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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In the summer of 2009, my pal Beth Dunn and I  started making short, sweet, musical videos about a unicorn. Unicorn Stories.

Episode 1 – Seaweed

This was our first foray into making Unicorn Stories, so it is the roughest. Also, it is the only one that we filmed as “live action” rather than stop-motion. You might want to skip ahead to Episode 2 below (To The Moon) to see what is still our favorite episode of them all. Enjoy Episode 1, however, as a bit of archival fun.

(Song: Django-like by Brian McRae)

Here's a link to the story about how the unicorn in the water all came about!

Episode 2 – To The Moon

To this day, our favorite episode. Unicorn hearts Moon. Moon hearts Unicorn. Featuring a special appearance by WingStand!

(Song: Freja’s Breakdown, by Freja Bluegrass Band)

(The original post of the Episode Two with extra stills and such is right here.)

Episode 3 – Shell Game

A sweet tribute to the end of summer on Cape Cod, in which Unicorn dives deep under the sea in search of a beautiful shell, and discovers a vast number of new friends. Adorableness.

(Song: Mother’s Mandolin, by Tim Oneal and Andrew B. Davis)


(The original post is here.)

Episode 4 – Halloween Dream

Unicorn has a spooky dream, brought on by an excess of candy corn. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there.

(Song: Cincinnati Flo Rag by Ken Tucker and James Swafford)


(Silly stills and extras from Halloween Dream are here.)



We haven't made a Unicorn  Story in a while now, but Unicorn lives on in the form of a softie featured in my book Small Stash Sewing!

Here's the stop motion trailer we created for the book launch, featuring Owlie McPillowpants, with a guest appearance by Unicorn and Moon!