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What an Inspiring Day I Had At SWAG!

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Once a month I meet with a group of ladies who are excited about working with fiber and “stuff” that goes with all the fiber.  I have mentioned them before, and here they are again. It is the Sierra Wearable Art Group located in Nevada City, CA. Every month is sew special. We are all diversified in what we all create.  I want you to check out this months inspiration with me

Below is Janet showing what she created using fabric she bought when she was at the Artistic Alchemy Retreat 2 years ago. It was fabric from my stash as a fabric store owner. I brought bolts and bolts (of course I brought bolts of fabric home! I needed to insulate the attic studio my husband said)of yummy fabrics that I just had to keep for myself.

The base of the vest is elasticized denim. Isn’t it cool? ( You all would have loved my fabric store. My most favorite thing was purchasing unusual fabrics, that were not seen in any other stores.) I love Janet’s attention to details, like her Ralph Lauren labels (saved from other jeans). And all the piping details. Easy method from a Lois Ericson book (check Ebay, great reference books).  

Here’s the Vogue pattern she used. 

Kari got me into machine felting. Kari and I both have HuskyStars (made by Husqavarna). Check Ebay for machines. HuskyStars are not being made anymore though. So sad.

Kari brought her vest to show. She felted wool pieces to wool background (the grey). This is her right side.   

Here is her wrong side of the same section.

Another right side. Lots and lots of stitching. But by machine, whoo hoo, it goes so fast! 

And the same piece turned to the wrong side. 

Finished vest. Sew creative Kari!

I had to snap a picture of Janet’s bracelet. She bought it at a boutique somewhere and could not  remember the artist. I’d buy one.

Deb bought this really unusual piece of Double Gauze. She thought it was too soft in coloring and stamped it with Jacquard paints to add interest and more color. As well as silk organza. Isn’t this the coolest thing ever?

If that wasn’t enough, Deb decided to make three buttonholes on the front of her jacket using the same silk fabric. See the buttonhole in the lower right corner? Whaat? See next picture. 

Here is the back side of that same buttonhole. She placed a piece of fabric on the back side of the finished jacket, stitched a buttonhole shape, cut the buttonhole open, slipped the fabric through that hole and it came to the front of the jacket. Deb then did all the fancy stitching, tucking, stitched some more and voila! I tilted my phone in such a way that it’s blurry but I think you get it. Love this! 

I was so excited about the technique and all that I forgot to get a picture of her wearing the jacket. Trust me, it was really fun. BUT, I do have the pattern that she used: “New York Jacket” by Sewing Workshop.  While explaining her jacket techniques, Deb also passed around the book you see below. It might still be available on Amazon, or (I already purchased mine right when I came home that day) Ebay.

Linda is wearing her hand stamped, linen  vest and carrying the coolest tote bag. She “wet” felted this at a special class at the Tin Thimble in Rocklin, CA. What a great store it is. They are on the web. Looking so good Linda. 

Stephanie brought some small embroidered pieces she is working on. She started with the small piece in the center. It was cut from a special tablecloth that belonged to her mother. Stephanie said all this embroidery came about by visiting the site of Judy Hill of Spirit Cloth.  I’m going there myself, tonight! 

She brought her embroidery in a tote she made from a placemat. Really fun. And it’s reversible. Who knew? 

I found out why some my pictures from my phone look like they are moving. I get so excited about what I’m seeing that I snap 3 sometimes 6 in the blink of an eye! When I get them off the phone onto the blog, this happens. It’s “Moving Art!”

Patty, I am so sorry that my phone could not capture the absolutely gorgeous midnight blue stretch velvet you made this stunning jacket out of. She stenciled the flower  using Jacquard paints. One one the back and one on the front. Elegant and simple. And the perfect trick for hemming this sometimes slippery fabric? Use a terry towel underneath and a press cloth on the wrong side and use a double sided fusible.Such a smooth hem. Brilliant idea!

Joan brought a lovely antique button necklace she made. She made the silk cording and wired the buttons together with silver wire. What an excellent way to use some of your very special buttons that we ALL collect. 

Yep, the wobble pictures again. Joan has such a cute vest on. Funnel necklines are so flattering. And the design lines (aka princess line) and raw edging make this one fast and easy. She walked the isles of Home Depot to find the closures. Clever, so clever. Joan could not remember the pattern she used, but several of us think it was a Vogue (very easy).

Deb also brought a necklace she made for the holidays. She copied one from a catalog that she had. She refused to buy it for $200. so instead went to the Bead store and spent $100. on supplies. If she is like me, she also purchased more beads for future projects. Acckk, it’s a disease! 

Patty also brought this tote that she picked up at Diane Ericson’s studio in Ashland, Oregon. Yowzaa, let’s all go, take one of her classes, o.k., go on line and see what she is all about.  I want that stencil. Paper airplanes. So fun. P.S. my “featured image” (at the beginning of this post) is also by Diane Ericson. I found it on Pinterest. If you want your sketches to come to life, what a fun way to see what fabrics from your stash you might want to use.

Can you see why I never want to miss a month? I am also so happy to tell you that our SWAG group has a Facebook page. Come and join us that way.  Get connected and be informed about upcoming events, sales, fashion shows, etc. ——-Join the email list: WeHaveArtToWear@gmail.com        Hugs to all, Heidi























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Tahoe To A “T”, A Blank Canvas for some Creative Stitching!

The possibilities are endless for fabric manipulation masterpieces! Check out what you can do with this fast and easy Art to Wear sewing pattern by Heidi Emmett.

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It really is an all season Tunic. Spring and Summer, wear it sleeveless with lightweight capris or leggings.

For Fall & Winter, wear a long sleeved or 3/4 sleeve t-shirt and leggings or skinny pants. And then it’s, belt it or not. Sooo much variety. 

Now, let the blank canvas be filled(that would be the front and back panels)! Below is a really interesting piece of hand stamped fabric. Thank you to my friends Linda and Karenanne who gave it to me. I held the fabric up to me and while it worked, the black spots really stood out. Hmm… I know!

I gathered my favorite “solids”. These are called “Grunge” by Basicgrey for Moda Fabrics. It comes in over 45 colorways. I WANT, I NEED, them all. Yes, really!

Look around the house for another circle that’s just the right side. Yes, Christmas is still up at my house. I love Christmas. This will do nicely. 

