Monday, May 15, 2017

Charleston Mini Quilt

It's been a little while since I've posted anything here on the blog, but I've had so much going on (really good stuff!) and am excited to share some of that with you!  I love my most recent finish so much, and I know my mom (the recipient) does, too!  Don't worry....there are lots of pics included because I know that's what you really want to see!  

I finished this mini quilt for my mom for Mother's Day.  She's really hard to buy for (although she says she doesn't really need or expect anything) so I like to make her something when I can.  I was born in Charleston, SC, and lived just outside of Charleston until I got married (a long time ago).  My mom still lives in the area, as do a lot of other family members, so I still get to visit the area occasionally.  In the past, I've cross-stitched some Charleston-themed gifts for her, which she loves, so I knew she would really like something made with the new Charleston fabrics by Amy Sinibaldi by Art Gallery Fabrics.  I ordered mine online from Winter Creek Cloth one morning, and it was on my doorstep that afternoon!  Ha ha!  My friends Dana & Lynn own the shop, so that's pretty convenient! 

Since I waited until the last minute (as usual) to decide what I wanted to make, I knew it needed to be fast, so NO paper piecing! I decided to use this improv pillow tutorial from Quilting in the Rain as inspiration for a mini quilt to hang on the wall.  It's about 12" x 18" and can easily hang on nails using a dowel placed in corner pockets (scroll down for pic). Look at all of these fabrics....SO sweet! I used 50 wt Aurifil thread for the piecing and 40 wt Aurifil for the quilting.

I used this tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts for binding tiny things. 
It was perfect! 

 I even cut the "Charleston" out of the selvedge to use as part of the quilt! 

I used another tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts as inspiration for making a card using some of the fabric.  

I have more to share with you, but I'll save it for another post.  I'm determined to start blogging regularly again. I've really been thinking about why I started blogging in the first place - to document my quilting - to tell my story.  So, that's what I'm going to do...again. And I still enjoy reading blogs, but I've been making an effort to actually start commenting again.  Stay tuned and happy quilting!  

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Winner of Giveaway

Welcome back!  Thank you to all who stopped by and entered the SewPro Blog Hop Giveaway!  I appreciate each and every one of you! I decided to record a video of the giveaway.  I don't think I've ever recorded myself and posted it on the internet...ever! 

And it was a flop.  I tried and tried and tried to post my video, but I kept getting an error when trying to load it because it was too big of a file!  Maybe I talk too much??? So....I posted it on Facebook instead -

Anyway, the winner was Kelli Fannin of Kellin Fannin Quilt Designs and  

Congratulations, Kelli!  I'm so excited that you won!  

I've learned a few things about myself by recording this.  
I say "and" a lot.  
I look up and away a lot.
I make weird faces. 
I bug out my eyes a lot (but I already knew that because my dude is always telling me to put my eyes back in my head!)  

Oh well.  I guess that's who I am.  LOL.  

I hope you'll come back to check out my quilty adventures! 
If you're on Instagram, you can find me in two places - @lisalisaandthequiltjam and @upstairsbirdie  My longarm quilting website is 

Even if you didn't win this giveaway, all first-time customers will receive 25% off of the quilting cost!  Check out my website for details! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SewPro Stars

Welcome to the SewPro Stars Blog Hop!  

If this is your first time here, welcome!  Let me introduce myself!  I'm Lisa (aka Lisa Lisa) and I've been blogging off and on for almost five years.  Last year I decided to make the leap and started my very own longarm quilting business, Upstairs Birdie.  

If you're already following my blog, Facebook, or Instagram, you know that I went to SewPro in September.  I blogged about it here and here.  

And now I'm joining several other SewPro attendees in a blog hop where YOU can win some fabulous prizes!  If you haven't read my recent posts, I'll give you a little rundown of what SewPro was all about - Basically, it was a convention to network with others in the sewing industry and to learn about either starting a career in the sewing industry or moving your current business to the next level.  Networking with other makers is a beautiful thing! 

And if you want to really be part of an awesome community of people in the craft industry, then you MUST check out Craft Industry Alliance!  Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew and Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps started CIA, and they were at SewPro to talk all about it. I've been a member since last year, and I can't even tell you how many times I've used their resources (although they probably could because I bet they watch those statistics like hawks!) I'm really looking forward to being able to join one of their monthly coffee klatsches! 

