This is My Story
Hello, quilters and friends! My name is Melissa Heys. I live in Peterborough, NH, a small rural town in southern New Hampshire. We moved to Peterborough in Autumn 2019 after spending 25 years in Pepperell MA, raising our family. I live with my supportive husband and close proximity to our three children and their families.
Since I was a child, I always found pleasure in fabric crafts including doll making, embroidery, and making garments for myself and my children. Rug hooking was one of my earliest memories, watching and learning from my grandmother. She was a patient teacher and an expert with her wool. I have also been constructing fabric puppets for a puppet company since 1990. My first quilt was created in the late 1980’s as a true novice with no instruction, some scrap fabrics, and a sampler book I purchased at a yard sale. From there, I taught myself some crude basics and assembled a few small quilts. Shortly after, I joined the local quilt guild and took advantage of the wonderful lectures and classes that were offered. My passion, skills, and addiction for quilting grew rapidly. While raising my small children, I attended nursing school at night, becoming a registered nurse in 1995, and worked in health care for almost 18 years.
In 2003, I purchased a Gammill Classic Long Arm Quilting Machine and The Completed Quilt was born. My education has been gained from participating in many specific longarm classes from nationally recognized teachers. I left my nursing career in 2010 to focus on and cater to my rapidly growing quilting business. Throughout these years, I have won ribbons at national and local quilt shows for myself and my customers. My work can be seen in quilt magazines and on many quilt patterns covers. I have also been featured in Quiltfolk, Issue 5, Eastern Massachusetts, 2017.