Put on your darning foot (this one is open toed so I can see better), drop the feed dogs, and stitch up a storm.  And yes, all my stitching prompted the rain to come. And do we ever need it too.

No gluing needed. I hold it down with my finger tips. Sometimes the open edges do get caught under the edge of what I am stitching down. Put the needle in the fabric and raise the pressure foot and untangle it and try again. My mindless sewing.

Time Out! Momma got a new pair of shoes. I was walking in downtown Grass Valley, CA. I was on my way to our first meeting for the Artistic Alchemy Retreat 2018. Check out our blog: Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com   Craftsy-Logo InstagramAA Logo1Pinterest-Pinnedetsy  or tap on one of the icons.  A woman was redoing the front window of one of my favorite stores. I looked at her shoes (I do love cool shoes), and I said to myself, “You need those leopard shoes Heidi!” Taa daa. Last pair, my size, and on sale. Franco Sarto. It was meant to be. Sorry, now back to our program…

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Pinning the finished panel to the tunic front. It is a medium weight 100% linen. I see a face! Look inside the xxx circle at the top, she has pursed lips, a tiny nose, sultry eyes, and a beehive black hairdo.      I digress again! So sorry. 

This Tunic is what I call patternless sewing. Using diagrams, I show you where to place certain measurements. Then it’s just a matter of cutting out rectangles of a background fabric and the front and back panels. This Tunic will look great on an XSm up to an 18 or 20.  Long and lean rectangles really give a slimming look. If an idea I have isn’t fun and easy when I make up a proto-type(I have to try it out sometimes 3 or four times), then it wont be for you either. 

Two of my favorite tools. The “Karisma Fabric” pen puts out a super fine white chalk line (to the right of the pen). The chalk line I just made shows where I will stitch the facing piece to the top of the front.  

Taa daa! I like it.  I tucked the slit (at the top) inside to form a V-neck for a different look. 

Too fun! I like the way the slimming panels are where your eye travels first. I will feel and look at least 5 lbs. lighter wearing this Tunic and sew can you when you make your own. 

Oh my gosh! Looking at those colors above just gave me an idea for another Tahoe To A “T”. Check it out. It looks like confetti on black. It’s a fine-wale cotton corduroy. 

I tried a bunch of other fabrics. Nothing was quite right UNTIL I saw this “faux leather” chunk of fabric (THANK YOU Mary Boalt). It will be perfect for the front and back panels. I’ll keep you posted. This one will sew up super fast as I’m not going to piece anything in the panel area. 

This piece is from Ikea’s in the drapery section of the store. If you don’t live near one, check Ebay or Etsy. Ohhh, I have BIG plans for this one. There will be some Origami and another faux leather involved. Whaaat?  Again, I’ll keep you posted. Aaarrrgggh!! I don’t want to clean the house, cook dinner, or any of that stuff. I just want to sew and sew, and sew….

Thanks for stopping by. And remember, I’m just an email away: hmemmett@gmail.com if you have any questions about any of my patterns or my book, Quilted Fashion Accessories (published by Leisure Arts. It looks to be cold and rainy or snowy this weekend. A great time to cozy up to your sewing machine. Hugs, Heidi

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

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

Jax’s owner, our son, Cory. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maybe, this fold.

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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


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

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

She has almost one dozen finished. 

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

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

AMAZING! Each of these blocks, are just amazing!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s Another TTF – “This and That Friday.”

The COLORS of Fall! Magnificent, this year. Let’s go Leaf Peeping for a moment. Chinese Pistachio, one of my favorite trees. Slow growing, but always a show stopper. If you are young, buy it as  bare root stock in Feb. or March. If you are older, splurge on a 15 gallon size so you can really enjoy it now. Ha, ha.

Dawn B. sent me this picture of her Rafiki Skirt. Love, LOVE this one in a blend of fabrics from Africa and USA. Why couldn’t she wear this into later fall with a turtleneck and a belt sitting on her hips and a smashing pair of boots? Great choice of fabrics and colors.

Patty B. is on a roll. This is her 2nd Zephyr Jacket in a month.It IS fast and easy to make. She found a  fall inspired batik at PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival) and used it for the fronts. There are leaves printed on the batik fabric here and there. Can you see the black line down the front of the jacket? The black is the front side of the front pieces and she used the batik as the front pieces lining. So she gets a hint of batik when she folds them back as well as a lean, long line with the solid black on either side. I also see a bit of black showing on the shoulder seams.

The black on the shoulder seams and the entire back piece is black. Patty “fussy cut” the leaves out (after treating them with Terial Magic). She is still in the arranging stage and will soon stitch them down. Really GREAT ideas you are using Patty. I want to try this. May I copy? I really enjoy the concept of a design feature on the front that causes us to turn around and look at the back too.

A study in black and white. Summer is over and all my off white, crisp looking, slipcovers come off (a pricey outlay, but you extend the life of the couch, as well as changing the look and feel of your room). A small portion of my chenille couch shows its’ winter self in the upper corner. And of course, Rex has chosen to sit on the freshly laundered pieces before I put them away. Awwww…

I couldn’t resist another shot of my Virginia Creeper (it just keeps getting better and better color) on my “shabby chic” fence.  I was supposed to repaint it years ago, but I kinda like the peeling paint. It’s a nice juxtaposition against the pristine paint job of the house. Ha, ha, that sounds good doesn’t it? 

This is my yard! Most of the trees were planted 25 years ago as 1 or 5 gallons. Love, all the leaves (my husband doesn’t once they fall). Sorry honey. I’ll help rake this year, oh wait, I have to get all my projects finished first. 

Hydrangea bushes in the Fall, STUNNING! Can you believe it, these beautiful blooms used to be blue!?! It’s true. The chilly evenings work their magic on the color changes. 

And now, May I introduce Janet B. as she models her version of Terrific Tabard. It too is STUNNING! Check out her fab necklace and earrings. She made them herself after taking Sandra Bruce’s Polymer Clay workshop at our Artistic Alchemy Workshop this past Sept. Click on the Artistic Alchemy icon below (HOPEFULLY, it will take you right to the blog). If not, it is, Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com   check it out and see what we do. 

There are so many lovely, innovative, ideas in this vest. No batting, no quilting in her version (my next T.T. will also be a smoother look, tip: It will sew up that much faster). Don’t try to fix the pic below. I hit the video button by mistake. It is a little “jerky.” Sorry.

