Monthly Archives: September 2014

Super Sweet Spirals

I am so happy, happy! What a difference a SW wind makes! The air quality has been so horrible of late, off the charts terrible! So grateful for the small SW breeze to clear the air. All the windows and doors are open to bring in the sweet, cool air. Prayers of thanks go up, and prayers for firemen safety as they battle the King fire, near Lake Tahoe in California.

DSC_0833Here is my work in progress. I can even sew on it while I’m wearing it! Kidding! This is one of the techniques that I taught up at Zephyr Point, the Artistic Alchemy Retreat. It was only 3 weeks  ago. We are planning September 2015. I’ll keep you posted.

DSC_0841I keep turning it so you can see all sides. And if I spill, just turn it to a different spot. Cool.

DSC_0858Sorry, can’t help it. Rubix just knows how to pose!

DSC_0862Today is the first day of FALL! My favorite time of year. Happy Fall everyone. I was growing pumpkins, deer ate ’em. So once again, store bought.

DSC_0865Closer in. Linen background. Cut out a center circle. Take a 3/4″ wide piece of bias, fold in half, and stitch it round and round about 1/16th” away from the raw edges. Finger fold over and hand stitch down.

DSC_0869Helper cat, Rex, can fall asleep faster than anything. See these two super sweets, the one closer to the top of the picture, has a little stuffing in it. I slit it from the back, stuffed it, and closed it up.

DSC_0870Sorry, lighting is not the best. This is such a great technique to show case little pieces of all your favorite fabrics. The bias pieces are from left over bias strips from Calypso Vest. That is my pattern on Type in Heidi Emmett in clothing patterns.

DSC_0877Nothing is pressed yet, but that’s o.k. I just might want to fill the whole skirt with these. Great handwork project for evenings.

DSC_0879Speaking of linen, on my way home from the retreat I stopped at a couple of my favorite thrift stores. I found, one, fully lined 100% linen drapery panel, 110 x 96 in size, $5. Ladies, that’s a nice chunk of linen for whatever I want. And then I turned around and found for $2.50, a Calvin Klein, king sized flat sheet. It is 100% Pima cotton. Sweeeet! Perfect for a quilt back. It is a really nice small print. Quilting cottons are becoming quite expensive, so open your eyes to new possibilities. It ‘s fun, and addictive. That’s what my technique workshop is ALL about. What are the possibilities? Let’s try something different. Why not? Get out there and get your creative going this week. Hugs, Heidi



Zephyr Point Lake Tahoe, Artistic Alchemy Retreat, A SUCCESS!

DSC_0621Getting my classroom ready at Zephyr Point. Heidi Emmett’s workshop for the Artistic Alchemy Retreat, “Art on the Wall, Art to Wear”.

DSC_0634Just before dusk, setting up one of the ironing stations. Really! Who wouldn’t want to iron with a view like this.

DSC_0638Getting right to work, Connie Ferrao (in front), and Margaret Vodika in the background.

DSC_0653Carey Daly across the way in the Open Studio section. What’s that in the background? Let’s zoom in for a closer look…

DSC_0655It’s Pinto, the resident cat who added instant cozy and happy vibes. Pinto would saunter into Dobbins Hall and check up on everyone’s work. With that hard job done and a long drink from the faucet, settle down for a nap.

DSC_0623The beginnings of our samples. I want to focus on “Ways With Large Prints and Inserts”. This technique came from my “Skinny Vest” aka Terrific Tabard pattern.

DSC_0933A close up section of my “Aussie Angle” vest. Now let’s see what my amazing students created:

DSC_0627Margaret Vodika’s is on the left and Kathy McDaniel’s  is on the right. Working from a specific group of fabrics that I had them all bring (one large print, stripes, batiks, small prints, etc.) they came up with these intricate looking samples. They were stitched onto my favorite batting, Pellon’s, Iron on fleece. You girls make me so proud. Kathy bought that cool fushia dot the night before from Fabric Chicks. Look how it takes your eye right to the fun flowers. And WAIT until you see what Margaret created from her first practice swatch at left. I want to showcase it next time we meet online.

DSC_0628Focus on the upper right of this picture. Connie Ferrao has started a very clean, classic look with full impact on color and line. Can’t wait to see more circles flowing down the side. This would be a dynamite pillow top.

DSC_0764Linda Miller used a French Inspired fabric that she purchased the night before at our “store” that came from Minden, Nevada. Fabric Chicks owner Beth Watts brought so many luscious fabrics and notions for us to choose from. I really like how Linda showcased her favorite sections of this large print. And the background strips really compliment the Parisian feel. Let’s all pour a glass of Cabernet and toast Linda.

DSC_0626Dee Jones brought some powerful color pieces. LOVE them. She has a great balance sense in what should go with what. There was no time to do serious fussy cutting. I enjoy looking at the over all sense of detail without actually cutting intricate curves and tiny pieces. Lovely Dee. Just lovely.

Ladies, ladies, I am so proud of you. And this was only the FIRST of seven techniques. More to show you next time. Until then, hugs to everyone. Heidi