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August 7th, 2020. This and That Friday!

By Heidi Emmett

I just realized I had not even turned the calendar to a new month.  Sigh…I feel so miscombooberated! (YES, it’s a word, my word) And then the weather got really hot. 95 degrees or thereabouts every day for days and days (I am grateful to have A.C. AND solar, but we don’t run our A.C. at night). So all my thoughts of designing, creating,  purge the closets, sew ALL the projects I have cut out, work on two more “proto-types” for new patterns, dust (what’s that?), etc. went out the dirty window(I still need to wash them). I had enough energy to walk the dog (barely as he likes a fast pace), and read.

Weather has changed, thank you thank you! and my creative juices are overflowing. To the point where I work on this project for 15 min., bored, move to next project, hey, what’s that piece of fabric sticking out of that tub, oh wow, I forgot about that piece, it would make a great Zephyr Jacket, found what I wanted to go with the original piece, bored, next project, and on and on. I have seen so many “squirrels” lately that I’m getting “squirrelly.”

So today, since I can’t seem settle down on any one particular thing, take a look at some of the things I’ve been sort of working on. Ha, ha.

I love this rectangle top (the working title). I made it umm, four years ago? Maybe more. It will be another “patternless” pattern (just rectangles again, like Off The Grid Vest. I want to get this pattern done.  It will be another perfect PDF pattern in my Etsy shop, DesignsbyHeidiEmmett.  It is super comfy to wear and so cool on warmer days.

Check out the pocket (use your favorite scraps, and all rectangles, of course). And the bracelet. It starts with the linen scraps, hmm…maybe I’ll include how to make one in the pattern too.

The back is the same as the front (except for the pocket). Sew, here’s an idea, spill something on the front, just turn it around. Ha, ha.

Different topic now. Here is our number #1 son (are only child). We are so proud of him. Scary proud (whaat? does that even mean)! Well, this is me as a Mom speaking right now. Here he is with a grin that can’t get much wider. He has completed another solo (and back in the air)landing at different airports He has to log in a bunch of landings and takeoffs at different airports before he can take the written test that will give him his actual pilots license.  He called a few months back to say he would be soloing for the first time very soon. NOOOOOO!!! Don’t tell me That! Deep breaths,  prayers for safety, more deep breaths. All rightie then, but you may tell me only AFTER you have COMPLETED your first solo.
And yes, same son,  the very next weekend finally getting a chance to race again. There is a great track in Willows, CA for racing on a regular race track or a dirt track. About five years ago, our son took me as a passenger (in a different car) on the dirt track. Dirt flying everywhere as he peeled around the corners. I HAD THE BEST TIME! I laughed so hard I nearly peed my pants. I still want a “beater” car of my own and try it myself some day. Dirt or track, you are racing against your own time.

Sometimes  it’s BMW’s only, Miata’s only, etc. out on the regular track. Our son’s favorite is the regular track. Long story short, it will be two years ago this November that he has even raced. His pride and joy a BMW, M-class that he bought and rebuilt himself to race, burned up in the Paradise, CA fire (he had it stored at a friend’s home in Paradise). He said he lost just a car. But his friend’s home(where he was leaving the car for just a week) and his business burned up. Absolutely devastating fire.    An aside here: Ron Howard just released a documentary about the Paradise fire so look it up. Ron Howard wanted to do this documentary as his mother-in-law had once lived in the town of Paradise..

Our son had 3 other friends that he raced regularly with. One of them called our son and asked if he was ready to race again. Cory said he would LOVE to but still had no car and could not afford the time or money to build one right now (he had just started not one but 2 companies which are super stories themselves but for another time). Two hours later he got a call from another of the racing trio and that racer said he’d just purchased another car that he loves to race now and that if our son would take him out for a beer, the car above, would be Cory’s. Yes, people, all that for a beer!!! We really wanted to watch our son race this past weekend, but as you can see above our dog, Riley had other plans. The big “owwie” wasn’t his fault and it was more of a puncture wound (but eww, ick, the Vet had to make it bigger to get it all cleaned out) . This picture was taken a few days later. I rolled his favorite tennis balls to him and he didn’t budge. He’s fine, fine, now, even back to doggie day care (2X’s a week), where he plays and plays all day and just loves it! He even has a girlfriend there and her name is Daisy.

Then a few days after Riley’s episode, Rex, above (he’s fine too, but..), I was out at 10:00p.m. to call the cats in (we have two you’ve seen them in other posts) for the night and this odd looking thing, animal? came walking up the driveway. That can’t be Rex I thought, he’s fluffy. It’s tail was in the air but so skinny. Rex was moving very slowly (but when a treat is involved to get him in the house, he wont miss it). Whaatt!!? He was sopping wet. How? Where? Then I remembered, my husband was repairing our hard sided Spa cover and had covered the spa with just a tarp, no tie downs (to make it taut). I ask this my readers, Do our best friends (our pets) have Guardian Angels? To this day, we have NO idea how he could get out but we thank God that he did.
Have you ever grown Italian sweet peppers? This is my first year. I had no idea they got this big and oh so sweet. Wish I’d planted a couple more bushes. Peppers freeze beautifully. Wash, cut in half, take out seeds, dry them off and pop them in a freezer bag. I feel so smart during the winter months when I pull a bag out of the freezer to use in my favorite Chili or Spaghetti sauce.
I decided to start a new Zephyr Jacket sample. The big parasol fabric will be the body of the jacket and the little parasol fabric will be the front collar piece. It will go together fast, maybe this afternoon. (yes, the big parasol fabric is the tiny corner I mentioned seeing in my box)
But first, it’s Friday, and it’s summer, so I’ll be taking my Mom out to lunch at the Happy Apple Kitchen in Chicago Park, CA . My mom lives on our property in a Granny house. She is 89 years young I am so grateful that she lives on our property. Thank you God  that she is so close by. I’ve been thanking God so much lately.  Gratitude is an important component of our lives or if not, it should be.  Even when it feels like things are falling apart all around, being grateful allows me to let go of the things I have no control over and let God take care of them. He’s in charge anyway. I’m certainly not. Here is my Mom’s favorite verse from the Bible, “Be still and know that I am God.”

I love summer flowers. On the left are pink petunias with white spots and the limey green plant is Creeping Jenny, and a grass of some kind in back. Waaaay too bright of a picture. Noon is NOT a good time, I know that. But they looked so happy.  Thanks for stopping by. Big hugs and make some time to find 5 things to be grateful for. Heidi

It’s Vacation Time at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe, Nevada!

by Heidi Emmett

Some of you may know that my husband, Robert, and I volunteer for one week during the summer at the Zephyr Point gift shop. I run the retail side and Robert is the Frozen Yogurt King! Going up and staying at Zephyr Point during the summer ALWAYS gets me excited about our up coming Artistic Alchemy Retreat. This year, sadly, was quite different.

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A picture from the deck of the gift shop. Now you can see why we want to “volunteer” to work in the gift shop. We sleep down below the gift shop now known as “cabin 8.” So we have the same view from our private deck. DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com

The gift shop is the top floor. Our sleeping area is the lower deck, it’s a studio apt. There are no volunteers this year. But, we were able to come and pay to stay in this studio apt. from June 19th-26th. It was a REAL VACATION! Haven’t had a total week off in 3 yrs.It was an amazing but oh so different time.
This would have been our 9th year of volunteering during the summer. And of course summer is Zephyr Point’s busiest time.I started my first day there this year by walking around the grounds. The view above is of Tallac Mountain at over 9,000ft. Can you see the cross outline of snow near the top of the Mtn.?
On the walk from from our cabin to Tallac Center and the Dining room. The Dining room is closed this year. Only the cabins are open. They rent out approx. 40 cabins on site.
This is the back of Cabin # 8. It’s the only cabin on the property with the cute, carved shutters. The level you are looking at is the gift shop. Cabin #8 (the studio we stayed in) is now available to rent for the summer months only. There is no insulation.
This is cabin # 28. It is the newly revamped coffee shop on the grounds. Closed for the summer. Miss sitting out on the deck and looking at the “Peek a Boo” view of the lake, watching the birds, chipmunks, people watching, all this while sipping a cuppa.
Wandering around the beautiful grounds of the “hotel” type sleeping rooms of Tallac center. These are rooms Artistic Alchemy retreat students covet. The “Lakeside” rooms! All closed up. This is such a surreal summer.
Above and to the left is Inspiration Point. It is a two story, soaring,open and light filled conference room that is used during the Artistic Alchemy retreat. And 3 stories of more sleeping rooms of which Artistic Alchemy uses all of them. It is so eerily silent.
Go through that archway (Portal of Prayer) and step down a few steps and look at the most amazing view! A prayer of thanksgiving for this amazing place is in order too.
Look how close these rooms are to the lake itself! The views from the sleeping rooms alone are worth the price of admission to our Artistic Alchemy retreat.
Full on view of Inspiration Point. You could be here but sadly, not until September of 2021. What an “Inspiration” Inspiration Point is right now, shhh….it’s SO QUIET! Listen to the sounds of nature and the occasional boat going by.
Total relaxation in my “upcycled” tunic (by The Upcycled Closet via Etsy) and doing some hand work. DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com

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Oh my goodness! Can it be, Heidi working on cutting out a quilt!
Simple running stitches on a piece and contemplating adding a butterfly from scraps. Both of these are home decorating fabric scrap pieces.
My dear friend Linda made me a zippered bag (it is holding all my threads,needles, and beads that I’m working with) that has the cutest panels on it. Yep, this is me.
Or maybe this is me! For the record, I owned a pair of candy striped “cat eyed” glasses in 4th grade.I found out later (my brother married the girl next door) that my sister-in-law was very jealous of my cool glasses and wished she wore glasses. Seriously?! My hair has never been green, but during all that’s going on, I just might dye it that color to hide my dark roots.

