Six Degrees of Separation, And A Quilted Pillow Tutorial

May 14, 2014

My lovely new friend Melanie Tuazon, from Mel In The Attic, has posted a fabulous tutorial on Sew Mama Sew. It’s for a modern Quilted Pillow made with a walking foot.

 Quilted Pillow, Ala Walking Foot

I can’t wait to try one of these out.   Melanie has totally figured out the direction the modern quilting world is going right now. Easy, bold and fun.

Gorgeous, Bold Solids


It’s funny how I connected with Melanie.  I stumbled upon her blog a few months ago as I surfed through WordPress. I immediately loved her style.  And wow, is she prolific!  Amazing.

So, I started following her, and of course leaving her comments here and there.  And she would comment back on my blog.  As a new blogger, I was so happy to have a new quilting connection.

I had been meaning to send Mel an email saying hello in more depth and telling her that one reason I followed her blog is that she’s from New Jersey… and low and behold, I’m from Jersey.   But life kept flying by, and it took me awhile to click send on that email.  Finally, last week, I did.

And I got the funniest response.

She wrote back, “Oh, I know all about you!”

Wait. What?!


It turns out, she said, that her neighbor is a wonderful old friend of mine.  He was actually a graduate student I supervised at the hospital in California years ago. We always had fun working together. I had forgotten that he had moved back to New Jersey with his young family.

Just in the last few weeks, he and his wife had befriended Mel and her husband, and they had a family dinner together.  When they saw her beautiful quilts around her house, they thought, hey, we know one other random quilter in the world!  We should connect them.

They told her all about me, how we all knew each other, and they passed my blog link on to her.

Little did they all know that I had already been gently stalking Mel for the past several months, and was hoping to get the opportunity to meet her one day.

Life is funny.  Six degrees of separation.  Or two, in this case.

And it looks like I will get to meet my new friend at QuiltCon here in Austin in February.

Anyway, I’m thrilled for her tutorial.  Because I have this gorgeous box of Aurifil thread that I had no idea what I would do with. Pillows ala walking foot is the answer.

Aurifil, Simplify

Thanks for the plan Mel!


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  • Reply Joanna May 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Wow! It’s a small world sometimes, lol. Such yummy Aurifil colours!

  • Reply melintheattic May 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Awesome! Thank you for all your kind words. I’m so happy to have a new quilt friend. You can never have too many of those. (I am so coveting that Aurifil box.)

  • Reply sfredett May 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I love how small the quilting world is. 😀 Mel grew up near where I live now (yes, I stalk her too :D) And I just ‘met’ you, but have been talking with Mel for months. 😀

    Can’t wait to see what you do with your pillows!!!

  • Reply kittywilkin May 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Another Jersey girl quilter, huh? The internet makes this big world so small! Now I’m wondering if I know Mel. Probably within less than 6 degrees of separation, anyway. Looks like I have a new stalkee 😉 Lovely pillows, and you are so right–this is the way the modern quilting world is going, and I LOVE it.

  • Reply chelsey kohler May 14, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Jersey quilters unite! What a great story and I’m loving the pillows! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Reply Ashley May 14, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Small. Small. Small world.

  • Reply Sarah May 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    That happens all the time in Australia, with such a small population! Amazing how connections are made. The Aurifil threads are so pretty. I’m sure your cushions will look lovely.

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