Announcing, “COZY” My Newest “Art to Wear” Sewing Pattern!

by HEIDI EMMETT

I am so excited to introduce my newest pattern to all of you! I KNEW I had another “Hit” with this pattern when a total of 24 women (all sizes, shapes, heights) tried it on and LOVED it! Please visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett or contact me (email above).

O.K., this is the back of the pattern and I have tried so many times to get the whole thing in the framing. Grrr…so I will type what was cut off at the top. Here goes:

Sizes 8-3X (bust 32 1/2″ – 44″) The inside directions discuss options for petite sized.

*Kantha Cloth-Two layers of fabric hand stitched together with rows and rows of larger running stitches. The top layer is often pieced first and a solid single piece is used for the back. Kantha is usually sold as 100% cotton for both layers, or, silk for the top layer and cotton for the bottom layer. Kantha pieces are purchased as a throw (50″ x 70″) up to a king size coverlet. Many larger stores sell Kantha pieces online as do Etsy shops.

Outstretched arms show the loose-fitting pullover/jacket. There are only 4 pieces to this pattern. A front, back, pocket, and collar. What could be easier!

Using Kantha cloth for garments is super popular right now and I created this pattern with the idea of using Kantha cloth.

I digress for a minute. Meet the original Cozy. I bought this sweater a few years ago. It has been my absolute “go to, COZY” piece of clothing for cool to cold early mornings and evenings. How can I duplicate this look and take it from a knit to a woven? I made a few proto types before I was happy with the end result.

A close up of the back of COZY. The pretty turquoise pieces are silk. The back is 100% cotton. There is row after row of larger running stitches to hold the two pieces together. Kantha cloth NEVER has batting in it, which results in a beautifully draped garment. All my Kantha’s (oh dear, now you know that I have a few) are from a company in India that gives women living wages to make these. I like that a lot.

Of course, when I am able, for my pattern covers, I like pictures taken at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe. These were taken at 7:15a.m. with PERFECT weather and great spots to shoot photos from.

After all the pictures were taken I discovered that a sewing group, The Haute Couture Société’ from Stockton, CA was having their annual retreat at Zephyr. How fortuitous. I knew this group. A few years past I had given a trunk show and workshop for them. O.K., Heidi, this will be the true test for your COZY pattern. Armed with a notepad, pen, and the red and turquoise COZY’S, I walked down to Echo Peak(a large conference room). For 1 1/2 hours I had THE BEST TIME! Thank you, thank you again, ladies. I sat in a chair and took copious notes (all the notes helped me finalize the pattern and ways to make it fit so many sizes with simple fixes), as one after the other tried it on(21 total in this group).

Liz was one of the group I met with. She looks mighty fine in COZY. The cropped jeans are perfect as are the sandals. I want a pair of those (Liz said they are Sorel’s “Kinetic”).

A close up of the red COZY. Again, 100% silk on the front and 100% cotton on the back.

Some more Kantha pieces ready for whatever. Each of these are 50″ x 70″.

The collar is fairly deep so you have something to play with. Add a pin to hold it in place or let it hang longer with the lining showing or not. Or bunch it up a bit and tuck it in the front neckline, for a more cozy feel. The unique part about this collar is that it is only attached in the back and partially to the front neckline.

Or, you could pull it up and over your head for a little hoody look.

The longer portion of the collar drapes in front with the center front showing through the collar. Remember, it is only attached in the back neckline area and a bit to the front.

I am so excited to be able to present this, my latest pattern from my Art To Wear line of sewing patterns. I just know it will be a favorite pattern for you too. Thank you so much for stopping by. Hugs and blessings, Heidi

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I’m on my Way to Zephyr Point! Lake Tahoe, South Shore.

by HEIDI EMMETT

Those of you who have followed me from the beginning know by now that my FAVORITE place to go to decompress, teach, put on a retreat, volunteer, and play, is Lake Tahoe, the Nevada side (East to South shore). And for the past 15 years, I have been doing all this at Zephyr Point Conference Center. I love it because it is in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada (6300ft. at lake level), it’s close (1.25 hours to the first sighting of the lake) from my home, and the beauty and quiet at Zephyr Point doesn’t compare to any other place on the lake (in my humble opinion).

With all that said, I’m on my way with husband and all the “stuff” we need, stuffed in the car. Riley the dog is going to play with all his “buds” and sleep in his doggie chateau (Pawsitive Pals). The cats have a “sitter”, house is being looked after…. It’s time for some much needed “R & R.” WhooHoo! Enjoy these pictures and I’ll be talking to you again in a few. I love you all for always tuning in. I have a NEW PATTERN announcement when I return. Hugs and blessings, Heidi

Hi honey! That’s my husband out on that boat, “The Professor” taking a fishing tour. Best tasting salmon EVER!

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Hello,

by HEIDI EMMETT

It’s Friday. It has been record breaking HOT!!! Over 100 degrees, waaay over 100 degrees in many places up and down California where I live. Here in Grass Valley, CA in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, our hottest day was 106 degrees. In Sacramento, 116 degrees on the hottest day. And now since Tuesday, a wildfire, the “Mosquito” fire 30 miles (as the crow flies) away. It grew yesterday, 5,000 acres in 4 hours! It’s up to 29,000 acres and 0 containment. And now, a HUGE cloud of smoke that looks like a mushroom is 31,000 ft. high, is settling over our area. And many up and down CA are experiencing “episodic load reductions” aka “blackouts” because the electrical grid can’t handle the huge load. Needless to say, I’ve not done much and I’m rushing to get this out before we have an “episodic load reduction.” Hope my pictures make you smile.

This one is my favorite.

This is Rex. He’s hot as in “gonna die” HOT! He heard the camera click. Otherwise he looks more like the picture below.

This was Rex at 6 mos. old.

What shall we call this yoga-type pose?

Riley, waiting for his favorite human to come up the walkway.

An AMAZING bird I found on Pinterest.

And another AMAZING, GORGEOUSLY colored bird from Pinterest.

And I’m finishing up with a butterfly I’ve never, ever seen before. Have you? Everyday we can find incredible works of art in what the Lord has created, for us to enjoy. So wherever you are today, and whatever you are doing, take time to be GRATEFUL! Hugs, Heidi

More 100+ Degree Summer Days Coming Up!

by HEIDI EMMETT

It looks like we will really be in for it starting Sat. the 3rd – 6th of September. Sigh.., we turn the calendar to September with thoughts of cool Fall days and SCHAZAAM!! Someone in the weather department is throwing out MORE ugly heat.

I want a new top for the heat. I want to feel nice and cool. And I’m making a necklace as well to go with. Here I go….

I have to say for someone who really enjoys a large wardrobe (because I love fabric and I love to create new outfits), I have a dearth of clothing for super HOT days. Besides, I have worn them all over and over this summer. I need something new. I love, LOVE, the colors and design in this 60’s inspired shift. I bought it at my one of my favorite “boutiques” (that’s code for Thrift shop) at Incline Village (the town is right at the edge of northern Lake Tahoe). Incline Village is the fastest growing retirement community in Nevada (it is right on the border of CA and NV). Geography aside, the people who live there are able to clean out their closets and buy new on a very regular basis. And I (along with many others), get to reap the rewards of their closet cleanings.

Here is the back. Exposed zippers are all important these days. I like the look. The fabric is what drew me to this dress. It is printed, not pieced onto both the front and back.

A close up reveals that the base fabric is reminiscent of a “Bark cloth.” But is actually a 100% cotton and is quite soft to the touch.

I want to take a moment to explain what “BARK CLOTH” actually is. I took this information off of the “Rafiki Foundation” website. Please visit this wonderful site at: Rafikifoundation.org/store Within the “store” area look for products that have a story. Check out Lydia and Bark cloth. There are so many wonderful items that are for sale that are made by widows and orphans who are learning a trade to support themselves. All monies from the sale of these items help further the programs at the Rafiki Foundation in several countries in Africa.

 What is bark cloth?

 Bark cloth has been manufactured in Uganda for centuries.
It takes strength, stamina, and practice to make traditional
Ugandan bark cloth.
The producers of this surprisingly soft and supple material first scrape away the outer bark of fig trees called mutuba (usually Ficus natalensis) then slit the inner bark with a knife and peel it upward off the tree. 

 They boil the bark in large pans full of water to soften it and then pound it for several hours with heavy wooden mallets until it is thinner, wider, and softer. 
This pounding technique gradually increases the size
of the cloth from an original width of
approximately 18 inches to between 7 to 9 feet.
​The bark cloth is then sun dried and turns a gorgeous brown color.  
Once it has dried, the cloth is ready to be used.

I can’t just wear a shift anymore. I’ve got varicose veins that would scare people. Sooo…I’m cutting the shift off a bit to turn it into a Top. First thing, I cut off the bottom 7 inches.

The hem is flipped around now to become the finished top edge of a pocket. I also serged the other three edges so I only have to turn in the edges once to form the outside edges of the pockets. Much less bulk that way.

This shift was too big in the bust area. I opened out the facing and took it in the same way they attached it the first time (look to the right of the blue marks I drew). I trimmed off the excess and re-serged the raw edges and turned the facing back down. That was easy. I also opened the sides at the bottom edge about 6″. I did that so I can run faster through the grocery store. Ha, ha.

Taa Daa! Finished! Ready to wear. I will wear it just as you see it on Labor Day. But the pockets seem too wide.

I played with the scraps and like this pleat that would be in the middle of the pocket. I’ll fix it next week.

I was thinking, “What do I wear with my new top, jewelry wise?” Hmm…I have walked by (in my studio attic, the “Beading” drawers), EVERY SINGLE DAY, and I see a little bowl on the top of the drawers, that is filled with pieces of polymer clay (above). They have been languishing in that bowl for hmm.. maybe 5 years now. I made them in a Polymer Clay class that was taught by Sandra Bruce. I had absolutely NOTHING that went with these very unique colors. But I knew, sometime in the future I would use them. THE DAY HAS ARRIVED!!

Oh my goodness! I forgot how fun and easy it is to finish a necklace this way. Making the shapes takes much longer of course, but that was super fun too. Ohh, I have to take a picture of the necklace with the top even if it isn’t finished (I will be threading about 8 more of these fun shapes onto the elastic).

I think this looks fabulous. I’m so happy, happy. Something else is coming out of the attic. You all probably realize by now that much more fabric related “stuff” goes INTO the studio attic than ever comes OUT! I can’t wait to finish this necklace, and YES, earrings too!

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I want all of you to have a GREAT Labor Day OFF on Monday. May you be able to “labor” on something creative and stay cool. Hugs to you all, Heidi

P.S. I really appreciate your following my adventures in creativity with all things FIBER through this Blog. Don’t forget to visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to see my Art to Wear Sewing Patterns.

