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How my Pattern, “Off The Grid Came to Be.”

5 power shutoffs,because of Wildfire danger, in under 5 weeks. 2 in one week. Learning to cope, bought a generator. WE DO HAVE OUR HOME! So, gratitude, gratitude. Thank you Lord for your watchcare over us. We did evacuate last Sunday afternoon. We live in the Grass Valley, CA area. It wasn’t mandatory, but a fire was started (someone who is homeless) and in 45 mile an hour gusts we wanted to get out. We have “Go” bags, the whole bit. My 88 yr. young mother lives on our property in her little Granny house. Went to get her and her “Go” bag and sigh….she had put everything back (when the rains started last Nov.) SIGH…….Our “Go” time ended up being 20 minutes (we’re working on getting that time waaay down). Thank God it turned out to be a practice run… but I tell you all this because I don’t care where you live, GET A GO BAG together, escape routes, and designated ways to be in contact. Your life could depend on it! All right, enough of the somber stuff. I am so backlogged with “stuff” for my business that I pulled a post out of the archives.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Little of This & That

Welcome to my blog post. I always say yes to more than I should in December. Do you? So deep, slow, breaths are in order. I have decided that my next 3 Blog posts will be short and sweet with fun pictures and always filled with inspiration.  Enjoy!

The picture below I took on a morning walk. Love the sharp contrasts. This was our first “real” rain storm the beginning of November. Over 5″ 

A former student made this necklace for me. She dyed the pine needles black and wove them around the stone slice. 

I have this thing for adorable stuffed animals. Follow my board, “Adorable Stuffed Animals” on Pinterest. To follow me or any of my boards I am under, acckk, I forget, is it Designs by Heidi or maybe it’s Heidi Emmett. 

Love, love, LOVE this sweater. A must try in January. 

Awww…that’s a good boy!

I really like this design. But maybe a smaller hook and thinner yarn for me.

This is the coolest closure idea. It doesn’t  have to be a zipper either, one could try a row of buttons, it’s the outside rectangle piece in black and white that gives it some simple but effective eye candy. 

This jacket is sooo much fun! A perfect project when watching t.v. 

Isn’t this the cutest little sign? The neighbor right behind our house. It is so FUN to watch little kids and adults too, searching for the perfect Christmas Tree. Hugs to everyone, Heidi

My Off The Grid Vest Pattern-Everyone’s been talking about it!

Happy After Thanksgiving. It was a great, thankful, tummy filling time, so, I’m doing a re-run that I think is worth reading again. Enjoy, and thank you so much for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi  And read more about this “miracle” vest (the sizing and how it fits). Go to my archives under, Off The Grid Vest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And listen to this, E.E.Schenck now carries my patterns and my book! And I have been asked to come to the next Trends Show and present a trunk show on my Art to Wear patterns and book. Sharon, the buyer, said that “Art to Wear” is coming back in a big way in the quilting world and I’ll be right there!  And I did go and presented in March of 2018. It was a blast. Please visit my blog posts (archives again or by date, 3/23/18 & 3/30/18) about my Trunk Show at Trends!

Running HOT then COLD!!!!

 

by Heidi Emmett

Hello everyone! I ran out of time this week to finish my post. Please enjoy this from June 23, 2017. It’s also a good time to say, Explore my back posts. It will kinda be like reading a book with LOT’S of pictures.

“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

Flyin’ On a Jet Plane to Portland, Oregon, for QUILT MARKET!

Hello everyone! When you read this I will already be in Portland getting ready for….

a book signing party at the E.E. Schenck booth! I was asked to be there to sign copies of Fashion Quilted Accessories, by Heidi Emmett (that’s me!) .  I have to tell you that I never, ever, thought I would be signing books at Quilt Market! It is held twice yearly for shop owners. It is a REALLY  BIG DEAL! People and businesses come from all over the world! It is AMAZING, BUSY, OVERWHELMING, and FUN! I’ll keep you posted  via Instagram and then tell you more via a post. 

Also, more news, Sparky Top is finished! Taa Daa! The tissue pieces arrived this past week. So, Sparky Top is also ready to show at Quilt Market. It too will be in the E.E. Schenck booth. Schenck is one of my distributors of my patterns and my book.

The week of May 28th, I will get Sparky Top onto Craftsy and into my Etsy store. If you want to purchase it directly from me, that’s fine too. A hard copy from me (all sizes includes  8-6x) will cost $16.00 (includes tax and shipping). Email me at hmemmett@gmail.com.

Perfect top for beginners and super sewists alike. Fast and easy. It is a blank canvas. Make it using all your favorite fabrics, even light weight knits. Here is a close up of the neckline trim and the front fabric (has cute little spiral circles (already sewn on. I did NOT do that myself). 

The one time it’s o.k. to press gathers (in the back) flat! There are so many gathers that the “flat” pressing allows for a smoother finished look.

The front and center back are made from a light weight, re-embroidered mesh  (acts like a knit). 

Some raw-edge stitching for a more decorative look (to cover a seam as I had run out of fabric). 

The next two Sparky Top samples are made from Double gauze scraps from Shannon Fabrics. You might see these on the Shannon Fabrics Blog in the near future. This fabric is a DREAM to sew!

 

The back shows that I really ran out of double gauze scraps. I found a re-embroidered cotton in my stash and had to add a little ruffle at the bottom because I didn’t have enough length. 

And the linen bits came from a skirt that I bought on the super sale rack at Stein Mart (love that store).  100% linen skirt I washed first to pre-shrink it. 

