Hi! I'm Melissa Averinos. 

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I'm a longarm quilter and fabric designer for Andover Fabrics. I wrote Small Stash Sewing. I illustrated The Family Doodle Book. I wrote and illustrated DIY Mason Jars and DIY Wine Corks. I am a lifelong painter. I am a Cape Codder, good listener and lover of pie. I love yoga and gardening. Let's be friends!





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195: QM Thursday - day and night

More Market report.
Thursday lunchtime till bedtime:

I had emailed Amy Butler to introduce myself shortly before Market. She was just a doll, telling me she'd keep on the lookout for me and not to be nervous, that everyone was so welcoming.

Around lunchtime on Thursday, I was sitting with Sarah and Leann from the Westminster office, and  in the next aisle over I saw Amy walking toward her booth with her husband. She had already passed us but turned back for just a second and  I shyly waved, not quite sure if she was even looking at me. She stopped immediately and turned  around, "Is that you, Miss Melissa? Miss Yummy Goods?" I got up to meet her halfway where she gave me a big hug and introduced me to David. What a sweetheart. So warm and generous.


Amy went  out of her way to make me feel comfortable and cared for. Each time I saw her, she would ask me if I was feeling any better and tell me I looked great.


Amy's office manager Diane was just lovely and friendly as well, inviting me to return to the booth and keep her company when Amy had other engagements.


I went to Amy's Schoolhouse - standing room only! (A Schoolhouse is a 15 minute show and tell, essentially.) I also attended presentations  by Erin McMorris, Heather Bailey, and Anna Maria Horner.  It is kind of hard to believe that I will be doing a Schoolhouse at the Fall Market!

At 5:00 it was time for Fabric 2.0 - a bloggers party, which you can read about ( and see pictures of) at JCaroline Creative. I grabbed a cab from the convention center with Sandi Henderson and Shawn and Masha (Marsha?) from Michael Miller Fabrics. After mingling, posing for pictures and eating appetizers at Oba, I caught a ride with Heather B. back to our hotel for the Westminster party at 7.

( Just so you know, I was thinking about adding a new blog category called Name Drop Soup just to tag these Market posts. )

One of the most surprising and wonderful things about my experience at Market was getting to know my new friend Jeff, the Sales Manager for Westminster Fibers.   We had some great phone chats back in the fall, so I was looking forward to meeting him in person. I had talked with him a  few times earlier in the day, but sitting together at the party allowed us some time to really talk and we became fast friends.

About mid-evening,  Jeff invited each of the designers with new collections to come to the front of the banquet room and talk about the inspiration for their new lines. This was such a treat! I kept looking around the room: Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt...Tanya Whelan, Jennifer Paganelli,Valori Wells, Erin McMorris...... Anna Maria, Heather Bailey, Tina Givens, .... Joel Dewberry, Donna DewberryVerna Mosquera, Heather Ross... and... me? Actually, the weirdest thing about it was that it hardly felt weird at all. But maybe that's just because I was so sick; I didn't have enough energy to be nervous with!

After listening to the wonderful stories behind the new fabric lines, Jeff and I grabbed some of the yummy food and sat down for more talking until it was time for me to head off to bed, exhausted but happy.

More booth photos and tales of dinners and parties next time!

xo, m

Reader Comments (18)

What a wonderful day for you! Sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime experience... that maybe you'll get again with more fabric designs! Can't wait for the new line to come out. Thanks for sharing these fantastic photos of Amy's booth. I see lots of new things in there.
May 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTerriaw
Oh Melissa! I love your blog! I so enjoyed meeting you last week in the cab driving over to the Blog Party. Hope to see you again in Houston! (I didn't know you were so sick! Hope you are feeling better now).
May 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentershawn
Melissa!! I loved getting to meet you! I wish I had been able to spend more time with you. Love your fabric cards, a darling touch!

In Houston I will be hoping to see more of you and definitely dying to see your line of fabric among the names you dropped. :o)

You're too cute! You fit right in with that lovely group of women, because they are all so amazing and kind, and you are too!

I'm super jealous of course, but wish you LOADS of success!!!!

ps. someday we'll catch a yoga class!
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia
more wonderful yummies from ya!
Hope you are feeling MUCH better!
Take care,
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie
Really enjoying your recap Melissa. I'm also very much looking forward to the release of your fabric collection!
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJhoanna
thank you for sharing the recap and the wonderful photos of amy's booth. looking forward to your collection!
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercindy k
Oh My! What an awesome experience!
I've really enjoyed all of your photos from Quilt Market (here and on flickr).

Can't wait to see your full line of fabrics later this summer. The sneak preview is gorgeous.

Feel better!
Kimberly :)
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNiesz Vintage Home
WOW!!!So exciting!!!!Love the pics of Amy's booth, such a perfect balance between cold and warm colors:), so relaxing and whimsy at the same time!!!!

May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatarina
I loved meeting you at the fabric 2.0 party! I actually just posted an entire post just about meeting you!

Good luck in the fall! you are going to be a GREAT!!!
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbrassy Meg
It was so nice to meet you in person! I'm sorry you didn't feel well- you faked it very well! Can't wait to see you and that new line in Houston.
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjcaroline
I love this post and your pictures are lovely. You are not only a talented artist but a gifted writer as well. Can't wait too see you again. Hugs, Eva
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEva/freshandvintage
Hi Melissa!

I'm just discovering your blog and am anxious to see your new fabrics! It's fun following the story lines from market. You take great pictures! How in the world did Amy make those flowers? Thanks for sharing!

May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLorri
The personal story to the market is super fun. Behind the scenes accounts, and name-dropping, is the VERY fun to read. ~jen
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen Eskridge
omg. Thank you for all the eye candy!
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBari
Such a beautiful presentation! Thanks for sharing your impressions.
May 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIrene
I love your fantastic photos of Amy Butler's booth. Every time I walked by there were masses of people there so I never really got to see it. Loving your pics of it!

Aren't quilty, sewie and cottonie peeps the best!
May 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhappy zombie
Hi! Look at all the fabulousness you're reporting! Thanks for sharing. I wish I could've been there.

*found you thru TrueUp blog.
May 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCicada Studio
it looks like you had the most fabulous time! Seriously, I could live in Amy Butler's booth! ok, I might need a kitchen, but really!
May 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

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