This is My Story
My name is Melissa Heys. I live in Pepperell, Massachusetts, a small rural town five (5) miles south of Nashua, New Hampshire, 60 miles northwest of Boston, MA. I live with my supportive husband and our wonderful dog Bongo. Our 3 children are gracefully transitioning to the young adult world with college, work, and travels. The Completed Quilt studio is located within my home.
I started quilting 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. I taught myself some crude basics and assembled a few small quilts. I also found pleasure in other fabric crafts including making dolls, garments, and constructing fabric puppets for a puppet company. While raising my small children, I attended nursing school at night, becoming a registered nurse in 1995.
Quilting has enhanced my life both personally and professionally. On a personal level, quilts have been a key element to decorating my home, and have made for lovely gifts for friends and family. I have been quilting professionally since 1993, I have taken many classes at all levels in piecing, binding, & machine quilting. I have sold many quilts, taught beginner quilt classes for children and adults, and started a quilt binding business, Binding My Own Business. I then purchased a Gammill Classic Long Arm Hand-Guided Quilting Machine with Stitch Regulator. In March 2004, I established The Completed Quilt.