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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464: longarm quilting and mermaid boobs

So I went to a local quilt guild show the other day. I am not in the guild, but I felt a need for a little quilty action so I went.

One of the first booths in the row of vendors was a Gammill dealer.

A longarm quilting machine all set up and just sitting there with a fabric and batting sandwich just waiting to be used.

I had to play.

And oh my. I fell in love that day.

Getting loopy:

Squeeee! I made loops!

It was so much fun, you guys.



Tiny coral-y meandering:

Eeeeeee! So much fun.

Then I just went nuts just to see what the machine felt like:

More loop making:

Short loops, long lumps.


I must have spent a couple of hours there in t he booth, chatting with the owner and the tech.

And then I just had to draw with the thing. I mean, enough trying to be all quilty, I just wanted to let loose.

So I drew.... no worrying about precision or spacing, just playing with it like it was a pencil in a sketchbook:

Yes, that  does say 'wicked cool'.

Warning, mermaid boobs:

It was so cool to see my sketches coming out in thread!

Totally going fast and winging it:

This lady had the body of a bee, which you can kind of see starting at the right there.

And a detail:

So I am pretty much obsessed with machine quilting now.


I'm going over to a friend's house to play with her machine sometime in the next few days, so I will be back with more pictures!

Have you tried it? Are you a longarmer? What machine do you use? Do you quilt with your domestic?

Tell me all about it!

xo, Melissa




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Reader Comments (3)

Wow! I so want to learn longarm quilting. I'm so impressed with your work!
August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie
HOLY FREAKING COW, Melissa! Seriously, I just jammed a hole in my neighbor's cow after I saw your incredible works of art! HOW EXPLETIVING BEAUTIFUL! I've never seen anything like what you did, and you did it so serendipitously and organically - as if you were called to the longarm to create that beautiful and unique artwork of yours. Stop everything and make more.

PS, that is one smokin' hot mermaid!
August 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhappy zombie
Monica couldn't have said it better... AMAZING!!! I see a new art medium for you... Thread Painting!
August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

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