Compass Point Quilt Shop & CPQ Studio, East Kingston, NH ~ Guiding You to Beautiful Quilts ~ Certified Instructor for Quiltworx ~ Authorized Teacher for BeColourful


Compass Point Quilts will now be open as a SHOP

on Saturdays from 10:00 – 4:00!!

Our shop specializes in Batik fabrics and currently we have over 1,200 bolts of batiks in stock!!

We carry Batiks by Anthology, Timeless Treasures, Island Batik, Kaffe Fassett,

Kaufman Artisan Batiks, Hoffman, and more!

You can find us at 59 Sanborn Road, East Kingston, NH

Stop by on a Saturday and visit us!!

Judy Niemeyer 2017 Technique of the Month VINTAGE ROSE Six-Month Workshop Series 

Join me once a month for ix months to learn the latest Judy Niemeyer techniques. Create your very own VINTAGE ROSE!!
During this time you will learn how to organize your fabrics, cut your fabrics using Judy’s template layout sheets, speed piece, and Judy’s newest piecing and assembly techniques. This series is taught by Lisa McCarthy, Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer and Quiltworx.
Class Dates: April 2, May 7, June 4, July 9, August 6, and September 10, 2017 THIS CLASS FULL

ADDITIONAL CLASS ADDED!!  Class Dates: May 21, June 25, July 23, Aug 27, Sept 24, and Oct 22, 2017

Location: CPQ Studio, 59 Sanborn Road, East Kingston, NH
Cost: $60.00 per month. You must register for ALL six workshops
Class Size: Class is limited to 10 students – Register Early!!
Pattern Cost:  TBD – The pattern for Vintage Rose will be available in January 2017
Fabric Kits:  Kits are available for this pattern in several colorways!

For additional information or to register for this six-month series, please contact Lisa at 973-214-6784 or


BeColourful ENCHANTING STARS Six-Month Workshop Series 

Join me in this colourful journey…ENCHANTING STARS…A six-month quilting experience!

This workshop series meets once a month for six months. During this time you will learn creative ways to organize your fabrics and Jacqueline’s piecing and assembly techniques. This series is taught by Lisa McCarthy, Authorized Teacher for Jacqueline de Jonge & BeColourful.
Class Dates: Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, 2017, Jan 7, Feb 4, March 4, 2018
Location: CPQ Studio, 59 Sanborn Road, East Kingston, NH
Cost: $60.00 per month. You must register for ALL six workshops
Class Size: Class is limited to 10 students – Register Early!!
Pattern Cost: $48.00
Fabric Kits: Kits are available for this pattern

Please Note:  This pattern is a Level 6 on the BeColourful difficulty scale. Students registering in this workshop series should have paper piecing experience.

For additional information or to register for this six-month series, please contact Lisa at 973-214-6784 or

BeColourful “Quilt Along with Me” 

Have you ever thought about working on one of Jacqueline de Jonge’s older BeColourful patterns that don’t include foundation papers? Well, here is your chance to “Quilt Along with Me” while working on one of two patterns (Elements of Nature or Fly Away) that Jacqueline designed for Hoffman Challenges in years past. We will be working side-by-side learning techniques to create our own foundation papers, piecing techniques, fabric organization and placement, and construction.  This will be a 3-Month series and registration for all three months is required.  A light box/light pad will be required for this series.  Additional Information:  August 20, September 24 & October 22, 2016; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; $40.00/Class

If you would like to join us, email Lisa at compasspointquilts@gmail.comThe class will be limited to ten (10) participants, so register early!!


Vintage Rose Boot-Camp Retreat ~ April 6 – 10, 2017 ~ Saco, Maine 

Quilting with Friends & Compass Point Quilts Presents:  A Vintage Rose Boot-Camp Retreat

Vintage Rose Boot-Camp Retreat
Judy Niemeyer’s Newest Technique of the Month Pattern
April 6 – 10, 2017
Ramada Inn, Saco, Maine

Boot-Camp Retreat Includes…
Four Nights Hotel (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
Welcome Reception & Trunk Show Thursday Evening
Four Breakfasts ~ Four Lunches ~ Three Dinners
Four Days of Boot-Camp Style Instruction w/ Certified Instructor Lisa McCarthy
Extended Sewing Time AM & PM

Cost: $650 Double / $725 Single

To Register Contact:
Penny @

Please Note:  A pre-requisite to participate in the boot-camp is that you have to have some (it doesn’t have to be extensive, just some) prior Judy Niemeyer pattern experience or be a competent paper-piecer. Also, ALL fabric cutting needs to be completed BEFORE the boot-camp weekend.