A Blast From The Past!

by HEIDI EMMETT

I posted YESTERDAY by accident. That would be Thursday, August 25th. I was experimenting on a past post from 2014!!!! WOW, that’s awhile ago. But I think it is relevant for today. It’s all about my 3-Tiered Skirt pattern. When you open the post (look in your email for August 25th), at the top, you will see a 3-Tiered Skirt picture where I am holding out the skirt so you can see the flaring. Tap on that picture and the complete “reblogged” post will pop up. Pictures will be larger with words underneath each picture. Enjoy. Sew, today is a continuation of yesterdays. Please enjoy it as well.

Here is “Heidi’s Easy 3-Tiered Skirt” pattern. Please visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to read more about this “great for beginners and advanced” sewists alike. I priced this pdf/digital pattern for only $3.50 US. There are no actual pattern pieces involved. You don’t need them. Use the measurements I give you to cut the three tiers. This is a time tested pattern. I developed it in the later 80’s as a pattern available at my former fabric store, “Heidi’s Fabrics.”

I wear mine all year round. Mr. Riley dog is such a good boy! He had another gold star day at “Doggie Daycare.”

This 3-tiered skirt is made from rayon. It has a very drapey hand and a great swishing action. Yes, I think that is a “thing.” Suggestion: This skirt has an elastic waist. If you choose to use rayon, use a strong, wider, elastic. I had used a 3/4″ wide, 100% soft,cotton elastic. Umm….O.K. I’m coming clean here: I’m using a safety pin to make it tighter. The elastic has very little elasticity this year. And I am too lazy to change it out.

I put this Heidi’s Easy 3-tiered skirt on today and while working on this post thought, wait a minute. I have never showed this skirt to all of you. It is made from a Hoffman 100% cotton batik. I tell you (in the pattern) just how to make the beautiful, almost “pleat like” look. Hint, hint, twist while wet. Always works best on cotton fabric.

Yummy, yummy, colors and beautifully created. This skirt is at least 20 years old. I have already changed the elastic once. I’m good to go on this one right now. Ha, ha.

All rightie then, I give up! This pair of earrings picture will be upside down. I’ve tried and tried. Aren’t they the cutest!! And super light weight.

This picture too. Sigh…. Hand crocheted by ladies in Turkey. They are so well done using the teeniest, tinniest, crochet hook. I can’t tell right from wrong side. They are perfect to wear with the skirt above (Hoffman Batik fabric). I purchased them at the Quilt museum in San Diego. I’m sure you could find them online somewhere.

During the 2 summer months, I get to play “Bunco” on the lake. This lake is called Rollins Lake and is a reservoir. We arrive in the late afternoon and eat and visit, and of course play Bunco until it gets too dark to see. It is pure BLISS! Look at that water, almost smooth as glass.

Look who showed up on a paddle board! It’s “Ducky” and his “Mom.” She said they came up from the Bay area and this was their first time camping at Rollins Lake.

“Mom” also said that Ducky is so relaxed paddle boarding that he lays down, falls asleep and sometimes rolls right off.

Awww….that’s a good dawg. 3 yrs. old.

And they’re off to their campsite waaay off in the distance (they are the only campers on that side).

Two pontoon boats come along side by side (little gates lined up and we move from one to the other). We missed last August because the “River Fire” was going full on. I can’t even show the pictures It was so bad and makes me so sad. Well over 100 homes just on the other side of the lake were burned up. One of the pontoon boats was moored on the fire side near the spillway. Many, many pontoon boats. Look at the Bimini top. This one is brand new as huge chunks of burning tree bark shot through the air to land on the Bimini tops of all the boats. Rhonda had her upholstery covered, but many had to have theirs all redone because of the burning chunks.

Totally relaxing. There are 12 of us total. We all live within a 30 mile radius. And get together once a month at each other’s homes or THE LAKE. We all LOVE Bunco on the lake.

Check out the BBQ on the very back of this pontoon boat. Both boat owners often sleep out on the lake as well. They say it is so quiet and the stars are AMAZING!

A few more 3-Tiered skirts. As I said before, I STILL wear mine. They are timeless.

Another beautiful Batik. A good weekend to be doing something creative. Let’s all do that! Blessings and hugs, Heidi

Shameless Advertising! My best selling pattern!

Hi everyone, THIS post is worth seeing again. I am wearing the first one even as I write this quick note. I’m finding that long flowy skirts with elastic waists are so nice to wear in the summer. Enjoy this post.

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Heidi’s Twisted 3 Tier Skirt Pattern. Great for Beginners! The Kaffe Fassett Mille Fiore in Rayon above is not twisted.

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The Italian cotton skirt on the manikin  is twisted. You “twist “cotton skirts while damp so they have a krinkled look and don’t need ironing.

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This is a busy print so it is not easy to see the “twisting.”

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An Italian Rayon (no twisting). This pattern fits many body types, and heights. Easy to follow directions tell you what to do. There are no pattern pieces to mess with either. All for $4.95. Go to Craftsy.com and check it out. Type in Heidi Emmett once you get to patterns and see what I have available. DSC_0017

Such a beautiful Bali Batik by Hoffman. This batik is 20+ years OLD! Can you believe it? I love the elastic waist. I am wearing one right now as I type this because it is…

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I Was “Queen For a Day!”

by HEIDI EMMETT

Well, I did get the crown part, but not the sparkly diamond and jewel type. Sadly, my crown is in my mouth. I am grateful for good dentists in our area .BUT, I always pray ahead of time for an easy outcome to ANY trip to the dentist. It’s very nerve-wracking for me to go. Why do I bring this up? Why do I show pictures of my “drunken” look? Two stories to tell that I think you will laugh about. And honestly, looking at these pictures of me, I laugh and laugh all over again.

I made my husband take these pictures as soon as I got home. He did ask, “Are you sure you want them taken NOW? Your mouth is pretty droopy on the one side.” I had not even looked in the mirror. I feel great. It can’t be that bad. (Honestly, I didn’t even look at the pictures he took until this a.m.)

I’m wearing my Sparky Top in which I used some mighty fine fabrics if I do say so. On the front there is a gorgeous pieced (several ikats in one piece) fabric that is over- appliqued with little dots.

Story #1: Sat in the dental chair to begin the process. I’ve joined the modern dentistry world, in that the crown is made on premises so EVERYTHING is done at once. LOVE THAT! Susie the sweet assistant started gushing over my Sparky Top. She made me feel so good. Then the real reason she “gushed” so much came out. She said, “I only work here one day a week. The other four days all I see is orange. ” Orange?! What is she talking about? I had a very quizzical look on my face (couldn’t talk of course). “Oh, she said, I am a hygienist at the county jail the rest of the week and all I see are orange jumpsuits.” What?!? It was just the diversion I needed to relax (the Lord does answer prayers in unexpected ways).

On the center back of this Sparky Top I put a Marcia Derse fabric and on the side panels and the upper back, it’s a Kaffe Fassett stripe with double needle stitching. I also added a bit of length to the back. Not sure why I did that, but it works.

Is this the beginning of a wink? (my face) Ha, ha. Here is a closer look at the cool front piece of Sparky Top.

Story #2 Right after my husband took my funny pics, I said I feel just fine, and I really don’t feel numb. Uh, I should have looked in mirror. I didn’t think to do that though. I told Robert I will take Riley to Doggie Day Care (yes he’s spoiled, but he gets to be with his buds 1/2 day, twice a week) and then run to the grocery store. Fast forward, I’m in the wine section of the Grocery and Denise (her name tag ), asked what could she help me with. Mind you, I was not looking at her but checking out labels on wine (O.K. I admit, sometimes it’s the label that makes me choose a certain bottle). I stood up and turned to face her. Her eyes went right to my blouse and she too “gushed” over my Sparky Top (I felt so good once again). Her eyes traveled up to my face and a strange look came over HER face. “Uh, I like your earrings too.” she said haltingly. Eyes back to my mouth. THEN IT HIT ME! It’s only 1 in the afternoon. She might think I had enough wine already! I just started laughing and laughing and explained it to Denise. We just stood in the wine section laughing and laughing. Lesson learned, go directly home after a “numbing” dental experience.

This is the pattern cover for the Sparky Top. My Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett carries all my “Art to Wear” sewing patterns. Check it out. It really is a comfortable blouse to wear and go ahead and choose some really, really, fun and different fabrics for it. Go to my site: DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com On the home page, look for the “Categories” box and click on Sparky Top. Past posts with GREAT ideas on how to use Sparky Top will pop up. HAVE FUN!

Happy 11th birthday to brothers, Rex (left) and Rubix. They were the sweetest little kittens.

They took over the dogs bed. Eventually, the three of them slept together. Awwww….

Oh to sleep like that again! Anywhere, anytime, anyway which way.

I hope it is cooler where you live. Not good sewing weather up in the attic where I have my sewing studio. Oh wait, I use the attic fan to draw out the hot air at night. Sew, the perfect time to be there is 10:00p.m. -6:00a.m. Sigh, I’m sleeping then. Ha, ha. It will be hand sewing for me for a few more days. Hugs, Heidi

It’s Time for Totes!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Once upon a time, I wrote articles for different magazines, such as Stitch, Modern Patchwork, Belle Armoire, and a few others. My projects for the magazines were all very different (not one quilt). From silk and cashmere eye covers (for sleeping sweet), to an unusual tote bag.

I loved Modern Patchwork. They were great to work with and did very little if any editing on my project specs. That’s always boost ones morale. Notice that I said “Loved” as in past tense. Sadly, Modern Patchwork and oh so many other great publications have folded. There have been others to take their place. Australia has some great publications as does Great Britain and of course, her in the United States.

I design ALL my patterns, clothing or otherwise to withstand the “flightiness” of fashion. My “Art to Wear” garment patterns and accessory patterns are “Timeless.” Check out my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to see all of my collection. Triangle Tote is there too.

Here is a great shot of the BACK of my tote(they photographed it as the front). Can you believe it, someone didn’t realize that buttons strategically placed means the front of something. Sigh…

I like the way the knotted handles are showcased as a special feature of this Tote Bag. I decided that a regular handle was too ordinary for this Tote.

The machine quilting is easy. Use the edge of your pressure foot as a guide to follow the edge of the previous stitching. It’s all explained in my pattern. Yes, I turned my Terrific Tote Bag into a pattern (I could because the magazine is not published anymore). To the right I show you the batting I used. It is Pellon Iron- on fleece. It is a very stable batting and just right for this project.

The following pictures are of some other cool TOTE BAGS from my perusals of Pinterest! Have a look see.

The circles of this Tote would be a great “Carry Along” project. And I do LOVE a great denim upcycle. P.S. this picture has become one of my “Top Ten” repins.

I just repinned this one yesterday. I have never seen it before. I LOVE the little crocheted flowers accented with some embroidery.

