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Marcia Derse Fabrics Meet Terrific Tabard Vest Pattern!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Check out what I created using the latest group of Marcia Derse fabrics. It all started with my Terrific Tabard Vest pattern.

 

Sometimes the best way to figure out how best to use a bunch of different fabrics is to take a picture and look at it. Something you thought was perfect like the lime green “grunge” jumps out too much. I ended up eliminating it. All except the lining are Marcia Derse.
Laying out the tissue pieces ahead to think through what you are doing is very helpful.
You are looking at wrong side of the bright colored Marcia Derse piece. Once the basic pieces are cut out I Terial Magic each piece. There is no batting in this version of Terrific Tabard, a vest pattern by DesignsbyHeidiEmmett. I need body in the pieces so they are easier to sew together, applique’, and stitch down. I put a piece of muslin onto my ironing board and spray the pieces with Terial Magic and Iron (Dry iron on Cotton setting) until dry. Not stiff enough, spray again and iron again.
I cut out smaller pieces to stitch on top later. Yes, treat those with Terial Magic too. I have a small scrap of muslin underneath for overspray. My bottle looks squished because it has traveled up and back from sea level to 7200ft. It still works just fine. Strange though.

There are only 2 pieces to my Terrific Tabard Vest pattern. A front piece (cut 2), and a back piece (cut one on the fold).  Designs by Heidi Emmett. I sell this pattern in my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns or email me directly (especially if you are overseas). I’m making this version of Terrific Tabard differently than either of the views on the cover. 1. There is no batting. 2. All the extra raw edge applique’ or whatever I choose to do is done AFTER the vest is together. 3. There is no outside trim attached either. Bear with me here. This is SO EASY! and FAST! 1. Stitch fashion pieces together at the shoulders (wild Marcia D. fabrics above) 2. Stitch the lining pieces together at the shoulders (black confetti looking fabric). 3. With right sides together stitch all the way around the vest using a 1/4″ seam allowance and leave an opening at the side back about 5″ for turning. 4. Turn the vest inside out through the opening. 5. Press and continue with embellishing the vest and adding tabs (topstitch in place). Phew you didn’t even break a sweat! Make it up, make it fun, and get it DONE!

Grade the seams before turning inside out (pick one side it doesn’t matter which one and trim it to 1/8″). This where the magic of the Terial Magic on each piece really, really helps you. 1. First, sewing the pieces together all the way around is so much easier. I didn’t even use pins. The T.M. adds a bit of friction and keeps the pieces in place while you stitch. Of course, you must always check your progress and keep seams lined up. 2. Because the edges are crisp it was sooo much easier to grade the seam. 3. After pulling the vest through the opening, pressing the entire vest is so much easier because of the T.M. It just seems to smooth out (no wrinkles or extra fabric) on its’ own. There! 3 fantastic reasons to use Terial Magic. I pressed under the edges of the black and white pieces I’d cut out earlier and placed them where I wanted on the back of the vest. No pins needed. Held each piece in place with my fingers while edge stitching through the top layer and the lining.
On the front I picked some  shapes and did some random stitching (crooked ON PURPOSE, I promise). I stitched through both the fashion fabric and the lining.
This one is a bit of a wobbly one, but I think it gives more interest. Marcia Derse Fabrics. Designs by Heidi’s Terrific Tabard Vest Pattern.

Stitching on the outside, when I’m finished I do not backstitch and trim.Instead, I pull the thread either to the fashion side or the lining side. Tug on either the top thread or the bobbin thread and a little loop appears. Be gentle. Pull gently on the loop then both threads will appear on one side. Knot the threads twice (like you are tying your shoelace (just not the bow part).Go to next picture.
Thread those two threads that have been double knotted onto a needle and run the needle in between the top fabric and the lining. This is called “burying the thread.” Clip off the excess thread.
Marcia Derse fabric meets Terrific Tabard vest pattern. Check out my Etsy store for this pattern and others. Live overseas? Contact me directly and I’ll save you $$ on shipping. hmemmett@gmail.com
I used random widths of the black and whites (I only had fat qtrs. so I just made it work)for the left side of the vest. You can see my “random” stitching on the colorful part too.
Closures should be interesting and kinda “wonky” when stitched onto the vest. The buttons have not been chosen yet. But I always leave some room in the loop portion  for whatever size is chosen. The loop can be stitched closed more if needed. I would never make a new one.
Side closures aren’t seen as much so I keep them simple. I like tying knots on the ends and trim excess off as close to the knot as I can get.
Check out this very cool pumpkin. I had to make a trip to the Dentist  while right in the middle of my vest making. I went for my “Coronation.” I even gave a royal wave as I exited the building. O.K., I got my permanent crown for my tooth. I love this pumpkin. Here’s what the receptionist said: Punch holes in the top of a pumpkin (holes should equal how many succulents you have. Gently place root into hole. Pack some dirt around root and hole. Hot glue (just a small amount) moss around to hide the dirt. No watering needed. I want to try this!
Hydrangeas, as happy as can be in this mild November weather.
Such an exquisite color.
Dogwood leaves. More exquisite colors.

So true sometimes. Sigh… But I always say, I could have worse habits. Ha, ha.  Thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi

What do You Feel Like Wearing Today?

By Heidi Emmett

I work from home. I have had a hard time prioritizing my workday which can include sewing my sample garments, creating patterns,writing, packing patterns,etc, to housework, to gardening, exercising, cooking, etc.  Sometimes, yes, I’m admitting this, I don’t get dressed in “real” clothes until 11:00a.m.(I do love what I call “my cozy clothes”) I have lots of beautiful clothes that I have made, thrifted, upcycled, purchased,whatever. But I rarely have worn them at home. Why dress up when working on deadlines in my office, or stitching up a storm in my attic studio, I’m also doing so many other “house” things?  Well, all that has changed. Now, I’m following the “Wear Your Joy” plan from Kelly Rae Roberts.

I took her on-line class she offers called “Wear Your Joy.” And I’m finishing up the #wearyourjoy  7 day challenge. Pick out an outfit for the next day, the night before. What a concept. And by golly, I’m going to wear some of my nicer clothes  and if I have to scrub the bathroom, I’ll wear an apron.

I took the class because I thought there would be ideas on how to help the ladies I interact with feel better about their body shapes and how dressing up can be a huge morale booster. Please go check out this class. It doesn’t hurt to look. Kelly Rae Roberts.com
My Terrific Tabard is the perfect sewing pattern for layering. This time I made it with a panel from Marcia Derse fabrics.
I like something going on all the way around my outfits. So the back of this Terrific Tabard, while the small pieces are Marcia Derse, the back piece itself is a Japanese cotton/linen blend. They are the perfect weight for this pattern. No batting is needed as it has only a lining. Lightweight to wear all seasons and no need to add the outside trim(as in the original vests on the pattern). Check out my archived posts under Terrific Tabard).
I found this fun scarf at PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival). It’s perfect with my Terrific Tabard.  Oh, and the necklace is resin by Orna Lalo.
What fun I had putting this “Wear your Joy” outfit together. I used my 3 -Tiered Skirt pattern (available for FREE! on Bluprint). Type in DIY patterns/DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns. It will be a one page pdf pattern.
The fabric I chose is by Kaffe Fassett and is called “Millefiori.” It was perfect for “Heidi’s Easy- 3 Tiered skirt pattern.
Check out the close up of my Pima Cotton sweater. It was just made for this skirt.
The jewelry I picked out for it is created by hand. The artist is Ayala Bar (Israel). She is of international fame. I LOVE her jewelry. I can’t afford it in the boutiques, BUT, check out Ebay.  Every piece has some actual fabric in it. She too loves fabric.

Find it for FREE on Bluprint. Look under DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns. It will be pdf format.

