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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388: Quilt Market, Tuesday

So I can't even believe the awesomeness of the B+B I found for my Minnapolis trip.

For example, this is the couch I am sprawled on while I write this:

See what I mean?

Now, the bedrooms aren't as decked out as this, but this place is a dream. I just took a million pictures which I'll spread out over the QM posts so you don't get overloaded.

Me and Unicorn flew out from Providence Tuesday morning (phone pic) :

Arrived at the b+b and since I hadn't slept much the night before, I napped/rested under the vintage chenille bedspread for a while.

Got up and had a lovely meetup with MaryOnLakePulaski, a blog reader.

After another couple hours of chenille resting, I decided to head out to Crafty Planet for Amy Butler's appearance.

This awesome little boutique fabric store (and yarn) is owned by Trish Hoskins and her sweetie pie of a husband Matt who promised to come to my talk on Sunday and smile at me reassuringly. (Remember, you promised!

Trish is co-author (with Rebecca Yaker) of One-Yard Wonders:

Look at this cute open sign:

While I was milling around the shop as Amy met with fans, a woman shyly came up to me and asked, "Are you Melissa from Yummy Goods?"


I hugged her. That was the first time I was recognized in public--- although it doesn't really count because she knew from reading the blog that I would be in Minneapolis and I was in context at a fabric store after all, but still, right?

Krista brought me over to meet her friend Elizabeth and we hung out while they were waiting in line for Amy. They were super sweet and funny and adorable and if I lived here I would totally make them be my friends. I mean, look at  these girls! ( Don't look at me because I look freaky and tired.)

And since they didn't yet have my book in stock at Crafty Planet, the girls asked me to sign the back of Amy's book for them! So cute! (Hi girls! Thanks for hanging out with me!)

I also spent some time drooling over fabric:

Damn you, Kokka! Why must you torture me so?

If I could I would have followed these instructions:

and filled up one of these awesome baskets with expensive imported fabric.

Sigh. Basket envy.

Also, there is a great perfectly curated vintage/secondhand shop next door to Crafty Planet called Rewind, which you should totally check out if you are in the area.

I know, no Amy pictures. Sorry! Maybe at the show.

I shared a cab back with Amy and her assistant Mallory, which was fun because we had a few moments to catch up before the craziness ensues. They had a look at my book, which of course you know Amy wrote the foreword for. Yes, I will keep reminding you and why not, right?

When I got back to the b+b, I walked down to this awesome natural foods market called The Wedge and bought some yummy vittles for dinner. Salad, marinated tofu and a chocolate cupcake with raspberry buttercream frosting. Aw, yeah.

Walked up these stairs to get to my room:

and chilled out for the rest of the night.

Woke up and had breakfast in this room:

omg, breakfast. Really good coffee, fresh pineapple and strawberries. Home-baked goodies and, get this.... are you ready?

Banana and nutella paninis.

Now off to the convention center to meet up with my new fabric company peeps!

More soon. Wish you were here with me!












Reader Comments (18)

oh i love this glimpse into your day! and that b&b looks fantastic. it sounds like you are having fun exploring and finding your way.

basket envy. yep. i totally have it too.

sending light and blessings as you continue on your journey. :)
May 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterliz elayne
Oh my goodness, you're staying just down the street from my brother's house! He's so lucky! It feels weird that all these people I love are in my city...it makes the city feel so much brighter, even though I won't meet everyone, being a nobody and all. I hope your talk goes well...I'm sure it will because you're fabulous!
May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal
Wow! A mention in your post and a photo to boot!
And look, no longer just lurking, actually commenting.
It was great fun to meet you and to get a chance to chat.
Mostly happy to know you didn't feel like you were being stalked.
You should know though that I recognize where you are staying from the pictures so beware. :)
Can't wait to hear and see more from quilt market. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
....how did I totally miss you were in MINNEAPOLIS??? That's my neck of the woods! Damn. So where can I find out what public events you are doing? I must've missed that post since I didn't think you were near me...
May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline
Yikes - I wish I would have combed my hair before I agreed to that photo. Meeting you at CP last night was such a delightful, unexpected surprise. I have been re-living it all day today and it makes me happy each time I think of it. I hope the rest of your time in Minneapolis is wonderful. You're staying in my favorite old 'hood - enjoy!
May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKrista
Yes, this good ole' Minnesota is a pretty nice spot for quilt market, right?
I have to say though, you are teaching me places I have to visit in my OWN city! Thanks Melissa!
May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary on Lake Pulaski
Melissa, I don't think I've ever seen your hair that short! *S* No bad hair days at Market for you.

How smart of you to stay in a B&B instead of a hotel. They take such good care of you there. I know you'll have fun in the Cities.
May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSequana
I wish I were there with you, too :)
Thanks for sharing your day!
May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristin
What a great adventure! Congrats and have more fun tomorrow so you can tell us all about it.
May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterModern June
Wait! Wait!!! I am coming!! Save one of those dang nutella thingamajiggies for me!!
May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Dunn
I'm looking forward to all the details about Quilt Market from you! I'm checking here first. No pressure, or anything ;)
May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Struggling with the green-eyed monster here. Thanks for showing us!
May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSonja
Oh I wish I could come too!!!!Just saw your picture at the Fatquartershop blog wearing that gorgeous wooden spool necklace!!!LOVE it!!Can't wait to see and read more about your adventures at the Quilt market!!!xoxo
May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatarina
Sounds wonderful!! I wish I could be there, too, although I was in Maui, so that was pretty nice, too! I hope you're having fun!
May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCathy A
Saw a pic of you @ Market on someone's blog.....sporting a thread necklace and looking like a fabric rockstar! Good for you!
May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGail
Ooh, that B&B looks really nice. What is the name of it? I'd love to maybe stay there the next time I'm in Minneapolis.
May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica
you are adorable!
May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca
Hi Melissa -

Thanks for blogging about your Quilt Market activities!

As a vendor at Quilt Market, I do not always get out and look at all the beautiful booths so thanks for sharing!!

That's pretty cool you let your readers know what went on!!

Douglas Eagleson
President, Kona Bay Fabrics

May 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDouglas Eagleson

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