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Pretty Purse Give Away

15 May 2009

Hello All.

I know how much a give away can draw attention to a blog and as the Quilting Arts Community grows each day, more and more of you are coming to the site and finding the value in it. This is a place where we can met to exchange ideas, show each other examples of our work. ask for critiques and gain friendships from other folks who live far and wide. I think it is pretty awesome and have been wanting something just like this for a very long time. And as a new author, I really want to have the chance to get to know you and to invite you to get to know me too!

So. I would like to give this Pretty Purse away. 

This purse was made specifically for the Series 300 Quilting Arts TV segment I filmed with Pokey last year. In this segment you will see how I used freezer paper as a quick and easy screen print technique. The pattern was offered in a free PDF booklet off this site. And I am happy to have been included in the eBook give away along with fellow artists Kelli Nina Perkins, Linda & Laura Kemshall, LuAnne Hedblom and Susan Brubaker Knapp.

So, it doesn't exactly come free. No.

1. You must be a member the Quilting Arts Community site.

2. You must comment on this post.

3. If you have made a purse, post a picture of it WITH THE TAGS: Inspired to Quilt, Pretty Purse. You may post two additional comments for each individual purse that you upload-include the link to the purse you uploaded in those comments. This means you will have more chances to win.

Those who have made the purse get more chances to win than those who choose the next option:

4. If you have not yet made the purse but want additional chances to win this purse, go to my personal web site, peruse the site. Find one piece that you resonates with you. Come back here and make an additional comment to this post stating the name of the piece you like. You may do this only once for a total of two chances.

5. If you talk this give away up on your personal blog you can post an additional comment. Include the link to your blog posting in your comment. 

So there you have it. Don't forget to post the additional comments if you fulfill the criteria. That is your responsibility. 

I will announce the winner on the 29th, two weeks from today. Hey! That gives you time to make a purse and post it! Blog about it too!  Have fun!


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on 15 May 2009 12:25 PM

Oh, oh, Pick me! Pick me!  I made these pretty purses for a number of people for Christmas.  I printed off pictures of their pets and used them in the design of the purses.  Everyone LOVED them and wanted to know how I made them.  Thanks for the clever idea!  I'll go find my pictures of the purses and post them now.

on 15 May 2009 12:51 PM

Sadly I just discovered that the only picture I have of the four purses I made is of very poor quality.  I forgot to photograph the finished products and so the only photo I have is of my sister opening her purse.  I cropped the photo down to just the purse but it's difficult to see.  I'm so sad I was so forgetful!

on 15 May 2009 12:52 PM

Here is my second comment for the photo I posted.  I loved how easy these were to make - and did I mention that everyone loved them?!

on 15 May 2009 2:02 PM

Oooh, I've loved that post ever since I saw you make it on QA TV. I haven't made one yet because I have zipper-phobia (ok, I don't know how to put them in, but it's all the same thing :-)). So here's my comment! Yippee!

on 15 May 2009 2:02 PM

I have Melanie's book and DVD and plan on jumping in with both feet this weekend.  I have not made a purse, but the piece of artwork on Melanie's website that resonates the most with me is "Peace Flight".  In this piece I feel calmed and refreshed all at once because of the imagery making me feel like floating and the light and fresh colors used in it.  The layering is mezmerizing and through her book and DVD, I am very excited to try and capture the same feeling with my own imagery.

on 15 May 2009 2:03 PM

Ok, comment #2 for another chance to win: I'm talking you up on my blog at

on 15 May 2009 2:06 PM

And comment #3! I went to your site and looked at your lovely, lovely work. I particularly like your fabric piece Birds (orange). Didn't you write an article on using freezer paper to make this? I seem to remember that from a while back.

on 15 May 2009 3:28 PM

Hi Melanie - I saw the QA TV segment where you made these and also saw them in a QA newsletter.  They are really pretty and who wouldn't love to have one?!  I haven't attempted to make one -- yet.

Jody Johnson wrote
on 15 May 2009 3:50 PM

I have not made your purse but have watched the quilting arts segment and have printed out the pattern. I hope to get to it in the next 2 weeks but I doubt I will as spring is here and I need to plant. I really like your piece called Hapiness on your website. While a lot of people consider the Canada Goose a nuisance, they are so iconically Canadian that I have to love them.

I love the above purse by the way, I really like geometrics.

CindyC3 wrote
on 15 May 2009 4:14 PM

I think your purses are SO cute. I have the instructions, both in the magazine and printed out. It's on my list of things to do, really it is.

coollabtech1 wrote
on 15 May 2009 5:29 PM

I just love the purses too. I made one for myself(sorry- can't figure out how to post a picture). Now my mom and sisters want one too. That is fine with me since as soon as I saw the pictures and article in Quilting Arts I immediately went out and bought a dozen zippers just to be prepared.

on 15 May 2009 6:06 PM

Oh, I so hope I win.....that way I'll have some inspiration to try and make it myself.  Going right now to download files......

dabbotts wrote
on 15 May 2009 6:28 PM

Great show and a great purse!