Love her double closures on the sides. Perfect, PERFECT, fitting method, no darts needed. And you can see why it’s also called the “Skinny Vest,” with the open sides. It gives a long and lean look . Great use of button choices. Do you see the Panda faces peeking out here and there? This fabric is a light weight smooth finish, canvas. Check out that pocket! Sashiko stitching, pocket attached only at the top, and the great flourish with the button and pieces of polymer, all add up to “Fabulous daaahling.” Oh and the lining of the vest is the great circles fabric she placed at the sideof the pocket.

Email me directly for the fastest way to get your own Terrific Tabard vest pattern, Rafiki skirt pattern, or Zephyr Jacket: hmemmett@gmail.com 

For a lovely fall finish, let’s look at Joan Connelly’s Woolie ball necklace. Her own creation of course. 

Here is my first one. Sooooo easy and a great traveling project. 

While Joan’s necklace is her own creation, she used the directions below (from a Feb. 2016? not sure on the year issue of Thread’s magazine).  Now you know what to do with an old wool skirt, jacket, accckkk! MORE to collect! 

Thank you so much for stopping by.Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, and Pinterest. I gave you lots of ideas to get creative this weekend. So, JUST DO IT!!! Hugs, Heidi

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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

“Steampunk” your next Calypso Vest!

What is Steampunk? It has the look and feel of Victorian,and  Industrial but with a modern twist. It is in fashion, home decorating, parties,groups that get together, camping, tiny houses. I like it.  Below is my Calypso Vest pattern that I started with.


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Beth, the owner of Fabric Chicks in Minden, NV, asked me to make a sample of Calypso Vest to display in her booth. You can find her Fabric Chicks booth at many quilt shows and sewing shows throughout western states.Her booth spaces are AWESOME! You will want everything. Look for her at PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival). She sent me the fabrics she wanted me to use. All by Tim Holtz (I think his look is totally Steampunk). I’ll take you through the making of this, really, really, cool piece of true, “Art to Wear.” Here are the fabrics I’m using. I have already cut them into the bias strips. There are rounds and rounds of bias strips (7 total) that make this pattern so unique. Oh, a smidge of the back (on the left), shows too.

The hardest decision is what fabrics to use on the back of the vest. Always, treat them with Terial Magic first, then cut them up. So, I want to use these birds. 

I love these “skeleton” leaves. I’ll use those too. So, spray, spray, with Terial Magic, and iron to a crispy finish with a dry iron. 

Snip, snip, all around the design I want to use. 

Getting an idea of placement using the back piece tissue as my guide. 

Whrrrrrr, whrrrr, such a satisfying feeling to sew these pieces down. To get that great feeling, USE the Terial Magic, and glue down each piece with whatever fabric glue you like. My preference is Elmer’s school glue.  Use a darning foot (open or closed, this time I grabbed the closed one) and lower the feed dogs.


Beginning the first row of the big bias circle. Notice the yellow and red headed pins. 

The pins are telling me where to make a pleat (pleats add better fit over the hips). When I have stitched all the way around the circle, I need to finish it off (complete the circle). So I open up the strip, and pinch right sides together (it needs to lay flat and smooth) and stitch up the seam. Refold it and stitch the strip down. Subsequent rounds really are easy. This first one is the hardest. But it is all spelled out in the pattern.

Whoo hoo, first round of bias stripping is done! Continue adding 6 more strips. BREAK TIME! Actually, I take a break after each round (best for ye old neck and shoulders).

On the way out the door to photograph my finished vest, YOWZAA!! when did all the trees start to change color? Can you even believe it is the very end of September?! 

I love the blue, blue skies of fall. 

Taa daa! Here is Beth’s finished sample. I just LOVE the fabrics she chose and how much fun I had playing with all the choices.

I know, I know, I took a ton of pics. But I couldn’t stop. This could be in a Jane Austen flick, or even Outlander? Maybe? Am I stretching things here?  

A shout out to my friend Judi Biley . Happy anniversary! Thank you for your continued support in what I do. And to all of you, my blog peeps, thanks for stopping by. Hugs to you all. It’s a great day to be creative. So get out there and “Make it up, make it fun, and GET IT DONE!  Heidi InstagramAA Logo1Pinterest-Pinnedetsy 

Yikes!– IT’S A BEAR!!! at our Artistic Alchemy Retreat, Sept. 2017!

Last week, September 4th-8th, I was busy, busy, up at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe with the Artistic Alchemy retreat. Two mornings into the retreat, my friend from Portland, Oregon, Linda & I were enjoying our early morning coffee (7:15a.m.) at the edge of Lake Tahoe. I turned to see another student about 20 ft. away. Started to say hi, and saw a bear about 20 ft. behind her. OMG!!!!! Wha’ do we do? Wha’ do we do? The pictures of the teenage bear are courtesy of Marti (another student at her second floor window). We took off at a very, very, fast walk and so DID THE BEAR! We have lived to tell the tale. And I didn’t spill a drop of coffee in the race to the door to get inside. Ha, ha, ha. In fact, I didn’t need anymore coffee the rest of the day!

The clearing where we were enjoying the view. The bear entered, stage right, from behind the bolder. We were to the left of the “Portal of Prayer” sign (my prayers were short, and to the point, “Dear Lord, HELP!). 

Now,back to some creative fun. Candace, one of my students,  was very productive. In fact, she is the first of ALL the students in the whole retreat who started and completed her first project, less than half way through the 3 full days retreat! She even brought her serger to speed things along.

My workshop was called “Pick a Pattern.” Each student brought two different patterns from my collection, or my new book. We discussed fabrics for each project via emails. My students had so much creativity on their own. I was there to help fit, and help with design ideas, that would help make it their very own “Art to Wear” piece. Candace’s first piece was Rafiki Skirt.

We hung her Rafiki skirt on the design wall and after an afternoon swim, she got started on a second project, Whisper Blouse.

Each one of my students gave ME GREAT ideas that I had NEVER thought of. I will talk about them over the next few weeks. First, though, Candace had a marvelous way of putting the tie into the skirt. A buttonhole goes in the front. Make the tie belt and thread each end in the buttonhole. 

The tie belt must be threaded in a circle first. The circle fits right under the top edge that will be folded down to form the casing.

She folds the casing right over the tie making certain that the piece is out of the way when she stitches down the casing all the way around the skirt. Sooo simple! Thank you Candace.

Patty wanted to create her own “Earthy colored” Terrific Tabard vest for her first project.