This is a fun, upcycled top that I would usually only wear in the summer. But, adding a short sleeved turtleneck gives me more time to wear it in the fall too.
I love my “ballet” flats. I got mine on Ebay, brand new in the box, Jessica Simpson. And the finishing touch, polka dot leggings.
I know you all have seen this “Mommy & Me” vest that I made. But you haven’t seen it with the shoes, and the leggings, and blouse. I’m liking showing a complete outfit. I’m Wearing my Joy people. Ha, ha.  Check out my LITFOOT shoes. All leather and soooo comfy. Brand new, thrifted, my size, my color, my price!
Hand stitching when it’s kinda wonky (meaning, I just stitch) is especially soothing. There is no way I could be perfect on this Boucle’ wool fabric. Extra fun are the felted circles.

This is the pattern I used for the perriwinkle colored wool vest above. Very comfy and fits little girls up to Misses size 18. Contact me at hmemmett@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing this pattern. A red stemmed  Maple Tree. Kangu Saku (spelling, sorry). And the berries on that Berry bush (can’t remember the name!). They are huge.
Some sights of fall in my back yard. Thanks for stopping by my Blog. Have a fire safe weekend to all of us that live here in way Northern CA. Our power will go off again (4th time in less than 4 1/2 weeks). So go ahead and contact me, but we don’t have a generator (yet), so everything is OFF! Gotta get that handwork read to go. Hugs, Heidi

P.S. “Every time you are able to find some humor in a difficult situation, you win!

Getting Ready for Our 6th Annual Artistic Alchemy Retreat!

My list gets bigger every year of all the things to bring. Machines alone, I’m bringing 3 different ones! I have so much to share with my students. You MUST come next year. Check out Artistic Alchemy Retreat here. We are going to have a great time. It is held at Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Point Conference Center (look them up here).This year, our 6th annual retreat, runs from September 2nd- 6th.

Terrific Tabard – It’s a blank canvas. Quilted, unquilted, silks, Kantha cloth, all one piece, oodles of pieces (collage style), so many ideas…..

The pattern fits so many sizes. It’s only $15.00 plus shipping. See all my patterns at my Etsy shop, DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/ sewing patterns.

Zephyr Jacket, Whisper Blouse, Calypso, so colorful.
Calypso vest, Mommy & Me & My Quilted Vests, and Whisper Blouse, all fun patterns that are available via Heidi Emmett at: hmemmett@gmail.com or visit my Etsy shop: Look for DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/ sewing patterns.
I put samples of some of my patterns out on our back deck. I liked the look so much that I took pictures  just for fun.
The back of a Sparky Top  (love, love wearing this one, I feel like I’m floating) with that center back panel from a Maxi Dress. The dress was made from silk chiffon. See the back of a Whisper Blouse, and there is a Zephyr Jacket (doing what it should, blowing in the breeze).
In the background is my Simply Super Vest from my book Fashion Quilted Accessories. And then in front is a Zephyr Jacket in which I went a little over the top with my “duding it up.” But , hey, we gotta have fun right?
While out on the deck hanging up all my samples, I stopped and admired my beautiful Geranium. The biggest most prolific I’d grown in a while. The picture does NOT do it justice.  I’m sure glad I took this picture because the very next day, all but 4 blossom clusters were chewed off by a deer! Grrrr…..

Some great summer reading. I love this book. Read the chapter on the “Safety Pin.”
Here is another good read. All about how today’s palette of color came about. The chapter on Indigo was an eye opener for me.
I can’t believe that the deer missed my miniature roses! Right next to the chomped on geranium.
This is a close up of one of my miniature roses. Isn’t she a beauty? Have a wonderful weekend.  Hugs, Heidi     P.S. Don’t miss the funny pics below.

This is SO ME!!! My husband ALWAYS diverts my attention away from these side of the road items.
A friend sent me this. Yep, this is me. It’s all about the THRILL OF THE HUNT!!

Free Styling & Spiraling! – A Piecing Technique! Check This Out!

by  Heidi Emmett

I love taking fiber classes! And today is the day I’m taking one from Mel Beach. If you ever have a chance, take one of her classes. Here I am, packed and ready to go. But wait, commercial break: What am I wearing? Why it’s my Terrific Tabard vest. It is the ” Tree of Life” version of this pattern. Look, there are even small circular spirals at the shoulders. Email me at hmemmett@gmail.com for the easiest, fastest, way to get your own copy.

Be sure to check my other blog posts on Terrific Tabard for more ideas

Oh my, I’m going to learn how to make these rectangled spirals? Yes, yes.
Different fabrics make each spiral “pop” in a unique way.
These are all the teachers samples. She did suggest Ombre’s for added sparkle. For some great ombre’ fabrics, head on over to Christine Barnes’ site
Mel Beach has such a way with her modern sense of pattern play in piecing and quilting.
Samples abound and we ALL loved making spiraling triangles too.
I told Mel that I can’t wait to try these on even a smaller scale for my “Art to Wear Garments.” Mel knows that I work in wearables not quilts on the walls. And she said that she too was thinking about these cool rectangles, squares, triangles, etc. would be a perfect fit for my different vest patterns.
Above is how the whole process begins. It’s just like a courthouse steps pattern with just a couple tweaks. So hard to imagine, but she had us “improving” like crazy and it was all before lunch!
Here are some student work. Mine are the triangles and squares closest to the tables edge. I have so MANY ombres (at home) to choose from. Now that I know what to do, I will play with shaping the spirals better, and background choices. Ohhhh, what fun!
Back home, on a walk this morning, Mahonia aquafolium (Oregon Grape) has the prettiest blossom clusters this year.
The daffodils are especially nice in upper Northern CA where I live (one hour north of Sacramento, in the foothills). They have never bloomed this long before. And the sunny yellow is so cheerful.
O.K. these are “store bought.” Our tulips are closed so tightly right now. But I couldn’t wait. Don’t forget to dash over to Artistic Alchemy’s blog post this week. Sandra Bruce is posting. Sandra, Jane, & I still have some room in our workshops. Mary’s is full. Maybe I’ll see YOU in my workshop this year up at Zephyr Point. It’s all about learning new creative ways with fiber, making new friends, and enjoying all the beauty that Lake Tahoe has to offer.

Here is a terrific view of a cabin on the property. Cave rock is w-a-y in the distance. This is Porcupine trail where you get a bird’s eye view of Lake Tahoe and the Zephyr Point property. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have time for some creative sewing this weekend. Hugs, Heidi

Day Tripping with some Creativity Mixed In!

Perfect fall temperatures make for some great “day tripping.”  Our first this past week was a hike up highway 20 , starting 5 miles outside Nevada City, CA. I had no idea that there are so MANY trails right off the highway. Look how “red” the soil is. It’s like that all over the county. That’s my husband, our son, and his dog.

The view below (or ones similar) kept popping up on our hike. We are at 4,000 ft. looking northwest. Finished our 5 mile hike and ended up at Ol’ Republic Roadhouse. What great food and many types of locally brewed beer to choose from.  Good food and drink is essential when hiking.

The next day, we were off to Downieville. You might remember that I showed some pictures about this time last year of the same town(check my post from 10/13/17). It’s a gold rush town 50 miles from Grass Valley, CA on highway 49.  What a fabulous day, soaking in the sites, sounds, and yummies available to eat. 

The buildings, most of them, are over a hundred years old. Love the stonework on the side.

A HUGE area for Mountain Biking.

Remember this vest? It is my newest Terrific Tabard vest. Check it out in my  7/13/18  blog post  titled Guest Blog post for Needle and Foot. 

For the colorful panel on the side front, go to Marcia Derse fabrics to order. It is from her Treasure Hunt collection. For the beautiful Linen window pane fabric (front side and back), go to Needle and Foot (Etsy store)

I had to wear it to Downieville this year. 

