Wisteria Wonder Wins a Blue Ribbon!

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Subtitle: Why I still enter some quilt shows and I’m glad I entered this one, again. Special Edition.

Hi Everyone!

Recently, I read a post by Lisa Call, a quilt artist whom I respect and admire, which made huge sense to me. Lisa determined not to enter juried shows, because  her goal  is to focus on selling her art and make a living at it.  Entering all those shows became a distraction, and a huge time use.  This just seemed sensible given her goals.

Now, I happen to have the same goal of selling my art and making a living at it, and for some of the same reasons Lisa has, I have cut back on my show entering.  However, I still do, occasionally enter a few shows, choosing carefully. And with all shows, my main reason for showing my work is to share the love of the art form.

Winning a blue ribbon for Best Pictorial for Wisteria Wonder this past week was a huge joy too- don’t get me wrong, 😉 Thanks Sandy for the picture!

But winning a blue ribbon at this show, let me tell you, has so much meaning for me.  Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest was my first ever quilt show, my first time seeing art quilts in person and being blown away by them, my first time attending for classes and inspiration, and supplies, my first time entering a show, lots of firsts.  I still remember with awe seeing art quilts in person for the first time.  The beauty, the living colors, the textures!! If those artists had decided not to enter or share their work, where would I be today?  I feel like the inspiration and example they set for me has showed me how to be the artist and teacher I am today.  Because of that, and it’s relative closeness, I have almost always entered this show and visited this show for many, many years. Whether I won anything or not. Just because I wanted to share the love, the color, the beauty.

So do I enter every call for entry? Do I even look at them all? No.  But I am glad I did this time….

Moral of the story? Enter shows if you are moved to do so. Chose them carefully. If you want to make work for shows and need the deadlines and the creative nudges of a prompt or a theme, by all means use them.  But please, don’t feel like you have to enter them all or as many as possible. Pick the ones that have a theme you already have work made for. Or pick the ones with personal meaning to you. You will know which ones are for you and which ones are just a waste of your time.  And my best wishes go with you always 🙂

P.S. If you want to read about the making of this quilt in detail, go back into the archives starting April of last year.

For all you online class junkies, I am offering a new class online.


Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint details for depth and realism on your quilts?


If the answer is yes, read on.  My popular Painted & Fused Morning Glory class is going to be offered online  to the general public for the first time.  I have taught this class many times and each time I’m awed at the fabulous results everyone gets, with each flower being slightly different.

This class is open for registration  now and starts January 1 and is only $39.00!

And you can do it at your own pace in your own house, in your jammies, without running around.  All lessons will be available to you at the same time, in case you get inspired and want to work fast.

Here is the linky thingy to register:


I hope you will enjoy this fun class, it will remind you of Spring in the middle of Winter!

And, you will learn all the techniques I used to paint my latest landscape art quilt….

Would you like to work with me one on one? Maybe you would like to make original work, show it and perhaps sell it?

This has actually happened for my client Susan!

 Susan has just let me know, she sold this quilt! Congratulations, Susan!

One of my private clients, Susan, has had her quilt, “Nature Takes Back Her Own”,  that was accepted into the prestigious Houston IQA World of Beauty Show.

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As part of our work together, I coached her on the making of this quilt.  She was able to realize her vision to design, make and get her art quilt into one of the best shows in the world!  How about you, are you ready???


Look into my 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.



Here’s what one guild VP had to say recently:

I’m usually Johnny on the Spot but missed the boat last week re these BIG THANKS.  Loved your presentation. Heard very positive and supportive remarks from the guests…thank you again for the well-defined and creative presentation.  Look forward to seeing you again. 


Here’s a link to my contract with current lecture and class rates:  Contract


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

My Pinterest: You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.

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 taught at the Houston quilt show.  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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6 thoughts on “Wisteria Wonder Wins a Blue Ribbon!

  1. I am totally NOT surprised Wisteria Wonder won a blue ribbon! Awesome work, awesome quilt, awesome teacher. Congratulations!

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