Melanie Shortman Tuazon is a modern quilter who grew up in Rhode Island. She brought her favorite quilt, made by her aunt in the ’90s, to college in New York City. The quilt was loved and torn and lost somewhere between Melanie’s first apartment in Brooklyn and her first house in New Jersey. Inspired by the quilt, years later Melanie started making quilts herself, learning from tutorials on the internet.

Now Melanie teaches quilting classes at Rock Paper Scissors in Montclair, NJ and serves as president of the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild when she’s not playing dinosaurs with her reptile-obsessed five-year-old and three-year-old. Melanie has designed quilts for Cloud 9 Fabrics and she’s working to publish her own patterns later this year.

Melanie’s Mel in the Attic blog mostly highlights her sewing and the music that inspires her creativity. She often engages in fabric therapy and is hopelessly addicted to chocolate milkshakes, grilled cheese sandwiches and Instagram (@melintheattic). In her pre-kid life, she was a ballet teacher, local airport receptionist, marketing trade journalist and an advertising critic.