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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473: longarm honey

Been whipping together some tops to quilt on my friend's longarm.

I do so love improv piecing. You know, I have never made a quilt from a pattern. I have never made any traditional block. I would like to learn, and I will, but making shit up is just so much more fun for me.

That's right, I swore a little bit. If this is a problem, then we probably shouldn't be friends.

Here are some more quilty doodles, feathers:

Still getting accustomed to the machine. That is just a practice piece, but I can't waste fabric, so I bound it and it's on my bed.

Some exuberant feather action.

And playing with type.

Gah, I can't wait to get the machine HOME so I can quilt ALL THE THINGS!

Yes, I am getting  my own longarm. If we are pals on twitter, facebook or instagram then you know this already.

I am offering simple allovers to start, like meanders, loops and lines. To begin with I will only be doing my own custom quilting until I feel ready to offer it to others.

More to come on this exciting new adventure--- you should SEE how the studio is shaping up! I took before and during pics so I can show you. I am going to put together a slideshow.

Oh, ok, fine. Here is a sneak of the room before:

So I kind of have a lot of stuff. This is, like, half of it.

And here is what the room looks like today, almost ready:

SQUEEE!!! It's going to be a tight fit, but I can't wait to get started.

I have 4 quilts in the queue already, plus I think two on the way shortly. So exciting to embark on something new. More soon on how this all came about. I totally didn't plan on writing about this today, but I couldn't help myself.

How many quilt tops do you have laying around that need to be quilted?

Will you send me some? I'd be pretty psyched if you would.

Hit me up at melissa(at)yummygoods(dot)com to chat about it!



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Reader Comments (7)

Yay, yay, yay! I'm so excited for you. And I want to be added to your line, my dear! xoxo
March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I love what you are doing here, its thread art! I adore your personality peeking through in quilting, how wonderful!
March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa T
Oh joy!! Your top picture looks like my studio! I'm working on getting it cleaned up a bit too! Can't wait to send my quilts to you!!!
March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Harned
I'm so excited for you!! My mom moved thousands of miles away and took her machine with her... I miss them both!!

And how many tops do I have? Oh, probably 10 or 12. Seems for every 1 I quilt/get quilted, 2 pop up in its place.
March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammy
Looks like it's going to be a great space, and you're off to a really great start on your stitching. Enjoy the adventure!
March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Steller
I just found your site and I totally adore it! I lead a stitching group in NYC and can't wait to share your work with the crew. I think it's so hard to finish quilts because there aren't enough long arms around. I wish there was somewhere I could pay to use one for a couple hours. Your energy is inspirational. It's tough to devote one's life to craft gosh you remind me how remarkable and magnificent it can be. Thank you for sharing :)
March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAoife p
Dude. I don't have anything that needs quilted, except the pieces of my life. Wugh, that was lame. haha! If you wanted to quilt me something, just 'cause you don't know me and stuff, that'd be cool. And so is you saying "shit." I like it.
March 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSmellyann

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