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September 20, 2017
Blogger's Quilt Festival from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Here's my first entry for this year's Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side!
Click HERE to see all the entries -- so much inspiration!

The Lichen Tree is my favorite finish for 2017!!
This is the wall outside my studio where it is currently hanging.
I love how the color of the wall impacts the look of the quilt.
It's an original quilt (no, there won't be a pattern for it).
I love that it's so different from my typical style.
I love that I was able to translate a stalled old ...

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Blogger's Quilt Festival from Quilting & Learning

Blogger's Quilt Festival
The Blogger's Quilt Festival is on now and hosted by Amy's Creative Side. I learned about this blogging event last year. I'm very happy to be participating in it today.

If you're a blogger and not familiar with the event, go to Amy's Creative Side and check it out! (see Related Links below),

We get to submit up to two separate entries, in posts for quilts that we made in the last year. It's not an easy choice to make but for my first entry I chose my Sweet Memories ...

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Advocate For Nature from Splendiferous

Honoring Rachel Louise Carson,

Marine Biologist, writer, naturalist, one of most influential people of 20thcentury

An author of several books, and nature writer, Carson was the winner of National Book Award for The Sea Around Us.  She wrote Silent Spring in 1962 as a warning about chemical pesticide and fertilize use.  The book led to testimony before Congress and national television exposure in 1963.  Carson was vilified by chemical industry and some in government for speaking out, but was ultimately proven correct when studies of dead wildlife found high concentrations of chemical pesticides.   
Ocean scene with net overlay ...

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Music's Wonder Woman from Splendiferous

Honoring Sarah Caldwell, (born March 6, 1924, Maryville, Missouri, U.S.—died March 23, 2006, Portland, Maine)
American opera conductor, musicologist, producer, impresario, international musical ambassador
Caldwell was the first woman to conduct at White House, USMC Band, Metropolitan Opera, and only the second woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic.  She also founded the Opera Company of Boston.  Caldwell was known for unusual presentations of standard works, innovative productions of challenging and difficult works; including traditional works in contemporary or different historical settings.  She often went back to the original scores, and also presented new modern work. As conductor ...

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September 19, 2017
How am I Quilting Hawaiian Reverie? from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art


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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the new readers!

It’s onwards and upwards with the quilting on my new Hawaiian piece. After heat setting the painted areas with a dry iron, I am ready to stitch!

Last week I added some dark areas of horizontal stitching to depict the shadows, pretty much right over the darker painted areas. A lot of people want to know if this is thread painting or thread sketching or just plain ‘ol free motion quilting. The short answer is, I don’t care and I don ...

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September 17, 2017
Deception Pass: Where Are We Headed? from Joy in Cloth

Once again inspiration came from a previous visit to Whidbey Island just off the coast of Washington State. The only connection from the mainland to the island is to cross the Deception Pass bridge.  It is actually built as two spans and rises about 180 feet above the water. Above is an image of the bridge taken from Wikipedia and below is my art quilt.

I happened to be there on a sunny, but chilly, September day when the fog was wrapping around the bridge in a fascinating way as it moved inland from Puget Sound. 

Eventually, it did cover ...

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September 16, 2017
Carol from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I made this small fiber art piece of my friend Carol for her birthday.

Her daughter Loretta sent me this picture of Carol taken when she was 18 years old.

I scanned it into the computer and added a filter, and then printed it onto fabric.

 Carol was pleasantly surprised with her small gift.

My sister June from Virginia has been visiting for a week now. She and I visited a local watercolor artist Francis Hairston and enjoyed her paintings.

Morning View

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September 12, 2017
Painting Video of Hawaiian Reverie from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art


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Hi Everyone!

First of all I want to congratulate Cathy on completing her beautiful quilt: the wedding present for her son.  Just look at that precise stitching!

And now on to the painting of Hawaiian Reverie. I guess that is the working title for now.

First here is the before picture. The area I will be painting is the mountains on the left.

I made a short video to demo the process.

The hard part is waiting for the paint to dry so I can keep going on this piece ...

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September 6, 2017
Hawaiian Reverie from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art


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Hi Everyone!

Work continues on the Hawaiian piece. Kitties follow me into the studio, wrestle a bit and then fall asleep. 

Even though this was shot in color- what a great study in grey, black and white! Maybe a value study for the future?

But I digress…onwards.

I used one of my favorite tools to make the markings of the leaves on the quilt top. I put a sheet of SARAL under my pattern, with the quilt underneath, and traced the lines with my pen. This paper transfers the ...

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September 5, 2017
a finished quilt. from Tim Quilts

I finished the birch tree quilt.  I used the new machine to do all the quilting and I think it went pretty well.    It is different than the treadle machines but I think it does a great job.

