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Welcome to the new readers!
A few weeks ago, I was able to teach the ladies of the American Sewing Guild in Greer, South Carolina. We had a terrific time making raw fused applique pieces. My host, Phyllis, and the other ladies totally spoiled me while I was there, and I had a great time. I was most impressed by the open mindedness of the students and how willing they were to try something out of their wheel house. I hope this workshop has inspired them to make the art quilts of their dreams, now that they have the basic skills.
Here are some pics from the day:
After I came home, I was able to make some progress on the Tree of Life piece. I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to do the branches and face and hair of the tree, but I had a few ideas….should I use strips of fabric for the leaves or fussy cut fabric with leaves? I tried both of those and decided against them. They looked too stiff. In the end, I went with some wool roving that I needle felted into dread locks and weeping willow branches.
I got a much softer effect. Then using my round clear foot, I stitched them down. (Before that I put some fusible interfacing on the back to stabilize the stitching).
I like the contrast of the soft roving with the hard clean edges of the spirals below.
The next step was to layer and fuse on the backing and the wool batting. Now let the quilting begin! But first you need to audition threads:
I might not use all of these, but I could. Stay tuned for the quilted piece next time….until then, let me know if I can help with any of your projects.
If you need help with your quilting project, just remember I am available for 1 hour sessions by video chat or in person. Just shoot me an email and we can set up a time: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Oh and before I forget- I have a new Facebook Group called Joyful Art Quilting. You can head on over there to discuss your projects in more detail and see what others are up to. It’s a fun, non-judgmental place to meet and share. Here’s the link to go join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507846232658642/
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Private Intensive for Art Quilters- a 7 week adventure to learn how you can make great art quilts. Whatever your plans, 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.
Painted Morning Glory
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 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:
And, you will learn all the techniques I used to paint my latest landscape art quilt….
NEW TO ART QUILTING???
I am opening up my It’s Elemental! online class. But there’s still time to get on board. It’s 8 weeks and only $97 and includes a group live video session. This may be the last time I am offering this class, and it’s perfect for newbies who want to get a crash course in design and composition. Here’s the link to find out about it and enroll; https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/25831/enroll
WANNA TAKE A LIVE CLASS WITH ME?
If 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!
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.
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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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