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Haute Couture Socie’te’ in Stockton, CA, where it’s CREATIVITY All the Time!

by Heidi Emmett

Last Saturday (Feb. 3rd), I made my way down to Stockton, CA in the early morning. I was giving a Trunk Show on Designs by Heidi, and a workshop in the afternoon.

If you want to see what they are all about, you must ATTEND their 50th Golden Gala, Fashion Show and Luncheon. Details below.

I arrived at a wonderfully, open, and airy, place to do my Trunk Show, and workshop, both in the same place. What could be easier? I set up my area with samples and patterns and then had time to watch the ladies file in.  Wow, wow, WOW! It was truly a fashion show on its’ own. So many wore their latest, greatest, “Art to Wear” creations. I saw felting, upcycling, quilted, and more.

As the program started, ladies who had just finished a vest challenge lined up. My pictures are NOT good at all, as I got really excited about the vests I was seeing and did not position the camera properly. I did not do any of them justice. I do have better pictures of the vest on the left (ties) and the vest on the far right, my Off The Grid vest pattern. 

Here is Marta wearing her own creation of a vest made with silk ties. I’ve never seen ties look so sophisticated. 

Kris and her Off the Grid Vest (a pattern I designed). It turned out so well. Long and lean looking and the black background makes the colorful squares really pop. She used a variegated metallic thread for all the quilting lines.  

LOOK! Kris can wear this inside out and show off the batik butterfly lining. So cool. 

And then the workshop started. I had so much fun and worked with each student, on sizing the rectangles of Tahoe to a “T” tunic to fit their own bodies. Here are a few things I learned……….my students teach the teacher all the time. I really like that.

Judy reminded me that there is a product called “Color Catcher’s” by Shout. Throw a pod in the washer and it will keep your colors from bleeding on each other. Brilliant!

Sandra went outside the box in a way I had never thought of, she used a border lace for her front and back panels. Brilliant! She said I could copy her. I have a very special off white border lace and I will put it on off white linen. Oh yeah!! Now where did I put that lace piece?

Carole has a sweet little helper with her. Little Lamb, her rescue Shitzu(puppy mill mommy) was very interested in what Carole was creating. The fabric in the chair is 100% linen and on the table are summery batiks that go with the the linen. She is not sure how she wants to make up her batik fabrics for the panels. L’il Lamb will help her decide.

Now, I did take pictures of  my students work, I’m certain I did! Can I find them? NOOO! I have no idea how they disappeared. So unfortunately, the above (which a student sent me) picture, is it.  Accccckkk!

To see more about what a “Tahoe to a T” tunic is, scroll back on the posts to Feb. 2nd’s post.  and read all about it.

Quick commercial break. Tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 10th, 2018, I am doing a short, demonstration at Sugar Pine Quilt Shop at 9:00a.m. Please join me for quick tips on making the chic, “Sling Bag”. EXCELLENT gift idea or how about one for yourself!

Next week I will show the work of Terrific Tabard student’s work from the Pine Tree Quilt Guild of Grass Valley, CA. I visited them with a Trunk Show and workshop a few days after Stockton. It was a busy week, but very satisfying for all involved. I made it up, made it fun, and they are getting their creations done! Hugs, Heidi

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Off The Grid Vest pattern- And How it Came to Be!

Happy After Thanksgiving. I’m a day late on getting this out and still recovering, ha, ha, from 21 people at our home. It was a great, thankful, tummy filling time, so, I’m doing a re-run that I think is worth reading again. Enjoy, and thank you so much for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi

Once upon a time, I took the Urban Ombre’s quilt class from Christine. It was great fun. It was the first time I had seen the Diawabo ombre’ from E.E. Schneck in grey or is it gray?Throughout the class I kept thinking, all these fabrics together would make the coolest vest. But what design? So, I took my blocks, along with everyone’s scraps (I ASKED them first), and put them on my design board and began to think.

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Later, Christine said she was doing a lecture at the E.E. Schenck Trends Show (a show for shop owners  in Porland, OR). Since Schenck sells the grey background fabric Christine was showing her quilt and then she said, hey, that vest idea you had, that would be great, I’ll take that too, so we can get your name out there. O.K., that sounds good, when is it? 

In a month. Whaaaaattt?! I have done NOTHING! The little pieces were falling off the design board, or covered by other projects that were creeping in.

An hour later, I stood at my ironing board, fabrics spread out and I said a prayer. I had a nice chat with God and said, Help!! I walked over to my little garment rack of purchased pieces (whether from a “Real” store or the thrift shop)all for ideas for future project. I pulled out a super short jacket that had bad fabric and design, but the collar!! and while that jacket had a skinny front band, I liked how it connected to the collar.  

I whipped out my sketch pad and started with rectangles. I knew I wanted a long, lean, look to this vest pattern. The rectangles kept coming to mind. 

