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Inspired to Quilt Paperback – May 1, 2009

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"The Bottom Line: Inspired To Quilt is a gorgeous book to look at and is a definite inspiration to quilters and anyone interested in creating their own textiles." - StacySews.com

"Instructions on how to use quilting and embellishment to highlight elements of your design; several small projects and a gallery fill the last section of this book. Inspiring!" - Fiber Art News

"I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to explore a new and unique way to create imagery on cloth while expanding his or her library of surface design techniques." - Sue Bleiweiss, former editor, Fibre & Stitch

About the Author

Melanie Testa is an accomplished textile and quilt artist. She exhibits her fiber art at various galleries and quilt shows around the country and currently teaches fiber arts at a community college. Her articles have appeared in Quilting Arts Magazine and the Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; First Edition edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680968
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an art quilt and fabric book artist that does not come from a quilting background. My background is in mixed media mostly collage and metalworking. I have just recently started dyeing and silkscreening my own fabrics. I have begun to move away from commercially prepared fabrics. The section on dyes was of interest to me since I have just started playing around with it. This section is full of useful tips and hints that I otherwise would not have known. The book is full of large, color pictures. I love the stamps that Melly creates herself. That in itself gives me inspiration to create my own.

After reading the section on how to create my own stamps out of foam, cardboard, or glue dots, I found the directions to be short, yet simple. They were not muddled or confusing like someone else had said. I have had experience cutting plexiglas and it is exactly as described in the book. Since I have had experience with plexiglas and with carving my own stamps,I found her instructions quite accurate and straightforward. She also provides a picture of the stamp and a sample of what it can do.

I saw the freezer paper technique done at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. I was not one of the participants, so I did not pay close attention to what was being done. I did see the results and they were very, very interesting. This is something that I would definitely try. I think that the soy wax technique is also a must-try.

Next, the book goes on in the next chapter to explain how to go from your drawings in your journal to your quilt. Even thought I don't do this (drawing in a journal), the layering sequence is very interesting to me from a quilting perspective. Seasoned quilters may already know how to do this but it is still pretty new to me.
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If you want to learn how to translate those pages of sketches and drawings in your journals into stunning art quilts then you must have this book. Learn the authors techniques for working with thickened dyes to stamp, stencil and monoprint your fabric along with how to use soy wax as a resist and direct dye painting to create gorgeous results on cotton and silk organza. Then use Melanie's signature technique of layering the two together along with free motion embroidery, hand stitching and foiling to create a truly unique art quilt. For those readers who don't want to start with an art quilt she's included several patterns (small zippered purse, sewing holster, ATC's & postcards) for working on a smaller scale so you can experiment with the techniques before committing to a larger project. A beautifully illustrated book filled with images of Melanie's work it's difficult to flip through the pages without being inspired. She has a comfortable and engaging writing style that makes her techniques easy to follow and understand. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to explore a new and unique way to create imagery on cloth while expanding his or her library of surface design techniques.

Note: This is not a book for beginners with no experience as some of the processes will be easier to understand and follow if you have some previous experience working with procion dyes and some of the other techniques the author uses.
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At last, a book full of amazing artwork, beautiful quilts, unique and original ideas! Melanie has written the kind of book that encourages quiltmakers to go to the next level. This is not a book for beginners, but rather fills the needs of quilters who are tired of the same old cookbook approaches. Melanie's style is more of the brilliant artist and workshop teacher encouraging the student to experiment, think for yourself, dream, try things out and not be afraid to push things beyond the known.There is a huge wealth of information here, and some step by step directions, but the hints, suggestions for further ideas,generous tips and luscious quilts are more than enough to keep an artist busy for a long,long time.
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This is one of my current favorite quilting books. This book is "eye candy" at it best. The beautiful photography used to share Melanie Testa's unique art quilts is fabulous. If the book only consisted of these photos, it would be worth it for the inspiration they provide. I must disagree with prior reviewers that state that the writting is unclear or muddled. I had no difficulty with the writing (I did find one photo regarding the Process difficult to decipher, but with study, it became clear)

I found the book to be very encouraging to me as an artist. It is pushing me to try new techniques and to set aside my fear of mistakes. I would not recommend the book for beginners who need indepth descriptions on basic quilting techniques. For intermediate quilters who needs fresh approaches and want to be truely creative, I believe this book would be very inpirational.

I would also like to say that I have visited Melanie Testa's blog at [...] to ask a question regarding supplies. She was prompt in responding to me. I am sure any questions regarding techniques in the book would be answered with equal enthusiasm. Melanie is also providing a series of creative video prompts to further inspire readers of her book. I find this a nice bonus feature to keep me motivated. Check it out!
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