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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404: shop yummy goods online!

I told you I would do it!

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My book will be added to the shop soon, ok? I'll let you know when.





403: Wing Stand Bikram Yoga Studio

Ok, so I've been meaning to blog about this yoga thing for two whole weeks already so I am just going to frigging do it!

But  first  I have to explain to you about Wing Stand. Bear with me.

(I know this is kind of long and there aren't many pictures, but as a personal favor to me, will you read the whole thing? Thanks, you're a pal.)

Ok. Wing Stand.

Do you remember Unicorn Stories Episode 2: To The Moon? The one that my Unicorn *Hearts* Moon project from the book is based on?

{In case you are new here, Unicorn Stories are these little silly animated shorts that my friend Beth and I make to amuse ourselves.}

Well, I never said much about this before, but one of my and Beth's favorite things about that episode is what we refer to as 'the breakout star of the show: WING STAND!' aka Wing Stand.

Do you have any idea what I am talking about? Remember when Unicorn needs to get up to visit his love, the moon, and all of a sudden Wing Stand just waddles onto the scene...walks right up to Unicorn  and is conveniently selling sets of wings for just 5 cents?

Here, just watch it again, ok?


See? Wing Stand.

So ever since we made that episode (almost a year ago now? What?) we always refer to things that just work out or show up when we want as Wing Stand (Blank).

It goes like this, you say, 'Oh, hmmm. I wish I had This Thing I Need or Want.'

Then there is this goofy innocent sound effect that goes like this: Doot-dee-doot-dee-dooo....

and voila!

Up comes walking Wing Stand Thing I Need.

A recent example: When we were in London, we had decided we wanted Indian food and just moments after we set out in search of vittles we happened upon this great little Indian restaurant. Like, immediately after.  Wing Stand Indian Restaurant. We actually said, "Oh, Hi Wing Stand Indian Restaurant!"

Another: Just got an email from Beth after she read my last post talking about tomato plants and she's all, 'I have some Wing Stand Tomato Plants for you.'  Someone gave some to her husband and they have been sitting on the step waiting for a home which Beth was reminded of when she read about me getting my jollies off of sniffing tomato plant leaves.

Wing Stand Tomato Plants. Doot-dee-doot-dee-doo.

They just showed up right when they were wanted.

Get it?


Now, hold that in mind while I tell you a little of my yoga history, ok?

I have been practicing yoga on and off for 20 years now.

Let's be honest, mostly off.

But  yoga is in me- I am a yogi, whether I am physically practicing the postures or not- and when I do it I feel like I am  home.

I went to my first class when I was 15, with my 23-year-old-boyfriend. I loved it. Growing up,  I didn't play sports, dance, ski, ride horses, nothing. Never. But I loved this yoga class. I remember being in knee-down twist and the teacher came over to adjust me and he said "You're really flexible in this." I only went to a couple more of his classes but it stayed with me.

I used to stretch a lot in high school, like, just by myself, in my room. Maybe it was after those classes.

I thought it was so cool how I could just relax into a position and just by staying there and breathing, slowly my body would sink deeper in and release and I could reach further than when I started. I still think that's awesome. I remember  telling my friend Jake about it and showing him by having him stretch and see the difference after holding it for a little while. This was all 1990-ish.

In 1997 I went to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. I did a 3 month residential volunteer program  that used to be called the Spiritual Lifestyle Program. After that was over I stayed on for another 2 months.

Crafty side note: I made my first quilt just before I went there because I wanted to bring one with me! This is me on the front lawn of Kripalu with my quilt:

I have so much to share about my time there (like how I gained 35 pounds in 5 months) but for now I'll get on with my yoga history.

Since 1997, I have gone through periods of practicing and then it falls away... then I find it again... then I leave again.

In 2000 , I started doing Bikram yoga. I might have been consistent for 6 months. In 2002 I was working out a lot at the gym doing lots of spin classes, pilates, yoga and lifting weights.  Again, for maybe 6 months.

In between I might have gone to a class here or there.

A few years ago I was practicing power vinyasa yoga 2-3 times a week for 2 years. That was the most consistent I'd ever been and it was so good for me. I fell out of the habit and have gone back for a few weeks or months at a time since.

I have been wanting to develop a strong practice again. Like, a lifelong practice. I talk about it and think about it all the time. It's just something I want in my life.


Ok, so that's my yoga history in a nutshell. Now, I have to break off again for a moment to tell you a little bit about Delia.

She's one of my favorite customers, a psychotherapist who works from an office just around the corner.

A couple of summers ago, when I was just setting up the shop and hadn't even opened yet, she popped in to say hello and tell me how excited she was watching my little shop take shape and how thrilled she and her associates were about what I was bringing to our little (tiny!) West Barnstable community. She has this charming South African accent and exudes joy and peace and is always wearing some fabulous floaty linen pants or gorgeous earth-toned sweater.

One day she came in wearing the most amazing thing and I had to take her picture:

 She is just a neat lady.

Last summer she brought me organic strawberries that she got for me at a roadside stand just to thank me for being here. See what I mean?

In the fall she came in to tell me that there was an office available in the building she works out of and wouldn't it be amazing if it could be a yoga studio? Or something? So we were talking about that and how wonderful that would be and I even mentioned it on facebook and talked with some of my yoga teacher friends about it. A few weeks went by and I told a few more people about it but nothing ever came to fruition. I let it go.

