Winter 2017 Artistic Alchemy Update

by HEIDI EMMETT

Welcome to all the new and returning people to our blog for Artistic Alchemy! We appreciate you stopping by. Today, our “Go Live” for our Artistic Alchemy Sept. 2017 retreat is……….delayed. Aarrrgghh! Technical difficulties.Part of the technical difficulties are missing pictures from past blog posts by me, Heidi Emmett, and ALL pictures from our newest teacher, Mary Boalt. So please, allow me to re- introduce myself: nik_2670I have been working with all things fabric since I was 7 and have developed many talents in the fiber arena:  I have been a full-service fabric store owner for 16 years, a quilting teacher, an “Art to Wear” pattern designer(see my full line of patterns at Craftsy.com/sewing patterns/designsbyheidi), a magazine project contributor, a blogger (designsbyheidi.wordpress.com) a guest blogger, a retreat creator/organizer (Artistic Alchemy, yeah!), and just recently, a book author on my Art to Wear! I love to, “Make it up, make it fun and get it done!”

My workshop for Artistic Alchemy is titled, “Pick a Pattern.” Don’t be afraid of wearables. You have made plenty of quilts – it’s time to WEAR some of your creations!

Together, with easy techniques, we will make one of my Art to Wear patterns to fit your body shape. Below are two examples. “Off the Grid” vest (requires little to NO alterations – ask my past students, it’s a miracle vest!)

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Two versions of “Terrific Tabard” vest pattern (also know as “Skinny” vest).

dsc_0308And as a newly minted “author” of a book, there will be two sweeeet vest patterns in the new book by Leisure Arts, of which, sadly, I can show you nothing right now. The book (no title yet either), will debut on the shelves of every Joann’s store by early spring.Then, it’ll be picked up by independent fabric and quilt shops around the world. I am beyond excited!!  dsc_0100

Barring any other issues, our “Go Live” for the Artistic Alchemy Retreat, 2017, will happen next Friday, February 3rd. Mary Boalt will reintroduce herself on Feb. 10th with all new pictures of some of her newest, never before seen, painted pieces! Sew ready, set, go, and kick your “artistic alchemy” into high gear this weekend. Hugs, Heidi

 

Has Heidi Emmett Done Anything since the Artistic Alchemy Retreat?

by Heidi Emmett

Fasten your seat belts everyone and I’ll show you! It has only been 7 weeks since the retreat at Zephyr Point and I have been busy, busy, since the day I came home!  Modern Patchwork has my Free-form Circles Pillow project in the latest edition. It just came out, Fall 2016. Get it NOW. Christine is in it too.
modern-patchwork-stories 20160924_120337-1Drum roll please………I LOVE these pillows and they are super fun and easy to make.
20160924_120349-2The day after I finished all my projects for the book I wrote, yes, you heard it right, I WROTE A BOOK (yes, I’m shouting it out!!)! O.K., deep breath, Heidi was asked to write a book on my Quilted Wearables and accessories. People, quilted wearables/wearable Art is becoming a BIG deal! And I’m going to be a part of it. So excited and honored to write this for Leisure Arts. Look for it in Early Spring. O.K. where was I, oh yes, the day after I finished the book and sent everything off, I went to PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival) held in San Francisco area and picked up my first EVER!! sit down quilting machine by Handiquilter. It’s a Sweet Sixteen.
dsc_0674Feast your eyes on ALL THE ROOM I have (sorry, I’m yelling again, I’m so excited) to quilt a large Coat or Jacket, wallhanging, tote bag, and on, and on, I can quilt!
dsc_0678I had to get a new comfy chair. I can lean waaay back in it too. It is a Flintan from Ikea. And of course while I was there I checked out the fabric department that is buried in a corner of the drapery section. It was a feast of yummy fabrics. I bought a bunch for future wearable projects I have in mind.
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dsc_0661 dsc_0653 Terrific Tabard with a large scaled fabric as the start. Always take a picture of the fabrics you think you will use in any Art to wear project. Pictures help you see the other prints in new ways. I see a few that will have to go. dsc_0648 This is a “Thank You” vest for a lovely lady(thank you Katie McCollum) who introduced me to Checker Distributors, the largest distributor in the U.S. They are now carrying my “hard copy” Art to Wear patterns. In fact, my Terrific Tabard, “Aussie Angle” is in the Checker booth this very week in Houston. So, my vest traveled to Houston, but not me. Maybe next year! Months of working on getting all the behind the scenes details ironed out to begin this new journey of hard copy sales in a big way. Finished the final details a week before the book was due. Ohh boy, not much sleep for me. dsc_0647

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Oh, I taught a Rafiki Skirt class. This was crazy fun! You learn to create your perfectly fitted pattern using your measurements. It’s the African way of making a pattern.
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O.K. the skirts below ARE NOT FINISHED YET BUT WE RAN OUT OF TIME! So they don’t look so good in this pic. There I go, yelling again.That’s Terry (creator of Terial Magic) on the left and Trish Morris-Plisse on the right. This class was for “Jamboree” for the Pine Tree Quilt Guild of Grass Valley, CA. 

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I also taught at the Mountain Star Quilt Retreat in Downieville, CA. Wow, what a lovely, gold rush town, and what lovely people that live there. I had such a fun time teaching.  bridge-and-carriage-house I love this stone wall on one side of the town Museum. Many of the buildings, homes, and businesses were all built in the late 1800’s. stone-wall museum My students worked on a Fun Fall Leaf Tablerunner or Center piece. I have many more pics I want to share on another post either here or on my own blog: Designsbyheidi.wordpress.comleaves This project designed and created by me, first appeared in Stitch magazine fall, 2015 and Stitch E-book . All my students and I decided these leaves could easily be used in a quilt or even on a garment, hmm… did they mean a camouflage garment? KIDDING!leaf-centerpiece silk-leaves orange-leaves

Phew, I’m exhausted but so happy. Creative and fun things are starting to happen for me. But I’m finally getting a weekend off and I will put myself in my new chair and quilt up a storm as big as the one we are having outside. We love the rain and it makes me cozy and happy to be inside quilting. Hugs, Heidi