Mel headshot woodsFINALWelcome. I’m Melanie. I’m a quilter, quilt designer, quilting teacher, and writer.

I love sharing my quilting tips and designs in classes. I’ve taught quilting classes locally and regionally, including Rock Paper Scissors; the Mid-Atlantic Mod retreat; the Central Jersey, Triangle, and Washington DC MQGs; and the Montclair Art Museum. I am on the faculty of QuiltCon Pasadena 2018. My webinar “Planned and Unplanned” is available to Modern Quilt Guild members on their resource page.

My quilts have hung in local shows in New Jersey and Warwick, New York, as well as in QuiltCon Austin 2015, QuiltCon Pasadena 2016 (where my quilt Flounce won second place in the Modern Traditionalism category), and QuiltCon Savannah 2017. In the summer of 2017, Flounce hung in the Modern Quilt Guild exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. It is also featured on Fresh Quilting TV. Women’s Work has hung at the Livingston Public Library in New Jersey and at International Quilt Festival and Houston.

I served as president of the North Jersey MQG from 2013-2015.

I publish patterns and enjoy seeing how other sewists interpret my designs with their own fabric choices. My patterns have appeared in Stitch magazine, Love Patchwork and Quilting, and the QuiltCon issue of Modern Patchwork, as well as Cloud9 Fabrics’s blog and project page. My quilt Rally was the Modern Quilt Guild‘s free pattern of the month in February 2016.

Prior to quilting, I wrote for PRWeek, Creativity, DMNews, and American Demographics. In past jobs I was a marketing trade reporter, an ad critic, a dance teacher, a small-town airport receptionist and an advice columnist. I grew up in Rhode Island and lived in New York and London before moving to New Jersey.

My favorite job is mother to two sweet and energetic sons. I live in the suburbs with them, my husband Joe, and our cockapoo Gonzo.

Contact me: melintheattic at gmail dot com

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