Monthly Archives: March 2015

Try Something New!


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When was the last time you stretched your  brain cells by working in a medium you weren’t familiar with? Over the past 17 years while still owning  my fabric store, I wanted to help in my son’s classroom.That’s where the art interest  kept growing and growing until (the fabric store gone at this point) I was totally committed to teaching art to kids and sharing about art through assemblies at quite a few different schools. I learned something new each and every time I taught or lectured.

I have had fun taking some of those art lessons to the adult world. Here is one class. Up at Zephyr Point, yep, my favorite place to be whenever I can, I taught a class using oil pastels in the Modigliani style. (he was all about long necks, simple features). None of the women had ever done anything like this and were willing to give it a try. I mean, how could you NOT want to try this sitting outside on a gorgeous summer day at Lake Tahoe.

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Working hard.

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One interesting thing to come out of this class is that each and every one of these portraits, became a self portrait without even trying! And they all said they had fun. And awhile later one of these ladies SOLD her self portrait for $35.00. Love that!

Below are two examples of the medium of my choice now in my “Art on The Wall, Art to Wear” continuing adventure. The first palette is for a new project for Stitch Party Ebook coming out this summer! I’ll tell you when it comes out. And below that is the palette for Stitch Magazines Fall edition, a project that has been fun, fun, fun. I created it to be easy to sew, so easy that it becomes addictive. The assistant editor told me, “they are so fun to make, I can’t stop.”  Both palettes are Marcia Derse fabrics.

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Tomorrow, I will introduce my newest pattern, Off The Grid Vest, at the Foothill Quilt Show (Auburn, CA), through their fashion show. I have added this vest (getting you started) to my workshop with Artistic Alchemy’s 2nd annual retreat at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe. Don’t want to make a vest? I will teach you the technique and you’ll make a “Skinny Mini.” Hop over to Artistic Alchemy to sign up. Guaranteed fun.


Find 15 minutes today and everyday to be creative. Hugs, Heidi


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I’m Working on my “Off The Grid” Vest pattern

What a beautiful start to the day. It was taken from my back deck! It’s the first day of Spring. Happy Spring everyone.


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I’m up early because I am working hard to finish my Off The Grid Vest Pattern. The making of a pattern always means making the project as I write up the pattern, as well as much picture taking.


In case you missed it, here is “Off The Grid” a vest that I am so excited to FINALLY get the pattern out there into everyone’s hands.Please visit my August 26, 2014 blog post for more pictures of this fun vest.


I first made a bunch of uneven log cabins blocks.


Working on machine quilting the collar piece.  I’m using beautiful Alison Glass Batiks by Andover Fabrics for this my newest vest.


I also need some  stiffer pieces of fabric. I spray right on top of my cleaned off glass top table. Works really well.  Oh look at all the weeds that need pulling. I need this fresh air. I’ll just pull a few….ha, ha, ha!


Well, well, after the fresh air and weed pulling, my fingers are killing me. If you haven’t used this stuff, you need to try it. It really works. And just like the commercial says, it doesn’t stink.

I’m sorry, no more pictures. I need to go to bed now. I did get soooo much done today.  O.K., one more:


I enjoy this technique so much that I have decided to incorporate it into my workshop at Zephyr Point this September at our Artistic Alchemy Retreat. I will help you begin the vest layout or if that is too much, learn the technique with the rest of us and turn one of the panels into a table runner, or skinny wallhanging. Oh what fun we will have. There is still plenty of room in my workshop. So  don’t delay, hop on over to the Artistic Alchemy site and get signed up.    Hugs, Heidi


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I Took a Little Trip…


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I took a little trip recently. While many of my friends were going to Far Away places, I did not. My husband and traveled 70 miles

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The home was built in 1906 with  many Art Deco touches. This is the original wall paper going up the stairs. File this one away for a quilting idea perhaps.


The main street.


The Presbyterian church on Chico State University property. It felt English somehow. And I loved hearing the bell chime on the hour.


A lovely river that runs right by the church and into Bidwell Park. Bidwell is ranked 14th largest municipal park in all of the United States. Those higher up are in cities like Los Angeles,  and Houston. It really is a pretty park. Almost 4000 acres.


Right over that bridge and next to the river on the other side is Bidwell Mansion. Beautiful, and the ginormous tree next to it. Bidwell mansion was home to one of the founders of Chico.


This cool sign is across the street from the mansion. I like the clarity of this sign. How could I use the shapes? Also, you wont want to miss the Sierra Nevada Brewery. The tour is fantastic. They are a hugely “green” company. Their beer is so popular that they opened a second brewery in North Carolina to service the East coast and Europe! I left my camera in the car. Oh well, we’ll just have to go back and take another tour so I can get some pics.


What a great tower in this “high rise” (four story) hotel. It reminds me of the coast with the clouds behind it.


I turned around and had a most wonderful, A HA moment. This HUGE mural and its’ twin were on the wall of a parking garage. How did he do this?Each one is maybe 15 feet high x 20 ft. long. I could not get the whole thing in my view finder (I would have been in the middle of the street). THIS is what I wanted to see. Something unusual and fraught with ideas for future projects.


We must give Dayton Claudio credit.






Local objects (fabulous obsidian arrowheads) and scenes of the area abound. I loved the colors he used, the found objects, the movement of line. How I will translate this into an”Art on the Wall, Art to Wear” project  is anyone’s guess. I have many more pics to share with you another time. Wherever you go, keep your phone or camera at the ready. You just never know what treasures you will see. Enjoy your creative time. Hugs, Heidi


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Getting a Handle on Spirals and Simply Circles


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Happy Friday everyone. Changes are happening on my blog. I’m always trying to improve and update.  Now you can just bring your cursor to the logo’s above and get to those VERY important places. Pinterest, you go right to all my boards; Craftsy, right to my Art to Wear patterns for sale; and Artistic Alchemy, the most happenin’ and creative retreat EVER!

Below, are pictures of a few step by steps and the finished project that you will create at the Artistic Alchemy Retreat. This is one of several.Scroll down to view all the fun pictures and then please use your cursor on the Artistic Alchemy logo above to take you right over to the post I just finished a half hour ago. It will give you all the details and more pictures too!

I am on a HUGE deadline for a Stitch Magazine  project and one of my own patterns Both exciting, and both will be revealed soon. So, that is why this weeks post is condensed and confusing. Have a great weekend and put on your sunglasses and do some creative work outside in this gorgeous weather! Hugs, Heidi









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