Patty has been ALL OVER THE WORLD! She has amazing stories to tell. She has promised to show me her photo albums. I love seeing and traveling with others through pictures and stories. When we spoke about her fabric choices she said, “Oh, I have silks from my travels to India, Vietnam, Asia, and I just picked up a beautiful batik when I was in Morocco.” WOW, wow, let’s see what she does. 

Isn’t it beautiful? She was very happy with her creation. Patty celebrated by going for an early afternoon Kayaking break. When she returned she whipped out the cutest purse with her vest scraps.

Oh, then she decided to make the cutest fabric earrings  from more scraps. Silk is perfect for these “frayed” earrings.

Below, students from Open Studio (in the back) are busy, too. Do you see the African Ladies on a panel in the foreground of this picture? They are from Carol, another of my creative ladies. 

She wanted to make my “Simply Super Vest” pattern from my new book, Fashion Quilted Accessories by me for Leisure Arts. This is the pattern,on the cover.

Here’s Carol with the back of the vest and one front piece up on her design board. 

I encourage everyone to get their projects up on a design board and stand back to get a good view of what you are creating. Carol has such a good eye for placement. She tells me that she used to teach math and it shows in the great care she took in measuring and placement. I designed this vest pattern for using “panel” pieces. You know, the ones you use for the center of a quilt, wallhanging, or pillows. 

This vest is really coming along……then her trusty older Singer started giving her problems. And then she began suffering from a terrible case of Vertigo. In spite of how badly she felt, she was determined to continue to work on her vest AND wanted to discuss her second project, her version of Rafiki skirt. I will see Carol next week and will get pictures of her finished vest and Rafiki skirt to post later. 

Below is Candace’s second project (almost done out of silks that a family member brought back from Hong Kong 30+ years ago). 

We also had lightening, thunder, and rain almost every afternoon. After all the heat we had all suffered through, the rain, oh the blessed rain, and drop in temperature was such a relief. 

Here are the teachers from another successful year of workshops at our annual Artistic Alchemy Retreat. From the left, Mary Boalt, Sandra Bruce, me, Heidi Emmett, and Christine Barnes. Be sure to visit our blog: Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com  to read and see more. 

Hugs to all of you and maybe YOU will attend next year!


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This and That for Friday…………

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It’s Friday, and this week I some “This and That.” I’m trying hard to finish some summer projects and use them, wear them, before summer is over. Calypso Vest, it really works all four seasons, is one of these projects. Fabric Chicks in Minden, Nevada sells my patterns like CRAZY!! Thank you Beth. She is the only person I will sew for. She gave me fabric to make a store sample waaay back in March. Yikes. It’s coming Beth.

Don’t forget, you can buy my pattern collection at Etsy (hard copies) or Craftsy.com (pdf files to download on your printer), just click on the appropriate icon above,  or email me and I can send you what you want: hmemmett@gmail.com

These are the fabrics that Beth gave me for the sample of Calypso Vest. These are so beautiful. All are by Tim Holtz. 99% of these fabrics are used on the bias. I will do some careful planning so I will have some special chunks for the collaged back. 

Here is Calypso out flat so you can see a full view. I call this one, “Starry Night.” Look at all the Kaffe Fassett fabrics I used. 

I need to do an update on my upcycled Coach bag. 

Remember, I covered all the split suede leather portions with Kaffe Fassett fabric yo-yos. Well, I have to admit, I had only glued on a couple of yo-yos and took a couple of pictures for the post. I was having the worst time with my Fabric Tac glue. I could not get it to come out in a nice stream, let alone dribbles. I tried everything, cleaned out the tip with a pin, checked inside the tip. I was really questioning my strength training (well, I admit, I had been really remiss of late on my exercises). I would squeeze that bottle sooo hard, I was out of breath. 

I FINALLY figured out the problem. Don’t laugh too hard when you read this. See that little circle by the glue bottle?

I took a shot this way because I want you to see that the little circle piece sits on top of the hole where the glue is stored. Whaaatt??!!  I should have removed that? Really? No, Heidi, instead, cut the tip shorter.  I did not see this little cover until a few days ago. 

All right, you can stop laughing now! OMG, “If I Only Had a Brain!” (Cue the Wizard of OZ music). 

Finished in record time. And I am happy to say that my Free Weight workouts have resumed.  But, the brain drain part, not sure how to fix that. Hmm…..

Did I ever tell you that I save clothes or buy clothes (at the Thrift store) just for the gorgeous fabrics? Well I do. The top below (from a real store) I loved. It was dyed to look like clouds in the sky. I wanted it to last and last so I NEVER put it in the dryer. Except this one time. Shrunk it did. Determined to wear it, I cut off the ribbing on the neck and whacked off some of the sleeves. 

I have worn it this way ever since and I love how it curls a bit now. I mean, if jeans being ripped up is still the rage, I’m right there. Forget about hems and carefully stitched necklines. Whack away, it’s very freeing!

I LOVE my Bernie Mev’s. There are many knock off’s out there too. The real deal are so comfortable. I own so many pairs of shoes I can never wear them out. BUT, because Bernie Mev’s are made mostly of elastic, I have found that the elastic does lose its’ umph….(there is rubber in elastic and when exposed to air it begins to deteriorate). So check out how I fixed mine (one more season’s use).  

I pulled up the elastic on the heel piece and stitched it down. Yes, I actually sewed it on my machine. 

I pinched it tighter on the instep strap and stitched it by hand (too weird of an angle for me to get under the machine). Yeahhhh! Did I say how much I LOVE my Bernie Mev’s? And now they have a design feature that I invented.

I enjoyed Maui so much, and wish I was there. The air so clear and clean (no smoke from fires), The breezes by the beach (not hot like here for the past 1 1/2 months).

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Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy sewing, and stay cool and God’s speed to all who are in the path of Hurricane Harvey.  Hugs, Heidi

“Hip to be Tied,” A Belt Idea Using Terial Magic.

by Heidi Emmett

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I recently saw a belt in a catalog that was very wide, embroidered, tied once on the hips, and looked fabulous! It was also $148.00! So, I decided to see what I could put together that looked just as good and at 1/10th of the price!


1/3 yard large scaled print and 1/3 yard of a smaller print fabric for the lining.  Both fabrics should be quilting cotton weight.

1 bottle Terial Magic spray.

Thread, same thread top and bobbin.

Optional, beads and fabric glue

Sewing machine and supplies.

