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May 22, 2017
Joyce Wieland and Art with Fabric from Quilting & Learning

Reason & Passion - based on
Joyce Wieland's Reason Over Passion (1968)
Welcome to Art with Fabric - Spring 2017! I'm thrilled to be participating in this blog hop again - thanks Alida for organizing it! It's so much fun finding an artist's work to use as inspiration. I had to find one that I liked since I spent about 4 months thinking and working on this piece.

The piece I've chosen to interpret is Joyce Wieland's Reason over Passion, created in 1968. Joyce Wieland (1930 - 1998) was an amazing woman. I was introduced to her art by ...

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My Latest Art Quilt from Eric the Quilter

I’ve been off fighting the good fight the past couple days, and I decided to have some fun. I had this art quilt half way done, and decided to get back to work on it. I ironed on the applique, looked at it, and decided I didn’t want to do normal applique stitches. I’m just going to power over it, and run it over with thread. I’m going to pump so much thread into this quilt, it’s going to be ridiculous. Now I’m just debating, what colors and weights of thread to use… Hmmm ...

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May 21, 2017
Posh, Pet Portraits at NC Quilt Symposium from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

North Carolina Quilt Symposium was a blast!  I have gone many years as a student, since Peace college is right in my town, but this was my first year as a TEACHER. Anyway, I taught my Posh, Pet Portrait class to 11 lovely ladies.  I think their pets turned out very lively, and engaging, don’t you? Please enjoy some pictures  of their work:

Hard at work!

Starting with a single piece of fabric on the Wafer light box, and using some colored pencils:

And here ...

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"Speaking Out" in "Threads of Resistance" from Linda's Art Quilts

I'm totally thrilled today that my work, "Speaking Out" has been accepted into the "Threads of Resistance" exhibit that will travel the nation from July 15, 2017 through October 2018. it is "a juried exhibit of fiber Artists Circle protest the Trump Administrations actions and policies." Approximately 500 works were submitted in the Call for Entry so for my work to make the cut of 63 chose works, I am very honored.

The Artists Circle Alliance has posted photos of ALL the art works that were submitted. To view them, go to ...

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May 18, 2017
A MIni for a Friend from Stitchin at Home

Sometimes I just feel like creating, and that is exactly what I did with this piece. As soon as I took this picture I knew I wanted to do something with it.

inspiration photo from my flower beds the flowers are hyacinths

The background I used is a piece of Northcott fabric, perfect for the earth. I used my favourite applique method 'Crafted Applique'. I rough cut the pieces I needed then touched them up with Inktense pencils, NeoColor Crayons and Sharpies. 

the bottom piece is the stone on the right of the finished piece, the top piece is the ...

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May 17, 2017
Woodland No. 2--Reality from Familypatchworks

Woodland No. 2 -- Reality is complete.  It measures 6 1/4 x 11 inches (from the top of the branch to the tip of the bead fringe).  The story behind this little piece is sad, but the mini quilt was fun to make.  I have more pieces of the "Old" Star Quilt you will see it used again.  Great way to reuse and update.
All is quiet in and around the Cherry tree.  To read about the background of this little art quilt and the Cherry tree click here.   The drama in the woods has calmed as the sun shines ...

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May 15, 2017
Art with Fabric Preview from Quilting & Learning

The Art with Fabric blog hop is almost upon us....and I actually finished my piece on time! We need to send an image of our work one week before our post date to Alida of Tweety Loves Quilting blog so that she can get the  blog hop ready. The picture I sent her didn't include any embellishments, but it's still very recognizable.

Our theme this time is Women. I had been planning this project since the fall blog hop - but the theme changed all of my plans. I could have ignored the theme, and I probably would ...

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May 12, 2017
Woodland No. 1 from Familypatchworks

Weekly Art Quilt, Woodland No. 1, is complete---well as much as I can do now.  Since the rains have gone away and the sun has been out---planting has begun.  With that comes stiff hands, so hand stitching became a little difficult.  May try to improve my machine quilting skills with this little weekly project.  Anyway, french knots, back stitch and some quilting stitches helped to add punch to the tiny bits and pieces used to create trees, flowers, rocks and sun.  The little quilt is 5 1/2" square.  It was fun to have a project with a deadline.  Check ...

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Woodland Life Reality from Familypatchworks

Life in our woodland is unfolding as I stitch this little art quilt.  As the sun sets and the stars and constellations emerge the drama is continuing.  Mama and Papa Robin are trying to protect their nest from a dark predator.  During the mid-morning hours, a Missouri Black Snake realized that there was a nest of Robin's eggs in the Cherry tree that is close to our office window.  He got as close to the tree as possible, then hid under a rock.  The Robins have done there best, all day, to keep him away from the nest.  Even ...

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May 9, 2017
Take a Look at ArtQuilts Respite Show from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

I want to thank all of you who were able to join me on Saturday for an hour of art quilt chat.  It was fun to connect with you guys in real time!  The topic of conversation went all over the place from techniques to selling art work to quilting decisions and much more.  If you missed it and want to watch it go to:  where I have it pinned close to the top of the page.  For me, it was ...

