About CPQ & Lisa McCarthy
Lisa stitched her first quilt more than fifteen 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 ten years ago while living in New Jersey. Her intense love of quilting is infectious and she has led many novices and beginners in weekly quilting classes while living in New Jersey, and has continued these efforts since moving to New Hampshire in 2008.
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 Tropical Sundance, Drunkard’s Wave, Sunflower Illusions, Celtic Wave, Forever Yours, Desert Sky, Glacier Star and Mariner’s Compass, just to name a few. To view her full portfolio visit www.CompassPointQuilts.com. There are always multiple Niemeyer quilts in various stages being worked on in her studio. This experience gives 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. 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. Lisa’s love for quilting, and her easy going, friendly personality is ideal for beginning quilters as they learn the Quiltworx quilting techniques. She also has the depth and breadth of quilting experience to bring experienced quilters further along in their quilting journey. Lisa has more than fifteen years 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.
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. The paper piecing and construction techniques Jacqueline taught were ingenious and fit right into Lisa’s teaching toolbox. Once again, her love of teaching and sharing information lead 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 Northeastern US.
Lisa is the owner of Compass Point Quilts & CPQ Studio, which focuses on teaching Judy Niemeyer & BeColourful quilt patterns and can be described as an enthusiast of this art form. She is a member of the Merrimack Valley Quilt Guild, Plaistow, NH; Seabreeze Quilt Guild, Exeter, NH; The New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA and NH State Quilters Association, Concord, NH. Her geographic focus is the Northeastern US and New England regions, but is available as needed to travel and teach anywhere in the United States.