This is one of the side panels. I had so little to work with so major improve was going on. I could not follow ANY type of grain line, but it just adds to the charm. I would call this Upcycling, indeed. This is one of the things we will be doing in my workshop up at Zephyr. UPCYCLING! Oh yeah, what FUN! There are still a few spaces left in my workshop.

Maybe I’ll see YOU at Zephyr Point this year. I’ll tell you all about my adventures at Quilt Market when I get home. Take care and find a block of time to sew this weekend. It can be so relaxing and we all need some down time. Hugs, Heidi

Upcycling- It’s Always Fun! And It’s The First Day of Fall!

Hello everyone! This is the beautiful sunrise I was greeted with and today is the first day of Fall! My favorite time of year. 

A little upcycling to get your “creative” going. Yowzaa! This is what I call acid green. After washing (it fluffed up the fibers a bit more, which I wanted to showcase), it’s whack, whack, with the scissors. 

Cool embroidery. Not sure how I will use all this great fabric. But I do have ideas for the cuffs. I like on the go projects (small enough to stick in my purse).  When cutting off the cuff, use your sharpest scissors and get as close to the stitching line as you can. That’s it. I guess you could do some hand stitching on the edge if there is still some raveling (this is upcycling, raveling is part of the look, so breathe and continue!). 

I use DMC floss, 3 strands. Those felted circles are reasonably priced on Ebay or Etsy. They come in a TON of colors and sizes. They have 20% wool,  but are basically very smooth.  I will throw in some circles I cut from sweaters that I felted (by mistake but that’s another story). Beads! I have to have some beads. The dollar store has those nifty pill containers (below) that are just what I need. 

Hmm..  I like what’s happening but not that button. 

I pulled out my acrylic paints and added dots of color (using the tip of my really small brushes). I could apply a matte finish of something like outdoor Modge Podge (for the washing factor).

I bury all knots underneath the circles, so that I have a mess free back. 

The whole idea is to have fun, play with fiber and not worry so much about the actual construction. And that is evident in my close up shots. But, I had lots of fun doing it. There is a time and place for perfection. 

Here is a book to get your creative going! I love it. Thank you Linda and Karenanne. No, there is no fabric involved. But it can be a part of your 15-30 minutes a day routine (I have spoken in past posts that everyone can carve out 15 min. (well now I’m upping it because I can) a day for creativity. Yes, this book is not fiber oriented but it is still working on the creative quotient. So on the days you are feeling fiber challenged, and that does not mean Metamucil, work in this book.

Jane Haworth (look at her site of the same name and see the cool stuff she creates) told our quilting guild about this book. We ALL have doubts about our abilities in the artistic sense, whether it’s fiber, painting, mixed media, etc. Love this book.  So with the book above and this one below, you will cure all self doubt and creative drain! Well, maybe not all, but you’ll sure think twice when “it” tries to creep in and take over precious brain space.   

Here’s the back cover. 

I’ll leave with a pattern idea from Designs by Heidi, Triangle Tote pattern. It was first featured as a project in this issue of Modern Patchwork: Triangle Tote pattern by Heidi Emmett. My ornery cat, Rex, sitting/guarding the tote.

Here is how Modern Patchwork photographed same tote. I was pretty surprised. Someone was NOT paying attention. This is actually the back of the tote. So sad. 

If you like what you see, you can purchase it (the pattern) directly from me. Email me at: hmemmett@gmail.com  It is $15.00 US  and that includes shipping anywhere in the world. It will come as a hard copy pattern (paper pattern, instructions, all in a plastic bag. 

Fun, fun, FUN, to make! Let’s get going and sew!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Hugs, Heidi

So Much Going On, Sew Little Time!!

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Accckk, Udi’s, Amy’s, Newmans’s Own, just to name a few, have been my foods, frozen no less, of choice during these whirlwind days. The Book is DONE, all projects, sent and received. Classes are being taught, Rafiki Skirt tomorrow, magazines are being sold with “Free-Form Circles pillow project (see a few posts back) and my first orders are already coming in from Checker Distributing!! And they haven’t even seen my patterns at Houston yet! And I was able to go to PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival) in San Francisco last Saturday. Wow, wow. What fun, what amazing things I saw, touched, and purchased. More later about THAT day.

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I went to a lunch meeting and decided it was the perfect time to wear one of my Zephyr Jackets. Light weight and great for a warmish fall day. I have big smiles because of several things: 1. yes, you see my metal mouth. Things are progressing nicely so I am happy about that. 2. During the lunch meeting I was offered 2 part time positions, both of which could really boost my business forward (more later) . 3. A really big Trunk Show/Workshop class down south with my friend and co-quilter, Christine Barnes. All this stuff coming at me all at once and ALL fun. God is Good. 
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I wasn’t sure about the green sweater underneath, but I like it on me. For a sleek look wear a tighter fitting long or short sleeved t-shirt. 
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Zephyr Jacket, the front panels are a perfect canvas for embroidery, quilting, felting, etc. I can’t wait for some “sew” time. I have new ideas for this pattern. 

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I had just emptied the rain gauge, SIX INCHES of RAIN in a weekend of storms. Yeah, our first measurable rain since early April. I love the colors of the leaves with the sun shining through. Below is Rex wanting to join in on the picture taking fun.

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Below, the back of Zephyr is plain, and can easily be lengthened. My next one will be longer.

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Cardiac stitching on the shoulder seams for something different. 

