About

Vintage Modern Quilts is the personal blog of Lisa Calle. It is mostly about quilting, often about fabric, and sometimes about family, friendships, and a little boy named Ben.

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My sewing story started with a move to a new town and the purchase of a charming but tiny 1950s ranch house.  Wanting to sew some cute things for myself and our new house, I took a series of classes at a local shop called Make in the Bishop Arts District. For a couple of years, I sewed garments, bags, and throw pillows…all the while my fabric stash was growing and growing. I kept buying and buying, thinking “clutch, apron, throw pillow, curtains.” Before long I had a full-blown fabric addiction. One day I had a light bulb moment and decided to make a quilt. My first quilt was a mother’s day gift for my mom. That one quilt turned into an obsession and it was the fabric that drove me to it.

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For a couple of years I made quilts to sell and did the craft show circuit. It was fun, but tiring and I learned a lot of valuable lessons from my experiences. The thing I loved most about doing craft fairs was talking to the public about my work, textiles, and the art of quilting so my next step into the quilting world seemed very natural.

In 2010, I founded the Dallas branch of the Modern Quilt Guild and served as president for the first two years. It has grown into a large group of incredibly talented quilters, many of whom are my dear friends. My small group gets away twice a year (at least!) for quilting retreats filled with lots of sewing and even more laughs.

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I live in a beautiful area of Dallas, Texas near White Rock Lake. I’m married to a funny, intelligent, and handsome man who even does laundry. We have a son named Benjamin and two naughty miniature pinschers named Moose and Will. In 2011, I left my corporate job as a technical writer to stay home full time. I fill my days with toddler things, lots of quilting. and running the Moda Bake Shop. I also teach sewing and quilting classes at a local sewing lounge and shop called Urban Spools.

Moda Bake Shop Demo | QuiltCon Moda Fabrics Contributor

My blog and pattern company are named Vintage Modern Quilts because I love the blending of opposites — modern fabrics with a traditional pattern or the blending of reproduction fabrics with bright modern colors. My one sticking point is that my quilts have to be useable but other than that I don’t stick to any set of rules while creating new designs.

I have contributed to the first book from KC Star Quilts new modern imprint My Stars {check out a Q&A with me on the My Stars blog). My patterns are available through Vintage Modern Quilts Pattern Co.  Digital downloads can be purchased {here} and printed versions are available to retailers through United Notions. I am available for speaking engagements and workshops at guilds and shops so if your group is interested in a visit, I’d love to hear from you. Email me at vintagemodernquilts[at]yahoo[dot]com.

My Favorite Fabrics: Uptown by Erin Michael, Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt, non-pastel 1930s and 1940s repros, any and all American Jane, anything poison green, POLKA DOTS, Japanese tiny and texty prints, linen/cotton blends, and Red Letter Day by Lizzy House.

Tour my studio space [here].

moose + vintage florals Will on the Zigzag Quilt

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Carla

    Well hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am not sure where I saw it but are you in B.C. ? Your blog is so fresh. I am off to sign up as a follower : )

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  2. Cindy Mizer

    Your last name-Calle-is an unusual spelling. My mother’s family uses the same spelling-her aunt suggested they change it from Call to Calle years ago. They are from Ohio/West Virginia. Love your blog.

    Cindy

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