Women’s Health

Recently, I participated in an article in Women's Health magazine called How my Body Changed… And How it Changed Me….

 

Modern Quilts Unlimited, Designer Spotlight and Ziggy Star Dots pattern!

Wow. I am in awe of this entire experience. I have never been featured in a quilt magazine, never had…

 

TOR: Toxic Masculinity Must End

This is my entry into Threads of Resistance. I have named it, Toxic Masculinity Must End. It is printed using…

 

Coloring a Print

The Playful Fabric Print-Along has been a boon and a learning experience for me. Today I share my work, here…

 

Printing-Along Progress and the benefits in printing a Strike Off

I am creatively bamboozled by the Printed Village challenge at the same time as Carol Soderlund and I are hosting a…

 

Finding a purpose and applying my skills

I recently came across Printed Village, (did you know about it? And if so, why have you been holding back…

 

Lace Swirl quilt complete!

Here is my first entirely hand printed quilt top using my Melly Marks Lace Swirl Kit! I am loving it,…

 

Getting from Here to There

Since taking this Free Range Textile Printers show on the road, I have printed about 80 Lace Swirl and Herring…

 

Print-Along preparation, Tips and Suggestions

In preparing to participate in the Playful Fabric Print-Along, I will address to the basic supplies you might need. First, please…

 

Announcing our first Playful Fabric Print-Along

I am considering printing enough of this print to make a quilt. Is it time to organize an online print-along?

   

Lace Swirl Quilt Top

This last weekend was quite productive. I took Bucket to my twice yearly quilt retreat and made great progress while #freerangetextileprinting….

 

We were tired of living in a house and the finer points in the life of a #freerangetextileprinter

I couldn’t rush my current Speed Print! I would really like some Chevron single color prints to fill out the…

 

Flat-Out Fabulous, the New York Post

Today, an article about my breast cancer journey appeared in the New York Post. The hard copy version is named…

 

CBS Sunday Morning +

This week on CBS Sunday Morning they presented a themed show on the topic of cancer. A group of women, myself included…

 

Take a long sigh, steam and boil.

This week in Studio Melly, processing has been happening, it is time to steam and boil fabrics! I kind of…

 

This weekend in Studio Melly

It started with tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center , a happy couple, and some great lighting. The show was amazing….

 

Out and about while binding a quilt

When I was a child, one of my favorite books was called, We Were Tired of Living in A House….

 

Considering Color and Placement

In learning to use the concepts Carol and I present in Playful Fabric Printing, I have done a lot of…

 

Printing away the day.

This is a day of off-set printing and I am using the StencilGirl L498 Vine Swirl to do so.  As an…

 

Lace Swirl print job (almost) complete.

There is some crazy mad Speed Printing going on over here. Thus far I have printed 29 Lace Swirl. Not…

 

Stencils, Stamps, Thermofax, oh my!

Earlier this week, I started a Speed Print job using my Lace Swirl Kit and I spoke about the difference between…

 

Threads, Resistance and being an art blogger

I am really happy to be a member of the group calling themselves, The Artist Circle.  We are concerned people, also…

 

Lace Swirl: printed & book giveaway winner announced

First off? Julie H, comment #37, won my giveaway copy of Playful Fabric Printing!!! I am waiting to hear back from…

 

Melly Marks Kits, StencilGirl stencils and my new Etsy Store!

  I am quite happy to announce that I have opened a store through Etsy, called Melly Marks Playfully. At-the-same-time?…

 

Playful Fabric Printing by Melanie Testa and Carol Soderlund

Round Up: Playful Fabric Printing Blog Hop

As you know, Carol and I are hosting a blog hop to celebrate the release of our book, Playful Fabric Printing….

 

Playful Fabric Printing Blog Hop!

  Please join us in celebrating the release of Playful Fabric Printing through a blog hop! Scroll down for a complete list…

 

Kitting, playfully. A secret revealed.

I have a secret to start talking about! I am working to release a line of stamps, stencils and Thermofax…

 

Focus on Fiber Florida Style

I will be teaching at Focus on Fiber Florida Style this coming April 4-8, 2017, and I would love to…

 

The sun will come out tomorrow.

I am walking the city, doing my thing, enjoying myself as I go. I prepare for a full day of…

 

Pre-order your copy of Playful Fabric Printing!

Playful Fabric Printing has been placed for pre-order in the Crafting A Life, LLC shop! From now until January 10,…

 

Being inspired.

Sometimes I love nothing better than to open my eyes, and create the ability to see. What I mean by…

 

Every day for a month?

I am happy to have come upon Cheryl’s blogging challenge. I am going to give it a heave ho. I…

 

Playful Fabric Printing Cover Partay!

Playful Fabric Printing is going to be available in less than 2 months time! #PlayfulFabricPrinting  WOOT! Carol and I have…

 

Inspired Journaling

Make no mistake, I love keeping a journal. I have years worth of journals, some with spines broken, some half…

 

Teaching: Focus on Fiber Florida Style

I am very happy to say, I have been invited to teach two classes and give a lecture at Focus…

 

Playful Fabric Printing

All the work we have been putting in is coming to fruition! My coauthored book with Carol Soderlund has a…

 

Melanie Testa photographed by Esther Hasse for perfektUNperfekt

Breast Cancer And Taco Shots

It has been five and a half years since my breast cancer diagnosis. Little did I understand the impact and…

 

#freerangetextileprinter

So this is a whole new dealio.  I have taken my printing out and about, I am becoming The Free Range…

 

Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch, Book Release Blog Hop with Video Chats!

First, I just want to say, I love Deborah Boschert, her art and her person. I feel blessed to know her…

 

This Shrikes my fancy!

I really can’t wait for The Book that Carol Soderlund and I have been working on to come into print!…

 

mixing for my bucket, while watching textile related documentaries

Friday will be my printing in public debut, so today, I am mixing up a palette and packing up my…

 

Buckets’ debut, modest but impactful.

We honor Ganesh here at CASA M&D, so when I came upon his likeness this morning, I snapped this photo….

 

Nudity, Art and Quilt Art

Recently the quilt world was aflutter with talk of penises, and I became embroiled in the discussion-of course. The American…

 

Busking! Two buckets, an apron, freedom.

I have always valued a good bucket. Opportunity for creativity never strays far from a good bucket. I mean, when…

 

Selfies in Stitch

We currently live in the era of the ‘selfie’. Participating in social media is almost akin to sharing a life…

 

An Exciting Reveal: Crafting a Life LLC, Carol Soderlund and Melly Testa

It has been pretty quiet here and today is the day to break that silence. A project I have been working…

 

Base Layer!

This is a sample for my upcoming online class called Stitch Journal, which I will present through my teaching site,…

 

Stitching, embroidery and telling stories with thread

Stitch is a gentle and impactful manner to tell stories, create imagery, and spend time.  Take, for instance this graffiti,…

 

Jazzy Paper Dolls! (Make Art that Sells BootCamp 2016)

Recently, I joined the Lilla Rogers, Make Art That Sells, MATS Bootcamp 2016. This is a self directed 6 month…

 

LESS, a documentary and help with funding it

Hello Good People, Friends and Family. Many of you know that just over 5 years ago I was diagnosed with…