BeColourful in New England RETREAT ~ February & June 2017 

Designer and Master Quilter, Jacqueline de Jonge, will be joining us all the way from the Netherlands!


Jacqueline’s unique style and use of bright colors are loved by many and her classes are always in high demand.  She is the founder and owner of BeColourful Quilts and we are very honored to have her visit us here in New England!

Space is VERY limited (20 Students) for this retreat.  Please email Lisa McCarthy at or Penny Hoyt at ASAP to sign up.

4-Day Retreat – Ramada Inn, Saco, Maine

Saturday, February 11 – Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – RETREAT FULL

Thursday, June 8 – Sunday, June 11, 2017 – RETREAT FULL

Retreat Details:

4 Glorious Days of Instruction with Jacqueline

Open-Sew Hours from 7:00 – 9:00 AM & 4:00 – 11:00 PM

Meals Included: 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 3 Dinners

Hotel Nights Included: Saturday, Sunday & Monday or Thursday, Friday & Saturday Nights depending on which retreat you are registered for.

$850.00 per person Double – $950.00 per person Single – February Retreat

$935.00 per person Double – $1,035.00 per person Single – June Retreat

The cost difference between retreats reflects the “In Season” June Hotel Rates

A $200.00 deposit is Required at Registration

Due to the costs associated with bringing Jacqueline from the Netherlands signing up for this retreat is a non-refundable commitment.

We are still working with Jacqueline to decide what patterns will be offered at the retreat. It’s a year away, so we have some time and I know that you will want to see her newest patterns before deciding which ones to do!

These are just a few of the possibilities….

Retreat Sponsored by:

Compass Point Quilts & QUILTING with Friends

For Additional Information or to Register Contact:

Lisa at or Penny at

BeColourful ENCHANTING STARS…See How It Grows! 

Don’t you just love seeing these pictures as my Enchanting Stars grows step by step!

Find your own Enchanting Stars pattern and fabric kit here:

Reclaimed West Blog Tour 

Reclaimed West LogoWhen I was first asked by Timeless Treasures to participate in the Reclaimed West Collection Blog Tour, I wasn’t quite sure what to write, although I do have a blog on my website – Hahaha!!  I mostly use my blog to highlight classes that I’m teaching, new items available, or what’s currently happening at CPQ Studio.  So…I decided to just start at the beginning and tell my story of County Picnic and its “sister quilt” Spurs

Last Spring, Quiltworx put out a call for Certified Instructors and Shops to assist them in putting together sample quilts in their new Reclaimed West fabric line which, by the way, is fabulous!!  Now, keep in mind, that I work full-time in addition to owning Compass Point Quilts & CPQ Studio, and I have a really, really busy teaching schedule at area shops and guilds.  As I look back on my choices, I think…”what were you thinking to volunteer to sew two…not one, but two…quilt tops!!”   But…in my defense, I have to say that I just love the concept of “sister quilts”, using sections of the first quilt to create the second quilt.

I knew that there were going to be timing issues in getting both of these quilts completed, quilted, bound and shipped before Fall Market, so I contacted my fabulous long-arm quilter, Carrie Zizza of It’s A Zizza in Amesbury, MA to find out what her quilting schedule looked like and if she thought she might have room to a “quick turn-around” on these two quilts.  Of course, she said “absolutely”, she could get these done for me and she loved the idea that the quilts would be hanging at Quilt Market.