I added it to my Etsy store

PBS had a Downton Abby marathon on and I am afraid that got more attention than quilting this weekend.    (still watching now )

My Dr.s were able to rearrange schedules and moved my Ultrasonic endoscope to the Sept 16th.   Looking forward to it!

Happy quilting


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September 4, 2017
Improv Chinese Coins from Scraps from Pink Doxies

Pocket Change Improv

This project was born from scraps. The fabric is a combination of Kaffe Fassett, Moda Grunge, and batiks. Check them out as 9 patches in this post for A Lesson In Value & Fabric Choice and a Hop. I had separated the scraps in a box instead of mixing them into my scrap stash, and they were easily turned into this wall hanging based on the Chinese coins pattern.

Chinese coins is another name for the Roman stripe pattern in many areas of the U.S. But in here in the Midwest we refer to it most often ...

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August 30, 2017
Fall is Coming: I’m “Going” to Hawaii from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art


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Hi Everyone!

As I write this post, there is a distinct chill in the air that reminds me of Fall coming, and how much I don’t like to be cold!  What better time to start a new art quilt using some of my Hawaiian pictures for inspiration!  Yes, I still dream of that place and it’s stunning beauty.

So here we go.

Culling through the more than 600 images, I picked a few of the cliffs and ocean that make me actually swoon. ( A side note here: you ...

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August 23, 2017
How to Get Unstuck (when you don’t know how to quilt something) from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone!

We’ve all been there. You finish a quilt top, and layer it up and then you gulp.  How should I quilt this?

This week I went to visit my friend Cathy Hedberg, to see if I could help her get unstuck. You see, she is making a wall hanging for her son as a wedding present. I know- no pressure!

She got off to a great start. She used colors the bride and groom would like, but really paid attention to value contrast for depth.

And she ...

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August 16, 2017
How to Make A Great Hanging Sleeve from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone!

As I finish up Opal 2, I have the next task up, which is- make a show ready hanging sleeve. For this task, I always follow the instructions of Libby Lehman, the great quilter. Here is a link to her wonderful book: ThreadPlay.  

I bought this book many years ago, and it my go- to book for bindings, etc.  What follows is a step by step using her method. Why I like this method? It makes a standard size pocket, which any show will accept, that allows for ...

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Red Challenge: sportscar, guardian angel from Meena Schaldenbrand

Made this quilted fabric postcard for my grandkids.

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August 10, 2017
Abstract Art Quilt......Orientation from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I am on the last phase of my first

Abstract Art Quilt...

20 x 32 inches

The machine quilting is complete...

The edge treatment is complete.

I chose to do a faced edge...

It is now time to attach the hanging sleeve...

Which orientation looks best?

Number 1

Number 2

Number 3

Number 4

A good composition should look appealing from

every I guess this orientation

dilemma is a good thing...

Please feel free to chime in here

and let me know your favorite orientation:


More to Come!

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August 8, 2017
Nearing the Finish Line! from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone! Happy Summer!

I am nearing the finish line on  the Opal 2 piece!  It’s gone slowly, but the end is in sight. After blocking it on the wall with pins and a spray misting of water, this piece is finally ready to finish.

I always block my pieces before I do the edge finishing because I want my stitches and edges to lay flat. To really get your quilt to lay flat, block by spraying water with a spray bottle on the 3 layers after quilting. Of ...

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August 3, 2017
Abstract Art Quilt......Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

This is the abstract design card

I chose for my first

abstract art quilt composition...

 I enlarged it to 20 x 32 inches.

That is the finished size of the quilt.

I met with my Art Sisters for a critique...

The gray fabric on the right 

didn't sit right with me...

It works....but I think it could be better.

My Art Sisters all agreed...

this fabric works better for this composition.

I returned home, 

ripped off the original gray fabric

and replaced it with the new one.

I removed the pinned on green circles:

It is basted and ...

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July 30, 2017
Kauai from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone! Happy Summer!


At long last I am back to tell you about Kauai. What an adventure!  This wild and green island did not disappoint. Today,I looked through the over 600 photos I took, and put them into albums, like plants and trees, flowers, seascapes. There are very few photos of people. A few photos of roosters and chickens, which were noisily everywhere, running wild.  It was a true artist’s feast for the eyes and I “stuffed” my eyeballs every chance I got. My sister and her ...

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July 28, 2017
What's in a Word - Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

This one's Mine all pieced

After spending a week abstracting out simple words, I've decided that letters are simply fascinating.  Obviously, my class did to, because our teacher, Cynthia Corbin, only had to explain briefly what she
wanted us to do  and the next thing ya know. . . .  there was color and shape and value EVERYWHERE.  I sat in the back corner so I had a good view of my very prolific class.  I mean, you should have seen some of the great results Cynthia's exercises produced. 

Here are just a handful of what was up on ...

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