Check out this cool fence. Turns out the owner of the house (just over the bridge (with the star on it) and the “ski” fence owns the Tin Thimble in Loomis, CA. They sell some of my patterns there. ( check out the post I did about The Tin Thimble,  8/17/18 ). I showed the ski fence last year too, but I love it so much, you needed to see it at a new angle. 

You can see the star on the bridge in the middle right side in the picture below. 

I have always wanted to sit by the river and knit. So I did. Don’t laugh, I’m the worlds worst knitter. I completed 10 rows of a simple stitch pattern and have to rip it all out. Sigh…I thought the river would be relaxing. Must be the uncomfortable rock I’m sitting on. 

Oh MY GOSH! What’s in the lower right hand corner of this picture, in the water?

It’s a creature from the green lagoon.

Well….not exactly. It is a guy with all the up to date equipment to look for gold without all the messy, clumsy, dredging equipment (I know about this ’cause I once helped my brothers drag their equipment down to the American River, 45 years ago).  This guy is heading for the fork in the river (rushing on the left ) to go deep under the water to look for gold.  

I am beyond excited to show you our “SWEET” ride for day tripping! I NEVER thought I would own my own convertible. Always wanted one, but….Well our son found this one on-line and he and my husband went to look at it and bought it for ME! It’s a 1998, BMW M3. It’s in excellent condition. 

Leather interior, and the smoothest 5-speed ride around. Soooo much fun, fun, FUN!!! to drive. I only killed it once (at the worst possible intersection, yowzaa, I put it in 3rd when it should have been 1st), and have been dully humbled, ha, ha. 

Here’s the view of the South Yuba from where we had stopped the car. Great spots everywhere for fishing, camping, hiking, or in our case, driving. 

We went for leaf peeping and driving, but only a few “golden” colors were starting to show. Oh, what a shame, we’ll have to go again to see more color. 

Remember my knitting project by the river? Here are the yarns I’m using. These are all by Malabrigo. These are all so gorgeous, I could hardly choose. 

Here is my pattern. It’s out of “Book 10 Rios” by Malabrigo. Simple, right? I have already changed it up to make it “SUPER” easy for Heidi. It will involve some machine felted circles too. I’m really ready now to get to work on it in the evenings. Forget the river knitting (unless I can have a comfy chair in which to sit). Can’t wait to show you the finished product. 

Get out there for some hiking this weekend and plan a new “evening or take along” project for yourself. Thanks for stopping by. I REALLY appreciate it. Hugs, Heidi

Terrific Tabard- aka “Skinny Vest” A Versatile Pattern to add to your Wardrobe!

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This post first appeared on Feb. 24, 2017. I have been selling many “Terrific Tabard” patterns of late and wanted to let you know that the possibilities are endless for this vest aka “Skinny Vest. I recently did a trunk show called “Art on the Wall, Art to WEAR!” for the Folsom Quilt Guild in Folsom, CA. What a delightful group. Thank you ladies for having me. I felt so welcomed and appreciated. The next day I did a workshop on the Terrific Tabard (aka Skinny Vest). What an amazing group. Let me show what they were working on:  Dorothy (on the left) and Gail came prepared with many strips (for filler sections) already sewn together. Amazing! (hmm..teacher’s pets maybe). dsc_0251

Sandi, got right to work on her Large Scaled Aboriginal print by treating it with Terial Magic first (to make it stiff like a board)  and then cutting it up into interesting shapes. I place a piece of muslin on my ironing board. Place a chunk of fabric you intend to cut shapes out of down next. Shake your bottle of Terial Magic and spray the area you intend to cut. Iron this section until dry (use a dry iron- NO STEAM!). Not stiff enough? Spray and iron again. dsc_0253

Susan also used some Aboriginal fabrics along with a few Kaffe Fassett pieces in the mix. dsc_0255

Don’t you really like how she has combined flowers and shapes. The black and white Aboriginal fabric is the great unifier.
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Brenda is using the Tree of Life view in Terrific Tabard to create a collaged vest. dsc_0257

Lorraine is working with black and gold and batiks. This lady is the SPEED queen! She put pedal to the metal and got really far along in her vest Adventure. She plans to do some diagonal strips with shots of color added(via small squares) into a modern look.  dsc_0260

Brenda and Susan are working hard!
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Linda has already titled her vest as” Peony Madness.” Hmm..what madness is this? I get it though. See her beautiful Kaffe Peony Fabric below? It is a large scaled print. And sometimes they just don’t work out as you planned. Keep the faith Linda. This process can take some working and re-working.Save the black and cream around those flowers and mix it along with some other black/cream prints.  Use at least one more larger scale print Linda that goes with all. That will pull it all together. dsc_0263

Mairy (with an “I”), arrived later (she had be at work), and she was a busy, busy, girl in no time at all!!  I love her use of intense yellow green and red violet, all grounded with our favorite, black and white. dsc_0264 dsc_0265

Suzanne is using sweet prints, similar in scale. That works well as a base for the beginnings of her garden scene. The little bird comes from her lining fabric (see it off to the left).

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Diana is using all “happy” fabrics. I love the way she is using her strip pieces. Glue those puppies down (instead of sewing them together as “filler pieces.”) and stitch them as raw-edged collage.  Great idea. dsc_0271 dsc_0272

There’s smoke coming out of Lorraine’s sewing machine, I just know it. Whirrr….. I am teasing you Lorraine in a good way. I wish I could create that fast. dsc_0274

Susan is flying on the back of her vest. Black and white, White and black, always, always, pull the whole look together. Really fun. dsc_0281

Dorie is our Over Achiever! Not only was she “in charge” of my coming to Folsom, she is already WEARING Terrific Tabard # 3 that she has made. Yes, that’s right, three vests BEFORE the workshop. Dorie, you make me look good! Thank you. dsc_0286

Beautiful choices. Each one is so detailed! And I am so proud, bits of black make a statement in all of her vests. We ran out of time to take pics of her other two. I will see Dorie in May. I’ll get those pictures yet. dsc_0285

I like what Sheila is doing here. She’s laying out her strips first (to get ideas for placement) and then look at the difference in background choices for her large print flowers. Hands down, in my opinion, use the black. dsc_0291

We had a “walkabout” and looked at all the vest creations. We all learned from each other. Mairy, I just love your creative idea of “color” outlining. See? Brenda is pointing to them. dsc_0298

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Sandi get the prize (waay up at the beginning), she temporarily suspended work on the Aboriginal (it happens, she’ll get back to it). I saw her beginning to cut out some fish , and a few days later she sent me these FABULOUS pictures! Thank you Sandi. You must post these on the Kaffe Fassett site. That little fish wants to eat your button!

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Whimsical and so fun. I love it. And ladies check out that black trim, and that little bit of black in the row of flowers and white/black print. Perfect. susie-fong-fish-vest

And then, YIPPEE! Mairy sent me a picture of her completed back piece of her vest. Love, LOVE, what is happening in this piece. Mairy, this is stunning! I can’t wait to see what’s next.
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Didn’t I tell you they were a great group of sewists? A whirlwind of activity and fun in that workshop.

One last thing before you leave, check out the new Logo that has been added! Yep, my Etsy store is up and running. It’s for “hard” copies of all my patterns. Deisgns by Heidi Emmett is my store name. Thank you for stopping by and come back when you have time and visit past posts. I hope they will inspire you to get creative. Hugs, Heidi


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My Guest Blog Post for Needle & Foot!

by Heidi Emmett

A BIG thank you to Bernie, owner of Needle and Foot for letting me show off some of the fabric she sells using one of my patterns, Terrific Tabard. Be sure to visit her at:  Needle & Foot

Email me: hmemmett@gmail.com for a fast way to order this pattern.

