far I've done 15 jars of salsa and 21 quarts of diced tomatoes.  Last night for supper I made a Tomato Tart, using a recipe from the newspaper.  If you google "tomato tart" you will ...

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September 28, 2016
Houston….. here we come! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Houston here we come!  Yes, we are coming back for this 2016!! Last year was my first experience with teaching; I cannot express how amazing the event was, my class and students were simply incredible!  My time in Houston was so motivating that it has me coming back for more;  and I cannot wait to see what this year has to offer.  On Monday Oct 31st I will be teaching one “Hands On” class using my 3 step method for quilting.  It is my most popular class based on my new book, Divide and Design, Get it done!


There are ...

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September 27, 2016
Color Wheel Fangirl by Jen Eskridge from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Color Wheel Fangirl!! I suppose Color Wheel Fangirl might be a weird name for a quilt, but surely, I am a super fan. The color wheel doesn’t lie and it always guides you to a reasonably good...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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September 21, 2016
Secret Sewing Becomes Secret Quilting from Pink Doxies

Can You See the Loose Threads?

Obviously, I could not before I took the picture or I would have removed them. They were from the first round of stitching that I did in the morning, and ripped out in the afternoon. I've had a lot of indecisiveness while designing this project.

Can I say up front that I don't do well with this Secret Sewing concept? I'd love to show you more, but the Hop isn't until January. If you're going to the Fall Market, this piece will be there. I've let a few ...

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September 18, 2016
Seasonal Silhouettes quilt and (ahem) Zucchini from caledonia quilter

This is one of "those" quilts that I wanted to keep for myself.  It is from the book Seasonal Silhouettes by Edyta Sitar.

I loved the border, so I quilted it to look like a column with a vine growing around it.

The blocks were all s.i.d. with a background fill.

Our summer was so hot and dry, this was the only practical use for an umbrella.  hah.   :-)

With fall upon us now, this block is quite timely.

And, the zucchini report:

picked:  5
picked YTD:  48

I previously mentioned that zucchini was not really prolific this year ...

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September 13, 2016
Lime Green Clamshell Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Lime Green Clamshell Quilt is Here! Wow! This clamshell quilt is really green! I think the lighting in the (above) picture have it tamed down a tiny bit. I’m talking green green green; mixed of...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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September 9, 2016
Melon Wedge Quilt & Garden Report (yes including ZUCCHINI) from caledonia quilter

I worked on a real beauty.

Appliqued melon wedges, with lots of clean, white background.

So pretty.

The garden is in the fall stages of decline.  There is preponderance of weeds (mostly grass) because I don't want to tramp through the potato patch.  (Which as you know is most of the garden.)  And, because it's September and I'm getting sick of the garden.  However the raspberries are in full swing, so I get about a pint every day now.  The zucchini harvest has been steady, but not a show-stopper this year.  The green beans ...

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My New Book!!! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

I am so excited!  My new book, Lisa H Calle’s Divide and Design, is coming out!  They are due to arrive here in my studio the week of Sept 19th!!

I am now accepting preorders for a signed copy….. all orders will go out the week of the 26th!  (hopefully sooner) If you order your book with any Quilter’s Groove Rulers, they will all go out at the same time so if you need your rulers, please order them separately.


This book will teach you my divide and design technique as well as give you 5 simple piecing ...

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September 6, 2016
Quilting Eye Candy - Judy Niemeyer Total Eclipse from The Quilting Queen Blog

Let me re-introduce you to Queenie, aka the longarm quilting machine.  It's been so long since I've even spoken of her that maybe you've forgotten who she is.   She's not been forgotten or neglected here at her new home at the Queen's Rustic Retreat.  In fact, she's been working as hard as ever!  Which is why I haven't spoke of her or been posting much the last few months.  Between quilting for customers and getting the house in order for the retreats, I've been working much harder than this old gal would ...

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August 30, 2016
Beautiful Embroidery and Never Too Old For A Little Excitement from caledonia quilter

Machine Embroidery was used to make the beautiful bird & butterfly blocks.

Quilting in the outer border doesn't really show on the busy fabric.  Everything else was s.i.d., with Egg & Dart in the blue border, then a motif in all the geese units.

Background x-hatching took f.o.r.e.v.e.r.
The embroidered blocks were quilted first by the quilt maker, then they were sashed and appliqued to the background.  I did not quilt inside them at all, except for the s.i.d. on both sides of the sashing.

It turns out that even at ...

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August 27, 2016
#41 Back in the Swing from Weezy Works On

The big reveal! My friend at work, Twila, is retiring at the end of the upcoming week. She was our solder trainer at work and I learned most of what I know from her vast knowledge. She played Mrs. Claus at Christmas every year and absolutely adores the color red. She and her husband are […]

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August 24, 2016
Bunny Hill Fun from Sharon's Seams 2 B

These beauties were pieced & appliquéd by Dianne. I love all of the Bunny Hill Design patterns. 
They are so fun to quilt!

This one is the Simple Pleasures pattern.

So many fun details. I really loved the bird picnic!

This one is Pumpkin Hill.

The back always show the quilting details.

If you hear a buzzing sound. That's me & my machine. Busy & loving it!

Here are a couple pics of sunset from this week. Don't forget to look!


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