I leave you with this inspirational picture.I took it from the deck of our cabin. I spoke with the woman who is SWIMMING! (water temp. 40-46 degrees all year round. Yowzaa!) A family member always followed her. We were at Zephyr Point the same amount of days and without fail, she swam each and every morning. She told me she wanted to push herself EVEN on the mornings she didn’t feel like it. And she always felt so good and so glad when she DID IT.

How about us? During this time in 2020 are we pushing ourselves to do things we maybe have never tried? Or started something and let it slide because we “didn’t feel like it anymore?” I most certainly include myself in this. So let’s all pick something (make a small list, not too long or we’ll be overwhelmed) and let’s “JUST DO IT.”

Blessings and hugs, Heidi

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ONCE UPON A TIME…….

by HEIDI EMMETT

Once upon a time I found a fabulous Coach hand bag at my favorite “boutique” (aka Thrift Shop) in Truckee, CA. It cost me $15. It had suede on the bottom that was dirty. I carefully scrubbed with soap and water. Sadly, the bottom stayed dirty. The year was 2014. I hung it up in my studio and thought and thought about it for a few months. What could be done? I loved the bright fuchsia color. Kaffe Fassett fabrics were strewn all over my attic studio( when aren’t they strewn about?). Hmm…WHAT IF I bring the Kaffe fabrics to my fuschsia purse? A star was born!

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I covered this one in 2015. The gluing had me worried so I had set it aside for awhile longer. I put it on the Kaffe Fassett site (via Face Book) in 2015. Tons of lovely comments. So proud, use the purse all the time in the summer months.  Fast forward to 2018. My friend Christine Barnes saw my purse on my shoulder one day and said, “Heidi did you know that Kaffe is using his fabrics on Coach Bags this year? W-H-A-AA-T!!??  Google-Kaffe Fassett Coach Bags…..Aren’t they GORGEOUS! Check the prices! I am telling you all this because I would like to think that Kaffe himself was scrolling through his Kaffe Fassett site one day and SAW WHAT I CREATED and maybe, just maybe, he copied ME? One can dream, hope, whatever. It’s fun to think about at any rate.
I really like how the colors and fabric design of this particular Kaffe Fassett fabric worked with my Coach Bag.
Within a few months after finishing my other Coach Bag, voila’ I purchased this tiny Coach Bag at another “boutique.” Same problem. Dirty suede in the corners and on the bottom. The corners were perfect for some Kaffe Fassett yo-yo’s.
Yep, it’s a Coach Bag. $4.00 for the bag used my Kaffe scraps and a small amount of glue.
Everything is glued on with Fabric Tac. You will see a picture of the bottle in a few more pics
I ,of course, could not stop with just Coach Bags. But I did keep up with using the Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

Here is a sweet little cross body bag (ha, ha, I almost wrote “Body Bag” Ohhh, dear!)

Up close you can see the flowers on top of the circle are Kaffe Fabrics, while the under layer is a different fabric that goes with. 

Just 3 weeks ago I found this beauty. Sadly it is not a Coach, but I loved the color. It is all leather and in mint condition except for the usual dirty piece of suede. Did you read that first part, JUST 3 WEEKS AGO, ha, ha, and I made the cover for it THIS morning before writing my blog post. Sometimes inspiration for a post hits at the last minute!
At least I started to whittle down my fabric choices last night. This is Paperweight Kaffe Fassett.
Acck..there are so many Kaffe fabrics I can’t begin to remember them all.
Hmm…this Kaffe could work too.
How about this Baba Gabousch(spelling?) piece by Kaffe Fassett?
And one of my favorites, Turkish Delight by Kaffe Fassett. This is an oldie but after maybe 15 years they brought it back. Sew happy.

Ta da! I chose the unamed one ( I have only a  small piece with no selvages (to see a name)).
I think it is a good choice. I adore these stylized flowers and so many subtle orange variations, and the scale of the print, all work well. Kaffe Fassett is such an amazing colorist and designer!
Here’s a great trick that quilters and sewists use deciding on where to cut on a large scaled printed fabric. The inside lines of this rectangle represent the finished size of the piece I need for the purse front.  Slowly move it around until it hits your “sweet spot.”
I sewed two pieces together and included a piece of iron on-fleece (left side of picture).
I machine quilted through all layers, a simple design. I like the dimension the quilted piece gives to the overall design of the purse/tote. This one is big enough to call a tote.
My all time favorite glue, also, the most EXPENSIVE glue. It REALLY works! $14.99 for 5/6oz

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I’m not afraid to glue anymore. Really cover those outside edges with glue. Add your quilted piece and….
Here is my finished Kaffe Fassett Coach Tote Wannabe. By Designs by Heidi.
The quilting on this Kaffe Fassett fabric makes the finished product so jazzy!
Don’t you agree, these sweet petunias remind me of the Kaffe Fassett fabric in the tote.
These petunias are called “Queen of Hearts.”

All right everyone, get out there and make it up (like I did), make it fun (we wouldn’t want it ANY OTHER way), and get it done asap! Wow, it feels good to get something completed in less than a year. I want to try it again. Hugs, Heidi

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A Cup of Tea For You & Me!

by Heidi Emmett

Sometimes we need to MAKE time to work on a new technique or start a brand new project after perusing through our”stuff” in our sewing space.

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Almost 10 years ago, I bought this card by Sue Mattero of East Haven, CT while waiting in line to check out at Trader Joe’s.  She is a Graphic Designer that has created cards for Trader Joe’s. I wanted to give you an address to see more of her cards but it came up “unsecured” so I will let you explore it on your own. I have kept this card out where I could see it(in my attic studio) for at least 5 years.I kept saying to myself, someday you will create your own tea cup. Last Sunday afternoon, IT HAPPENED!!! I was inspired to CREATE! I have always liked  black “scratchy, scribbly,”outlines. They remind me of my “sketch stitching” by machine that I have been doing for years. But THIS time I have Terial Magic to help me. What? is that. Read on.

Any time I can create using my “Grunge” textiles by Moda, I will. I have pulled what I want to use, plus some muslin (for the cup). See the white specks on the Turquoise grunge? That is the residue from stiffing my fabrics with Terial Magic. Just brush those little bits off. I”m telling you, I can’t work  WITHOUT it. Check it out here if you don’t know about its many uses.
I am sketching my own cup on a piece of printer paper. I like that size because it is easier to sew on AND I get it completed faster.
I cut out some free form circles  and placed them on the paper cut-out of the cup just for a quick look-see, then replaced the paper with the muslin fabric. I LOVE the texture of even small pieces of Grunge. I believe Villa Rosa Designs carries every single color they make (sigh….75+…I need the cream colored one but muslin will do fine today). Villa Rosa sells on line.

Because all the pieces of fabric (including the background) were treated with Terial Magic

I have no need to glue or pin the pieces in place. There seems to be just enough friction to hold everything in place.

Now for the tools you need to create “free form stitching.” A brand new needle size 12 or 14 Universal is a must. Lower the feed dogs (pencil lead is pointing to them). Lowering the feed dogs puts YOU in control of the machine. A darning foot is put on (your machine may call it something else, look for machine embroidery foot). The foot on the right is a regular darning foot (I couldn’t see much with that one), so I bought a foot that is called an “open toed” darning foot. Ahh….. much, much better for me. For thread I used regular sewing thread, same thread top and bobbin. I was so excited to begin stitching that I forgot to do a step by step. Next pictures are the finished product. Enjoy.

I LOVED, LOVED, creating this little piece. There is no rhyme or reason for where I stitched first, well, now that I think about it, I stitched the polka dots first. They are tiny and I didn’t want them moving. I just held each one in place for a few seconds to get 7 or sew stitches in before letting go and stitching “round n round.”

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Whirrr….whirrr….and sew it goes.

Relax your shoulders, hold onto the piece lightly. Awww…now we’re enjoying the process.
Not one pin, not one drop of glue, not one basting stitch was used to create this piece!
It looks a bit messy (the black stitches) I suppose for those who are not into raw-edged machine applique’ but it is just the look I was going for. Try one yourself. And be freeee….
Yowzaa! I scored a few of these Iris beauties from my Mom’s garden. I think I have showed them to you each year. I have seen bunches of Iris in my time, but NONE quite like this.
My Georgia O’Keefe view.
Another “Georgia” view. I own a Google Pixel phone (my son’s suggestion) because of the camera.
The top petals are outlined! Do you see that?
I took these shots on a cloudy day at approximately 3:00p.m.

