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 - Rebeccamaedesigns.com
Andi Stanfield - http://truebluequilts.com/

Tuesday Nov 15
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart - http://www.thestitchtvshow.com
Joanne Kerton - www.canuckquilter.com

Wednesday Nov 16
Carmen Ross - seecarmensew.com
Jessica Caldwell - www.desertbloomquilting.com
Pamela Morgan - mysweetlittlestitches.com

Thursday Nov 17
Maryanna Powell - www.marvelousauntiem.com
Lissa LaGreca - lovinglylissa.com

Friday Nov 18
Becca Fenstermaker - prettypiney.com
Trinia Braughton - www.penguinfeats.com


  1. I love your blocks! The Kaffe Fassett looks amazing in them. I'd love to have you quilt my top that I've made for THIS blog hop! How cool would that be? Beginning to end, Sew Pro!

  2. You made good use of your Kaffe fabrics. I'd love to have you quilt a quilt made with the block I designed for this blog hop. And, no, it isn't made yet :) I made my little mini but I have plans for something bigger!

  3. Such a fun blog hop! I'd like to have you quilt a quilt (yet to be made) that actually STAYS at my house.

  4. Your blocks are awesome! I love kaffe and tula! Gorgeous!

  5. Love your blocks!! Oh Pleeease do a FB live video!!! xo, Kelli Q. :D

  6. The blocks look great! I love reading about your experiences!

  7. Wow, LOVE those fabrics, and the quilt blocks! I'd love for you to quilt my Christmas quilt top that I made right after Christmas last year! :)

  8. I forgot to answer the question!:b I would have you quilt my son's minecraft quilt!:)

  9. I am making a very detailed pieced and appliqued quilt for my daughter for Christmas. I call it my legacy Quilt. I am VERY new to long arm quilting and meandering is my best attempt. It would be so awesome to have a professional quilt this one.

  10. I love your blocks. The fabrics and patterns look fantastic.

  11. I say every quilt is better with a little Kaffe thrown in! Great looking blocks!

  12. I have a Vortex quilt I need quilted. I'm not good enough to quilt it. Doesn't need to be done by Christmas but I sure would like to get it quilted.

  13. Great post Lisa.....I can tell you aren't excited! NOT! LOL You know.........I ALWAYS have a Quilt of Valor that needs quilting!

  14. Love your blocks! Yes, I do have a quilt top that is almost done. I have no deadline on it's completion.

  15. Lisa!!! I love how you combined Tula Pink and Kaffe together in blocks!!! Your blocks are striking and the little bit of solid makes it all pop! Im so glad we got to meet at Sew Pro and have enjoyed following you on social media a too!!! I'm going to go read your other Sew Pro Blog posts! Thanks for all the inspiration! Deanna

  16. I have a retirement quilt that has been sitting for 2 years when a friend retired from the Navy. Its kingsize i dont knowbwhst i was thinking

  17. Wow!! SewPro sounds like an awesome time!! How fun to meet so many other like minded people!

    I pieced an almost queen sized quilt for my son's high school graduation and I haven't quilted it yet! Would love to have it done by a pro!!

  18. Oh, man, those Kaffe fabrics are just MADE for those blocks! Gorgeous work!


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