Don’t you enjoy what I call, “Mindless Sewing” ? We’re goin’ round in circles.

I believe, hand dyed fabrics were used in this lovely interpretation of a “cross body” purse. I accidentally called them “body bags” once. DOUBLE OUCH!

These are absolutely charming little Totes. Denim and “Stitches by Machine” abound.

Cute Collage “Kitty Kat” on this artful Tote. I looked up Tote Bag handles on both Etsy and Amazon. They are O.K. but I prefer to look for purses and tote handles at the Thrift Shop and take them off of an otherwise useless bag. Orr… do something “knotted” like my the handles on my Triangle Tote bag.

You could make one of these lovely “slow stitched” bags in a jiffy.

I really like the panels on this Tote Bag. I think the panels are crocheted together. And the fabrics are Kaffe Fassett. Very fun! Oh look, a calico kitty in the upper right corner with dainty white paws.

Another Kaffe Fassett Tote Bag. All done in Hexagons. Pretty snazzy sequined handles.

And what have we here? This Tote is called “Pinwheel” from MY BOOK!

Where has the time gone? I created this book for a March 2015 publishing date. I only had 6 weeks to get it all done. I still have a few left. All the projects in this book are so doable for beginners and advanced alike.

Simple triangle pieces make for a difficult looking project. I ONLY create fun and easy pieces.

I love a strategically placed button to hide any “point” issues. A perfect summer Tote Bag. Contact me at hmemmett@gmail.com If interested (directly from me, shipping is always cheaper), or visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to check it out.

The latest Sunflower. This one showed up in the vegetable garden. This one is a traditional sunflower but still not as big as some. You just have to smile, a BIG smile when you look at this flower. I’ve said it before, there is a whole universe of discovery when looking at a flower. They are a taste of heaven.

The quote above, enough said don’t you think? Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate you all so much. Hugs, Heidi

MIA Vest! One of My Pattern’s New Title!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Happy Friday! I have a vest pattern in my “Art to Wear” lineup of patterns. It’s called “Mommy & Me and My Quilted Vest and Quilt! What was I thinking? That’s quite a mouthful of a title. My original thought was to get a whole new generation of sewers lining up to start sewing clothing. It’s not happening nearly as fast I would like. I have also decided that the picture on the cover is too “Cutsy.” So, I have decided to change the name to MIA VEST!

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 I have just added a new cover picture for now. Everything about The Mia Vest is the same as the “Mommy & Me and My Quilted Vest and Quilt. I have just updated the cover picture.

It is exactly as described on the cover with one difference. The Mia vest is NOT quilted. It’s just a piece of fabric with stitching all over. It is finished exactly like the old pattern. It’s super comfortable and really easy to make. It also fits many body shapes and sizes.

Above is the old cover.

TaaDaa! Here is the NEW COVER! No, you are not seeing double. Well, I guess you are in a way. It’s a long story. It’s been a l-o-n-g day. Haha.

Find a pocket pattern from a favorite garment or create your own.

Yes, the back of the vest (near the shoulders) I had to piece it. Another long story. In retrospect I wish I had covered the pieced portion with some of the trim fabric.

I love this kind of mindless stitching. I can do it while watching the t.v. or listening to audio anything.

I wanted you to see that there are only 4 pieces to this pattern. A front piece, back piece, and a front facing and a back facing (not shown, made from trim fabric). That’s all. Please visit my February 11th, 2022 Blog Post titled,
“3 + Years to Embroider, 2 Hours to Sew Together!” That past post will give you everything you need to know about this fabric, threads I used for stitches, etc. It’s a good read.

Why not? I’ll show you one more MIA VEST. This is a wool boucle’. It has machine felted circles with slow stitching here and there. MIA VEST, a great NEW look for you to sew!

Visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett for a look see at ALL my “ART to WEAR” sewing patterns. Yes, the old cover will still be there. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. Soon, very soon. In the meantime, if you purchase the “Mommy & Me & My Quilted Vest and Quilt” I will also send a new cover shot with the new name.

It’s going to be a great weekend to start a new project. Make some time for your creativity. Remember, you only need 15 minutes to get those juices to start flowing! You wont want to stop. Blessings and hugs, Heidi

This and That Friday!

by HEIDI EMMETT

I’ve decided to finish out the month with This and That Friday ,ONE MORE TIME! Enjoy!

Near the birdfeeders I noticed some plants coming up. Yep, some of the bird seed rejected by the birds were sunflower seeds. There are 8-10 plants that are growing like crazy. I love this shot, just before the flower bud is exposed. And the color, this green, so yummy.

I thought sunflowers opened all at once. Some, as my friend Jane Haworth says, are “Shy Sunflowers.” Check out her website for her collage pattern called Shy Sunflowers.

“Whoo Hoo!!!!! I MADE IT. LOOK AT ME.” That’s what I think this sunflower is saying after it threw up its’ little arms.

Timing on the pictures you take is so important. This one seems a bit harsh and too yellowy. I took this one at 6:15 p.m. We can tweak pics colors in the “edit” section on our phones. I do like the shimmery wings on the honey bees (which I could not get without full sun). The other pics were taken at 7:30a.m. I really like this picture the more I look at it.

Lately I have been wanting all the art to wear pieces I make to have pockets. Umm….this person took that idea TO THE MAX!! “Where is that handkerchief?” or ” I have my money in one of these pockets somewhere.”

I really like this Denim upcycle. This person was super creative with a single pair of denim jeans and a fun cotton fabric (for the skirt). I would try this with a cotton-T shirt underneath and leggings (my legs should not be seen in any public setting). O.K., my additions would probably ruin the look. Sigh.

Oh yea, this is so me. How about stacking beautiful embroidered pieces instead of hand embroidery (might actually get it done in my lifetime). And, if I were to hand embroider I would want it where it can be SEEN. Super cute.

Found this and had to show you. It’s my “Art to Wear” sewing pattern called, OFF THE GRID VEST. Instead of the collar in the up position, I tucked in part of it. I like this look. See it and read about it at my Etsy shop. Go to Etsy.com and type in my shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to find my shop.

This picture was sent to me from New Zealand. This lovely lady even used some of the fabrics I used in mine. Love it.

Here is the front of my pattern, OFF THE GRID VEST. Contact me at hmemmett@gmail.com if you want to purchase it directly from me.

Let me introduce you to Carol from New Zealand. I am so honored that she made her version of OFF THE GRID VEST and sent me pictures! She told me that she made it for her birthday celebration and family reunion in Switzerland! You too are welcome to send me pictures of what you have created using my patterns. I would love to post them here.

I’m doing a project for the Thrift shop where I volunteer. Remember this is a Thrift shop that benefits Cats and Dogs. The manager was given 3 dozen or so simple black BBQ type aprons, all in black. Brand new with a Logo of a defunct business on the top portion. She then handed me a bunch of small cuts of kitty kat fabrics. She said to just cover the logo. This would be the perfect project for those who are just learning to sew. Find scraps of fabric, pretty good sized chunks (10 x 9). Make or find a simple BBQ type apron.

A helper cat is necessary (since I’m working with Cat fabrics haha). Rubix was in rare form. Another volunteer did aprons with Dog fabrics. You can see the selvage of the CUTEST fabric. The name is sort of cut off. The piece you see (wrong side sorry) is “Meowseum.” Another one has the name “Meowsterpiece.” I just took a moment to look this one up on Ebay. It is called “Very Rare.” You might want to take a look. All the info is right there for you under Rubix paw.

This “cover up” of the apron couldn’t be any simpler. But given my past few months and all that has gone on, this simple project and being back at my sewing machine for more than a repair job or quick hem, could not have been more satisfying. May you all have a satisfying session with your machine (be it sewing, serger, felting, etc.) this weekend. Big hugs to you all, Heidi

A THIS AND THAT FRIDAY!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Have fun looking these over.

I have done a bracelet like this (minus the dingle balls). For the base of the bracelet I used the carboard end of shipping tape. Perfect size. Maybe ask at a UPS store. Orrr.. coffee cardboard sleeves. Hey, I did a BLOG post on that. Go to the home page of my BLOG and look for the “Category’s” box. Scroll through to find “Misc.” or “Upcycling.” What a fun idea this lampshade would be for a sewing room or a kids room.

This is so COOL! And because they are circles there are no strings hanging off the edges. Maybe they are 5-6″ circles?

I’m not sure how this was created. Maybe smears of paint? Gouache paints because they are opaque? Slow process as each layer must dry first. But really cool. Oh wow, I could make my own fabric. Hmm….

I think that this is such a super cool idea! I do need a long hall though. Hanging them might be the hardest part. And check out the quilted wallhanging at the end of the hallway. And I think those are crocheted long, skinny hangings on either side of the quilt? What a fun space.

This is exactly how I have felt lately trying to get out into the vegetable garden just to pull weeds, VERY STIFF! And once again I forgot about the “tennis ball trick” (lay on the floor and tuck the tennis ball where it hurts). Your body weight on the tennis ball helps release the kinks. But I STUPIDLY let 2 days go by before I remembered.

I really like this. I only have 15+ jean jackets ready to go for “Upcycled Denim” projects. Sigh..I do love the collecting portion of upcycling.

These next two pictures say “Desigual” in the comment space. I will do this someday. It is such a great idea. I am familiar with the Desigual brand. Just for kicks I went to Ebay and typed in Desigual Jacket. Uhh…1,100 came up. What a FUN company to work for! You will get lost in all the great ideas you will see.

O.K., I’m really, REALLY going to do this. Ha, can you believe it, I don’t own a denim workshirt. Goody, goody, something to shop for at the Thrift shop. And then I need a poncho or ruana. I will definitely keep you posted on this one. It is so different.

Upcycled denim. This one is precious. All the picture said was liventernet.ru So simple but lovely at the same time. Hey, I could put something like this on the back of one of my denim jackets. Or big enough to make a pillow.

And here’s another one. Check out liveinternet.ru

This top is so cute. I really like the “gathering detail” on the blouse. Simple but very stylish way to cinch in a top. The skirt is cute too.

Early morning Kitty in a puddle of sun. Sweet Rubix.

When life and the world feel out of control, sit still in a puddle of sunshine and sip your morning coffee and think of this verse.

Thank you for stopping by. I so appreciate each and every one of you. Let’s all get out there and get our creative going this weekend. Hugs, Heidi

O My! It’s the “Dog Days of Summer.”

by HEIDI EMMETT

It is so hot out there I am just not motivated to do much of any sewing. O.K., O.K., it’s only in the low 90’s (not hot to some), but day after DAY, AFTER DAY! Well, if you are hot where you live or those of you in the Southern hemisphere might be cold, hahaha. O.K., the being cold is not just in the southern hemisphere. I have a couple of issues I need to discuss before I move on to the Super CUTE dog pics and new Sparky Tops……. Am I the only one who dresses very summery to go to the grocery store (it is summer after all) and EVERY supermarket has their thermostats set for 37 degrees (my refrigerator setting). Sure it feels lovely for the first 25 feet into the store. And don’t go near the frozen isle or the refrigerated section. It’s probably just me, and now that I have spoken about it, I feel better. I’m just saying, if you bumped it up even 5 degrees, I’d shop longer, therefore spend more $$. And now just one more……

No words needed on this one! Now on to the Cute puppskies.