Here is my excellent helper for this shoot. Rex is a 9 year old rescue (along with his brother Rubix) barn cats.  Rex loves to bring lizards into the house (very much alive, don’t know how he does that part) so he can play with them.  Lizards are going to run up my legs I just know it, so my reaction is always the same: scream, find a tupperware to put over them (they are in such shock from being carried into the house), throw the cat outside, yell for my husband, and then shout directions from a different room that I want it put waaaaaay out into the neighbors field. My husband is so patient, “Love you honey.” You need to know that I grew up with 3 brothers (in the country) who loved seeing my reaction to different things. One scenerio, chasing me around our big yard with a dead rattlesnake on a big stick. Now you know why I act as I do. Ha, ha, ha. It’s amazing we all grew up without killing each other and get along really well now. I love my brothers. Sometimes though, growing up I didn’t like them very much.

Now get up to your happy place (wherever you stitch) and have FUN! That’s an order. Hugs, Heidi

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It Goes Without Saying…

We are all practicing our Social distancing and being careful. We need grateful hearts for all that we do have and know that we will come out on the other side of this better and stronger than ever.

I have decided to “dress up” and act like I am working and creating in my studio. I am practicing this every day. I am picking out my outfits for each day in a totally different way than they have been worn before.

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I own a gazillion scarves (ask my husband). I was leafing through a “Sundance” catalog (you must get one for all the IDEAS!) I saw a scarf really similar to the one above. It is so cheerful looking I think. Where did I put that scarf? Found it! at the bottom of the scarf bin. I had never worn it. It’s time! My scarf is actually woven. It measures 130″ long (YES, this is correct) and only 4″ wide.
Let me show you how I turned an “Anaconda” of a scarf into one that is easily worn. Fold it basically in half (somewhat off by 6-8″ at the open ends. Bring the loop (where it is folded in half) over your shoulder down to whatever is a nice length for you. The loop is in MY left hand. The lo-o-n-n-g tails are draped around the other side of your shoulders.

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Bring the tails across the front of you and  and over the loop on the left side and around your back and back to the front and let the ends dangle. The ends are on my right side again but shorter now.
Fluff out and enjoy. I’m wearing a 1/4 zip sweatshirt flared tunic . It’s 100% cotton. The scarf is mostly cotton. Everything  “kinda”sticks together nicely.

Hey, hey, cool idea. If you’re like me you NEVER throw yarn scraps away! I DO own a felting machine! What a GREAT way to use those scraps and when you run out, just add another and keep knitting. The perfect thing to work on if you get tired of cards, puzzles, cooking, reading, whatever.

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I was going to show more knitted stuff but I am now part of the “mask makers.” It feels so good to be able to do something for those on the front lines. I live in Northern Ca. The masks I’m making are going to Grant’s Pass, Oregon for EMT’s and Paramedics.
My elastic was too wide. I went to my jewelry making supplies. Elastic headbands (from the dollar store)work very nicely. The doubled black one is my elastic cording (pretty thin so I doubled it) from JoAnn’s. I’m ordering “Bungee” cord from Amazon. But will use up all this first.

Everyone is using a tightly woven 100% cotton (Batiks are perfect). Have you ever seen a batik with handwriting on it? I was so ahead of my time (all the font fabric available now). This fabric is 30+ years old. I sold it in my fabric store in the 80’s. Yes, yes, I told you, I can’t get rid of much of anything!  To the left is an interlining of very thin 100% cotton batting. And below that is one of the elastic headbands I’m using.
My masks have a more rounded shaping to them instead of the usual flat rectangles with tucks. My friend said this type is more comfy to wear with more room over the nose and mouth. I can forward the pattern to anyone who wants it. Drop me a note at hmemmett@gmail.com

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These spring clouds meant business! I like the sun shining on the pine trees beyond the Italian Cypress.  Within minutes after taking this shot, it hailed so much that everything was covered in about an inch within 15 minutes.  Blessings and hugs, Heidi

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My Trip to Santa Cruz! March 7th-10th.

by Heidi Emmett

I have a trunk show. It’s part of the repertoire of Designs by Heidi. It is called “A Kaffe Fassett Extravaganza!” I created it to do with my friend Christine Barnes. This past March 7th-10th we traveled to The Santa Cruz area of California to give this trunk show. The drive down was very rainy (which was good actually as we have had no measurable rain the entire month of February). We arrived in Capitola around 3p.m. Our hostess felt we needed a walk right away.She was right. The rain had stopped. Let’s go to the beach! The following pictures aren’t in any order. But can be enjoyed regardless.

A great view of the town of Capitola. The Capitola pier in the upper left. I forget what they call the row of colorful cottages.  But they a cheerful addition to the town.
Our hostess and her dog, Kahuna. Christine is to her right. You can barely see some hills straight ahead across the water. That is Monterrey.

A small walking alley going toward the beach. Sew festive and fun.

One of the colorful “row of cottages.” This one is on the end with an unobstructed beach view. I was told that it was for sale and snapped up by Oprah Winfrey for $4+ million.
We are crossing a bridge that goes over a river that empties into the ocean.
On the beach walk, there is a short sitting wall that faces the beach. It is lined with hundreds and hundreds of tiles that were all created by the villagers. I love, the umbrellas, some open, some closed.
We were a great walking group. Starting on the left: Linda (Christine’s sister-in-law)holding her dog Buddy, Christine, me, Lori (co-hostess of our grand time in Capitola), and our hostess Pat with Kahuna.
I made Lori put her hand near one of the Hen’s & Chicks succulents. I have never EVER seen these so extraordinarily LARGE!!
I did not have to get very close for my close up shot. Ha, ha. I think the shades of green are so yummy.
One of many murals that line the streets we walked. All graffiti free! This one is especially sweet and so well done.
There is some major erosion happening to the cliffs in the area (top left). Hence all the boulders below. Pat said it has been happening for the last 50 years or so. What was once a highway that followed the cliff edge has since narrowed to a foot path where 2 can barely walk side by side. Front yards (tiny ones)  come right up to the path.
A few more tiles to enjoy.
I just noticed the glass tile borders above and below the tiles. The seaweed tile (lower left) would make GREAT fabric. So would the umbrellas. I’m always looking at things as possible design ideas.

Christine taught a quilting workshop the day before our Trunk Show. It was based on her “Swizzle Stick” pattern. Her teaching quilt is above all the fabrics that this industrious student was auditioning for blocks. Check out Christine’s pattern here.
A few of Christine’s student work. Really lovely.  Swizzle Sticks, a pattern by Christine Barnes. I enjoyed being her “assistant” in the workshop.
A beautiful colorway with this block. The more I look at these blocks the more I see myself doing some on a vest, ohh how about Off The Grid? Heidi is thinking, thinking.
This block decided to angle itself differently. I like it. I like the colors/prints that were used as well.
Oh MY!! This student wore her “Persian Poppies” vest (vest pattern designed by Kaffe Fassett). Her mother knit it for her and if I’m not mistaken, made 6 more for other family members. Gorgeous colors. The night we gave our Trunk show, I had her stand up so the audience could see another Kaffe sweater.

This was one of Kaffe’s first books. It was printed in 1985. Find copies of this book on Ebay or maybe an Etsy shop.  Knitted pieces that Kaffe created are what I talk about in our trunk show. I also bring some of my own pieces to show that I have collected over the years.
The back cover shows the Persian Poppy vest that the student had. Kaffe is known to use 40-60 different colors in a sweater or vest or coat.
On the morning of our Trunk Show we are both seen wearing our own Kaffe Fassett sweaters. These were purchased from a company called Peruvian Connection. Kaffe and P.C. began a wonderful collaboration on knitted garments starting in 2002. Kaffe designed the sweaters and Peruvian connection hired Peruvian ladies to HAND KNIT each sweater. Any Kaffe sweater from Peruvian Connection is either made out of Alpaca or Pima cotton.
Kaffe also loves mosaics of any kind. At Gayle’s Bakery (41 years it has been in the same location) Gayle created all the mosaic tables. Don’t they remind you of a fabric or garment that Kaffe might have designed?These tables are treasures indeed.

And how about this wall mosaic behind the counter at Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola, CA Scroll back up to the picture of the two of us wearing our Kaffe sweaters and you will see this mosaic behind us and more mosaics at the ordering counter.
And this fabulous market painting! The colors and design elements. C’est Magnifique!
The French women are doing their daily shopping. Don’t anyone dare splash 1/2 and 1/2 on this piece!
This is just one of case after case of tres bon! pastries. All a feast for the eyes and taste buds.
I snapped a shot right after one of the cakes with the rose on top was sold. At least I got a picture of this one.
A close up of the funnest, bestest, valance treatment I’ve ever seen. Gayle made these using vintage table cloths. There is a lot of math(to get the proportions just right) in each of these treatments that are around the store. The plates above  the valance treatments are the finishing touch.

Even the cafe’ chairs are European and really comfortable so you can relax and enjoy your food. Oh, and the fireplace is in the next dining area. There is dining all around.
More succulents abound right outside the door. Such a cheerful yellow.
I bought this the morning we left for home. I made it last for 4 days. My husband wants me to get in touch with the bakery and see if they mail. He’s ready (and so am I) for more.
I like this picture. Pat’s dog is such a cutie pie. All of 12 pounds I think. Very nicely mannered and knows his commands. Of course he is 10 years old. THAT REALLY HELPS. And now you can see the back of my “Kilim” sweater designed by Kaffe Fassett.

