Something to Wear in Houston

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Something to Wear in Houston

Occasionally I make clothes too.  Not too often, because after I make a garment, I will remember why I like making art quilts better.  It’s so ironic, because I have a degree in clothing design and textiles.  I did get really good at tailoring and making unique garments from scratch.  And quite often they would turn out well enough to wear or for someone else to wear.  But I hate the restriction of having to have something fit, and follow directions.  I just wanna be creative, and that’s why I switched from making garments.

So this week I tried my hand at making a loose kimono style jacket.  How hard could it be , right?  I had some really pretty Kaffe Fassett fabric that felt divine with a nice drape.  I bought a pattern, and made some minor tweaks.  It came out pretty well, but the directions- geez!  And since it’s been so long since I made a jacket, I forgot all my preferred methods of making this style.  So it seemed like everything was done the hard and stupid way, resulting in a less than perfect finish.  I will wear it, but if I could have a do-over, maybe with different fabric, I would make it soooooo differently.



If you can relate in your frustration with directions for garment patterns, share below with your comments.  Or maybe, I’m just bad at following directions?

Next week I’ll be on the plane for Houston for my first ever teaching gig there!  I’ll try to write a short post, but most likely there will be a post the following week with all my impressions, and experiences. Am I nervous? A little, but mostly I have this nagging feeling that have forgotten something.  I will only have 1 short afternoon to view the quilts, so I’ll be sprinting around the floor with my running shoes on and my camera clicking!  Watch out if you see me coming, I  don’t want to knock you down….



The Needle Felting Flower video IS ready.  So if you haven’t seen it and want to get your free pattern- just email me and I’ll send it your way.  See below.





HOUSTON, the biggest quilt show in the world!

If you are going, here are the cool classes and lecture I am giving:

#461 lecture—What Every Quilter Needs to Know Before They Sew
#523 -Sculptured Silk, as seen on Quilting Arts TV 1500
#715—Colorplay, my color class for quilters

Go online to sign up, I can’t wait to go, and I can’t wait to see YOU there!  Here’s the link to the CATALOGUE.



New 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.



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

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About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

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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