I’m going for a whole new look (than the cover shot above) with the linen blends I got from Bernie’s Etsy shop. Let me show you what I did to create a sophisticated and smooth Terrific Tabard. I started with these linen blends from Bernie. I absolutely LOVE linen! And these two linens will work with ANY other color or colors.

I went to Quilt Market in Portland, OR this past May and was able to buy the black/colored panel by Marcia Derse. This panel wont be available until October. 

I also snagged some very small pieces from Marcia’s newest collection, again available in October.  My linen is sooooo perfect with some of these prints. 

Most of my patterns have tissue pattern pieces included (they always include many sizes in one). Notice I have folded out some of the tissue (closest to the side area). I am making use of every teeny, tiny, bit of this panel. I want to use as little as possible so I can make something else. 

I pinched out some, but now I have to fill it back in with something. I first cut the panel apart near the pinched out area and in the shoulder area. Tip: Always cut wherever you pinch it out. It is a fun and creative trick. 

I cut up a few of those colorful pieces and sewed them together and stitched them to either side of what I cut apart. I started with the red/orange piece (at the top of the shoulder area). 

Always line up other seams and plan to have extra on either end to trim off. I do not like to run short. Below I will just snip, snip, the red-orange fabric off in line with the shoulder seam. 

While I let the fashion layer dictate what each section will look like, I always, ALWAYS, strive for a long and lean look. I want your eyes to see the whole design in an up and down fashion. Never, side to side. I wanted to keep the back simple. So I added just a few strips of fabric. Two more Marcia Derse’s and one of the Linen. I cut out the sizes I wanted and pressed the edges under all the way around each piece. Remember, up and down, up and down. Edge stitch each piece all the way around. 

At the point you see below, in any other “quilted” version of Terrific Tabard, I would be adding batting right now (or before the shoulder seams were stitched together) and quilting all the pieces. Then the vest would be finished off with quilt binding trimming (albeit much narrower than a quilt binding). All those instructions are included in the pattern (you saw it at the very beginning). But THIS vest will have no batting. And it will be lined and not bound. This version really goes together quickly. 

The two front lining pieces are “Grunge” in black. The back piece lining is a very old (no longer being made) Kaffe Fassett stripe. Pin right sides together and stitch all the way around using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Be sure to leave about a 6-8″ opening somewhere on one of the sides. 

Very carefully grade the seams on the curved portions. Grading just means trimming one piece smaller than the other. When you turn the whole piece inside out and begin to press, press, press (that’s the secret to a beautifully lined piece), all the rounded edges will fall into place as you press. Tip: On dark fabrics use a press cloth (a piece of muslin works) on top of the fabric before you press. Sometimes you get a shine, even on linen. 

I have a rather large collection of buttons. Here is a group of Polymer by Sandra Bruce. She also sells earrings and pins. Check it out: SandraBruce.com   I just buy what I like, knowing that someday, I’ll have the perfect button for a project. Forget buttonholes. I use strips of fabric that have been folded and pressed and stitched into place as tabs to hold the button in place.. You’ll see this in a few pictures down.  I love my new vest. I can’t wait to wear it (not sure when since it is summer!), but I’ll be ready when the time comes. 

The button I chose is very intricate and it’s really BIG, but I think it blends in nicely. 

The two side buttons are from my glass button stash. I know, I know, it’s a sickness, but one I don’t want to get over. Ha, ha. 

One last way to style this Terrific Tabard, fold back just one side. 

 

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I wore my newest Sparky Top to town this morning. Wore it while mailing off the other two Sparky Tops in my hands. They go to the two special ladies who got me into Quilt Market, and have helped spread the joy of my pattern line to other Shop Owners around the country. Thank you!!!! Sharon & Carol. You two are the BEST!

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Here are the  intrepid leaders of Artistic Alchemy’s 5th Annual Retreat at Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Point. There are a few spaces left in Mary’s, Jane’s, & my workshops. Click on the icon below to find out more. From left to right: Sandra Bruce, Mary Boalt, Jane Haworth, & me, Heidi Emmett

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I sew appreciate each and every one of you stopping by. Take time, my mantra, ” just 15 minutes a day”, to create something new this weekend. Hugs, Heidi

INSPIRATION! At The Pine Tree Quilt Guild Show.

An absolute PERFECT weekend for a quilt show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Here is the Artistic Alchemy Booth 2018. We were showing what they will see and do at our Retreat at Zephyr Point on Sept. 3rd-7th.

It was a time of discovery.  All of us in the sewing world have a sharing connectivity.  Let me do a “show and tell.” to explain what I mean. In the picture below, see the canvas that Mary Boalt  created in the upper left? She started creating some canvases this year in a herring bone fashion so that it could be turned into a great vest. And I’m wearing my latest “Terrific Tabard” Vest that I made using one of Mary’s canvases. This the one that got Mary to thinking about canvases that would be great for garments too. 

I took a walk down an isle of quilts at the show, and there was another Terrific Tabard Vest created by one of my students.  Go Robi! And a ribbon winner too!

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I walked back to our booth and, Patty a student from a past Artistic Alchemy Retreat is wearing her latest creation using the Zephyr Jacket pattern. Check this out! She used a batik from a recent trip to Africa.

And I had to take a picture of her necklace. She created this herself using a natural stone and pine needles!  It is a perfect necklace for this Zephyr Jacket.

Walking down another isle, I spied all the “Pet Portraits from Jane’s class. Jane Haworth is our newest teacher for Artistic Alchemy. 

Aren’t these great?  In her retreat workshop, you will go in-depth with your own portrait. And you will have time to go bigger if you want.  

Back at the booth Jane is showing what she created in Sandra’s Material Matrix class. 

Sandra’s polymer buttons, earrings, pins, add the finishing touch to our numerous garments, totes, etc. I use them many times on my own creations. We have a “store” up at the retreat where the four of us sell our creations.  Did I not say there is a creative “connectivity” ? And we experienced it all weekend. 

I just read Mary’s post at Artistic Alchemy

I had already written the above but felt compelled to add her last paragraph to my own post. We were having a mind melding moment there and didn’t know it. Ha, ha.

Our day as Artistic Alchemy at the Pine Tree Quilt show was another success. We received 5 new sign ups for our Zephyr Retreat. Welcome ladies! We are dwindling down to just a few spaces left in the classes. If you are on the fence, here are some things to consider; there is NOTHING in the creative world as satisfying as being with like minded people. It’s as if you have found your tribe. Your creative juices will be quadrupled by spending time talking and sharing with them. And our show and tell in the evenings will blow your socks off. The weather is beautiful that time of year and the crowds have all gone home for the summer. You will leave with some projects and knowledge you didn’t have before. Perhaps you’re designing something for yourself or just getting ideas for gifts. What a great time to enjoy yourself, make new friends and learn a new technique.

I can NOT leave you all without a little wander through my yard. This intense color in the Dogwoods are rapidly fading, but that’s o.k. I have these pictures.

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And–In The News!- I will be at Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon on the 18th, 19th, & 20th. This is a twice yearly show for shop owners only. I will be signing my book in the E.E. Schenck booth and demonstrating one or two of the techniques from it. What? You don’t know about my book? Here is a picture. Until next week, let’s get our creative juices humming! Hugs, Heidi

Upcycling, Its Time! And Some Student Creations From My Patterns!

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I’m getting ready to begin upcycling some of my men’s shirt. It’s TIME! It is so easy for me to fill my bins with fabulous shirts that I buy when thrifting.  I often start sketching ideas or look at Pinterest. Here are some recent pics from Pinterest.  Upcycling will be a big part of my next week projects. But I need some ideas to get started!

And next week, I plan to have a denim day. One project is already on it’s way to being finished but that never stops me from finding NEW!! ideas. Love these two totes. 

