Around the World Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone!

I was asked to participate in yet another blog hop by none other than Lyric Kinard.  And whenever Lyric invites me to do anything, I say yes!  She is a fabulous teacher and artist so do look at her blog and subscribe,

So first question: What am I working on?

I was working on needlefelted, quilted, and beaded pieces.



But now I’m totally switching gears, following the next bright, shiny object.  Now I’m working BIG, on a pieced, modern, reflection piece. I took a picture about 4 years ago of glass buildings reflecting each other.  I loved the pattern play and distortion. Here’s what I got so far.   I haven’t worked on a large piece in a long time- so this is very exciting for me.

Original picture



projection on wall to make patternIMG_6380


Constructing a single block



The pattern and few blocks made.IMG_6389


This piece is requiring a ton of precision, and I’m not fusing for once.  More on this later….

Question #2:  How does my work differ from others in this genre?

It’s not really that different.  I just make things that interest me, and try to add my own way of seeing things to it.

Questions #3:  Why do I create what I do?

Because it’s the way I express the truth of me.  It gives me joy, and it gives other people joy.  And I can’t imagine not doing it.  In fact, I’m itching to get in the studio right now!

Question #4:  How does my creative process work?

Well, I get an image, photo, or piece of fabric that I want to explore.  I ask myself what I like about it, and then figure out how to highlight that thing.  Then I think about how I will make it technically.  Sometimes I make a small sample first. Sometimes I just dive in.  I do like to work in series of similar pieces, but I often switch back and forth between series.  I also love to learn new techniques, and am constantly studying how other artists accomplish something I like, so I can adapt it to my own uses.

And now for 2 more wonderful art quilters I love:

Nanette Zeller: Nanette is a textile artist who has been teaching and writing about sewing and fiber art since 2002. She has also been the highly effective president of PAQA- South.

Here is her thoughtful blog, where you can see her beautiful work:



And next up we have:  Jeanne Hewell-Chambers at

Jeanne has a unique take on things, travels, inspiration, making art- take a look and see.





Students Say

One of my virtual Private students from Florida recently said and reminded me why I love to coach my students:

“I really, really thank you for encouraging me to get back into experimenting again. That is where the real joy is for me and I had drifted away from there – didn’t even realize it. So thank you again and again – you are a Godsend mentor!” ~Ellen

Reminder, the next MAQG will kick off in January- so keep that in mind if you’d like to join in the fun.  If you have any friends who would like to jump in, invite them too!



Remember to look at the next Quilting Arts Magazine– I have an article in there!!! It will be the Dec/Jan issue.

What are you working on?  I love to see your comments and pictures.  You can head on over to my FB page and share some photos of your creations too!


Roxane Recommends

Art Quilts 101, a newish Facebook group started by Sue Freebern.  She shares and posts everyday all about techniques and inspiration for making art quilts.  There are lots of in process photos, and links to great tutorials.  Here’s the link: ART QUILTS 101.  Even if you don’t like FB, you’ll like this group.  The only rules are share whatever you want, but share how you made it.

As always, a big thanks for reading!



Master Art Quilters Guild 

For details read below  ↓


The Private Coaching Program for art quilters who are serious about their art making (see below).  But also, I’m adding the Master Art Quilters Guild, the new group coaching program, for those of you who like to work with others.  This Fall’s group is now closed, but for more info, just click HERE for .  Next one will probably start with the New Year.

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!



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 15+ 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. Did You Know? That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at? Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned. It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too!

CUSTOM COMMISSIONS And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience: “Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!” About Roxane Roxane-Web-Images-007 Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls.  She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

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2 thoughts on “Around the World Blog Hop!

  1. I enjoyed following your process on the large quilt you have started. I will be eager to see more progress photos, as it is similar to the way I like to work. Quilting Arts hasn’t arrived in the mail yet, but I can’t wait to see it!

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