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Another quick peek at Zephyr. Can’t see much but I like the picture, ha, ha. nik_2542 dsc_0099

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Here is a picture on the pattern back. Doesn’t it scream, “BUY ME!” Well you can. Get a hard copy from me: $15. includes shipping. Check or cash to Heidi Emmett, P.O. Box 208, Cedar Ridge, CA 95924. Orrrr… hit the Craftsy icon above and look up Sewing patterns/Designs by Heidi and voila, pdf files for all patterns and this one is $9.95. Take a walk among the changing leaf colors where you live and dream of future “Art to Wear” projects. Hugs, Heidi

Free Form Circles Pillow a project- by Heidi Emmett -Fall, Modern Patchwork

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The Fall edition of Modern Patchwork will be coming out on October 4th. I’m giving you a sneak peek at the cover and my project! It is the perfect pillow to make for yourself and as a gift. I created it as an easy project that invites you to do more free-style machine quilting!

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Whoo hoo! I’m in here!

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While I liked there shot, I had to take a few of my own.

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I love the “text”  background fabric. There are tons of them out there and of COURSE, I must add them to my collection. I have many collections.

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The following pictures (yes, I kept the blurry one in too because I like it) show you where I got the idea for this pillow project. I’ll tell you at the end what they are.

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Did you guess? I had just finished a fun felted circle project with some beading on it. I was at the kitchen sink getting a drink of water from my pressed green colored glass. The sun was shining through it just right. I took the glass to my little quilt, put the project in the sun and set the glass on top of the embroidered circles. The pictures above are the result. Too FUN!  I could see stacked circles of COLOR using , Basicgrey “Grunge” fabrics by Moda fabrics. Look for them at independent quilt shops.  These fabrics are a must for every fabric stash. Didn’t I tell you? IDEAS ARE EVERYWHERE!!  Below is a teeny, tiny section of my felted circle project.

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It’s the second day of Fall! And it feels like it here in Cedar Ridge, CA  It was so chilly on the first day of Fall that our fireplace had its’ first fire of the season. Even the cats cozied up to it!

Have a fabulous creative fall weekend and start looking for the Fall issue of Modern Patchwork! You’ll enjoy all the projects that are offered. Thank you all for stopping by my Blog (tell your friends about it). Hugs to Judi and Lori  and Jean (some of my Bunco buddies who visit my Blog). And hugs to all of you! Heidi

Zephyr Jacket now available with Tissue pattern pieces. Send $15.00 to me, Heidi Emmett at P.O. Box 208 Cedar Ridge, CA 95924, and I’ll send you one. I just love circles don’t I?

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Volunteering at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe, June 2016.

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My husband and I go to Zephyr Point, home of  Artistic Alchemy retreat (it’s Sept.5-9th this year; click on the “Artistic Alchemy” logo above to learn  what my workshop is all about).  In June, we volunteer at the “Bear Necessities Gift Shop” for one week. It takes us about six hours to get there (only because I HAVE TO STOP at many thrift shops along the way).  Below are two absolute mint condition 30’s quilt tops I found at the third stop. These two tops just made my day, week, month, year!! I will sooo appreciate the beautiful stitching (all done by hand of course!) and absolute beauty of them. I wont say any more, just enjoy the pictures. I think you’ll agree, with the setup for these pictures, it’s almost as if they are stain glass pictures in the cathedral of Lake Tahoe so it is only fitting that I thank you God for this magnificent place, and the creativity you give each of us to make such lovely hand made things.

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Yes, that’s me wearing my upcycled sweat shirt with the kangaroo pocket using Marcia Derse Fabrics. And below ,an hour later, was the perfect end to a perfect day. Enjoy this show too. All pictures this week were taken from the balcony of the cabin we get to stay in while working for the week. This place, the air, the scenery, it all gets me very excited to help you create your own piece of “Art to Wear.” Please join me at my workshop with Artistic Alchemy this September 5th-9th.DSC_0105

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Hugs, Heidi

Look What People are Making from Designs by Heidi!

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I love it when you all email me pictures of the all the lovelies you have made using my patterns. Below are two pictures of my 3-Tiered Skirt  pattern made by Nancy. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area. And look what she FOUND on Ebay! Kaffe Fassett’s  Mille Fiore rayon just like mine! Whoo hoo! VERY hard to find now as Kaffe quit making rayons from what I have been told.

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You look fabulous! A pattern from Designs by Heidi is coming your way Nancy.

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Below we have Kris W. from Paradise, CA and Sherry B. from Penn Valley, CA. Ladies, you just bought Terrific Tabard patterns from our Artistic Alchemy Booth at the Pine Tree Quilt Guild Booth. You are both very fast! And see how happy they are are wearing their new “Art to Wear” pieces!Webber-vests webber backs

These are both really fun. Thank you for sending me pictures. You will each be receiving a pattern in the mail next week.

Below, I have to show you again, Sandras one piece wonder with Terrific Tabard in just one fabric for the front and one for the lining. Quick and easy. Check out our Artistic Alchemy blog (tap on the icon at the top of the page) and see just what I’m teaching at the retreat this fall. Off The Grid vest, or, Terrific Tabard. Sandra & Heidi

Margaret V. of Nevada City, CA is wearing a royally rich color blocked Whisper Blouse that she recently finished. Looking good Margaret. You’ll be getting a pattern too.

