Let the Fabric Tell the Story

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Let the Fabric Tell the Story

Sometimes you find some fabric that really inspires you.  But what  will you make with it?  Last week I let the fabric and a new stamp I bought speak to me.  Here’s the stamp, which I got at the Durham Quilt Show, from my friend Judy Gula at Artistic Artifacts:

Shell stamp
Shell stamp


It was hand carved by an Indian farmer-isn’t it gorgeous!

And I decided that the beach was my main idea- not a big leap, since I was using a huge shell!

I pulled these hand dyed and Shibori dyed fabrics from my stash, because they always remind me of water ripples.


Then I went to work, using Sheila Frampton Cooper’s method of improvisational curved piecing.  But first I played with the stamp!  I tried rubbing it with a Shiva paintstick, and painting and stamping with fabric paint.


I thought the one on the right using paint looked crisper.

Shell piece
Shell piece


Here’s what I ended up with.  I took the black and white photo to test my value balance.  It looks pretty good except I think I will use some darker thread and quilting in the large teal area to integrate some of the darker values there.  I’m not sure yet how I will finish the edges, but it will probably be a shaped facing, or maybe a bias binding.

Next step is to audition thread and decide on quilting motifs and patterns!

As always, a big thanks for reading!


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That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!



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: 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. 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! CUSTOM COMMISSIONS 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-Web-Images-007 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 http://roxanelessa.com. 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: roxane@roxanelessa.com Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)


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One thought on “Let the Fabric Tell the Story

  1. You forgot to show me that stamp. THAT is amazing!
    I go to the Durham-Orange show every year.
    See you soon.

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