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Weekly Art Quilt Project from Familypatchworks

Over the weekend I found an interesting blog Serendipity Patchwork and Quilting, hosted by Brenda Gael Smith.  At the beginning of the year she started a Weekly Quilt Art Project that participants can link up to on Wednesdays.  It really sparked my interest.  I enjoy making small art quilts---what a way to get my quilting mojo back.  So, I'm starting this week (Week 33--I think).  I also decided to try a series.  I never quilted in a series, but I've read that it helps to organize ones thoughts.  I need that.

Since I have a love of nature ...

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May 6, 2017
For Quilts Sake's 10 Year Anniversary! from For Quilts Sake

"Rainbow Pinwheel," 44" x 44", made by Pam Geisel, Feb. 2007, in a private collection

It was ten years ago in May when I officially started For Quilts Sake and registered to collect and pay sales tax. I had no idea where it was going to go when I started. I've made over 500 quilts (you can read about that milestone in this blog post from last year), sold quilts all across the country (and a few to other countries), sent quilts to be exhibited across the country (Sisters, Oregon was the farthest in 2010), won awards, led workshops ...

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May 2, 2017
Calling All Art Quilters! from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

It’s coming this Saturday…..

My Facebook Live Event for art quilters near and far.


May 6, Saturday at 11 AM EST


On my Facebook page

Roxane Lessa: Fiber Artist and Teacher.  

HOW: Go to Facebook, and my page by clicking the link above at that time and you will see the video starting in a video stream. Click on the play arrow. Make sure your volume is turned up. You will be able to type your questions comments in the chat area, and ...

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April 30, 2017
Spring Paducah from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

What fun I had in Paducah. There was inspiration in so many places. These quilts at the quilt show were breathtaking.

The exhibit of quilts by Victoria Finley Wolfe was wonderful.

I even got to sit and chat a bit with Victoria and then ...

... she so graciously posed for a picture with me.

Lunch at Max's Brick Oven Cafe ...

... in the courtyard was delicious and an inviting place to relax.

The volunteer at the Yieser Art Center made the exhibit of 'Fantastic Fibers' very interesting for me.

My friend Eva Marie tried out a long-arm quilting machine.

I made ...

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"Waiting for Dawn" from Linda's Art Quilts

It all started with a
one-of-a-kind print from many moons ago
Print Made from Raised Impression on a Small Serving Plate
and some hand dyed fabric remnants
After doing some dying, printing and piecing, I had come to a stopping place with a piece I was working on and started to clean up after making a mess.  Just couldn't bring myself to toss the dyed remnants.  I had 8small,  orange tone triangles and a several feet of left over strips of mottled grey fabric.  As I opened the draw were I save workable remnants, the print of a small ...

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April 25, 2017
Curvy, Modern, Red, Improv Scrap Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

Here's a scrappy, wonky and smallish (34" x 42") modern-ish quilt that I finished last year. 
Yeah, that bottom edge. Ummmm....I'm not sure how that happened. Probably because the project was pure sewing therapy.

It all started with a pile of  Japanesque scraps leftover from a huge project. I cut them into strips, then freehand cut improvisational curves. Next, I sewed the strips together horizontally. Here's the basic idea from a similar project with floral prints: 
(Pretend they're Japanese-ish.) Next I cut out tall vertical rectangles from the horizontal strip sets, and surrounded them with ...

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April 19, 2017
Let’s Do Facebook Live! from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

Ok, let’s do that!  It seems like many people I admire at one time or another have done a Facebook Live meeting.  As you can see Gracie is ready to go, sitting by my trusty computer.  Huey will probably get on board with it too, but he’s not an early adopter like Gracie is.

I was thinking weekly, but then I corrected myself.  What are you crazy?  You don’t have time for that now.  So for now, I will have it once a ...

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April 17, 2017
"Vetruvian Man" Awarded Prize Follow-Up from Linda's Art Quilts

Today I received the most wonderful thank you note from the curator, Lisa Anderson, of the 7th Annual Art Scientific show that held by California State University, Fresno and was exhibited at the Sorensen Art Gallery in Fresno, California.

 Along with the note was a ribbon for my Vetruvian Man work and its being awarded a second place in the show, but, much to my elated surprise, there as also a check enclosed. 

Given the high volume of art that Lisa was handling, I am very touched by her personal and heartfelt words.  I am sharing this to show how ...

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April 14, 2017
"Vetruvian Man" Awarded Prize from Linda's Art Quilts

30" x 50" "Body Map in Honor of DaVinci's Vetruvian Man"
Am very happy to learn today that my work which pays homage to DaVinci's Vetruvian Man has been awarded second prize in mixed media at the Sorensen Gallery in Fresno, California.  This work was juried into the 7th Annual Art Scientifique month long exhibit at the Sorensen Gallery in the heart of Fresno.  Yearly the Departments of Science and Mathematics at California State University, Fresno put out a national call for art entries which deal with some area of science and/or mathematics.  Because many of the ...

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April 11, 2017
Spring Feng Shui from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

I finally couldn’t stand the clutter of my living room/dining area any more.  I asked my sister to help me re-arrange feng shui the room.  The first thing to go was the giant, broken TV. Out it went. After that, we could move and clean.  I took all the kitty covering off the furniture and covered them instead with white sheets.  My hand dyed pillows and art work are everywhere for decoration.  My main goal was a clean, uncluttered look so I could enjoy ...

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