The Rock Your Quilting Retreat 2013


  • FEATURE ARTICLE: How We Rocked It!
  • COMING SOON: Fused Applique Class at Thimble Pleasures


Feature Article:  How We Rocked It!

OH boy, did we ever!  Penny and her husband David were the perfect hosts.  The food was divine and the dining room was so lovely.  We were waited on, hand and foot.  As if that weren’t enough, one of the participants, Sharon, gave hand and shoulder massages.  

It had been a while since I taught, and I had forgotten how much fun it was.  We used the upstairs hallway, which was enormous, and quickly delved into all things quilty.  We learned about tension, threads, and how to use both effectively in your quilting.  We practiced adjusting tension for each type of thread and analyzing good and bad tension.  We played with bobbin stitching and what great textures you can achieve with that.  We looked at quilt tops that weren’t quilted yet, and gave each other ideas how to quilt it.  We used a simple but effective method for trying out patterns and colors, and came up with a plan for quilting each top.  Also, I helped each quilter develop her own rhythm with her machine, so that her stitches were more even.  All that and much more.  Mostly, I think everyone went home with a new sense of confidence, and a plan for improvement, not to mention a whole set of new skills to make their quilting more fun and beautiful.   Plus, we are all friends now and will hopefully get together soon to compare results.

Here is an album of pictures from the retreat:

Sharon's swatch
Sharon’s swatch


Carmen's swatch with metallic thread
Carmen’s swatch with metallic thread


Jane and Carmen quilting
Jane and Carmen quilting


Cathy and Sharon quilting
Cathy and Sharon quilting


Jane and Judith hard at work
Jane and Judith hard at work


front door windows
front door windows


dining room window
dining room window


Penny's crewel embroidery
Penny’s crewel embroidery


Buddy, the sweetest doggy
Buddy, the sweetest doggy


Penny's tin cabinets
Penny’s tin cabinets


Penny our chef and host
Penny our chef and host


Dining Room table
Dining Room table


Thanks everyone who came and helped out on this fabulous event!! 

 TESTIMONIALS from participants:

I feel a big boost in personal confidence re: making choices and quilting.  Thank you! 

The small class allowed for more individual help and encouragement.

Thank you so much- I  learned a great deal and have much more confidence in my skills!!


 May 25: Fused Applique and Paint Class, Thimble Pleasures, Chapel Hill

 About Roxane

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.  Roxane enjoys traveling, knitting and most of all working with students who want to create their own fiber art, and not simply make other people’s patterns.  Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.

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:

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