Home again and I am trying to recreate the same lovely gentle walking with my dog, Riley. I am wearing a vest (called a jumper in England) that uses the pattern on the front cover of the book (Pictured above) called Glorious Knits. The pattern is called, “Outlined Stars.”
Acccccckkkk!…… Riley wants to go HIS way, NOT mine! Please note, this is NOT really happening. I am exaggerating for a fun picture. Riley is wearing what is called a “gentle lead” around his muzzle to help with training. There ARE times when Riley catches a scent and ALL bets are off! He is so much better though. The new commands are “Leave It!”and “Watch Me!”  They really work!

Take care everyone! Prayers going up for this great country we live in, and all the people  and beyond our shores.  We will all get through this surreal time. I’m sheltering in place in my happy place, my attic studio. Hugs, Heidi

Its “BACK TO BASICS.”

by Heidi Emmett

Are you like me? I have lots and lots of beautiful clothes (ask my husband) but so many times I change 4 times because nothing is just right. I’m doing things a little differently now  and I can help you change it up in your own closet too. Let’s create some “GRAB AND GO” outfits so you don’t have to come home after the event you were attending to see clothes thrown everywhere in your bedroom/closet. Come on, admit it, THIS HAS HAPPENED TO YOU!

Do you have a basic color that seems to be in ALL your clothing? Maybe it’s black, charcoal gray, navy or brown. Mine is black. I have a supply of black turtlenecks, T-shirts, long sleeved and short, black blouses, even a couple of “Little Black Dresses.” And of course pants (always look for a lean look) , cropped, long, denim, and leggings, and yes skirts too.

Besides the basic black garments, I even have bunches of black shoes. Here I pair my “black basics” with a quasi poncho. No, I didn’t make this one. I have never seen fabric like this to purchase. All that’s needed to finish this outfit are some great earrings and a necklace.
I really like the fabric in this ruana (the correct term because it has a slit opening in the front). It was a warmer winter day (how about 70 degrees!! crazy) or I would have worn my, of course, black boots.
My “Simply Super Quilted Vest” is perfect for another “go to” outfit. Look how many basic colors are in this vest. This vest pattern is available in my book that I wrote for Leisure Arts. The book is called Fashion Quilted Accessories.
I have always wanted to create a garment using one of those panel pieces that are used for quilts or wall hangings. I think this cityscape  panel is very sophisticated. I do prefer all one darker color for those basic pieces to give that long, lean, look I am always talking about. It’s something we ALL want to create.

Here is the same vest gracing the cover of my book. Me, I know, amazing, isn’t it? I was asked to write a book!  It was 3 years ago this month that it came out and I think it is still very relevant in today’s apparel/accessories market.  Buy one via my Etsy shop- DesignsbyHeidiEmmett. It’s only $14.00 plus shipping. 7 great projects which include pattern pieces for 2 vests and one bag. A super deal. Or email me at: hmemmett@gmail.com and pay less shipping by dealing directly with me.
This is such a fun, longer sweater. It is 100% baby Alpaca. Truly, warmth without weight or bulk. Boots  would look great with this but I was on a roll with my pictures and did not take time to change. Whoops. The design in this sweater coat is so cool .
The back works well even with horizontal stripes (horizontal stripes are usually a no-no), because it’s cut off and realigned in the center back. What fun to copy this in crochet or knitting. And create it using bright colors, and I wont forget to add some black.

See how easy it is to start with the basics, and add one piece with pizzazz for your “GRAB AND GO”  outfit.  I’d love to hear what you might use to create some Grab and Go outfits.
After taking these Grab and Go shots, I could not resist taking pictures of my favorite first to come out in spring pictures of flowers. These are my faithful (to keep coming back and back) Hellebores. Enjoy!
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A bit blurry in the center but yummy flirty petals that are too sweet.
I never get tired of close ups!
Even with my “stabilizing” phone camera I still hold my breath for most shots.
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Don’t leave this site yet. I found one more “Back to the Basics” look. I used my Terrific Tabard  pattern for it. Some of you have seen it before. Oh wow, I changed shoes. Good. And suddenly my hair is shorter too.

A new version of my Terrific Tabard / aka “Skinny Vest” pattern. Contact me at hmemmett@gmail.com for info. on how to purchase the feeling fine art to wear sewing pattern. It comes with all instructions and tissue patterns for all these sizes-Misses 6- 4X. All this for $15. plus shipping.
Visit my Etsy shop, DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to see this pattern and all my others that are available.
I like using pins (do we ever call them brooches anymore?) as closures. This vest is a combination of Silk Shantung (the WOW lime green),a  hand painted canvas, and fun stitching here and there.

I just found this quote (I wrote on a little piece of paper) stuck in a book. I’m sorry, I don’t know who to attribute it to but I think it is something for all of us to ponder.

“Take Pride in how FAR you have come and Have FAITH in How Far You CAN GO! Big hugs to you all, Heidi

What Have the Ladies in my SWAG group been up to?

by HEIDI EMMETT

What is SWAG you ask?It stands for Sierra Wearable Art Group.  It is a creative clothing/accessories group that meets once a month to showcase and teach, and give ideas for anything using FIBER! Let’s see what they are up to this month.

Vicky took a piece she created in Mary Boalt’s class (painting on painting on-fusible-web) and turned it into a clever shopping tote. She did some textured stitches here and there to make certain areas “pop.”
I wanted to show you what I created with a panel of this same type of creative painting. I made an Off The Grid Vest with mine. The side panels were made of “scuba fabric” from JoAnn’s.
Here is a picture of the panel as a whole. I did not make this. I purchased it from Mary Boalt who teaches classes on this technique. I have saved EVERY SCRAP of the left overs. I have plans for them too. Someday….

In case you have never seen it (ha, ha, I show it a lot I know), this is the pattern I used for the purchased panel by Mary Boalt.

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Get the pattern at my Etsy shop or contact me: hmemmett@gmail.com to purchase directly from me.

Suzanne is holding a beautiful felted scarf she created. We need to see this up close.
Her first layer is cream viscose, then wool yarn right off the skein in interesting designs and then a top layer of the cream viscose again.
I really want to try this method.
Stephanie finished her splendid Sashiko stitched vest. Lovely, just lovely.
A close up of her stitching all done by hand. She started with a thrift shop vest (with all this stitching, make CERTAIN that you like the vest you are buying). Ha, ha, I’ll take it if she doesn’t. Surface stitching on denim has to be hard. A thimble is definitely called for.
I caught Joan to take a quick shot of the front of her AMAZING vest. A bit of the front panel is a little twisted at the bottom though. It also has front pockets. The side fronts are a solid black fabric as are the pockets.
Check out the BACK? It is a single back piece of felted gorgeousness!
A close up of this back panel. I want this!!!  O.K. I’ll make my own. This vest was made for Joan by her friend Vicky.
More of a closeup. The black yarn that overlays the white and gold portion almost looks like it was created first with a really open crochet and then lightly felted in.

Tomorrow is our first session of Obedience Training for Riley. I guess we get trained too! 8 other doggies are in it too. I’ll keep you posted. Find some creative time this weekend. It will make you feel good. Hugs, Heidi

 

An Announcement About my Etsy shop! It’s GOOD!

by HEIDI EMMETT     I have so many irons in the fire so to speak with nothing finished yet. I’m going to show one thing in progress to whet your appetite to come back for the finished product. But FIRST, a word from our sponsor, Designs by Heidi. I am pleased to announce  that I am working on bringing all my “Art to Wear” sewing patterns into PDF/DIGITAL formatting to my Etsy shop, DESIGNS BY HEIDI EMMETT   Soon, within this next week there will be 2 DIFFERENT ways to purchase my patterns on my Etsy shop. “Hard Copy” (everything packed in a plastic sleeve) is there NOW, or PDF/Digital.

Coming soon to my Etsy store, Designs by Heidi Emmett, A CHOICE!! Hard copy sewing patterns, or, PDF/Digital format (you print them up on your own printer).

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Today, Jan 17th, 2020 is Riley’s 2nd week in his forever home. What a good boy he is becoming.
We weren’t sure if we would make the 2 week mark. Constant prayers (prayer REALLY works), love, and treats. Isn’t he such a handsome guy? Found out last week that it is quite possible that he has spent a year of his life in a shelter (passed around). So EVERYTHING is new to him. Oh dear, I think I already said this last week. Sorry if I did, life around here is so upside down right now. I’m thrilled to be able to type this blog post, today, the day it’s due.

Here is a P.I.P. (project in progress) I wanted you to see. Sort of a “Boro” type thing. Learning so much.  These pieces are all from men’s shirts.

I can’t wait to show you my step by step and what I learned so that you too can do this,  MUCH easier than I did. I thought, “throw some pieces down, embroider, done.” Not true.

Cruising through Pinterest (please follow me there, type in DesignsbyHeidiEmmett) one morning and up came this tote. I really like the simplicity of this piece. A tote bag from my Men’s shirts, similar to this one, or a pillow. We’ll see. This tote is available from:

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Riley and his FIRST tastes of Snow (literally, biting, running, biting, giddy running, biting, biting the snow) He loved being in it, eating it, chasing snow balls.
All that running around in the snow, and Riley needs a break. He is wearing a “light lead” as training (love, treats,praise) goes on all day, every day. Two weeks and we are TRULY seeing progress. Albeit s-l-o-w-l-y but that’s what we want they say.
Some how this quote suddenly got really small. Oh well. This is truly me. Ask my husband. Some boxes and their inserts are amazingly designed. Did you know that you can get a degree in packaging design. Or so I have heard. Yikes, I need to get out more. Can’t wait to take Riley to Doggie Day Care. He NEEDS to be with his new “buds.” And we need a break. Come on sunshine, where are you! Find 15 minutes a day for your next creative project. I’m looking for my 15 min. Uh oh, there’s the whine for “I need to go out NOW!” 15 min. will have to wait. Until next week, Hugs from Heidi

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Another This and That Friday! Check THIS out!

by HEIDI EMMETT

I had a wonderful time at the Christmas Tea that was held at my church last Saturday. I have some pictures of tablescapes that might give you ideas for a  luncheon of your own.

