New Year, New Piece, New Tutorial

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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the New Year!  Before I go into this week’s post, I’d like to thank all the readers who have followed me, and the new readers who have started reading this blog (aka- the inner workings of my artsy mind).  I don’t have to write this blog every week, but I do because I truly enjoy sharing my work, my teachings, and my kitties with you.  As I get busier and busier, I am constantly reviewing- do I still need to be doing this?  And the answer for now at least is -YES.  I love to teach, I love to share what I know, so that you can express yourself in whatever way you want with fiber art.  It’s also a time for me to reflect on what I have made, and what I hope to make.  To me it feels like a weekly get together with friends, where we can swap stories, have a laugh and talk about what we get excited about.

Speaking of teaching, I want to also extend an invitation to take my online classes (see the new one below), hire me for your guild workshops, and let the other fiber artists in your life know that I am available for 1-1 art quilt coaching.  I can work with someone for as short a time as 1 hour, or an extended period of 6-9 months.  Either way, my promise is you get the best of all I have to offer.  Just email me if you have a contact or someone you would like me to reach out to.

Now, let’s get into this week’s post….

Ever wonder how to create a pattern for a new art quilt?  Sure, ya have!  Here’s a few tips to help you get started:

I started with an image of a digitally manipulated photo of an opal.  Why an opal?  I have this fascination with them- the colors, the brilliance.  So I decided to do an abstract series based on opals.  By the way, this all started with some pictures I found on Pinterest about 6 months ago.  The opals captured my imagination.

I have learned, and you should too, that when you are fascinated with something- PAY ATTENTION!  It’s the universe’s way of saying- look how cool I am. Wanna make a great art quilt about me?  

Anyhoo,  I got this free app on my phone called MegaPhoto.  Up goes the opal picture.  Many hours of fun moving pixels around on the app, I got a cool image that I wanted to make my art quilt with.

Next, I sent it up to www.blockposters.comHere the image was enlarged and I was able to print it out in 9 sheets of paper.  Thanks to whomever told me about this- I forget now.

Here are the 9 sheets all glued together with a glue stick.  I used a black Sharpie to outline the pattern pieces.

Now to make the freezer paper pattern.  I had to tape 2 pieces of freezer paper together to make it big enough to cover my photo.  Here’s a wee trick to make your life easier:  get some double sided tape, and overlap your pieces about the width of your tape.

Apply the tape along the edge of the under piece, and press together.  That way no messy tape on top to get stuck on your iron later.  Please take a moment to admire my Holiday nail polish.  Had my nails did with my oldest daughter.

Next, pin your freezer paper, shiny side down on top of your outlined photo.  You can see the black lines you will trace through the paper.  Trace those line and you have your pattern!  So easy!

I have some hand dyed fabrics ready to go and can’t wait to dive in…..”see” you next week!


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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2 thoughts on “New Year, New Piece, New Tutorial

  1. Hi Roxane, I love your post and your work! I’m curious how you were able to print your full pattern on 9 sheets of paper. Is there a printer setting?
    Thank you

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