Finished belt size is 5″ wide x 84″-90″ long (Depending on the width of the fabric).

Directions: Prepare the fashion fabric and the lining fabric with Terial Magic according to their directions.  In case you didn’t know it, I love, love, LOVE, Terial Magic for its many creative uses. 

1.From both fabrics, cut 2 strips, each strip being 5″ x width of the fabric. Seam each piece together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam open.

2. Place the two pieces wrong sides together. Pin in a few places to hold together. Thread the machine with the same colored thread both top and bobbin. I put an open-toed embroidery foot on (so I could see where I was sewing), but did not lower the feed dogs. Use a straight stitch and sew all over. I sewed from the center portion out in long meandering lines. Some of my stitches (as seen below) are larger, but with all the other stitching, they aren’t noticeable.


Trim off the excess fabric along the edges. Cut along one of the stitching lines for an interesting shape for the belt.

The Terial Magic makes the two fabrics stiff enough for easy sewing.

The Terial Magic gives the belt “body” so that when it is tied, it will stay in place. But you can easily rinse the Terial Magic out for a softer look and feel. 

Tie the belt right on the hips. What a fun way to use some of your favorite fabrics. 

Of course, I couldn’t stop with just one belt! Check out this “house” fabric. I like to use another colorful fabric for the lining, just in case is shows.  Craftsy-Logo InstagramAA Logo1Pinterest-Pinnedetsy

No worries where the stitching lands. It’s easy and relaxing stitching. 

This belt calls for some subtle bling. Look closely at the bottom end of the belt. 

Here’s a close up. I didn’t have time to hand sew my large seed beads down. I wanted the holes of the bead to show. Using  fabric glue and using a pair of tweezers, drag the back of the bead across some glue. Set in place.  

Wear this belt all year round with dresses, skirts, or pants. Make a bunch for gift giving too.

Visit Heidi Emmett at her blog: Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com for more fun ideas.;Orrrr….if you are already here at my blog, you might want to visit Artistic Alchemy at: Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com and read some of the past posts. There are four of us teaching at our retreat this September 4th-8th.

One more time,  I love Terial Magic and use it for so many of my creative sewing projects. See my latest projects using Terial Magic in my new book, “Fashion Quilted Accessories” by Leisure Arts. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi

Running Hot and Cold!

by Heidi Emmett

“Kaffe Fassett Extravaganza!” That is the name of our Trunk Show. Christine Barnes and I have long had an interest in all things Kaffe, from fabric to his knitwear, to his needlepoint, mosaics, and of course, quilts. So we were off to Merced for Trunk Show # 1, this past Monday. Below is the coolest Mosaic in the hottest part of the day, 108 degrees! I saw this as part of a wall to sit on. That streak of white is the blazing sun.  The A.C. was on and the quilt guild in Merced was a hot group! They were such a creative, lively, and nice group.
And look what Lora Wheeler made, her own Mommy & Me vest! I love it. She bought the pattern at our Artistic Alchemy Booth at the Pine Tree Quilt Show back in May in Grass Valley, CA. It is always so fun to see what you all create with one of my patterns. She used a fabulous puckery type of rayon. I thought it was silk.

I just love what you did Lora. You were thinking outside the box! I sure wish I could come back and take your “upcycling” workshop-taking four shirts to create one.

On to San Francisco! It was 63 degrees when we arrived! Ahhhhhhh, so refreshing. As soon as we got to our hotel, I took a walk across the street to Sutro Park. It has tons of Nasturtiums, they are such a happy plant. Great colors.

I came close to the edge of a trail and stopped in my tracks! Yes, this was my view. It is just astonishing! That large green patch is the beginning of Golden Gate Park! Did you know that it is 3 1/2 miles long and 1/2 mile wide? Wow. And check out that HUGE beach area.  A lovely rose. Sutro park is 128 acres of loveliness. Adolph Sutro purchased that acreage in 1881 and built a Mansion, Conservatory, and a Parapette. When he passed, the whole place went to ruin. All the buildings were torn down but all the foliage stayed. It is now a city park within San Francisco.   

These homes border the park on one side.These home owners can walk down the hill to the Cliff House restaurant.  Don’t they look like places on the Cote d’Azure in France?  Succulents in front of the hotel, Seal Rock Inn. Cool and crisp looking.  There it is, Seal Rock Inn from Sutro park. 

The ladies of the S.F. Quilt Guild were also a delight. We had a great time telling them  some things they didn’t know about Kaffe Fassett. He grew up at Nepenthe which is near Big Sur, just down Highway One, south of San Francisco. Thank you Cathy and Laura, you were great hostesses.

No, NO! Christine and I didn’t want to leave. A 63 degree high, I had to dig through my Kaffe samples and find my Kaffe Alpaca sweater to wear. Who knew?  

Thanks for stopping by. At our Artistic Alchemy Retreat in September, my workshop, “Pick a Pattern”(Designs by Heidi patterns) is still taking students. Maybe you will want to design and create your own Mommy & Me Vest. I would love to have you in my workshop. I will help you fit whichever pattern you choose. Let’s all get our creative going. Hugs, Heidi


Shortest Post Ever!


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I have returned from a most FABULOUS!!!! time on Maui! I only have 745 pictures (that’s on my camera, not my phone) to go through. Did I say it was a fabulous trip? I’ll be mixing in posts now and then, and yes, there will be fabric, creativity, and design stuff in those posts too. I promise.

I was beyond exhausted coming home. Ha, ha! I’m TOO OLD for red eye flights (what were we thinking, although it gave us one more whole day on Maui). Trying to sleep in a sitting up position is a new form of torture. Almost missing (by minutes!!!) our connecting flight added more stress. What time is it? What day is it? Where am I?

Here it is: Shortest post and only 5 pics. Enjoy

First morning, from a long, open sided hallway/balcony. This was 7:00 a.m. Maui time

Yes, our first stop after picking up the car was a grocery store for proper coffee, and supplies. Kona coffee, little bag, $19.99 (that is correct). Maui coffee, little bag, $9.99. It’s the mugs and the scenery, first, coffee selection, 3rd. 

Sitting on our Lanai, 5: 45 a.m. the first day. My husband, Robert, enjoying his cuppa. We are on the 10th floor, and ON THE BEACH!!! The days of “Peek-a-boo” or “Garden” views are over! 

10:00 a.m. and we have been walking the beach in front of our condo for an hour. Do you see it?

