|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!