I also wanted to showcase the interesting fabrics on the front, so I made the front panels really wide . Those pieces, the rectangle  shaped log cabin blocks, and the “sticks” (remember those pieces people discarded?), again they are all rectangle shapes.  

It all came together so smoothly (remember that prayer at the ironing board?). I was sewing up a storm and it was time to add the front panel pieces. WAIT A MINUTE!! They are too short at the bottom, no, no, NO! (Oh, dear, I just told the world that I made a major measuring mistake). And NO TIME to make new front panel pieces. 

Upon further trying it on, looking, thinking, I came to the conclusion that I LIKED it that way! Who knew? I like it being “off” at the bottom edges (hint, hint, Off the Grid).  You will be happy to know that yes, I finished it in time for Christine to take up to the Portland show. She said it was a big hit. Yea….

I use Terial Magic on the strips used for the blocks and sticks. I love how this product keeps things from fraying while I”m raw edge stitching them down.

It’s so fun to use Marcia Derse prints, and other ombre’ fabrics. The blocks have their edges turned under and are edge stitched to the gray ombre’ background fabric. 

I use glue (the bottle in the picture is basting glue), but I also use basic school glue (like Elmer’s). You can see the subtle change in the background fabric. I really enjoy turning it this way and that, darker portions verses lighter sections. It’ what YOU like. That’s why I call for 3 yds. for the background (room to play). 

Notice please that I use a zig zag stitch (rectangles again), and it also encases the raw edge of the fabric. 

And I do, what I call, “Shadow quilting.” They are always done in a rectangle shape . I like the look and it adds more quilting to the piece. 

I do any all over quilting in gentle curves because it’s easier on the eyes (if they were straight it’s too hard to sew perfectly straight) and adds movement. 

Look at the SUPER COOL necklace my 93 year young friend, Lila Sugg made for me (she is a MASTER sewist). It is so perfect with my vest (a secret, shhh…the gorgeous chunks of turquoise are made from potatoes).  Google that one, people! 

And listen to this, E.E.Schenck now carries my patterns and my book! And I have been asked to come to the next Trends Show and present a trunk show on my Art to Wear patterns and book. Sharon, the buyer, said that “Art to Wear” is coming back in a big way in the quilting world and I’ll be right there!  Hugs, Heidi

Off The Grid Vest pattern….How Did it Come to Be?

Happy After Thanksgiving. I’m a day late on getting this out and still recovering, ha, ha, from 21 people at our home. It was a great, thankful, tummy filling time, so, I’m doing a re-run that I think is worth reading again. Enjoy, and thank you so much for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi

Once upon a time, I took the Urban Ombre’s quilt class from Christine. It was great fun. It was the first time I had seen the Diawabo ombre’ from E.E. Schneck in grey or is it gray?Throughout the class I kept thinking, all these fabrics together would make the coolest vest. But what design? So, I took my blocks, along with everyone’s scraps (I ASKED them first), and put them on my design board and began to think.

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Later, Christine said she was doing a lecture at the E.E. Schenck Trends Show (a show for shop owners  in Porland, OR). Since Schenck sells the grey background fabric Christine was showing her quilt and then she said, hey, that vest idea you had, that would be great, I’ll take that too, so we can get your name out there. O.K., that sounds good, when is it? 

In a month. Whaaaaattt?! I have done NOTHING! The little pieces were falling off the design board, or covered by other projects that were creeping in.

An hour later, I stood at my ironing board, fabrics spread out and I said a prayer. I had a nice chat with God and said, Help!! I walked over to my little garment rack of purchased pieces (whether from a “Real” store or the thrift shop)all for ideas for future project. I pulled out a super short jacket that had bad fabric and design, but the collar!! and while that jacket had a skinny front band, I liked how it connected to the collar.  

I whipped out my sketch pad and started with rectangles. I knew I wanted a long, lean, look to this vest pattern. The rectangles kept coming to mind. 

I also wanted to showcase the interesting fabrics on the front, so I made the front panels really wide . Those pieces, the rectangle  shaped log cabin blocks, and the “sticks” (remember those pieces people discarded?), again they are all rectangle shapes.  

It all came together so smoothly (remember that prayer at the ironing board?). I was sewing up a storm and it was time to add the front panel pieces. WAIT A MINUTE!! They are too short at the bottom, no, no, NO! (Oh, dear, I just told the world that I made a major measuring mistake). And NO TIME to make new front panel pieces. 

Upon further trying it on, looking, thinking, I came to the conclusion that I LIKED it that way! Who knew? I like it being “off” at the bottom edges (hint, hint, Off the Grid).  You will be happy to know that yes, I finished it in time for Christine to take up to the Portland show. She said it was a big hit. Yea….

