Big Sigh.


Hello. I have been a long time gone. Welcome. I am back.

I did it.

Heave a sigh.



One day, in the very near future (May!), there will be a line of fabrics with my name on the selvedge. This is a dream come true. I am romantic about this step, I have wanted to ‘be’ a ‘textile designer’ for a very long time, so long, in fact, the idea has become personally mythical. To have actualized this dream feels good,

really good.

To say that I will have a line of fabrics? I need to pinch myself to remind me that I did it. This is real.

I will be part of printed textile history!

I love to paw through photographic repesenations, collections of textile designs. I love to read up on the artists, styles, color choices. Maybe one day, my prints will end up in books similar to my favorite. 

As a result of this hard work, I have lost my blogging voice in the process. All this activity and making stalls my ability to share and upload and post to my blog-but oh! My! Goodness! Soon, you will see what I have done! I am very excited. But, I miss sharing with you.  It isn’t that I don’t think about posting, I have just been very busy fulfilling deadlines. It has been great. I am doing the work I have always wanted to.

This means, life is good. Really good.

I am piecing and making quilts, using -my- printed cloth, which turns out to be


I love piecing, I love seeing the prints made smaller, cut, fitted and nestled against their fellows, once sewn, a simple four patch. I am on a mission to economically use as much of my printed cloth as is possible. I am cutting squares in 1.25″, 2″, 2.5″,25″ and 3.625″ squares.

Big fat stacks!

I want all of the usable cloth in this studio to be ON the chopping block. I am going to arrange them in gradations. I need more. Much more! Fat, fat stacks.

(I use the words ‘fat stacks’ in honor of Jessie Pinkman on Breaking Bad-I am somewhat obsessed with Breaking Bad.)

Oh! Plus there are soy wax resisted silk velvet squares mixed in there!

I need some wide whale corduroy…



18 thoughts on “Big Sigh.

  1. I’m so proud of you! You’ve made a dream come true. I’ve been hoping your lack of posting was in putting it all together. I tried to post saying I’d buy your fabrics but was unable to at my end. I’m hoping my post goes through today. I’m so excited! Spring and a new line of fabrics with Melanie Testa as the textile designer, who could ask for anything more!
    Happy New Year early!


  2. I haven’t bought any new printed fabric for a long time because I haven’t been making quilts (making mixed media drawings instead), but I would buy some of your fabric just to have and hold and say “I know her!” Congrats on this very wonderful dream come true.


  3. So exciting! I am so happy for you, no one deserves this more! (And the bonus for us is: shopping for your beautiful fabrics!)


  4. CONGRATULATIONS Mells!!! I am so happy for you! I can’t wait to see the entire line and own a few pieces myself! Woohoo! ♥»-(¯v´¯)-»♥ So happy for you! ♥»-(¯v´¯)-»♥


  5. Can you see Lyric and I holding hands, jumping up and down, tears streaming down our cheeks, and shouting “Yea MELLY!!!”? Yep, from coast to coast we are excited for you. I am so, so, so very proud of you. You set your eyes on the prize and you did it!!!! You have added one more thing to the long list of reasons you inspire me. Okay, I feel some happy dancing coming on, gotta go DANCE!!!


  6. I am thrilled for you, Miss Melly! What a HUGE deal this is! I can’t wait to hear more details and see all your designs! You must be soaring like a bird right about now, and with good reason! Savor every moment… you have worked very hard and earned this victory!


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