My name is Melissa. I am a mommy and a quilter. I love camping, READING, playing guitar, SEWING, singing in the shower, going for walks, and having a cocktail or two now and then. I started quilting about 11 years ago as a way to hang out with my Mom and my Aunts. They would have quilt outings and get-a-ways that my cousins and I were just dying to be a part of. I had graduated from college a few years before, and was always too busy with friends and parties to be very interested in family stuff. Then I married the Brooding Genius (BG) in 1998 and I was ready to settle down and rejoin family life. Much to our dismay they wouldn’t let us join their little quilt club until each of us girl cousins had made a quilt. Armed with all of my mom’s quilting equipment,(cutting board, rotary cutter, sewing machine, etc.) and her tutorial, I made a simple quilt out of 5″ squares. Yeaaaa I did it! 2 more of my cousins (Amy and Tonia) soon followed and low and behold, we were in!
It didn’t take me long to fall completely in love with quilting. We started the “Stitch and Bitch Quilt Club” and took turns hosting quilt weekends at each others homes. No husbands allowed so we could stay in our jammies all weekend and sew, eat, and chat. It lasted for about 2 years, but alas people got busy, their lives changed through divorce, moves, etc. and we stopped meeting so frequently. What didn’t change was my passion for making quilts. I went to town sewing and sewing.
I started a little business selling Prim decor and quilts. It was called Cornbread and Beans Quilting Co. I named it after my Mom’s favorite comfort meal. After a while selling quilts that I just LOVED, and always felt sad to see them go, I quit selling my quilts. I just couldn’t bear to part with them after such hard work. So now I am turning to a new venture…designing my own patterns. It’s much easier to part with patterns than it is a quilt!
Nearly 6 years ago now, the BG and I got the most crazy unexpected gift. A friend of our’s asked us to adopt his two little girls Patience, now 11 and Minate, now 8. He was dying of cancer and choose us to bless with these amazing little people. We have been a family ever since and we can’t imagine life without them.