Welcome! Before I get nostalgic, I need to let you all know I don’t do much on the social media front so I’m sorry in advance if I don’t message you, Facetime with you (I have a Google Pixel), respond quickly to “Friend” requests, etc. I have only sew much time and I need to be creating. If you need to get in touch with me (I know so old-fashioned) here is my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All right, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Embroidery was REALLY hot in the 70’s. I loved that. And it’s popular again, right now! Happy, happy about that!
Oh my goodness! When this fashion show came across my path, I was MEZMORIZED! Patchwork and quilting ARE HOT in the fashion world right now! I think they have been for the past few seasons but Dolce & Gabbana have taken it to the edge! I had to watch it a second time to catch the nuances and fabulous coming together of pattern, color, and design. A friend told me she saw my Rafiki Skirt (Art to Wear Pattern) in the mix. Thank you Mary B. That’s when I watched the show a second time and spotted other patterns (from my Art to Wear pattern line, available at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns). What fun! Enjoy the show.
Join me today for a look at my top three pins on Pinterest! Did you know they keep track of that sort of thing? But first, a tiny little bit about Pinterest. It started in 2010, by a former Google employee. He wanted a way to share pictures and projects with friends. And now, they are a 12 Billion dollar company(many advertisements) and recently had an IPO on the NYSE. My friends Lindsay Ostrom and Christine Barnes introduced me to Pinterest in late 2012. I am up to 3 mil views per month and over 14K followers. AND, this is important, I’m only on it 15 min. per day. Yes, yes, like any other social media it can be a time waster. But the IDEAS you can find and maybe use (riiiighht if I stop using it today and live to be 200 yrs. old), ha, ha, ha. So just a few pictures that I have found on Pinterest or put there myself. And THEN my TOP 3 pins that people re-pin over and over and over….Enjoy!
I met Marcia Derse at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah 2011.(Side note: I was there because I was Christine Barnes’ assistant while she was signing her latest greatest book. Check out her book at Christinebarnes.com) Marcia was new on the scene of quilting fabrics. I started collecting her fabrics then and there. Fast forward to 2017. I met her again in Portland, Oregon at an E.E. Schenck quilt market (this time I was signing my book, Fashion Quilted Accessories) So just a few years later she is an absolute STAR among the Modern Quilting world and I have even noticed her fabrics in ready-to-wear. After my book signing gig, I changed into my Off The Grid Vest (ha, ha, I was wearing the vest that was on the cover of “Fashion Quilted Accessories” first) and then went to find the Marcia Derse booth. I waited until the crowd thinned (she had just given a short talk about her work). She saw my vest before she saw me. (I wore the Off The Grid Vest that’s on the cover of the pattern). It was fun to see her again and she was exactly the same as the first time I saw her before she was a STAR. What a lovely person.
Whaat? This all started last Friday when I signed off on my post by saying I was going to pull out my 35 pound SASHIKO machine by Baby Lock. Well, I DID IT!!! and have had so much fun. I worked on two projects, and finished today’s showing about 15 minutes ago. I just love working to a deadline. Not! But I got it finished.
For months and months now, OFF THE GRID VEST pattern has been my #1 seller, and I’m so happy. It is sold as a hard copy or a pdf, it’s up to you! If you live in another country besides the USA, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, order my patterns as a pdf! Simple as that. If you are new to my blog, first, thank you for stopping by. And second, check out my Art to Wear sewing patterns via past posts or see all the patterns on my Etsy shop. The address for that is Etsy.com and type in (the search bar), DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns.
Hello everyone. What? I can’t hear you. Acckk…We are getting a new roof put on our home and THE NOISE IS DEAFENING! Probably because there are at least 8 guys on the roof at any given time and the pounding is constant and scattered all over the roof, so It’s hard to find a quiet place. We have had to wear earplugs. We have good insulation but not for 8 power tools going on at one time! Oh and there are several air compressors going too…….this will be a short one today. Ha, ha. Very thankful for the new roof though.
I had to do a “Promo” for my book. It’s been awhile and I don’t think everyone of you know about it yet. My book, “Fashion Quilted Accessories” came out March 10th, 2017. So what you read first came out on that day, 3/10/17. And yes, those are braces. Soooo, happy that phase of life is behind me.