Check this out! Row after Row of plates. All items perfectly positioned exactly the same way on each plate.
I wanted you to have a peak at how 320 (I said 340 last week) luncheon plates are created.
Nine different things will end up on this plate. So far there is (room temp. items), Sundried Tomato skewered marinated Mozzarella, Rowdy root vegetable salad, Cheery Chai Spice scone, and colorful Cranberry pistachio fudge. FIVE more items will be added. Luscious Lemon curd, and  devonshire cream, all handmade, accompany this group of  “drop dead delicious” food.
No wonder tickets sell out in no time. Is it the food or the “hunky” waiters? Hmm……
Now for a few of the tables.  This one is all silver and white. So sparkly and elegant. The center piece is a light fixture!! Lynda put battery powered lights inside and voila! Gorgeous.
Love the plaid centerpiece undercovering with fur trim. “Elegant woodsy” is this theme. Each person has their own salt and pepper shakers too. The wood chargers are perfect.
My table  has glittery wired ribbon running through each table setting( lay the ribbon across the table 5 times x 2 = 10 place settings)  and for napkin rings more ribbon tied on to the napkin. The centerpiece is surrounded by nativity sets that I have collected over the years. Nothing beats real candlelight. The take home gifts (every table has them) are the chalk painted ornament that says, “Unwrapped.” One of the table hostesses hand lettered all 320 of them. She is the one with the swollen hand! They are a lovely finishing touch.
The center piece on this table is so unique. I love him.
What a festive table and I like the unmatched tea cups. A great way to use the collection that 90% of us have.
So simple and sweet, “Don’t cha Nome!” What a great tablecloth color and there are more of those unmatched tea cups.
What a stunner of a table! Super elegant with the fresh flowers, white ceramic nativity set and the deep spruce colored tablecloth really makes the silverwear and plates pop.

Simply LOVELY! Placing the napkin in the waterglass and the menu under the fork and spoon is such a clever idea. I like the glittery gold fabric in the middle with its’ elegant folds.
Icy blue and white with an amazing hand crocheted center cloth. And check out the napkins wrapped around a votive.  What a lovely touch.

I learned this trick while setting our tables. Lynda (she had the crystal light fixture centerpiece and STUNNING silverwear) taught me about cleaning tarnished silver. I came home (thinking it will never work, it can’t work, it’s too easy) and pulled out some silver ornaments that I would not use on the Christmas tree because, well, you can see, practically black.
Line a pan  with aluminum foil (doesn’t matter which brand). Toss in some baking soda. I used about a 1/4 cup. Boil some water and fill the pan to cover whatever is going into the pan.
Do you see the ornament at the bottom of the pan? I placed it there with a pair of tongs. I’m telling you it was MAGIC! I had let it go into the pan and INSTANTLY off came the tarnish in tiny little slivers. No scrubbing or rubbing needed.
It is so happy to be back on the tree all shiny and silvery!
This one has bits of tarnish still in some of the nooks and crannies. I like that as I think it gives some dimension to the piece. Never do this method on silver with gold accents. The gold will turn black and NEVER look the same.
Isn’t “little Miss Snow” a cutie? I’ve seen her each year for years when we have Christmas Bunco at Fay’s house. I really, really, want to copy her. Maybe this will be the year!
Is there any one else out there like me? I see many things that I like and say to myself, “I can make that!” And then life goes on and I forget about it. Until the next season and there it is staring at me again and the cycle repeats. Ha, ha. I think I shall make a real effort to BREAK that cycle! I’ll keep you posted.
I HAD to show you this! Think back to 2006, A Hallmark Christmas movie called, “The Christmas Card.” Ed Asner was in it. It was filmed here in Nevada City, CA. That’s only about 3 miles from where I live.  Remember the cafe where Faith (the heroine who sent Christmas cards to people in the military) picked up the famous Curly fries?
I have wanted to visit the “Christmas Card” cafe FOREVER! and only a decade plus years later I did! It is now owned by a French couple and they serve AMAZING French food. Yes, two views of my Banana/chocolate crepe with a real French cup of Espresso. Divine!
There, right there by those counter stools, Faith stood and picked up her Curly fries. Ha, ha. And Cody was right there because of the mix up. Awww….yes, I have to watch the movie every year, just because. That is Genevieve, one of the owners behind the counter. I love her French clothes and of course, her accent.
The sweet mural behind the tables shows Broad Street in Nevada City. One of the  fun facts about that movie is that it was filmed in April and it snowed every other day for almost two weeks. And it was always just the right amount for filming. I could be wrong but I think it was one of the first Hallmark Christmas movies that didn’t need white batting for snow banks. Ha, ha. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate you all so much. Merry, Merry, Christmas! And remember, Jesus IS the reason for the season. Hugs, Heidi

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know, I’m early. But this post includes next Friday too. I’m hosting 26 this year in my house (it will be cozy, but lots of fun). We have so much to be Thankful for.

I had a great time at our SWAG (Sierra Wearable Art Group)meeting this past Wednesday.It was held at a members home as the Library was closed because we were having another  power shut off due to high winds. 7:00a.m. shutoff changed to 11:00a.m. Canceled at 1:00p.m. Sigh….My husband was sad (we just got a generator and he had it all ready to go!). Sigh…again.  Let’s forget all that power shut off stuff and I’ll show you some cool things!

Sunrise, November 20, 2019. From my back deck.
Promises to be a beautiful Fall day.
I love the reflection in the table top.
There’s a rain gauge in the lower right area. It has been waiting, waiting, waiting….not sure when.
Meet Joan and her festive jacket.
A combination of piecing, needle turned applique’, and raw edged applique’.
Lori said she knew her “snowflake” wasn’t “fiber” oriented but she just had to show it. I’m so glad she did. Look closely. She made it out of white plastic hangers, zip ties, and added white lights.  I need some of these hanging in trees outside. Speaking of snowflakes. I just heard the weather report for next Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. Snow level down to 2,000ft. What!? We are at 3,000ft. 26 people coming. Excuse me while I go have a quiet cry.
O.K., I’m back. Deep breathing. Check out Carolyn’s jacket. I really like her asymmetrical pieces that she cut and stitched on before she made buttonholes.
Trish worked on a challenge project for January (she’s early). Using bits of old laces, doilies, linen tablecloths, etc.  Trish put them into a fabulous weekender/carpet bag using pieces from denim jeans. What a wonderful upcycling project.
The inside features her own indigo dyed fabric. Way to go!
These AMAZING tennis shoes were created by Kathy! Love these! Want these! Must have these!
Kathy used some of my favorite Kaffe Fassett fabrics. What a great way to use some scraps.
Work on a new pair of tennies, whatever brand you want, your choice. This look is so HOT right now!
Pattern is by Lenore Crawford and purchased via Lenore’s Etsy shop.
Was given some Meyer Lemons. What a pretty picture they make. And yummy too.
Speaking of tennis shoes, I thought I’d bring back this picture. I discovered that the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (infused with Dawn) is PERFECT to clean up the white edges near the soles of tennis shoes. It works like a charm.
This is how my head feels after reading a book or magazine on creative stuff or being on Pinterest .  Take time out this weekend for something creative! It will make you happy. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi

This and That For Friday!

Hello all. My phone is not sending all the pics I had taken of this project in process. I took a WHOLE ENTIRE DAY & EVENING to finish some projects and continue working on others. For the tote bag below, we need to go waaaay back to September 24, 2010.  Sandy Poteet, a fiber artist (she works on Art Quilts), taught a class on a “bleaching” technique. So much information and good instruction. I do remember that. I came home with a finished 18″ x 18″ piece.
Whirrr…whirr…cut…stitch…press….whirr, whirr….and Voila! Here is my  “grocery bag” styled tote bag.
Ikea canvas (drapery weight, buy it by the yard at Ikea) scraps from a “free table.” This is the back of the tote and the lining too. I also added a few pockets inside and out. The first cut I made was wrong. I stared at what I had just done and laughed. I have matured I think. A few years back I would have been very upset with my  “bad cut” but now, no worries, I’ll make it work.  It must be all the upcycling I have been doing of late.
The “tracing, bleaching, putting color back in, and outline stitching” was fun to do. I started with an 8 x 10 photo and worked from there with all the things I described.
Our sweet, sweet, rescue dog, “Sparky.” He was such a faithful friend. We miss him so. He put up with quite a few rescued cats and kittens too. The last two cats came as kittens and Sparky was very patient with them as they grew up.
Not sure if Rubix (one of the last two kittens in Sparky’s long and happy, life) is being contemplative, irratating, or…..
Awww….I’m going with contemplative over missing the ONE dog in his 9 years of living that he got along with (they even slept in the dog’s bed together). You were a “good boy Sparky! I miss you Sparky-dog,” says Rubix.
I’m not sure what this actually means but it makes me laugh. Shouldn’t it be Stiletto’s? As in a pair? Whatever…..
I love this one. Ha, ha.
If you haven’t already, you MUST look up this amazing 90+ year old. She is amazing. And accessorize is her middle name. Love her!