So, everyone, get busy and sew up a Designs by Heidi pattern and send me some pictures. We’ll put you in print (on a blog post) and send you a free pattern.  Remember, buy pdf files from Craftsy.com (touch the icon at the top of the page) or email me at hmemmett@gmail.com and I can sell  you hard copies.
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Margaret, your lovely colors remind me of the Helleborus flowers in my yard. I’ll leave all you creative ladies with a few pictures of them. Sew up a storm this weekend. Hugs, Heidi

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For years and years I worked with kids in elementary school to help them get creative. It has really helped ME with my own CREATIVITY! Below is the original “Flower Power” that I helped my little ones to make (special needs). They did ALL their own work, from the background, down to placement of each item on the 14 x 22 canvas.We all had so much fun making this piece and it made big bucks at the art auction!
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Truly a mixed media piece. Acrylics, liquid watercolors, bubblewrap stamps, wire, beads, and fancy papers. Oh and all the background hills are torn pieces of leftover paper towels (used for blotting watercolors on another project). Ahh yes, doing my part to recycle. DSC_0773 DSC_0775

All rightie then, at home with more paper towel painted pieces, and my own wired flowers, I’m thinking, can I put all this on a fabric base and quilt it? YES!!! I DID IT!!DSC_0372

The bottom “field” fabric is a 100% silk piece I cut out of a skirt. I liked the soft coloring on the wrong side and the hints of the woven in  dragon flies zipping across the field.

Toooo much FUN! You need to TRY THIS! Start small. mine is 16″ x 16.” This makes it very doable in an afternoon. DSC_0356 DSC_0358 DSC_0359

An afternoon play time. You’ve got to TRY THIS!!DSC_0361 DSC_0362

Here is a very helpful hint, use Terial Magic for the flowers. DSC_0333

I cut circle stacks out of silk blouses and placed them on waxed paper and sprayed them. DSC_0363

So much easier to stitch when treated with Terial Magic.

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Ahh, yes. Had to show this picture again. I’m wearing Terrific Tabard vest, in the “Aussie Angle” choice. The Aussie stylized flowers in my fabric remind me of my fun, wired, stacked, and stitched, and beaded flowers. Don’t forget, sew up T.T. by making it whole cloth (one piece of fabric) like Sandra did below. Email me at hmemmett@gmail.com if you want to purchase a hard copy of “Terrific Tabard!” P.S. Yep, that’s me with braces! Don’t you think I look 30 years younger? A friend said they look “charming.” I like that, goin’ with that one. DSC_1095

I wish you all a very creative weekend! Hugs, Heidi

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Felted Fabric, turned into an “Off The Grid Vest,” Heads will Turn!

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I just love this pre-felted piece of fabric. And I am so glad that I used the ombre’ batik by Anthology for the trim. It adds some pizzazz!

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Check out the reverse side. Love that too. Can you believe it! I found this cool fabric at JoAnn’s. If you ever see a 54-60″ wide fabric like this, you only need to buy 1 1/3 yds. to make Off the Grid. DSC_0090 (4)

I just like this close up so you can really see what’s going on. DSC_0083 (3)

Oh my, I used buttons that I have had in my button jar for EVER! Pretty unique, I may not like the texture under my arms. We’ll see. DSC_0094 (3)

Here is that little bit on the back that I felted and didn’t like from the front. Well, I decided to keep it in (tooooo much time to rip out!) and I’m going to add to it with some black and white striped fabric and maybe a couple of wild fabric circles. I will show you when done, but it’s waaay down on the list right now. DSC_0095 (3) DSC_0080 (2)

Fun, fun, FUN! And fast, fast, FAST, to sew up! I was really surprised and happy about that. Well, duh, Heidi, it wasn’t collaged and quilted. I can’t wait to do another one with a felted type fabric. Have a super week, we’ll visit again on Friday. Hugs, Heidi

Off The Grid Vest, Goes International. New Zealand!

A few days ago, an email with attached photos arrived in my inbox. Drum roll please……I would like to introduce you to Carol from New Zealand! Yes, Carol bought my Off The Grid vest pattern from Craftsy.com  and created her own fabulous version of Off The Grid. I love the way she used the greens “sticks” on the fronts. Kiwi, “Kiwi Connection.” That’s the name I give this piece of Art to Wear. New Zealand, Ca

In two weeks Carol will be celebrating her 20th leap year birthday with her family in Zermatt, Switzerland. And guess what? She will be wearing her newly created vest for her birthday festivities. “Off the Grid” vest is jet-setting around the world. I love it! Happy, happy, birthday Carol.

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Anyone out there who has made up one of my patterns, send me some good, clear photos, and I will mail you a pattern of your choice from my growing collection of patterns. Thank you Carol for sending these great pictures so we can all enjoy seeing your vest.

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Back to Zephyr Point (wow, New Zealand, Zermatt, and Zephyr). Trish was my student last year in our Off The Grid vest workshop. Isn’t it fantastic? Come to my workshop through Artistic Alchemy and leave the retreat, WEARING your completed Art to Wear piece! In no other workshop will THAT happen. I’m just sayin.’
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Trish used to live and work in Hawaii. She has been a diving instructor, Dive captain, and a Captain of vessels of all sizes. She told us some amazing sea faring stories as the sewing machines were whirling away. We all think she needs to write a book next! DSC_1038

We loved her fabric choices and I think this beautiful piece of Art to Wear should have the title of “Hawaiian Sunset.” DSC_1039

We had a great time. Maybe, you will choose to make your own piece of Art to Wear by coming to my workshop at our annual Artistic Alchemy Retreat, September 5th-9th, 2016.

