Rulers for Rookies - Domestic Machine

Beginner instruction on using rulers/templates on your domestic sewing machine.

So you’re not ready for the Major Leagues when it comes to working with rulers, no worries. Join Lisa in Rulers for Rookies and be ready for tons of ruler action. This class is a comprehensive class incorporating not only straight edges and circles BUT some of the other Quilter’s Groove Rulers as well. Regardless of whether you’ve never touched a ruler, or feel that your skills could use a little coaching this class is for you! Lisa will coach her team of temporary Rookies to victory while working on the Ohio star quilt block panel. She will have you pushing those days of feeling like a Rookie aside and have you ready for the Pros!

The Ruler for Rookies Kit can be purchased on my site... this includes all 5 rulers, the panel, handigrip and a booklet.

If you only need the panel it can be purchased at Spoonflower. It is a fat quarter.

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Your Instructor

Lisa H Calle
Lisa H Calle

Master The Art Of Long-Arm Quilting

Bringing your quilting visions to life through education and innovative rulers

Hi I’m Lisa!

I’ve been quilting for 20 years, and over that time I feel like I’ve done it all!

I’ve taught, I’ve designed, I’ve created rulers, and launched online courses.

I feel like there’s nothing within the Long-Arm realm that I haven’t done.

And I’m so excited to share it all with you!

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To be honest, I kind of fell into it.
At the time, my kids were young. But I knew as they got older, I needed to do something professionally.
It all started with a part-time job working in the local store.
I didn’t really know what it all entailed…but I was excited and threw myself into it.
And while I enjoy piecing and putting together quilt tops - I didn’t really feel like an artist until I started using the long-arm machine.
It was then I knew I’d found my artistic expression and calling.

2004 - My Quilting Career Is Launched!

In 2004 I launched Stone House Quilting - my first quilting business.I ran that business for around 7 years, and during that time finished quilts for 100’s of clients (well over 3,000 quilts!). I also finished the annual Christmas quilt for several years for the prestigious Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.

2005 - I become a Designer

In 2005 I started designing and selling paper pantographs online. Since then my 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:

2007 - I Become a Teacher

I started teaching long-arm quilting techniques in 2007. For 19 years I travelled to the top quilting shows in the US and internationally - including Canada, Germany, Switzerland and England. Besides getting to hang with my quilting besties, I would run live classes at quilt shows, including (among others):

  • Houston International Quilt Festival
  • MQX Quilt Festival,
  • Birmingham Quilt Festival
  • Home Machine Quilting Show,
  • Road to California
  • AQS Paducah

My favorite thing is teaching - I love it when they get the ‘a-ha’ moment!

2008 - I Launch Intelligent Quilting

In 2008, I became a founding partner in Intelligent Quilting LLC, an online retail site for digital and paper patterns. I sold my interest in the business in 2011 to focus on other aspects of my career. The company has grown to over 40 designers with 1000’s of pattern choices and is currently owned by Professional Longarmer Crystal Smythe.

2012 - I Design And Sell My Own Rulers

In 2012, the Quilter’s Groove™ Rulers were created. In the last 10 years I’ve created 8 different lines

of rulers - with around 50+ rulers in the collection.

2016 - I Write a Book

In 2016 I published my book - “Divide and Design”

In the book I help quilters spend less time staring at their project and more time putting their craft into practice. Includes quilt patterns with lots of open space to help quilters practice this technique

2020 - Quilter’s Groove Design Academy Is Born!

Once the pandemic hit in 2020, I moved things online. I took my most popular course “Divide and Design” and created a 10 week signature program called the Quilter’s Groove Design Academy.

2021 - Quilter’s Groove TRIBE Is Launched!

In 2021, I created a monthly membership for people who had finished my signature course. So I created a community so they could keep learning from me every month.It’s also become a safe space for people who aren’t quite ready for the Academy to increase their skills and confidence

  • Graduated from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science with a BS in Textile Management and Marketing.
  • Spokesperson for Long Arm Machine for 3 years
  • 2016-2019 BERNINA Q-Series Ambassador

Over the years I’ve won over 100 ribbons for my quilting. Here are some of the highlights:

2006 - I won my first award for Playing Hookie.

2010 - I claimed my first two “Best Of Shows” with Hula Hibiscus at the AQS Show in Des Moines, Iowa and the PA Nat’l Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

2012 - Swan's Song won first place at the Houston International Quilt Festival.

I live in beautiful Chester County, Pa with my 15 year old son, Brody and occasionally the older 2 boys, Brandon and Noah, make it back for a visit!

Aside from quilting, I’m an avid golfer (if I could make my money golfing, I would!) But I’m a much better quilter than I’m a golfer 🙂 (this is me after winning the 2021 Women's Shootout)

I love to cook! Since the pandemic I’ve gotten much better at it. I love to make chicken piccata. I make my own pasta from scratch (started in the pandemic)

I love to travel. I’m super excited because I’ll be going to Italy in September on vacation to watch the Ryder Cup Golf Tournament.

When my 3 boys are off being busy, I’m kept company by my two cats - Smudge and Freckles.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Thank you so much for taking my class. I hope you now have a good handle on working with rulers on your domestic machine. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

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