Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

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Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!

Remember the Tropical Storms quilt I made earlier this year?  Well, it seems I was predicting what was to come this Fall.




An overview from space.


Right now the wind is howling and the rain has  been coming down in sheets for hours.  Hurricane Matthew is making its presence felt here in NC.  We lost power this morning, and had to dig out the flashlights.  A nearby transformer went off in a big bang.  Fortunately, we are safe.  But, alas there was no sewing today!


Still no power. I’m having to bring ice and hot water to my house for my sister and mom.  Duke Energy is saying power might not be restored until Sunday!  So frustrating, since just down the road in the next town over, there is power. Meanwhile, I am sitting at a nearby Starbucks charging my devices and writing this post.

Well, life goes on anyway. So today I worked on packing supplies and kits for Houston.  Most of it I can send ahead, but my quilts for showing will be coming in a large suitcase on the plane with me.

So what will I be teaching?  Glad you asked!  There are still a few spots open in some of my classes.

Colorplay for Quilters– a light hearted romp into the world of color, including a slide show that teaches all the  major color schemes.  From there, we will make a grey scale and a monochromatic color scale with fabric to learn about value.  In the afternoon, we flex our composition and color muscles by creating a small fused art quilt.

Posh, Pet Portraits- a lesson in translating a favorite pet portrait into fabric by tracing and creating a pattern, and fusing fabrics.  A pattern of my Huey quilt will be included in case you want to make a small one of my furry friend.

Friday Sampler- I will be demo-ing my needle felting and quilting techniques on a BERNINA 770 QE machine.

Mini Mods- this is a half day exploration of geometric abstraction and composition, where we will fuse a small art quilt in the clean, “modern” style.  This is a great way to delve into the design elements and learn composition basics.

Fancy Needle Felted Tulips- a full day to learn how to hand needle felt a small tulip design by embellishing it with beautiful, luscious wool roving, and then with machine free motion quilting.  Kits supplied.

I hope you can come and study with me!

Study with me in Houston!


Here’s what I will be teaching:

Wed. Nov 2:  Color Play for Quilters #329 All Day

Thurs. Nov. 3:  Posh, Pet Portraits #422  All Day  Filling fast!!

Fri. Nov. 4: Friday Sampler- Marrying Machine quilting with Felting, AM #555 Filling Fast!!

Mini Mods, PM #579 half day class

Sat. Nov 4:  Fancy Needle Felted Tulip #712, All Day

To enroll online go to:

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


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Susan and I on set

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About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

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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