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Here it is!! Ta daa! My latest, greatest, Off The Grid. I showed bits and pieces of it last week. The base fabric has been pre-felted.  I will post more pictures tomorrow. I haven’t named it yet. All art work needs a name, I think. What will you name YOUR Off The Grid vest?

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Let’s all get creative this weekend. Make it up, make it fun, and get it done! Hugs, Heidi

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A Major YARN BOMB!! in Anaheim, CA

Happy New Year everyone! I took 3 whole weeks off! Much needed and so glad I did. Refreshed and ready to blog!

I had a unique opportunity to attend the CHA (Craft and Hobby Assoc.) show in Anaheim from last Thursday until this past Wednesday. So much to talk about but I am STILL recovering from everything. I went to help Terry McFeely in her Terial Arts booth. Please visit Terialarts.com to see what it is all about. I use Terial Magic so much and I have guest blogged for the Terialarts blog too. More about all that in a later post.

Below, The Lion Brand Yarn booth. I just had to talk with the designer who created this amazing piece. Love the black background. It really shows off the major art piece. Do you see the 3 spinning wheels (Ashford from New Zealand)?  Don’t you love how the yarn comes through and up and over to the crochet work? Simple and dynamic design.

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Here is the front of the piece. As the four days of the show progressed so did the front of the piece. Toooooo fun!!  Think 20 feet across and at least 12 feet high. Crochet b. 4

London Kaye is the designer and of course it is all free form crochet. Check out the sweet octopus.

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She is a very sweet young lady, maybe 30 yrs. old. And while she talked to me she had a ball of yarn in a pocket and was crocheting away on another part of her design. She told me that she uses all single crochet and that the yarns were all a bulky weight. She said she likes to put her work on cyclone fencing as it makes a great canvas. Crochet B.3

Here is a little blurb on what yarn bombing is about. London hails from Brooklyn where all these yarn bombs took place. Crochet Bombing

Google Yarn Bombs and I think you will have a very good time looking at them all over the world.

What an amazing time I had. More about it in the next post. Something came from wearing a different pattern of my own everyday of the show. Have a creative weekend. It’s raining here. Perfect for all the creative things I WANT TO DO! Hugs, Heidi

A Spiralishicous Vest Pattern

 

I promised last week to give you the pattern for the “sneak peak” of something to crochet.

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Check the date on this pattern. It is from a calendar I bought 10 years ago!! More in style than ever. Or shall we call it timeless? I must say from this front view I didn’t like it that much. I am giving Judith Combs all the credit, although I did things differently (as I think most of us do). 1st change was that I used any yarn I wanted. Remember, I do felting by machine so I have lots and lots of “single” skeins. When I got tired of one yarn, it was on to another. That is what made it fun for me. DSC_1780

I followed the pattern below (next two pictures) and then….DSC_1782 DSC_1783

stopped at the sleeves. The spots on this page are from coffee drips. DSC_1784

Below are thoughts of yarns for my next Spiralicious Vest.  These are all Gina yarns by Plymouth. DSC_0048 (2)

This is the season of love! I believe in Christmas and God sending his greatest gift of love EVER to each and every one of us. He sent His Son, Jesus. Please, if you are able (or write a note), hug your children, grandchildren, anyone in your life that you love. And TELL THEM how much you love them.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift from God. That’s why it is called the present.                 (St. Markan 1225)    I send hugs to all of you, Heidi

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Gobble, Gobble, Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

 

Working madly for a family crowd of 24 coming to MY house this afternoon. Am I crazy or what for writing this post at 7:00 a.m. (been up since 5:00a.m., the dog got me up). Check out this AMAZING Maple Cranberry Sauce recipe I found in the magazine insert, americanprofile.com (insert in your local newspaper). It is by Kate of ihearteating.com Already went to her site to thank her for this, the best Cranberry sauce recipe EVER! in my opinion. DSC_1698

Below is a before shot. A big snow storm coming in, snow levels down to 1500 ft. here in Grass Valley, CA, northern CA. DSC_1700

Working on and FINISHING a Terrific Tabard vest, aka “Skinny Vest” for my wholesale account, Fabric Chicks in Minden, NV. Beth picked out the Aboriginal fabrics she wanted me to use. She will wear this vest in her booth as she attends many, MANY quilt shows! Yeah, get the word out about DesignsbyHeidi. DSC_1720

Should you want to sign up for the Artistic Alchemy Retreat in September of 2016, you could make your own Terrific Tabard vest in my workshop, “Art To Wear.”  DSC_1716

Oh, by the way, Beth did not want any batting in her vest as she gets too warm. So there you go, make your own without batting. It’s still machine quilted to the lining though. DSC_1714

This vest aka “Skinny Vest” shows off its’ slimming side lines below.
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Here’s the other side. Hey! What’s that white stuff in the background? DSC_1731

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And here is the after shot. Wow, what an amazing storm. Not. But it was fun to have this dusting of snow to enjoy. DSC_1707

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. We all have so much to be THANKFUL for. Hugs, Heidi

Rescue for a Broken Cross Body Bag!

 

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Purchased, one cute cross- body bag with a broken zipper for $2.00. What to do with it?        DSC_0005

I decided to make a flap out of this great batik fabric and add some machine felted spirals that I made a while back.

