Mom to  4 grown men and 1 incredible daughter and 6 grand kids. I have been quilting since 1979. Love scrappy quilts or 2 color quilts. The more moda fabrics I can use in a quilt the better. I like to mix lots of designers collections in my quilts. This means I can use more and buy more to replace my stash. I am not a good writer, so please ignore my typos or grammar fopas and I hope to make up for it with enthusiasm. What I do for a living is also what I do for a hobby, so while I may talk about work from time to time everything shown here and discussed is my own personal work.


  1. Cheryl says:

    first, there isn’t a way to comment on your blog. I checked several posts. Second, if you have moved your blog, what is the new link? You didn’t list it in the blog post. My dashboard shows several posts, but, they don’t show up here, and, this is the only place they take me to. I’d love to continue to follow you, but, I need a trail of crumbs to follow.

  2. Teresa C in California says:

    Love the new look, but I miss the links to other quilter sites. Have you considered adding these back to the site

  3. Susan S. says:

    I saw in a blog post on LaVieEnRosie of a quilt you had atHouston Fall Quilt Markt, made using Jen Kingwells fabric range of Gardenvale. I was just curious if and when this may be a pattern or a kit?
    It is a beautiful quilt.
    Ciao Susan

    • modalissa says:

      Ellie, I think I have an extra magazine that the Tone it Down quilt is in. IF you would send me your address I will mail it to you. It may take me a few days to find it but I will let you know either way.


  4. Jane Colton says:

    Hi Lissa,
    I just finished “Tone it Down” and I love it. It will be a gift for my grand daughter and her husband, and is in her favorite colors, orange and aqua and has a scrappy look.
    The deadline for our annual quilt show is next week and I just remembered that I need your permission to show it! Will you please reply that it is ok? (if it is ok!)
    thank you so much,
    Jane Colton

    • modalissa says:

      Jane, I would be thrilled for you to enter your quilt in the show. do you need any other type of written permission?

  5. Anne Davies says:

    I stumbled on to your Blog through Pinterest and a pin about joining Hexagons by machine using nylon thread (Happy Holidays post 2008). I’d love to try the English paper piecing technique but that much hand sewing would wipe out my hands. Two surgeries later, they’re not in the best of shape. I do Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Bead Embroidery and machine quilting, but I need to save my hands for my main interests which are part of my business.
    You said to use good quality nylon thread. What do you recommend? I’m clueless about that.
    Thanks so much
    Anne Davies

  6. carol says:

    I don’t know where I am to comment on the row quilt giveaway. I think a filler seat would be fun with a fellow quilter like Pat Sloan, Eleanor Burns, Alex Anderson and on and on. What a fun time that would be.

  7. Jane Kelly says:

    Hi Lissa,
    I’m the Editor of Make Modern magazine and I’m writing a review of your book for our next issue – just wanted to get an email address from you that we can send a copy of the magazine to when we publish?

    • modalissa says:

      I sent you an email last night but I just wanted to make sure you recieved it. My personal email is alexander.lissa(at) work is lalexander(at)

  8. Patty Cottingham says:

    How do you comment on your blog? I don’t see a link.

    In your latest blog posting you are giving away a copy of your book (congrats) and ask readers their favorite precut. Mine is the layer cake. Love them.


  9. Caryl Brix says:

    My favorite precut is the charm pack! That may have been the first! I didn’t find any other place to leave this comment to enter your drawing……

  10. Rebecca says:

    I don’t see a way to comment on your Blog Hop for today so I’ll comment here – I love fat quarters! Of course I accumulate a LOT of fabric that way – more scraps to use later on! I love the red, white and blue quilt and can’t wait to buy your book – congratulations!

  11. Cheryl Buchanan says:

    My favorite precut is a layer cake. They are large enough for a good sized block or can be cut into smaller sizes if needed.

