Bragging On My Students & Houston Part 1

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Bragging On My Students & Houston Part 1

This week, I just have to brag on my students, Pat and Susan.  Pat has taken my Design Your Dream Art Quilt online class twice now.  She is an excellent student, and her hard work has paid off.  Recently her art quilt that she made in our first class won 3 ribbons at her local quilt show. One of those ribbons was for best use of color.  I think her embellishments are spectacular too.  Believe or not, this was inspired by a photo of wood grain.  Here it is:


Susan has been my Private Coaching student for over a year.  At the beginning of her second round of coaching with me, she set her sites on creating a series of faces and got a solo show at her local gallery in CA. During this time, she really developed her signature angular style.  Here is the postcard for her show:

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Making enough work of great quality for a solo show is a huge accomplishment, and I couldn’t be prouder of her.  Go see it if you are in the area!

And one of the faces…


Oh, and did I mention her piece, Nature Takes Back It’s Own, got into the IQA World of Beauty show in Houston this year?


It’s even more beautiful in person.  The cool thing about coaching Susan, is that we have never met in person- it was all done online.

And now, speaking of Houston, let me show you some extraordinary eye candy from the show floor.  These were some of my favorite prize winners- all so different.  They were made by


Merit Quilting, Machine—Stationary
Sponsored by BERNINA® of America

Don’t Tell Me It’s Not a Dream
by Ximo Navarro Sirera
of Canals, Valencia, Spain


Sponsored by Mountain Mist

First Place

Fire in the Stone
by Kimberly Lacy
of Colorado Springs, Colorado


The Handi Quilter® Best
of Show Award

Sponsored by Handi Quilter®

Reflections of Cape Town
by Cynthia England
of Dickinson, Texas


Digital Imagery
Sponsored by Machine Quilting Unlimited

by Suzan Engler
of Panorama Village, Texas


The Superior Threads
Master Award
for Thread Artistry

Sponsored by Superior Threads

Suwon Hwasung
by Mikyung Jang
of Seodaemoon-Gu, Seoul, South Korea


The Koala Studios Master Award
for Innovative Artistry

Sponsored by Koala Studios

Silk Road Sampler
by Melissa Sobotka
of Richardson, Texas


Art-People, Portraits, and Figures
Sponsored by The Grace Company, Fine Quilting Frames

I…Reflection of life
by Olga Gonzalez-Angulo
of Sant Feliu De Guixols, Girona, Spain


Merit Quilting, Hand
Sponsored by Flynn Quilt Frame Company

Sparkling Beyond the Dream
by Keiko Minami
of Kawanishi City, Hyogo, Japan


The Gammill Master Award
for Contemporary Artistry

Sponsored by Gammill Quilting Systems

Unknown Man
by Marina Landi and Maria Lucia Azara
of Sao Paulo, Brazil

This last quilt really disappointed me.  It really grabbed my attention as a great example of the use of value, as well as color.  However, I was disappointed to learn that the artist copied the image of a painter.  Yes, she had his permission, but still, it was not her original image.  Anyway, it is a spectacular quilt, regardless. Personally, I would have offered some of the prize money to the original artist.

CORRECTION: Kathy York has corrected me and informed me that the artist did NOT have permission from the artist, and copied it stroke for stroke.  Since this is my blog, I would now like to state that this is simply not ok, and the original artist, Francoise Nielly,  should get the prize money.  At the very least the copiers should not get any prize, and should be banned from future shows.

Here are the IQA rules for this category:

Quilts must be of original forms and compositions, interpretations of existing artwork in the public domain, or interpretations created with original artist’s or photographer’s permission. This category features any art quilt that illustrates a recognizable image, such as objects, still life, wildlife, cityscapes, etc. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.

I hope you enjoyed this little preview- I have many more pictures which I will share next week, including some video and pictures from my classes!

Watch this space for upcoming classes!



Would you like to work with me one on one?

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.

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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

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2 thoughts on “Bragging On My Students & Houston Part 1

  1. You know what makes me mad Roxane, that IQF would give $5000 to a copy quilt, they knew it was a copy already as the quilt artist stated they had permission when they submitted the quilt on entry. Give winning $ to an original piece not a copy! Grrrrrr!

    1. Jessie, please write to the IQA and express your feelings, as I will. This is the only way things will change!

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