My Gift to YOU! A Holiday Tute!

I am grateful this week for my children and as much as a pain as they can sometimes be (ahem), last week’s nightmare was a horrific reminder that love and relationships are all that really matters.  Please honor and give all your friends, family, and even strangers your kind thoughts and deeds, while we remember the grief of those families in Conn. who lost so much.


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This is a short tute ( I just love that word!) on how I start a  BIG piece.  For those of you have always wondered how I go from photo to fabric, here are the first steps.  Now, I am not the only one doing this technique, but I put my own spin on it.  Those of you who have taken my Design Your Own Art Quilt have done this, but it will serve as a reminder, sort of.

1.  Prepare your picture, print 5″ x 7″, trace onto clear acetate, but only the elements you want (in this case, no house, no car). Use a fine tip washable black marker.

2.  Prepare you pattern by taping sections of freezer paper with double sided tape by overlapping taped areas by about 1/2″ inch, so that no tape shows.  Use as many sections as you need for the size of piece.  Tape or pin to your wall-dull side up facing you.

3.  Project your tracing onto your paper with an overhead projector.  If you have a digital projector- you could just project your photo and trace from there, but I find it’s easier to edit first, then project and determine the ultimate size you want.

4.  Using a thick marker trace your lines and shadows onto your freezer paper pattern.  Here it is traced in blue.  You can see it took 3 sections of F.P. taped together.  Once it’s all traced, remove from wall, and square up your edges with a long ruler and triangle.  Projecting often distorts your edges, so they are no longer square.  Best to do this now, not later, unless you want a wonky quilt.

5.  Transfer outlines to muslin under layer with a pencil.  This gives you a cheat sheet to show you where the fused pieces go, and gives you something to fuse to.

Muslin pinned to freezer paper pattern for tracing.

 Final tracing on muslin with shadows showing through.

That’s it!  Next I get to play with fabric choices!  By the way, this is a large commission I am working on based on my piece, Crepe Myrtles 2:  Winter Twilight (which is still available).

 It will be similar in feeling, and technique, but using different colors and trees.


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.  Or, for more fun, come to the ROCK YOUR QUILTING RETREAT next month, January 11, 12, 13.  Just contact me for more details.

 Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa.

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