I use Terial Magic on the strips used for the blocks and sticks. I love how this product keeps things from fraying while I”m raw edge stitching them down.

It’s so fun to use Marcia Derse prints, and other ombre’ fabrics. The blocks have their edges turned under and are edge stitched to the gray ombre’ background fabric. 

I use glue (the bottle in the picture is basting glue), but I also use basic school glue (like Elmer’s). You can see the subtle change in the background fabric. I really enjoy turning it this way and that, darker portions verses lighter sections. It’ what YOU like. That’s why I call for 3 yds. for the background (room to play). 

Notice please that I use a zig zag stitch (rectangles again), and it also encases the raw edge of the fabric. 

And I do, what I call, “Shadow quilting.” They are always done in a rectangle shape . I like the look and it adds more quilting to the piece. 

I do any all over quilting in gentle curves because it’s easier on the eyes (if they were straight it’s too hard to sew perfectly straight) and adds movement. 

Look at the SUPER COOL necklace my 93 year young friend, Lila Sugg made for me (she is a MASTER sewist). It is so perfect with my vest (a secret, shhh…the gorgeous chunks of turquoise are made from potatoes).  Google that one, people! 

And listen to this, E.E.Schenck now carries my patterns and my book! And I have been asked to come to the next Trends Show and present a trunk show on my Art to Wear patterns and book. Sharon, the buyer, said that “Art to Wear” is coming back in a big way in the quilting world and I’ll be right there!  Hugs, Heidi

TTF, it means “This and That Friday.”

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I am miscombobulated today! I have had so much going on this past week. And starting this weekend, for 5 whole days I will be at a sewing retreat called, “Sewing Sistas.” I can’t WAIT!! This is the first time EVER!!, that I get to go away and just sew, and sew, and sew some more.  I will keep you posted via Instagram. I’m under DesignsbyHeidi or Heidi Emmett. Let’s take some time to smell some Spring flowers:  Happy Daffodils via Safeway. Buy them closed, rubber banded, and in bunches of 10 for $1.67. Bring home, snip off 1/2″ from bottom, insert into a cool watered vase and voila’ days and days of sunshine in your home.

I took the picture of my primroses one day after they were totally covered in 4″ of snow. You would never know it by looking at this picture. Love these sweet hardworking (to stay blooming) flowers. 

I walked around the corner of the house and BAM!! Forsythia in full glory. On a stormy spring day, I enjoy looking out the windows to see these bastions of spring, looking fabulous. We enjoy this hardy bush all four seasons. 

More sunshine in my life. Thank you Christine for these pictures. Some of my friends coming to my first EVER book signing party this past March 11th! Bonnie has a new stack of my books for sale that just came in. From the left: Connie, Bonnie, Heidi, & Kris. Luv to all of you who came that day. We all got the memo, wear some black!! What a shot girlfriends.

Another friend Terry McFeely. Terry invented Terial Magic of which I cannot work without. It is showcased in the project I am wearing and the cool headband and scarf project that I’m holding. Terial Magic is available through iii. I just did a guest blog post for them last Friday. Acckk, I forgot to share it! iii is Imagination International Incorporated. I’ll share it to my FB page in a few minutes. 

The following week I dashed down to the huge Sewing Show at Cal Expo in Sacramento. I stopped at Dorie Javier’s booth D’s Designs and she was wearing her version of my Mommy & Me Quilted Vest & Quilt pattern. 

Look at her gorgeous Sashiko quilting and fun designs shapes. 

Yes, this was the vest she saw me wearing just a few weeks ago. 

And here is the pattern. Look how different the above two vests are. I’d love to see what you might create. Easy peasy to make and VERY comfortable to wear. I have a new one cut out and will work on it next week. Oh my GOSH! Do you all realize, no cooking, no cleaning, no working in the garden, no book work, just sew, sew, sew. Ahhhhhh..

And a week before Sacramento, I opened my email to find pictures from Jeanette Floyd of San Diego, CA. She created her own “Off the Grid Vest” using my pattern below.

 

I love Jeannette’s wavy quilting lines. I’m calling this “San Diego Sunset” with the off white background and the yummy warm colors in her own version.

I just love this! Look at her button closure people! A perfect finishing touch. 

I love creating fun and easy to sew, Art to Wear patterns for sewists (doesn’t that sound fancy?) of all levels. I can’t wait to see what you all create this weekend. Thank you so much for stopping by. It means so much! Hugs, Heidi

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Patternless Sewing! It’s Easy!

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Start with my Off the Grid Vest pattern (the miracle vest!).

