by Heidi Emmett
If you haven’t planted one yet, you need a Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) or two in your yard. They love full sun. And LOOK, I found a vest hanging out in my Burning Bush!
I made this vest 25+ years ago. And I am thinking that it has been timeless in its style. Which makes it very wearable today!
A great use of Kaffe Fassett striped fabrics I think. Let’s go in closer for a better look. Please note the middle of the back pouches out just a bit (a branch was in the way ).
I tried many variations on how the striped fabrics would look best.
Notice the addition of some yarn. More on that later.
Here is the Burning Bush in all its’ fiery glory. The lawn in front of it looks a little sad but that’s because here in the very north of California (well actually ALL of California) we have experienced a very long drought. BUT, drum roll and choirs singing we are expecting up to 6″ of rain this Sunday and Monday here in the Sierra Nevada foothills AND FEET of SNOW in the mountains! Hallelujah!
Yes, check out the vest but LOOK at the handsome Riley dog. He’s a gooood boy! We got the results back from his DNA test. Are you ready for this: 32% German Shepherd, about the same amount Husky, some Staffordshire Terrier, some Pit Bull, AND 1% Chihuahua.
I was trying to get Riley to hop up on the stone wall. He wanted to play instead. He has soooo much energy! That’s what we wanted, right? We have to walk him 3-4 times a day. Or is it Riley WALKS us, either way it’s great exercise as are the free weights we must keep up with (he can really pull hard when he sees a lizard or squirrel).
All rightie then, let’s learn a new technique! I’ve decided to use My “Mommy & Me and My Lace Vest and Quilt.” This is really a GREAT vest pattern. I’m beginning to think it isn’t a top seller because the word “Lace” is in the title and I made it in lace. People, people, just because you see a clothing pattern one way, you CAN change it up to suit your needs. O.K., I’m coming off my soapbox to gather my materials for my project.
Yes it’s TIME! Time to actually use some things that I have had for years and years. Again, stripes by Kaffe Fassett are timeless, but if I don’t use some of these things soon, I will RUN OUT of time! Ha, ha. The little squares I have had in “scrap” bag sitting next to my “jelly rolls.” Maybe they will work into the vest too.
A Kaffe Fassett jelly roll unfurled. DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com is my blog. DesignsbyHeidiEmmett is my shop name at Etsy.
I know everyone has a favorite batting. Mine is “Warm & Natural.” It’s everything it says and is made right here in the USA. DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com (my blog address).
I’m Loving this reprinted Kaffe Fassett print called “Turkish Delight.” I’m thinking of it as a lining, but maybe I need to make this a reversible vest to show off this cool fabric.
I turn my back for ONE MINUTE and look who claims a spot on the table.
Before I go any further I must use my FAVORITE fabric stabilizer EVER! DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com I’m name dropping here but my friend Terry M. invented this. Thank you Terry for the BEST, newest, invention in the sewing world today.
Since I used a Jelly roll, they were already cut 2 1/2″ wide. I laid each strip out on a piece of muslin and butt them up to each other. I then sprayed the strips with jTerial Magic and ironed them dry. To add more interest to my weaving, I then cut the strips into irregular lengths and stitched them back together (as shown above) to be woven.
I am showing you how unique the stripes look when some are stitched with several different stripes in one run and then blended with a single piece of stripe woven next to it. Looks sophisticated and oh so complicated.
I have to add some yarn, but which one?
A close up of a “fuzzy” yarn. Very similar to the one you saw in the beginning. It probably is the same yarn, ha, ha. You know already that I can’t seem to get rid of anything. If it is the same one, I’m glad I saved it because it is perfect. So there. More chuckles.
More explosions of Fall color. You MUST also get a Virginia Creeper for a fence cover in your yard.
I promise, I did not polish these leaves. I have never seen them this shiny before. Such intense color and then with the velvety blue berry color and some hints of green and yellow leaves. It is another example of an Explosion of Fall Color.
And here is the Virginia Creeper from further away. Hides my neighbors new house beautifully. Of course winter is a different story but I wont be worrying about it.
Oh look, more fun scrap blocks. I may work them in too. We’ll see. Sew, you must come back and see where all this Kaffe Fassett fabric and yarn land.
Have a great weekend and do something fun and different to get your creative juices going. Maybe some “Leaf Peeping.” Thank you all for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi