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Lisa McCarthy

Lisa McCarthy

Lisa McCarthy
East Kingston, NH

www.compassquilts.com

Lisa stitched her first quilt more than twenty-one years ago when her sister invited her to a mystery quilt weekend and she has not looked back since.  She has completed numerous quilts and began teaching friends and acquaintances how to quilt eighteen years ago. Her intense love of quilting is infectious and she led both beginner and advanced quilters in weekly quilting classes while living in New Jersey. She has continued these efforts since moving to New Hampshire in 2008. 

These classes have included traditional piecing, paper piecing, and a variety of other quilting techniques throughout the years. Lisa’s love of dramatic colors and bold tones are evident in her everyday life and she was naturally drawn to the Judy Niemeyer quilts when she first saw them. Her first Judy Niemeyer quilt was the Hawaiian Star and since then she has completed Glacier Star, Mariner’s Compass, and Paradise in Blooms to name a just a few. This experience has given Lisa a complete command of all the major quilting techniques used to create Judy Niemeyer quilts. Her love for this art form pushed her to apply to Quiltworx to become a certified quilt instructor in 2011. 

In the summer of 2012, Lisa became a Certified Instructor and she continues to learn the new Quiltworx patterns and techniques to maintain her instructor certification along with learning new ideas, processes, and shortcuts to share with other quilters.   In October 2013, Lisa attended a Master’s Class with Jacqueline de Jonge, quilt designer and owner of BeColourful from The Netherlands.  During this master’s class Lisa’s love of vivid color, which Jacqueline uses in many of her quilts, was ignited once again.  The paper piecing and construction techniques Jacqueline taught were ingenious and fit right into Lisa’s teaching toolbox.  Her love of teaching and sharing information led Lisa to approach Jacqueline and BeColourful about teaching for them here in the United States. 

In late December 2013, Lisa was given authorization to teach on behalf of Jacqueline and BeColourful throughout the United States.  Her first BeColourful quilt was Circle of Life. Lisa’s love for quilting, and her easy going, friendly personality is ideal for quilters as they learn the Quiltworx and BeColourful quilting techniques in addition to traditional quilting techniques.  Lisa has more than fifteen years of classroom education experience working in public school systems which gives her a strong background in breaking down the more complex quilting techniques into easy to understand steps. 

Lisa is the owner of Compass Point Quilt & CPQ Studio which focuses on teaching and having fun! CPQ offers all types of workshops, open-sew times, fabric consultations, guest teachers, etc.  In January 2017, CPQ opened as a full-service quilt shop, specializing in batik fabrics, patterns, and quilting supplies. Currently, CPQ has over 2,500 bolts of batiks in stock, and more arrive weekly. CPQ also has a strong on-line presence and ships world-wide. Lisa is a member of the Merrimack Valley Quilt Guild, Plaistow, NH; The New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA and NH State Quilters Association, Concord, NH.   


Thursday, July 25

8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30- 4:30 p.m.
Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Supply List
Supply List
Level: ALL
Bernina Sewing Machines provided by The Cotton Cupboard

It’s always the perfect time of the year to be working on a “snowflake” project! The Winter Wonderland table runner is comprised of two paper piecing units that make up the feathered star. Half square triangles, sashing, borders and a special flange are added to complete the project.  In this class participants will learn the following techniques: Judy’s unique trim before you sew paper piecing technique; a chain-piecing process designed for foundation paper piecing, a stacking technique to keep your piecing organized; floating points; and how to get the center of your stars to lay flat.  Project size: 17” x 49”. Pre-cutting the fabrics is a mandatory requirement prior to taking this class. Please begin preparing for class at least 2-weeks prior to the class to make sure that you are able to get familiar with your pattern and complete the pre-cutting beforehand. We always recommend reading through your entire pattern several times before beginning. 

Friday, July 26

8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30- 4:30 p.m. 
Desert Sky
Desert Sky

Desert Sky

Supply List
Supply List
Level: INT                                         
Bernina Sewing Machines provided by The Cotton Cupboard

Desert Sky is comprised of the basic “S” unit and uses a combination of bright and dark fat quarters. In this class you will learn the following techniques:  Judy’s unique trim before you sew paper piecing technique; a chain-piecing process designed for foundation paper piecing, a stacking technique to keep your piecing organized; floating points; curved piecing; and how to get the center of your stars to lay flat.  Project size: 48” x 54”. Pre-cutting the fabrics is a mandatory requirement prior to taking this class. Please begin preparing for class at least 2-weeks prior to the class to make sure that you are able to get familiar with your pattern and complete the pre-cutting beforehand. Lisa always recommends reading through the entire pattern several times before beginning. Students should have prior paper piecing knowledge.

Saturday, July 27

8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30- 4:30 p.m.
Happiness
Happiness

Happiness

Supply List
Supply List
Level: INT
Bernina Sewing Machines provided by The Cotton Cupboard

The Happiness quilt is a great introduction to Jacqueline de Jonge’s BeColourful patterns.  Many of Jacqueline’s unique piecing and assembly techniques will be taught during this workshop, including her amazing double quarter inch seam allowance.  This technique allows you to “square-up” a circle, giving you a perfect result every time! This class will also give you the tools needed to move onto larger BeColourful projects. Happiness is a Level 3 on the BeColourful Level 1 to Level 7 Scale. Project size: 30” x 30”.  Prior knowledge of paper-piecing is highly suggested. Pre-cutting the fabrics is a mandatory requirement prior to taking this class. Please begin preparing for class at least 2-weeks prior to the class to make sure that you are able to get familiar with your pattern and complete the pre-cutting beforehand. We always recommend reading through your entire pattern several times before beginning.