Charlotte Quilters Guild

Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!  Last week I lectured at the fabulous Charlotte Quilters Guild meeting.  I stayed with a lovely couple in their gorgeous home right on Lake Wylie, Carol and Gary.  I met many friendly people, and had a great time.IMG_0689

Carol's house
Carol’s house


This week, I thought I would post a tutorial on how I get started with a quilt from a photo.  My Charlotte ladies will remember I showed my Venice quilt at the lecture/trunk show.  This one’s for you!  Here’s how I got started with this one….

I haven’t made a pictorial quilt in a while and I’m enjoying it. I find it easier than abstract quilts which are made spontaneously, and unlike the pictorial quilts, have no road map to follow. That picture above shows the transparency that I trace from the photo. I project it on the wall and decide how big to make it.  AS I’m projecting it on the wall, I trace it onto freezer paper.  Here is the completed freezer paper pattern:

Now I’m ready to preview fabrics—aka the fun part! That gorgeous pink hand dye was dyed by my friend Lyric Kinard. The rest are dyed by moi or are batiks.

So now I’m ready to play for real. I start cutting out pattern pieces and pinning to my background fabric, just like I’m making a puzzle.

I thought about making the center building red, like in the photo, but decided to make it a cool purple so it would recede more into the distance and be less important. I should have taken a picture with the red so you could see. Trust me, it was better with the purple! All the fabrics are prefused before I cut out the shapes, less messy edges that way.

Once the fabrics have all passed the final evaluation, I fuse them down onto muslin.  Now I’m ready to paint the details!

In other news:

I will be showing some of my newer art quilts at the Sandhills Show and the Piedmont Quilt Show, both in North Carolina.  I will be having a booth in the latter half of the Piedmont show, and visiting the Sandhills show.  I hope I’ll see you there!

Plus- I’ll be away the following week filming 2 segments for Quilting Arts TV!  I’ll let you know more about that later….

 As always, a big thanks for reading!


Master Art Quilters Guild 

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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!



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One thought on “Charlotte Quilters Guild

  1. An interesting peek into your process, Roxane! Congrats on the TV gig… you’ve hit the big time 🙂

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