With the quilting confirmed, all I had to do was wait for the fabric to arrive…this is where the fun began…The first week of August a package of fabric and foundation papers arrived from Quiltworx.   The fabric was wonderful…Bright and colorful, tons of texture, but I have to say that my first thought was…”there’s a whole lot of cow on this background fabric for Spurs – Hahaha!!”   I reminded myself that the fabric collection was “The Reclaimed West“, and I did see the inspiration cow’s picture and she is totally adorable!!

Now that the fabric was in the studio, I figured I had five weeks to complete two quilt tops before they needed to be sent off to Carrie for quilting.  I had already cut and trimmed the template layout sheets and foundation papers saving a bit of time, so I quickly jumped into “cutting” mode for the first quilt, Country Picnic and it went great!  Sewing on Country Picnic commenced and basically for the next three weeks I worked at my “real” job, taught scheduled CPQ classes both in the studio and at local quilt shops, and I sewed…and sewed…and sewed log cabin blocks.  The blocks were then cut apart, the colors were flipped around, and 72 spike arc units were inserted into each block.  Once the curved piecing was completed, the blocks were sewn together…First quilt done and off to the quilters!!


Now, here’s the cool thing about these “sister quilts”…The arcs that were cut out of Country Picnic to insert the spiked arc units are used as the arcs for Spurs.  One good thing  that a portion of the second quilt is already sewn – yippee!!  Another cool thing is that the left over fabric from the Country Picnic quilt is used to make the spike units and the pieced border on Spurs saving quite a lot of fabric.  Additional fabric was used for the background…this is where the cows come in…and the fence rail border.  Once all of the spike units were completed and matched up to the correct color arc, I started to look at layout for Spurs.  I noticed that I had to make sure that the background templates had to be oriented and cut to keep all of the cows standing upright.  It wouldn’t be good to have the cows standing on their heads – Hahaha!!  Once I inventoried the number and direction for each background corner section I then matched up the correct spike and arc color and completed the curved piecing.   Spurs was then ready to go to Carrie for quilting and at the same time, I picked up Country Picnic which then needed to have a sleeve added, bound, and labeled.  A week later, Spurs was ready to be picked up and finished. Unfortunately, I was so focused on sewing and working on Spurs during the last couple of weeks, I completely forgot to take any pictures of Spurs in progress – oops!!  I did manage to get a couple of final pictures before sending it out to Quiltworx!

“Sister quilts” have more meaning to me than just being quilts that work together.  It’s “sisters” that work together…During this five week stretch, I couldn’t have done it without the help from my sister, Susan and my “sister from another mister” Ann Marie.  They both offered me help sewing and cutting when needed and endless encouragement throughout the entire time I was putting these quilts together.   I also have to thank my husband, Tom, who in addition to his constant support, pulled every piece of paper off the backs of both quilts.  Anyone who does paper piecing knows what a job that is!  Tom spent many, many evenings in my studio with me, even during open-studio nights with the “quilt ladies!”  All in all, these two quilts went together fabulously!!  The quilting job Carrie did on both quilts was a superb job as usual and I was very excited to see them hanging in the Timeless Treasures booth at Quilt Market in Houston!!  Thank you for joining me on this Blog Tour…It’s been great fun!!  ~Enjoy, Lisa

COMPASS POINT QUILTS SALE — 10% OFF — ALL RECLAIMED WEST KITS — IF ORDERED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 17th & NOVEMBER 21st!!  As soon as the patterns arrive your kit will be shipped out!!  Follow this link:

ENTER THE TIMELESS TREASURES GIVEAWAY — Starting Nov 17th – The giveaway will be open for entries throughout all five days of the blog tour. THREE WINNERS will be selected on Monday, November 24th at Noon (12:00 PM) Eastern Time.  Follow this link to enter:


One (1) fat eighth bundle of the entire Reclaimed West collection (24 pcs); One (1) 52-pc charm pack of the Reclaimed West collection; One (1) Braided Table Runner pattern by Quiltworx/Judy Niemeyer; One (1) Geese in the West pattern by Cindi McCracken; One (1) Reclaimed West bookmark & bag tag set from Quilt Dots; and One (1) spool of coordinating thread from the Reclaimed West designer thread set available from Aurifil.