Last month Delia stopped in to chat and  she told me that a Bikram yoga studio was opening up in that spot by her office! Which is 3 buildings away from my house!

Doot-dee-doot-dee-doo: Wing Stand Bikram Yoga Studio!

I was like, whelp, looks like I'm going to start doing Bikram yoga again! 

Megan, the owner of Bikram Yoga Cape Cod, stopped in to introduce herself and I told her how happy I was that she was in our little area and that I wanted to go and hey we should document my progress getting back into Bikram yoga so people can see what it's all about and we can get her some more students and we can call it Bikram-ize Me and we can take measurements and pictures and I'll blog about it and yeah, woo! 

So I went to class the Saturday after my return from England and after class as I am laying there, spent and sweat-drenched, Megan mentions: hey everybody this is Melissa and we are doing a documentary on her Journey To Perfect Health with Bikram Yoga!

And I was like, oh, I guess I'm actually doing this then!

Which is awesome because if she hadn't taken me up on it, there is no way in hell I would be on my 16th class in 17 days like I am now!

Yes, today will be my 16th class!

I had committed to 5 days a week but decided to try to go every day, figuring I would end up missing a few anyways. But I only have missed one day in over 2 weeks! In Bikram yoga sometimes they do this thing called a 30-Day Challenge, which you can probably guess is doing Bikram Yoga for 30 days straight. Or 30 classes in 30 days. If you miss one like I did, you can double up one day to make it up, which I will. Because, hey. I'm literally halfway there, I may as well keep going, right?

There is also a 60-Day Challenge, which was just written about in Oprah's magazine. It's a great article, you can read it here.

So, there. I've finally explained about Wing Stand and my yoga history and what I'm up to. Now I can get on with reporting about my experience. But I'll have mercy and end this post now. I mean, you're probably asleep by now.

But first, tell me: do you have any experience with yoga?

And I don't want to hear "Oh I'm not flexible, I can't do yoga" because that's like saying "Oh, I don't know French so I can't take French lessons."





402: catching up and shop stuff

hey, you guys!

I have a bunch of things I need to write about soon.

Here is a preview:

*I  have more OMGLondon recap, but I'll give you a break since you might be bored by now.

*I still have more Quilt Market recap, too! You've probably already seen it everywhere, but I have Sandi Henderson's booth and Anna Maria's booth to show you, as well as more of the Wiley party and my presentation. Are you still interested? I hope so!

*My art show opening! (Which was awesome!)

*Sneak peek of my fabric line for Andover which has been approved and should be out in the fall! Get this, they thought I did such a good job on my presentation that they want me to take one of their coveted schoolhouse spots at Quilt Market in Houston! Eeeeep! Their schoolhouses are huge and packed and I will try not to get nervous too far in advance. (omgomgomg)

But for today just a little catch up and visiting, ok?

The spring was such a whirlwind of book stuff and travel. I'm really enjoying having a little bit of breathing room and nothing huge on the horizon! (at least not yet)

So what am I doing with my time?

I'm getting the shop ready for the season:

Love that book.

Ahhh, I miss gardening. I haven't done a single thing this season. I did walk back there the other day and ate a few strawberries. The raspberries are coming along. Pretty soon it will be raspberry o'clock again! 

I didn't plant any veggies. I should at least go buy a tomato plant, right? If only to smell the leaves?

I'll need figure out how to allow time for gardening this summer. Last year I was getting up at 6-7am to spend a few hours back there before heading off to the shop. Hmmm, maybe I'll do that again.

Right, back to the shop:

I amuse myself by putting the Ultra Sensitive soap with the Saving Up For Some Therapy bank and Instant Therapy breath spray.

I love these new scarves:

They remind me of Fruit Stripe Gum when they are lined up like that.

Why did that gum taste so frigging amazing? And then the flavor just disappeared in seconds? remember that?

Cool new stretchy rings:

Love these ones too:

In my 400th post giveaway ( still open for another week, so get on that!) I asked you to leave a comment telling me what you would like to see more of around the blog and many of you said "The Shop!"

So there you go. See how I listen to you?


Hey, I have some kinda awesome news.

You know how I keep promising that eventually I will put some of the shop stuff online so you can have some Yummy Goods?

Well, I'm Actually Doing It! I've spent the last week or so uploading dozens of products and writing descriptions and all that stuff. I will let you know when it's up and running, ok? Should be within the next week!


Back soon with details about my recent reentry into the world of Bikram yoga!




401: OMGLondon part 4. textures and vittles at salisbury cathedral 

Getting back to some recap of my trip to England with Beth.

If you've missed any, here is the scoop:

how it came about : yarn london rhubarb

back home : where my scones at?

recap 1:walking, cake lunch and famous people

recap 2: we heart bath

recap 3: salisbury, a crafty cathedral

Now, back to business. I mean pleasure.

Still Salisbury Cathedral.

We ditched the group when they went to see the Magna Carta, in favor of looking at textures and grabbing vittles.

Most awesome door:

The colors!

The keyhole plate thingy!

 No idea what this is all about, but it was outside, near the restrooms:

As was this structure which appeared to be a storage shed of some kind:

I love the juxtaposition of this modern utilitarian thing and the cathedral behind.

