Monthly Archives: July 2016

Art to Wear, Patterns, Retreats, & Inspiration!

That’s Me! I love Art to Wear, I create patterns that you can make using your own fabrics, I teach at a retreat I created with 3 other fabulous teachers, and Inspiration! I have lots of inspiration to encourage you in your art to wear journey.

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Below is a student from the Artistic Alchemy Retreat at Lake Tahoe and her beautiful “Night Skies” version of my Off The Grid vest.

Pat vest front open draped

I’ll say it again, some of the students will leave with a COMPLETED Off the Grid vest, like Trish! I call it Hawaiian Sunset.  DSC_1039

This is a friend in New Zealand and her version of Off the Grid, and I call this one “Kiwi.”New Zealand, Ca

Here is one of mine in a one fabric version. DSC_0087 (3)

Here’s a different way to wear Off The Grid. DSC_0309

Check it out! Off the Grid is the miracle vest! See more at patterns.

Or maybe it will be Terrific Tabard. You decide. Either way, there will be much inspiration and creative fun.
Mary Boalt was on a tear making 5, yes 5, of this Terrific Tabard. Two are shown here. If you haven’t already go to and enjoy her July 9th post. You WILL be inspired.
Who knew you could make such a yummy vest with silk scraps?!


This one has a printed front piece that she added paint bits here and there and lots of Kantha like stitching.

The covered button is perfect.


Here is one of mine, using Marcia Derse fabrics. DSC_0228

Judi is working on her T.T. vest. She keyed off of the large circles that she cut out of a large print piece, and will be surrounding it with other great coordinating fabrics. DSC_0026

Deirdre chose African fabrics to be inspired with. I’m calling hers, “Serengeti.” DSC_0025

Practice, practice, that’s what I’m doing on this piece below. It will be my first whole cloth “TnT” using my “TT” vest pattern, aka, “Tried and True Terrific Tabard. Having fun trying different shapes. No threads have been trimmed yet. Yikes, is that a tuck at the lower left corner?


Ta da! here is the front ( I tricked you into thinking I could free form quilt like that without a pattern to go by, ha, ha. DSC_0160

Straight on quilting, I am good and fast! But lower those feed dogs, and it’s practice, practice. I’ll have a hand out and samples of fabrics batting, etc. at my workshop. What workshop you say? It’s Art to Wear, at Zephyr Point this Sept. 5th-9th. Sign ups in all workshops taken until the end of August.


Whatever you chose to sew today, think outside the box.  Quote for the day from me: “I don’t dress my age (and neither should YOU!) I dress myself. Hugs, Heidi


Enjoy these Rods & Reels Pillows and a Log Cabin Duvet Cover. All the details are created with Kaffe Fassett Stripes and using denim for the backgrounds, the Kaffe Fassett stripes really POP!! DSC_0072

The Rods & Reels pillows were made by me, Heidi Emmett, for Stitch magazine. The beautiful Log Cabin Duvet Cover was made by Christine Barnes for a Sunset Book, Reinvent Your Bedroom.

Instead of piping for the outside edge, Christine created a flange. Love that!


My Rods & Reels Pillows make great use of upcyling denim jeans (one pair men’s jeans = one pillow). Check out following pictures. What would YOU design with denim and Kaffe Striped fabric? DSC_0077 DSC_0078 (2) DSC_0087 DSC_0088 DSC_0089 DSC_0095 DSC_0106




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Acckk! I can’t find the Sunset book to show you the picture of the Reinvent bedroom. I’ll talk to Christine. Hm… I think we should each make our designs available on, as patterns to buy and make. I’m going to chat with Christine. We could do this because both designs are out of print in their respective publications. It’s going to be hot, Hot, HOT!! here in Grass Valley, CA. If it’s hot where you live, stay inside where it’s cooler and enjoy some creative time. How about a movie and some hand work? Hugs, Heidi

Almost ready!– Mommy & Me & My Lace Vest and Quilt pattern!

I am finalizing the instructions and packaging and will soon have it available for sale on Craftsy. Take a look at what I’m doing:

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I am also thinking how best to showcase the Mommy & Me lace vests on the pattern cover. They are sort of hard to view here. Busy background, busy lace. Hmm.. maybe I’ll wear all black and stand (once again) in front of my giant English Laurel.  I have to think about lot’s of little details, but it’s exciting to see this pattern come to fruition!DSC_0686

This vest has a square cut arm hole and side piece. DSC_0696

I really like the wallhanging that goes with the lace vests. DSC_0744

It is not pieced. But has a fun and light-hearted use of lace scraps (from the vest), trims, painted flowers, yo-yo’s, and a striking background of an Aussie fabric(M & S textiles; might find this one on Ebay or Etsy, sorry, I can’t remember the name). DSC_0747 DSC_0746

We have a whole group of new and young sewists in the wings that need nurturing in the fiber arts. I love the easy and inspiring  way that this pattern will encourage them.



Helper Rubix (I almost stepped on him while taking these outdoor pics).DSC_0738

And other brother, Rex. He is lounging in the runaway Oregano. TIP: Always plant herbs in pots, or they will become like weeds and TAKE OVER your garden. DSC_0752

I always want to show another “view” to a pattern. So here is my idea: start with a butterfly fabric from the Tim Holz collection. DSC_0391

Place a chunk of fabric in a ziplock bag and spray with Terial Magic (visit Make sure it is covered with the T.Magic. (but not to the drippy point). Iron (dry iron on cotton)until the fabric is dry. Now it is acts like a piece of paper so it is easier to cut and sew on anything.  DSC_0392

