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  • Pretty Purse Give Away

    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...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 15 May 2009
  • I2Q Vid Prompt 2: Freezer Paper

    Hello all! Hip, hip hooray for Vid Prompt #2. In which, we check out some supplies pertaining to visual journaling, I once again encourage you to draw (drat that darned word), and I talk about freezer paper. This Prompt deals with pages 28 through 33...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 9 Jun 2009
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  • How about this episode?

    I will show you mine, if... well you know that deal. This is my sewing studio. It is a 6.5 foot by 9 foot room, just off our bedroom. If we were normal people, this room would be a walk in closet for clothing. But we are not normal. We are practical and...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 21 Jun 2009
  • Video Prompts Begin

    Video Prompts Begin! Hi everybody! Today I will begin our semi-weekly I2Q Video Prompt Challenge. Some basic yadayada. This video challenge speaks to making marks and motifs that can be used in future projects. These marks are your personal signature...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 21 May 2009
  • ATC with me! Plus, plus.

    Long Beach is coming! Are you planning to be there? I am and I have an invitation for you. Please join me in creating and trading Artist's Trading Cards inspired by techniques found in my book! And the neat thing is, within the next two Video Prompts...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 7 Jun 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
  • 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...

  • I like to Dye.

    These little things are what I have been so crazed about. I have been making them by the armful and am preparing to sell them along with dyed embroidery flosses, Pretty Purses and other yummies over at my new Etsy account. Keep checking back as I learn...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 1 Sep 2009
  • Let's play ketchup.

    But no one will get squashed. Arrow has been settling in quite nicely. He has taken to asking for the rag bed. This means that he circles me, asking for my lap and instead I take out the rag bin and encourage him to sleep near me, rather and on my lap...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 20 Aug 2009
  • Studio Tour 2009, plus a give away.

    Cate came up with the idea of a studio tour and I love seeing where people create. I couldn't pass this opportunity up. This will be a photo intense entry and I am going to upload my latest Video Prompt too. I have put off blogging all week just for...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 2 Oct 2009
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Warm up, Samples, Winner!

    Hi guys! I have been bogged down with deadlines and some play, so I didn't blog last week, I hope you understand. Here is my warm up and craft foam stamp from the first Video Prompt Challenge . I haven't printed with it yet, it is that new. The...

    Posted to Melanie Testa’s Blog by MellyT on 1 Jun 2009
  • 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