Also, what is this P and S?

The continuum of pepper to salt?


I wish I could have done a rubbing of it.

I would have to guess that it would have been frowned upon.

Stained glass is pretty:

And so are timeworn things that acquire their own kind of beauty:

mmmmmmmm, textury.

Love how you can see the reflection of the window shapes behind:

And the swirly lettering:

Vittles. We require scones and jam.

Good thing Salisbury Cathedral has a beautiful little gift shop/cafeteria where they sell Victorian Lemonade and Elderflower something-or-other:

And scones:

With clotted cream and jam.

Which we ate in a Cathedral.

In a greenhouse-type room. With sunlight streaming in.

In Actual England.

It was 100% good.



P.S. You can  enter my 400th post giveaway until July 5!


400: omg, 400 posts! Giveaway!

It's my 400th-post-aversary!

I love blogging.

But you knew that, right?

I love this community. I love when I get to meet you in real life, which I do fairly often!

If you read my blog, then you pretty much know me. For real. I'm like this.

You've seen me through intense highs and lows. You've celebrated with me, you've comforted me,  cheered me on, understood me,  laughed with me, come on travels with me.

I may not know you yet, but you are my friend and I thank you for caring for me or being interested in what I post. We would totally be friends in real life if you came in to the shop regularly, or if we took yoga classes together, or met through a mutual friend.

We're friends already, I just haven't met you yet.

In appreciation, I offer you my 400th post giveaway!

If you are the randomly chosen winner, you will receive a copy of my book Small Stash Sewing!

And some of my first fabric line Sugar Snap!

I know, it's hard to find these days. But you know who carries some?

The sweet Jen from Runner Girl Fabric, who was kind enough to provide four half-yard cuts to celebrate my 400th post!

Check out her shop, won't you?

So in addition to my book, you will receive a half yard of Lace:

And Jellyfruit:

And Kimono:

And Wallpaper:

Pretty good, right?

To enter, just go ahead and leave a comment on this post and tell me what you'd like to see more of from me here on the blog, or how long you've been reading it, or something like that.

I'll leave it up to you, but tell me something, ok?

Also, it would make me all happy on the inside if you join me on ye olde facebook page!

A winner will be drawn on Tuesday, July 6, the day after my birthday!


I have a ton of bloggin' to do, you guys!

I still have to finish Quilt Market recap, London recap, blog the art reception, sneak peak my new line with Andover (it's a GO!), and we are woefully behind on the Bronte-Along.

Back soon with some hot bloggy action, fiends.




P.S. Go make something ridiculous and awesome with the Keep-Calm-O-Matic.

UPDATED 7/9 to say this giveaway is now CLOSED, yo! Thank you so much to all those who left lovely comments! 

The lucky winner is Renee, who said:

 I discovered your blog about a year ago and have throughly enjoyed it. If I'm ever in the area I would love to check out the shop. It's a long way from Georgia but maybe one day. Congrats on the book, the new line, and #400! What a great reason for a giveaway!

Yay! ´╗┐Email me your address (melissa@yummygoods.com) and I will send you my book and some of my Sugar Snap fabric!



399: OMGLondon part 3. Salisbury, a crafty cathedral

From Bath, we went to Salisbury Cathedral.

No, they don't have steak there, wise guy.

Just pretty ceilings and stained glass:

 And lots of crafty stuff, actually!

But before I get into that, let me mention our Dapper Young Man.

That's what we called our tour guide, Phil:

He wore a three piece suit with a lovely butter-color tie in a  kind of tapestry-looking fabric.

He wore cuff links. And a straw fedora.

He was funny and smart.

Phil told  the group about some old clock while I was fascinated by these flags:

 Phil tells me they were carried into battle. Battle!

Love the textures.

Just beyond these flags I happened upon this:

I'm not churchy, so I don't know if they have a specific name, but they are the cushions you kneel on at the pews.

All covered in needlepoint! (I think it would be called needlepoint?)

Ahhhh! All those different designs! Was it a fabric they used or was each stitch handmade? At the very least the crosses on the sides had to have been done by hand, right?

This made me so happy. Who made these? How long ago? Several different old ladies or just one dedicated one?

I assume they were ladies, and old ones--- is that bad? Could have been young ladies or middle aged men, for all I know.

But I like to imagine generations of women getting together and drinking pots of Earl Grey and needlepointing these cushion covers for their beloved Cathedral.

Phil talked a bit about this Baptismal Font (which was like sculpturey pool):

 I only caught the part where he said that cross of darkened metal was where it was blessed (by the cardinal, I guess?) with oil. He said the people who clean the church tried to wash the oil off, not realizing it should stay. Or something like that. But the stain from the oil remains.

There was this area with all different roped-off altars, almost like exhibits, and they each had large needlework-covered cushions for kneeling:

I just love all of this craft in the church! Makes it so homey for me. 

Ahhh! How long did it take to make these giant cushions!?

And look at what I saw on one of the altars:

Amazing patchwork of flames emerging from kind of a log-cabiny base!

Isn't it gorgeous?

Back soon with textures from the cathedral. And scones.

xo, melissa

P.S. if you want -or need- you can have people pray for you at Salisbury Cathedral! Fill out a prayer request form right here.  That is so cool.