We missed it on the first walk by. Too funny.  So exciting, in my opinion, to see a turtle up close and personal like this within hours of our arrival. June is egg laying season on Maui. Whales, ya gotta come in January for those. 

I have been told that I take waaaay too many sunset pictures. So, I will get this out of the way now. This was by far the best night for a great sunset and yep, it was the last night. The island that you see (8 miles away) is Molokai.

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Mahalo for visiting my blog today. And Aloha. Until next week, Hugs from Heidi



Mini-Me-Vacation, Part 2!

Sew many ideas and sew little time! Four days wasn’t enough. Below, it’s a family affair. Two daughters, Wynn on the left, Alex on the right and mom, Helen.These three were always busy, busy and they got projects DONE!!

We took this picture at the last moment on Thursday morning. Several had already left.  The amount of talent, generosity of sharing what they know, enthusiasm, and just plain fun to be around, that these beautiful women had was simply amazing.  I made so MANY new friends. 

Two racks of clothes to copy off the patterns if we wanted to. What great creations to check out. Did we bring enough bridal runner cloth to use for copying (great idea by the way)?

We all had our own sewing areas but were all in the same well lit,huge, room together.Check out Victoria’s shoes (in the middle). I want a pair of those.

Another great idea, the Ikea lights on giant clamps, on Mary’s and Patty’s machines. I have one too but it sits on the table. BEST direct lighting ever! I can work at night on black fabric with one of these puppies. $12.99-$14.99 range.

Mary is so smart. She brings everything but the kitchen sink to work with and puts it in this tiered cabinet. She has been enough times to know NOT to bring lots of little boxes. 

Cutting tables, nice and high, JUST for tracing, and cutting out projects. How nice not to have to clear an area somewhere (like I do at home). At home, a flat surface is for covering up with myriad projects, and the like. 

The FREE and Buy it table. New things were added several times each day! Every thing from fabric (all types) patterns, yarn, books. Toooo much fun! I’ll show you in the months to come what I gleaned from this magical, ever changing table. 

Kari’s  fabulous top in an “Alabama Chanin” style. Two t-shirts put together with Sashiko stitching.  A little painting, cutting, and stitching and voila’ !  Of course, as soon as I got home, I purchased two t-shirts to try this technique myself. Her underneath olive colored shirt barely shows above the collar of the black shirt.

Every day we had a show and tell.  Very cool things. These talented women really think outside the box. I loved this part so much, as the creative juices were really flowing in and through all of us. Terry (on the left) is wearing her own “Meiko Minsk” styled vest using a purchased piece of Kantha Cloth. Gayle looks like she is wearing some Merimekko fabric. Love the bold design. 

Below, Gayle and Helen are showing off their super cool Jean jackets. I will talk more in another post about this project that I want to make too. Acckk! Didn’t I say sew much to do and sew little time!


Look what Victoria gave me. She also brought, besides clothing projects, her latest quilting idea. Whaaat!!?? I could have brought quilting projects too? I put this square on a black table just to show it off. Victoria laughed at me and said, “It’s just a block Heidi (Log Cabin to be exact).” It’s the design, the fabrics, and colors she used. The black and gray print is a Valori Wells fabric.  Very modern, hmm..where is my sketch pad? 

Then, Mary brought her way cool fabric, so soft and drapey. Whaaat!!?? you PRINTED this yourself? Well, of course she did, and I should have known (she is one of our teachers at the Annual Artistic Alchemy retreat this Sept.)Go to: Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com  to learn more. A fun time on Lake Tahoe. 

Terry is trying on what Mary made out of her fabulous printed fabric. It is a very fun, cozy sweater/coat with a built- in collar.  Contact Mary Boalt at  Squeakypieces@gmail.com  She will get you an email address of Jenny,  the woman who will draw up a pattern for you too for $25. It is such a designer look. 

The back…

And three lovely models wearing three different fabrics in the same pattern. Helen (in the middle) made hers using 3 1/2 yds worth of cut up t-shirts. She made it in just a few hours. Really!! We all saw it. Heidi was still deciding, cut something out, sew something, I brought, hmm..how about using my felting machine, oh, wait, I could trace the pattern for the cute dress Mary is wearing right now, aaccckk! What to do, what to do.  

Here’s the cute dress I was telling you about, that Mary let us all trace patterns from.

Helen is busy at work helping Roxanne with her very own Jean jacket.

Here is Roxanne working with Helen. Several ladies watched a video on the whole project. A Dremel is also involved in this project. Really! Terry showed us. Another post, another post…..Are you feeling it too? Sensory overload! I need to take another walk and breathe. 

Thank you one and all for joining me today. Much more to show you. In a later post. Happy Easter to everyone. Talk again soon!  Hugs, Heidi

Customize Any Tote Bag with Terial Magic! by Heidi Emmett


Customize Any Tote Bag with Terial Magic!

Let’s start thinking about Spring! Don’t you love the tote bags and cross-body bags out there? Let’s add some raw-edged circles to make them playful and fun.

tote bag with terial magic no fray accents

I chose to add circles because when they’re cut from fabric that has been treated with Terial Magic, there is very little fraying. So, gather a few items together, and let’s create!


What You’ll Need:


  • One tote bag or cross-body bag of any size, color and material (Note: This technique works on leather, faux leather, plastic, etc.)
  • 1/4 yard of several cotton quilting fabrics (Note: Smaller designs will show up better)
  • 1 yard of cotton muslin
  • Thread to match fabrics
  • Basic machine sewing supplies
  • Terial Magic fabric stablizer
  • Fabric glue
  • Iron

Step One

Let’s get started! Before we cut the fabrics we want to treat them with Terial Magic so we will have nice clean cuts that lay flat and are fray-free. Watch this short video on how to  treat fabric with Terial Magic to make sure you are treating it correctly. It’s simple: 1) Spray to saturate 2) hang for 5-10 minutes to let it soak in 3) iron to dry and smooth. From here cut each of your fabrics in half so they measure approximately 9″ x 22 1/2″. Next, decide where you want to place the circles and measure across that area. 


Step Two

Since this area measure 9″ across, I’m going to make the largest circle 3″ across. Every tote will be different, so measure, then draw a little sketch. Maybe yours will have 4 or even 5 circles across. And the amount going up is dictated by the height of your tote.


Step Three

Search around the house for items you can trace. You will need two, one larger than the other. Using ap encil and on the back or inner side of the fabric, trace abunch of cicles. Then cut them out.