O.K. I scored several pairs of gorgeous jeans in a size that I might have worn when I was 12. I am determined, I say DETERMINED to make them fit me! I really think the ideas below are going to be quite workable. They all used ribbing (the stuff you buy by the inch, and it is used for cuffs, waistbands, and necklines. Amazon.) This is so clever, the low riding jeans, I’m ALWAYS hiking them up! I wont buy “mom” jeans but this should do the trick. 

I tried and TRIED to edit out the “maternity” part(of the picture below), but to no avail. So, la, la, la, disregarding the verbage, check out the clever idea of opening up the waistband with ribbing in the pocket area.

This next one looks like a little more work, but stretch lace, again, very clever.

At our last Pine Tree Quilt Guild meeting, in Grass Valley, CA, some of my intrepid students came and showed off their latest “Art to Wear” creations. Thank you ladies!

Margaret did the coolest thing! She made Zephyr jacket in a wool plaid and the front panels in turquoise blue silk. The wool drapes beautifully and looks good. But what I really, really like, is the addition of the long raspberry colored silk scarf. She said she added it because the wool scratched her neck! Who knew? I think it adds a layer of sophistication and pretty color around her face. 

Jill took Terrific Tabard to a whole new level using only Kaffe lighter weight cottons (so she can wear it all year round).

I wanted you to see the darts she put into her vest for a smooth fit. Darts are added before any embellishing or quilting is done. Easy to do, try on the vest when shoulder seams of the foundation fabric have been sewn, wrong side out. Pin the sides together where you think the tab and buttons should go. If you see any “gaposis”, then it’s time for darts. Pinch out whatever amount is needed to make it smooth  and pin it, in the shape of a dart. Stitch the dart and for the other side, take measurements from the first side.  

Love, love, Jill’s embellishments! 

Marta found a heavier weight rayon (sort of  an ombre’) and worked it into a BEAUTIFUL Whisper Blouse.

She placed the rayons in the perfect figure flattering combination.  She is a beautiful seamstress. AND, she has nailed the “twirling” aspect of Whisper Blouse. 

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CHECK THIS OUT! A New and Different Terrific Tabard by Designs by Heidi

I’m changing things up at Design’s by Heidi. Same great patterns, but I’m looking forward to working  with different fabrics, and a sleek and smooth look, so very little to no quilting. I will always have beautiful quilting fabrics in my designs and lots of stitching, but now I want add fabrics such as silk shantung, linen, wools, etc. and add some solid colors and/or more black. I am just getting started on my “Black + A Color” collection (using my current patterns). Below, I present to you, the FIRST piece in this collection: Terrific Tabard aka “Skinny Vest.” Here is the basic pattern.

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I bought one of Mary Boalt’s beautiful “half a canvas.” I love it sew much that I was determined to use every, single, scrap! And I have. Let me show you how I did it. Below, on the right side of the vest, I used the majority of the panel. It measured approximately 18″ x 29″.  I used View “A” with the rounded front piece (near the neck area). I chose to pin my vest closed at the top instead of a button at the waist. A whole NEW look.

O.K., let’s unpack how SIMPLE this vest was to make. I think that laying it out flat shows how easy it is. 

And here are the lining pieces. Before we go any further, this is the biggest change to the Terrific Tabard pattern. Normally, all creative work is done on the wrong side of the lining/foundation piece. This time, creative stitching is done on all the outside pieces and the lining is used to create the finished outside edge. Here is the order to put this together: 1. Stitch, right sides together, the decorated pieces at the shoulders. 2. Copy that on the lining pieces. 3. With right sides together, pin the outside of the vest, to the lining of the vest. 4. Begin stitching all the way around the vest on one side of the back. 5. Stitch, stitch, all the way around until you come within 6-7″ of the beginning. 6. Turn the vest through this opening. 7. Press, add loops, buttons, etc. 

Now for some of the details. My beautiful “closure” pin. Look in your long forgotten pin drawer. Who knows, an entire vest may come from one of your treasures. 

This is the largest, leftover piece I had. Oh, great, a chunk is missing. No worries. 

Sew a piece to it. Stitch in a gentle curve (no time to make it fit exactly in the empty space). Press FIRST, then trim away excess (I have been known to trim off the WRONG edge). 

It has been pressed, trimmed, and greaaaat, there is a pleaty thing going on. No worries. This is “Art to Wear” and improvising when necessary is the name of the game.

Getting ready to trim off the excess. I use my rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, as much as possible. It increases accuracy in my cuts. 

Now the fun begins!  I’m auditioning some of my favorite fabric pieces. I always have a main fabric to key off from. In this vest I used Mary Boalt’s  (check out her work at Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com ) hand painted and stamped canvas.  

Remember I said I use every single scrap? There is one scrap above (I added that polka dot to, and below is another scrap). Hmm..it has a “sort of” pocket shape. That’s it, make a pocket. 

I lay all three pieces out and pick and choose my fabrics to go with. I don’t have any idea what I really want. Ya just have to start. A few things I do know: 1. I want long, lean, lines. 2. I want at least one pocket. 3. I wont add anything to the beautiful panel piece. Taking pictures of what you are doing can really help. Also, leave it for awhile and come back with fresh eyes. This picture already shows me one thing I don’t want and that is bunnies hopping across  my waistline. That’s a horizontal line= feeling larger.

Note: Yes, I placed these pieces on top of some major piles of fabric. Acckk.. it’s an ongoing job, straightening and rearranging in my studio space.

The bunnies have hopped around to the back and I’m putting a strip of polka dots on the front and running it at an angle for a thinner look. The pocket is already on. See the thread on the the side? That is where I stopped stitching. This gives some depth to the pocket so stuff wont fall out.  And now I’m thinking about closures and buttons. What to do, what to do,….Oh, and there is another scrap (under the button), should it go there? Acck..I have to stop for a bit.I can’t decide on anything because I’m hungry.

Well, I just found out that our personal chef wants to quit. Kidding, the personal chef is ME OF COURSE! So I sent my CTO & CFO out to pick up something (that CFO, etc. I’m not kidding about, is my husband). O.K. back to it. Button, button, where is the perfect button? These are all so cool. Sandra Bruce makes the best polymer buttons and earrings. See her treasures at Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com   

Too funny. All those beautiful buttons and I ended up with a pin. A smoother look (I wasn’t liking a tab or ties for the front). The pin is perfect.

I forgot to point out the cute little colorful ties that Mary added to her canvas. The finishing touch. I love them. 

Now I am topstitching all those pieces down. Use glue or pins to hold them in place until sewn. I have the presser foot up (needle in fabric)in this picture as I am getting ready to turn it around and stitch right into the silk. I call this cardiac stitching (goes up and down in a zigzag pattern similar to an electrocardiogram).   

I am putting a spotlight on the stitching down of the long strip that I added the polka dot fabric too. I ran it, longwise, through my serger. I got ready to press it under, but I thought, that I liked the texture that I just made, sew I stitched it down. Oh, and to the left of the bunnies, that is where the little scrap ended up (I originally had it under a button. 

 

There is some more stitching on the front.

Here is a rectangle of stitching from the front side. Whaat is going on here? 

Here is the wrong side. I found a scrap of a light weight canvas. I stitched it down all the way around on the wrong side of the vest front. Who cares what the fabric looks like, as the vest will be lined. But the weight is perfect to prevent puckering.

Back to the right side and stitch, stitch, stitch, up and down, back and forth, until it looks like this. I have named this method, “Stock market Ups & Downs.” 

Another rectangle ready for the stock market stitch. 