Taaa Daaa! It’s here! My new book by Leisure Arts, “Fashion Quilted Accessories!”
Eight projects total. 2 vests and 6 accessories. And the vest PATTERN PIECES are INCLUDED in the book! And all this for only $12.99!! The following pictures show some of the projects.
I have my first EVER book signing this Saturday, March 11th, at Sugar Pine Quilt Shop, here in Grass Valley, CA. It is from 11:00-1:00p.m. Maybe I’ll see some of you there!
I just know that you will enjoy making all the projects in this book, after all my motto is “Make it up, make it FUN, and get it DONE!
Did you know that Valentine’s Day is a holiday in these countries in this order of popularity: United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, Argentina, France, Mexico, South Korea, and the Philippines. I did look this up via Google (maybe they are wrong and it’s more countries than I have listed). I live in the United States and I thought Valentine’s Day was celebrated everywhere all over the world! It should be! Maybe there would be a lot less mess in this great big world if it were to be celebrated everywhere.
Well, let’s make some hearts to help us remember our loved ones that do celebrate Valentine’s Day.
P.S. The picture above is actually a fabric panel that is available from my friends at FabricChicks.com Check her out. She carries some great fabrics in store or online.
I’m getting ready to begin upcycling some of my men’s shirt. It’s TIME! It is so easy for me to fill my bins with fabulous shirts that I buy when thrifting. I often start sketching ideas or look at Pinterest. Here are some recent pics from Pinterest. Notice the GIANT “Pinterest” pin above. I don’t want you to miss it ha, ha. Pinterest is a super way to REALLY REVE UP your creativity! Upcycling will be a big part of my next week projects. But I need some ideas to get started!
And next week, I plan to have a denim day. One project is already on it’s way to being finished but that never stops me from finding NEW!! ideas. Love these two totes.
O.K. I scored several pairs of gorgeous jeans in a size that I might have worn when I was 12. I am determined, I say DETERMINED to make them fit me! I really think the ideas above and below are going to be quite workable. They all used ribbing (the stuff you buy by the inch, and it is used for cuffs, waistbands, and necklines. Amazon.) This is so clever, the low riding jeans, I’m ALWAYS hiking them up! I wont buy “mom” jeans but this should do the trick.
I tried and TRIED to edit out the “maternity” part(of the picture below), but to no avail. So, la, la, la, disregarding the verbage, check out the clever idea of opening up the waistband with ribbing in the pocket area.
This next one looks like a little more work, but stretch lace, again, very clever.
At our last Pine Tree Quilt Guild meeting 6 mos or so before Covid hit, in Grass Valley, CA, some of my intrepid students came and showed off their latest “Art to Wear” creations. Thank you ladies!
Margaret did the coolest thing! She made Zephyr jacket in a wool plaid and the front panels in turquoise blue silk. The wool drapes beautifully and looks good. But what I really, really like, is the addition of the long raspberry colored silk scarf. She said she added it because the wool scratched her neck! Who knew? I think it adds a layer of sophistication and pretty color around her face.
Jill took Terrific Tabard to a whole new level using only Kaffe lighter weight cottons (so she can wear it all year round).
I wanted you to see the darts she put into her vest for a smooth fit. Darts are added before any embellishing or quilting is done. Easy to do, try on the vest when shoulder seams of the foundation fabric have been sewn, wrong side out. Pin the sides together where you think the tab and buttons should go. If you see any “gaposis”, then it’s time for darts. Pinch out whatever amount is needed to make it smooth and pin it, in the shape of a dart. Stitch the dart and for the other side, take measurements from the first side.
Love, love, Jill’s embellishments!
Marta found a heavier weight rayon (sort of an ombre’) and worked it into a BEAUTIFUL Whisper Blouse.