Meet Bender. He is the main model for the hats at the BLOG site of: Agilejack1.com There are no “Dog Days” for Bender!! Isn’t he just the cutest! He’s a natural.

Bender has no need to worry about the hot sun in his hat made from Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Go to Agilejack1.com to read about this cutie and his housemate Rico.

I love to hear from all of you who have made a garment using one of my Art To Wear” patterns. Please meet Debbie who while recovering from a broken ankle, made a Sparky Top. BUT WAIT, not just one…..

not just TWO Sparky Tops(check out the side panel fabric I love that it has strips of fabric attached to a base fabric) ……….

Here is Sparky Top NUMBER 3!!! Goooo Debbie! Thank you so much for sharing your Sparky Top wardrobe with us. I’m so glad you are having fun creating them. What!? You have a 4th (fourth) one cut out and is ready to stitch up!!

And here is the back of Sparky Top number one. Thank you again Debbie for sharing. And for anyone else out there, send me some pictures of your “Art to Wear” pattern that you have created from DesignsbyHeidiEmmett (my Etsy shop address to see ALL of my Art to Wear patterns). I would love to show them off for you. And while Debbie is officially “Teacher’s Pet” with so many created just like that! yours will be honored too!

Here is the pattern cover for “Sparky Top.” See all my sewing patterns at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett

Believe it or not, I was wearing this Sparky Top the other day while I was starting my Blog post. I really do wear what I create. How bad would it be to pin a pattern to my back while shopping in the freezing cold grocery store? I’ll try it and let you know how that goes.

Everyone sees the front cover with the front of Sparky Top. Here is a larger picture of the back. Mixing the fabrics is just like “Wearing My Joy.”

Oh, and while I’m at it, here is the front of the Sparky Top I had on just the other day. It is made of all Kaffe Fassett fabrics except the back center panel. That piece I cut from a Maxi dress made of silk chiffon. A breeze was blowing when I snapped this picture.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. No actual sewing for me this weekend. I will be finishing up my newest pattern that I can’t WAIT TO SHOW YOU! Suffice it to say, I had 21 ladies try it on. That’s right, twenty-one ladies, one month ago. BEST DAY EVER!!! They too said they had fun. It will be documented for you all to read and perhaps see. Until next week, have fun with whatever project you are working on! Hugs, Heidi

Random Pinterest Pins!

by Heidi Emmett

Some days I need to re-pin my musings that I have found on Pinterest. SOME DAYS!? I do it everyday, ha, ha. But, as I have said in the past, 1/2 hour is my limit. Enjoy some of my “re-pins” from the past few days.

This is so cool! A lot of work but wouldn’t it be great on the back of an OFF THE GRID VEST? See my ” Art to Wear ” pattern at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett Order the pdf/digital print of this fabulous vest for only $9.95 U.S. You will make the pieces (4 rectangles) from the measurements I give you. You create your own pattern pieces. Easy-peasy.

What a fun way to make your next “Sparky Top” An “Art to Wear” pattern by Heidi Emmett. I like how the edges were “Serged” Use knits or woven pieces. See Sparky Top at my Etsy Shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett

I laughed until I cried over this one. Remember Candy necklaces? My Dad let us all (my two older brothers and me) go to Smith’s 5 & Dime store to pick out any candy we wanted when our youngest brother was born. I’ll never forget it. Candy in a necklace!!!! I was so getting that. And of course I made a slobbering mess of it all over my blouse and my face but I was happy, happy. Oh, and my little brother is 61 years old now. Sigh…..

The colors, the shapes, it’s all so fun!

Check out LauraLoewen.com She is a modern quilter. Again, the colors of both the necklace and the quilt block, very nice.

Isn’t this so creative!?! I want to make something similar.

I wish this picture was larger. She used a book on “Cells” to give her ideas for this futuristic and cool “Cell Art!”

STUNNING! Each flower and leaf are created separately. I’m still trying to find the finished piece.

Another stunning piece! The three dimensional quality is superb as are the types of stitches, as in bullion, French knots, etc.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are able to enjoy a relaxing and creative weekend. AND that the weather is “mighty fine” wherever you live. Hugs, Heidi

In Honor of My Mother!

by Heidi Emmett

My mother, Joyce Marie Weiss went to heaven on June 19th. She was 91 years young.

This picture is of my Mom and Dad on Easter Sunday, 1949. They had been married for about 2 months. What a fabulous looking couple. Mom’s dress, I love to this day and she looked so good in it. She told me it was copper colored silk charmeuse with small white polka-dots. And her hat even had a veil of netting.

My mother taught me how to sew. She was a beautiful seamstress herself and always looked elegant in what she wore. She helped me to shape my own sense of style. Albeit, mine is anything but elegant. My mother was my BIGGEST supporter. I distinctly remember sitting at her feet with my own “rectangles” of fabric scraps “designing” beautiful outfits (I thought so) for my various dolls.

I was given a child’s sized sewing machine at age 8. Within 1 hour of trying to get it to work, Dad said take this “toy machine” back to Montgomery Ward. So began my learning on the “real” sewing machine. It was pale pink in color, called a “Wizard” made by Brother.

The last piece of clothing my Mom made for me was my 8th grade graduation dress. She said it would be the last garment she would sew for me and really wanted to do it. I was making all my school clothes by age 12. I would rather go to a fabric store and pour over the pattern catalogs and then pick out fabric for them than go to a store for off the rack clothes.

I got out of all kinds of “house chores” because I would come up with great dresses for Mom and her various events and she would give me “carte blanche.” Thank you MOM!

I was the only person in my high school graduating class of 1974 that wanted a sewing machine for a graduation gift. In my circle of friends, it was a car. Not me. Mom made sure that I got what I wanted. It arrived via Greyhound bus! I had done my research. I wanted a Bernina 830. Top of the line in its day (yowzaa, I just sounded ohhh, so old!).

Through the years, selling my “Wearable Art” at shows, opening my own full service fabric store (sold those Bernina’s), quilting, garments, weddings, home dec., we did it all, teaching, and now my “Art to Wear” patterns, Mom was always encouraging me.

I would see Mom every day (she built a “second dwelling” on our property) for these past 12 years after my Dad passed away. I’d show her my latest creations, tell her where I was selling patterns (from my Etsy shop), it was a blessing to have her just a short walk away.

I love you so much Mom. I miss you, but I’m so happy that you are resting in the arms of Jesus. Hugs, Heidi

This picture was taken on a pier at Lake Tahoe, CA side. June, 2010. Joyce Marie Castleberg- Weiss, March 3, 1931- June 19th, 2022.

A Lovely Lady Who is 98 Years Young & Still Sews & Makes Jewelry!

by HEIDI EMMETT

WAE+ or Wearable Art Expressions+ is the newest group of creative people I belong to. The + sign means anything else you might want to add. We are a newly formed group that includes people who Design and make costumes for large productions, design and sell tools to help people be better knitters, writers of great fabric manipulation techniques, to amazing Nuno Felting, a phenomenal fabric designer, and even a quilter who decided it’s time to branch out and see what other things in fiber she can work with. We are a newly formed group, but just keep adding new, creative, talented people each month. Everyone is so willing to share things that they have learned to do. One woman said she has never seen so much creativity in one room before and can’t wait to go home and try some of the things she saw demonstrated or talked about, right away, as in TODAY! Those words are a great testament to what this group is all about.

Today, I want to introduce you to one of these creative members.

May I introduce you to Mrs. Lila Sugg. She designed and created the blouse she is wearing. I LOVE the pleating detail. She also created her own beaded necklaces. We recently were invited to help her celebrate her 98th birthday. What a special day and what an incredibly talented woman. And kudos to Lila’s daughter-in-law Julia, who is Lila’s assistant.

Check out what Julia made for Lila to celebrate her 98th birthday! It is a full sized Tuffett!!! Isn’t it lovely? There is a great spiraling effect going on here.

At this meeting Lila wore a beaded bracelet she recently created. Stunning! I was so excited about what she had made that I didn’t zero in on the beading like I should have. Great carpet in our meeting room. Sigh… I think you can blow up this picture yourself to see the details.

And of course, she brought a purse SHE HAD MADE!!! She told me, “Oh Heidi, it’s a kit, I didn’t design it myself. ” Well now Miss Lila, you still had to pick out all the fabrics and make it! Yowzaa! What a BEAUTIFUL bag!

One day a few years ago, maybe 5 years, I took a beading class. I sat next to Lila. She brought in the most adorable mouse pincushion. I’d never seen anything like it. She said she made it herself. It stands almost 10″ tall with Mr. Mouse almost 4 1/2″ tall. I just went crazy over Mr. Mouse.

The very next month, at a meeting we again attended together, she handed me a bag with my very own Mr. Mouse pin cushion in it. She made one just for ME!

At another meeting a few years ago, I admired Lila’s Turquoise necklace. It was a stunner with a medallion at the bottom similar to the one above. She said she put it together herself. Oh, and it’s not turquoise. Whaat?!! It sure looked like it to me.

Fast forward 2 months. Lila handed me another package. My very own Turquoise necklace. Oh my gosh! And even though it isn’t turquoise, it is surprisingly light weight. O.K., are you flummoxed (love that word)? The turquoise pieces are actually POTATO pieces. No kidding! And Lila has let me give you the recipe to make your very own.

POTATO NECKLACE

Use russett potatos only. Peel and cut into 3/4″ to 1″ squares. Round off corners. Make a hole in the center with a bamboo skewer or small knitting needle. Leave about an 1″ in-between. You should get at least 6 chunks on your skewer. Place in sun to dry, turning every day or so. It will take about a week or longer. The potato will shrink. Leave on skewer to paint. Use acrylic paints. Paint black first. Let dry. Now add Turquoise. Add small black dots or super thin lines to make it more realistic. Dip into clear acrylic or spray. Add more beads of your choice. Enjoy!

Thank you Lila for sharing your life with all of us today. You are a remarkable woman and we salute you and this small sampling of the myriad pieces you have created in your 98 years. GO Lila!

I saw this piece above and thought of Lila. I want to be just like Lila someday.

Thank you for stopping by. So get out there and make a potato necklace in honor of Miss Lila. Can’t wait to see pictures of what you come up with. Hugs to all, Heidi

Marcia Derse Fabrics

by HEIDI EMMETT

Hi everyone. Can you believe it’s June already! My vegetable garden is halfway planted. I’m actually a little late. I need to get my starts in the ground before they shrivel and die because they are so overcrowded in their containers. Sooo… a little advertising today.

