Saturday, September 24, 2016

SewPro Convention 2016

Wow! The last week has been a whirlwind!  Last Thursday, I flew to Chicago with Caroline of Trillium Design in the wee hours of the morning for the first ever SewPro Convention, hosted by Brenda Ratliff of Just a Bit Frayed and Pink Castle Fabrics, and Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness  What an amazing event!!!  We were all there for the same reason - to take our business to the next level, to network with others, to work together because we're all doing what we love, some of us as a second career! 

The keynote speakers were Pat Sloan and Tula Pink, both amazing speakers!  The teachers were amazing! And what made the whole thing so awesome is that we were able to make connections in such a small venue, with only about 150 attendees. It was an amazing experience, and I'm hoping this will be an annual event!  If you have the chance to go, do it!  
If you'd like to read more about SewPro, check out the blog post by Suzy Quilts, who also happens to have some pretty awesome stuff on her website, including some pretty cool quilt patterns.  

Brenda Ratliff had some of her One Room Schoolhouse charm packs available for those who wanted to make something and blog about it. So, of course, I got a pack!  Hold tight for the next post featuring this awesome fabric! 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Upstairs Birdie Longarm Quilting

Hello?  Is anyone out there?  ha ha!  You may have thought that I just gave up on blogging altogether, but wait....I have big news! For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you have already seen my occasional post about my new business - Upstairs Birdie Longarm Quilting.  This has been so fun getting started, and a little stressful at times since I'm still working full-time.  
My 12-foot Gammill Statler Stitcher arrived in December 2015, was delivered and set up by Andrew of Andrew's Gammill Northwest in Wenatchee, Washington. This machine is HUGE! 

I started out the year quilting this QuiltCon charity quilt that was pieced by the members of the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild.  

Then I quilted my Rebel quilt (see previous post for more pics).  

In March, my dude's cousin, Lori, came down from Washington with a quilt that she had designed and pieced for the annual fundraiser for Choir of the Sound in Seattle.  Beautiful quilt, and the design that she chose was perfect! 

Sometime in April, Latifah Saafir posted a request for longarmers on Instagram, to quilt for Quilt Market. This is a big deal! Being new at this, I wasn't sure I should even respond to the request, but I took my chances.  And so did Latifah. She replied to my email with the sweetest response.  She said "I would love to support you by offering you this opportunity."  WHAT?  I was excited....and nervous...and grateful.  My friend, Kristen, of Circa15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland, Washington, was at Quilt Market and took this pic. I LOVE this fabric! This Good and Plenty quilt pattern is free! Check out Latifah's lookbook for more fun projects!  
Photo by Circa15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland, Washington
And my first customer just happened to be one of my favorite people - Dana of Winter Creek Cloth.  I met Dana when I joined the guild.  She pieced this beautiful courthouse steps quilt using Cotton and Steel Bluebird fabric.  She decided on Quilter's Dream wool batting, which I think was the perfect choice!  
Stay tuned for more blog posts in the very near future! And if you're interested in having your quilts quilted by me, please check out Upstairs Birdie.  All first-time quilts are 25% off (see website for details).  

Monday, February 22, 2016

Rebel with a Cause Fundraiser

Hey!  I know it’s been awhile since I blogged, but I’m back! Today’s post isn’t all about me and my quilty adventures.  OK, maybe just a little, but it’s so much more than that.  I’m sure you’ve seen the awesome Rebel quilt pattern by Libs Elliott on at least one of your social media feeds over the last year.  It’s an amazing pattern, and one that you should definitely put on your list of quilts to make if you haven’t already!  I loved the colors that Libs used in her original quilt, so I chose very similar colors when I made mine (see bottom of post for additional pictures). 
As much as I love this quilt, I’m giving it away.  My dude and I walked around Downtown Corvallis to take these shots on one of our very rare sunny February days. The proceeds of this fundraiser will be going to someone special who is fighting to live right now.  Her name is Christina Garrett, and she has been battling breast cancer for the last five years.  She was told in December that she has six months to live.    She and her husband, Curtis, are in Germany right now for last hope cancer treatment. 

All fundraiser details can be found at  Drawing will be held on March 21, 2016, when Christina & Curtis return from Germany. 

Details of the quilt
Warm & Natural 100% cotton batting.
Quilted by me on my Gammill Statler Stitcher using Wind Swirls by Dave Dennis
Superior Threads So-Fine 50 wt in Smoke
Binding is machine sewn on the front, hand sewn on the back. 
Size is 72”x72”. 

Valued at $300


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Win a FQ Bundle of Maker

Have you seen the new Maker line by Art Gallery Fabrics?  So many fun prints! Want to win some? It’s pretty easy!
Check out the tiny scissors!!
MKR-3880 maker_scissors_4
And this cute text print! My favorite!
Winter Creek Cloth is giving away a FQ bundle of this awesome fabric!  Here’s how to enter to win – If you already receive the Winter Creek Cloth newsletter, just reply to that email with the instructions listed at the bottom of the newsletter.  If you don’t receive their newsletter yet, go to their website and send them an email using the “Contact us” in the upper right-hand corner with “I WANT TO WIN” in the subject line.  And then sign up for their newsletter to make sure you don’t miss their monthly giveaways!  Drawing will be held on April 14th!  
And while you’re there, check out some of the new fabric lines –
Succulents by Heather Givans of Crimson Tate
Succulents by Heather Givans
Paradiso by Kate Spain
Kate Spain Paradiso


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Etno Blog Tour

Welcome!  It's my turn on the Pat Bravo Etno Blog Tour!  I hope you've been having fun checking out all the creative bloggers so far.  I'm so dang excited to be part of this blog tour!  