 :-D eirdre

Jody Johnson wrote
on 15 May 2009 9:46 PM

"Forest" would have to be my second favourite posted on your site. Even though I rarely include birds in my work (mostly because I can't draw them to save my life!), I really enjoy bird watching. Four years ago when we moved into an established neighbourhood in a major city we had crows, magpies, and sparrows. Now that we provide nesting sites and food in the yard we have all of the above plus, Chickadees (actually nesting), grackles, merlins, red winged black birds, Robins, Blue Jays and Phoebes.

Maggie89 wrote
on 16 May 2009 4:24 AM

love the purse. Melanie's exceellent directions and the additional video clip make this a super easy project.


fulvia wrote
on 16 May 2009 4:57 AM

"Happiness" is the piece I enjoy the most, at least on the screen, Mellie. Thanks for the giveway!

Fulvia at

tdspringer wrote
on 16 May 2009 5:03 AM

It IS lovely.  I just haven't had time to make one yet.  Of course, mine won't turn out THAT nice!


yzarctoo wrote
on 16 May 2009 5:09 AM

I haven't made this purse yet...but did download pattern...have your DVD and now book. You were so helpful when I had a grand daughters are coming in for the month of June and we are going to use your purse pattern and techniques to make some purses that they can share with their friends when they go back home.  They are bringing photos of friends that we are going to alter and then copy on a photocopy and then citra solve on fabric. Ann Morrell

on 16 May 2009 6:32 AM

I'll play!  I'd love to have   some of your screenprinting and quilting... And where did you get that glorious zipper?  Ordered from somewhere in the garment district in NYC?  Or are you (sob and envy) close enough to GO to the garment district now? I'm really looking forward to actually SEEING your book.  Best of luck, Sarah

KarenS@188 wrote
on 16 May 2009 7:15 AM

Hi, I love to own this purse. Thanks for offering it to us.

Love to Sew wrote
on 16 May 2009 12:32 PM

I have been watching QA on our local PBS station for months now and went to this website to check out what was on today. Saw this...went to your your blog and can't wait to make my own "pretty purse". Have been a traditional quilter for years and want to try something new! Hope I win though!

Mary AnneF wrote
on 16 May 2009 2:40 PM

I love your pretty purse!  I especially like the sparkly zipper.

shelllover wrote
on 16 May 2009 6:54 PM

It's funny - I just saw you on tv yesterday and here I am reading your blog for a free purse.  I loved what you did with the sticky pads to quilt around them for puffy squares - ingenious ;-)

Debbie@17 wrote
on 16 May 2009 7:42 PM

I'd love to win that cute little purse! Count me in, please.

Debbie@17 wrote
on 16 May 2009 7:46 PM

My favorite piece on your website is in the fabric gallery. It's "Birds (orange)". I love orange!

on 17 May 2009 5:11 AM

I'm having a great time working on my first piece using Melanie's techniques!!!  Check out the pic on my blog and let me know what you think!


on 17 May 2009 10:46 AM

I've made one of these purses and just love it.  The zipper was a little scary, but the end product was wonderful.  Going to make many more!  Yours with the dove is beautiful!

kristi_d wrote
on 17 May 2009 11:52 AM

Oh I love these purses!  I downloaded the pattern but have yet to make one - my garden calls!

Soon soon soon.

kristi_d wrote
on 17 May 2009 11:53 AM

Checked out your website (now on my favorites list!).  I love "Birds" - I'd love to take a workshop from you!

on 17 May 2009 12:08 PM

My purse can be seen here

I love the added touch of the rhinestone zipper.

on 17 May 2009 12:14 PM

2 comment for my posted photo:  I have to admit, that after I printed this fabric I hated it.  I really hated it and figured that I'd never use it for anything.  But here it is, used and looking great.  I just love it when fabrics that aren't a favourite become something wonderful!

claynfiber wrote
on 18 May 2009 7:00 AM

This bag is really darling! I have been reading Melly's book and look forward to experimenting with her techniques.  I've enjoyed the images at her website .... and keep going back to Repose and Gentle.... beautiful!

cellogirl wrote
on 19 May 2009 9:08 AM

I can't wait to make one of the purses. I have some dyed fabric that turned out nicely that I will use. I went to your website-lovely! I especially liked "Repose in Yellow". It was calming and made me feel peaceful.

JoanieH3 wrote
on 19 May 2009 9:13 AM

I'll be happy to add a comment: this is a pretty purse! And i would like to win it. Happy days,


JoanieH3 wrote
on 19 May 2009 9:18 AM

Inspired to Quilt is calling me.  That is my favorite thing.

