Painting & Quilting Thunderclouds!

It’s been a while since my last post. Since then I have worked on my new quilt- the thundercloud seascape. I began it as a “make along” while my Intermediate FB class was working on theirs. I filmed parts of the painting so they could learn some of my painting techniques. And I will share some of those in this post.  Speaking of that class… please feel free to view their spectacular work here: FB Album.

If you would like to be a part of one of these classes, please go here to find out more: The Joyful Art Quilting Facebook class.

So in case you forgot, here is the original picture for my inspiration.

There was quite a lot of textile painting with ProFab textile paint,  & Golden 900 medium.

Here are some test spots on the white silk I used for the cloud bank.

And here the painting progresses on the real thing marked with light pencil.

I have it ironed onto freezer paper so it won’t move about.

And here is the final cloud bank.

Here is one of the videos I made that shows the beginnings of the painting:


And once it was all done, I cut it out and fused it to the rest of the quilt top, then added more paint to get the water reflecting the light.

Now I layered it up with  my favorite wool batting and began the quilting. Here it is with the sky partially marked up with chalk lines to indicate the radiating lines of stitching.

There’s still a lot of work to be done in the water, but it’s half way done! As I was quilting I decided to switch to a smaller, sharper needle than I usually use, so as not to poke large holes in the silk. I believe it was a Microtex Sharp 10. It still worked fine with no broken threads.

I hope you all are staying safe and you had a good Thanksgiving, even though this pandemic is becoming tedious to say the least.  I really miss my social dancing and friends, but I am opting to stay home and stay safe until we can all be together safely again. In the meantime, I am using this gift of extra time to teach, quilt and make new work! How about you?



Please feel free to use this material for your own work, but do not reproduce it, thank you.


If you need help with your quilting project, just remember I am available for 1 hour sessions by video chat or in person. Just shoot me an email and we can set up a time:

If you are or if you know the program chair for your guild, please review my class selections ( ) and book me for your guild. I am still available for some dates this year or next.
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My New Facebook Group

Oh and before I forget- I have a new Facebook Group called Joyful Art Quilting. You can head on over there to discuss your projects in more detail and see what others are up to.  It’s a fun, non-judgmental place to meet and share.  Here’s the link to go join the group:


If you want to take a class with me- CALL ME at 919-602-2260.   I can teach for a small group of your friends, like I did a while back for my friend Joyce Marks and her quilting buddies.  We had a blast and I tailored the classes to her group’s interests.

And you can always take an online class with me- see below!



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

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

About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a 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 was 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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