This blog tour is hosted by Timeless Treasures to celebrate the release of Judy & Judel Niemeyer’s first-ever fabric line, The Reclaimed West. The Timeless Treasures blog can be found at


Mariner’s Compass – Month #1 @ CPQ Studio 

Judy Niemeyer’s Mariner’s Compass Month #1 at Compass Point Quilts Studio!! Snow couldn’t keeps these ladies away from their first Mariner’s Compass workshop. What a great day we had…working on their spokes and compass flower units!! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone next month!!

Authorized Instructor for Jacqueline de Jonge & BeColourful!! 

I’m so excited to share this news with you!!  Right before the holidays I received this quick message from Jacqueline de Jonge & BeColourful.   Well, actually the message was from Jacqueline’s brother, Harm…

Hi Lisa!
It is a big step for us, but we are happy to confirm that you may teach BeColourful workshops.              
We need to work on the details, but that will be minor..
Congratulations! You are the first!

Now, what does this mean for you??  This means, that before the end of 2014, I will be teaching BeColourful workshops (in addition to Judy Niemeyer & Quiltworx, of course) at quilt shops throughout the Northeastern US, at quilt guilds and of course, at CPQ Studio, located in Southern New Hampshire!  I am really looking forward to adding BeColourful workshops into the class mix of what CPQ teaches.  I feel that Jacqueline’s quilts add another dimension to paper piecing and many of her specific techniques are ingenious!!  I can’t wait to share them with you!!

Currently, I am working on a couple of BeColourful sample quilts to share with you.  I already have some of Jacqueline’s newest patterns available at CPQ Studio and they will be going up on the website soon.  I am also in the process of ordering all of the fabrics that are needed to create these incredible BeColourful quilts.  These fabrics will be available in a special BeColourful section at CPQ Studio.  I will keep you posted as things start happening and workshops are scheduled.



What a fantastic day we had today at CPQ Studio!! The Judy Niemeyer CELTIC WAVE workshop kicked off at 9:00 AM and the machines didn’t slow down all day!!  What makes a great workshop day??? A wonderful group of women, an intriguing quilt pattern, good food, tons of laughter and stories, and sewing…lots and lots of sewing!!  I was so excited to see how much my students got accomplished in just one day!!  Enjoy the beginnings of these incredible quilts…the color combinations make each one look so different!!


So…What quilt project have you been working on this summer?  I started Judy Niemeyer’s BALI BED RUNNER and I’m just about done piecing the units and will start to assemble the quilt soon.  Here are a few pictures that I wanted to share with you!!  Enjoy and have a wonderful week!!

What will you find at Compass Point Quilts Studio?? 

 ~ Classes ~ Workshops ~ Open-Sew Nights ~ “Niemeyer Nights” ~ “Quilt till you Wilt” Fridays ~ Seating for 10-12 Students ~ Six Foot Tables ~ Comfortable “rollie” Chairs ~ Fantastic Lighting ~ Ground Level Entrance – No Stairs ~ Three Large Counter High Pressing and Cutting Stations ~ Use of Cutting and Pressing Equipment ~ Two Design Walls ~ Judy Niemeyer Patterns & Kits ~ Supplies used in the Paper Piecing Process & Basic Quilting ~ An Ever Growing Selection of Batik Fabrics ~ An Experienced (11 Years) Quilting Instructor ~ A Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor ~





Mariner’s Compass at Seacoast Sewing Center – Month #1 

Check out the smiles in these pictures!!  I just love them!!  This past weekend we began our journey together to build Judy Niemeyer’s Mariner’s Compass Quilt!!  What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon…laughing, making new friends and sewing…simply perfect!!  Can’t wait until our class in July!


I spent a wonderful weekend teaching at A Quilters’ Sampler in Nashua, NH!!  Two workshops, Sunflower Illusions and Arizona Cactus Table Topper, wonderful women in the classes and excellent event organizers, Kate and Sarah, made for a weekend filled with fun, laughter and new-found friendships!!  I’m already looking forward to next year!!

