Sharing My Artistic Process

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This week I thought I would share my artistic process of making one of my art quilts.  This is because I am frequently asked, “How do you make that?”  So I’m going to take you on the journey from start to finish of this particular art quilt…

I started with a wonderful piece of fabric I bought from Lisa Reber a while back.  And a picture I had saved from National Geographic of somewhere in Brazil.



A scrap of the fabric:


At first I thought I would try an abstract composition that vaguely resembled the picture.  I tried several layouts, but wasn’t thrilled by any of them.  Why? I kept asking myself….

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Then it occurred to me that while there was some variety in the sizes and lengths of the shapes, everything was pretty much the same.  It was too predictable, too boring- too much repetition.  Meh.  Back to the drawing board…

I liked the foreground and the background colors and values.  I liked the texture that was happening with some white Shiva Paintsticks on the background silk.  But it still wasn’t enough variety.  So here’s where I needed to be willing to deviate from the picture to create some excitement.  I added a 3-D element by stiffening the striped pieces with Peltex so that it would be raised in some areas off the surface, and zig-zagged around the raw edges.  Then I added the complement of blue which is yellow/orange, in small quantities, repeating the spirals found in the quilting.  WOW!  That little pop of blue’s complement really made for some zing.


It also created lots of movement as the values turned lighter towards the top (gradation).  Now I was happy. So I faced the edges, quilted it and machine stitched down the blue and white shapes where they touched the background.

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What do you think?  Do you think I made the right decisions? What else could I have tried to improve this piece?  What have you tried that has helped you with design decisions?  I would love to hear from you, and as always if you need help or want some new design ideas, please comment!


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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 been accepted to teach in Houston.  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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