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Hi Everyone! Happy Summer!
Summer is officially here in North Carolina, with all the heat, humidity, and thunder storms. I love all the lush vegetation and flowers around me too. But, I am determined to get in some quilting time in along with the pool time. How about you? Are you getting in any quilting time?
Last time, I talked about deciding how to quilt your quilt. And I spent the last week or so getting Opal 2 ready to quilt. I long ago abandoned safety pin basting my quilt sandwich. Instead, I fuse baste it by cutting up small pieces of Misty Fuse, and fusing them to the backing fabric and the quilt top. Then I fused them to the wool batting. Finally this baby is ready to go under the needle.
I decided to use the Invisafil 100 weight thread in light tan, and then in the black areas, use black 60 weight bobbin thread.
These threads are very fine and will hardly show on the top when I stitch in the ditches of all the piecing. After all this stitching is done, I will do some echo quilting in the larger open areas with matching threads. All of this to say, the quilting is going to be very much in the background of this piece. I want it to blend, not show.
Why? Because the shapes, colors, and piecing are what is most important in this piece.
In other news, I am so looking forward to a 2 week vacation in Kauai, Hawaii with my sister where she now lives. I will be gone mid- July, but will return with gobs of photos and inspiration for new work! IN the meantime, there is still time to take my Posh, Pet Portrait class this Saturday at BERNINA World of Sewing in Raleigh, NC. It’s a full day class this Saturday June 24. Call 919-782-2945 to register.
Have you seen this???
This is my new Private Intensive for Art Quilters- a 7 week adventure to learn how you can make great art quilts. Whatever your plans for the summer, I hope you include some studio time for yourself. Make art, make it often, and enjoy it! And if you want some help, click on the link to get some support!
And if you still have questions, doubts, fears…. please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Love to all, peace out!
Coming up soon….
WANNA TAKE A LIVE CLASS WITH ME?
I will also be teaching this class at Bernina World of Sewing in Raleigh, NC on June 24th. You can contact the store for more info on enrolling in that class at (919) 782-2945.
If you can’t make either of these classes and you want to take a class with me- CALL ME at 919-602-2260. I can teach for a small group of your friends, like I did a while back for my friend Joyce Marks and her quilting buddies. We had a blast and I tailored the classes to her group’s interests.
And you can always take an online class with me- see below!
For all you online class junkies, I am offering a new class online.
YOU CAN ENROLL ANY TIME AND MOVE AT YOUR OWN PACE.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint details for depth and realism on your quilts?
If the answer is yes, read on. My popular Painted & Fused Morning Glory class is going to be offered online to the general public for the first time. I have taught this class many times and each time I’m awed at the fabulous results everyone gets, with each flower being slightly different.
This class is open for registration now and starts January 1 and is only $39.00!
And you can do it at your own pace in your own house, in your jammies, without running around. All lessons will be available to you at the same time, in case you get inspired and want to work fast.
Here is the linky thingy to register:
I hope you will enjoy this fun class, it will remind you of Spring in the middle of Winter!
And, you will learn all the techniques I used to paint my latest landscape art quilt….
Would you like to work with me one on one? Maybe you would like to make original work, show it and perhaps sell it?
This has actually happened for my client Susan!
Susan has just let me know, she sold this quilt! Congratulations, Susan!
One of my private clients, Susan, has had her quilt, “Nature Takes Back Her Own”, that was accepted into the prestigious Houston IQA World of Beauty Show.
As part of our work together, I coached her on the making of this quilt. She was able to realize her vision to design, make and get her art quilt into one of the best shows in the world! How about you, are you ready???
YOU CAN DO THIS TOO! REALLY!
Look into my 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!
I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can. That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting. Take advantage of my 17+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation, free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.
OR YOU CAN HIRE ME FOR YOUR GUILD!
JUST SHOOT ME AN EMAIL AND WE’LL MAKE IT A DATE!
Here’s what one guild VP had to say recently:
I’m usually Johnny on the Spot but missed the boat last week re these BIG THANKS. Loved your presentation. Heard very positive and supportive remarks from the guests…thank you again for the well-defined and creative presentation. Look forward to seeing you again.
Here’s a link to my contract with current lecture and class rates: Contract
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Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast! She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show. She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions. For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.
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