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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419: ok so i'm a little freaky what of it

What have I been up to?

Just being my freaky little self. Making silly designs and putting them on tees and such.

Like this one.

Darcy vs. Rochester tee, mug, and bumper sticker:

Do you love Mr. Darcy? Or is it Edward Fairfax Rochester's brooding that gets the knickers in a twist? I think we all know where I stand on the debate.

It doesn't take much for me, apparently. A British accent, a stern look or witty comment, and a flouncy cravat. (Unless you are my honey and then all it takes is being him.)

Are you like me and Beth? Do you swoon over a #hotbritishguy in a cravat?

Omg, Cravats! mug

(You may recognize that girl from the header on Beth's blog.)

And for those of us who would take Rochester over Darcy any day of the week (or night, mmm):

 Team Bronte tee shirt

Oh, don't worry, Team Austen is in the works, too. Then we can play for both teams. :o)

And now for something completely random: Parsnips, The Vegetarian White Meat tee shirt:


What? These are the things I think up without trying. I know. I'm a bit odd. But I'm ok with it.

I was talking on twitter about my tees and Elizabeth from Late Bloomer Quilts said, "Now if only you created a guinea pig design, I would put you in my will!"

What was a girl to do? I was up for the challenge. After several failed attempts at drawing her (apparently famous) little Melvin, I took Elizabeth's advice,  "Just draw a twinkie and put little legs on it!"

And it totally worked!

Peace, Love, Guinea Pigs tee and mug

And a little less girly version

The moral of the story is: Be careful what you say on twitter, because I may actually take you up on your offhand request!

Another example: I was already planning a QuiltDad = Awesome tee, because he does, but was tweeted the suggestion for a Quilt Dad Is My Homeboy tee and 45 minutes later it existed:


What can I say? It's not like I don't have other things I should be doing, it's just that this is my fun. Stuart will be watching a ball game and I'll be there on my computer designing silly tee shirts. It also is great practice and helps keep my style loose and fun and "me" rather than trying to be too commercial and perfect-like. With this Zazzle stuff, I am just totally being myself and making things that I like and if others like them too, then yay!

In that spirit, here is one of my favorites to date. When I was working on this, Stuart looked over my shoulder and gave me the eyes as if to say, "Girl, you are WACKED."

Yup. True story.

OK So I'm a little freaky what of it tee and mug:




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Reader Comments (16)

They are so clever and of course so you! Love the Melvin.. so super cute!
August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpam
OMG! The Q Daddy shirt got designed...now all we need is a "Jennifer and Kaye are my fly girls" shirt for John and we're set, hahaha! Have you heard the story of how that all started?
August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaye Prince
I just had a good one- Team Darcy - Team Rochester. ;)

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandi Henderson
Loving the Quilt Dad tee! I wish we all had them when we had dinner out in Portland a few weeks ago!!
August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermo
What would it look like if you took a bite out of the "twinkie" AKA guinea pig?
August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy
I just got my zazzle yumminess today and OMG. I'm in love. I'm going to marry it.
August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBethany (Sweet Bee)
Ha ha - these are all so awesome...
August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmber
OMG, I thought this day would never come. A t-shirt, designed for me??! Moi??! LOVE this! And I hope all of my friends and family members don't mind getting them for Christmas. Thanks so much, my uber-talented pal. You = awesome!!
August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
Melissa, You Rock!! Can't wait to see what you do with my Twitter Tee request!!
August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScott
Quilt dad is my homeboy. Awesome :)
August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Too much fun!!
August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCathy A
You are too creative! Something about spiky hedgehogs on coffee cups so has my vote!:)
August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen
Hi Melissa,

Well if you ask me, freaky is awesome!! - love all the new designs. I was on "Quilt Dad's" blog and Homeboy made me smile so I cruised on over to check out what you've been up to and wow, they are all so cool and fun - especially love the twinky guinea pigs. I'm just starting out and trying to discover what my creative side looks like - you've inspired me to just be me!!.

AND I can't wait to start "swooning". Hope my customers like "swoon" sunglass cases cos' I'm gonna be makin lots.

AND just to waste a bit more time (when I should be sewing), I'm a Mr Darcy girl. Met my Mr Darcy when I was very young and silly - unfortunately we didn't have a happy ending but his brooding good looks are with me always.

I'll finish now - AND get back to work!!

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy
Go team Austen! Go team Austen! Jane is my homegirl! My girls and I like to talk about who will win if so & so fights so & so. Our latest debate was, who would win if Mr. Wickam would fight Mr. Willoughby. Hmmm.
August 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
i can't wait for an Austen T shirt...i have often wanted a "team edward" t with Edward Ferrars on it...but i suppose we dont know what he looks like...though Hugh Grant would do for me!
August 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercyndi
okay so i am having the crappiest of days and just spent time on your zazzle site and now i am smiling.

girl. you. make. my. day.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterliz elayne

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