Interview With One of My Students

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  • COMING SOON:  Giclee Prints

Presenting Cathy Hedberg, one of my fabulous students!  Cathy has taken many of my classes, and has been studying with me since I first started teaching.  She has a binder full of notes and handouts from just my classes.  I am so honored to have had her in my classes.  She always brings her best to each class.  She brings her willingness to push through fear to try new things.  And she always brings her sense of humor too! Why do I share her progress?  So you know it is possible for YOU too.  YOU can design and make all your own original art quilts.

Here is a brief interview with Cathy:

Me: What attracted you to making quilts in the beginning?  And what kind of quilts did you start out making?

Cathy: My mom was a Home Ec teacher, and I have been sewing since I was a preteen.  I think my first venture into quilting was in college.  I’m not sure why I chose my first project, but I still have an appliqued frog pillow hiding in my closet!  Fast forward to 1986, when I was at home with my first child, a premie, and looking for something creative to do.  I signed up for a beginning quilt class and learned how to make templates out of sandpaper!  My first quilts strictly followed “the rules” as I never thought I knew what I was doing despite having sewn for years. Another decade later when a wonderfully indulgent aunt gave me a new sewing machine with all of the bells and whistles, I started sewing all over again and haven’t stopped trying new things.

Me:  When you signed up for your first art quilting class, what were you hoping to learn?

Cathy: I still like a lot of the traditional patterns, but I don’t like my work to look like everyone elses; I like adding a little twist to make it different. I was beginning to get bored following someone else’s pattern. After admiring quilts that to me didn’t follow “the rules”, I took my first art class from Roxane.  To me one of the scariest things she had me do was paint my quilt.  I was totally out of my element. I had never painted anything, much less a quilt.  I was hooked and whenever I had the opportunity I took Roxane’s classes. I love learning new ways to make my quilting my own. It has opened a whole new world and has been so much fun!

Cathy Hedberg's Still Life
Cathy Hedberg’s Still Life

This is the first time she ever painted- pretty good, no?

Me: Now that you have learned the whole process of designing, painting and quilting, what else would you like to make with your new found skills?

Cathy: I feel as if I have just begun on this new journey of designing, painting and quilting.  I am currently working on a piece that is truly stretching me, but is very exciting to see come together.  I started with a picture of my son doing something that he is very passionate about.  I am hoping that I can translate his passion into this quilt.  Being able to recognize what is special to someone and then create something from me just for them is very rewarding. 

Cathy's newest quilt she designed in progress
Cathy’s newest quilt she designed in progress

Me: If you had all the time and money you needed,  what other techniques or types of art quilting would you like to learn in the future?

Cathy: I’m not sure. I have thought about learning to dye fabric.  I love the look of hand-dyes.  I would also like to experiment with using some non-traditional quilt fabrics to create a different look and, and I am always wanting to learn new free motion stitches. Right now I am having fun on my present journey, but I am sure something will speak to me when I least expect it.

Many thanks to Cathy for sharing her art quilting story! 


Be sure to let me know in the comments if there is a certain textile painting you would like a Giclee print of.  These will be  limited edition, signed, museum quality prints of my work.  They will be affordably priced compared to the original and would make great gifts for someone special!

 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.  Roxane enjoys traveling, knitting and most of all working with students who want to create their own fiber art, and not simply make other people’s patterns.  Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.

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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