Have a great weekend and get yourself into stitches! Hugs, Heidi

A Taste of The Artistic Alchemy Retreat at Lake Tahoe

Hello everyone, This is a short post today. It has been go, go, go, since I returned from our 6th annual Artistic Alchemy Retreat. Much more to come in future posts. I had a fabulous group of ladies. YOU MUST WATCH a short, 4 minute video at the end of this post. Terry McFeely took it and shows a quick overview of the week.
The evening of our arrival. It was during a show and tell of students work, I had to take this shot (through a screen window).  So serene.
Check out this mirror imaged Ecco Dyeing project on silk.
The group, checking out show and tell pieces as they are being passed around the room.
Unbelievable hand made Kimono. She went to Japan for A MONTH to learn Many, many, Japanese creative techniques that are still used today. They are hundreds of years old.
Such creativity using men’s ties in a “fiber” necklace.
A center panel in the back of a Jean jacket. A chenille technique.
More creative clothing, showing painting techniques. These are the two who went to Japan.
More “Art to Wear” items were worn this year by students and teachers alike. A fashion show every morning in the line for breakfast.
There was no lack of fabulous quilts either. She just has one more eye to finish on this sweet Doe.
In this quilt, all the blocks were won through her quilt guild. She put it together to pay homage to the Poloroid Camera. Amazing detail in each of the “pictures.”

What a wonderful, colorful, spiderweb quilt.

One of the students, Terry McFeely put together a video for a quick overview of what was happening at our 6th Annual Artistic Alchemy Retreat! Please go here to see it!

What a wonderful group we had this year. Think about joining us next year. Visit our site here to see what the Artistic Alchemy Retreat is all about.

May it be a perfect weekend for some creativity in your sewing world! Hugs, Heidi

Indigo Dying – WHAT FUN!

It was a bright, summer day. Perfect for playing with fabric and Indigo dyes. With very little experience with this process, I was ready to jump right in.

Our teacher, Ginny Lee, showing samples and explaining the process.
So, Indigo is the dye bath we put our item in after it has been manipulated in some way with Shibori techniques.
Here is an example of Kumo Shibori. Love it, and it is the first one I tried on a linen top.
Here is the wrong side and the right side (both are cool) of a Shibori technique that involves using wine corks (I always wondered what to do with mine, ha, ha) and rubber bands.
O.K., here goes my first attempt at Kimo Shibori using a linen top. Wrap at an angle, tightly, but not too tight.
Ginny is showing me how to wrap and pull down on those wraps (to fit the whole thing on the tube.
Here are some very interesting wraps. Notice the printed fabrics too.
I love all these really wild and different wrappings, foldings, and clothes pins! These pieces have been soaked in water and are waiting their turn in the dye bath.
Indigo is a plant. Yes, it is found in Asia, India, and I just learned this, there were large plantations of Indigo in South Carolina in the middle to late 19th century.  Not really a hard process to make up a batch of the Indigo.  Really messy though.
This is my linen top coming out of the dye bath. Whaaat? Why is it Chartreuse? Where’s the blue? It turns this green color in the dye bath and as it’s exposed to the air, it begins to change over to Indigo Blue.
I like this cotton shirt and floppy hat.
Taa daa! My linen top! There is still some green in one bottom corner. 5 min. later, blue.
This piece is so interesting. Ginny said to bring yellow or orange fabrics as a base fabric. Such an interesting piece all wrapped and folded with 1/2 moon shapes.
I think this T-shirt is really cool. There is the yellow and orange(tie dyed before) with a hint of Indigo here and there.
This T-shirt was pinched and pleated in the top area only using larger clips. What a cool design.
I sure wish this was my piece. Again, it started with a pale yellow fabric. I like the combo of styles within one piece.
I brought a baby quilt that I got at the thrift store. The quilting, HAND QUILTING, is so precise, and the stitching is so small. It had languished in my “what do I do with this?” container for years. It was white, well dingy white. It took awhile but I bunched up little poofs of fabric and held them in place with plastic stretchy hair ties. I really like how it turned out. I hope to make a vest out of it using one of my patterns. Maybe a “Mommy & Me & My Lace Vest” only it will be a quilted.
Someone brought this book.  I might need to own this. Filled with great pics and ideas.

It was suggested that we bring fat qtrs. to be able to try many different techniques. Brilliant idea. One student did that, and even went further by prepping some of her pieces at home with some of the more time consuming folding, pinching, whatever processes.
This same student took home 12 different techniques with just fat qtrs. I’m jealous!
Another pale yellow piece of fabric to start (a tablecloth actually).
A really fun day and I can’t wait to do it again, hopefully sooner than later.
I came home and went to the back deck doors and said, “What? ” Rex was sound asleep, thinking he was a dog? Trying to cool off? Pretty funny.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone and try something new. Take a class. It will open your mind to what is possible. Hugs, Heidi

Happy Independence Day, July 4th, 2019!

I trust that you all enjoyed your 4th of July with family and friends, food and fun!
WOW! It’s Blueberry season! These little orbs of juicy goodness are at their best right off the bush.  There are a bunch of bushes in my Mom’s yard.
And just look at all the green ones just waiting their turn. Yummy, yummy!
Are you like me? The container takes FOREVER to fill because I’m eating them on the spot!
I like this closeup. This is one of our summertime (well anytime, because I do freeze some just- picked berries) breakfast go to’s.
This is called Muesli, a European dish of delight.
This dish includes, blueberries (or other fresh fruit, peaches will be ripening soon!), granola, and plain yogurt (I prefer full-fat Greek yogurt for the extra protein and the rich texture). Don’t forget a shake or two of cinnamon.
I need plenty of energy to tackle a project for my Mom. Yes, the “dreaded cover the patio chairs project!”  These have been covered once already. The guts are in pretty good shape. I will be reusing these. Have you priced replacement cushions lately? Yowzaa!
Here is one of  the cushion covers I made 9 years ago. They are literally crumbling off.
Not to mention faded dramatically. Yes, yes, I bought Sunbrella “wannabe” fabric. As you can probably tell, I made extra long “pillow case” pieces. No zippers, piping, or snaps to hold in place (did try velcro on one to hold it to the chair like the originals. Just one, and I was off on that one, soo…ditched that idea).
I chose from my stash a beautiful heavy denim for the back. I had 2 bolts of it at one point. Remember, I used to own a fabric store. I’m sure you heard the story about my husband not needing to insulate my (over the garage studio) sewing area as I had sooooo MUCH fabric in there(he said), it wouldn’t need it. It’s true but I’m not sad about that, nope, not one bit!
The fronts of cushions are a pretty, striped, beach towel. Mom, just couldn’t justify spending $45. + per yard for the “real deal”, as in Sunbrella. She has 5 chairs (odd amount but that’s what it is) and that would be 10 yards. Sooo…..happy to use up the denim (she’s taking us out to dinner for supplying my sewing skills to this project. It works for me).
Of course, the critics were out, watching my every move! Ha, ha.
One big thing I learned while sewing these together on a regular sewing machine is to make certain that you hold together the top pieces (I guess you could pin them, but because they are bulky it is easier to hold them), and then ……next picture please,
tug the bottom piece toward yourself.  All this while you are sewing the seam. Home sewing machines don’t have even feed, feed dogs so matters must be taken into your own hands, sew to speak.

Taa Daa! All done! I know, I should have rounded the tops like the old ones, but I was on a bit of a time crunch to get these done before the 4th of July.
And here is my sweet Mom, Joyce. She is 88 years young. What a blessing to have her close by (as in a few hundred yards) in her own cute “Granny House.”
Thanks for stopping by . If you want to see all the Art to Wear sewing patterns I have for sale, take a peek at my Etsy shop (Designs by Heidi Emmett). For the month of July, I am offering FREE SHIPPING on my patterns IF YOU CONTACT ME FIRST at hmemmett@gmail.com Purchase,ONE OR MORE PATTERNS, FREE SHIPPING.

If you want a really adventurous blog post, pop on over to the Artistic Alchemy post. Find it right here.  Jane Haworth has been going from “Sea to Shining Sea.”  Right out of the song, America The Beautiful.

Yesterday, July 4th, Independence Day, what a great day to be with my entire family. It is the first time in a whole year to all be together (a few new additions too as in marriages and babies). We are in the 30+ category and still counting.  I feel so blessed to live in this great country, the United States of America. And I salute all those who have come before to ensure the FREEDOMS we all enjoy.  Hugs, Heidi

“I HAD A FAVORITE DRESS”

Didn’t You? When you were little too?

This book is ADORABLE!!  Sure it’s for little girls but I bought it for myself (I wish I had thought to write it). I found it at one of my favorite stores for ideas, clothes to buy/and or copy on my own, and accessories like this book.

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I have loved clothes and shoes and purses, and jewelry, and on and on for the longest time.
A few weeks after purchasing “I Had a Favorite Dress” I spied this little top in J.C.Penney’s. It reminded me of the dress from the book. Of course I had to buy it just because.
And then rummaging through a box of old jewelry pieces I spied this piece that was made from real French wired ribbon, antique buttons and French flower pieces.  So sweet it’s a perfect match for the “Favorite Dress.”
Here is another Favorite Top of mine in what else, shades of Pink!

