Me in my sewing space!Hello! I’m Alissa.

That’s pronounced A-leesa – like there’s only one s. I live in Los Angeles with my husband, our two sons, and many pets.  I am a modern quilter, designer and author. I blog (very sporadically) about all of my quilting activities here and you can also find me over on Instagram.

I am the co-founder and Executive Director of The Modern Quilt Guild and I have written two modern quilting books, Modern Minimal and Block Party.

If you have any questions or just want to say hello please feel free to email me.

Thanks for stopping by!











(Photo by Bethany Nauert)

  • Jody

    August 12, 2008 at 6:13 am | Reply

    Hi Alissa,
    I love your quilts! Do you use muslin for your white backgrounds? Another kind of cotton?

  • Alissa

    August 14, 2008 at 4:36 pm | Reply

    Thank you Jody! I tend to use kona cotton for my whites. It’s a bit thicker than muslin which I like.

  • Jeni

    August 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm | Reply

    Hi Alissa–

    I was searching for coin quilts and by chance, found your website. I am totally impressed and inspired. Mostly because you remind me of me! I quilt and sew stuff in my free time, and am self-taught–searching the internet for ideas! Unfortunately I don’t have your taste for fabric and style… 🙁

    Do you mind sharing where you get your fabrics? They’re beautiful!… and so are all your projects!

    Do you do craft fairs?

  • Evan

    November 2, 2008 at 9:06 am | Reply

    Alissa –

    I had no idea how quilt talented you are. I thought I’d poke around and view some of your masterpieces. I’ll put money down for a Jay-Z quilt.
    Good stuff.

  • Andi

    November 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Reply

    Hi Alissa,
    I have just discovered your blog and I am totally inspired by your prolificness and the absolutely divine quilts you make.
    Keep blogging and I’ll keep visiting.
    Andi 🙂

  • Emily

    January 28, 2009 at 8:31 am | Reply


    You certainly have an eye for design and how to put bits together. Thank you for the inspiration. I am new to the sewing world and quilting, but I am hooked and love it and I am also self taught. I was wondering, do you personally wash your fabric before you start a project, or not? And do you use cotton or polyester thread? And what sort of batting do YOU prefer? I have been asking around and reading books, everybody has their preferences and I was wondering if you might share yours. Thank you SO much! I cannot wait to see your creations for 2009!

    • Alissa

      January 28, 2009 at 9:40 am | Reply

      Hi Emily! Thanks for your kind words about my quilts! To answer your questions, I don’t prewash my fabrics UNLESS they are red or I don’t know where they come from. Vintage or given to me, I’m going to prewash, a nice order of new fabric I don’t bother… I use 100% cotton thread for both piecing and quilting and the batting I like best is Warm & Natural or Warm & White.


  • Mendi

    April 9, 2009 at 7:19 am | Reply

    I love your work. Where do you buy your fabric? I love Japanese prints but don’t want to pay a fortune for shipping… please help.

  • Karen

    May 18, 2009 at 1:56 am | Reply

    Now I understand how you get the time…only a husband, dog and two cats to look after!! Having time to do what you do is part of my favourite dream!! Keep up the fab work – I hope you have lots of success with your etsy shop, too!

    Best wishes from Australia,

  • Renee

    July 17, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Reply

    I’m curious if you can reccomend a good block pattern that will mess with my son’s eyes without being overstimulating. He’s the only one left that I haven’t made a lap quilt for. I need some inspiration.

  • Karin

    November 27, 2010 at 3:12 am | Reply

    Hi Alissa,

    i came across your Blog and I love it!
    Your kind of quilting is gorgeos, my favorites are
    your very special Rectangle Quilts.
    I will follow your work nad hope for further
    great inspiration 🙂

    Best wishes from Germany,


  • Julie

    March 7, 2011 at 8:37 am | Reply

    I was looking for info on your new book, and found your blog. I love your quilts! Then I saw that you live with “two dogs”–only I see from one of your photos that they’re not “dogs,” they’re PUGS! I have “1.5 pugs” myself, and I’ll be visting your blog regularly now, I’m guessing. 🙂

  • Allisa

    March 21, 2011 at 12:24 am | Reply

    hi alissa – i had to laugh at your name pronunciation because mine is pronounced A-lissa, even though it only has one S. too funny! anyhow, i am fairly new to sewing and am currently finishing my first quilt top. i love your quilts, very inspiring for a newbie like me. i especially like the way you combine fabrics.

  • Cathy Seidman

    April 6, 2015 at 1:05 pm | Reply

    HI Alissa, I am with the Santa Monica quilt guild and was wondering if you do guild lectures? I am very interested in my guild learning more about modern quilting. We are looking to expand our guild membership.

  • Susan Hicks

    May 29, 2015 at 7:18 am | Reply

    Hi Allissa:

    Your quilts are fantastic. I’m sooo impressed by the designs you create. David told me about your website. I had to see.
    Your are doing so great with teaching. Have you authored books? Let me know.
    Thank You,
    Your Aunt in FloridaI

  • ASO

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 pm | Reply

    Hi, Alissa,

    I’ve been following your week and, like others, I’m so inspired. I love your work–it’s simple but BOLD. I’m a relatively new quilter. When you create quilts that have a lot of lines (I’m thinking specifically of “Intersections” and “Bias” and the lovely improv baby quilt), are you piecing the top? Or are you fusing the colored lines to the background? Anyway, thank you for all the work you’ve done for Modern Quilting! I just registered for QuiltCon2016. It will be my first time!


    • Alissa

      August 16, 2015 at 8:35 pm | Reply

      My apologies for such a late reply here! I piece all of my tops. Thanks so much for your kind words about my work!!

  • Tina

    August 20, 2015 at 8:48 am | Reply

    What a wonderful effort to teach women to sew. Keep up the good work.
    Looking forward to your updates by email.

  • Margaret

    June 9, 2016 at 9:32 am | Reply

    Your book MODERN MINIMAL was just delivered to my mailbox!! How can I get instructions for making the SHERBET quilt in a throw size? These all look so refreshing…I am just finishing a king with thousands of pieces and would love to work on a modern minimal project!! 🙂

    • Alissa

      July 29, 2016 at 9:06 am | Reply

      Thanks Margaret! If you use graph paper to draw the pattern, then you can scale up by adjusting what the value of each box on the paper is worth. Thanks!

  • Alice Gul

    July 20, 2017 at 10:23 am | Reply

    Hi Alissa
    Just on sewing mama came across your name and noticed i also have a euro pro x 9106 that i purchased, on the home shopping network, never really made anything, never found the time, now i have the time want to make some quilts, my question to you the manual dont mention anything about oiling the machine, do you if so how? Thank you, and I love your site, also purchising your books.

    • Alissa

      November 20, 2017 at 11:13 am | Reply

      I’m so sorry to be seeing this comment SO much later! I remember having that same thought – that they didn’t talk about it in the manual at all. I figured that since they don’t mention it, better play it safe and not put oil in the machine but I would recommend maybe asking someone at a machine repair shop as I could be wrong about that approach! So glad that you enjoy my site – thank you!

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