  12. Kristy Wilkinson says:

    I think we are all confused about where to comment. But since the comment form came up I will do mine here too. I love fat quarters. They can be used in so many ways. Your new book looks so amazing. I can’t wait to see more about it on this Oh Scrap blog hop. Thanks again. Kristy-

  13. Karen Messo says:

    Just got your new book Oh Scraps! Very clever name, by that way. I love your discussion as well in the beginning of the booking regarding color and more. I really like your organizational tips as well. You suggest storing scraps in refrigerator bins. The containers shown on page 15 look like perfectly sized bins. Can you tell me the size and your source for these bins? Amazon had some listed but couldn’t figure out the size pictured in your book. I’m loving your book and anxious to finally organized the scraps I’ve accumulated over the years. Thanks so much!

  14. bobbie rumler says:

    this is the first time I’ve been to your blog and i’m impressed I love the new book of Red and White. You can’t miss with red and white (or blue and white) but red and white is the color…..thanks for listening Bobbie Rumler of Corona de Tucson AZ

  15. Pepper Corral says:

    Hi Lissa-just rec’d your new book Sisterhood of Scraps with the cutest pin as an Official Member. I ordered a 2nd book for a friend, but she did not receive a pin. Con you tell me how I can obtain an Official Member of the Sisterhood of Scraps pin for her? I love the quilts in the book, especially Little Light of Mine and Halfsquare Hashtags. Can’t get enough half sq triangles and Log Cabin was my first quilt. Thanks for some great quilt ideas!

    • modalissa says:


      Thank you for your kind words. I hope you enjoy the book. Depending on where you bought your book from determined who has the pins that go with the book. Let me know your friends name and address and I will try and hunt her down a pin.


  16. Jodie Stewart says:

    Hi! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog posts and love that you add vintage treasures to your photos. I found you via the blockheads group. I read your new post today, but I didn’t find where to comment at the end of the end to enter in the giveaway. I’m pretty new to all the quilting notions out there and have never used triangle papers. My eyes have been opened!

  17. Marilee Tice says:

    Why do I need the triangle papers? Because I am frightened of triangles! To me they are little monsters with pointed horns who try to hide in my seams! What a relief to know there is help out there! Imagine, a quilty princess riding her trusty sewing steed absolutely slaying those pointy monsters! Woo-hoo!


  18. Karen S says:

    Love the sewing machine cover! Can’t find where else to comment, even though I’m logged into WordPress. Your website does not come up when I search for it, but I suspect I’m missing something.

  19. Melissa Johnson says:

    I don’t know if this is where we leave a comment to be put in for the ruler giveaway. I LOVE all of the variations of the Blockhead 7 heart that you did. My mind is swimming with ideas AND oh my stars, your blog has so many GREAT things on it… You are an inspiration!! Love your patterns and that machine cover is ADORABLE.

  20. Dixie McAdam says:

    Great ideas mixing two fabrics to make one block, & small heart in center … love it! Thanks for sharing your ideas, creativity as well as the instructions.

  21. Sybilla Steenport says:

    Thank you for sharing your special memory, loved reading about it, and how special for you and your sister. Would love to win the special template that is one of your favorites. Looking forward to making this block.

  22. Anthea - Western Australia says:

    I’m hoping you can help me. I want to buy a digital pattern/PDF for your Tone It Down quilt. I’ve tried a number of times during the last two weeks to purchase at the APQ website, but I’m having all sorts of trouble and absolutely no success. Initially I thought it might be something I’m doing incorrectly, but it seems that it’s the website; I am not having any luck getting a reply from their Help team either. Is there another website that sells this pattern? Thank you for any help or advice you could give to me!

  23. Eileen Diercks says:

    Lissa, I recently made your quilt pattern “Granny Squares,” which appeared in the October, 2010, American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I am considering entering it in an AQS quilting contest. So I am seeking your permission to enter my quilt, using your pattern, in an AQS contest. Thank you for your consideration, as I need documentation from you to do this.

  24. Jennifer Williams says:

    Lisa, I’m working on Forever Friends. Questions about the pairing of the strips….should all of A1 – A4 be from the same strips? So, the four different fabrics but should they all be in one block as the strip sets are cut sewn together? It looks like it in the photos. Just making sure as I’m cutting strips to start this project in 2024. Thanks!

    • modalissa says:


      Yes you are right. This is a great project to kick off the new year with. It does eat up a bunch of scraps and the color combinations are always so interesting.

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