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April 2, 2019
2018 – Delectable Yellow from Lotus Cove Quilting

I just realized that I hadn’t posted on this blog about the quilt I made last summer for my daughter, who is now a junior at SUNY Geneseo, majoring in Art History. The school’s colors are blue and white, so it doesn’t completely match.

Long enough for her dorm bed, this was made from indigoes and yellows from my stash, using a modified Delectable Mountains block and free motion quilted on a longarm. While I hoped to make a dent in the dark blues, my stash is still blue-heavy.
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This was before I bought my longarm, so ...

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March 24, 2019
Update 1 – 2019 Squares in Squares from Lotus Cove Quilting

2019 Squares in Squares completed top
I’ve completed piecing the top, measuring 72×108. The bottom two rows are tucked under – too long for my design wall!
Next step is using all the leftover fabric strips to piece the back. I’m hoping it will look like a giant square bulls-eye. Stay tuned for more!

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March 9, 2019
2019 – Squares in Squares from Lotus Cove Quilting

Here’s a view of my design wall today. This project is using lots of fabrics from my stash. Only purchase so far was one yard for the center squares. The blocks should finish 12″ square, making a single-sized quilt.

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Squares In Squares on Design Wall

Note on design walls: I used anti-pill fleece on this wall, wrapped over insulation panels. Fleece holds much better than flannel. Completed blocks would rarely stick to my old flannel wall unless I pinned them. No problem with the fleece.

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February 7, 2019
Time for a New Piece from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone!

The felted lighthouse piece is done!  It is called Ninini Lighthouse, which is the actual name of the lighthouse in Lihue, Kauai. I ended up using a facing and keeping the edges clean. I hope to mount it on a canvas or better yet, inside a shadow box frame.

Now it’s time to turn my attention to something new.

I am always attracted to tropical places, scenes, plants, people, etc. And I recently got to spend my birthday at such a place- Punta Cana in the Dominican ...

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January 10, 2019
Happy New Year from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone!

Happy New Year!

I discovered I had sold or given away many of my mid and small size pieces, so it’s time to add to the inventory for shows in the New Year.

So I have started a new needle felted landscape. The siren call of Hawaii still calls to me, and I must answer. I have many gorgeous photos of my trip to Kauai, and I plan to continue using them for inspiration. Here’s a gorgeous vista with a lighthouse.

There’s even a sea ...

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January 5, 2019
How to find your own voice amid many from Asianartandquilt's Blog

A former client wanted to commission another art quilt. The theme she chose was abstract fireworks. Fireworks are common subject matter in many photos and artwork. Since there are only so many ways to portray exploding colors in a dark sky, the images can be pretty similar. The challenge becomes […]

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January 3, 2019
2018 – Ten Squared Plus Five from Lotus Cove Quilting

At last, the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild’s first show, “Taking Flight,” is over (September 29) and I’ve nearly recovered. It was a huge success; we had lots of visitors, lots of quilts, and lots of happy vendors. It was also a huge job creating a show out of whole cloth, a job I’m glad to pass along to another guild member.

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“Taking Flight” – inaugural show by Rochester Modern Quilt Guild, September 29, 2018

So, here is a quilt I made for the show. You can also see it hanging lower center in the show photo.

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December 21, 2018
Happy Holidays! from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone!

I can’t believe it is the end of the year already. Thank you for following my quilty adventures this year. Although I have not posted as often as I used to, I hope the content has been useful to you. If there is something you want me to write about, please make sure to comment and let me know.  Remember, I always want you to have fun with your art making, so let me know what you are making and how I can help.

For the rest ...

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November 29, 2018
Teaching and Making from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Welcome to the new readers!

A few weeks ago, I was able to teach the ladies of the American Sewing Guild in Greer, South Carolina. We had a terrific time making raw fused applique pieces.  My host, Phyllis, and the other ladies totally spoiled me while I was there, and I had a great time.  I was most impressed by the open mindedness of the students and how willing they were to try something out of their wheel house.  I hope this workshop has inspired them  to make ...

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November 6, 2018
A Pregnant Post from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Welcome to the new readers!

Ok now that I have your attention- lol, no one I know is pregnant. But I am “birthing” a new piece. My friend Lori, has a midwifery school, and works with women who have had birth trauma.  This summer I reconnected with her and was delighted her programs were doing so well. Her work is life -changing and so important. So I was thrilled to be asked to create a new piece for her office loosely based on her logo. She asked me ...

