Chef Lisa
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  • Cape Coral, FL
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Chef Lisa Sep 6, 2014. 8 Replies

The Designer Batik Swap has decided to start up a BLOCK ROBINwhere each person makes a 16" block and passes on to the next person, the idea is to use elements from the original block. As each person creates a block they will work from each block to…Continue

Tin Lizzie Machine

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chef Lisa May 3, 2014. 10 Replies

Anyone have a Tin Lizzie that can share their experience with me?Is anyone having issues with theirs?I need to know if it is a wise investment for myself as I quilt my own quilts and need the throat space to make it easier for myself to quilt.Continue

Join a Strip Swap!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tracy Dyer Jan 29, 2013. 2 Replies

Come in and join in on a Strip Swap:a 100% quilt store quality batik 2 1/2" strip x width of bolt 45". Send in 12 of the same and get 12 back different. 1 yard will give you 14 strips. Please make sure your strips are straight. Unfold the fabric let…Continue

Join a Strip Swap!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chef Lisa Jan 30, 2013. 22 Replies

I am interested in starting a 2 1/2" wide strip x 44"-45" long (width on bolt) batik swap, but only want quilt store batiks, please. If interested reply.It is interesting to go into a quilt store to look at the jelly rolls as I am amazed by the…Continue


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Chef Lisa commented on Wendy Barnes Seiwell's photo

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"Wow very cool! I love frogs"
Chef Lisa joined Kim Fess's group

Program Ideas for Quilt Guilds

Quilt guilds are always looking for new ideas for programs. What fun, unique programs has your guild sponsored? What kind of programs would you like to see? Let's share!
Mar 17
Chef Lisa commented on Chef Lisa's photo


"It's a BOM so each block gets revealed each month. The first 4 blocks are 18 x 33 so they are large pieces. Not sure what the setting is the name is Secret Garden by Esther Alui they are on Block 2 already n I'm still on this one."
Mar 14
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Mar 11
Marie LaFleur commented on Chef Lisa's photo


"Love it!! You showed a lot of imagination"
Feb 27
Chef Lisa commented on rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP's photo

red twig dogwood

"Awe you have got a deal! Can you send me your picture? I think it can be messaged!"
Feb 25
Chef Lisa commented on rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP's photo

red twig dogwood

"Wow this would make a great art quilt!"
Feb 25
Chef Lisa commented on Carol Deards's photo


"Oh so sorry! Our pup of 7 yrs had died suddenly from a tumor. Last week. It's hard to loose our fur kids. Love the quilt"
Feb 22
Chef Lisa commented on Mary Moore's photo

Thank you, Animal Shelter.

"This is AWESOME! I love it. What size is this? I'd like to see some close ups"
Feb 22
Chef Lisa left a comment for DOROTHY DAVIS
"I LOVE YOUR WORK! Sorry about what happened with your patterns/fabric. There are just some people who don't care about anything. I do hope you'll come on and show us more of your beautiful work. I too am on a fixed income n can't get…"
Feb 20
Chef Lisa commented on Chef Lisa's photo


"Thanks Wilma! I'm doing Esther Aluis BOM Secret Garden cause I just need something hand work with a time line to keep me focused."
Feb 20
Chef Lisa commented on Judy Leathers's photo


"Awe I love it!"
Feb 20
Chef Lisa joined American Quilter's Society's group
Feb 20
Wilma Schirra-Kays commented on Chef Lisa's photo


"Beautiful to look at and a win, what an accomplishment.  Hope 2017 stops with the "fun" and gives you some peace."
Feb 20
Chef Lisa commented on Chef Lisa's photo


"Yes I loved watching the scroll of color in the sky. It was fun to make. If I had done some extra detail judge would have given my a better place. I just had to many things go wrong in my heart really wasn't into it. 2016-2017 has been full of…"
Feb 19
Ginny Andersen commented on Chef Lisa's photo


"This is wonderful, Lisa! Feels magical! Watching them in person is something I miss about ND at the farm. "
Feb 19

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Tell us about yourself—as much or as little as you like.
I am a quilter of 30 years an Art quilt of 20 years but in between I was a professional Chef. I made my first quilt in the early 80's living in the Burbs of Chicago for my niece (she still has it). After moving to WIS. I learned how to hand piece, and applique from a friend (thank you Susan Parton). I taught myself how to free-motion machine quilt with a spring needle. I also joined my first quilt guild in the early 90's. There are so many wonderful quilters out there.

I became an Art Quilter after moving to Tempe AZ for the "Main Street Mavericks" in Mesa, AZ. That is where I found my real niche of Art Quilting. I was a very active quilter till I went to culinary school and became a Professional Chef for the Ritz Carleton in Scottsdale AZ.
Then my quilting was on hold till moving to Florida after a second neck surgery that gave me the time to do my quilts again.