398: OMGLondon part 2. We heart Bath.

More London recap, yay!

I will be back with my thoughts about The Real Thing, but first let's talk about the awesome day trip we took to the countryside. About a week before the trip, Beth was like "You know when we get there I'm going to expect it to look like the 1800's. We need to go to the country."

And thank god we did. I get really overwhelmed in cities and I needed the break from anxiously crossing streets where I didn't know which direction to look, even though every crosswalk has big letters painted on the tar that say LOOK RIGHT or LOOK LEFT. I get flustered crossing streets in American cities, nevermind London where they drive on the other side of the road! I am a country mouse.

Beth booked us on  Evan Evans tour #20 that goes to Bath, Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge. Friday morning we boarded one of those touristy coaches and headed off on the 2.5 hour ride to Bath, the place where Jane Austen lived for a while and wrote some of her books. Beth tells me Jane hated Bath. We loved it.

We ditched the tour of the Roman Baths with the group in favor of finally grabbing some tea and scones in Actual England and roaming by ourselves.

Here is Beth loving Bath:

You can practically see the little cartoon hearts bursting from her head, can't you?


Pop! Pop!

Beth Hearts Bath!

Me too. I heart Bath, too.

Beth really wanted to see The Royal Crescent, which- of course- I had never heard of.

Here it is:

It's a bunch of houses built together in an arc.

It was pretty cool looking, I have to say.

Also? This was the place where a bunch of scenes from Persuasion were shot. You know, the one with Rupert-Penry Jones? Who we totally saw and touched the night before at the play? Yeah.

And you know what else is neat? When I took these pictures?

There was someone playing a piano that you could hear wafting from a window.

It was kinda magical.

We then hustled back to meet up with our tour. We couldn't resist stopping to snap some shots on the way even though we were seriously rushing!

Oh, hi there, pretty blue bush!


Rush, rush, quick snap this, snap that!

We had been warned that the coach would leave without us if we weren't on time!

I think Beth wanted us to get "stranded" in Bath.

Whimper, whimper:

I literally made whimper noises when we scurried past Cath Kidston.

We made it back to the group with only a couple of minutes to spare, seriously.

Visit Beth's Bath post to see a quick video she shot of the crescent, an introduction to our  adorable tour guide Phil who I will talk about in the next post, and the saddest picture of two sad faces that had to leave Bath too quickly.

On to Salisbury Cathedral next!




397: paint scratch fever

It's here! The exhibit opens tomorrow! So freaking psyched.

If you're around, please join me at the Centerville Historical Museum for the opening reception from 5-7 pm on Friday, June 18.

If you're on facebook, you can RSVP here.

57 pieces! I know, that sounds like a ton. But many of them are quite small.

Stuart was hugely helpful with framing the pieces that needed it.

Now that I've gone through that process, I will probably choose my materials differently so the work doesn't need framing in the future. They look great, but man, that was a lot of work! (Thanks, babe!)

I am dying to get back to painting already.

I've been painting since I was 13. I had always just done it for me--- either to get something out or to decorate my space or to give away.  To show at all is totally different for me, but to show a whole body of recent work is just amazing!

Seriously, the hardest part about painting is signing the work. I rarely sign mine because I never feel like they're finished. And since I've never shown, it didn't ever matter.

I finally settled on this:

I like it.




396: OMGLondon part 1. walking, Cake Lunch and famous people

I got home from my trip to England a week ago and I am just now feeling somewhat back to normal!

So I better get to blogging it all before I forget anything, right?


London, Thursday June 3, 2010


On the way  to Trafalgar Square, Beth and I  passed The London Eye :

I would totally go on it, but Beth was firmly anti That Thing. Maybe because we kept calling it The Eye of Sauron?

Right across from Big Ben was this statue of  Queen Bodicea:

I wouldn't have known who it was, but  Beth is a brainiac anglophile who informed me of such things. Love that about her.

 Westminster Abbey :

...where there were some details I had to snap.

Aw, a fella with a broken sniffer:

 And swirly doors:

And yes, the weather was amazing while we were there. Summery, sunny London. Wow.


Cake Lunch

Via the magic of Twitter, I have become friendly with Lisa Lam of U-Handbag fame, author of The Bag Making Bible (available September 2010) and her editor Jen Fox Proverbs of Sew Crafty Fox. When the plans for London were firm we made a date for tea and cake!

We were sad that Jen was under the weather and was unable to make the 3 hour trip to visit us, but we did get to see Lisa.

Look at how cute she is!

We met up for vittles at Patiserrie Valerie where we enjoyed lattes (yup, not tea) and split three desserts three ways. As it was our middle-of-the-day meal, we couldn't help calling it Cake Lunch.

We talked about crafting and writing craft books, blogging and twitter, and all sorts of stuff. It was awesome.

I gave her some gifts including a copy of my book. As she was flipping through it, I pointed out this picture of Stuart modeling the Band Tee and said, "That's my fiance."

Noticing his adorableness (as if she could help it) she looked at me like 'wow, handsome!' and then back at his picture, nodding,  and said "Bonus." This made me so happy. I tell him every day how handsome he is and I love it when other people think so, too. Is that weird?

Love Lisa's necklace!

