Grab a cup of coffee or better yet, a glass of wine and spend a little time with Lisa Calle, the Bernina Ambassador and Award Winning quilter! With her humor and down to earth attitude she will share with you her personal and professional journey of quilting. Lisa illustrates how she has earned renowned success from her initial piece using a “3/8” seam allowance, to her latest quilt that won awards at the Houston International Quilt Festival. As you gain insight on Lisa’s amazing craft and her 3 step Divide and Design method any hesitation you have regarding the patience or talent for quilting will quickly disappear. So if you doubt whether or not you can quilt with pride, Lisa will give you the confidence and knowledge needed to start. The world of quilting can be yours too!
I could never make it to one of Lisa’s trunk shows or in person classes so when I heard about Trunk Tell All, I was so excited. I knew I was going to see her gorgeous work but I never expected to get so much useful information about quilting! To get to hear the stories behind the quilts, while hearing how they were crafted, was so much fun. After Ain’t No Junk I was inspired to get to the machine and try out the techniques I had never previously thought I could do! I didn’t know what to expect from this class but I am so happy I took it!
— Kate Toney
I have always found Lisa to be an excellent teacher. I have taken one of her Classes and also some of her iquilt classes. But having never been able to attend one of her trunk shows I jumped at the chance to view it online. This was more than I imagined! In her usual laid back style, Lisa describes how she started in quilting and the process of developing her award-winning quilts. Along the way are many tips and it is filled with pictures that take you through the design process.
Lisa H.Calle is a 1991 graduate of Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science with a BS in Textile Management and Marketing. She found a love for quilting in 1997 after leaving a management career in retail with the Limited Corporation’s Bath & Body Works Division in 1999 to focus on raising a family.
Long Arm Quilting Business
In 2004, Lisa first learned about long arm quilting machines while working part-time in the local quilt shop. Within weeks Stone House Quilting was accepting customers. Lisa has finished quilts for 100’s of clients, most of which are repeat customers over and over. She has also finished the annual Christmas quilt for several years for the prestigious Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.
In 2005, Lisa’s first paper pantographs were being sold through Willow Leaf Studio, one of the first online pantograph stores. Since that time her portfolio of both paper and digital blocks, borders, fills, and sets have grown to 100’s of choices available through a variety of online outlets including her own website, Urban Elementz, Digitechpatterns , Quilts Complete, and others.
Award Winning Quilter
In 2006, Lisa won her first award for Playing Hookie. Later that year several of her Quilts were featured in a local Art Gallery for an exhibition called “When Tradition meets Imagination”. After a three year period where family and business took priority, Lisa claimed her first two “Best of Shows” with Hula Hibiscus at AQS Show in Des Moines, Iowa and the PA Nat’l Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Swan's Song, a whole cloth quilt dedicated to her father, garnered a first place at the Houston International Quilt Festival.
In 2007, Lisa started teaching after producing her first Book and DVD Feathers of a New Generation. She has taught this as a class both at shows and in her studio. Her latest DVD Divide and Design, was released last year and is rapidly approaching the 2,000 unit sale mark. This is also being taught at shows, in studio, and on QNNTV. Mastering the Mini, Whole Cloth that is! DVD was released in April 2014 to rave reviews.
Lisa has taught for the past 9 years at some of the top quilting shows in the nation Houston International Quilt Festival, MQX Quilt Festival, Home Machine Quilting Show and Birds of a Feather.
In 2012, the Quilter’s Groove™ Rulers were introduced. Lisa was looking for rulers to do specific things in her quilting to be more precise and couldn't find them so she decided to develop them. There are 7 different lines available.
Lisa has always been a BERNINA gal, and in 2017 after playing with the BERNINA Longarm decided it was time to switch to that. She is now a BERNINA Longarm Ambassador and loving every minute with her machine.
Lisa resides in beautiful Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband and 3 children. Her love for quilting is only surpassed by love of family and maybe…….. golf.