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Which side of the spirals should I use? Below a close up: one group are just pieces of yarn wrapped around and around with my fingers. I machine felt them onto a piece of illusion (what they make bridal veils out of but comes in a gazillion colors now besides white and beige). The other group shows the the back side of the brighter first group. It is amazing how two layers of illusion can really soften a yarns’ color. DSC_0009

I decided to use the brighter side for this project. Below is my finished fix. I stitched the spirals down and for weight (to keep the flap hanging down)  and more interest, added a piece of polymer clay that I bought a long time ago. Time to use it!DSC_1678

Hmmm… pretty busy looking, or is it wild and crazy!
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I like wild and crazy. Have some fun. Think outside the “flap” now and then. On the inside of the flap you can see my stitching lines. I haven’t added an inside closure (the zipper was broken), but the heavier polymer piece really does its’ job and holds the flap down and in place. DSC_1680

Saw this gorgeous maple tree in the side yard while snapping the bag pics. You are looking at a Bluebird house. And YES!!!! we have bluebirds. We have 4 bluebird boxes around the property(I think it is a min. of 30 ft. between each one) and on different occasions, each one has had birds. Build them and they WILL come! It is truly amazing as, DSC_1650

we didn’t have them before the houses were put up. Bluebirds don’t like that little stick to sit on that you put on the outside ofthe house. I did not arrange the leaves below, the whole side lawn (half dead to dead because we could not water it much) is one big, beautiful carpet of color. DSC_1652

Look up and yowzaa, color on fire! DSC_1657I want to do another post tomorrow. I have been taste testing some new recipes for Thanksgiving. Is your family like mine, TRADITION must be followed at ALL costs or there is  much admonishment? I sneak in new dishes here and there and wow, sometimes they go for it. Yikes, the cranberry sauce(one of the new recipes), gotta dash! Hugs, Heidi follow-me-on-pinterest_

At Lake Tahoe with Artistic Alchemy Retreat! Teaching, “Off The Grid” Vest

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Hello everyone! Let’s get right to it. I had an amazing week at Lake Tahoe with my equally amazing students. Truly, we are all “kindred spirits” with our love of making Art to Wear!! We laughed, and laughed, and they sewed, and sewed. I am so proud of each of your vests. When you all are done reading this post, be sure to pop over to Artistic Alchemy and read my other post. There are different pictures for the most part and other good words that go with them.  DSC_0844

Here are Pat K. on the left and Sylvia on the right. Look at those two! They are wearing the colors that they are sewing with and more below. Each of my students made such different vests. I loved it! On a different day, you can see much progress. Pat on the left used a black dobby as her background fabric and Sylvia on the right, dark navy. You’ll see more closeups soon but Pat K’s fabrics are so fun with the vivid orange that she had a title for her vest before it was even complete. “Fiesta!” A perfect title.

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We had resident cat, “Pinto”, and one of the Open Studio gals brought Pinto a toy with treats(found at Safeway she said). Pinto was busy with it and very protective of it too.

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Here are two more of my students, Trish on the left and Pat S. on the right. DSC_0839

An afternoon of fabric shopping was a nice diversion. Fabric Chics from Minden, Nevada came over the pass with tons of good stuff. Most of it is behind this picture. DSC_0840

Here is one of Trish’s off-centered log cabin blocks. Love it. DSC_0878

I love how this vest has a rich, midnight blue “Grunge” for the background fabric. There are also a few pieces of beautiful wool felt in there too. This is Pat S’s vest.
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Trish is using the grey ombre fabric that I made my very first “Off the Grid Vest” I really like how different color ways that are sewn on top look so different and so good.This ombre is available at Christine Barnes’ website. She’s out right now (hmm… I wonder why?). It should be back in beginning of October.  DSC_0962

You can’t really see it to well but Pat S. is using one color for the background on her vest fronts (they have all the extra, colorful pieces)on one side and a different one on the other side. DSC_0850

Oh my gosh. On the last morning, Trish had FINISHED her vest! Fantastic! Looks so good Trish.DSC_1039

On Thursday early evening, I took this shot outside the dining room. It has the same colors as Trish’s vest. Yummy. DSC_1046

Busy, busy, are my “minions.” O.K., you just had to be there. It was all in good fun. What a wonderful team of ladies I had. They gave me some great ideas which I will be passing along on another post of “Off The Grid” vest ideas.

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Sylvia added an extra detail across the upper back of her gorgeous vest. Her colors reminded me of the deep blue sea and gems that you see hidden in the depths. She used a beautiful batik for her background fabric. DSC_0978

I have more to share with you but enough for now. I have to get ready for a “gig” tomorrow in Roseville. I hope I can get some pictures. Christine is the main speaker but I was asked to bring my patterns and clothing to model and sell patterns. This is for ASG (American Sewing Guild) and the main emphasis is clothing. Love that.

Have a creative weekend. Get your “Off The Grid Vest” pattern on Craftsy.com or email me  at hmemmett@gmail.com and I can send you one. Hugs, Heidi

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An Afternoon of Fabric and Fun

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On July 15th I had a fun day with my other two partner teachers in our Artistic Alchemy group. We went to the bay area for Sandra and Christine to be part of the “Meet The Teachers” program through NCQC (Northern California Quilt Council). I came to be part of the audience as I am the Program Chair for Pine Tree Quilt Guild here in Grass Valley and need a few more speakers/workshops for 2016 for our guild.

