Anything But Junk: Trunk Tell ALL!
So much more than just looking at quilts!
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.
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Hi I’m Lisa!
I’ve been quilting for 20 years, and over that time I feel like I’ve done it all!
I’ve taught, I’ve designed, I’ve created rulers, and launched online courses.
I feel like there’s nothing within the Long-Arm realm that I haven’t done.
And I’m so excited to share it all with you!
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2004 - My Quilting Career Is Launched!
2005 - I become a Designer
2007 - I Become a Teacher
I started teaching long-arm quilting techniques in 2007. For 19 years I travelled to the top quilting shows in the US and internationally - including Canada, Germany, Switzerland and England. Besides getting to hang with my quilting besties, I would run live classes at quilt shows, including (among others):
- Houston International Quilt Festival
- MQX Quilt Festival,
- Birmingham Quilt Festival
- Home Machine Quilting Show,
- Road to California
- AQS Paducah
My favorite thing is teaching - I love it when they get the ‘a-ha’ moment!
2008 - I Launch Intelligent Quilting
In 2008, I became a founding partner in Intelligent Quilting LLC, an online retail site for digital and paper patterns. I sold my interest in the business in 2011 to focus on other aspects of my career. The company has grown to over 40 designers with 1000’s of pattern choices and is currently owned by Professional Longarmer Crystal Smythe.
2012 - I Design And Sell My Own Rulers
In 2012, the Quilter’s Groove™ Rulers were created. In the last 10 years I’ve created 8 different lines
of rulers - with around 50+ rulers in the collection.
2016 - I Write a Book
In 2016 I published my book - “Divide and Design”
In the book I help quilters spend less time staring at their project and more time putting their craft into practice. Includes quilt patterns with lots of open space to help quilters practice this technique
2020 - Quilter’s Groove Design Academy Is Born!
Once the pandemic hit in 2020, I moved things online. I took my most popular course “Divide and Design” and created a 10 week signature program called the Quilter’s Groove Design Academy.
2021 - Quilter’s Groove TRIBE Is Launched!
In 2021, I created a monthly membership for people who had finished my signature course. So I created a community so they could keep learning from me every month.It’s also become a safe space for people who aren’t quite ready for the Academy to increase their skills and confidence
- Graduated from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science with a BS in Textile Management and Marketing.
- Spokesperson for Long Arm Machine for 3 years
- 2016-2019 BERNINA Q-Series Ambassador
Over the years I’ve won over 100 ribbons for my quilting. Here are some of the highlights:
2006 - I won my first award for Playing Hookie.
2010 - I claimed my first two “Best Of Shows” with Hula Hibiscus at the AQS Show in Des Moines, Iowa and the PA Nat’l Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, Pennsylvania.
2012 - Swan's Song won first place at the Houston International Quilt Festival.
I live in beautiful Chester County, Pa with my 15 year old son, Brody and occasionally the older 2 boys, Brandon and Noah, make it back for a visit!
Aside from quilting, I’m an avid golfer (if I could make my money golfing, I would!) But I’m a much better quilter than I’m a golfer 🙂 (this is me after winning the 2021 Women's Shootout)
I love to cook! Since the pandemic I’ve gotten much better at it. I love to make chicken piccata. I make my own pasta from scratch (started in the pandemic)
I love to travel. I’m super excited because I’ll be going to Italy in September on vacation to watch the Ryder Cup Golf Tournament.
When my 3 boys are off being busy, I’m kept company by my two cats - Smudge and Freckles.