Friday, March 1, 2019

Introducing Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassador - Melanie Traylor!

We are so pleased to introduce our first Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassador 
Melanie Traylor! 

Melanie has an undeniable passion for quilting. We love her impressive blog content and pics.

I have been quilting since 2008 and run a small business selling my quilts and patterns.  I'm as obsessed as one could get about patchwork and sitting for hours to sew it up together.  I consider myself self-taught, but also feel quilting is in my blood.  I've received a few tips (and a few quilts) gifted from my grandmother and watched endless video tutorials on YouTube and other blogs from my early years.
I host quilt alongs on my blog often, and have hosted quilt alongs for sewing related companies such as Coats and Clark, Havel's Sewing and Bari J.  Most recently I organized the making of three quilts with the help of almost fifty different quilters to gift to a fellow quilter whose home was destroyed in the Paradise, CA fires this past November.  I love quilting, I love my fellow quilters and I'm passionately in love with fabric. 
I currently live in north Alabama with my family.  You can picture me there with my house tucked in the woods, sitting behind my sewing machine and sewing the days away.

What was your first sewing project?
I was in 7th grade home economics class, around 1995, and made a couple of throw pillows and a pair of pajama bottoms.  It was all a hot mess, but I LOVED it!

What other hobbies do you enjoy?
I’m almost always deeply involved in some novel or another.  Reading is my fave!  I also love to travel and hike to see beautiful landscapes. I like to embroider and crochet when I can.

What is your favorite color?
It’s hard to pick a favorite!  I guess I lean towards jewel tones and navy blue.  When it comes to fabric though, I’m in love with low volume prints and can’t seem to make a quilt without them.

Where is your dream vacation?
When I was a girl I dreamed of visiting the Grand Canyon and Hawaii and was able to go to both as an adult.  Most recently I dreamed of Scotland and was able to go there this past year.  There are not any current dream vacations, but I’m sure inspiration will hit soon. 😉

Who taught you how to sew?
I’m self-taught.  I learned from doing, and books, online tutorials and Youtube videos.  My grandmother also showed me a thing or two.

What food could you eat everyday?
This changes often, but right now I’m totally addicted to those jalapeno white cheddar puffs from Simply.  It’s gotten a bit out of hand, actually.  I’m still a 12-year-old when it comes to food.  Hide your puffs from me, people!

What do you want to be doing in five years?
I’ve got two kids in college right now and I’d like to see that done and go back to school myself.

Thanks so much Melanie! 

Be sure to follow her to see what Michael Miller Fabric goodness she will be coming up with! 

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