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Posted October 28th, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

What Does Your Soul Want to Do?

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to all the new readers!  Last week I travelled to Asheville for my Gold Mastermind Retreat with Christine Kane, and my fellow entrepreneurs.  I met so many wonderful people, one of them a fellow artist who flew all the way from Scotland!  Here’s a bit of what I learned…..

One of the most important questions I heard was:

What does your soul want to do?

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When I get overwhelmed, or discouraged, or can’t decide on something, this is the question I will ask myself.  When you get quiet, and listen, you can always rely on the wisdom in your own being.

For example, as artists, how many times have we doubted ourselves?  Many, right?  You’re working away in the studio on a piece and you feel stuck, but you don’t know why.  You start to doubt yourself, your skills, your talent, and on and on. And before you know it, you are checking email or doing laundry or some other busy work.  Because you listened to the “other” voice.

This voice may disguise itself as your practical self, your self effacing self, or your downright mean self!  I call mine “Bitchy Betty”!  She is a real task master,  and is full of disparaging comments on whatever I am making or doing.  As you can imagine, having her in charge is NOT helpful when it comes to making art.  Do you have a “Bitchy Betty” living in your head too?

If so, I have some good news.

With a little support,  and some re-direction, Betty doesn’t have to run the show.  When I ask my soul instead, I always come up with an answer that is kind, and effective.

And that’s where the huge benefits of working with a coach come in.  With the support of my coaches and my group of fellow entrepreneurs, I now have a choice about who is running the show called my life, my career, and the difference I make in the world.

But it doesn’t happen magically.  It requires patience and practicing new habits.  This is exactly why I developed my Private Art Quilting  Coaching program and Master Art Quilters Guild for small groups.

And now the year is rapidly drawing to a close.  (How did that happen?)  If you are ready to close out the year with a bang, I still have a few spots open in my Private Coaching Program. Ask yourself what your soul wants to do.

IF the answer is to create new art quilts, discover you voice, and have more clarity and joy in the process, then hit reply to this email.  I will send you more info.

Next year my prices will be going up, but there’s still time to take advantage of this year’s lower prices.  And I always offer a nice juicy bonus for those who are quick starters.

So if you choose to enroll in the Private Art Quilting Program between now and November 30th, you will get THIS year’s price, plus my new download-able tool: It’s Showtime! (Best Practices for Getting Your Work into Shows).

I’d love to coach you to make the amazing art quilts you have in your head.  Just hit reply and we let’s talk about it.

Students Say

One of my virtual students from California  in the MAQG recently said,

“Just completed our 2nd personal coaching session. I am totally jazzed and ready to go to work! Roxane propels me forward at a greater speed than I would have moved, by confirming my ideas and encouraging me to reach for goals now instead of latter. She inspires me to go broader and deeper with my work.” ~Susan

Reminder, the next MAQG will kick off in January- so keep that in mind if you’d like to join in the fun.  If you have any friends who would like to jump in, invite them too!

 

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Remember to look at the next Quilting Arts Magazine- I have an article in there!!! It will be the Dec/Jan issue.

What are you working on?  I love to see your comments and pictures.  You can head on over to my FB page and share some photos of your creations too!  https://www.facebook.com/RoxaneLessaArtist

Roxane Recommends

Art Quilts 101, a newish Facebook group started by Sue Freebern.  She shares and posts everyday all about techniques and inspiration for making art quilts.  There are lots of in process photos, and links to great tutorials.  Here’s the link: ART QUILTS 101.  Even if you don’t like FB, you’ll like this group.  The only rules are share whatever you want, but share how you made it.

As always, a big thanks for reading!

 

Master Art Quilters Guild 

For details read below  ↓

TWO WAYS FOR YOU TO EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH YOUR QUILTING!

The Private Coaching Program for art quilters who are serious about their art making (see below).  But also, I’m adding the Master Art Quilters Guild, the new group coaching program, for those of you who like to work with others.  This Fall’s group is now closed, but for more info, just click HERE for .  Next one will probably start with the New Year.

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!


 

PRIVATE ART QUILTING MASTERY COACHING

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 15+ 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. Did You Know? That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at? Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned. It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too!

CUSTOM COMMISSIONS And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience: “Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!” About Roxane Roxane-Web-Images-007 Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com. If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: roxane@roxanelessa.com Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

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Posted October 20th, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

Fabulous Facebook Group

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to all the new readers!  I recently discovered a fabulous group on Facebook.  No it’s not my own page, although some people like it ;).  This one is called Art Quilts 101, and was started by Sue Freebern.  She shares and posts everyday all about techniques and inspiration for making art quilts.  There are lots of in process photos, and links to great tutorials.  Here’s the link: ART QUILTS 101.  Even if you don’t like FB, you’ll like this group.  The only rules are share whatever you want, but share how you made it.

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I finally got my new felting machine in the mail today- can’t wait to break it outta the box and test drive her.