Then it was off to quilt shops for fun and fabric. First stop, Cotton Patch. Wow, a fun store, that offered fabric for every taste. Hi to Linda, I knew her from Christine’s Tahoe retreat 3 years ago. Everyone was so helpful. We wanted it all. DSC_0350

Next it was on to Wooden Gate in Danville. Another wow store! They take a more modern approach  that is very fun. DSC_0351 DSC_0357

It is so hard to take it all in. Up, down, and all around!!! We appear as a blur while trying to decide. DSC_0361

What’s this? Take 2 embroidery hoops, add fabric and voila! Cute hanging lanterns. Hmm… we just need to add lighting of some kind. DSC_0363

Here is Alethea Ballard, putting up with all my yardage cuts. Just so you know, I am using fabrics that I bought that day in projects to demo. at my “Art on the Wall, Art to Wear” workshop at our 2nd annual Artistic Alchemy Retreat. My workshop still has some room in it.Love to see you in it! Everyone will begin creating their own “Off The Grid” vests as well as learning some fun techniques to bring a wow factor to quilts or clothing. Go to Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com (or touch the logo at the top of this post) for more information. We will have a blast. September 7th-11th at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe).

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And Jamie who cut too and gave AMAZING driving directions to avoid major traffic jams. DSC_0369

Who knew, just wrap scraps around Styrofoam balls for fun decorations. DSC_0371

Driving out of town I spied “Maison de FLEUR.” Too cute. DSC_0372I will do another post in a few days. July has been busy. Lots to show you. We’ll talk soon. Hugs, Heidi

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Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy, hoppy, HAPPY!!

 

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What beautiful weather we have been having, the dogwoods are all blooming almost one month ahead of schedule.

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This lovely little wall hanging will be part of a series of patterns called, “Mommy & Me & My Quilt.”This one features Mommy & Me lace vests to make and this quilt. This pattern is in the Que for completion. I will bring this quilt to my workshop, “Art on The Wall, Art to Wear” through Artistic Alchemy at Lake Tahoe. Learn my techniques that make a quilt or quilted clothing POP! Click on the Artistic Alchemy icon at the top of the page to get more information and to sign up!

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This beautiful orchid sits in my  kitchen window so I see it every day. It was given to me 2 years ago in January. I haven’t killed it yet. And it just keeps on blooming.

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Look at the colors, they are the same as the Mommy & Me quilt! What is in the background, outside? I’ll focus on the background so you can see the dogwood tree I put the quilt into for pictures.

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Bon jour mes amis! Rex was helping (again) in my sewing studio and I could not resist this jaunty French beret (yo, yo) picture. I can’t wait to show where I am placing these yo yo’s. It’s at Sandra Bruce’s studio right now for quilting. In a few weeks you’ll see it.

Have the happiest of Easter’s and I hope you have time to work on a project or two! Hugs, Heidi

 

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I’m Working on my “Off The Grid” Vest pattern

What a beautiful start to the day. It was taken from my back deck! It’s the first day of Spring. Happy Spring everyone.

 

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I’m up early because I am working hard to finish my Off The Grid Vest Pattern. The making of a pattern always means making the project as I write up the pattern, as well as much picture taking.

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In case you missed it, here is “Off The Grid” a vest that I am so excited to FINALLY get the pattern out there into everyone’s hands.Please visit my August 26, 2014 blog post for more pictures of this fun vest.

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I first made a bunch of uneven log cabins blocks.

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Working on machine quilting the collar piece.  I’m using beautiful Alison Glass Batiks by Andover Fabrics for this my newest vest.

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I also need some  stiffer pieces of fabric. I spray right on top of my cleaned off glass top table. Works really well.  Oh look at all the weeds that need pulling. I need this fresh air. I’ll just pull a few….ha, ha, ha!

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Well, well, after the fresh air and weed pulling, my fingers are killing me. If you haven’t used this stuff, you need to try it. It really works. And just like the commercial says, it doesn’t stink.

I’m sorry, no more pictures. I need to go to bed now. I did get soooo much done today.  O.K., one more:

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I enjoy this technique so much that I have decided to incorporate it into my workshop at Zephyr Point this September at our Artistic Alchemy Retreat. I will help you begin the vest layout or if that is too much, learn the technique with the rest of us and turn one of the panels into a table runner, or skinny wallhanging. Oh what fun we will have. There is still plenty of room in my workshop. So  don’t delay, hop on over to the Artistic Alchemy site and get signed up. Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com    Hugs, Heidi

 

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How to Keep Your Man Close to Your Heart!

 

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How do you do this, you ask? Start with a man’s shirt, long sleeved or short. DSC_0040

Love the colors in this one! O.K., o.k., I’ll tell you now. You keep your man close to your heart by turning one of his OLD shirts (never use one he loves or is wearing now, there will be NO love from hubby if you do that)into an apron. I have seen so many pinned on Pinterest that I decided to do my own thing.

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Ta da! I had to show the finished product first so you’ll get what I’m doing. Notice how long my apron is. I am sloppy in the kitchen AND I wanted to be able to use the pocket that was already on the shirt. Here we go:

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Oh that first cut is the hardest for me! Snap out of it Heidi! I got this shirt at the thrift shop. My husband would never wear this shirt (a bit bright for him, ha).  Choose a fun fabric for the waistband, ties, and an extra pocket.

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Cut through the front and the back above the pocket a few inches. Cut open the back of the shirt, right down the middle for the opening of the apron. Press under the long ends, press again, and sew.  Sew up the opening where the sleeves were cut out. Now you have  side seams.  The rest of these directions will be sort of vague as I am just giving generalities here.  Be sure to check out all my detailed  patterns (not like this) for sale on Craftsy.com 

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Make a colorful pocket using two pieces of fabric. Sew it and turn it inside out and topstitch it onto the front side area where there is no pocket. For the front waistband area, I didn’t want it to smoosh down so I added some iron on pellon fleece.