The internet is so cool that it allows us to make these connections we wouldn't otherwise get a chance to make. Meeting Lisa was wonderful - she was delightful in every way. (Thanks, Lisa!) Check out her post about our little rendezvous which includes a review of Small Stash Sewing.


Famous People

After Cake Lunch, Beth and I headed back to the hotel to primp before going to see The Real Thing at The Old Vic.

Over the last month or so, I had read a bunch of reviews and was dying to see it. I was so psyched when Beth surprised me with tickets to closing night! Having heard the the play was fast-paced and wordy,  I really wanted to see it twice. About a week before the trip, my Dad handed me a hundred dollar bill instructing me to take Beth out to dinner. I said "Would you mind if we bought theater tickets with it instead?"

So we secured tickets for Thursday night, too. (Thanks, Dad!)

The lead actor was this gentleman from a movie I kind of like called Jane Eyre, which I may have mentioned once or twice:

That's right, Toby Stephens.

I know, he doesn't look very Rochestery when he's all smiling gingerness, but I promise you it is him.


Bronte-Along girls, try not to want to stab me right now, ok?

Back to Toby later.

I'm glad I read the play before seeing it, because it was indeed quite dense and I think I enjoyed it more than I might have if I hadn't read it first.

Wait, what?

What's that on the ticket?

Seriously? A unicorn?

London was full of them. I took it as a sign that I was in the right place.

We were standing in line to get the tickets when suddenly Beth looked like she had seen a ghost (or a god.) She leaned in and whispered to me, "Jesus Christ. Rupert Penry-Jones is standing in line behind us."


This guy:

I had only just heard of him this spring. I've seen him in Cambridge Spies (which was very good, also starring one Toby Stephens) and  Persuasion.

Beth was shaking. She assures me that if I had seen him in the recent remake of the Hitchcock film 39 Steps, I would have been shaking, too. (Note to self: order that from the library this week.)

Casually, all cool-like, I turned around to see. Separated by only one person in line, there he was standing, alone:  tall, blonde, causally dressed, somewhat scruffy, and mostly unassuming aside from being ridiculously good looking.

We got our tickets and as Beth was trying to steady her hands enough to pay for our programs, I was standing pretty much next to him  and contemplated saying hello. But Beth was so Freaked Out I didn't know if she would kill me or not!

Turns out that I did get several more chances, but still didn't say anything. I wished I'd had my phone with me because I would have gotten a good closeup of him, since he didn't freak me out. (My phone didn't work over there, so I went without it most of the time.) Beth managed to get this shot as he was waiting for someone before the play started:

That's him, leaning against the pillar in the background.  

Moments after this picture was taken, we saw that he was waiting for Damian Lewis. I've never seen him in anything. Unless you count the London sunshine.

He certainly did not mind standing out in a crowd. I could tell by his red straw fedora.

Damn, I wish I'd had my phone!

We made our way to our seats, which had to be apart, unfortunately. But they were in the 2nd and fourth rows, so, you know. It was all good, as the kids say.

I'll talk about the play in the next post.

Meanwhile, Beth and I were wondering what Rupert Penry-Jones's  friends call him.

Can't be Rupert.

Pen? PJ?





395: where my scones at?

Home from (OMG) London. In (Actual) England.

Loved it, of course.

 Still recovering, though. Exhausted!

 Will blog the heck out of it, shortly.

But first I just wanted to say hi and that I missed you.

Did you know you can follow Big Ben on twitter?

He "bongs" the time every hour.


I am in such a daze! All this travel lately. And gearing up for the season at the shop, preparing for my painting show (which is next week!), book stuff....

And I still have a few Quilt Market posts to catch up on!

Can't wait to tell you all about my trip.

Be back soon.

How are you? What are you up to?




394: qm spring 2010 amy butler loves her some Unicorn

Oh, Amy.

You can count on Amy Butler's booth to be fresh and beautiful.

And Amy herslef to be lovely, gracious and sweet.

She's also funny.

One of the days she was wearing a long necklace with big metal beads on it, which I commented on. (Just realized you can see it in that pic above, how convenient!)

She said, "It  makes a great cat toy."

She leaned over the table, allowing the necklace to rest on it and started batting at it with her hands is if she were a cat.

True story!

Oh, look who snuck into that picture.

Lovely mix of real and paper flowers:

 Pretty table display:

I want these leg warmers (cough, cough, Beth, cough):

Yup, Amy is now doing yarn and knit patterns with Rowan .

I mentioned wanting to take a picture of her with Unicorn and she said, "I would be honored. Can I cuddle with him?"

I said, "I wish you would. He might try to  make out with you, too."

She said she didn't think her husband would mind.

I thought he might rather like it, actually.




393: spring quilt market 2010 saturday signing and omgcakeparty 

I'll get back to the rest of the Wiley shindig, but here is Saturday, ok?

(photos by my darling Beth Dunn.)

Breakfast at the b+b with Beth and Violet...

Was that the morning there was Strawberry Rhubarb crisp in individual remekins? I can't recall....

Anyhoo, they were talking about how the expected there was going to be a line at the signing and I was all,

"You guys. QUIT IT. There is not going to be a line, ok?"

Dude, there was totally a line.

I couldn't believe it!

(Hey, look! there is PamKittyMorning and IzzynIvyJana on the right!)

Here is a cute pic of me and Jana just before the signing. Or was it after?