The following is partly a previous BLOG post.

One of my most popular patterns.

Be sure to check out all my “Art to Wear” sewing patterns I have available at my Etsy Shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett. So read on

The fashion show was a huge success. Ladies of all sizes and shapes asked about the patterns. That is what I’ve wanted, all sizes and shapes to be able to wear my designs and feel good in them. .

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Today, I’ve posted a picture of “Skinny Vest” in more sophisticated fabrics, almost all of them are Marcia Derse’s by Troy Textiles. I started with an allover print from her Gerta Collection.
They are 4 x 4 1/4 ” rectangles printed nicely in rows. You will see that I treated it like the large scaled print from “Aussie Angle” and cut it here and there to suit me. I also cut out individual squares that look like they are falling away from the original piece. The filler strips are some Marcia, and some batiks. I bound it in black, my signature finishing detail with this vest pattern, but it also helps create the whole “skinny package”.

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Here are a few close-ups of the quilting.

I’m off to FINISH planting the garden. Then I plan to wash the car and leave it out when done. That way it will rain for sure!! Oh, I will also put back out, ALL the chair cushions just so it will double the rain chances. Am I pushing this a little too much? I suppose so, but I’ll do my part anyway. Some of you may or may not have heard that California is now officially in its’ third year of drought. Water rationing isn’t far behind I’m sure. The weather report is rain, starting on Sunday. Been praying for lots of rain!

Have a great weekend everyone. Get some creative sewing time in, even if it’s just 15 minutes at a time. It all adds up! Hugs, Heidi

It’s Memorial Day on Monday, May 30th & Some Denim Upcycle Ideas.

by HEIDI EMMETT

Please take time this Monday, May 30th to consider those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we are FREE!

Our favorite place to stay at Lake Tahoe, the Nevada. And ANY time we can display our very large flag we do it. My husband was given this flag by his stepfather. Doug served during WWII on the coast of Australia as an air traffic controller.

Look how many people will see this great symbol of the United States of America from our cabin!

Right now, at this moment in history, the United States of America is still the LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE! I pray we will be able to keep it this way.

What is more Americana than DENIM! This upcycled tunic/dress (this pin was found on Pinterest) really works as the pieces in it are all evocative of western wear. Cowboy boots would be a perfect finishing touch. I want to line dance now.

I really, really, want to try something along this line. Pablo Picasso would be proud.

Yowzaa! Use a size 16 or 18 denim needle when sewing something up like this skirt. There are so many double, triple, seams to go over. Stitch S-L-O-W-L-Y and wear protective eye wear! I’m serious here. I wear glasses already, and I remember sewing at a pretty good clip over some thick denim seams. “PING” the needle snapped and hit my glasses. LESSON LEARNED!

I love my pockets and hey, if I try this, some of these patches could be pockets. Funny story I just thought of…. when our son was 3 or 4, I would make him “Pocket pants.” They look so much like the pants above. The beige portion was actually a long, deep pocket, one on each side that extended from the waist to the bottom. Elastic waist, and elastic cuffs on each leg. Our son would stuff ALL of his hot wheels (little metal cars with working wheels) in each pocket. He could barely walk. The waist would sag (the weight of all the cars) and the cuffs barely held up the cars. We would laugh and laugh. I think I still have that pattern (remember, I’m the curator of a FANTASTIC fabric/notions museum).

What a fun bag. And the diagonal seams are a nice touch.

This is so fun, fun, FUN! Check it out, the edges are bias (the flower) and the leaves have ever so little bias. It just enough to keep the flower from raveling away when washed. Follow me on Pinterest (DesignsbyHeidiEmmett) and look for the “Denim Upcycles” board. More explanations can be found on each of these. When I save a picture from Pinterest to put on my Blog, the description or about the person who created it (right below a picture) wont follow the picture to my Blog picture folder. Hmm…I hope this makes sense.

No words needed to explain this one.

Yes, this is me and I’m PROUD OF IT! I am FOCUSED on being Creative. Ha, ha, ha! Big hugs to you all and thank you for stopping by. Heidi

It’s Still All about the LACE!

by Heidi Emmett

Happy Friday. Remember last week, I was wanting to change the picture on the front of my “Mommy & Me & My Quilt” pattern? Well, this week I’m thinking I want to change the cover of my second “Mommy & Me & My Lace Vest.”

Check out my Etsy shop: Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com to see all the “Art to Wear” patterns I sell.

Here is another view of the little quilt and the vest. This vest is basically 3 rectangles (cut one back, 2 fronts and 2 sides). Again, another blank canvas to work with for both little girls and big girls.

This vest has lace fronts and sides and this eclectic back. I used some of my antique laces in this one.

This is vest is actually more off white than shown. Oh the tricks of lighting. And I did some “tea” dyeing.

Here is another version of this vest. Linen background and cotton square pieces on front. Learn more about this version and others by going to the home page of this blog and look for the “Categories” box. Scroll through to find “Mommy & Me & My Lace Vest & Quilt”. Once you click on that, past posts relating to this vest pattern will pop up. Have fun!

Yep, shoulder seams and side seams are held together by safety pins. Unique, right!?! So, right after I made the decision to change the front pictures, I was cool with that. Now, I’m going to relax and look through a catalog that just came in the mail. It’s called. “Soft Surroundings.” It is the May, 2022 edition.

What do I see on the inside cover of my Soft Surroundings catalog but lace!! Wait a minute, I had just decided to change the picture of my lace vest pattern and here is LACE! While I think about this dilemma lets go ahead and take a look at this BEAUTIFUL caftan. Remember my post from 2 weeks ago? I did it on short and long, easy, peasy, caftans? O.K., if you forgot that post already, go to the home page and look under “Months” and find May 6th, 2022. It was titled, “FREE PATTERN!” This lace caftan is exactly the same as the Free Pattern I gave you.

And then I turn the page of the catalog (Soft Surroundings May 2022) and here we go again! More lace and once again, the SAME caftan pattern with one difference, slit it up the middle of the front and add lace trim around the edges. I really want to make one like this and the long one too. And guess who has a large tub of laces to look through. Yes, that would be ME!

Enjoy the cute watercolors and “Wise” words selections below.

The first time I read the address (lower right) I read it as “Healthy Lace.” No joke. Sigh….I have lace on the brain.

Aren’t these great?! Check out their site.

O.K. people, with the new ideas for garments of lace and my wonderful “Wise Words” selections, get out there and enjoy this weekend.

Today is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Hugs, Heidi

A Picture = A Thousand Words.

by HEIDI EMMETT

I created the “Mommy & Me” patterns (2 of them) because I felt that an entire generation was missing out on the fun of sewing and how varied sewing can really be.

I knew I needed to make a different vest for at least the adult sizes. While this particular vest (on the cover of the pattern) is very fun and “young” looking, I needed to tone it down a bit.

This “Mommy & Me” is made from the 2022 Pantone “Color of the Year, Veri-Peri.” It includes machine felted circles and slow stitching in the background. This is a very comfortable vest to wear for ALL sizes.

Here is my latest version for a little one, size 4, whose most favorite thing right now is Minnie Mouse. A quick note, I did tack down the neckline facing. I’m just sayin’…

LOOK WHAT I FOUND for Little Rachel to go with her Minnie Mouse quilted jumper!! I walked in to the warehouse for my shift at Sammie’s Friends (dogs and cats) thrift store and this beautifully PERFECT kitchen jumped right out at me! Check it out people! A fridge with water outside, freezer, telephone, kitchen clock, microwave, large oven and electric burners. And of course stainless sink (our dog, Riley, put his muzzle right into the sink thinking it was a waterbowl, ha, ha) and wall clock. Robert tightened all the screws and I gave it a good scrubbing inside and out and washed the little curtain. I can’t wait to give it to her.

I wore my latest Mommy & Me vest to our local quilt show 2 weekends ago. I have never sold so many of this pattern before, anywhere! As I said, it is a very comfortable vest to wear. The deep-V in the front is perfect for small and large bustlines. The deep armholes allow for greater movement. And if someone has larger hips, know one would ever know. This pattern is a win, win all the way around (no pun intended)! And talk about EASY to stitch up.

When I handed each person their pattern, some weren’t sure if it was the right pattern or not. Really? So I started asking those who bought it what they thought about the front picture. O.K., hands down “CHANGE IT” was the rallying cry.

So my newest Mommy & Me has been cut out. Here is the front from a large pair of jeans.

Looking at some scraps of fabric and/or a shirt for possible “bits” on the front.

Here is the back (yes, I need to add to the left shoulder). I LOVE upcycling. I HAVE to put this new vest in high gear to get my picture on the front cover changed. Yes, a new picture is worth a thousand words. Look for my new and improved pattern front ASAP!

Dutch Iris in the parking lot of our “Doggie Day Care.” Yes, we spoil our dog. We get a day off from having to walk the dog 4x’s a day to only 1 time AND Riley comes home “Dog tired.” I mean he is so tired, he flops on the floor and falls asleep as soon as he comes in the house.

These don’t even look real do they?

One more peek. It is supposed to be a picture perfect weekend. I hope it will be where you live too. Here are four simple things to add to the beginning of each day to make it a good day, EVERY day. 1. Drink water. 2. Be grateful/thankful for at least 2 things and tell it to God. 3. Breathe deeply and slowly for a few breaths and stretch, long slow, stretches. 4. Be curious about something. Thank you for stopping by. I really appreciate each and every one of you. Hugs, Heidi

FREE PATTERN!

by HEIDI EMMETT

I’m certain that you all have seen one of this type of Over-Top, Poncho, Ponchette (my husband’s name for it), Cover-up, etc. I LOVE them regardless of what they are called. You can decide for yourself on a name. Let’s explore this pattern a bit more.

I bought this a few years ago with every intention of cutting it up. I tried it on and voila’. I loved the flow and fit. I have taken all the measurements for you to create your own.

By looking at my simplistic drawing you can get the idea of how to stitch this up. There are no shoulder seams. It is basically a rectangle (you know how I love my rectangles), 53″ x 45″. The only thing to cut out is the neck edge. Depending on the fabric you choose determines the finishing of the neck edge. If it’s a knit, turn under the edge and stitch down. If it is a woven, serge or zig-zag the edge and then turn under. Machine hem (turn under and turn under again) a small amount and stitch in place, all four sides. Fold in half, and measure from the open sides, in 9 1/2″. What? I forgot to write that in. See that inverted triangle? on the lower left of picture? That is where the 9 1/2″ should be labeled. Sigh… But that’s it! Easy, right? Great gift idea. These amounts fit small to large bustlines, and if the hips are larger than 52″, move that 9 1/2 ” amount out to maybe 8″ or even less. Do the math.