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Whoops, the iron was too hot! Caught it in the nick of time.

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I attached the waist band to one side and turned under the loose edge 1/4′ to stitch down after I fold the tie ends in half right sides together, sew and turn them right side out. Fold over the waistband and topstitch it in place. See below.

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Here is my apron with it tied in the back. See the extra pocket that matches the shirt?

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One more shot of the apron with a bow in front. I like the smoothness of the apron without all the gathers that you typically see. I think it’s a thing of beauty.

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After my “photo shoot” of the apron I looked around my yard! People, it’s only the 20th of February. All the explosion of beauty in the flowers has been going on for more than a week! This is supposed to be happening the end of March, not now!

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Forsythia, you can’t kill it if you tried. Makes a great hedge. Trim it or not, it’s up to you. Always plant it where it will stay. Suckers grow all around this bush and are very hard to get rid of. Pretty, for three seasons. Sticks for the fourth season (but I like sticks).

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These three “Dappodils” (that’s what my nephew called them and the name stuck) were all lined up in a row for this shot.

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Camellia’s do bloom in February. So it’s o.k.   Be sure to check out the Artistic Alchemy blog. More things about our September 7-11th retreat have been added. We are going to have a really good time! Hope I see you there. Now, go out there to your happy place and get creative! Hugs, Heidi

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Create as You Go Handwork on a Very Bad, Terrible, Stormy Day….

 

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Inspiration for my handwork project. Where else, but Zephyr Point! It was a tiny bush on the side of the walking trail by Cabin 14.Every color in this picture is in my handwork project (even the background).

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These Sun Sugar tomatoes (the colors) are in my piece too. O.K., O.K., I’m just showing off that I picked the very last of these AMAZING tomatoes on Dec. 9th!!! We had them for lunch today. Here is my super simple Sun Sugar recipe. As a side dish: Place in a bowl halved S.S. tomatoes. Cube an avacado,  and add. Drizzle good quality olive oil over all and then sprinkle your favorite salt blend over the top (today I used, Spanish Smoked seasoned salt with smoky paprika). Oh so gently toss, and serve. Oh SO YUMMY!

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I had already done the yarn felted circles (upper right), and two, plaid, super spirals. I’m auditioning some yo-yo’s  and some other texture, Aunt Lydia’s Knit Crosheen (below).

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Well, well, there really is a ” SHEEN” in Knit Crosheen thread. I love hand stitching with it. Oh yes, had to show off my Thanksgiving cactus again. It’s still going strong.

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I’ve already done some “Rice Stitching” and “Doodle” stiching here and there.

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I need to find those yo-yo’s before the lights go out. The background is a fabulous Italian wool knit. So nice to stitch on, and see those few bubbling up areas of the wool in the background? They will all disappear nicely with a touch of a steam iron hovered over a press cloth. ALWAYS use a press cloth on wool. Time to gather everything and get cozy in my chair and hand sew for awhile. This piece may become a pillow top. Go find yourself a mindless, fun, hand sewing project. USE WHAT YOU HAVE! Create as you go. Hugs, Heidi

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Super Sweet Spirals

I am so happy, happy! What a difference a SW wind makes! The air quality has been so horrible of late, off the charts terrible! So grateful for the small SW breeze to clear the air. All the windows and doors are open to bring in the sweet, cool air. Prayers of thanks go up, and prayers for firemen safety as they battle the King fire, near Lake Tahoe in California.

DSC_0833Here is my work in progress. I can even sew on it while I’m wearing it! Kidding! This is one of the techniques that I taught up at Zephyr Point, the Artistic Alchemy Retreat. It was only 3 weeks  ago. We are planning September 2015. I’ll keep you posted.

DSC_0841I keep turning it so you can see all sides. And if I spill, just turn it to a different spot. Cool.

DSC_0858Sorry, can’t help it. Rubix just knows how to pose!

DSC_0862Today is the first day of FALL! My favorite time of year. Happy Fall everyone. I was growing pumpkins, deer ate ’em. So once again, store bought.

DSC_0865Closer in. Linen background. Cut out a center circle. Take a 3/4″ wide piece of bias, fold in half, and stitch it round and round about 1/16th” away from the raw edges. Finger fold over and hand stitch down.

DSC_0869Helper cat, Rex, can fall asleep faster than anything. See these two super sweets, the one closer to the top of the picture, has a little stuffing in it. I slit it from the back, stuffed it, and closed it up.

DSC_0870Sorry, lighting is not the best. This is such a great technique to show case little pieces of all your favorite fabrics. The bias pieces are from left over bias strips from Calypso Vest. That is my pattern on Craftsy.com Type in Heidi Emmett in clothing patterns.

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DSC_0879Speaking of linen, on my way home from the retreat I stopped at a couple of my favorite thrift stores. I found, one, fully lined 100% linen drapery panel, 110 x 96 in size, $5. Ladies, that’s a nice chunk of linen for whatever I want. And then I turned around and found for $2.50, a Calvin Klein, king sized flat sheet. It is 100% Pima cotton. Sweeeet! Perfect for a quilt back. It is a really nice small print. Quilting cottons are becoming quite expensive, so open your eyes to new possibilities. It ‘s fun, and addictive. That’s what my technique workshop is ALL about. What are the possibilities? Let’s try something different. Why not? Get out there and get your creative going this week. Hugs, Heidi