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I just had to include these next two pictures. When it gets too cold (and/ I’m doing some cleaning) in my attic studio, I bring fabrics down and  do my cutting out on my dining room table. I see four projects in this picture in various states of readiness to sew. Rubix zeroed in on the soft pile of my newest Kantha cloth acquisition. He looked pretty cute. He loved his puddle of sun so much, he stretched out on his back and……

promptly rolled right off the table. Of course he sauntered out from under the table as if to exclaim, “I meant to do that.” There are stories in this picture. Yes, that is a sewing machine table in the background. My sweet dad put that together 50+ years ago and my mom gave it to me when she downsized. It’s a treasure. The Leopard chair (ultrasuede) is from my Mother-in-law. There are two of those. Hmm…I think I have enough leopard items to do a post on “All I know about Leopard prints and why I love them so!” You saw the Kantha which is now,  another post idea coming to the forefront of my brain, “All About Kantha.” Last but NOT least is the FABULOUS Mary Boalt canvas on the chair. Of COURSE I HAD TO BUY ANOTHER ONE! After my new favorite Terrific Tabard that you just read about, the ideas just keep coming for ways to incorporate her canvases into other Designed by Heidi patterns.

Thanks for stopping by! Get creative this weekend. Hugs, to you all. Heidi

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Terrific Tabard goes to the Pine Tree Quilt Guild of Grass Valley, CA,for a Workshop!

After a fun-filled “Trunk Show” with Designs by Heidi in Grass Valley, CA,at the Pine Tree Quilt Guild (the guild I attend), I taught a workshop the next day using my Terrific Tabard Vest pattern. I had 12 amazing students.  Come see what everyone was working on….

Margaret, the workshop chair, wore her beautiful T.T. vest to the workshop. What a perfect advertisement she was. Lots of detail work.

Apologies on the blurry picture. I HAVE TO LEARN to tone down my enthusiasm for my students work until AFTER I TAKE THE PICTURES! Margaret, this is a beautiful vest and you wear it very well.  I apologize in advance, as I messed up on other pictures for Lori, Arline, Raedean…..acckk!

Jill is laying out her Kaffe Fassett stripes that will be added to some of her pre-made Kaffe blocks and pieces. She is using Terial Magic on every piece going into this vest as these stripes and shot cottons are not that tightly woven.  And she will whistle while she stitches ’cause Terial Magic makes fabrics like paper for ease of stitching. It all washes out it you want it to. 

Lynda has some stunner hand dyed fabric. She plans to use this as a foundation/lining piece (it acts for both) for one of the front pieces. 

Carolie is keying off one large scaled print to pick up all the other colored pieces for her collage styled vest. Like “Tree of Life” , view B. of the pattern. 

Holly has used a floral (the circles of flowers) to pull out other colors. She is using that rayon print (behind everything) as her lining/foundation fabric. What a fun, contemporary look. I encourage everyone to always think, “long and lean” with their raw edge collaging. And that is just what Holly is doing here. 

Pavana is using a large scale print as I did for view A in the pattern (Aussie Angle). Teal and lime are so great together and see how the large flowers fill up the space? Cut out a bunch of the large scale pieces and arrange them in a way that you like then begin filling in the empty spaces with strips and other chunks of fabric. Pavana is using that same all over print for her lining/foundation piece. The white that you see is her batting.  

Robi is contemplating her beautiful batiks. This the way you do it. Audition all your fabrics for choices. Taking a picture and looking at that, is another way to help make choices.  While the geometric piece isn’t “large scaled”, scroll down and see where it started. 

I had suggested she cut out chunks of the geometric batik and Robi went above and beyond with this intricate looking puzzle-pieced fabric. The piece in the middle is the uncut fabric. 

She is trying to decide which one she likes the best that will become her foundation/lining piece. Which one do you like best? 

Do any of you still work on the floor? Margie gets the “Miss Limber of the year award!” It is a great way to see how all the fabrics you have chosen will look. 

Margie chose this beautiful 100% linen field of flowers for her foundation fabric. One of the colorful pieces will be used for her lining. The floral piece is not long enough. So, she gathered her palette right from the flowers and will create a “piano key” strip across the bottom. Brilliant idea. 

Check this out. A fabric that looks like burlap! Go to the Connecting Threads site of the same name. It’s a solid without being solid, ha, ha. It’s like my super fav. fabric, “Grunge” which now has 180 colors. Whaaaat? That’s right (Christine Barnes told me ’cause she has the color cards). 

Julie is a great example of working with large scaled fabrics and small prints for  a resting place for the eyes. Kaffe Fassett fabrics tend to have more medium values across the board. So doing what Julie is (using large and small scales together) is perfect. 

Julie is working on the back first.  I suggest this as it is the largest “blank canvas” and if you want to make changes, those can be done on the fronts, because you will be a pro at that point! 

Oh, this is going to be fun! Now this girl put her “pedal (maybe it should be “petals”) to the metal and is already working on the fronts. She will be totally prepped to raw edge stitch. 

And look at my special treat. Julie saved all her scraps for ME! I shamelessly asked that if she was going to throw them out, I would take them. And she obliged. Thank you Julie. 

Next month the Pine Tree Quilt Guild is having a March mixer. There is not the usual Show and Tell time, but hopefully, many of my students will be WEARING their Art to Wear creations. I’ll get CLEAR pictures, I promise.

Next week I will post my own newest, latest, greatest Terrific Tabard vest and how I did it.

 

A late summer sunset at Zephyr Point. You could be HERE this Sept. 3rd-7th with Artistic Alchemy. We have TONS of fun. Go to Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com for all the details.  

Have a terrific weekend. Four days for many of you. Let’s get some creative sewing done! Hugs, Heidi

A few words of wisdom from Cathy Stone (she just moved to Gig Harbor, WA, we miss you Cathy!): “Learn to Let Go, or get dragged.”  It makes you think, doesn’t it?

On The First Day of Christmas!

I’m a little off the sewing topic this week. I have to get my Christmas Decorating DONE by next weekend. I will have a quick, rousing, commercial at the end.  Below is the mug I use during the sometimes hectic Christmas season.

Unfortunately, kisses aren’t happening right now because I managed to catch a cold. But we blow air kisses whenever I hold up the mug. Rex the cat is always calm unless our son’s dog shows up unexpectedly. Then he and his brother Rubix, are like a cartoon, trying to gain traction on the hardwood floor to exit the area. 

Quick tip: Measure the area you want to place an item. The poinsettia looked just right in the huge store in which it was purchased. But in real life, in my home, it takes OVER that area. Yikes, money wasted. No, no, I’ll take it down to mom’s house (she built a 2nd dwelling on our property). I know the perfect place for it. 

I’m testing what I want to go on the piano. Tip: Take a picture to help with proportion, color, and “the look.”  Remember, I also tell you to do this when you are creating a piece of “Art to Wear.”  I’ve decided everything but the creche and poinsettia linen piece will have to go. Hmm…maybe the candlesticks can stay too, wait are they crooked (that’s why they were at Ross”)…..acckk. Where’s the mug?  

Yes, I bought this piece of linen at my favorite “boutique” (aka thrift shop) at Incline Village. It’s older and the simple straight embroidery stitches are done on a lovely 100% linen with a hand crocheted trim around the edges. 

Let’s look closer…..The running stitch is loose and open. Behind the stem you can see a faint wash of a different color. Very clever! The flowers were painted on first and embroidered on top. Oh, Wow! I just got a great idea to do this very same technique on an art to wear piece. I’ll be right back, I’ve got to write this down, now.  Tip: Have a sketch book close by, one that is ONLY for all the ideas you come up with. 

A better view. 

Twigs and lights make a great winter display I think. And then just a few seasonal touches. Whoo hoo, that took 45 seconds of thought and positioning. At this rate, I’ll be done in no time. 

I have to show a close up of the photograph. It was taken on my parents 50th anniversary at Empire Mine state park in Grass Valley, CA. I think candid shots are THE BEST! This shot, all the nephews, our son, and one niece (on my side) were just having fun and the photographer caught it! The oldest nephew is soaring up high, while the youngest(our son), is just getting off the ground. A metaphor for life. 