Step Four

Your fabric circles should feel paper-like if you followed the instructions for use above, so you can see how clean and fray-free the treated fabric cuts! Begin stacking a smaller cicle on top of the larger circles. No gluing or pinning is necessary as they stay together as is.


Step Five

Set up your sewing machine with thread to mach, a new needle (I used size 12 universal) and a regular sewing foot (a clear one might make it easier to see). Start sewing in the center of the circle. Slowing sew to the outside edge of each layer in a continuous spiral motion. Backstitch at the beginning and end. Then trim the threads. Repeat with all other circles.


Step Six

Mark the halfway point on the width of the tote at the bottom area where the first row is. With fabric glue on the back of a circle stack, place the first cicle on that mark. Continue glueing and placing circles on either side of the center circle. Eyeball the placement of those. Mark the halfway point on the next row up and continue with subsequent rows in the same way as the first. You did it! Wasn’t that fun? Here’s the final result with the coral cross-body bag on the left.

My name is Heidi Emmett and I have been working in all things fabric since I was 7 years old. For the past few years I have been creating a line of Art to Wear patterns. Terial Magic has changed my fabric-creating life! It has allowed me to expand into more creative sewing and quilting adventures than ever before and I am excited to show some of them to you as a guest blogger, for Terial Magic.

For more information about Heidi, visit her blog at Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com or check out Heidi’s pattern line on Craftsy.com

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“Are you “Wearin’ the Green?” Maybe in some Irish crochet?

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Yes, I married an Irishman, and he was named after the great Irish martyr, Robert O. Emmett.  Before I go into Irish crochet,  let’s take our first commercial break…..

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Yes, my first book that I have authored is OUT NOW! You can purchase one at Sugar Pine Quilt Shop in Grass Valley, CA . “Fashion Quilted Accessories” will also be available to buy at my Etsy store (on Monday, March 20th). My shop name is Designs by Heidi Emmett (or tap on the logo above).  Amazon, Joann’s, and other independent shops have it too.

I am very happy with how this book turned out. I think it has a beautiful quality to the pictures. There are two full sized patterns inside, 8 ,fun and easy projects, and all this for only $12.99.

My workshop at Zephyr Point this coming September,  is called “Pick a Pattern.” This year it will include, besides all my other patterns that are available, projects out of my new book, “Fashion Quilted Accessories.” Whatever project you choose to create, tips and tricks for success will be given on an individual basis. We will have so much fun! Check it out at Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com or click on the Artistic Alchemy button at the top.

Have you ever heard of Irish Crochet? It was born out of the potato famine in Ireland. Young ladies needed jobs and if they had any talent in the finer needlework skills, they were taught how to crochet using really fine threads and super small crochet hooks. I have been fascinated by Irish crochet for many years. When I made and sold my lace vests (pattern now available, called Mommy & Me & My Lace Vest and quilt), I used a beautiful lace that was a copy of an original Irish lace pattern. Below is a vest I own that is Irish Lace. 

I saw a squirrel, look at the vest above and see the crown? Yes, everyone should have their own metal crown. Anyway, underneath the crown is a piece of crochet surrounding petal shaped pieces of linen. I don’t think this is Irish crochet (not small enough stitches) but it is beautifully done. 

I don’t mind all the back lighting in this shot as it shows off the back of my vest even more.

Irish crochet is also a more free-form type of crochet. Pieces (like the lavender flower) are made separately and then placed on a pattern shape (a vest back perhaps). Fill in stitches connect all the separate pieces (the ochre colored thread) together. 

The few pieces I own are so special to me that I keep them near my “go” bag in case we have to leave in a hurry. This is true. I really appreciate the skill and time and creativity in these pieces. 

Traditional Irish crochet has always been done in cream or white. Here is a close up of my cream sleeveless top. 

Wedding dresses during Edwardian times were popular in Irish crochet. 

If you want to see more Irish Crochet, go to Pinterest and type it in the search bar. Ebay might have some too, or the patterns for it too. Eastern countries like Russia, Latvia, etc. have an interest in Irish crochet too, but that’s another story. Today is all about the Irish.

I think I’ll wear my vest tonight and celebrate Saint Patty’s Day with my husband. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi

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“On The Ninth Day of Christmas….”

On the 9th day of Christmas, there’s still time to make more! Or you could do like I used to do:  wrap the pattern and fabric for sewing up “later.”

One year (I was 15) I wrapped everyone’s gifts (5 at the time) the same as usual, pattern and fabric. They were opened with the usual, oh great, thanks, we’ll see these in June, remarks. When all were opened, I brought from another room, all 5 finished bathrobes. It was shock and awe! on their faces. That was a beautiful thing.

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So here are some of my patterns in no particular order, all great projects for you or a loved one.

Easy, use your favorite rayon or cotton fabric. 
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PDF files of all the patterns (download them from your home printer) are available at Craftsy.com/sewing patterns/Heidi Emmett

Hard copies (everything in a one package) email me at: hmemmett@gmail.com


Or…find a cool sweater and add “FELTIES.” They are are little yarn circles attached to the sweater using a felting machine. The funny thing with this sweater is that it didn’t even have any holes in it that needed covering. I wanted a way to showcase some of my favorite yarns. dsc_0106 dsc_0115

Or go buy a beautiful scarf as a gift. A true accessory piece that will never go out of style. Thank you Linda and Karenanne for my beautiful scarf for my birthday. It is the softest wool ever and made in Japan by Butapana.

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Get your craft going this weekend! More ideas next week. Hugs, Heidi

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Fall—–the colors MOTIVATE me with Creative Ideas!

Fall, and all the colors! And I’m excited to start machine felting again, and crocheting, and knitting, and sewing with wool, and, and……the list keeps growing. Thank you for stopping by today. I mentioned machine felting.  There are two kind of felting: wet (like what happens to your favorite sweater being put in the washer AND dryer) felting, and dry felting. You can do dry felting by hand (quite tiring if large areas need to be covered) or use a machine like mine in the picture below. dsc_0691

There are 5 needles on my mine, but they have no eyes, so there is nothing to thread, just hit the gas and watch the magic happen (the yarn is forced into the background piece by the up and down motion of the needles). Isn’t the sweater (size 4) below just the cutest little thing. Surprise! It’s so colorful.


I walk away for just a minute and look what happens! Silly kitty.