Here’s the scoop on the blue and orange piece.  Covering it with solvy was a good idea, but made it slippery to hold on to, even with gloves, and don’t get me started on the pins.  It washed right out and I hung it up to dry.

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Quilting over the Solvy.

But I forgot to put batting on the back, doh!  So I added that, and quilted some more with glitter thread and heavier cotton.  Next came some yummy hand stitching with variegated dyed cotton, and Razzle Dazzle.

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And small clusters of beads for a bit of shine and texture.  I love the hard shiny textures against the soft matte textures.  They play well together.

So here’s what it looks like now, but still adding a few more beads.  Then I will finish with the Escape Hatch method and give it a name.

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What are you working on?  I love to see your comments and pictures.  You can head on over to my FB page and share some photos of your creations too!  https://www.facebook.com/RoxaneLessaArtist

In other news:

This week I’m off to Asheville for my business coaching Mastermind group with Christine Kane.  So important for getting me focused and clear.  I hope to get to see some pretty leaves too!

One of my virtual students from California  in the MAQG recently said,

“Just completed our 2nd personal coaching session. I am totally jazzed and ready to go to work!
Roxane propels me forward at a greater speed than I would have moved, by confirming my ideas and encouraging me to reach for goals now instead of latter. She inspires me to go broader and deeper with my work.” ~Susan

Reminder, the next MAQG will kick off in January- so keep that in mind if you’d like to join in the fun.  If you have any friends who would like to jump in, invite them too!

 

 As always, a big thanks for reading!

 

Master Art Quilters Guild 

For details read below  ↓

TWO WAYS FOR YOU TO EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH YOUR QUILTING!

The Private Coaching Program for art quilters who are serious about their art making (see below).  But also, I’m adding the Master Art Quilters Guild, the new group coaching program, for those of you who like to work with others.  This Fall’s group is now closed, but for more info, just click HERE for .  Next one will probably start with the New Year.

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!


 

PRIVATE ART QUILTING MASTERY COACHING

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 15+ 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. Did You Know? That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at? Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned. It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too! CUSTOM COMMISSIONS And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience: “Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!” About Roxane Roxane-Web-Images-007 Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com. If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: roxane@roxanelessa.com Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

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Posted October 13th, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

FeltQuilting Part 2

Hi Everyone!

Welcome all ye newcomers to my blog!  Here is FeltQuilting Part 2, or how I finished this piece.  You may recall last week, I built up my arm muscles pounding this piece with my lethal hand felting tool.  Well, I made some inquiries, and it looks like I will be getting a felting machine soon!  I may as well, since I can’t seem to leave this felting thing alone.  What’s one more machine, right?

I decided to name this piece Ancient Landscapes for obvious reasons.  Some folks wanted to know how I finished the edges. I used my old standby, the pillowcase method from Melody Johnson’s blog.  She calls it the Escape hatch method. You can learn how to do this ESCAPE HATCH FINISH here.

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And yes, I did hand embroidery (aka slow sewing) on this too.

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A new one is already in the works.  This time, I am trying to do the machine quilting over some Solvy, because the little fibers were getting caught in the foot a lot!  Solvy is a water soluble film sheet you can stitch on, then put in water and the rest will dissolve away.

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You can see it pinned on here ready to be quilted.  These are really fun to do!  I made sure to include some value contrast as I laid the fibers down, and some areas for the eye to rest.  Otherwise, it can become too busy very quickly.

What are you working on?  I love to see your comments and pictures.  You can head on over to my FB page and share some photos of your creations too!  https://www.facebook.com/RoxaneLessaArtist

In other news:

My good friend and Private Coaching client, Gretchen recently won 2 third place ribbons for 2 small art quilts she developed and made during our sessions.  Congratulations, Gretchen!!

One of my virtual students from California  in the MAQG recently said,

“Just completed our 2nd personal coaching session. I am totally jazzed and ready to go to work!
Roxane propels me forward at a greater speed than I would have moved, by confirming my ideas and encouraging me to reach for goals now instead of latter. She inspires me to go broader and deeper with my work.”

Susan

Reminder, the next MAQG will kick off in January- so keep that in mind if you’d like to join in the fun.  If you have any friends who would like to jump in, invite them too!

 

 As always, a big thanks for reading!

 

Master Art Quilters Guild 

For details read below  ↓

TWO WAYS FOR YOU TO EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH YOUR QUILTING!

The Private Coaching Program for art quilters who are serious about their art making (see below).  But also, I’m adding the Master Art Quilters Guild, the new group coaching program, for those of you who like to work with others.  This Fall’s group is now closed, but for more info, just click HERE for .  Next one will probably start with the New Year.

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!


 

PRIVATE ART QUILTING MASTERY COACHING

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 15+ 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. Did You Know? That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at? Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned. It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too! CUSTOM COMMISSIONS And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience: “Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!” About Roxane Roxane-Web-Images-007 Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com. If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: roxane@roxanelessa.com Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

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