Chef Lisa
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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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Gail Brown replied to Chef Lisa's discussion 9" block swap exchange in the group Swapping "FUN" is for Everyone
"Looking  forward to the next swap.  I was surprised at how few people participated.  Being a "newbie" to the group I looked thru other things that may interest me and was surprised how many were inactive, no posts for a…"
5 hours ago
Chef Lisa replied to Chef Lisa's discussion 9" block swap exchange in the group Swapping "FUN" is for Everyone
"Thanks to everyone for participating in our swap. It goes to show one bad apple will not stop us from going into the bag for another!  We will have a new swap after the New Year.  Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!"
14 hours ago
Chef Lisa commented on Vickie Smith's photo

Latest finished top ready to be finished and given away.

"Vicki that is just the cutest! May I just say You do spectacular work. "
14 hours ago
Chef Lisa commented on Montika Allen-Atkinson's photo

Quilt of Valor

"That’s a great way to display a panel nice piecing.  Love it!"
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"My lettuces are coming along! "
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"I did manage to clean most of back garden out n plant Everglades tomatoes and replant papayas that I lost from the hurricane. It didn’t get cold enough to damage any planting’s so I’m thankful. It’s warming back up to 80…"
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Chef Lisa commented on Chef Lisa's blog post HELP SCRAP DONATIONS!
"Thanks Callie but I have put that project away I have managed to get about 2000 squares cut up in put in separate boxes. To many other important projects to do after the hurricane I am not able to get to my quilt projects yet. If you would like to…"
14 hours ago
Rebecca Schmitt replied to Chef Lisa's discussion 9" block swap exchange in the group Swapping "FUN" is for Everyone
"Yay - I got mine! Thank you all!!"
carla j walton replied to Chef Lisa's discussion 9" block swap exchange in the group Swapping "FUN" is for Everyone
"Beth I am in Weatherford. Messag me when you get yours please."
Beth A. North replied to Chef Lisa's discussion 9" block swap exchange in the group Swapping "FUN" is for Everyone
"Alas, mine are not here yet.  They are stuck in Texas according to the tracking number.  Well, they just don't want to come home."
Callie Randall commented on Chef Lisa's blog post HELP SCRAP DONATIONS!
"Do you still need scraps? I have plenty to share....Let me know will send a bundle"
Chef Lisa replied to Chef Lisa's discussion 9" block swap exchange in the group Swapping "FUN" is for Everyone
"Lol I could not get Swiss chocolate delivered to my home. So no chocolate desserts my boys wanted me to show them how to make chocolate boxes for their girlfriends. "
Chef Lisa replied to Chef Lisa's discussion 9" block swap exchange in the group Swapping "FUN" is for Everyone
"It’s ok it disappeared it was really good. I’ve been craving chocolate so it was perfect. "
carla j walton replied to Chef Lisa's discussion 9" block swap exchange in the group Swapping "FUN" is for Everyone
"oh dear! I'm afraid I didn't think about that you being in southern Florida and all. "
Chef Lisa replied to Chef Lisa's discussion 9" block swap exchange in the group Swapping "FUN" is for Everyone
"The ornament will go in my others thank you! "

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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 34 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 4:13pm on July 11, 2017, Linda Koller said…

Can't attach questionnaires here, have to be to your personal email because of personal content. But if you can't commit then it's better to wait till next year. I don't want someone to trade names and then have someone not receive a package in December. But please take part in the conversations, etc.

At 4:00pm on June 18, 2017, Kathy Gurgone said…

Lisa,  I appologize for not responding sooner.  I am new to this website and I just saw you comment on my wall today.  I am originally from Micanopy, FL and now live in Loganville, GA just east of Atlanta.  I had sent you a note about all of the similarities between you and my husband and the places you have both lived.  He was born in Chicago, moved to Wisconsin in his early twenties, then to Tucson, AZ, and now in GA.

And to make it even more surreal, my husband had back surgery first in Dec 2015 and had fusion surgery on his back Aug 2016.  

His folks now live in Cape Coral.  One of these days when we come down to visit them, you and I will have to meet up for a cup of coffee or something.    

Hope things are getting better with your family, I know it is rough when your parents get ill.   I have lost both of my parents.

At 8:30pm on June 2, 2017, Barbara Hughes said…

Hi Lisa, Thanks for your help. I didn't realize I needed to send P the P and ask her to send it to me again. A I have it now and am very happy. Thanks again!

At 9:49am on June 1, 2017, Barbara Hughes said…

Hi Lisa, My problem is that I deleted the email they sent for the block. I had to get my email at the library cuz of internet change at home the print out came out black and white. I deleted it after I printed it not knowing the print out would be black and white. I've collected everything else in color. And because it is in several shades of red I'd like to have the pattern in color. When they send the emails Debbie's name is included in the address. I thought I had put her address in my address folder, but I only have the Piecing the past address that Elizabeth said she gets her blocks from. I can't find it there. Thanks for any help you can give me. 

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

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