Each of the blog hop participants is making something that relates to their experience at SewPro.  For me, this had to be sewing with Kaffe Fassett fabric!  Some of Kaffe Fassett's quilts were displayed by FreeSpirit Fabrics.  I knew right then and there that there would be some Kaffe fabric in my future! I knew that my local quilt shop carried Kaffe Fassett fabrics because I've seen it so many times before and for some reason never bought any!  So I headed down there last week and picked up some blues & purples, something I wouldn't normally buy. Just looking for a challenge here, folks!  

I decided to make four random blocks from Tula Pink's City Sampler - 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.  These are fast and easy blocks!  I've had this book for quite some time.  My friend Kelli Q gave it to me (I call her that because I have a lot of Kellis and Kellys in my life and she quilts; therefore, she's Kelli Q).  She had Tula sign it for me since I couldn't attend quilt market with her.  Sweet, right???

Don't these blocks look awesome using Kaffe's fabric?  I added a purple solid that I had in my stash to break up the prints a little, but I think the blocks would look awesome even without the solid. 

OK, let's get on with the good stuff!  
**There are TWO separate giveaways** 
The Rafflecopter is for some awesome fabric bundles and patterns donated by sponsors.  Details are still being worked out, but I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed ;) 
The winner will be selected via Rafflecopter drawing on Saturday, Nov. 19th.

I'm also giving away a $50 gift certificate to Upstairs Birdie Longarm Quilting (That's ME!)  Do you have a quilt that you'd like to have quilted just in time for the holidays?  
Just leave a comment below telling me about a quilt that you'd like for me to quilt for you! Maybe you haven't even made it yet! LOL 
The winner will be selected via paper pieces in a hat/bowl/box on Saturday, Nov. 19th.
Heck! I might even do one of those Facebook Live videos!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to visit all of the blogs below for more chances to win prizes!  

SewPro Stars Blog Hop Schedule
Monday Nov 14
Sherri Noel -
Andi Stanfield -

Tuesday Nov 15
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart -
Joanne Kerton -

Wednesday Nov 16
Carmen Ross -
Jessica Caldwell -
Pamela Morgan -

Thursday Nov 17
Maryanna Powell -
Lissa LaGreca -

Friday Nov 18
Becca Fenstermaker -
Trinia Braughton -

Thursday, November 3, 2016

One Room Schoolhouse Fabric

While at SewPro last month, I was one of the lucky ones who got a charm pack of Brenda Ratliff's One Room Schoolhouse fabric. Woot! This line is so great! 

While trying to decide what to make, I decided to go back and read Brenda's blog post where she described her design process. 
"I got inspiration from my vintage fabric collection.  But this time, I really wanted a more late Spring/early Summer feel to the colors.  I still looked for prints that were smaller for quilting.  There are so many great quilting patterns out there that use small pieces and One Room Schoolhouse will work well with those types of patterns."
Perfect!  I just happened to be pulling fabric for a table runner for a table for my entry way and was looking for some ideas for quarter log cabin blocks.  I came across this tutorial by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts.  This fabric is perfect for small blocks for a table runner! Then I thought about how I only have one quilty thing on the wall in my sewing room....seriously, one thing!  How is that even possible??? maybe I could make a mini to hang on my wall! 

So I started cutting....and cutting....and cutting.  I started my blocks with 2.5" squares, then added 1.5" strips using Rita's method.  Then sewed all those teeny tiny blocks together. And then.....get this....I put this tiny little thing on my longarm to quilt it!  Smallest quilt so far!  And so quick!  

And just by pure luck, we happened to have a little bit of sunlight here in the Pacific Northwest, so I ran outside really quick and got a pic in my dude's garden. 
When I looked at this pic on my camera, all I could see were double L' know, like Lisa Lisa.  Ha ha ha!  Purely coincidental ;) 

Aren't these colors awesome?  I fell in love with all of the blues!  If you have fallen in love with this fabric like I did, you're probably going to love her first fabric line, Pie Making Day!  Earlier this week, I got a notification from Pink Castle Fabrics for a Pie Making Day + One Room Schoolhouse Stash Box, which I am adding to the top of my wish list for November!  Doesn't everyone have a monthly wish list?  ha ha! 

Happy Quilting! 


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!