What’s Your Biggest Question?

Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!


When I first began this amazing journey of making art quilts back in 1998, I struggled with a lot of things.  I had a million ideas swirling in my head, but no clue how to execute them, evaluate them or if I had a “style”.  Slowly, over the years, these issues began to work themselves out, through much trial and error.

But lately, I’ve been wondering.  And asking questions about this.

My main question is: what’s your biggest question when you contemplate designing or making an art quilt? Especially if you are new or newish.  But we were all new once, right?

I boiled down my research to these main questions.  This is cool because you may have found yourself asking one or more of these questions.  Or maybe you are grappling with one of these right now.  Take a look and tell me below in the comments which one/ones resonate with you or did when you were a newbie.


  1. Design: how do I evaluate my own work? Why is something a “good” design?  What’s involved in a “good” composition?  How do I make abstract work?  How do I work in a series and why?
  2. Voice/Style:  What is my style? How do I put myself in my art?  How do I tell my story?
  3. Confidence:  how to make art confidently when I have no formal art training? How to get started and what direction to take my work? Validation- am I any good at this? Will anyone like this?  Should I even bother finishing this?
  4. Construction:  How the heck do I make this?  What techniques will I use?


I think every artist asks these questions sooner or later if they stick with it long enough.  I would love to know your answers because I am working on an online version of Making Your Dream Art Quilt ( currently a private coaching program).  I may call it something else, but this is what I want to help people with.

With that in mind I am re- posting a previous tutorial that teaches you how to get started constructing your art quilt. Click on this link:

Making the Rio quilt


Hopefully, it will jumpstart one of the ideas swirling in your head!  And don’t forget to comment below!


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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 http://roxanelessa.com.

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2 thoughts on “What’s Your Biggest Question?

  1. New follower here. Those are all questions I’ve been asking except … why do I have to have a style? If I see a technique I want to try, I wait for the right inspiration to manifest that technique. I recently saw a show where a woman had a specific style and worked in one color palette. For sure, you could look at one of her quilts and know it was done by her. Although her quilts were nice, after 4 or 5 I’d be bored out of my mind. I want to do it ALL. I want to dabble in the quilt equivalent of oil paint, acrylic paint, chalk, water paint, pen and ink, charcoal, even crayon!

    1. HI Robin,
      Thanks for your comment! I hear what you are saying! I want to try it all too. And I think you are confusing techniques with style. Where you are right now it’s appropriate to try everything that interests you. Sooner or later you will settle on some ways or techniques that you PREFER. Those are the ways you begin to explore your style, your uniqueness. Believe me, I would get bored too always working the same way, with the same colors, etc. But when I look over my work, I see I have tendencies that have shown themselves over time. Like certain motifs or colors or textures, etc. Does this make sense?

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