We decided we are twins:

And here's me meeting Quilt Dad:

Look at how cute he is:

I heart Quilt Dad. 

So I guess this signing was considered a success because there was an hour scheduled for it and all 50 books went in 20 minutes! It was super fun and exciting, I have to say.


Saturday afternoon:


You do have to say it like that, you know.

That green one was called Princess Cake and it was all sorts of amazing.

From Lizzy House, thrower of Cake Party:

I was asked several times, "why a cake party". That's kind of a ridiculous question. The better question is, "why aren't you having a cake party right now," or, "where is the cake?"

Or my question, "Why isn't every party called Cake Party??" 

Here is Lizzy handing out, what else, cake!


And me hiking up, what else, my strapless dress!

Cake Party was held this season to celebrate Lizzy's mom's book--- that is, City Quilts by Cherri House of Cherry House Quilts.

Congrats, Cherri! (and thanks for the yummy cake!)

Oh, look at that.

Did I get two pices of cake right off the bat?

You know I did.




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.





391: spring qm 2010 vintagey halloween and patty young

Friday at Quilt Market was all about walking the show and being excited for the Wiley book launch party that night.

In the second aisle my Halloween-lovin' heart did a jig to see the magical Buttermilk Basin booth:

Oh, man, do I love vintage-y  halloween.

I have some designs I did a while ago that I would love to see on fabric... hm.....

 Seriously, how can you not love this stuff? It is perfection.

 I asked if I could take pics for my blog and she was like, "Who are you?" at which point I started to quake on the inside and said, "uh, my blog is Yummy Goods..."

"Oh! Hi! I love your blog! I just ask because I like to know where my stuff is going to be shown!"

She was super nice. Hi, Stacy!


As I always say (generally while shaking clenched fists at the sky) "Damn you, ECHINOOOOO!"

The awesomeness of Echino burns... it burns!

More from Kokka:


I actually can't even look in their booth. I just walk the perimeter and glance in.

That's all I can take. What, I'm serious!


White on white at Michael Miller:

mmmm, sleepytimes.....

Hey, who's that?

Oh, Unicorn. You so silly.

Patty  Young's booth (modkid):

Wait, what?

Unicorn gets around, doesn't he?

Love these dolls from a fabric panel in Patty's new line Playdate.

Giddy up, Unicorn!

Patty gives Unicorn some good lovin':

Back later with the details of the book launch party and more fabric celebs making out with Unicorn!




Spring QM 2010 Wednesday and Thursday

Wednesday morning I just hung out at my awesome B+B, Evelo's.

You could not possibly blame me.

Seriously, the breakfasts were ridiculous, in the best possible way.

Something I have neglected to mention is that they have a thing for lamps at this place:

So beautiful.

Aside from the amazing parade of breakfast food and luscious decor, do you know why I stayed there? The honest answer?

It was literally the least expensive place I could find.

You can't even believe how inexpensive.

I suppose it must be because you have to share a bathroom.

 But the place only has 4 rooms and there is one bathroom with a shower and an additional half-bath that you can use if you need to.

I never had a problem with it.

Honestly, even if I could afford something more expensive, I would choose to stay at Evelo's instead.

But now I need to take off the Evelo's weight. Damn you, amazing breakfasts!


Wednesday afternoon I headed down to the convention center to meet up with my new fabric company Andover.

There was a sales meeting from 3-6, during which I had the pleasure of sitting next to the fabulous Lizzy House. 

The meeting was followed by a lovely dinner where I had a chance to chat with David, the company president. We talked  a bit about my collection and the industry but then we moved on to  how bummed we both were to miss Glee the night before! We were wondering whether it would be on hulu. He's very funny, cute and easy to talk with.

I felt so welcomed by everyone--- it was just wonderful. Leaving Free Spirit was a tough choice to make, but it has been affirmed at every turn by positive experiences with Andover. Frigging YAY!

Took a cab back to the b+b and watched Glee on hulu.  :o)



Most of the day was waiting around for the Schoolhouses I wanted to see. The day before the show officially opens is a day short little presentations by designers, manufacturers, authors etc --- each one is called a Schoolhouse.

I was happy to find a comfy sofa-like bench outside of the room where all of the Andover Schoolhouses would be. And right there on that bench was David from Andover, stuffing giveaway bags.  I parked myself next to him and hung out there chatting with him for most of the morning. I reassured him that he could watch Glee on hulu. He seemed genuinely pleased. I like that guy.

The rest of the day was spent going to schoolhouses, hanging around and waiting for Beth and Violet to arrive.  After  they showed up, we happened upon Kim from True Up and Sarah from Sewer-Sewist (and Fabric Shop Network) who we spent some time with sprawled on the floor outside the Schoolhouse doors. I had met Kim and Sarah before, but this was the longest we'd chatted and it was so much fun!

Next up, Fabric 2.0- the blogger/twitter meetup party that happens the night before market starts. I didn't take any pictures, but there are a bunch floating around. It seems silly to name drop without any pictures, so I will refrain.

Click here for Beth's account of Thursday including the b+b, schoolhouse and fabric 2.0!

These market recaps take forever because I feel compelled to be thorough! I have several other posts started so they will be coming up soon.

I hope you don't get bored!




389: win a copy of Small Stash Sewing plus totally random stuff

Hello, my fiends!

