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. I have another craft book coming out in Spring 2014. I am a lifelong painter. I am a Cape Codder, good listener and lover of pie. I love yoga and roller derby. Let's be friends!





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351: my first pattern/tutorial!

yay! thank you so much for all the book love, wow!

Just a little bit about Small Stash Sewing: The projects I've created are a way to use your precious designer fat quarters, without being a fat-quarter-only book, if you know what I mean!

The idea was: oooh how can I feature this little morsel of fabric that I love so much? So, yes...I have made up 24 projects that feature fat quarters... and sometimes something else!  You know me, I'm not one to stick rigidly to a prescribed format!

So, some projects use more than one fat quarter (or less than one!), some use different kinds of fabric in addition to the cotton quilting fabric. Let's be honest, if you are hoarding fat quarters, you probably have some muslin hanging around or maybe a yard or two of a print you got supercheap, that sort of thing.

(((Small Stash Sewing will be available in May of 2010!)))


I have been so excited to finally share the book cover with you I am thrilled by your enthusiastic response. In thanks, I present to you a free pattern from Small Stash Sewing, the scarf from the cover!

And just in time for some last minute holiday crafting!

I'm psyched that this project is the one I get to share because it totally exemplifies my style: both my personal sense of style and the way I like to sew.

Remember when I went to Quilt Market last fall and I made myself this scarf to wear?

That was the inspiration for this piece.

This is a quick project, so I hope you'll take the time to make some of these for gifts and post your pics  to the Small Stash Sewing flickr pool!

Also? Isn't my friend Shelly gorgeous?

I am a little nervous... did you know that this is the  first time I have offered a pattern/tutorial?

Please be gentle! 

Ok, click the picture to download the free Silk Scarf pattern from Small Stash Sewing!

Hey, we have  a correction already, thanks to an astute reader named Emily:

In the file supplies list it states 1/8 yard of silk, but you really need 1/4 yard!

(thanks emily!)

Note: I used dupioni silk (will add to the pattern in the final edit!) , but if you don't feel like going out to get some, try fleece for a more cozy number or maybe linen if you have some laying around! Let me know how it works.

(We are still in the editing phase, so if you find a glitch, email me instead of cursing me, ok? Also? The file might be kind of huge, so please be patient when downloading. also? special thanks to the people at Wiley who are awesome beyond belief!)



ps omg! yay!

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Reader Comments (20)

OMG! YAY, indeed! I love it! Thank you for sharing - I can't wait to get my hands on that book! Yipppppeeeeeee! :)
December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Gift? I don't think so. I'm going to make one for ME! :)
December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheide
It took a few minutes, but it d/l fine for me to save. I think there might be faster ways to set up .pdf files to d/l - do you know any geeks? *S*

Thx so much for sharing the pattern. I think OMG, Yay! should be the name of the book.....*L*
December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSequana
Hon, you rock!!!. I'm gonna keep you. I am vaclempt for you.
December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGuess WHo
Oh wow, this is gorgeous! Thank-you SOO much! I just saw this on Craft and had to click over right away. I want to get started on this like NOW but I have a project due at 5... I'm so tempted to drop everything and crank this out. =) I'll be linking.
December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Beautiful scarf! I'll definitely be making some of these (I just happen to have 12 yards of ivory dupioni and several yards of Liberty fabrics in my stash). Thanks for a great tute!!
December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkelly o!
Love the pattern. Can't wait until after Christmas so I can make one for myself!
December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Silk is boring so I used 18 oz VCP. IT RULED!
December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Schenk
Thanks for sharing with us .
that is it.. that's my last x-mas present..
regards from germany...
December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
ooh! and I have a teacher gift to make tomorrow. You are a life saver!!
December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole
Congrtas to you!! You seem like such a cool girl, and I can't wait for that book to come out :)
December 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhollie
I love the cover and I love the scarf! I hope you will sign my copy when it comes out!
December 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly Heaslip
Yay! I wonder if I can fit this in before Christmas :)
December 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeb
It's 10:55pm here and just finished hand writing it down in my December Daily instead of downloading it. It's to late to start sewing, but I can go gawk at my fabric stash and see what I want to play with. Thank you Melissa for sharing. Happy happies and happy Christmas. I think I might make one to wear for Chritmas day
December 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce
Congratulations Melissa, I'm so happy for you!! I am about to download the pattern, and I can't wait to try it out. Best to you!
December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterlittlegirlPearl
Thanx for this awesome share! Love the scraf!
December 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersaffiertje
Just came by way of Jennifer Paganelli. She said to ask if you like pink? Congratulations on your upcoming new book. Love the cover.
December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
Love it!!! The scarf looks wonderful, and I bet it does help to have pretty friends when you're doing book photography. Don't tell, but if I ever get my book sold, I may have to hire out models for my photos. Don't tell!

Oh, and why yes, I think that fleece for the back side sounds like a lovely idea!
January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPumpkinbear
Any ideas why I might not be able to open the pattern? I love it and know just the perfect fabric in which to make it. (For myself!)
January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeggy
i thought i recognized shelley as the cover girl! she's a stunner!
January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Shopped

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