Board Member Introduction ~ Alissa

on January 27 | in Contributors | by | with 27 Comments

We have a new editorial board to introduce this week! They’ve been hard at work planning a very full and fun February Fat Quarter Month. Today we welcome Alissa from Handmade by Alissa. Alissa has been sewing for just over a year and in that time she’s made some of the most beautiful quilts and patchwork items we’ve seen. She loved Quilting Month last year and participated in our block sew-along with an amazing series of blocks. Alissa now takes quilt commissions so be sure to get in touch via her contact information on Handmade by Alissa.

Enjoy Alissa’s interview below and then be sure to spend time at Handmade by Alissa. Alissa is working on a sew-along project for Fat Quarter Month so we can all play along; we can’t wait!

SMS: How long have you been sewing?
Alissa: I’ve only been sewing for a bit more than a year, but it’s been a life changing year. I have sewed A LOT in that time. I grew up with my mother sewing, so once I started, it felt very natural. I have completely found my passion and I’m thrilled about it!

SMS: What do you enjoy about sewing? What are your favorite things to make?
Alissa: My favorite thing about sewing is how in the moment you are. There’s something so relaxing and fulfilling about only focusing on the task at hand and having a solid, touchable result at the end of it. What I love to make the most (and have almost exclusively made) is quilts. There are endless design possibilities and I love watching each quilt come together, step by step.

SMS: How do you find time to fit creativity (sewing and any other creative loves) into your life?
Alissa: I’m very lucky because I currently have a lot of time to sew. I work freelance, so when I’m between jobs I get to sew full time. Also, I don’t have any kids yet so I can spend my free time sewing when I want to. I’m certain that this time will become much less available once my husband and I start a family, so I’m really enjoying it meanwhile!

SMS: Do you have a favorite sewing tip or skill that’s made things work better for you?
Alissa: Take some risks with your choices. I’m often surprised with how well some fabrics, that you wouldn’t have have though would go together, end up working out. Also, I’m not a perfectionist at all. That makes it much easier for me to like something even when there’s mistakes!


Alissa’s Land & Sea Quilt for her sister.

SMS: What’s a favorite thing you’ve made lately?
Alissa: I really love a quilt that I made for my sister. I love the colors, the variety of fabrics and the simple but modern feel that it has. I also made it block by block with no regard for the final design (my favorite way to make a quilt) so I really enjoyed making it. I love the design step most of all, so the longer it lasts into the quilt making process, the better for me!

SMS: Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
Alissa: I live in Los Angeles with my husband and our pets. My “real job” is working as a casting director for reality shows. It’s fun work, but quilting is how I most like to spend my time. I’m a fabric nut and have learned so much about sewing from Sew,Mama,Sew!, so I’m excited to be a part of the editorial board!

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27 Responses to Board Member Introduction ~ Alissa

  1. MaryAnn says:

    It’s nice to meet another quilting addict

  2. aneela says:

    Hi Alissa! it’s amazing from your blog I’d never have guessed you’ve only been sewing a year. You really are speedy!

  3. Baba says:

    Wow! That quilt is gorgeous! Congratulations Allissa!

  4. Rita says:

    Hi Alissa,
    I keep running into you all over the place! So fun!

  5. Helena says:

    congrats. 🙂

  6. jenzycole says:

    Congratulations Alissa!!! I love your blog and find your quilts adorable. Only sewing a year, I see you have been busy. Have Fun!!!

  7. Lauri says:

    Hi Alissa! I love ALL of your quilts! Like you, I like to just put things together and see what happens…I really hate following a pattern. Glad you are featured here and glad I found your blog!

  8. Margie says:

    Welcome Alissa. Your quilts are so beautiful!

  9. Christine Bolin says:

    You have an incredible eye for putting colors together, Alissa. And I love the way your quilts come out. I’m sure you will be a great asset to the Sew, Mama, Sew web site. Congratulations.

  10. Viv says:

    Wow – congrats Alissa, you know i love your work, can’t wait to see more 🙂

  11. Bridget says:

    Yay for Alissa! I love Alissa’s quilts

  12. AmberL says:

    Welcome Alissa! I am very impressed with your skills for only have sewn for a bit over a year! What an inspiration!

  13. Lorrie says:

    Welcome Alissa. I looked at your blog – what wonderful quilts you’ve made. It’s hard to believe you’ve only been sewing for a year! Looking forward to more of your projects.


  14. Sara says:

    Congratulations! What beautiful quilts–only sewing a year, what an inspiration!

  15. Valerie says:

    I just started sewing this year and have also found a passion in quilting. My grandmother was always making things so I guess it came natural to me. I find it so therapuetic to sew and quilt.

  16. Andi says:

    You have made some fantastic quilts, Alyssa! I can’t believe you have only been sewing for a year! Can’t wait for February!

  17. Gorgeous quilt!! Hurrah for Alissa. Welcome to the board.

  18. Lynn says:

    Wow, Congratulations Alissa! I love all your work, and am definitely surprised that you have only been sewing for a little over a year.

  19. Alissa’s work really is beautiful! Congratulations!

  20. Terriaw says:

    Congratulations Alissa! I follow your blog as well, and enjoy every single project you share with us. Look forward to your contributions to Sew Mama Sew! It’s a wonderful thing.

  21. Rosa says:

    Yay, Alissa! I love your blog showcasing your amazing quilts. Thanks for the consistent inspiration.

  22. Kristin says:

    welcome! I already “know” Alissa from her blog. I discovered her on Flikr when I saw pics of her beautiful quilts there!

  23. Natalie says:

    Congrats Alissa!! I love your work!!

  24. Amber says:

    Yeah – I love Alissa’s blog and her sewing is just amazing! Can’t wait to see all the things she brings to Sew, Mama, Sew!

  25. jacquie says:

    congrats alissa! can’t wait till february. this woman is SERIOUSLY talented!!! go visit…you will be glad you did!

  26. Bean Paulson says:

    Welcome, Alissa – your quilts are FANTASTIC!! I wish I had enough patience to finish an entire quilt, heh 😀

  27. Elizabeth says:

    Yay for Alissa! So glad to see that she’s one of the new Board Members.

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