Let’s Landscape Art Quilt Together!

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Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!

 

So last week I began a new piece of the wisteria blooming at Biltmore.  Then I had the idea- why don’t we do a sort of quilt along?

I am documenting all the steps to creating your one of a kind landscape art quilt as I make mine.  And you can follow along and make yours as we go!   See last week’s post if you want to see how I started.  So here’s my picture:

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So here is a color print out in 8″ x 10″.  I cut out a piece of white muslin that I can see through, and large enough to cover the full size pattern.  I pinned it at the top and traced the main lines with a pencil.  I didn’t put any tiny details, just traced the lines where large pieces of fabric will go, used as a placement map.  Like so:

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I cut out this batik in the light value for the ground.  I didn’t have quite enough fabric so I had to piece them together.  I added some white Misty Fuse to the back of this fabric using my teflon sheets and a dry, hot iron.  The teflon sheets protect the iron and peels right off.

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Next I added a much lighter piece for the sunny area to the right.  You can see I’m working on the background areas and will later add details.

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OK, now I’ve got those pieces trimmed and fused together at the join, but still just pinned to the white background fabric, in case I need to make any changes.  It doesn’t look like much yet.

 

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Here I’ve added a few pieces of sky and some grass with solids and hand dyes.  I want to use as much of my own hand dyed fabric as possible, but I will use anything as long as it looks right.

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I am going very slowly with this project because I don’t have a ton of time to work on it.  Hopefully next week I will have more to show and tell!  Do you want to share your progress?  Just send me a picture and I’ll include it in one of the blog posts.  And ask me any questions about this process, ok?

 


 

WHERE’S ROXANE?

In a few short weeks, the North Carolina Symposium will be here.  I will be there with my booth set up, displaying lots of my work, and demoing on my fabulous BERNINA 770 QE.  I will be there to talk about my Private Coaching Program for Art Quilters (see below).  And of course to visit and talk with you if you are coming!  I will have a drawing for a free small art quilt of mine, and $100 off coupons for anyone serious about getting a new BERNINA machine over $3000.00.

 

 


 

New 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.


 

QUILTING ARTS TV

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.

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…..:)

 

How to Start a Landscape Art Quilt

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Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!

How to Start a Landscape Art Quilt

It’s been a long time since I made a large landscape art quilt.  I thought I would start with this beautiful shot of the wisteria blooming at Biltmore.  I like the composition, the way it invites you into the piece.  I love the subject matter and the emotion it evokes.  To me, this picture says Spring.  The luxurious, over the top (literally), colors and beauty sent me into ecstasy.  The strong diagonals and shadows create drama.

When I start the piece, I look to see if anything needs to be eliminated.  In this case, I eliminated the lady photographing.  She doesn’t need to be there as she is not important to the message of the piece.  I also, heightened the colors and lightened the shadows so I could see the details better.  Then I traced the most important elements onto a clear page protector.


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The next step was to take a picture of my tracing and hook my computer up to my digital projector.  I can project the image onto the wall and get the feeling for a good actual size.  In this case, it will be about 42″ x 32″- fairly large.  I want the viewer to think they can just walk into an almost life size landscape.  My sister had never seen my do this before, so she grabbed her camera and took pictures of me.  I am tracing onto the matte side of freezer paper taped to the wall.  This will be my pattern and templates.  If you don’t have a projector, you can take your tracing to the copy shop and have them blow it up for you.  Then you will need to trace that copy onto your freezer paper.

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We decided that it looks like I’ve been tattooed!  Pretty cool, huh?

Here is the final pattern all traced out and squared up.

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Next part is my favorite- digging into my fabric bins to find potential fabrics.

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I looked at all my hand dyes first then filled in with batiks.  I know I will be changing my mind about some of these, but it’s a start. I was wondering how the heck am I going to do the wisteria and the vines?  Not sure yet, but I am thinking thread embroidery over Solvy to create a lacy fabric for the wisteria, maybe with some Angelina fibers thrown in or even some lavender wool roving.  who knows?  I will try some samples to see what looks right first.  And the vines will have to be painted on, since they are so thin.

Stay tuned for further progress and steps.  If you have a picture of your own you’d like to make into an art quilt, you could follow along with  me.  What a fun idea!  Anyone want to do a landscape art quilt with me???


 

WHERE’S ROXANE?

In a few short weeks, the North Carolina Symposium will be here.  I will be there with my booth set up, displaying lots of my work, and demoing on my fabulous BERNINA 770 QE.  I will be there to talk about my Private Coaching Program for Art Quilters (see below).  And of course to visit and talk with you if you are coming!  I will have a drawing for a free small art quilt of mine, and $100 off coupons for anyone serious about getting a new BERNINA machine over $3000.00.

 

 


 

New 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.


 

QUILTING ARTS TV

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.

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…..:)

 

A Beautiful Day at Biltmore

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Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!

A Beautiful Day at Biltmore

A few weeks ago, I got to visit my daughter in Asheville, and I took her to see Biltmore.  We had perfect weather to tour the grounds.  The castle was brilliant.

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There was even a costume exhibit of wedding costumes from famous movies.

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But the star of the show in my opinion was the amazing azaleas and wisteria in full bloom everywhere!

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I see a future series of landscape quilts coming inspired by these pictures.  What do you think?

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And don’t forget the spectacular views of the mountains from every window.

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It took the Vanderbilts 6 years to build this place, and it was truly breathtaking.  I’m glad I was able to share all this beauty with my daughter.

 


 

New 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.


 

QUILTING ARTS TV

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.

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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