I'm in full-on Quilt Market recovery mode.

Boy, am I whipped. I will be back soon with market recap, but I just wanted to stop in and say hi because I miss you.

Enjoy the random assortment of topics and photos below.

 *Lookie what I saw---my book out in the wild!

Eeeee! Ok, so it wasn't totally in the wild, I mean it was at Brewer's booth (a distributor) at Quilt Market, but still. I have yet to see it in a book store. That will be neat.

* Cool old theater sign I found in Minneapolis, mmmm rusty:

*Just found out about this adorable song called "You Were Right and It's O.K."

"Most of us love you,

and the few of us who don't don't really get you.

And if there's one or two who do and still decide they don't love you,

we say 'f--k 'em.'"

It's my new theme song.

*The first winner of The Fat Quarter Friday giveaway is Edna Ritchie--- Congratulations!

She will receive a copy of my new book Small Stash Sewing and a fat quarter bundle from my first fabric line Sugar Snap.

If you are dying of jealousy then why don't you just go here and enter yourself for this Friday's drawing? (And don't tell anyone I told you, but you can enter up to once a day.)

*How about a Unicorn-related way to win a copy of the book?

See, I am kinda dying to see my Unicorn softie out in the world and I am so not above bribery.

So here you go: The first person to send me pictures of the completed Unicorn *Hearts* Moon project wins a copy of the book. (email them to me at melissa(at)yummygoods(dot)com) The project is available as a free download right here, for your convenience. Isn't that nice? (Yes, you need to make both the unicorn and the moon because Unicorn gets lonely. And when Unicorn gets lonely, he gets stabby and no one wants to see that.)

Now, I did give my twitter peeps a heads up on this a couple of hours ago, so if you want in on it, I would suggest you get a move on. (There are benefits to being my pal on twitter, apparently.)


I'll be back soon to tell you all about Quilt Market, including more of the  ridiculous awesomeness of the B+B I found:



P.S. I did my presentation Sunday and I didn't die! Success!


388: Quilt Market, Tuesday

So I can't even believe the awesomeness of the B+B I found for my Minnapolis trip.

For example, this is the couch I am sprawled on while I write this:

See what I mean?

Now, the bedrooms aren't as decked out as this, but this place is a dream. I just took a million pictures which I'll spread out over the QM posts so you don't get overloaded.

Me and Unicorn flew out from Providence Tuesday morning (phone pic) :

Arrived at the b+b and since I hadn't slept much the night before, I napped/rested under the vintage chenille bedspread for a while.

Got up and had a lovely meetup with MaryOnLakePulaski, a blog reader.

After another couple hours of chenille resting, I decided to head out to Crafty Planet for Amy Butler's appearance.

This awesome little boutique fabric store (and yarn) is owned by Trish Hoskins and her sweetie pie of a husband Matt who promised to come to my talk on Sunday and smile at me reassuringly. (Remember, you promised!

Trish is co-author (with Rebecca Yaker) of One-Yard Wonders:

Look at this cute open sign:

While I was milling around the shop as Amy met with fans, a woman shyly came up to me and asked, "Are you Melissa from Yummy Goods?"


I hugged her. That was the first time I was recognized in public--- although it doesn't really count because she knew from reading the blog that I would be in Minneapolis and I was in context at a fabric store after all, but still, right?

Krista brought me over to meet her friend Elizabeth and we hung out while they were waiting in line for Amy. They were super sweet and funny and adorable and if I lived here I would totally make them be my friends. I mean, look at  these girls! ( Don't look at me because I look freaky and tired.)

And since they didn't yet have my book in stock at Crafty Planet, the girls asked me to sign the back of Amy's book for them! So cute! (Hi girls! Thanks for hanging out with me!)

I also spent some time drooling over fabric:

Damn you, Kokka! Why must you torture me so?

If I could I would have followed these instructions:

and filled up one of these awesome baskets with expensive imported fabric.

Sigh. Basket envy.

Also, there is a great perfectly curated vintage/secondhand shop next door to Crafty Planet called Rewind, which you should totally check out if you are in the area.

I know, no Amy pictures. Sorry! Maybe at the show.

I shared a cab back with Amy and her assistant Mallory, which was fun because we had a few moments to catch up before the craziness ensues. They had a look at my book, which of course you know Amy wrote the foreword for. Yes, I will keep reminding you and why not, right?

When I got back to the b+b, I walked down to this awesome natural foods market called The Wedge and bought some yummy vittles for dinner. Salad, marinated tofu and a chocolate cupcake with raspberry buttercream frosting. Aw, yeah.

Walked up these stairs to get to my room:

and chilled out for the rest of the night.

Woke up and had breakfast in this room:

omg, breakfast. Really good coffee, fresh pineapple and strawberries. Home-baked goodies and, get this.... are you ready?

Banana and nutella paninis.

Now off to the convention center to meet up with my new fabric company peeps!

More soon. Wish you were here with me!













387: and i'm off!

Hair freshly shorn and blondified. Brows waxed and nails not too chippy.This can only mean one thing: I'm on my way to Quilt Market!

If you are going to be there, please come visit me! 