Good afternoon! And welcome to my blog. First a weather report here in Northern CA, USA. I live at the 2,910ft. elevation. We had our first significant snow of the year, almost 11″ after two separate storms. Then snow/rain off and on for 4 days. The rain gauge shows 5+ inches of rain. Mostly rain now, which is nice because we can get around. Hardly any shoveling. And WIND! Yowzaa! We had so much and so strong, it was blizzard conditions for awhile. And for the first time in ages we didn’t have to go out and do our “Branch Tapping.” We have several Japanese Maples among other trees and bushes and don’t want to lose any branches.
Thank you for stopping by. May your creativity be ABUNDANT this week. Hugs, Heidi
I was working on my blog post yesterday and at 4:43p.m Pacific Standard time and accidentally hit the Publish button. I finished it for publication just now, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. BUT you will have to read it from your THURSDAY (just yesterday) inbox. Look for it at around 4:45p.m. If you did open it yesterday, PLEASE go back and look at it again! It has now been updated to reflect a FINISHED post.
Thank you for your perseverance in this. It’s times like this that I realize why I have to wear a “night guard” for my teeth (clenching issues) ALL DAY too!
FINALLY! I found my box of winter scarves. I had accidentally put them with samples from the different classes I have taught. Fortunately winter is just getting started so I still have plenty of time to wear them.
I’m trying everyday to straighten up my upstairs (over the garage) studio. Just a little bit, I would never go overboard (as in all day, or many hours), ha, ha, I need to create, or whatever else that doesn’t involve the words ” cleaning or purging.” You have to realize that I have been collecting fabric/notions/beads, etc. since before I was married (which was 38 years ago!)and I owned a fabric store and I love everything I own (or I would not have brought it into my “happy place” in the FIRST PLACE). I would also like to say at this time that I have the world’s most PATIENT husband. Love you honey! All rightie then, so glad I got that off my chest. As I was doing my tiding up bit, I found a pile of clothing that needed some “upcycling” to make the pieces wearable for me.
Happy New Year! Zephyr Jacket, one of my “Art to Wear” patterns was a recent blog post made in a Black printed Kantha cloth. Well that was last year, ha, ha. I truly had so much fun making a more “quilted” Zephyr Jacket that I needed to make another one. This time I wanted it longer, more like a coat.
Feel free to hum along as you read this post! I have tried several ways of felting. By far my favorite is using a Felting machine. After you read this post, you might want to go to the “home” page of my blog and under the “category” section, look up felting/machine felting.
I‘m so excited. I finished my latest OFF THE GRID VEST that I started, ohh…let’s see, 18 months ago. BUT, IT’S FINISHED (still needs buttons and some threads need to be buried but the bulk of it is FINITO)! I can’t wait to show it to you.
Don’t forget to visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett for a look at ALL my“Art to WEAR” sewing patterns. I sell both hard copies and pdf/digital formats.
Thank you for stopping by. And it’s a good time to remind you, “Only 15 minutes a day.” That’s all it takes to get started and get something done on your next creative project. Hugs, Heidi
Walk with me to see the Beauty That Surrounds Us. Start looking at things with this thought even as you work through your day and all that must get done. Stop and take at least one deep breath and look around you. Find the beauty in simple things, such as, the sky has never been so blue, or the one leaf left on the tree, twirling around and around trying to let go, or little birds taking an afternoon bath in a little fountain.
This week has zipped by! Have I tried working on the new format here at my WordPress “dashboard?” That would be NO, NO, NO! I have stumbled through for 5 years quite nicely and then WordPress upended the whole thing and I am more confused than ever. They HAVE to be twenty-somethings who think “new and improved” will be great. WRONG!
Dog gone it, that awful “P.E.B.C.A.C.” has come back! My son (a former IT specialist) told me that’s what I have. It is an acronym for, “Problem Exists Between Computer And Chair!”
Let’s see what I have been up to: Two fun pictures first.
Last week my two sister friends were back down for a few days, flights are very reasonable from Portland to Sacramento and Karenanne needed a haircut (she likes my hair stylist). Fabulous food is always at the top of the list and for the sewing part, this time handwork . Also, Karenanne wanted to try out my Sweet Sixteen.
