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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392: spring qm 2010 wiley book launch party part 1

It's 1:34 a.m. Sunday morning and I can't sleep.

I figure I better hurry up and finish my Quilt Market recap because I leave for (omg) London on Wednesday.

Are you sick of QM recaps yet? I should have just done it all right away.  I'm going to stop try to stop being so thorough and I'll be able to get 'em out faster. How about that?


The incredible team at  Wiley put together a book launch party for the three books that were coming out at market: my Small Stash Sewing, Anna Maria Horner's  Handmade Beginnings and Sandi Henderson's  Sewing Bits and Pieces.

It was requested that we get to Cosmos at the Graves Hotel early to sign a bunch of books that would be given away:

Lucky for me, Beth was willing to document the night for me. (Thanks for taking pics, sweet girl!)

So I sat down to sign some books, as did Sandi. We were both like, "How should I do this? What are you writing?"

Eventually we settled into a rhythm and we each finished up our stack of books.

I love this shot of Sandi and me:

Yes, Sandi is wearing the sweater and necklace from the cover of her book!

Yes, my necklace is made from vintage  spools of thread.  And yes, I did make it. Also, I am not naked under that sweater, I swear.

So, apparently when Wiley wants to have a bash, they kind of go all out:

An ice sculpture.

An ice sculpture of the Wiley logo.

And not just that.

Do you see in the upper right corner there is a funnel? That's where they pour the drinks. This thing isn't just an ice sculpture, it's actually called a drink luge.

I swear to god.

The bartender pours the drink into the funnel and it goes through the sculpture and chills the drink. Have you ever heard of such a thing?

I hadn't.

But wait.

What were the drinks that they were chilling in this ice sculpture?

Aw, yeah. Three signature drinks named after the three authors.

Holy shit. Wow.

Also? Yum.

Speaking of yum, Roxane (my editor) suggested that we sit at the bar and get some food before people started arriving, assuming correctly that once things got going we would be so busy talking that we wouldn't get a chance to get much to eat.

I ordered the Grilled 7 Year Aged Cheddar on Brioche with Truffle Honey and Tomato Soup.

Oh, good god yum:


The presentation! And it tasted spectacular.  

Dang that was a good grilled cheese.

More soon.




Reader Comments (18)

You look great!! I would have LOVED that party - and your food looks amazing!! Now my tummy is growling...
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSmellyann
I want a drinks luge at my house!!!!
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndi
OMG! you are too cute! Quilting and cocktails, I like the sound of that! Does you publisher think girls that sew like a little fun int he evening? Well, They do! ha! Now that the weather is nice ad Surtex is over. I will come over and see you. How long will you be in London?
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermonica lee
Hey Melissa, this was the best QM post yet! They treated you like stars - just like they should have! Wow! We have good food here in Mpls. don't we?
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary on Lake Pulaski
o.k. -- how beautiful is that picture of you! (with Sandi). You look amazing! It looks dreamy to be there -- I'm so happy you are getting the recognition you deserve. Talk to you soon -- Kate
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Um, wow!! Congrats on the book and congrats on the rock star-worthy affair.
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnik Miller
OMGosh, you have a DRINK named after YOU! Looks like a totally fabulous party and, man, does that food make me hungry.
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary
What a fabulous time for you! Just what you deserve, you know.
When I look at the pic of you and Sandi tho, at first I saw her with her arm around your skinny little shoulders (with that great necklace!) but then........suddenly I see that monstrous HAND over her shoulder.......*LOL* Who the heck's hand is that? Well, I know it's yours, but it doesn't seem it could be.

If I don't get another chance, have a great time in London.
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSequana
Oh gosh, I wish I had been at the Wiley party - it looks like it was amazing!
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaye Prince
oh how freakin' fun...signature cocktails, beautiful books...you ladies are rockstars! You look darling, Melissa : ) Can't wait to get my hands on your book! Congrats : )
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela
That is so neat, sounds like a great time was had by all. I was lucky enough to get an autographed copy of your book. I have already made the belt (love it!) and am planning to make the Faux pillowcase dress today.

Thanks a bunch!
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela
I have a necklace the same as Sandi's! From Botanical Bird in Portland. I feel so cool. But yours wins on account of its handmadeness, complete appropriateness and very fine colours.
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTen Pounds
Tired of recaps- NO Way! Love seeing and reading all of it- although I'm sorry you couldn't sleep.
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSonja
oh wow - and don't stop - I LOVE the QM recaps! And that is so cool about those cocktails - they sound so yummy - and that food looks amazing - yum!! Love the picture of you and Sandi too - you are both gorgeous!
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmber
Congrats on the book - this is wonderful! I can't wait to get my own copy! I have seen the ice fountain thing before - sort of -. I went to a party in college where someone brought a huge ice block and then carved a channel down the center while everyone watched. Ice gets tipped at an angle, drinker kneels at bottom and server pours the vodka through. Yeah. It was a different phase of my life, for sure!
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi
I'm so thrilled for you! This was quite the extravaganza!!! Congrats! The drink luge is to die for. There should be one at every party!!! And how cool to have a drink named after you!
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDreaming Bear
Wowzers! Those folks at Wiley sure know how to throw a party, don't they?! I've never heard of a drink luge, either. And I think you've officially made it when you have a drink named after you. ;) Congrats, again!
May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I love your market recaps! Be as thorough as you wish! :) That whole event sounds divine...I'm wonderfully jealous, especially about the grown up grilled cheese. :D lol
May 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErica K

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