Happy days,


jakquil wrote
on 20 May 2009 8:55 AM

I do love the purse, and would certainly like to win it.  I am most interested in the quick and easy screen printing using freezer paper.  I have been a Quilting Arts subscriber since inception, I have every magazine filed away and refer to them often; what a treasure. I have not been able to find the PBS Quilting Program on my DISH Network :-(.  Thanks for your generous give a way.


jakquil wrote
on 20 May 2009 8:59 AM

I like the design of the GIVE AWAY PURSE, and will definitely be making one.  Thanks for your generosity.


Mimma1 wrote
on 20 May 2009 1:58 PM

I loved that purse on the QATV segment!  And I'm really enjoying your blog.

Jeannie EVH wrote
on 21 May 2009 2:36 PM

Who wouldn't want a pretty purse made by you!  I sure would!

Jeannie EVH wrote
on 21 May 2009 2:38 PM

Now to pick my favorite quilt from your web site, hmmm.  This is very hard as I like them all.  My all time favorites are Walking in the Garden, Starry Starry Bird, and of course Bluebird.  

on 22 May 2009 1:27 PM

Video Prompts Begin! Hi everybody! Today I will begin our semi-weekly I2Q Video Prompt Challenge. Some

on 23 May 2009 8:29 PM

Hooray!!!  I finished my first art quilt using Melanie's techniques.  I will try and upload it to Quilting Arts but I had trouble with my other images.  You can also check it out on


DebbieL@36 wrote
on 24 May 2009 6:45 AM

I absolutely love these purses Melanie!  Thank you for offering it as a giveaway!

Debbie L

Karen K wrote
on 24 May 2009 12:45 PM

Such cute purses, looks like another project for me, but since I have never made me, pick me please!!! LOL

DebraB@8 wrote
on 25 May 2009 7:57 AM

I haven't made the purse yet; I am waiting until I get the zippers.  But I love the purses and loved the show on QA. I would love to win the pretty purse. ps I also love your book.

DebraB@8 wrote
on 25 May 2009 8:00 AM

This is my second post for a second chance to win the pretty purse. I looked at your gallery. I really like Forest and Witnes. Witnes I my favorite; it makes me think the bird is watching what we do to our world. And Forest has beautiful layers. Thank you for the giveaway, even if it only gave me a chance to look at the gallery.

SuzanneG@5 wrote
on 25 May 2009 5:26 PM

Hi Melanie!  I have admired your work in QA and I'm thrilled that you've written a book!  The pretty purse is on my list of "things to try" as possible Christmas gifts this year; every year it must be something new and handmade, as you have found with the fiber portraits of your neices and nephews.

Family loves my art and I find it great practice and encouragement.

Suzanne G in NC

SuzanneG@5 wrote
on 25 May 2009 5:39 PM

I haven't made a pretty purse yet but I'm getting closer; maybe I'll have something to show you before the end of the month.  I have, however, found mucho pretties I like on your website!  First, I think the piece titled "Forest" is a fave because of the colors and nature as subject.  I also like "Starry, Starry Bird" because of the same things but also because you included your inspiration.  

Suzanne G in NC

colorific wrote
on 28 May 2009 11:05 PM

I have not finished my purse. I made the fabric that you made on the show right after watching with my 4 yr old. I still need to buy a zipper and cut the fabric to size. This is the fabric :

colorific wrote
on 28 May 2009 11:10 PM

I don't know the name of my favorite piece. It is not on your site. It is the one with the b/w woman's face in the upper left corner with red birds flying from right to left in a curve.

CatheB wrote
on 30 May 2009 8:33 AM

Hello...I am new to you site and I must say I am getting so lost in it.  I love your little purse on the giveaway... watching birds fly is so calming, powerful, yet can be energizing.

I am not a quilter...yet, but I am finding much inspiration here.  I would love to make one of these purses for a friend and for myself.  Perhaps, if I win, it will be the inspiration and confidence bulider I need.  Great site...beautiful!

CatheB wrote
on 30 May 2009 8:44 AM

For my #2 comment:  I went into the fabric gallery and found the 'Daisies' fabric.  I love daisies and the color green.  I'm not a big fan of purple, but it works, doesn't it?  Looking around the fabric gallery reminds me that as a  young girl I had aspired to be a fabric designer...I wonder whatever happened to that dream (?).

I know that you wanted one item that spoke to us, but I did find another (actually a couple more).  I wandered over to the quilt gallery and happened upon 'Still Life in Time'.  I love the soothing colorway.  I am partial to numerals...I love numbers.  I also love, love , love pears in any form.  And, I once painted a similar (pitcher w/flowers, plate and pears) still life in school, a long, long time ago.  Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.

jakquil wrote
on 1 Jun 2009 8:17 PM

I just read an email from you, and I can hardly believe that I WON THE PRETTY PURSE GIVE AWAY, I never win anything, hmmm maybe my luck has changed!  I think I will buy a lottery ticket, or maybe go to Vegas!  

Thank you so very much, I an very anxious to get it.  jakquil