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Yo-Yo’s, Y’all…….. “Upcycled” Totes & Purses.

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The weekend has officially started! Just look at what you could create! All four projects are easy and fast! Check them out:  Below, I found my favorite color of green in a tote bag. The logo on the front had to go. I washed the bag (it was $1.00) and pulled out my favorite Kaffe Fassett green Millefiori  fabric.  I stitched up a pocket, whirrrr….. and topstitched it to the front of the outside pocket.  I have already filled it with a stuff for a new project. Yes!

Time out for a trip (early morning) to my little garden. YIKES! It has been sooooo hot for sooooo long! We are looking at 30+ days with 90+ weather. Very meager pickings as the plants are stressed. Except for my Basil and Thai Basil. This tiny bit of Basil, the fresh fragrance, filled the laundry room where I set the basket down. On to project #2. 

Apologies, the color is off (battery running really low). It’s time for the traveling Yo-Yo’s. Traveling because this is the perfect project to carry with you when you have to hurry up and wait. Cut the circles ahead of time and add scissors, threaded needles and your yo-yo maker (I use Clover).  Spoil yourself and purchase a pair of Karen Kay Baily scissors. 

Taaa Daaa!! It’s magic. I make them in four different sizes, out of solids, stripes, silks, whatever will snap into the disk. 

Finally, battery recharged, proper color. Another fabulous Kaffe Fassett fabric: “Roman Glass” color: sludge. I’m adding these yo-yo’s to my latest Coach purse. They will cover the sad, dirty (cleaned but still dirty looking) split leather. Check out that glue, it’s called Fabri-Tac. I LOVE, LOVE, this glue. It really holds, doesn’t run, and dries clear.  

I placed a loose yo-yo on the little Coach tag. This is going to be the cutest little thing. Hurry up and dry, I want to take you out on the town. 

Project #3: I found this large tote at Target. It was too plain for me. Using the stencil below with dark gray acrylic paint, I stenciled it onto the front of the tote bag. 

To keep the paint on it, I have brushed on some Mod Podge. Love this stuff. Did you know that they make an outdoor Mod Podge? Hm…NO! Heidi! Finish these projects first, then you can go outside and find more. 

Silly me, I am on “small” yo-yo mode, and have made a bunch of tiny ones. Well….I think they are too small for this large tote. No time left to make bigger ones, so I will just place these onto the tote so you get the idea. 

Larger Yo-Yo’s will be better don’t you think? But I like what’s going on here.

Project #4: I love the fuchsia color of this Coach bag, but not the sad, ugly, split leather bottom. I’ll fix that! 

Another great Kaffe Fassett fabric called Jungle Stripe is going to be used. I put some iron on fleece to the wrong side, stitched on the front following the striped pattern. Then stitched up a little “canoe” shaped piece. Snip, snip….trimming the excess away. 

I glued it on with that fabulous glue, Fabri-Tac. I smeared on the glue all over the split leather, let it set up for about 5 minutes, slipped the quilted piece over the leather and smoothed it down with my fingers. I put extra pressure on the top edges. I have used this purse without any of it coming apart for 2 summers now. So glad I could give some more good years to this pretty colored Coach bag. 

This is a recent view near Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe, the California side looking toward North Shore.  The lake is the fullest it has been in 11 years. Wow! Come and see it for yourself, come up and join our Artistic Alchemy retreat. My workshop is called “Pick a Pattern.” Let me help you custom fit, color and stylize your pick of patterns from the DesignsbyHeidi collection. Can’t wait. There’s still room. Click on the Artistic Alchemy logo below and learn more. You can always get in touch via my email: hmemmett@gmail.com

Stay cool. Thank you so much for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi

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

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! 

My workshop is called “Pick a Pattern.” I have at least 9 patterns to choose from or you could pick some from my NEW book! It’s out now! Buy it from me, your quilt shop, or Amazon. I’d love to see YOU in my workshop this September at Zephyr Point.

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