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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483: giant fabric selfie

Hey, miss me? I miss you. Do people even read blogs anymore?

Couldn't sleep one night last week so I went up to the sewing room and started messing around.

My brains, I can't shut them off. Sometimes I lay in bed with my mind in a tornado. Usually I do. But for whatever reason that night instead of laying there cursing my brain problems (hashtag brainproblems), I got up and decided to play with fabric.

Why did it take me so long to tack up batting for a design wall? I only put it up a couple of weeks ago and I LOVE IT. Nothing fancy, batting and pushpins. You're smart so you probably already have a design wall, but if you don't- you need one. NEED.

Yup. I started a giant fabric selfie.

I didn't really mean to but I just started to throw scraps on the wall and since my default thing to draw and paint has always been faces, I started to make a face shape. I have always drawn and painted self portaits and of course I know my own face best, so ... why not?

Nothing like some giant fabric collage to harness the power of my mind for good instead of evil. Posted to instagram and went to bed.

I wasn't planning to really sew it down or do anything with it other than take the scraps down, but my ig and facebook pals encouraged me to keep going. Since I hadn't secured the fabric at all, I started over lightly glueing it (glue stick!) just enough to keep the pieces in place until I sew it down.

This is where I am so far.

I spent a little more time on it than the first go-round, so it looks different, more like me I think. But I still do like the first version a lot.

Close up:

Obviously I try not to get too precious and perfect with it.

I really feel like I'm just painting but with fabric. More like collage I guess.

Not sure what I will do with it next. I could keep going with more scraps or I could start sewing it down...

I struggle with the term 'art quilt'. We should talk about this sometime. Textile collage? Quilt? Art? I don't know. It's kind of weird to make a giant fabric selfie, but it's fun to play and finally do the things that I feel like I've done in my head for ages. Know what I mean?

Here's a little video of a bunch of the process photos so you can see how it changed and came together as I worked on it.

Not the cutest picture of me, but... for scale:

I'll let you know where I take it from here!

Just wanted to pop in and say hi and show you one of the things I've been up to. I also have a bunch of quilts that I have done for clients lately (click here for my longarm quilting services info! and yes I can fit you into the queue!) and I've been painting up a storm too.

Also, did I tell you I joined a roller derby league? Yeah, like a year ago! If we hang out on ig or fb you know this already. More on that soon.

I miss you. I should get back to blogging.



(aka Stabby. That's my derby name: Dear Stabby. My # is XOXO, seem familiar? But the o's are actually zeros)

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Reader Comments (8)

Your fabric selfie is really cool, I love it!
May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterClaire
I've missed you too!!! I don't care what you call it but I love it!!!
May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMar
You are onto something!!!
May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJudy
That is SO FUN!! and yes, people still read blogs. :)
May 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbecky m
I love it so much, I want one of me now!!! I use glue sticks too, and make fabric "collages" which is so very much like painting with fabric. It's funny I have the same issues with terms and technical words..so when I am asked what I do, I say "textile artist" . That way I figure its a blanket term that covers all my "textile" endeavors. It's also extra funny when people ask "What's that?" like children and then I have to make up more words to describe "textiles".
Haha! Keep going, quilt it up! Can't wait to see where it goes next, looks so wonderful. And yes, people still read blogs instead of sewing like they should be :-)
May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
Now that's the way to do a selfie! Very cool!
If you've never looked at Completely Cauchy's blog you really need to... https://cauchycomplete.wordpress.com/... She does a lot of art quilting (whatever that means) and needlepoint works, and many times they are self portraits. Fascinating work. I think you'd like it a lot.
Also... a good friend of mine is in roller derby. She's a costumer and her name and number?... Sew Crafty, 5/8ths!
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathleenC
I wander over every once in a while to see what wonderful creativeness you're up to- and I am never ever disappointed. I love your GIANT fabric collage selfie! And am going to copy your batting on the wall design board. I'd like to be more spontaneously creative, and you always inspire me, and I think the batting tacked up on the wall will help, especially since it wouldn't be taking up any horizontal space. Thank you for sharing with us all - I know that visiting your blog always means I'll learn and admire something new. Oh, and yes, for those of us not technically inclined and don't do Instagram or Tweeting, we still read blogs!
June 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeb
Don't forget the little ring in your nostril. That would be really cool!
September 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia

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