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September 20, 2018
Big Bass Bob- who’s that? from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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I have been commissioned to make a fish quilt.  Not just any fish- has to be a big bass fish. But here’s the back story….
My boyfriend is an avid bass fisherman. He has fished with his buddy, Bob for 20 + years.  As a result I have learned way more than I bargained for about bass fishing, :).  Well, as a gift to his buddy, he asked me to make him an art quilt that documents his love for bass fishing.  Also, I ...

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September 6, 2018
Hawaiian Miniatures from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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When I was a kid growing up in Boston, I remember going to the MFA and seeing the Persian miniature collection. I was so enthralled with the tiny details, the brilliant jeweled colors and the stories they told. Here is an example of one:

So that memory inspired me to create some miniatures of my own.

I like to use little 6″ x 6″ x 1″ canvases to mount small treasures to sell at parties and to give as gifts.  They have been ...

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August 23, 2018
Commission is Nearing Completion! from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Welcome to the new readers!

Yes! The commission of the gate to the South Carolina cemetary is nearing completion. For those of you who like numbers, I have kept track of the hours I put in so far – about 28 from start to finish. Yesterday I put it up on the wall for  damp blocking. This is a process where I pin the quilt at regular intervals and spray it down until it is damp.

Once it is dry, it is pretty flat and there are no more ...

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July 26, 2018
Last chance for Online Classes with Me from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the new readers!

After much deliberation, I have decided to phase out my teaching online. I will still have the courses available until January, 2019. If you are currently enrolled in one, you will have access until you finish the course. My ability to reply to your questions will go away after January 1, 2019.  Right now the classes are listed as closed, but if you would still like to do one, I can invite you into a class. Just send me an email at roxane ...

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July 5, 2018
Taking A Break at Swan Lake from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Welcome to the new readers!

 

After finishing up the large orchid triptych, I am taking a break in my studio. This week for your viewing pleasure, I thought I would share something from the other part of my world. A video of the Royal Ballet prepping for Swan Lake. Many years ago, I completed my training in classical ballet at the Royal Ballet School and I often turn to this company for inspiration. In this video you will see the corps de ballet sharing what it is like ...

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June 21, 2018
How Do I Finish the Orchid? from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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How Do I Finish the Orchid?

Well, I wasn’t sure how to hang and finish this piece. Originally I had it in mind to make it a joined triptych. Like this:

I did like the white spaces between and around the piece on paper, but somehow, when it came time to make it that way- I didn’t like it. I started out by trimming around all three pieces, but left extra  around the main orchid to add white silk strips.

But ...

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June 4, 2018
How to Quilt an Orchid from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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It’s been a hectic time finishing up rehearsals and recitals at the two studios  where I teach ballet. Oh, I didn’t mention I teach ballet now? Well, I do and so my art quilting has become more of a part time endeavor. Going back to my ballet roots has been rewarding, albeit tiring. And this older body does not always feel great demonstrating steps it used to do with ease. However, it is great working with the kids.

Anyway, this week ...

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May 17, 2018
Ocean Waves Quilt Guild from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Welcome to the new readers!

Last week I had the pleasure of teaching at the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild in Lewes, Delaware! I even got to cross the Chesapeake Bay on the way- although it was very foggy </p>
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April 26, 2018
How to Use Glitter Thread from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Welcome to the new readers!

 I just have a quick moment to catch you up on the new piece.  And yes, I decided on Glitter thread to quilt the side panels and all those crazy lines. I liked the shine, but for some reason it was breaking frequently- more than it should. I had my top tension loose. I used a #14 Topstitch needle and I went slowly. Still breaking. Then I remembered that this thread is wound horizontally. Why does that matter- how it’s wound? Because ...

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April 11, 2018
I have a solo show! from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Welcome to the new readers!

 Last week I had the opening of my solo show at a company in downtown Raleigh as part of the First Friday art walk.  It will be up for the month of April if you are finding yourself in downtown Raleigh. It is at Personify on 416 S. Dawson St. during business hours M-F.
It was great fun! Friends and strangers alike came and we had a lovely reception.  Luckily the weather was mild!
If you’re not local, here are some pictures ...

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