Finding Your Voice

Hi Everyone!

Have you ever found yourself wondering if you have found your “voice” as a quilter? And anyway, what the heck does that means to “find your voice”?  And what do you do with it once you have “found” it?

Once you begin making a body of work, eventually, you will notice some similarities.  Similarities of color, shapes, lines, imagery, feelings, etc.  

Everyone recognizes the art quilts of iconic artists like Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry or Nancy Crow.  Of course they have been working for a long time, and have made a lot of work.  But, what is it that makes their work so recognizable as their work?

Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry


They have found their voice.  They have deliberately chosen certain colors, elements, lines, images and used them over and over again.  Why?  Because they really, really like them. In fact, they are so passionate about these elements, they have built series on them.

If you are still reading, my private coaching students and I have been working hard on this “voice” thing.  And I made a video this week about the 5 Stages of an Art Quilter’s Development.  And guess what?  Somewhere in these 5 stages, if you do the work, you will develop your voice!  I can’t help but mention at this point, it really, really helps to have a coach to help you along this process.  Someone who has been through these stages, and can help with the self doubt and the stuck areas.

Here’s the video, and please share with your quilting friends.  And don’t forget to tell me what stage you are in in the comments!

5 Stages of an Art Quilter’s Development



My Private Coaching is going really well.  My students are delving deeply into what makes a really great piece of textile art and making their own pieces.  I truly love passing on what I have learned.  Here’s what my client Cathy had to say after our first session:

“You already have my brain working in a different way. I had fun yesterday!”


If you are ready to take the next step in your art quilting, read about it below and schedule your free call with me!



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: 

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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!   


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 is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. 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:

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