Meet Sheila Solen- Star Student!

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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the New Year!

Starting a new art quilt can be daunting.  What happens when you have a great idea, but don’t feel that you have the skills to carry it out?  This has happened to me many times over the course of my career, and it’s why I’m always researching, learning and inventing new ways of doing things.  Just so I can make that special piece I have in mind.  I’ve also had the good fortune to take classes with many great teachers and mentors that have given me that leg up when I needed help.

Which brings me to the reason I like to coach other emerging art quilters, like Sheila!  Sheila came to me recently to get help with a piece she had in mind that used several different techniques.  Her vision was to create a tranquil lily pond art quilt based on a photograph.  She decided to take me up on my 1 hour coaching session. She divided it up into 2, 30 minute sessions so she could be coached as she made the piece. I share a bit of her process here so you can benefit too.

Here are her in process pictures.  I always had her take one in B & W to check her values and composition.  Why?  Because it is much easier to see these things when you remove the color.

You can see by the B & W photo that she had very few really dark values and mostly medium values, even though some of the actual colors were bright green.  There is not enough variety in value and the two grass clumps are pretty static.  The lily looks like an orphan and doesn’t really make it’s way into the composition, since the eye is mainly looking at the light and dark pads and leaves in a diagonal.  So I coached her in the live FaceTime sessions to introduce even lighter green leaves and a third dark area of reeds in the lower left to get the eye to move around the piece.  She has also introduced some very light green lily pads to give the greens more variety in value. This made for a much more dynamic composition, don’t you think?

I particularly like the way she has gone outside of the frame with her lily pads.  It almost makes you want to jump right into the picture!  Sheila was a delight to work with and I hope she makes many more pieces.  Here’s what she had to say about the experience:

“I have been quilting for about 12 years and have taken lots of classes to improve my skills.  But recently I realized that I wasn’t making the kind if quilts I was most interested in.  I had a few bad starts making original landscape quilts.  As long as I was following a pattern or a class, I could get good results I was happy with but on my own, I was a mess.  The fabric colors were never right even though I changed them a few times.  The overall design was not pleasing to me (or anyone else). That is why I asked Roxane for help coaching me.  I am now finishing my quilt with her help and I love it.  She gave me material to read and critiqued my work as I went along. She didn’t tell me what to do but called attention to areas that weren’t working.  I feel much more confident trying another landscape on my own now.” ~Sheila Solen

Thanks to Sheila who was willing to have me brag about her in this blog.  Please let me know if you have a project lurking in your mind that you want help with.  One hour of coaching can make a world of difference!


NEW ONLINE CLASS! You can join this class any time- it is open enrollment.

For all you online class junkies, I am offering a new class online starting in January 1!

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?

This just in!  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”, accepted into the prestigious Houston IQA World of Beauty Show.

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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???

Look into my 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!

 I have extended my private coaching program, from 3 months to 6 months.  I believe the transformation my students are looking for must take place over a longer period of time to have a lasting impact.

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.



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


Don’t forget to get yours:  Quilting Arts TV has the new 1500 Series available for download-  YES this is the one I am in (squee!!) Click HERE to get yours.


Susan and I on set

My Pinterest: You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.

About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

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

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