Fall is Coming: I’m “Going” to Hawaii


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Hi Everyone!

As I write this post, there is a distinct chill in the air that reminds me of Fall coming, and how much I don’t like to be cold!  What better time to start a new art quilt using some of my Hawaiian pictures for inspiration!  Yes, I still dream of that place and it’s stunning beauty.

So here we go.

Culling through the more than 600 images, I picked a few of the cliffs and ocean that make me actually swoon. ( A side note here: you want to pay attention to that swooning feeling. That’s when you know you have a subject worthy of your time and attention.)

I decided to incorporate some of the plant shapes that I saw, but wasn’t quite sure how to do that.  This was my beginning image.

Glorious, right?

I began by printing this picture out 8″ x 10″ and tracing the outlines of the large leaves I saw everywhere in Hawaii. I placed them on top of the picture and arranged them on top of my light box.

Here I’m trying out different placements for the leaf outlines. Then I traced those on my photo with green Sharpie as I am thinking they will be green thread lines later. I also bolded the outlines of the cliffs and shore so they would show up better.

This is how I start making my full scale pattern.  I took a photo of that with my phone and uploaded it to my computer.  Next step: dig the digital projector out of the closet and project the image on to the wall.  Teeny (aka Gracie) wants to join all the fun.  Here’s my setup to project the image on the screen onto my design wall.

And now it’s time to find the proper size- this one will be on the small size. About 20″ x 26″. And trace onto the freezer paper for my pattern.

But after I saw it all traced out and enlarged, I thought it looked a little unbalanced. Too heavy on the left side.  Rats, back to the drawing board.

If I’m going to practice what I preach, any design problems need to be worked out before I sew.  In fact, I have a whole lecture about it that I give to guilds all over the place. It’s called What Every Quilter Needs to Know Before They Sew,  😆

So I traced just the leaves again, and oriented the larger leaf on the right side to balance the cliffs.

I like this version much better. Next stop: my fabric closet to unearth lots of hand dyed blues, browns and greens.

This piece will be much freer and less demanding technically than the Opal pieces. I do plan to return to that series, but I need a break from that intense piecing.  Also, Hawaii is calling…

How about you, what is “calling” you and inspiring you today?


Have you seen this???

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Private Design Intensive for Art Quilters

This is my new Private Intensive for Art Quilters- a 7 week adventure to learn how you can make great art quilts. Whatever your plans for Fall, 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 roxane@roxanelessa.com.

Love to all, peace out!



Coming up soon….


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!


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.



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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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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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2 thoughts on “Fall is Coming: I’m “Going” to Hawaii

  1. Thanks Ellen! I think they will be quilted with some heavier thread. I may add a wash of green paint inside which will be subtle over the blue/green water area. Never know for sure until I actually try it out!

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