Here is the back. Uh oh, “Clean up on aisle 9.” The back neck edge, whaaaat did I do? Hmm…. to fix that issue I could carefully pick out the stitches and re-attach the trim. Acckk too much time. I will raw edge stitch another flower right over that “owie.” Problem solved.

I am going to give a quick run through of all my Best Selling patterns. Should you want to own one of your own, email me: hmemmett@gmail.com  If you buy two or more patterns, you get free shipping.  Patterns run $15.00 each (includes tax) plus shipping.

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I am changing the word “crafting” to “sewing/creating”  But I do this on a regular basis. Ha, ha.
Let’s use this, “ALWAYS!”  Ha, ha.

My mom gave me some of the Iris that are growing in her yard. Aren’t these stunning?  I like the background too as it shows the beauty of different spring “greens” that are flourishing.
One word for this Iris “STUNNING!”
Have you ever seen such depth in this particular purple?
The light from the sun gives this Iris a stained glass look. Thanks for stopping by today. You know I appreciate each one of you so much.  Hugs and may you have creative energy for your endeavors this weekend, whether out in your own garden or at your sewing machine. Heidi        AA Logo1Pinterest-Pinnedetsy

 

SAQA, Terial Magic, Wisteria, and Fun Stuff!

This warm weather has really pushed the bloom time up. I just got back from a 3 day trip to the Bay Area to help Terry McFeely with her Terial Magic Booth at the SAQA convention.

SAQA means, Studio Art Quilt Associates. Terial Magic Booth at SAQA show 2019 in San Jose, CA 
Me, with Terry McFeely, Creator and Owner of Terial Magic. Check out Terry’s latest video on her You Tube Channel / Terial Arts/ Making Happi Coat bookmarks.  It’s so easy and fun.
Explaining how I use Terial Magic  in my “Art to Wear” clothing.
We had so much fun and showed sooooo many of the SAQA attendees how helpful Terial Magic is for their Art Quilts/Wearables.
All my fun, quilted techniques for my Art to Wear are so much easier with Terial Magic.
I really enjoy creating spirals using Terial Magic first and then because the stitching is on the bias, when I wash them, they are soft edged, not a lot of fraying. Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com 
Leaf shapes have straighter lines so there is more fraying. That’s what leaves do.
The same goes for machine applique. Pre-treating with Terial Magic makes for a really nice satin stitch (and the needle doesn’t gum up).
This jacket is my version of an out of print, Vogue pattern by Carol Horn.

I’m sending you pictures today of the Wisteria that would be blooming in a parking lot in Grass Valley, CA  (where I live). I was so upset when they cut the Wisteria out. These are from three years ago. They give me joy just to look at and may they be an inspiration for you.

This beautiful picture looks like a building somewhere in Europe. And to think it is in downtown Grass Valley, CA  in a PARKING LOT!!!
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Such intense coloring on this Wisteria.
What a great color combination for a Terrific Tabard or Whisper Blouse. 
An old door perhaps from a mine long ago shut down here in “Gold Country.”
Another great color combination. Can I find silk shantung in that shade of blue? Oh what a yummy  base for any of my vest patterns.
A shot of my “Circle Pillows” that a friend made for her sister. They were a project in Modern Patchwork several years ago. Sadly the magazine is gone. But I sell the pattern for it. Email me at hmemmett@gmail.com if you are interested.

Love this piece of fiber jewelry. Hmm…this would be a great project for my Workshop at the Artistic Alchemy Retreat up at Lake Tahoe. Check it out.

I think I have shown this before, but I really like the concept of a Yo-yo vest.

This tote is a fabulous example of collage and big straight stitching.

What a great idea to raise the leg of a pair of pants. Some tucks and some buttons. Thanks for stopping by this week. I hope you were inspired. Oh, guess what? Today is national Textile Day. I think we need to celebrate that by buying some fabric this weekend. Hugs, Heidi

It’s Just a Safety Pin!

by HEIDI EMMETT  Two years ago at a sewing retreat I saw a woman, Helen, working on an upcycled denim project and she was using safety pins in place of stitching(to hold it together). My project is in honor of Helen, an Octogenarian Ball of Creative Fire!

Remember “Poochie?” Well, well, he used a pittance of safety pins. Visit the Poochie story at DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com  my post for 3/15/19. Look under Up-Cycled Stuff, Inspiration, or Creative Techniques

Here is the pattern, I started with. There’s quite a bit packed into this pattern. Buy it from me directly (email me: hmemmett@gmail.com) or see it at my Etsy store: Designs by Heidi

 

I cut out the vest pieces and serged all the edges. This fabric is a beautiful linen and has no right or wrong side. So I laid out all the pieces and after deciding the right sides, I put a safety pin in the upper portion of each piece to keep it all right in my mind.

I overlapped it for a “seam allowance” and placed safety pins here and there to keep it within its seam boundries.
Fill in the “seams” with all sizes of safety pins and in any direction you wish.
I chose to put mine in all one direction. Went faster.
I sit with a large book on my lap. I place the area needing pinning on top of the book ( a flat surface like a book is perfect to slide the pins into place. I have a tin filled with many sizes of safety pins to just grab and not worry about which size.
I don’t think anyone would ever recognize this as the “Mommy & Me & My Lace Vest & Quilt pattern.
I like the addition of the pocket on the front. This pattern, Mommy & Me & My Lace Vest and quilt, is a blank canvas for a variety of inventive vests.
I added the fabric scrap squares because they echo the subtle woven pattern of the background linen.  The squares came from a charm pack of Star Grunge fabric by Moda.
I think the “Bling” of the safety pins is quite eye-catching. I haven’t worn it yet, but I’ll let you know what kind of comments I get. It will be interesting I’m sure. Ha, ha, the expressions alone will be worth it.
The little squares (also serged and straight stitched onto the pieces) looked lonely, so I put some safety pins on them as well.
Ahh, here is a nice closeup of the front pocket. I took it off of another vest. I love the whole concept of a loose pocket. I stitched it down a few inches (on the edge) on the upper left side. It was buttoned onto the other side, but wait, not a button, I’ll use safety pins!
I can’t get over how heavy the vest is now with all the safety pins.
Can you believe it, I found this safety pin in my pin box with black beads on it. How perfect is that. I need to do some more like that at some point.
The finishing touch is my rubber tire tube necklace.  Easy to make. I talk about it in a DesignsbyHeidi. wordpress.com post, Creative Techniques, I think.
Where did the inspiration for the Mommy & Me & My Lace Vest pattern come from? Well, that’s me (Heidi at age 21) sitting. Waaaay back then lace was really hot too and I designed this pattern and became a production sewer and made these on my beautiful Bernina 830 (top of the line in 1974). That was my high school graduation present from my parents. I sold these vests at Artist fairs and Craft shows up and down the state for a short while. Then I started teaching quilting and sewing (art to wear way back then, who knew) classes.
My friends from left to right, Dale M., my sister-in-law Debbie W., me, and Linda M. my super special sewing buddy. Wow, what a sewing adventure I was having back then. Fast forward just a few years ( Yowzaa!!! I just did the math), 41 years (gentle sobbing can be heard) and as I said, lace, anything lace, is popular again. Upcycling at it’s finest. Thanks for stopping by.  Maybe you have something from your sewing past that you might want to revisit too. I love to see what you come up with. Hugs, Heidi

P.S. Please hop over to our Artistic Alchemy blog. I wrote the post today and I don’t want you to miss it!

 

Heidi’s Studio Sale, Going, going, GONE! Great Prices….

Well here it is: Heidi’s Studio Sale. THESE HAVE ALL SOLD- On April 7th, 2018.

All prices include first-class (if the package is under 13 ounces) or Priority postage (it depends on the item(s) and their weight). If you decide to buy several items, I’ll consolidate the order and hopefully be able to refund some of the total postage cost.

How do you purchase something? Email me personally, at hmemmett@gmail.com I’ll send you a Request for Money through Pay Pal. You don’t need a Pay Pal account to do this transaction. Once you pay, I will send it. Or, if you would rather, send me a check. The first person to email me that they want an item, gets it. That simple.

Everyone’s computer sees color differently. So keep that in mind. If you purchase something from me and don’t like it, I will take it back within 10 days of shipping it originally. I will refund your money after I receive the item back. I will not be able to refund any shipping charges  Here we go:

I collected some Kimono’s. They are timeless and look great for any occasion. I found that true Kimono’s are just not my thing. I am ashamed to say that I thought of cutting them up for the fabric. WHAT WAS I THINKING? So having saved them from my scissors, I now offer them to all of you. As items sell, they will be removed from the post.

Yellow Green kimono lined in a leaf print.  100% silk. Shibori is the dying technique. Beautifully hand sewn. Width from sleeve edge to middle of the back neck = 25″. Bust area (front pieces meeting= 40″. Hips with front pieces meeting= 42″. Finished length, measuring from the top of the collar to the bottom edge= 30 1/4″. Price: $29.00 plus $7. shipping. 

Cream with Shibori dyed Dark Green, Blue Green & Umber Circles & Mtns. 100% silk. So much detail in the Shibori. Beautifully hand sewn. Width from sleeve edge to middle of the back neck = 25″. Bust area (front pieces meeting)= 21″. Hips with front pieces meeting = 42″. Finished length, measuring from the top of the collar to the bottom edge= 33 1/4″. Price: $29.00 plus $7. shipping.

