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Melanie Testa’s Blog

  • Creating a sense of movement+change.

    Hello Good Reader! I have been blogging on the Quilting Arts web site since it's inception in late April, almost nine months! This has been a great way to celebrate the release of my book, to connect with you, to create videos that show off my favorite...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 26 Jan 2010
  • mend, random, intuit

    I do not make resolutions in a yearly manner. I don't feel compelled to make a particular change on a particular day, but this year I have been thinking about words for creative exploration. After some thought I have come up with: mend, random, intuit...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 19 Jan 2010
  • Lacey!

    I have been making cloth and enjoying every minute of it! In a moment of, 'What if?' I created a freezer paper resist that reminds me of doilies and lace. I printed it on a green ground, where if you look closely you'll see rodeo arches, doors...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 9 Jan 2010
  • The Quiet Celebrate

    This week Brooklyn received about a foot of snow. David had the day off and we watched movies, drank hot cocoa and waited for the snow to really hit. It was night time when the snow settled in for the long haul. So we bundled up and and went outside to...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 24 Dec 2009
  • the Slowness of Being

    Being creative and fostering growth within that realm is a process of engaging with the world around you as well as that of other artists. Taking what you learn from these places and making it your own is the imperative of each of us as artists. A few...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 19 Dec 2009
  • Small Wonder

    Last week I taught a class locally and really enjoyed it. I hit all the points I had hoped to make, I didn't plan too much (which is normal for me), and I didn't plan too little. It was just right, and I believe my class thought so too. They were...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 16 Dec 2009
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  • Slow Sewing

    I am preparing for a class I will teach later this week. In this instance I was asked to do my Small Works, Big Impact class with a leaning toward painted imagery (rather than dye) and hand sewing. I love dye for its vibrancy, but paint is pretty awesome...

  • Getting to Know You.

    I love color and color mixing. I just bought a new palette of gouache and have been recreating the tools and methods with which I have been working. Pencil cases for figure drawing sessions, a smaller pencil case for everyday use, a new palette of paint...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 29 Nov 2009
  • The Importants and Niftiness.

    No, the title of this post is not spelled improperly. It is always a good thing when I delve deeply into working my journals. It means that I will have fodder for working in cloth and that I am staying actively engaged in my creative process. Nothing...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 27 Nov 2009
  • Pencils; tamed.

    With my focus on journaling and drawing, I decided to make a pencil case for all that I will need to carry back and forth to figure drawing sessions. I had the machine quilting samples for the International Quilt Fest: Quilt Scene article I wrote and...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 21 Nov 2009
  • We were tired of living in a house.

    So we packed our bags and moved into a city apartment. The title of this post refers to a favorite childhood book by the same name. Last night I went to the Society of Illustrators Sketch and Jazz event. Event? It is a twice weekly gathering of people...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 18 Nov 2009
  • The zone.

    A famine, then a feast. That seems to be the way of life, I think. Just before Houston, I decided it was time to make a larger piece, based on the recent painting of a Wester Tanager in my journal and I set out. I printed in a flurry, with no true thought...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 13 Nov 2009
  • anybody home?

    ...and then I have been quilting up a storm and not only that but, oh wait. Hi. How you are? Long time no see. Sorry about that. Yeah. I was away for a lil bit there and for no good reason. Or maybe there were many reasons. I will slow down. I did get...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 11 Nov 2009
  • So many shoulds, time enough to follow through.

    There are many things I should blog about, like the ten yards of fabric that came to my door on winning the Nature's Best contest, THANKS to you! Or the fabulous review of my book in Machine Quilting Unlimited , or the fantastic blog I found this...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 1 Nov 2009
  • I am actively seeking friends.

    Sometimes you just have to say it like it is. The statement comes out and then resonates. I spoke about this a bit in my last post, I told you of Shirley , who approached me at Open Studios and whose name tag indicated that she was from New York City...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 26 Oct 2009