Choosing the yarn is always the best part! I’m always on the hunt for unusual yarns. One skein will last a very long time. dsc_0506


So many choices but I narrowed it down to this one.

And SURPRISE! It’s circles AGAIN! Sheesh, I’ve got to get out of the circle rut I’m in. Yes, I’m always goin’ round in circles, ha, ha… But look at what texture and movement I get from my circles. dsc_0519

Only Heidi would think to put her Free-form Circles pillows in the same picture as her little girls sweater.  Don’t forget, Modern Patchwork this issue, Fall 2016, will show you how to make these AMAZING PILLOWS! dsc_0528

I sprinkled circles all around the bottom of this sweater. dsc_0535

Since I’m on the subject of color, I visited PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival) in Santa Clara, CA and took pictures of EVERYTHING that interested me until my camera battery died. Below is a fun contemporary quilt that is really has a joy of color and design to it. dsc_0095

I love the use of black and white stripes for accents, just like I use in many of my Art to Wear patterns. Check them out at Craftsy.com/sewing patterns/Designs by Heidi (easier to hit the Craftsy icon at the bottom).  And check out her quilting details below. I’m gonna get to my new Sweet Sixteen THIS weekend for sure (how long have I been saying that?).dsc_0096


Who would ever guess that her design represented the staircase? I Love It!dsc_0541

 I leave you with this sweet Bonsai that planted itself in the container where the expensive Juniper bonsai once lived (died ohhh, within one month of purchase). Creativity, the spice of life. Enjoy! Hugs, Heidi 


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I’m Writing a Book!!! For Leisure Arts!

It has been a CrAzY BUSY time for me. Did I tell you that “I’m Writing a Book?” For Leisure Arts. It’s going to be about my Wearable Art which includes Accessories! Everything is DUE TODAY!  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, all the projects in this book. God sent a special Angel to guide me in what I have created. I can’t WAIT to show you the book. Spring 2017 introduction at Quilt Market! dsc_0368

The beginning of a project.


Sunflowers. Taking time to “photo” the flowers.Is it REALLY fall alread? When did THAT happen?

I pile fabrics and take pictures. This helps me decide what to use or not in a project for the book. Did I use all these fabrics? Hmmmm… we’ll see. dsc_0672

Silly Rubix, resting his back legs on a post as I was taking pictures of my sunflowers.And yes, that is our “Shabby Chic” fence. I said, “you build the picket fence honey and I will keep it painted.” Ha, ha, ha, that was one of the funniest things I ever said. Oh, and  check out the flowers behind Rubix. I planted the seeds of those sunflowers in late June. They were supposed to be the typical GIANT dinner plate sized Sunflowers that I have planted many times in the past. Probably small,from neglect, poor things. All attention was focused on the book for Leisure Arts, the retreat at Tahoe, the patterns readied for Checker Distribution, oh, and life in general.


Whaaat? Another proto-type for one of the projects. It’s soooo cute! Wait until you see it.

O.K. I’ve got to dash and pack my projects, say a prayer for their safe arrival to Leisure Arts, and trust that everyone, including you, will want to stitch up my designs! Thanks for visiting my blog today, and I so appreciate everyone’s encouragement! That’s what keeps me going!   Hugs, Heidi

Mommy & Me & My Quilted Vest & Quilt!

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Hello fellow quilting and creative sewing enthusiasts! Today I am introducing my newest pattern that is available on Craftsy.com in a pdf format (print it all at home) for $13.95 or email me at hmemmett@gmail.com to purchase a hard copy (I do all the work for you and you get tissue pattern pieces too) for $25.00(includes tax and shipping). Hard copies of all my Art to Wear patterns will be at the Zephyr Point  Artistic Alchemy Retreat. DSC_0004 (3)

The cut of this vest is so different that anything else you have made. I thought it up after reviewing a book of the 20th century designer Erte’.  I will bring another waaay cool version of this vest (in a wool boucle’) to Zephyr Point and the retreat. For those who aren’t coming to Zephyr, I’ll post it when I get back, orrrr maybe by next Friday! We’ll see. DSC_0014 (2)DSC_0024DSC_0073DSC_0074

Below is a “flip board” series of Rubix the cat, trying on the little girls jumper/vest! Whaat? DSC_0037DSC_0043DSC_0044DSC_0046DSC_0047DSC_0048DSC_0049DSC_0063

Awwww……..See you all soon at Zephyr Point. Guaranteed fun, fun, FUN!!! Hugs, Heidi  P.S. Yes, this is a duplicate of the post on Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com because, YIKES, soooo much to get done before the retreat.

More Ideas With Denim- Who Knew?

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Here is a blast from the past (one of my very first posts). It bears repeating because stenciled, bleached, torn, embellished, embroidered,quilted, denim is hotter than ever! My pictures are not all in a proper order. But that’s o.k. you will get it.

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Finally, I get to use some of the stencils I have collected over the years!!DSC_0127

I use the inexpensive acrylic paints I own thousands of (slight exaggeration). A proper stencil brush is important too. And use a dry brush (take off most of the paint first and add light layers to achieve the depth of color you want), with up and down pouncing motions, never at an angle or the paint will go under the stencil. DSC_0001 (2)

Her is the denim jacket I’m working on. DSC_0171-1

Why did I turn it inside out? Because that it is just like the jacket I saw for $95.00. Wear it right side out and it’s an ordinary jean jacket. Turn it inside out and voila, a whole new look. DSC_0127

Layer colors if you want but do it quickly so the paint doesn’t dry (and will blend if you want) and always paint dark colors first. Don’t forget to heat set the paints so they become permanent. DSC_0008 (2)

Taa daa! Who knew you could turn a jacket inside out and wear it, ON PURPOSE, that way, and you will look very chic!DSC_0174-1

While hunting for these pictures, I found this one of my “helpers” Rubix (on the left) and Rex, partners in crime (shredded leather dining chairs to name one). They were four months old in this pic and were right here by my computer, sleeping in a basket. DSC_0231

Yikes, I just found a bag of MORE stencils I forgot I bought. Oops. But they are soooo nice, one can never have enough stencils.  DSC_0183-1

A great t shirt that I bought for the front panel.

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So I cut up the t-shirt and added the yellow crochet flowers to the back of the stenciled jacket.

Look in your closet. I bet you have a jean jacket hiding in there somewhere. A quick project to get done this weekend. And what fun to do it with others, adults, teens, and kids. Hugs, Heidi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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