Melissa joins us next with a post about half-square triangles (or HSTs!) and all of the fun things you can do with those triangles. We enjoy seeing what Melissa’s up to on her a happy stitch blog, whether trying something for the first time or sharing her sewing process as she prepares for her sewing classes. Take a look at Melissa’s links below and spend a little time over at a happy stitch!

Hello all! I’m so excited to be here, I really am! My name is Melissa Q. and my blog is a happy stitch. I am a true dabbler when it comes to my d-i-y and my blog covers just about all things sewing-related… From quilting to hand-printing to clothes making. I am also a sewing instructor, pattern seller, memory quilt maker and mother to two wild, nature-loving Irish boys. I frequently share our family art projects, and musings on parenting slip in sometimes too (the good and the bad).

I started sewing as a little girl with a sewing machine that my mother had bolted to a table in our basement. It was mostly an unsupervised, trial and error type of process but I did have the guidance of my mother and grandmothers who are all accomplished sewists. I get my creative curiosity from my grandfather who was a furniture maker by trade but also made just about everything by hand (including moonshine and fishing bobs).

Lately, I have become very interested in all things hand printed and am hand stamping fabric like mad. I just bought a screen printing kit that I can’t wait to use too. One of my favorite things to make, however, are quilts for my boys. Nothing beats tucking them in under something I made to keep them warm and safe.

I have a deep interest in not only sewing things but also the process behind sewing and how to make the time and space for it, as well as how to grow creatively despite mistakes and trip-ups. Last year I explored these through a series of guest posts about sewing failures called Fail Friday and studio tours about Making Space. I am always trying to keep an ear and an eye out for how the messes we make can make us better.

I do hope you come visit me!