About

Mary Boalt

mary-boaltMy mother taught me to sew as a young girl and, after receiving a sewing machine as a wedding gift, I have never stopped sewing.  My interest turned to wearable art about twenty five years ago. I enjoyed creating one-of-a-kind vests and jackets for boutiques in Northern California for ten years. I also taught classes including ribbon weaving, projects using soluble stabilizers and painting on Steam-a-Seam. Every kind of hand applied embellishment captures my attention and imagination.  Recently I have begun painting on canvas in a modern and abstract way using stencils, stamps, screen prints and whatever else I can get my hands on.  Like fabric embellishment, the possibilities with painting are endless.
Email:  squeakypieces@gmail.com
Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/maryboalt

Christine Barnes

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I love thinking about, working with, and teaching color! Degrees in design and journalism led to a career as a free-lance writer of decorating and remodeling books for Sunset. I wrote about color for the home then, but my real passion has always been color and design in quilts. Join me at Zephyr to learn all about color–and how it can help you to create quilts you love!

I’m the author of The Quilter’s Color Club (C&T) and articles for McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork & Quilting, American Quilter, and Modern Patchwork. I live in Grass Valley, CA, where I sew in a light-filled room, surrounded by fabrics I love.

Sandra Bruce

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I have combined my 30+ years as an illustrator and letterer with my passion for quilting, wearable art, and polymer clay. Being predominantly left-handed and right-brained makes for a different take on combining tools, mediums, and design to make something unique. I teach both quilt and polymer clay workshops, they are equally fun and expressive! See the links below for more information and photos.

Heidi Emmett

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As a young girl it was simple Barbie clothes and fashion shows with blankets for gowns. As a teenager I began a 25-year career in all things fabric, with 16 years as the owner of a full-service fabric store. I have come full circle and feel blessed to be able to create clothing patterns, re-purposed garments, and accessories that are easy to sew and fun to wear. Piece them, quilt them, bead them, felt them—the possibilities are endless.I’m always working on my next pattern as well as projects for quilting and crafting magazines.

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Recent Posts

It’s a Late Fall Day….

by Heidi Emmett

Welcome to all who our new Artistic Alchemy blog sign ups! Check out my bio on the home page. I am the “Art to Wear” workshop teacher when you come to our retreat in September at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe.

Below is a picture that my friend Sara (who LIVES at Zephyr Point) took from her living room window. Can you even believe how gorgeous this is? The hot air balloon was just inflated and is sitting on the barge that follows the balloon around Lake Tahoe.

I am working on what my workshop will be for 2018. It will be Art to Wear,of course, but exactly what…. still sewing, planning…. I enjoy creating so many things that all relate to the Art to Wear Theme.

Upcycling is soooo popular.  I want to show you one simple upcycling thing you could do today.

Yesterday was the perfect day to stay indoors. Here in Cedar Ridge, CA , we received 6 inches of rain. On days like that, I have to wear “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 a new piece with the eye to, “Can I upcycle this garment? (make certain to use one that is an Extra Large and Roomy for the best “Cozy” factor) to make it your new, go to, Cozy piece.

Here’s mine. 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 chocolate stash 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 of the same name, 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).

A little bit more on creativity and how meeting as a group or in a workshop is so inspiring. I belong to a group called SWAG (Sierra Wearable Art Group).My brain starts churning out so many different ideas when I’m there and I scramble to write them down.  What I want to do for you in the next workshop I teach at Zephyr Point is: Let’s think outside the box together and create a unique piece of Art to Wear that will fit and you will want to wear.

Here is a sampling from our last meeting: 

Patty P. first made a dress from this DROP DEAD GORGEOUS (super expensive but worth every penny) wool fabric she purchased at Britex Fabrics. She didn’t care for the dress, so she cut it up again and re-purposed it into this stunning vest. She loves it now.

Joan C. is at it again with her great fiber jewelry. Stunning what pieces of silk from silk scarves will do to make a great look. How about those old scarves you can’t bear to get rid of but you just don’t wear anymore, hmmm…. 

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 large red orange pumpkin gorgeous? These are called “heirloom pumpkins.”

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

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

Thank you so much for stopping by everyone. Don’t forget to visit my personal blog, an all things creative blog: Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com  Have a Happy Thanksgiving. We all have much to be Thankful for. Hugs, Heidi

 

 

 

 

 

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