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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305: thank you

Sweet friends,

Your generous comments and emails have been a large part of my comfort this week. Thank you.

I am continually touched by your willingness to reach out to me, to share your own pain, and to simply let me know you are thinking of me and my family.

I know my dad and one of my sisters are reading all of your responses as they come in. We are so blessed to have you sending us love from all over the country and beyond.

Thank you so much. Your kindness and love is treasured.

xo, m

Reader Comments (50)

I am so sorry that your family is having to face this loss. As a therapist I want you to know (and I'm sure you've been told this multiple times) there is nothing anyone can do to prevent a person from taking his life when he is determined to do it. Please don't blame yourself/yourselves. I'm sure that your brother/son would totally not want that to happen.Celebrate his life, mourn his death, and accept that he needed to live and die in his own way. It sounds like this is exactly what you are doing.My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersusan
Know that Jennifer and I have you and your family in our prayers! You are loved.
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpaula
You are also in my prayers. Such a tough, tough time for you all, I'm sure. Lots of hugs coming to you from New Hampshire.
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna
Melissa and family - please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your brother, son, friend. This is an unfathomable loss. I know - I lost my brother by his own hand 23 years ago. The days ahead will be hard - but you will find the strength and courage to go forward. Please know that there is love and support for you. This may feel too soo - but tuck it away for when you need it: http://forum.forsuicidesurvivors.com/

Hugs to you

February 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwendy
Melissa, I can't even begin to understand what you and your family must be going through; I'm so sorry for your loss. If I could hop a plane to Cape Cod just to give you a big hug I'd do it right now. You and your family are in my thoughts.
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKassy
I am praying for you and your family. My mom's father did this when she was 16 and I have heard her pain, but as mentioned by her and many others, try and use this time to celebrate their life and all that he meant to you and your family. Remember the happy moments and try your best to focus on those moments. May God rain down grace, peace and comfort to all of you during this most difficult time.
Matthew 5:4 "For those who mourn will be comforted."
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline Simas
You still have ((hugs)) winging their way from Scotland, UK.
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertea and cake
Thinking of you Melissa. Treat yourself with love during this very hard time. Louise
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTHE HOLE THING (Louise)
Thinking of you constantly during this time in your lives.

And, when you're back in business, I need to know how to get me a bunch or three of those daffodils in your pictures today.
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpattyskypants
Melissa, I'm so sorry about your tragic news. My husband and I went through this 3 years ago when my 18 year old sister-in-law ended her life. I watch with continued amazement at my mother in law as she picks up the pieces and keeps going. My husband is also healing, but as a sibling it still takes a great deal of time. I doubt it ever heals completely. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you come to terms with this.
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjodi
Can't stop thinking of you and your family. xox
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterelaine
Still thinking of you. God Bless...
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn
Sending condolences and hugs from Arizona, Melissa and family. So sorry you're having to go through this.
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie AZ
continuing to lift you and your sweet family up in my prayers! hugs and lots of love to you all!
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather
sending love your way~
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelba
ALL my love and support to all of you, Melissa.
Be strong**
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRita
Thinking of you and your family in this time of mourning.
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTabbi in NM
Thinking of you at this difficult time,
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith
thinking of and praying for you and your family often during every day...
February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott

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