 

 

And now we have some beautiful items from Peruvian Connection. I collect Peruvian Connection sweaters.   I am moving some of them along while it is still winter. This one is Alpaca and Pima cotton. It is in very good condition. I wore it twice. Bust=40″, sleeve 22 1/4″ (from shoulder seam), length from center back= 50″.  A beautiful piece, colors are on the dusty, softer side, the black is a true black. All the edges are bordered in a beautiful tight single crochet (keeps it from stretching) design with picot edges in Pima cotton. The body is Alpaca with some Pima cotton. Wear with black skinny jeans or leggings and a black turtle neck. Stunning. In past catalogs these sweater coats range in price from $399-$599. Knitted in Bolivia.  $75.00 + $5. shipping. I will pay the additional $10. +

This Sweater Dress is so Boho Chic! 100% Alpaca. Size Medium. Bust 38″, Hips 40″ Sleeves (measured from Center Back to sleeve edge) 29 1/2″, Length from center back neck edge 48 1/2″. It has a nice moderate stretch. I added the little wool felted coins with a blanket stitch to give it some extra texture. They are NOT to cover any holes.  Gently worn condition. $75. plus $5. shipping. Actual shipping charges are much more but I will pay them. 

That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by. I will also post these in Artistic Alchemy’s blog. It is Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com  Hugs, Heidi

I DID IT!! I finished a project I started in a class 8 months ago!

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This past April I took the “Pet Portrait” class from Jane Haworth (Janehaworth.com). I had so much fun, learned lots, and while I really wanted to finish it right away, it ended up on the PIP pile (PIP=projects in progress).  I can’t wait to show it to you. Below is my subject matter: Jax.  He’s a GOOD boy!

Jax’s owner, our son, Cory. 

In class, I could not decide on a picture, and Jane said, keep it simple. Profile shot it is. 

Everyone in class (except 2 artists) said, “I can’t draw!”  Jane showed us how (using a grid system), and notice, we started with the eyes. Whaaaat!!!??? That’s the HARDEST part, isn’t it? Whine, whine, whine. 

It was slow going for me because: 1. I thought each piece had to be the perfect fabric, that took forever because I brought my entire collection of possible fabrics and 2. I visit too much and love to see what everyone else is doing. Ha, ha. 

Snip, snip, glue, glue, it was so fun to see Jax “grow” right in front of me. And then there was the day I had the “live” model. “Hey, grandmom, are you sure, that piece should go there?”

“Hey again! Why do I count 3 (THREE!) ears? PLEASE, someone make her fix that, NOW!”

After putting this project away for almost 8 months, Jax had a permanent curl in it. Hence the candle holders to hold it flat. Two changes I made below: 1. taller ears(and one less ha, ha), and 2. In the ensuing months, Jax upgraded his name tag from “turquoise bone shape” to classy, brushed brass to match his beautiful new collar.

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Finding a background took foooorever! I settled on a batik by Hoffman fabrics. It has spruce looking trees. Cory and Jax love to rock climb (only Cory does that) and both backpack. Perfect choice of background I think. 

I set my machine up with a range of black, gray, and ombre’ thread colors, and stitched and stitched, and stitched some more. I decided to make my thread painting look like a piece of art, so I put it on a museum canvas(deeper sides than a regular canvas). At the bottom of this picture you can see some of the back side of Jax and all the stitching.

Oh wow, how do I fold these corners smoothly? I just could not trim ANYTHING away just in case I did something wrong.

Maybe, this fold.

How about a combo? Then bring out the mega staple gun. Staple, staple, put a muslin back on it, and add the mounting pieces. DONE!

Check out my close up shots. The collar has Kangaroos on it (’cause Jax is a Queensland Heeler/Australian Shepherd mix). 

I love how I found mathematical symbols that I used in his brain area. This dog runs, and jumps, so fast and precisely that you can just imagine his brain activity. 

Wow, I finished 3 days (NOT 3 minutes) before Cory’s birthday and I couldn’t wait. I had to give it to him right away. 

Cory likes it! And I think Jax does too? Happy New Year everyone and thanks for visiting. Hugs, to you all and until next year (just next week, no worries), I will trust that you find time to relax and think about buying a pattern or book from me and make a an art to wear piece of your own.  Heidi

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Christmas is Coming to Heidi’s House!

Merry Christmas everyone! The following is a grouping of pictures to show you what I have been up to for the past few weeks. I LOVE Christmas and the reason for the season! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy.

I’ve showed Mr. Mouse before, but he’s sporting a beautiful Christmas Tree. Mr. Mouse pincushion stands quite tall, a good 10-12.” He was made for me by a Lila Sugg, my 90+ year old, sewing friend.  Thank you again Lila!

Simply putting greens into a beautiful vase and adding a festive bow can be the perfect addition to any spot. 

Below are three of my latest acquisitions. Found them a few weeks ago. Hand blown Mercury Glass reindeer. I think they are quite old and possibly European. 

Sure, everyone sets their table like this for everyday. O.K., I have been preparing for having my home and my mom’s “2nd Dwelling” (she built it on our property) on a Christmas Home tour on Saturday, Dec. 9th. Check out the hand crocheted table topper. It was my Mother-In-Law’s Grandmothers. It came from Russia, via Canada, and then to my M.I.L. home via, Montana. There are woodland animals in the whole piece. It’s funny, I wasn’t planning a theme but “Woodland animals” kept popping up in each vignette I created. 

We have a simple “Woodland Themed” Charlie Brown Tree. This is actually the top of a 30 ft. tree from our neighbors yard. It’s perfect for this year.

My post is a little disjointed and late this week as I am recovering from a really BAD case of the flu. My mom caught it too and now my husband has it.  I truly was flat on my back for days. I have been binge watching Hallmark Christmas movies when not sleeping. Mom and I are doing soo much better. Robert, well, he is on day 2.  Take care dear ones and until next Friday, Big hugs, Heidi

A Fine “Working” Vacation at Lake Tahoe, Part One

 

The last week of October I was fortunate to be up at one of my favorite places EVER! Lake Tahoe. Yes, my husband and I were volunteers at the Bear Necessities Gift Shop again. The weather was PERFECT, all week long. One morning I decided to go down to one of the groups visiting and drum up business. They were in Inspiration Point (aptly named I must say) and I met the nicest, most productive group ever, The Colfax, CA Quilt Guild. Here they are before I descended the stairs for my own meet and greet.  34 busy bees, they were. And yes, I would like to mention that right outside those double doors is where the “chase” began  (at our Artistic Alchemy Retreat) of the Bear versus Heidi, Linda, & Lisa (see The Bear post the second week of Sept.)

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I was so fortunate to visit with almost all of these lovely ladies. Sadly, I can’t find the card that listed everyone’s names and projects. I put it in a very safe place.  The first few pictures below are from this book. And take it from me, they are STUNNING!  She sews the blocks by hand and also does some machine stitching on each block.   

She has almost one dozen finished. 

And right outside Inspiration Point, the last of the roses were in bloom. So velvety, and smelled so sweet and a perfect match with the Rose of Sharon quilt work above. 

Another lovely lady, just finished her Laundry Basket quilt top. 

AMAZING! Each of these blocks, are just amazing!

 

And here is someone’s beautifully executed Log Cabin quilt. Each block is only about 6″ sq. Log Cabin was one of the very first blocks that I made waaaay back when. And it’s still one of my favorites. Now, I tend to make them kind of wonky.  In a few more posts I will show you what I have created- more Art to Wear. Also, check out my Off The Grid Vest pattern. Wonky L.C. sqs. in that Art to Wear. The icons below, just click on Craftsy or Etsy to view my patterns that are for sale.

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Time out! Walk, walk. Eat less, move more. That’s my mantra. I do tend to get them mixed up, as in, “Eat more, move less.” Oh dear. Look way in the distance, and you can see Cave Rock. Look how calm the water is. Very little boat traffic and check out the bench. Just right for sitting and reading and soaking in the beauty of the lake

Inside our little domain (in case you forgot, the shop we work in, it’s the middle story of a 3 story cabin that sits right on the lakes edge). Robert is meeting therapy dog, Bisoux, and her handler Janine. What a sweet dog and Janine’s pretty sweet too.  She’s a “leaner”, all 93 pounds of her. Ha, ha. 

On a walk, the peace, and stillness of the lake, very soothing. 

Back at I.P., wow, this one has some real possibilities for me. It’s called Hour Glass. She said it’s easy, hmmm……and again, beautifully done. 

On another walk, I’m walking our son’s dog, Jax. Doesn’t he look smashing along with my Simply Super Vest? The full-sized pattern pieces and complete instructions  (plus 7 other projects)are in my book, Fashion Quilted Accessories that I wrote for Leisure Arts. It’s available for purchase in my Etsy store (click on the icon below), DesignsbyHeidi and other fine quilting shops like Sugar Pine Quilt Shop in Grass Valley, CA and Fabric Chicks in Minden, Nevada. Also, on Amazon.

I’ll leave you with the “fixed” balloon picture from last week. I really LOVE this shot. Have a great weekend everyone and let’s all get creative. Make it up, make it fun, and get it DONE! Hugs, Heidi  P.S. Next week, part two!

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