Here is a quick peek at the whole stick, light thing. I don’t mind that the lights are in the bottom portion. Wow, I really need to move the Poinsettia. Rubix! Your outta there too. 

As in decorating, with your next Art to Wear creation, think outside the box, even a little. Do you have a favorite pin that you don’t seem to wear? Well…..use it as a button. 

From my Ayala Bar collection, I have this one pin and I think it is perfect as the closure for my  “Aussie Angle” Terrific Tabard (I have just decided, I’m wearing this one to our friend’s New Years Eve party). Yes, you have time to get one done to wear for New Year’s too. Email me at: hmemmett@gmail.com for the fastest way to get a pattern. See them all at Craftsy.com or my Etsy store, Designs by Heidi. 

 

 

 

Next Saturday is the Christmas house tour, sooo…I’ll be really busy. Look for a post on Monday, December. 4th. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have time to get some of your creative going this weekend. 15 minutes a day is all I ask you to do. Hugs, Heidi

Get Cozy and Rest Awhile Before The Fire…

Yesterday was the perfect day to stay indoors. Here in Cedar Ridge, CA , we received 6 inches of rain yesterday.  On days like that, I have go to “Cozy Clothes.”  Below is what I picked. I made this pullover hoody with kangaroo pockets in 1989!! Yes, 1989. I had Heidi’s Fabrics then and I could not keep PolarTec in stock during the fall and winter. “Polar Fleece” fabrics were created by Malden Mills out of Massachusetts. They are the company that started the Fleece craze. They had the BEST quality fleece on the market. At least 4 weights, 6 types, stunning prints, solids, and never EVER pilled. So sad, the mill burned to the ground in 1995 and as so many textile mills in the USA, gone for good. 

I used a Kwik Sew pattern. Oh my gosh, I just added up the years, and I have kept it for 28 years! It has truly been my “go to” cozy, comfy, feel better, pullover. All the other cozy clothes I own, and I keep pulling out this one.Who knew?  I’m certain that YOU own some cozy clothes too. Look at new piece with the eye to, “Can I upcycle this garment (make certain to use and Extra Large and Roomy for the best “Cozy” factor) to make it your new go to Cozy piece?

Found one!  Ha, ha,in fact,  I’m WEARING it as I write my post today. I found a Tommy Bahama, mens X LG , super quality French terry- like, cotton knit.  

Most important for me, a kangaroo pocket. I used Marcia Derse fabrics and used a super light weight batting (to show off the quilting), small amounts of all my fav’s so I can wear any color turtle neck underneath. I purposely lined the simple rectangle pocket (take a pattern from one you already have) with muslin, and wanted it to show as I am rolling up the sleeves. I stitched the K.P. down the middle and a few inches up the side openings so my kleenex or whatever, won’t fall out.

I added extra little pieces here and there, one on the back, and one on the front, to tie the whole thing together.

I’m feeling so cozy right now, excuse me while I go make a cup of coffee and have a piece of pumpkin pie. Be right back……

Ohh THAT was yummy. Since I spoke about Marcia Derse fabrics (check out her website or go to Ebay for older prints), I want you to see the Terrific Tabard vest I made out of this panel fabric, one of the few panels she has created. 

 

Email me: hmemmett@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing this Art to Wear vest sewing pattern. I will mail it to you for $16.00 (includes tax and shipping).

Fall is my FAVORITE time of year. Yes, my weekly blog post would not be complete without a few more pics. Below is a Norway Maple leaf. This leaf was confused. Norway maples tend to go “gold” for fall. This year branches upon branches have some leaves that were red.

The beginnings of my fall set up on my front steps. Can you spy the fake pumpkin? There is one in this picture. In fact, when Thanksgiving gives way to Christmas, and “fake” pumpkins go on sale, I buy. I mix them in with the real deal to make for a stunning (in my humble opinion, ha, ha) display. With the real pumpkins, no matter how hard I try to pick the best, I will have a casualty now and then. Pumpkin mush is a mess to clean off  brick steps. I spy the fake pumpkin, it’s the little white one. I used a felt pen to make a more realistic stem. Isn’t the red orange pumpkin gorgeous? These are called “heirloom pumpkins.”

Chinese lanterns picked at their peak. Will add these to my Thanksgiving table. 

Red maple. 

Another Red maple with sunlight coming from the back. Stunning!

This is one of my Burning Bushes. The color is just getting started. Love my Armillary. It must always point north. 

Dogwood at 5:00p.m. Such rich, saturated color. 

O.K., my husband thought I was losing it when I called him to lunch a few weeks back. I think my leaf  “table cloth”is quite inventive, thank you very much. 

The salad is, Baby spinach, Pear slices (Bartlett), shaved Parmesan, cranberries and nuts, with a pinch of Hawaiian Deep Sea salt, and a drizzle of CA  lemon infused olive oil. For crunch,  I added crushed tortilla chips.  Total yumminess. The other is an Amy’s frozen (yes, when I’m in a hurry) Mexican lasagna. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Don’t forget to go to Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com  It’s my turn this week. Much the same as here but a few twists. Go do something creative, paint, arrange pumpkins, whatever gets you excited to finish your latest sewing project. Big hugs, Heidi

Terrific Tabard- Goes to Downieville!

What a fun Sunday afternoon drive! The top was down, the warm breezes in our faces, and off we drove to Downieville, CA.  It’s a beautiful 45 mile drive from Grass Valley to the north. It’s a winding road with many access views of the river.

 

Downieville-established around 1849. A gold rush town. 

Amazing that TWO rivers run through the little town of Downieville. The Downie river is on the left and it converges into the North Fork of the Yuba River in the picture below.

The cutest scarecrows  were found all over the town. 

Here is one of three bridges. This one crosses the North fork of the Yuba River. Look closely at the lower right. Do you see the fence made of skis? I love this. And I have a “small world” story to tell next week about this fence. 

Close up of the ski fence. And check out the colorful house and the stamp mill (the big metal thingy used in gold mining to crush granite) in the background. 

I want a house like this vault. Great stone work and heavy iron doors. This is a replica of the original. 

Restaurants and many homes border the river. It is so lovely.  Here I am wearing Terrific Tabard.  I’m on the walking side of another bridge. 

Here are the front and back views of this easy to fit Tabard vest with open sides (for a better fit)

Use the email address above: hmemmett@gmail.com to find out how to purchase your own Terrific Tabard, Art to Wear, sewing pattern. It truly makes you “feel skinny.”

This particular Terrific  Tabard goes together really fast because the foundation fabric is  Kantha Cloth. 

Here is the piece of Kantha Cloth I used. This is one side (pieced using printed cottons. I chose to used the solid side (plain red) so I could add all my Kaffe Fassett fabric pieces. Find Kantha in the bedding section. This one, 50 x 60″ was $34.95. Kantha is two pieces of fabric put together with larger running stitches. They are hand made in India. 

I used Kaffe Fassett stripes and cut up one print called Mille Fiore. Each “chunk” of fabric was sprayed and ironed dry with Terial Magic first. Each piece felt like a piece of paper after being treated with the Terial Magic. Fast and easy to cut out and no fraying. 

I glued down each piece to hold in place using Elmer’s School glue. (Notice I am wearing my Kaffe Fassett sweater while working on it). I just LOVE all things Kaffe. Now I am ready to edge stitch each piece down. 

I hope you were inspired by my “Kantha” and Kaffe, Terrific Tabard and will want to make your own. Find Kantha cloth on line or see it in person at places like Stein Mart, Ross, Home Goods (always look in the bedding section). Carve out some time to be “sew” creative this weekend. Thank you all for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi

“Wear-With-All,” And My Students had the Wherewithal to Create their Own!