And I’m going to do the same thing to my lace scraps. DSC_0396

Isn’t this beautiful? And it’s cotton. And I used it 34 years ago in the train of my wedding dress. Of course! I designed and made my own wedding dress. It is made up of four different laces, maybe more. And yes, I just dug out all the scraps. I’ll show you a picture sometime. I’m very proud of it. And I just love lace. I collect lace. I have 2 tubs of nothing but special laces. DSC_0400 DSC_0399

I’m looking at different laces for the fronts (below)and mix in different laces for the trim and something REALLY UNUSUAL for the back. DSC_0401

But before I show you that, check out my new scissors by Kay Buckley. They remind me Ikibana scissors(used in flower arranging). These are lightweight and easy on the hand to hold. They have micro-serated edges. They just might be my new favorite scissors. I bought mine through and that’s where I got the butterfly fabric too. DSC_0402

O.K. I’m busy cutting out butterflies and I’m going to stitch them to the most unusual fabric EVER!! I know it looks like tissue paper. It feels like tissue paper. But according to Judy Coates Perez (visit her website of the same name, she sells this on her site, ask her), this is “banana fiber” of which tea bags are made of. I can paint it, dye it, sew on it, and gently wash it. Why not, let’s see what happens. All rightie then, I’m still hunting and gathering. I sew wanted to have it done to show you. Next post. DSC_0404 DSC_0405

Take care everyone. Hugs, Heidi


What I did on My Working Vacation.

I was hoping to have time to cut out another Whisper Blouse and use one of the “Moth” trims I had just purchased at Humble Fabrics(here in Grass Valley) before we left for Lake Tahoe. I  had them on my cutting table and took some pictures to give me a fresh look at what I have picked out and if the combos would work together. I spy one fabric that is actually a curtain panel and another fabric that is a duvet cover. Whaaaat?? Yes, keep your eyes open whether you are in a regular store (as in Ross, Ikea, etc.) or in a Thrift store. Who says you have to use a cotton off the bolt?



We arrived at Zephyr Point in plenty of time for this amazing sunset. Hey, some of these colors remind me of my Whisper Blouse fabrics.


Within two minutes the colors deepened. DSC_0144I see a landscape quilt in the picture below. I like how the land masses are a dark navy in the foreground and a lighter navy in the background.

And suddenly it is early morning and with calmer waters, paddle boards and kayaks abound.


Take a short walk to the amphitheater and listen to a concert given by the Villa Symphonia group ( the youngest member is 5 and has a real violin sized to her petite proportions) which range in ages from 5 to 17. One morning I was getting coffee at 6:15 a.m. and smelling the gorgeous roses outside the Tallac center (where we hold our Artistic Alchemy Retreat, go to when I heard such exquisite violin music coming from a large practice room overlooking the lake. The room is aptly named “Talking Mountain.” DSC_0171

4th of July dawned clear and bright. That giant rock in the distance(sort of looks like a mini half dome) is called Cave Rock. It is a Sacred place for the Indian nation that is native to the Lake Tahoe region. DSC_0210

I was amazed that so many different types of watercraft were on the lake that day. I know, 3 shots of the same things. But look at that sailboat. It is a beautiful wooden one. And it was the only larger sailboat on the lake all week.  Speed boats and Jet skis seem to be the norm. DSC_0234

Besides the boats, look closely at the bottom of this cabin. This cabin is right next to ours mind you. Well, that hole you see is where a bear decided he needed his own entrance. Yikes!! They have NOT closed it up just to scare all of us to remember NOT to leave food in our cars or out and about. DSC_0242

There were also quite a few various aircraft doing flyovers. I saw a seaplane, two helicopters in synchronization flying really fast and later, something home grown, flying fast and really, really, low on the water (naughty, naughty). Many training flights come out of the base from the Los Vegas area.  DSC_0246


All my pictures were taken from the top deck of where we work during the day, The Bear Necessities Gift Shop. You must stop by when you have a chance. We were busy, busy, all week. With our priceless view, I’ll “work” there anytime. The commute is a bit much though, 10 steps from our cabin space below to the store above. Ha, ha.

On the way home, there are multiple stops at Thrift Shops. Remember at the beginning of this post I spied several fabrics that are not off the bolt. Here are just a few examples: Below is a brand new tablecloth. This might end up as a Zephyr Jacket. Great weight with color changes in the warp and weft. Oh, oh, do some large stitch straight line stitching like Kantha cloth. $6.25 for 2 1/2 yards worth of fabric.


Too bad this is a mini skirt (with lace layers), but I figure I will have four yards of beautiful rayon lace to use in an all lace Whisper Blouse. $4.00 is a bit much but at $1.00 a yard for lace trim, it works.

One of 3 large, brand new napkins. Just like a fat qtr. All 3, $2.00.  Perfect for whatever. DSC_0379

All my treasures are washed, and put into bins like the one below. Don’t tell my husband but I need waaay more bins. Or stop going to thrift stores. Whaaaat!? I can’t do THAT! The thrill of the hunt runs deeply in my veins. And besides, the $$$(yes, plenty of $signs) I give them goes to really good causes. There we go, justified that for another month.


Get creative this weekend. Hugs, Heidi

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Happy Independence Day!

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Hi everyone! Look below and imagine giant fireworks explosions! Let’s celebrate the 4th of July!! I see fireworks in a Day Lily.


Kaboooom! It’s Bee Balm.DSC_0004

Boom, Boooom!! Shasta Daisy’s with trailing glitter. DSC_0044

Weeeeeeeee! Kaboom! Double Day Lilies. DSC_0051

Ta da! Lace Hydrangeas. Look at all the tiny explosions in the middle!
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Did you love that display of fireworks in some of my late June flowers. I have enjoyed my displays while wearing my “Starry Night” Calypso vest.
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DSC_0283Happy 4th everyone! Celebrate this day and take time to read our constitution! And of course, be creative. Next post, next weekend. Hugs, big hugs, and thanks for visiting my blog, Heidi