Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Stargyle Quilt Along

Got scraps? I sure do!  And I'm starting to sort them to join the Stargyle Quilt Along! If you've read my recent post about SewPro, you may remember that Brenda Ratliff (Just a Bit Frayed and Pink Castle Fabrics) was one of the hosts.  She has started a quilt along for a quilt pattern that she created called the Stargyle Quilt.  And it's a scrap buster!  Woot!  That's just what I need!  Well, kinda.  It could take a bit to sort through my scraps because they seem to be stored here and there and everywhere! But I'm motivated because this quilt is awesome! And depending on how you lay it out, it could have a totally different look.  Brenda has a few different layouts on her blog.   

If I go the easy route, I could just make it with all of my black and white fat quarters, which is SO tempting!  But I also LOVE the look of a scrappy quilt!  

It's such a BIG ordeal to go through my scraps because seriously they're in several places in my sewing room.  Things got all unorganized when I moved my sewing room last year when I got my longarm.  I was keeping my scraps in two of those rolling drawer towers, organized by color.  Then in my manic cleaning craziness one day, I decided to dump one of those towers into a big plastic bin and just get rid of the tower.  Don't ask me what I was thinking.  Now it's a little overwhelming to even think about going through them.   

Anywho....back to the Stargyle quilt! I'm thinking I'll most likely use my fat quarters because I have a ton of black.  And why not make a black star quilt? I think that would be pretty cool! But I could totally change my mind between now and the time I climb the stairs to sort my scraps. 

If you're interested in a fun, fast, and really cool quilt along with no pressure, no deadlines, and no giveaways, head over to Brenda's blog -- Just a Bit Frayed.  You can join anytime you want! And if you're a new quilter or just don't hang on to scraps (WHAT?!?), Brenda also has some scrap packs at her shop Pink Castle Fabrics.  

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 (affiliate link in sidebar)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 https://www.youcaring.com/christina-garrett-523896  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!