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I recently did a trunk show called “Art on the Wall, Art to WEAR!” for the Folsom Quilt Guild in Folsom, CA. What a delightful group. Thank you ladies for having me. I felt so welcomed and appreciated. The next day I did a workshop on the Terrific Tabard (aka Skinny Vest). What an amazing group. Let me show what they were working on:  Dorothy (on the left) and Gail came prepared with many strips (for filler sections) already sewn together. Amazing! (hmm..teacher’s pets maybe). dsc_0251

Sandi, got right to work on her Large Scaled Aboriginal print by treating it with Terial Magic first (to make it stiff like a board)  and then cutting it up into interesting shapes. dsc_0253

Susan also used some Aboriginal fabrics along with a few Kaffe Fassett piecesin the mix. dsc_0255

Don’t you really like how she has combined flowers and shapes. The black and white Aboriginal fabric is the great unifier.
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Brenda is using the Tree of Life view in Terrific Tabard to create a collaged vest. dsc_0257

Lorraine is working with black and gold and batiks. This lady is the SPEED queen! She put pedal to the metal and got really far along in her vest Adventure. She plans to do some diagonal strips with shots of color added(via small squares) into a modern look.  dsc_0260

Brenda and Susan are working hard!
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Linda has already titled her vest as” Peony Madness.” Hmm..what madness is this? I get it though. See her beautiful Kaffe Peony Fabric below? It is a large scaled print. And sometimes they just don’t work out as you planned. Keep the faith Linda. This process can take some working and re-working.Save the black and cream around those flowers and mix it along with some other black/cream prints.  Use at least one more larger scale print Linda that goes with all. That will pull it all together. dsc_0263

Mairy (with an “I”), arrived later (she had be at work), and she was a busy, busy, girl in no time at all!!  I love her use of intense yellow green and red violet, all grounded with our favorite, black and white. dsc_0264 dsc_0265

Suzanne is using sweet prints, similar in scale. That works well as a base for the beginnings of her garden scene. The little bird comes from her lining fabric (see it off to the left).

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Diana is using all “happy” fabrics. I love the way she is using her strip pieces. Glue those puppies down (instead of sewing them together as “filler pieces.”) and stitch them as raw-edged collage.  Great idea. dsc_0271 dsc_0272

There’s smoke coming out of Lorraine’s sewing machine, I just know it. Whirrr….. I am teasing you Lorraine in a good way. I wish I could create that fast. dsc_0274

Susan is flying on the back of her vest. Black and white, White and black, always, always, pull the whole look together. Really fun. dsc_0281

Dorie is our Over Achiever! Not only was she “in charge” of my coming to Folsom, she is already WEARING Terrific Tabard # 3 that she has made. Yes, that’s right, three vests BEFORE the workshop. Dorie, you make me look good! Thank you. dsc_0286

Beautiful choices. Each one is so detailed! And I am so proud, bits of black make a statement in all of her vests. We ran out of time to take pics of her other two. I will see Dorie in May. I’ll get those pictures yet. dsc_0285

I like what Sheila is doing here. She’s laying out her strips first (to get ideas for placement) and then look at the difference in background choices for her large print flowers. Hands down, in my opinion, use the black. dsc_0291

We had a “walkabout” and looked at all the vest creations. We all learned from each other. Mairy, I just love your creative idea of “color” outlining. See? Brenda is pointing to them. dsc_0298

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Sandi get the prize (waay up at the beginning), she temporarily suspended work on the Aboriginal (it happens, she’ll get back to it). I saw her beginning to cut out some fish , and a few days later she sent me these FABULOUS pictures! Thank you Sandi. You must post these on the Kaffe Fassett site. That little fish wants to eat your button!

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Whimsical and so fun. I love it. And ladies check out that black trim, and that little bit of black in the row of flowers and white/black print. Perfect. susie-fong-fish-vest

And then, YIPPEE! Mairy sent me a picture of her completed back piece of her vest. Love, LOVE, what is happening in this piece. Mairy, this is stunning! I can’t wait to see what’s next.
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Didn’t I tell you they were a great group of sewists? A whirlwind of activity and fun in that workshop.

One last thing before you leave, check out the new Logo that has been added! Yep, my Etsy store is up and running. It’s for “hard” copies of all my patterns. Deisgns by Heidi Emmett is my store name. Thank you for stopping by and come back when you have time and visit past posts. I hope they will inspire you to get creative. 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).

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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

 

I Was Seeing “RED!”

Yes!! I was seeing red. Firstly, I didn’t get this post done on Friday as I should have. Secondly, I was seeing beautiful red fabrics and stitching and working it all together into a FABULOUS, NEW, Terrific Tabard Vest.

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Mary Boalt, from our Artistic Alchemy group introduced me to Kantha cloth. She had made her piece into a jacket.  My piece below is a “throw” size, which is about 50″ x 60.” Kantha cloth is two pieces of fabric sewn together (no batting) by hand, using a heavy thread and straight running stitches. Looking at this  I just knew I had to add Kaffe Fassett fabrics. dsc_0510

They needed a certain “stiffness” to work my magic so I threw pieces of Kaffe fabrics into a bag and sprayed them with Terial Magic. dsc_0057

While they were still wet, I pressed each one until dry. dsc_0060

Coming back to this project, I began to lay them out on the wrong side (plain red with stitches showing). I say coming back to it, because everything got wrinkled in the bag. See how stiff Terial Magic makes them. It’s perfect for all the top-stitching  I do.
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I used one Mille Fiori piece, colorway “Red,” and stripes, and one Shirting stripe, all from Kaffe Fassett. dsc_0358

After finding the perfect layout I glued all the pieces down. Aim for a very thin stream of glue, not the blob I have coming out of the glue bottle. Too big of a stream and two things happen, it spots the fabric (it will wash out but who wants to do that?) and the needle really clunks through everything when its being stitched down. Oh, look at that. I just happen to be wearing my Peruvian Connection, Kaffe Fassett, Alpaca, hand knit sweater. Love, LOVE, it. I will own this sweater FOREVER! I’m telling you. dsc_0364

While letting the glue dry I was flipping through my “FLOWERS” calendar and saw this page (Jan. 14 & 15, 2017). A vibrant floral tapestry of cut bouquets at a market in Kumming, China (Workman publishing (my favorite calendars), New York). This totally reminds me of Kaffe Fassett MilleFiori, and Paperweight fabrics. dsc_0438

Thousands of stitches later and TaDAAAA!! Isn’t my Terrific Tabard aka Skinny Vest gorgeous? Feast your eyes on this Boho Chic vest. Christine Barnes, another member of Artistic Alchemy told me that basically, Boho Chic is another name for Hippie clothing of the 60’s. dsc_0440 dsc_0447 dsc_0448 dsc_0454 dsc_0455 dsc_0460 dsc_0463 dsc_0464 dsc_0468 dsc_0469 dsc_0471

Now it’s time to turn it inside out. I love this with denim. A long sleeved t-shirt and skinny jeans and boots. Perfect. dsc_0483
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You too can purchase a T.T. pattern by me, from Craftsy.com (click on the button there on the left) for a pdf filed pattern (you print it up on your own printer), or contact me via email: hmemmett@gmail.com and I will send you a hard copy that is complete with a tissue pattern sizes XSM-4X.

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Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and view my myriad pictures. I hope they give you just the creative spark you need. dsc_0489

My beautiful hand carved wooden butterfly pin that serves as a button on the pieced side of the vest. My mom got it for me on a cruise my mom and dad took from the top of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin to the gulf of Mexico near Louisiana (from the Bayous of LA).

Happy stitching in whatever medium you choose. I just love to sew and quilt, don’t you? Hugs, Heidi