*Saturday, May 22 10am-11am at Brewer Quilting and Sewing Supplies (aka Quilter’s Resource)

Booth #s 2635, 37, 39, 41, 43, 2734, 36, 38, 40, 42

Book signing


*Sunday, May 23 9:45am-10:30am at Checker Distributors

Booth #s 1813, 15, 17, 21, 1912, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 2012, 14, 16

15 minute talk on making books work for your shop followed by book  signing

(please come and smile at me and nod reassuringly for the talk! I am Freaked Out!)


I'm all packed and as ready as I'm ever gonna be! Heading to Providence to stay overnight with a friend and then off to Minneapolis tomorrow morning.

I decided not to wear heels. I won't be the girl with the best shoes or the Anthropologie clothes, but I will be comfortable and hopefully cute enough! I might be the girl with the shortest and blondest hair, though.

I will be wearing one or two of these:

New scarves I've been making with my signature wonky stitching. Love these---great texture.

So psyched to meet up with all my designery/bloggy/fabric peeps. Can it really be two years since my first Quilt Market ? And a year and half since my last? Egads!

I'm excited to :

-get to know the people at my new fabric company, Andover!

-go to the blogger meetup Thursday night.

 -eat cake at the Cake Party on Saturday. (CAKE PARTY!)

-meet my awesome Wiley peeps.

-share this all with Beth, who flies in on Thursday.

and a whole bunch of other stuff!

While I'm away, some of you will be receiving your copy of Small Stash Sewing! (so I hear)

I can't wait to see what you make from it. Can. Not. Wait.

I'll be back soon!

Thanks for all the book-love. You know it means a lot to me, right?




386: it's a real book

 It's here.

Today, for the first time, I signed and sold a few copies of my book.

People wanted me to sign it!

It was fun coming up with a little message to write.

And I got to meet another blog reader today. (Hi, Jill! You can stop lurking  and say hello since we are friends now!)

I love meeting you guys! It's the best!


My dad's gonna like that- AVERINOS. Right there, on the spine of a real book.

I loved watching Stuart read the dedication and acknowledgements. You'll see what I mean when you have a chance to look. And the foreword by Amy Butler- dang! She is so sweet.

So, I'm still freaking a bit about my Quilt Market presentation, but I did manage to practice it today to make sure I have enough to talk about, which I did. Beth and an assortment of unicorns and deer statues were my audience and they loved me. They think I killed. The unicorns got a bit rowdy when I mentioned the Unicorn *Hearts* Moon project, but that's to be expected, am I  right?

You know you can download that project for free, right? Go right here and download it, watch the book preview video that Beth and I made and enter to win a free copy of Small Stash Sewing. Ok? I mean, if you want.

If you do? Please,  as a personal favor, make the Unicorn and Moon and add them to the flickr pool so I can see?  Eventually, I will have a contest that involves you taking pictures with the Unicorn, so you may as well get a head start, right?


Thanks for all the excitement about  our trip to London coming up! Please keep the suggestions coming! We are mapping them all out. And when I say 'we are' I mean 'Beth is.' She's good like that.

It is so much fun to share all of this with you.

Of course, we are totally bringing Unicorn to London with us.

That's normal, right? (rhetorical, do not answer)





385: yarn london rhubarb

Sometimes my life doesn't feel like it could possibly be my life.

You know?

Look at that amazing shawlette that Beth gave me. Made with Sundara yarn, swoon. I have an amazing friend who gives me amazing hand-knitted shawls, mitts, socks, hats.

That's incredible enough, right?

But have you seen Beth's post about graduating from business school? Have you seen what she is doing to celebrate?

Dude, she is taking me to London.  

Like, real London.

British-accents-everywhere London.

We will celebrate her MBA and my book in London.

And maybe, you know, perhaps.... we'll be celebrating something else, too. I mean, who can say?

You never know with us, do you.

Whatever we celebrate, we will do it by eating scones and drinking pot after pot of Earl Grey tea. Together. In London!



A lot going on, huh?

Not only am I in oh-my-god-I-wrote-a-book mode, but I am in freakout preparation mode for Quilt Market, preparing-the-shop-for-the-season mode and now holy-heck-how-do-i-get-my-passport-renewed-asap mode.

I am vibrating with excitement. I've never been to England! I went to France and Germany when I was 13, but never England. You better believe I am now spending lots of time daydreaming about strolling through parks with the lovely Beth and oh, oh : There is an amazing Quilt exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum!


We had been hoping to get to England sometime in the next year to go to Haworth, where the Brontes lived. We won't be able to make that trip this time, as it is quite a ways from London. Guess we'll just have to go back.

We leave in about 3 weeks, just a week after we return from Quilt Market.  How much excitement can one girl handle? Apparently, I am going to find out!

This afternoon, after spending a lovely day together at my shop, Beth and I repaired to my front porch where we drank this amazing elixir called, get this--- Rhubarb Soda.

My friend Katie made this pink deliciousness for me from rhubarb I grew in my garden. It's a syrup that you add seltzer water to it gets all fizzy-like and  looks like this, :

And tastes like yum. Isn't it beautiful? I'll see if I can get the recipe for you.

I am just trying to take in all this goodness, all this love, all this yarn-y/London-y/rhubarb-y magic.

You know how I struggle (stupid brain!), but even in the midst of it, I know I'm lucky and that life is beautiful.

And I'm so glad you are here with me to share it.