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Add some beautiful batiks (these are by Alison Glass) and a fabulous foundation ombre fabric (buy it at Christine Barnes.com)

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Prepare fabric pieces with Terial Magic and cut strips from them.
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Stitch up some off-centered Log Cabin blocks (it’s all in the pattern instructions, not to worry).  Whirrr…… pedal to the metal! dsc_0093

Gather some highly technical tools to create your own pattern pieces from the measurements I give you. It really is easy. dsc_0149

Have fun setting out the pieces to create your own unique design. dsc_0136

Add some simple, let me say that again for emphasis, SIMPLE, quilting lines on the vest back, then arrange some strips. and using either Basting glue or Elmer’s school glue, glue them to the vest back. dsc_0114

Log cabin squares pinned to the fronts and then glued. Ready to stitch in place. dsc_0146-2

Some more stitching and echo stitching to create a slimming, linear look. dsc_0247 dsc_0227

A nifty finishing technique for all the edges and a cool flat stitched seam allowance. Simple instructions are included of course.
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You have to get this pattern for a truly, Art to Wear piece. You will be walking on air with all the compliments you receive. I’m not joking! dsc_0311 dsc_0592 dsc_0556

And here it is inside out! So many ways to wear it! dsc_0316

Isn’t THIS a cool look? My friend, Lila Sugg made this fabulous necklace for ME! I think it is a perfect compliment for my vest. Lila is 92 years young! You are one amazingly, talented woman Lila. Oh, did I mention its made using real potatoes? I posted about this, a long time ago. I HAVE to get my past posts organized. Soon….img_20150409_160828

A student’s vest (Pat from the Bay Area) from my Art to Wear workshop at one of our Artistic Alchemy Retreats. Love the deep rich colors. pat-vest-front-open-draped

Carolyn from New Zealand created this stunner after purchasing my pattern online. Carolyn is 82 years young (you go girlfriend) and made this to celebrate her birthday with family in Switzerland. I just love it!new-zealand-ca

And Trish, at an Artistic Alchemy retreat, made her version of Off The Grid vest. She walked out of workshop wearing hers!!! You are the BEST!dsc_1038

And at last years retreat, Sherri also walked out at the end of the retreat with HER FINISHED Off The Grid vest. Beautiful work Sherri. And she added her own twist to the back.

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I LOVE the back of this vest that uses a quilting panel piece. Thank you again Sherri, for saying yes to my using your panel idea in a project for my upcoming book. It’s going to press next week!! I’ll  keep you all posted.

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Commercial break: Here we are in order from the left, Mary Boalt, Sandra Bruce, Christine Barnes, and me. Sign ups for Artistic Alchemy #4 have just opened! Sign up soon. I hope to see some of you in my workshop this year: “Pick A Pattern.”  Click on the A.A. logo below to learn more.
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Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you all have time to do something creative this weekend (cleaning up after recent storms does NOT count). Hugs, Heidi

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Designs by Heidi meets Artistic Alchemy

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Welcome to all the new and returning people to our blog for Artistic Alchemy and to my lovely peeps from my personal blog! We appreciate you stopping by. Today, our “Go Live” for our Artistic Alchemy Sept. 2017 retreat is……….delayed. Aarrrgghh! Technical difficulties.Part of the technical difficulties are missing pictures from past blog posts by me, Heidi Emmett, and ALL pictures from our newest teacher, Mary Boalt. So please, allow me to re- introduce myself: nik_2670I have been working with all things fabric since I was 7 and have developed many talents in the fiber arena:  I have been a full-service fabric store owner for 16 years, a quilting teacher, an “Art to Wear” pattern designer(see my full line of patterns at Craftsy.com/sewing patterns/designsbyheidi), a magazine project contributor, a blogger (designsbyheidi.wordpress.com) a guest blogger, a retreat creator/organizer (Artistic Alchemy, yeah!), and just recently, a book author on my Art to Wear! I love to, “Make it up, make it fun and get it done!”

My workshop for Artistic Alchemy is titled, “Pick a Pattern.” Don’t be afraid of wearables. You have made plenty of quilts – it’s time to WEAR some of your creations!

Together, with easy techniques, we will make one of my Art to Wear patterns to fit your body shape. Below are two examples. “Off the Grid” vest (requires little to NO alterations – ask my past students, it’s a miracle vest!)

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Two versions of “Terrific Tabard” vest pattern (also know as “Skinny” vest).

dsc_0308And as a newly minted “author” of a book, there will be two sweeeet vest patterns in the new book by Leisure Arts, of which, sadly, I can show you nothing right now. The book (no title yet either), will debut on the shelves of every Joann’s store by early spring.Then, it’ll be picked up by independent fabric and quilt shops around the world. I am beyond excited!!  dsc_0100

Barring any other issues, our “Go Live” for the Artistic Alchemy Retreat, 2017, will happen next Friday, February 3rd. Mary Boalt will reintroduce herself on Feb. 10th with all new pictures of some of her newest, never before seen, painted pieces! Sew ready, set, go, and kick your “artistic alchemy” into high gear this weekend. Hugs, Heidi