I Love a Wonky Art Quilt

Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!  What’s new?  OMG, a busy week!  Studio news flash: I love a wonky quilt is almost finished.  Art quilters gathered at Cary Quilting Co. on Sunday for the Art Quilter’s Salon.  Find out how it went and what we learned below…. And my work is now on display at the Cary Gallery of Artists!


Yes it’s true, I do love a wonky edge.  Why?  It’s a little unexpected, and adds a bit of whimsy.  As I pieced this baby, I let the shape evolve organically.  However, now I have to create shaped facings for the wonky edges.   You can see them pinned and ready to stitch by hand.


And the edges are pressed with steam as they are rolled under, so you don’t see the facing from the front.



I used this great tutorial, which works great for straight or wonky edges!

I enjoyed making this piece and plan to make more. 😛


I had 4 intrepid ladies who came out on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon to work on their passion- art quilting.  Everyone brought something they wanted help with, and I coached each person.  We talked about the importance of good design and composition, and some tips for how to achieve that.  I think the #1 eye opener was how much the judicious use of value makes the difference between a good piece and a yucky one. For example, Susi is working on a new piece and I had her do some little value studies.  We looked at them all together and critiqued them.  I think with a few tweaks they would make a fabulous little series.


Next we looked at two little curved strip piecing samples she had already made.  We put them up, took a black and white image and critiqued them.  We decided the larger one could improve with some darker values added, while the little one needed a few lighter areas added.  I suggested she slice them up and incorporate the two pieces together by playing around with the pieces.  We’ll see what she decides to do….


We did so much more, but this post is already getting a little long!  If you would like some help with designing your own art quilt or are stuck with a UFO, bring it along to the next Sunday Salon.  It will be July 13th from 1-4 pm.



See my work and purchase it at Cary Gallery of Artists

Energy Series & little art quilt cubes
Energy Series & little art quilt cubes


And while your’re in Cary, go see some great examples of art quilting at its finest: AQ_whimsy_Final-225x125 April 23 – June 22, 2014 Page-Walker Arts and History Center 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513 Join PAQA South to get more involved with art quilting.  You do not have to be a professional to join! Here’s the link: http://paqa-south.org/membership/


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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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