Meet Our Retreat Educators
About Lisa Calle
Carol Ann Waugh
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,
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 Hibiscusat AQS Show in Des Moines, Iowa and the PA Nat’l Quilt
Extravaganza in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Red Velvet and Swan's Song are
making their rounds and collecting ribbons on the show circuit. Swan's
Song 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.
About Carol Ann Waugh
"Unique" is a description often overused in the art world, but in my case, the motivation to be stretching toward new and original outcomes is an underlying factor in my work. When people see my work they always say "I've never seen anything like this before!" That's when I know I have achieved my goal of being unique. The last 10 years of learning to work with fabric and stitch have given way to experimentation and curiosity that is always the driving force behind my art.
My inspiration often comes from the endless question: "What can I do to take this piece somewhere new, somewhere different than others have gone before?"
My current work hints at the mixing of geometric and organic textures with layer upon layer of complex surface tension. It’s about exploration where unexpected connections and juxtapositions can lead to new ideas and artistic expressions. I enjoy not having complete control over the outcome of my work and as I layer, create each line, shape or pattern, add or take away color, and stitch, the decisions made after each step change the options for the next decision. It’s why making art is so intriguing and something I am driven to do every day.
About Angie Steveson
Angie Steveson is founder and designer for Lunch Box Quilts. Lunch Box Quilts creates appliqué quilt patterns designed specifically for embroidery machines. She has received awards for her unique quilt designs both locally and nationally. Angie has written articles and her projects have been featured in magazines such as Creative Machine Embroidery and Quilting and Embroidery. Angie travels nationally teaching Lunch Box Quilts workshops. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and two grown sons.
Angie always loved sewing and needlework as a young girl in the Girl Scouts and 4-H Club. It wasn’t until later in her life that she would use these skills. Angie received a degree in Mechanical Drafting in 1983. She worked for several large companies in the aerospace industry honing her skills as a drafter. After her sons were born she decided to stay home and raise them into fine men. During this time, she slowly began getting back into using her sewing skills. She looked forward to sewing Halloween costumes for her boys every year. Angie went to a quilting class with a neighbor during this time and soon she was hooked on quilting. Angie had found her true passion.
The Lunch Box Quilts workshops that Angie teaches, are of the most rewarding parts of the business. She enjoys meeting students and opening up their world to embroidery machine appliqué with quilting. Students choose their favorite Lunch Box Quilts pattern to work on during the six hour workshops. Students are always amazed at just how easy appliqué is completed on embroidery machines. Learning something new, laughter and fun are always a part of a Lunch Box Quilts workshop.
Angie’s advice to someone with an embroidery machine is to use it. So many times people say, I have an embroidery machine, but I don’t know how to operate it. There are so many wonderful things you can do with an embroidery machine. Take the time to learn your machine. Sewing machine dealerships offer excellent opportunities to learn how to get the most from your machine. Enroll in as many classes as you can. You can also find mountains of information in magazines and online. Be creative, let go and find your passion for sewing. You never know where it may lead you!