New Piece Construction, How Did She Do That?

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Hi Everyone!

I had some questions about how I am constructing this puzzle of a piece.  As you can see from the picture, Gracie is always curious. So to answer that in a nutshell, here goes…

  • Using your pattern piece of freezer paper, iron fabric to the waxy side. It will temporarily stick.
  • Cut around leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.  
  • Do the same with adjoining pattern piece and fabric.
  • Using the registration marks line, decide which sides to join together. One piece will be joined under the other
  • The “over” piece will get the raw edge turned under by brushing on some spray starch, then lightly iron that raw edge, then turn it under the freezer paper template and press again, hard this time.
  • Put a bit of Glue Stick on that raw edge and join it to the “under” piece, matching the registration marks and template edges. Press down, and iron lightly again so the glue will dry. Dry glue will not gum up your needle when you sew it.
  • Tip: use a light box to precisely place those 2 pieces together.

This light table is made by the Daylight company.  You can buy them online and if ya do, tell them I sent you. I may get a small kick back.  Mine was given to me in Houston, and I love how portable and light it is.

  • Turned under edge finished
  • Then take it to your sewing machine and sew as below in the video with the Monopoly thread top and bottom and tiny zigzag stitch from the top. Paper will be removed later. Leave the paper for now to stabilize grain lines and keep this puzzle flat. This next picture shows the registration mark lining up.From the back:
    And how it looks after sewing that edge together from the top.

If you missed it last time, here is how I sewed those pieces together:

The angle of the camera is still not great, but I’m working on that.

And here it is so far…

A Further Tip: I have found it is easier to make tiny clips in the seam allowance on concave curves to turn it under smoothly. But some pieces have concave and convex curves in them, in which case you just do your best to coax them into smooth curves with spray starch and glue. Nothing is perfect so why should this be, right?  People think I have a lot of patience. Not true, I just enjoy this kind of challenge.  It’s fun for me, so I do it!

What are you working on this New Year?  Please share your photos or links to your FB page if you have one!



For all you online class junkies, I am offering a new class online.


Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint details for depth and realism on your quilts?


If the answer is yes, read on.  My popular Painted & Fused Morning Glory class is going to be offered online  to the general public for the first time.  I have taught this class many times and each time I’m awed at the fabulous results everyone gets, with each flower being slightly different.

This class is open for registration  now and starts January 1 and is only $39.00!

And you can do it at your own pace in your own house, in your jammies, without running around.  All lessons will be available to you at the same time, in case you get inspired and want to work fast.

Here is the linky thingy to register:

I hope you will enjoy this fun class, it will remind you of Spring in the middle of Winter!

And, you will learn all the techniques I used to paint my latest landscape art quilt….

Would you like to work with me one on one? Maybe you would like to make original work, show it and perhaps sell it?

This has actually happened for my client Susan!

 Susan has just let me know, she sold this quilt! Congratulations, Susan!

One of my private clients, Susan, has had her quilt, “Nature Takes Back Her Own”,  that was 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


Don’t forget to get yours:  Quilting Arts TV has the new 1500 Series available for download-  YES this is the one I am in (squee!!) Click HERE to get yours.


Susan and I on set

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

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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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2 thoughts on “New Piece Construction, How Did She Do That?

  1. Really enjoy seeing your work and tutorials. Can’t wait to have some spare time to get back to that (still in training with my new job). You simplify things in a way that doesn’t take out the magic of the piece, but makes it possible for others to make their own magi!c

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