Lisa Erlandson is a compulsive quilt collector whose habit has led to several quilt-related specialties.
She is an AQS Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles, lecturer, quilt show judge, teacher and quilt historian. She also owns Le Retreat House in Gainesville, Texas.
She learned to sew as a child but considered it punishment (and maybe it was). She re-discovered sewing in the mid 1980s as a drama teacher and made her first quilt in 1991.
Lisa has an extensive collection of antique quilts that she shares during many of her lectures. She has spoken internationally and teaches and lectures at venues from small local guilds to national quilt shows. She also judges quilt shows ranging from county fairs to statewide shows. She is a past president of the American Quilt Study Group.
She wrote the pattern instructions for quilts made by AQSG members and published in the 2013 book “Revival! A Study of Early 20th Century Colonial Revival Quilts” published by Kansas City Star Books. She has served as the designer for the AQSG Quilt Study books “In War Time: A Study of Civil War Era Quilts 1850 – 1865"; "Baskets! A Study of Nineteenth-Century Basket Quilts" and "200 years of Solid Color Quilts: A Quilt Study." Lisa also contributed a chapter in Mary Kerr's book "Southern Quilts."
Lisa is also a quilt maker and has quilts published in "Quilts: Patriotic and Presidential" and the upcoming book "xxxxx", both by Sue Reich.
Lisa has a Master of Arts degree in Public Communication from the University of North Texas.
She taught junior high school, high school and college before deciding to focus on the quilt world.