MVQ Guild Workshop – Judy Niemeyer’s Forever Yours Table Runner 

What a great workshop with the MVQ Guild this past weekend!!  As you can see from the pictures there were lots of smiles and laughter throughout the day.  Members of the guild worked on Judy Niemeyer’s Forever Yours Table Runner.  It’s amazing how different everyone’s arcs were at this workshop.  The fabric choices were amazing!!  I still can’t decide which one’s I like the most – hahaha!!  They are all wonderful and I can’t wait to see them completed!!

CPQ Studio Up & Running ~ WooHoo!! 

After a busy weekend moving from the third floor of our home…Compass Point Quilts Studio is ready to GO!!  There are a few final items to get done over the next week or so…but the studio is UP and RUNNING starting this week!!  I couldn’t have done this without the encouragement and support of all of my family…Thank You so much…I love you all!!  To all of my friends and quilting buddies…I look forward to seeing you soon at CPQ Studio!!

Glacier Star takes BEST IN SHOW!! 

I’m so excited that this weekend, CPQ entered the Glacier Star & Mariner’s Compass quilts into to MVQ Show.  Mariner’s Compass was judged and received 2nd Place for Medium Sized Quilts and 2nd Place for Piecing.  Glacier star received 1st Place for Medium Sized and 1st Place for Piecing.  But most exciting is that Glacier Star took BEST IN SHOW!!  Special thanks to Carrie Zizza, who’s spectacular quilting added so much to the quilts!!  So exciting!!!!!!

Busy Weekend @ CPQ Studio!! 

Well…I definitely missed attending MQX this weekend, but Tom and I were busy ALL weekend painting and installing cabinets in my new CPQ studio!!  We have ordered three more cabinets to install in the open space and hopefully they will go in sometime late next week.  The counter installers are going to be measuring tomorrow morning and the carpet guys are going to be measuring on Friday!!  It’s all coming together and hopefully in the next three weeks or so, I will be moving equipment and supplies down from my studio on the third floor!!  I’m looking forward to SEEING YOU SOON at CPQ Studio!!

Cactus Flower Class @ Mariner’s Compass Quilt Shop in Bath, Maine!! 

Wow…what a great class yesterday at the Mariner’s Compass Quilt Shop in Bath, ME.  Such a wonderful group of women…they were all prepared with their fabric cut, bagged and ready to sew!!  A big thank you to Amanda, owner of the shop, for encouraging everyone to complete their pre-class instructions!!  The day was spent learning new techniques, sewing and laughing (something that I just love to do), and making new friends.

CPQ Renovations…Check Out What Is Happening at CPQ!! 

There has been a lot of excitment here at the McCarthy household!! The CPQ Studio renovations have started and are moving along at a “full-steam ahead” pace – whoohoo!!  Stay tuned for the announcement about when the CPQ Studio will be open for business!!

Desert Sky & Drunkard’s Wave at Crafters Quarters, Amesbury, MA 

What a fabulous day at Crafters Quarters!!  I spent today with 13 wonderful women learning, sewing and laughing.  Thank you to Jensie, owner of Crafters Quarters, for inviting me into her shop to teach.  I can’t wait to return in June when we will be working on the Prairie/Hawaiin Star pattern as a Technique of the Month!!  For more information on that class, contact Jensie at!!


Seacoast Sewing Center – Mini Stars Class 

I had a wonderful time on Saturday teaching the Mini Stars Table Runner at Seacoast Sewing Center in Portsmouth, NH.  What a great group of women…we spent the day learning, laughing and made some wonderful new friends.  I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished projects!

CPQ Studio is a GO!! 

Last Night we got approval from the East Kingston Planning Board and we will be signing contracts with our builder on Saturday morning!!  If all goes well, I expect to be moving my quilting studio from the third floor of our home to my newly remodeled 1st floor studio in 7-8 weeks!!  Be on the look-out for information regarding my “Grand Opening” Open-House, weekly studio “Open Quilting Night” and “Niemeyer Night” classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and weekend workshops featuring a wide variety of Judy Niemeyer patterns!!

Stay tuned for more information…Can’t wait!!!