About

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

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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 {White Rock Ranch}.  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 in 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, a daughter named Diana, 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 workshops and give lectures.

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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 usable but other than that I don’t stick to any set of rules while creating new designs.

I have contributed to several books and I sell my original patterns at 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.

Tour my {2006-2014} studio space [here]. In 2015, we bought our dream house  {White Rock MCM} and are slowly renovating it room-by-room. I’ll often share posts about the house and my new sewing space.

moose + vintage florals Will on the Zigzag Quilt