Acckk.. I wouldn’t have to hear the bang, bang, beep , beep, beep(equipment going backwards. Don’t they EVER go forward?), the LOUD (and sometimes quite vulgar)talking and noise (they call it rap), and the smells (toxic paint products, instant headache, asphalt). For 32 years we have enjoyed an empty field on one whole side of our property. Well, not anymore. Of course the home being built “feels” like it is right on our property line, but it is very large. I needed to get away! NOW!
With the shutdowns here in CA we ventured to our favorite place (that’s only 2 hours away), Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe, Nevada side. Nevada has lifted or at least really softened their restrictions. O.K. enough of all that, let’s go relax.
Hello everyone. What a dizzying time. I’m excited about creating a class for online distribution. It will be one that you will own forever and go back to again and again. I want it clear, concise, filled with pictures, and videos, and above all FUN! and easy to create yourself. This first class will be everything you need to know about re-creating a sweatshirt.
And then out of the BLUE, WordPress my provider for this blog, up and changed the ENTIRE format for my creating my own posts. I am so upset (I did yell at the monitor, like that helped), I’m not ready for a change, don’t want a change, but it appears I have no choice. So, here’s hoping this one will get to you intact (as in how I tried to set it up). Aaaarrrgggh..
And hopefully I will see the balloons again starting next week for 5 days. When I come back I should be rested and ready to tackle this @#$%^& new and supposedly “improved” version of WordPress. Sigh…Until the next time, get some creativity going my friends. Thank you for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi
Last Friday, my husband and I took Riley (he enjoys rides in the car)on a road trip to the Sierraville, Loyalton, and Vinton areas. These towns are about 25 miles north of the town of Truckee, California.
This is cattle country. The elevation is low 5,000’s. And HUGE meadow areas (miles and miles) with the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the edges. The soil is so sandy that it’s a wonder anything grows in it. But there are natural springs that meander all through these areas. The sky is so clear. No smoke.
Normally not my favorite type of scenery, but when one has only been to and from the grocery store for months and months, this is gorgeous. And look, a bull. And he is really, really BIG! And don’t forget, a beautiful, blue sky.
This is a scene played out on many outbuildings in these little towns. Giant, painted Quilt Blocks. The Downieville Quilt guild started this and instead of a “leaf peeping” tour, it’s the Quilt Block tour. I saw at least 3 more but did not have a chance to get good shots.
There were barns and sheds everywhere that were on their last “legs” so to speak. As one who values “Yard Art” and buildings with rustic finishes,I think that these would be fabulous. Hmm.. maybe next trip honey, we could stop and ask. KIDDING! Robert says I can give away but NOT bring more home.
Pretend this is a different quilt block even though it’s just a different view. The mountains waaay off in the distance have all burned. A year ago. 60,000 acres. The fire started at the town dump by lightening. The people working at the dump had a huge dozer and called the Forest service (state Forest service of the state of California) and said, “Hey, we can put this out in no time with our dozer.” The Forest service told them NOT to touch it! It was THEIR jurisdiction and that’s how the Great State of California operates on ohh, soo, many things. And that’s how a tiny fire ended up destroying 60,000 acres of beautiful land.
So many of these buildings are really old, early 1900’s.
All the scrubby stuff is mostly hay stubbles. The hay was harvested months ago. It is such a lovely golden color. Just once more, taking deep breaths of the beautiful, clear, air.
How about this one room school house at one time had 1st-12th grades in it. Now it is a library that services about a 100 mile radius and 5 or 6 little towns.
On the way back we stopped at this restaurant for lunch. It’s called Jax. Love this curved glass block. We had to sit outside (no inside seating). But we liked that because our dog Riley could join us along with a menagerie of other dogs and people.
This is an original dining car from the 40’s. Truckee was the busiest, largest town from the gold mining days (1850’s onward). All the trains stopped here. They came up from San Francisco over Donner Pass (elevation 7,239) and down into Truckee before moving on to Reno, Nevada.
Look at all the stainless steel and the ceiling.
So much is the original dining car.
I took this shot just as a freight train was comin’ through town. Many of the buildings are from the late 1800’s.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate my artichokes. YES I GREW THESE MYSELF! I have one plant. I had NO IDEA that one plant could grow so large. 6 total artichokes. They say you usually don’t get any artichokes the first year. BUT I DID! Haven’t tried them yet. The one at the top has black edges on it. It was just a tiny young thing when we had a week of high 90’s. So the tips were burned.