A friend had some fabric she purchased 30 years ago in Hong Kong. It is very sheer and and will be a lovely, floating, addition to her wardrobe. Pair with a tank and capris (I like them to match to create a longer line) for the summer or a long sleeved T or turtleneck in the winter.

My friends, Linda and Karenanne (you know, my sewing sisters from Portland, OR), made this for me as a birthday gift. It’s almost summer and I’ll finally be able to wear it in the mornings or evenings. Same pattern as above, but lengthened and Karenanne got all fancy with a V-neckline.

A close up of the side finish. It’s beautifully done on both the front and backside.

This is the ultimate using the same pattern idea above. It is a swimsuit coverup. Snaps on the side openings, lots of pockets, a hood, zippered front, AND you can barely make out the toggle (front center, to cinch in the front a bit if you want) of which they are located inside and there is one for each side.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s out there. May it be a special day for you! Maybe you will have time to peruse past posts of this BLOG (go to the home page and look for the “Categories” box. Scroll through and pick a topic. Past posts will pop up pertaining to what you have chosen.) Have FUN! Big HUGS to all of you for stopping by. Heidi

Do You Own a Yo-Yo?

by Heidi Emmett

O.K., not the Yo-yo toy. I did have to look up the history of the Yo-yo though. They think it is the second oldest toy ever discovered (in Greece). The doll is considered the oldest toy. Mr. Duncan invented the yo-yo that is still used as a toy today, in the early 1930’s. This happened around the same time that the Yo-yo QUILT was invented. It is a simple 3-D quilt that is truly unique.

The method for creating a yo-yo is very simple. Trace a circle (lid from a jar, or anything else round) onto a piece of fabric. Cut out the circle. With a needle and thread and using a running stitch, work around the outside edge (1/4″ from the outside of circle) all the way around. Pull up the thread and push the raw edges into the hole that is made in the center. Secure the thread and trim off. Work the circle back into a circle shape. That’s it.

7 weeks ago my sister-in-law sent me this picture of a Yo-yo quilt that she could NOT leave at the thrift store. She said it is lined in muslin and appeared to never have been used. She wanted to wash it and I suggested hand wash cycle with a “Color Catcher” sheet. Here it is washed and happy.

Not to be OUTDONE by my sister-in-law, ha, ha, HA! (family joke), I was so surprised to find a brand new Yo-yo quilt of my own just last week. Mine is just the yo-yo’s. This quilt has no backing fabric (I have placed it on top of another quilt. Mine seems to have been repaired with a few yo-yos (some were missing) made from more modern fabrics. It still looks good to me.

All this talk about yo-yos and seeing yo-yo’s got me to thinking, Where is my” bag O’ Yo-yos?” When I have scraps (I know, I know, I can’t throw much of anything away), I put them in one bag and prep some circles for yo-yo making. Between other projects, when I’m too tired for close work, why not make some yo-yos! Here is a picture of the side I plan to use. Not let’s see what these fabrics really look like.

I think it is amazing how a fabric changes when it is gathered up. AND even though they aren’t perfect circles, they work into a project to look very circular.

LOVE this picture! Super colorful. I made all of these a few years back and have no idea what I was intending to do with them. No surprise there. But I knew, someday…..

Fast forward to a year ago. I purchased this top on Ebay. Yes, I wanted you to see the tag. Who would EVER pay that amount for a top. It is by a designer named Katherine Kidd. Look her up. Apparently, some people DO PAY lots of money for her clothes. I bought it for $34.00 to cut it up for the fabric. WHAT??!! It is the coolest fabric. Kind of spongy feeling (no drape at all). Well…..I tried it on just for kicks and……I LIKE IT, it fits me perfectly, but it’s too short for my taste. What to do, what to do? My brain actually kicked in and “PING” the “bag o’ yo-yo’s.”

Isn’t this going to be super cool? Of course, I just started attaching them last night and ran out of time, but I had to show you what’s going to be happening.

It swoops down in the back which is a nice look. Two rows, three rows, I think I want it to look asymmetrical.

I don’t like that hole at the front edge. I will fill that in with a small yo-yo. I will also remove the yo-yo on the cuff. It doesn’t make it look sophisticated. Ha, ha, HA! Sophisticated is NOT the appropriate word for this top. It’s going to be a top with an ATTITUDE ! Oh yeah!

Look at the detail of this fabric. I have to find more. Hey, I could run silk ribbon through those holes. Acck…..I just can’t stop with the ideas.

I FINALLY remembered what my original intent was for the “Bag O’ Yo-yos.” I love this vest?, capelet? whatever, above. It would have to be for a party where I stand pretty still. All the spaces with dangly threads, I would get caught up on door knobs, and no hugging anyone, as they would get caught on buttons of jackets, sweaters, etc. Need to think more on this one. Isn’t it cool? I like the one color of fabric.

In the meantime, I will really enjoy my own crazy version of a Yo-yo top. Thanks so much for stopping by. Take some time for a long walk this weekend to clear your mind and get some exercise, so that new and creative ideas will flow freely. Big Hugs, Heidi

Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button?

by HEIDI EMMETT

Before I show you “Who’s got the Buttons”, I promised an update on the March proceeds going to Ukraine to build Field Hospitals in Ukraine. A huge thank you to all who supported this effort. I will be sending $250.00 to Samaritan’s Purse for Field Hospitals. The horrors of what is happening in Ukraine seems unthinkable in the 21st century. Remember, you can always do your own support of individuals in Ukraine. Go to Etsy.com and in the search bar type in: Ukraine Digital shops. Many, many, artists are there. You can support them by buying something of theirs in a digital/pdf format.

This whole “BUTTON THING” that I have going on started years ago.

Once upon a time, I was 8 years old, and it was snowing (isn’t it always snowing in a good story beginning?). My mother drove me and my little brother to a ladies house about 2 miles away from our home. After they chatted a bit and we were leaving, this nice lady asked if we would like to see some buttons? Whaat? There in front of me were two, tall, oak typesetting cabinets. Each drawer was maybe 2″ tall and very wide maybe 3 ft. I stood there absolutely transfixed, my eyes right there, as she opened drawer after drawer of buttons. Each group of the same button were nestled in their own section. I remember 2 drawers in particular, the “Jet” buttons (all shiny black and faceted so they caught the light perfectly), and the “Mother of Pearl”, luminescent dark and light, white to dark grey. I was smitten, in LOVE with buttons. Over the years I have collected many buttons but never to the extent I saw that day. Like most of us who have sewn for many years, I have the ubiquitous jars of buttons. I often think of that lady and wonder what happened to her beautiful button collection.

Fast forward to 3 months ago. I was in my favorite Thrift Shop and turned a corner to check out the fabric/notions area. BAGS OF BUTTONS!!! Each bag had to weigh 3-5 lbs. I stared and stared and then loaded up 8, yes, EIGHT BAGS of buttons in my little grocery cart and drove away to the furniture dept. to sit on a wooden bench to contemplate this find. Ha, ha, the conversation going on in my head for the next fifteen minutes was hilarious. Each bag was $25.00.

I left the Thrift shop with the one bag above. I felt this one bag had the largest amount of “Mother of Pearl” buttons. I was NOT disappointed. The picture above is maybe 1/2 of the bag. Oh the projects to create! Follow me on Pinterest, DesignsbyHeidiEmmett and look for my “Button” board. Let’s look at some of those pins now (there are bunches more at Pinterest).

The creamy color makes for a lovely necklace.

The beautiful pillow my friend Linda made for me. I just had to show it again. The pattern is available (includes the bird panel in the center) through Etsy shop: FourWindsTraders, “Let Your Heart Sing!” pillow pattern.

This is sooooo FUN! It has that “Steampunk” quality that I really like.

I have often wondered what to do with the little mother of pearl buckles. This is perfect!

A sweet way to practice your “Stitches by Machine” (that is the name of one of my boards on Pinterest). Follow me on Pinterest, DesignsbyHeidiEmmett

A little “mixed media” going on here.

What a great use of buttons! Earrings, who knew!

Etched buttons are usually 50+ years old.

A unique way to attach the buttons to earring findings.

Check out my Steampunk pincushion (who knew there was such a thing, O.K., I made it up.) Her little button necklace is too cute.

Yes, I did a whole post on this jacket. It took me so ding dang long to finish that I have to get some extra mileage out of it (Blog post-wise). There are some buttons on it, look closely.

LOVE, LOVE, this Kantha inspired necklace with buttons as spacers.

I kept this card of buttons intact for the longest time. Check the price, check out the country. They are not real silver or they would be tarnished. I like them all the same. Let’s see, Austrian, for a Dirndl perhaps?

I made a unique “Heidi’s Sassy Summer Scarf” and those buttons just finish it off. Can you see them, one inside each of my cool circles.

Heidi’s Sassy Summer Scarf pattern using “Spiralicious Circles. Learn about these in my February 2020 post (Valentine’s Day).

The original pattern I used to make the turquoise scarf above. To learn how to make my “Spiralicious Circles” go back to the home page of this blog: DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com Look for the “Archives, months” box. Go to February 2020. I show the exact technique using a heart shape. Find this scarf pattern at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidi Emmett Hard copy is $4.50 plus shipping . Pdf/digital is $3.00 with immediate downloading and no shipping.

I hope you enjoyed a little trip down Button memory lane with me. This would be a good weekend to try your hand at your own Button, Button, project. I would love to hear about it. And always, Big Hugs to you, Heidi

Update on Minnie Mouse Quilted Vest and some This and That.

by HEIDI EMMETT

Remember, I made my great niece a little jumper/vest out of Minnie Mouse fabric. Well it got delivered to her and here are the pictures.

I used my “Art to Wear” sewing pattern (available at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett), Mommy & Me & My Quilted Vest and Quilt.

Blanket and jumper come out of the bag, but wait! There’s more. Little slipper socks that say Mini (hey it’s close and Rachel is a brilliant 4 year old and at age 3 she learned to waterski but she can’t read just yet).

Checking out her Minnie Mouse Jumper complete with “Pawtette’s” aka, pockets.

Awwww…..thank you Rachel. Your sweet smile says it all. Wish I could have been there to give you a hug.

Ummm…… I do believe she LOVES her new blanket. What happened to the jumper/vest?

Sigh……TYPICAL big brother! I also see that if it fits Marshall it will be waaay to big for little sister. Sigh again….oh well, better than too small, right?

What a lovely hostess gift to me from a friend. These were started and grown in her greenhouse.

She put all the names of the different lettuces on a stick. This is such a clever idea, I would like to make some “potted salad bowls” of my own to give as gifts. Bummer, the trick is having that greenhouse.

Flashy Oak Lettuce is the name of this beauty. Tonight, our first salad. Keep the pot well watered and in the sun, trim as salad is needed. It should last and last and keep growing until summer. Keep it away from the hungry bunnies around these parts.