I am recently recovering of spinal surgery.

I am a big lover of hand work but the design and execution of the whole project is exciting. I love the creative flow, my favorites are still basket blocks and the pineapple.

Since my neck issues from the last 4 years I was very active with SAQA (Studio Arts Quilt Association) plus a representative for several years. In the past 8 years I have taken classes to open up that field of finding a new niche for me!

Lately I have fallen in love with the Baltimore Album quilts. That Art Quilt 'Mojo' is streaming into my blood stream once again.
How many quilts have you made?
Lost my count many unfinished projects. I lost many precious quilts during Hurricane Charlie.Many big ones are very worn working on more to replace. I do have alot of wall quilts still
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
I love the craft just working with fabric and reconstructing it to something that is gorgeous! I strive to keep the hand work visibal as we need to hold onto our craft and share it with others.
How long have you been a quilter?
30 years plus teaching , 20 yrs as an Art quilter and demonstrator.
What is your favorite quilting technique?
Always strive for daily play to keep the mind playful! I love the art of - hand needle turn applique
Why do you quilt?
Just need to keep my mind and hands busy! For the tension relief and the art form & love to work with my hands! Being disabled it is the only thing I can do at a slow pace on and off.
Do you have a website?
http://In the works!

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Posted on March 9, 2013 at 2:00pm 32 Comments

I am looking for SCRAP Donations!

I am looking for scraps that I have to cut up into 1 1/2" squares for a postage stamp quilt as a 60th wedding quilt for my parents July 2014! I already have about 200 squares started but I will need at least 6000 - 1.5" squares of light, medium and dark squares prints and solids. If I have extra I plan to do the…


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At 1:09am on March 14, 2017, Julie Beard said…

Hi Lisa,

Sorry it's been a while responding to your comments and thank you for your kind encouraging word to my comments. Dorothy is an good pen pal and we enjoy sharing our projects with one another over the last few years. 

I've just posted a picture of my current project to the newbies group and the pickle I find myself in!  I will send you another email when I have more time this week. I hope this email finds you happily making progress with your current project. Julie Beard.

At 7:09pm on December 16, 2015, Ginny Andersen said…

So thankful to hear the procedure went well for your mother. Praying she recovers well enough to enjoy the Holiday with you. 

At 1:27pm on August 5, 2015, rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP said…
sorry that time not there for translucent winged dragonfly. i have fabric and a multi colored gauze for wings of dragonfly wall quilt i am planning. on the broderi perse tho, one of my favorite forms of applique, i thought it was french in origin ...nope! thought to be from india per wikipedia ...

Broderie perse (French for "Persian embroidery") is a style of appliqué embroidery which uses printed elements to create a scene on the background fabric. It was most popular in Europe in the 17th century, and probably travelled from India, as there are some earlier findings there. The technique could be considered an early form of puzzle piecing.

Broderie perse can be done with any printed fabric on any ground, but it originally was worked with Chintz type fabrics. Chintz typically has clearly defined, separated motifs, which were cut out and invisibly applied onto the ground fabric. The typical intention was to create a scene from the motifs, but the decoration could also be random. The resulting fabric was often made into bedspreads.....
At 9:42pm on July 22, 2015, Riana Noyes said…

Just had to complement you on your lovely seagull row by row from Sarisota!...(not a member of batik group), l'll bet the others in Fla. group would love a peak:)

At 2:19pm on January 11, 2015, Mary-Anne Buist said…

This one is all new to me so hopefully I'll get the hang of it.  I did the mug rug rug swap for one year and it just ended so thought I'd try something different.  

At 5:58am on September 19, 2014, Ethelda Hillsman said…
Thanks Lisa. Unfortunately, it looks just like me. Lolol
At 7:46pm on July 21, 2014, Amy Grzasko Mann said…

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Lisa!

At 10:16pm on June 8, 2014, Sue Wiggins Jones said…
At 6:47pm on March 4, 2014, Beverley Anderson Linsley said…

Your quilting projects sound beautiful.  I can't wait to start a new quilt.  Right now I am working on a quilt project that is not working out.  I believe it has a lot do do with my math skills when it comes to quilting.  I have no problem following a pattern or designing a baby quilt.  This one has a very large center that has been paper pieced, now I can't figure out what to do next - large borders, blocks etc. and how large of blocks that will fit around this paper pieced center?   I am at my wits end and I have to have it completely finished and quilted to mail by the middle of July. Any help would be appreciated from yourself and fellow quilters.  I can send dimensions of the paper piece center if anyone wants to take a crack at it.  ha..ha.. Bev Linsley

At 11:11am on January 20, 2014, Pam George said…

I would like to join in the 10 inch layer cake swap, but can't fine out where to sign up for. I found the batik and cotton swps, but not the layer cake one.

Sorry to be such a pain, I'll do my best tp learn the site

Thank you


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