The fabric on the left is a Kaffe Fassett, called “Parasols.” The fabric on the right is a heavy rayon made into a long wrap skirt (yes a thrifting find). But look! Little parasols. It’s perfect.
Do you see my fingers on the left side? This fusible is fantastic! It does exactly what it says, “adds shape while maintaining drapability.” Yes, I have a bolt of it (I think they still make it) that is hmm…20 + years old. It is perfect for knits or wovens. And is never stiff. It adds just the right amount of drapability to this front collar.
The rich aqua green Tussah silk long collar fronts are lined in the pretty black parasol rayon. Wear the collar pieces several ways. This is a fun and fast to make jacket, perfect for cool Fall days. Dress it up or down. Buy this Art to Wear sewing pattern from me directly for the month of October and I will ship FREE. Zephyr Jacket has all sizes included XSm-4X. All instructions and tissue pattern pieces included for $15.00 U.S. I bill via Paypal. Contact me at my personal email—email@example.com
I had to show you this very “COOL TOOL” for those whose eyes aren’t as young as we’d like. But also, for working with dark threads at night. Mine is on the way. Thank you Patty P. for this idea. Also, works great over glasses.
Take care now, and have a pleasant (may the air be smoke free where you live!), creatively productive weekend. Hugs, Heidi
This is the last installment on my “Golden Friends.” We had the best time EVER! I have more recipes, more sewing and quilting thoughts….for another post.
Karenanne is on the left, me in the center, and Linda on the right. The Swift sisters from Portland, Oregon. We have already begun to plan our next get together.
Look at me! Please note my EXCITED countenance. I am making pasta for the very FIRST TIME!
Adding flour in their little piles to keep them from sticking together. Gosh, I sure look “wild-eyed” don’t I? I am just so excited to learn how to use a pasta machine. See those long yellowy pieces (they have really yellow yolks from the neighbors beautiful “range free” chicken’s eggs)? I did thatNext step is fettucini. It really is easy. Karenanne taught me. And you can freeze the dough, and it keeps and keeps in the fridge.
Karenanne made a beautiful sauce using my “Sun Sugar” (cherry types) tomatoes. Grated fresh parmesan cheese. Ohhhh, I’m in heaven. And served this time with a wine that I picked up at the Health Food Store. It’s true! The owner loves to buy cool wines when he sees them. I figure it’s good for us as it came from the health food store. There is resveratrol in it. And that IS good for us and it’s only found in red wine. Isn’t the label terrific? Is that how you pick a wine?
I even like the design on the foil. Looking for ideas everywhere. A great fabric idea. Silver and black. Two colors only. This could work. Where is my sketch pad?
We went shopping at our local Ben Franklin store. They have lots of fabric. It was on sale. I was proud of myself. I took a picture first (so I could think about it) of the two pieces on the right. I was only going to get one of them. Guess which I chose.
Yep, the pinks and purples. The ombre’ with the little squares I think will be perfect for an OFF THE GRID VEST. What? You don’t know about it!
This is my OFF THE GRID VEST pattern. I can’t wait to show you what I have in mind with those fabrics from above. Karenanne helped me pick the “Grunge” by Moda.
Remember this picture? Riley was in “LOVE” with Karenanne and Linda.
Yes, this was Riley two hours after they left. Sad. He was sooooo sad!
Where are they? Where are my treats? They gave me tummy rubs…….I’m so sad.
Check out one last special gift that I received from Karenanne and Linda. Yes, it is a beautiful walnut box and the Omnigrid (this size is my favorite) slides on and off to reveal a deep space to hold whatever you want. Am I not the luckiest person to have such great friends? I miss you two. We are keeping up with each other and our current projects. I will keep you posted. And of course there were more recipes. Look for the mouthwatering, BEST EVER baked chicken recipe soon. It will be perfect for fall.
Take care now. Let’s all get creative this weekend. We need to finish some projects, no wait, “We need to CLOSE a window!” as Linda would say. Hugs, Heidi