O.K. why are we looking at my hand (I see that I could never be a hand model. Ha, ha)? I think what happened to my hand is a head’s up to everyone. I’ll keep it short. 1. The red gouge on the knuckle of my ring finger is from my cat. 2. cleaned it right away with soap and water and applied Neosporin. 3. Did NOT take off my wedding ring right away. BIG MISTAKE! No worries, I still have my finger AND my wedding ring, but read on. 4. Went about my business. 5. Some swelling started, including my ring finger, and some heat in the area of the “oowie” 5. It started to hurt when I made a fist. 6. 72 hours later I saw my friend, Nurse Beth, and I showed her my hand. She said, not a problem she would remove the ring with finger AND ring intact, using dental floss. WOW it worked like magic (visit You Tube). 7. Nurse Beth said, IN THE FUTURE, remove ring IMMEDIATELY, and then scrub the wound ( with a brand new, soft toothbrush) using Hydrogen Peroxide, rinse off, dry the area and apply the Neosporin. Repeat a few hours later. 8. Even though it was more than 72 hours later from the moment it happened I did the HP trick (reopening the wound, ouch, but let’s do this right). 9. Within a few HOURS of this (I did it twice total), WOW again, swelling went down a bit, and I could actually make a fist without it hurting (so I could hold a needle and thread again, yea). All better now, but so glad I saw Nurse Beth when I did. LESSONS LEARNED!! Onward with a flourish of zesty spring colors!

Same friend, Kimi, who brought the salad bowl, brought a quilt that she had made for me to see. These colors!! I’m smitten with Yo-Yo envy.

A peek of the back. Isn’t this batik perfect for this quilt?

I will explore yo-yo’s in depth in a future post I promise, but for now, enjoy the beauty of this design.

The depth and saturation of colors, I LOVE it!!

Until next week, get out there and get your creative juices going. Yo-yo’s are a great “on the go” project to pop into your tote bag. The quilt above is also perfect inspiration for something “Springy.” Blessings and hugs to you. Thanks for stopping by. Heidi E.

We Need to Laugh Today.

by HEIDI EMMETT

We need some laughter today. I found all of these on Pinterest. Enjoy.

Sadly, this is so ME! And sometimes I keep them just because of their shape. “I know I will use this someday.”

So, do you have a favorite? I love them all and that’s why I put them in my post.

Of COURSE I’m the perfect person to go work at a local Thrift shop (that supports doggies and kitties) and measure and price the FABRICS! See these bins? When I started, there were 10 more of these bins. Yes, 10, filled with beautiful quilting cottons, all neatly folded (so more could fit into the bins, ha!).

This is a very organized and well run thrift shop.

Taa Daa! Here is my work station. When I’m done pricing a bin, all the fabric goes in this shopping cart.

That glow in the background is my heater. Oh my goodness, it has been very cold of late. My UGG boots, a must, as is my Cashmere AND Alpaca and my Alpaca fingerless gloves. This was Monday a.m. on the 21st. Yesterday, the temperature was 82 degrees. It’s Spring! in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Don’t forget Ukraine. The above artwork is by artist Nastasia from the Ukraine. Help her and other’s by going to Etsy.com In the search bar type in: Ukraine Shops Digital Downloads. I LOVE this print. I can’t decide, Embroidery or a fabric collage. I’m praying for peace and safety for you Nastasia.

I’m still creating this week, and everyday working on something, but once again, my things are in such a spot that they would truly confuse you, ha, ha. Sooo..next week it is! Hugs, Heidi

Daffodils, Colorful Vest. It’s a This and That Friday.

by HEIDI EMMETT

Daffodils portend the coming of Spring! I LOVE Daffodils. They are sunshine you can touch.

Daffodils tell us that Spring, New Life, is ON THE WAY!!!

Take a moment to read the poem below. You will never view Daffodils quite the same again.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud 

BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed—and gazed—but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

Simply lovely.

Such a rich, saturated, yellow.

It’s time for a colorful vest to celebrate the coming of Spring! Visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidi to see all my “Art to Wear” sewing patterns.

Cozy is the word for early Spring garments. It’s still really chilly in northern CA. I live only 1 1/2 hours(by car) from the “first” sighting of Lake Tahoe.

My vest is a beautiful Italian wool crepe knit. I added all the “slow stitching” (stitches done by hand and no embroidery hoop). Please go to my February 11th, 2022 post, to read even more about this vest. When you go to the home page of this BLOG, the older ones automatically follow this post. You could read for days, as I post THAT much. Ha, ha.

The back really shows off the flowers that were laser cut and I stitched over the the cut areas.

The vest is trimmed in an Italian Pima cotton print.

It’s a cold day so besides the wool vest, I need my Cozy cashmere sweater. The hand stitching took me a few years to do because as soon as the warm to hot weather settled in, I wasn’t about to have wool in my lap. Ha, ha.

Yes, I wanted to wear two necklaces. I couldn’t decide so I thought, the lengths are good. I’m wearing both. The sweet bird is glass mosaic done by a local artist and strung on a silk ribbon. On the lower necklace, I purchased the pendant portion separately and strung the beads myself on the necklace portion.

Stop the presses! My husband said it WILL rain on Saturday, so, I said I need to show off my new, favorite boots! Yes, they are cowboy styled, rainboots.

I will certainly have fun jumping in the future puddles (praying for a DOWNPOUR to help end our 3, yes, going into a THREE YEAR DROUGHT!)

Also, a friend recently told me of another way to HELP the Ukrainian people. Go to Etsy.com and type in the search bar, Ukraine Shops Digital Down Loads. Up will pop MANY artists who will get the money DIRECTLY when you purchase a digital/pdf item.

Take care everyone. Get some creative going this weekend! Hugs, Heidi

UKRAINE, What Can I Do to Help?

by HEIDI EMMETT

I have been thinking how I could help with the Ukraine crisis in some way. My friend and fellow Fiber Artist, Jane Haworth (visit JaneHaworth.com) found the perfect way. She said I could copy her idea.

Three of my “Art to Wear” sewing patterns in PDF/DIGITAL format are available from my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to purchase. Through March 31st, your purchase of one or more of these 3 patterns, PDF/Digital, will be MATCHED by me and sent to Samaritan’s Purse to set up a field hospital in Ukraine.

And I’m putting it out there to all other Fiber Artist’s to copy this idea with their own PDF/DIGITAL patterns. You can spread the word to your friends who may have embroidery patterns, tote patterns, quilt patterns, etc. I see the ripple effect happening. Let’s Roll!

Heidi’s Easy Three Tiered Skirt pattern. $3.50 as a PDF/Digital pattern. Go to DesignsbyHeidiEmmett, my Etsy Shop to purchase.

Free Form Circle Pillow- $3.00 as a PDF/DIGITAL pillow pattern. I plan (yes, I have lots of ideas) to put these same circles around the bottom edge of a skirt. Changing it up a bit. Visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to purchase this pattern for $3.00 in a PDF/DIGITAL format.

Heidi’s Sassy Summer Scarf. $3.50 as a PDF/Digital pattern. Go to DesignsbyHeidiEmmett, my Etsy Shop to purchase.

Visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to see and purchase one or more of these patterns in PDF/Digital format only.

How ever many you choose to purchase, until March 31, 2022, I will match that amount and will donate the money to Samaritan’s Purse as they are going to Ukraine to set up a field hospital.

Below are two close-ups of a beautiful piece of hand created, wool felting. I purchased this piece from my friend, Ewa Seliga (find her on Facebook under this name). Ewa lives in Krakow, Poland. She teaches on line (via FB) classes. Her things are so unique. When I first saw her felted pieces on Pinterest, I KNEW that I had to own some of her work. I am now the proud owner of not one but 2 of her “FIBER ART” pieces. My latest vest is cut out and ready to sew up. Please come back next week to see the finished “ART TO WEAR” piece. Yikes, the pressure is on to get this piece sewn!

Thank you for stopping by. I love this time I have with all of you every week. FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, thank you Madel (in Pretoria, South Africa), to Helena (in Guleph, Ontario, Canada), and all of you in-between, it is as if we are sitting together with our coffee/tea and a little sweet treat (always), having a friend to friend chat. I guess I’m the “take-over the conversation” person at the table but hey, someone has to start the conversation. If you want to comment and can’t figure out how to do it on WordPress (I understand!) you can always send me an email: hmemmett@gmail.com BIG Hugs and Blessings, Heidi

Old Quilts! Let’s Make a Jacket/Coat! HOT New Trend!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Do you have one? If it is a family heirloom, keep it that way. If it’s one that is tattered here and there , the HOT new look are jackets and coats made from old quilts. I need to say up front, again, I am not talking about the quilt made by your grandmother or a quilt destined for the Smithsonian. I mean just what I said at first, a quilt that is tattered here and there. Let’s look it over and I say, RESCUE it and make it into something that will turn heads!

Here are two that I was considering. Stories behind these: Top one I honestly don’t remember where I got it BUT I remember it was a top only. A friend HAND quilted it for me. The nine patch below was purchased 32 yrs. ago from the J.C. Penney’s catalog. It too was put together (by machine) and hand quilted in China. I am not using these two. They are presently hanging over a long railing on our second floor. Finally, I rescued them from the back of my linen closet!

I settled on this one. I bought it at a yard sale 30+ yrs ago. It too was just a top. 9 of these Radiant Stars made up the quilt top. My friend “very lightly” quilted this one too. The blocks were nicely sewn but the overall fabric is fragile because they all had too much sun at some point. All the fabrics are early 30’s I’m guessing. And there are spots (of who knows what) here and there.

I picked my pattern, now it’s time to make “the first cut.” I’m glad I picked the Zephyr jacket pattern because it isn’t fitted and only has 3 pattern pieces. That way the jacket wont look too chopped up, ha, ha, if that’s possible.

Wow, that took A LONG TIME!! to “hunt and gather” the quilt I wanted to use and (lower left), an unfinished little top only, using it for edges and shoulder trim, and scraps of a nice and plain “slow stitched” blue (2 shades of blue)fabric. DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com MY VERSION of a QUILT JACKET using my Zephyr Jacket, “Art to Wear” pattern.

The front of my Zephyr Jacket (a sewing pattern) available at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett

Side view of Zephyr Jacket made from an old quilt. Notice the shoulder trim (from another very small unfinished quilt top) .

So much fun, it’s different ALL OVER! I really like the trim on the sleeve edges, shoulder, bottom and front edges. All from a small quilt top that I got that was unfinished in the 30’s style of cotton that matches, more or less, the radiant star quilt that I used for the main body.

Another view of Zephyr Jacket with the front pieces folded back and pinned in place.

