Melissa Thompson-Maher: Melissa has been sewing and quilting for 50 years. She learned to sew as a girl in 4-H. She's done mostly garment and home dec sewing, but about 7 years ago, began seriously learning quilting. Her first project? An apron. She's lived in Abq for 15 years, after childhood was in Kansas, and 20 years in Denver. Her husband's job brought them to New Mexico. When asked what her favorite sewing project is, she says "improvisational work", as well as little projects to have on hand for gifts. Melissa's carrer has been in magazine journalism, with a detour of about 5 years where she was a personal chef/caterer. She's written for/edited magazines in oil and gas finance, restaurant management, wildlife management, screen-printed apparel, commercial embroidery, and quilting. By far, the quilting mags have been the most fun! (Melissa is the editor of Generation Q Magazine) Something you may not know about Melissa: She took belly dancing lessons in high school.