Chaos & Creation

Welcome New Readers and thanks for taking the time to visit my blog!

It’s been a long time since I sat down to write about what I’ve been making! If you are like me, I’ve been adjusting slowly to life at home, teaching from home, and generally learning how to survive isolation. I teach my dance classes virtually on Zoom, which is the best we can do right now.

And of course, I started making masks early on. I discovered a cache of tightly woven batik fabric that I washed up and started with. I have 2 basic patterns I use. One is a curved and fitted pattern

And the other is the quicker pleated mask.

I don’t charge for them but donate to friends and local places. I feel it’s the least I can do since I’m still being paid for my work teaching.

I have also been working on a new series of curved improv pieced quilts. One of the benefits of staying at home  with no commute to work, is I have more time and energy to create. So I dusted off a technique of Sheila Frampton-Cooper‘s, which uses your rotary cutter and mostly solid fabrics.  She kindly critiqued my work on FB and joined my Joyful Art Quilting Group there. That was a real treat to hear from her. She tells me she is working on an online class. I can’t wait!

Anyway, I pieced them and improv quilted them too with very little fore thought. I just let it happen. It was a fun exercise in design and pattern. Here’s the first one:

And the sister quilt:

I ended up using a facing on both and here is the 2nd one clipped and ready to hand sew the edge down.

Now I am turning my attention to an old UFO that I found (I’m sure I’m not the only one doing this!)  I pulled it out and said to myself- hey I really like this! Why didn’t I finish it?  I couldn’t remember, but I’m working on it again.

I brought it to an online critique with Lyric Kinard and some other art quilters. After the critique I felt it was mostly balanced and working , but I wanted to add a bit more of the peach color, and add a smaller shape since most of my shapes were pretty large. I quickly snapped some pictures, and I think I like the last one best. Here they are in order of trying out:

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I’m thinking of naming it Chaos and Creation, because it reminds me of a windy day in the garden during Spring.
And that’s what I have been up to over the last 6 weeks or so. What have you been up to? Teeny wants to know….silly girl!


Please feel free to use this material for your own work, but do not reproduce it, thank you.


If you need help with your quilting project, just remember I am available for 1 hour sessions by video chat or in person. Just shoot me an email and we can set up a time:

If you are or if you know the program chair for your guild, please review my class selections ( ) and book me for your guild. I am still available for some dates this year or next.
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My New Facebook Group

Oh and before I forget- I have a new Facebook Group called Joyful Art Quilting. You can head on over there to discuss your projects in more detail and see what others are up to.  It’s a fun, non-judgmental place to meet and share.  Here’s the link to go join the group:


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!



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

My Pinterest: You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.

About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a 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 was 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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