A close up of the pinned front of Zephyr Jacket. The pin is by a resin/plastic artist named Orna Lalo. I found this pin on Ebay. Visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to see all of my “Art to Wear sewing patterns.

Another back view of Quilt jacket/coat from an old quilt using my Art to Wear jacket pattern called Zephyr Jacket. Etsy shop for this pattern: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett

I like the fabrics that were used for the Radiant Star (not sure if that’s the correct block name). Each of the nine Radiant Stars are completely different.

The fabrics from the 30’s are so unique and many have been reproduced. Check out Etsy and Ebay under 30’s reproduction quilting fabrics. Let’s take a look at some jackets/coats I found on Pinterest.

Nice!

WOW!

Couldn’t resist this picture. I

These are very fun. Great over dresses, long and short, pants, etc.

Perfect with jeans.

Careful when you wash this one. Use a “Color Catcher” sheet so it doesn’t bleed red onto the white.

I really like that they used denim for the sleeves. Perfect.

My all time favorite pattern, “Log Cabin.” Can you believe it! I made a Log Cabin jacket for a lady over 45 years ago. The squares in this coat are similar in size to that jacket. Wow, is already time for “what was old is new again.”

Double wedding ring quilt beautifully lined up for this jacket.

Modern quilted jacket. I LOVE it.

A star quilt and names of who made the square are embroidered in the center of the block they created.

New, old, hard to tell with this quilt jacket.

This is a lovely quilt coat. Snowball pattern maybe? The following pictures are of some of the process for my quilt jacket.

Picking the fabrics that all go with each other. Yes, I am the curator of my museum of all things fabric. The job doesn’t pay very well, but I LOVE it. Ha, ha.

Where oh WHERE do I cut??? The song lyrics, “The first cut is the deepest,” really hit home.

I had to show you my “RADIANT” sunrise picture. It reminds me of the radiant star pattern in my quilt jacket.

I paid homage to this incredible “Radiant Star” sunrise with my beautiful Zephyr Jacket made from a quilt. Do you have a quilt that is languishing in the back of a closet? Get it out, show it off either on the wall/railing or on YOU! Thank you for stopping by. I hope I have inspired you to get your creative going this weekend. Hugs & blessings, Heidi

BOYFRIEND JACKET- An Updated version!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Remember those? I had several back in the day. In case you missed that “Fashion Moment”, you would wear a men’s sports coat (maybe a size larger) with the sleeves rolled up a bit, and a crisp white shirt and jeans. This was the early 80’s. Fast forward to a year+ ago I found my one remaining boyfriend jacket in the back of the winter closet .It fit me really well and I loved it still (that IS why I kept it all these years). Hmm…how do I wear it now? Uh oh, Is THAT a moth hole? And I spy another one! And another one! Nooo……!!!

So one day, I gathered this fabulous sample piece of a beautiful Scalamandre’ silk fabric. I cut it in a weird shape (just because I didn’t want a simple rectangle). In retrospect I maybe SHOULD have kept it as a rectangle. It was slippery to work with and my hand work, the outer edges,wasn’t my best. Oh well, too late now. Onward I go. I gathered a few colors of DMC embroidery floss and a couple of felted wool pieces and some yo yo’s and some beads. I keyed all my color ideas right from the Scalamandra piece. I used my chakoner (to the left) to draw some curved lines to follow with my stitching. Those vines were done in the full six strand of floss. Eeegads (not sure if this is a real word, but it works for me), how did I miss more moth holes? Well that’s what the circles of wool are for. And I think I’ll add some beads too.

Here is my inspiration piece for the wavy lines (to become vines with leaves) and the cool button detailing with floss too. I LOVE, LOVE this pillow. It was given to me by my dear friend Linda M. my Portland, OR sewing sister.

O.K. it’s time for some leaves. So I brought in the Cashmere sweater bin and some FABULOUS wool roving (thank YOU Sharon C.). The roving is in the dk. green.

Which color for the leaves? And right side of the sweater or wrong side?

For some reason the leaves were a difficult decision to make.

I just want to stitch, and create, and sew!

A close up of the floss (DMC is my all time favorite) and the stem stitch and some center of the yo yo beading. Also, check out the gorgeous houndstooth weave of this cashmere and I think the two colors are so yummy together.

Did I mention that this beautiful jacket is 100% Cashmere and it is lined in silk? It didn’t say where it was made but the crest above the fiber content makes me think that it is Scotland or England.

The front shows two stacked wool felted “coins” that I found on Ebay. So much work to make my own(and I STILL can’t cut a perfect freeform circle, so I bought some already stacked and stitched. Whoo hoo. The little velvet flower with a “diamond” center is something from a necklace. Yes, of COURSE I collect old jewelry pieces to take apart for something else.

Beads can go anywhere, they don’t have to just be in the yo yo centers, they are subtle in the embroidered vine.

I love these square beads. And I like the texture of the leaves by using the roving. Uh oh, my stitching on the leaves are NOT very good. It was night time O.K. and I had been enjoying some wine. I can always find an excuse.

All these fabrics work well together.

Taa Daa! Gotta show off the back first. I am LOVING this piece. My UPDATED BOYFRIEND JACKET!

Silk, wool, cashmere, cotton, are just some of the bits I used in my latest “Art to Wear” piece. See it at the Feb. 25th, 2022 Blog post of DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com

The front side, near the lapel, gives a subtle hint for the back. And the white ruffled blouse is the perfect feminine touch to go with my BOYFRIEND JACKET. DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com

And how about my motorcycle boots? This is my kind of look. Very eclectic and comfortable.

Everyone needs a BOYFRIEND JACKET! I can’t wait to see what you will create.

My thought for the day. Have a super weekend filled with all things creative. Big hugs from Heidi

Some Helpful Hints & A Cute Little Vest

by HEIDI EMMETT

First, Thank you, THANK YOU! to my dear friend Linda M. It’s getting too hard to see at night when I want to sew. And sewing Black at night, out of the question. Check this out! I can now sew whenever I want. LED lights surrounding the inside of my machine. No more shadows either. What an amazing “COOL TOOL.” I draped the lights over the box below. You cut them to the length you want. Who Knew!

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Here is a quilting tip from same friend. Thank you Linda. Every sewing machine should have a Serpentine stitch. Make the stitch length long and the width of it as wide as you can. I know, it’s kind of odd but I am quilting on a cotton knit (more about that later). THERE ARE NO PUCKERS as I stitch. This is amazing people. There is cotton knit, pellon fleece for the filling and a quilting cotton on the back. I zipped along at a pretty fast clip too. And I’ll say it one more time, No Puckers!

Here is the back piece that I quilted first. Accckk…I had to sew at a snails pace and CONSTANTLY smooth out the fabric as I sewed to keep it from puckering.

I had to use a cotton knit (25+ years old) because I NEEDED something with Minnie Mouse on it. I like the wavy lines and I’m positioning little front pockets. My sweet great niece LOVES ANYTHING Minnie Mouse (she just turned 4 ). Minnie Mouse and “Potettes.” AKA “Pockets.”

I didn’t prewash anything (in a hurry of course) and the vest came out a little bit too stiff for my taste. So another GREAT tip if you haven’t tried these go to your nearest Grocer and get a box of Color Catcher sheets. The sheet at the bottom of the picture doesn’t show it as well as I would like but it is quite pinky, red (they are white to begin with). THEY REALLY WORK!!

I like how this little vest turned out. I will let you know if Rachel likes it too.

Hmm…helper kitty likes it too (he looks a bit concerned doesn’t he. Hey, Rubix, this reminds me of the same little vest (but a different colorway) that you were interested in waaay back when.

Here he is checking On my sewing expertise.

I know, I have shown these before, but I think they are too cute. “An Art to Wear Pattern,” a Mommy & Me creation by Designs by Heidi.

One last shot of Rubix IN THE VEST, lounging. See this pattern at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidi Emmett.

And here is the pattern front cover. It’s going to be a GREAT CREATIVE WEEKEND! So get out there and make it sew. Hugs, Heidi

3 + Years to Embroider, 2 Hours to Sew Together!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Go figure! Just as the title suggests, soooo long to embroider and yet so quick to stitch together. The deep-V vest from my “Mommy & Me” collection is fast and fun to sew.

Please visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to see all my Art to Wear sewing patterns.

Start with some “Aunt Lydia’s knit crocheen.” This is one of the variegated colors. And a tapestry needle.

I’ll never forget purchasing this exquisite wool boucle’ knit from Italy. I bought it on Ebay.

Yes, the roses were laser cut. And the color is so pretty. It’s a border fabric as you can see. Too fun. 20 years + after my purchase, IT’S TIME to make something, anything! Sadly, it took YEARS before I could make the cuts. Seriously. At $30. per yard… But, I finally did it. Let the embroidery begin. I cut out the pieces first because I did not want to stitch where I didn’t have to. As soon as warmer months hit, I packed it up. So, that and boredom, made the whole process go on and on.

FINALLY! I’m done (well as done as I want to be). Ha, ha. Looking at the picture above, you will be saying, sheesh, where is the embroidery? It’s subtle, O.K.!

I needed trim fabric. After going through all my fabrics that could possibly work, I moved into the garments I purchase just for the fabric. Taa Daa! This Talbot’s skirt made in a gorgeous Italian Pima cotton is just what I need.

I added an underlining (always cut it a bit bigger, just in case) because the back looked bad AND it is a very open vest under the arms in the front so an underlining makes for a better finish.

Also, on the right side you can see the serging on the armhole edge. That is my cheater way to hold the underlining to the fashion fabric. Normally it is hand basted. That took too much time for me. Ha, ha. Kind of ironic isn’t it since I spent 3 years embroidering.

The neck edge has a facing. Please note the zig zag stitching on the outer edge. Yes, it is a poor look, but I’m on a roll. As long as it looks great on the outside. But the biggest thing I want you to notice is the “understitching” on the facing (it is the straight stitching opposite the zig zag close to where the facing meets the fashion fabric) . For those of you who don’t sew a lot of garments, this is an integral step to make certain the the facing, when pressed to the inside will lay flat and smooth.

A unique side seam “cover up” using a strip of fabric. Attach the fabric strip on the INSIDE of the vest and bring it to the front to cover the raw edges of the side seam (notice the side seam is sewn first, WRONG sides together).

I am really pleased with my vest.

Lot’s of embroidery on the spiralish roses.

Armhole and shoulder details.

Each flower has some netting behind it but when they were upright, the slits (which give it a 3-D look) flopped forward a bit. The embroidery stopped that.

It’s done! Finished on February 10th, 2022. Perfect for winter and of course my Very Perri, cashmere turtleneck pulls the look together. And the perfect Irony: Today, February 11, 2022 Grass Valley, CA is expected to break a warm weather record upper 70’s!!!!!

Have a really creative weekend! Big Hugs, Heidi