I'm Lisa, a.k.a. Lisa Lisa, and I seriously LOVE to sew!  I'm usually making quilts, but lately I've been on a kick of making a lot of smaller items, especially baskets.  I'm VERY active on Instagram.  If you're not on Instagram, you can still check out the pics that I post right here on the right-hand side of my blog You can also find me on Facebook and Pinterest

When Pat Bravo sent out a request for bloggers to pitch their ideas for quick and fun projects to make with her new Etno line, I sent in my idea of some cute baskets.  I have a friend who is pregnant with twin girls. She doesn't want a lot of girly girly stuff, no hot pink, frilly stuff, etc.  I wanted to make baskets that didn't look too babyish, something the girls could keep as they got older.  What girl doesn't want her own little basket?  

If you've sewn with Art Gallery Fabrics before, I don't even need to tell you about how soft this fabric is. The Etno line is beautiful! My favorite print is Dreams of Kandace.  I knew I wanted to use every last inch of it. 
I decided to make one basket for each girl, and one larger one for Mom :)   
I took a little detour on my way to work one day this week to take some pics at a local park.  We have some pretty unique statues around town, and this little squirrel statue is SO cute and funky! 
For the smaller baskets, I used the Fabric Bucket tutorial by Ellison Lane.  This pattern is so easy and SO cute!  As a matter of fact, if you're doing things at the last minute and just realized that you forgot to buy or make an Easter basket, you can make it today!! You just need 2 fat quarters, some batting, and some interfacing!  You're welcome :) 
For the larger basket, I used the Hour Basket tutorial by Kelby Sews. The download is free on Craftsy. I used the smaller version that she provided the dimensions of on Instagram - 9 x 15 instead of 10.5 x 16.5.  I did not add handles on mine.  Again, if you're realizing you forgot to buy or make an Easter basket, here ya go! There's still time!!
It's been so much fun making these baskets and being a part of Pat's blog tour! Thanks for stopping by! Check out yesterday's post by Teri at Fa Sew La. Tomorrow will be Hilary's turn over at Young Texan Mama.  For a complete line-up, check out Pat Bravo's blog.  The Etno Look Book is so inspiring! And this free pattern is SO fun!  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

QuiltCon Prep

QuiltCon has already come and gone, but I was so busy prepping for it, then experiencing it, and then recovering from it that I'm just now finding time to blog about it.  I took a break from actually quilting anything to sew a bit of a wardrobe for QuiltCon.  While it wasn't necessary, I was motivated by everyone posting pics on Instagram of what they were making. And yes, I got caught in all the hoopla and made a few items, even sewing with knits for the first time! Do NOT be afraid of knits!!

The first thing I made was a Lela Tunic using Hoopla and Everyday Fun (Jennifer Heynen for In The Beginning Fabrics), black & white, of course!  I bought this pattern from Green Bee Design & Patterns a while back, with plenty of time to sew it before QuiltCon.  Of course, I didn't use all that time to sew for QuiltCon. Why would I want to do it ahead of time when I could wait till the last week to sew my wardrobe? Ha ha! This was a great pattern!  I did use my seam ripper a few times, but I'm not much of a garment maker and should really read the directions a few times before cutting/sewing.  
See those leggings I'm wearing in that pic? Yeah, I made those, too.  Those are Virginia Leggings by Megan Nielsen Patterns.  This was my first pattern with knits. Oh my goodness! This is one of the easiest things I've ever made. Seriously, people! I could wear these all day, and I have plans to make a lot more of these, maybe even some capri leggings for the summer!  

Next on my list was a Lane Raglan by Hey June.  I bought some brown knit fabric from Joann's just to make a practice one, but I was running out of time and didn't have time for practice and really didn't want a brown top, so I went straight for a safe fabric - black and white.  I figured if I didn't like how it turned out, I'd still wear it because, well, it's black and white.  And anyone who knows me knows that I really dig black and white :) 
I'll admit that I need some practice with my neck band.  And the sleeves are way too long.  I'll be cutting the waistband and cuffs off of this baby to make it fit a little better.  Again, I'm not a garment maker. 

And then I made another Lane Raglan out of Geometric Bliss (Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics), using Laguna Jersey for the sleeves.  I seriously love this shirt. Yes, I still need to practice on the neck band (have I mentioned that I'm not much of a garment maker?), but I still really love it and it's so comfortable!   I will definitely be making more of these! So versatile!  As you can see, I didn't add a waist band, and I shortened the sleeves to be know, to show my tat!  ;) 
And last but not least, I made a Scout Tee by Grainline using Cotton+Steel Ephemera double gauze.  THIS. IS. SO. SOFT.  I could live, eat, and sleep in this every single day....forever.  I need more double gauze in my life.  OK, it's a bit big on me, but I've learned from my friend, Caroline, who has been sewing garments (and a lot of other amazing stuff!) for a long time, that I've been using the wrong measurements.  Blah! Now I know. 
And now that I know, I'll be a better garment maker.  And to quote Maya Angelou, "Now that I know better, I do better."  

Stay tuned for more on my experience at QuiltCon!