What’s In Store for Artistic Alchemy, the TEACHERS!


Well, 2022 has arrived. We are long overdo in telling you what is going on with Artistic Alchemy.

Oh, the beauty of Lake Tahoe, Nevada side (this is near Sand Harbor looking toward Tahoe City on the North shore).

We had such high hopes for another successful retreat this past September, 2021. Here we are in the middle of August 2021, from the left, Sandra, Jane, and Heidi getting things ready for the retreat. Sandra’s gorgeous quilt makes for a fabulous backdrop.

We are in Sandra’s quilting studio, worker bees, sorting, planning for the big week we had planned.

Of course, we had swag to get ready. The piles filled every nook and cranny of Sandra’s studio.

And then there were the fires. Four of them near us. I’m not going into details here but you can look them up: 1. Dixie, Lake Almanor, CA 2. River, Colfax, CA 3. Grass Valley, CA 4. Caldor, CA & Nevada.

The 4th fire, Caldor, was the one that sunk our retreat for 2021.

Beautiful, tranquil waters, of Lake Tahoe (from Cabin 8 of Zephyr Point Conference Center) of which we were so hoping to have for our retreat.

It also appears that we are s-l-o-w-l-y moving toward the sunset for our Artistic Alchemy Blog (it will end this December 2022). We all hope to post here on this site, now and then to keep you updated on what each of us are doing. So here we go, first up it’s Heidi Emmett here to tell you what’s going on with me.

First, I’m working on a new “Art to Wear” pattern. All my patterns can be found at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett

I love to explore new and different techniques, first in small quilts, to see if my ideas are viable then it’s on to a garment or a tote bag.

I’m also working on “Short and Sweet” Art to Wear classes. Techniques and actual garments will be explored. I have so MANY ideas going round and round…My classes will be available on my Etsy site.

Also, you can follow me on Pinterest: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett and Instagram: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett.

Whisper Blouse, one of my Art to Wear sewing patterns. And PLEASE visit my PERSONAL BLOG, DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com I post weekly (every Friday afternoon). Each post is filled with creative, inspirational, “stuff.” It ranges from clothing (of course) to upcycling, quilting garments, piecing quilts, and everything in between.

This is my FAVORITE picture of the happy trio, from the left, Heidi, Jane, and Sandra. We had a GREAT run with our Artistic Alchemy Retreat. For almost a decade, each September we had a wonderful retreat on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Point. So many of you were able to join us over the years. We thank you so much for being a part of Artistic Alchemy, the retreat. Heidi, Jane, and Sandra plan to keep the creativity alive and well, but each in our own way.

My motto is: “Make it Up, Make it Fun, and GET IT DONE.” Hugs, Heidi

P.S. If you want to see us one more time, we will have a booth at the Pine Tree Quilt Guilds, annual, “SPRINGTIME IN THE PINES” quilt show. It will be Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (the prettiest in the state of CA) in Grass Valley, CA. We will be selling our patterns, samples, kits, polymer jewelry, etc. See you there!

4 thoughts on “What’s In Store for Artistic Alchemy, the TEACHERS!

  1. I was so hoping you would continue the retreats as Open Studio even if you don’t want to continue classes. It’s such a disappointment! Best wishes to each of you and please add me to each of your individual email lists!

  2. Hi Candice, I’m SO GLAD YOU WROTE! about Open Studio. I meant to write about the Artist Retreats that Zephyr Point Conference Center offers. There are 3 per summer. I signed up myself for the quilting retreat from Sept. 18th- Sept. 23rd. Quickly, go check them out. What fun it would be to see you there too Candice. Hugs, Heidi

  3. I am so sorry the Artistic Alchemy Retreats have come to an end. I had planned to attend in both 2020 and 2021. Restrictions here, in Toronto Canada, have been more restrictive than in either Cali or Nevada throughout Covid. It has meant a lot of Zoom quilting. I was so looking forward to a week of in-person creating!!! I wish all of you well and ask yo be put on your respective email lists. I already follow you, where possible, on social media. Who knows what the future holds👍

  4. Arlene, We thank you for your perseverance in trying to attend one of our retreats. And Oh, Canada!!! and their restrictions. So sad for you all up there. Sandra and Jane might be offering “in Person” classes. They will chat about it soon on this blog. Also, check out what Zephyr Point has to offer in the way of Open Studio retreats. I know they offer besides quilting, writers retreats, Scrapbooking retreats, painting, photography, and more. They are all in the same vein, Open Studio. Hugs, Heidi

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