What do you do when you’re not sure how to finish a piece?

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Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

What do you do when you’re not sure how to finish a piece?  Here is some of the advice I got.

  • let it stew
  • wait
  • put it away for a while

Of course!  I have done all of those things in the past, and I just forgot, thinking I had to finish this Opal piece right now and right away. But I don’t. There are no looming deadlines, no shows I gotta enter it into .

I don’t like UFO’s though, I don’t want to make that pile grow.  And the compulsive part of me wants to FINISH IT.  But I am going to wait, and move on.

To the second piece in the Opal series!  This Opal series is really calling to me.  I know because I get really excited each time I look at this:

This is another picture of an opal that I pixilated and moved around in a photo app on my phone called MegaPhoto.  And blew it up in BlockPoster.com. Wow, when I see all those colors I go NUTS!

So for those of you who like to see the method to my my madness, here ya go:

I had the “bright” idea to glue the paper pattern to the freezer paper pattern underneath so I would be able to identify the color of each piece easily. Not so fast.  That added to the paper bulk of each piece and the confusion.  I removed it, luckily without ripping it.

The next step was to outline each shape with black Sharpie and add connecting hashmarks.  This took about an hour.

Next step: number each piece so I don’t get any of them confused.  Here is the freezer paper pattern. I also numbered the full color pattern version to correspond with the freezer paper pattern.  A good idea with over 300 pieces.  And I forgot to reverse the freezer paper pattern so I will actually end up with a reversed image in fabric.  Which doesn’t really matter, but even more reason to number all the pieces.

Here is the pattern fully numbered and marked:


I’m going to do this piece in sections and I have started cutting apart this bottom section. I hoping to join up the big sections later once all the little sections have been pieced.   That’s my plan anyway.  Ok, now I’m off to work some more on this baby- it’s calling to me!  How about you? What are you working on ?


Many congratulations to Mona Alderson who won the free spot in my upcoming online class!  Here is the link to check it out for yourself: DESIGN YOUR DREAM ART QUILT-SPRING 2017.  Early bird Pricing ends soon!

For all you online class junkies, I am offering a new class online.


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.

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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


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Susan and I on set

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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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