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A place to come and hang out, be creative,sew,draw and chat. Painting or sewing, unlike laundry, should be a daily event!

Updated: 2018-03-05T08:30:53.633-08:00


Letters to Santa Quilt, the inside story of creating, designing, executing and delivering!!


When I design and create, whether it be a quilt, an art quilt or a painting, I want it to be special, to say something, hold a special meaning or message. I love to create pieces that are both unique and special and I am so excited about my new Christmas Quilt "Letters to Santa".I thought I would share a bit about the design process and how this slowly unfolded over the past year. It started in October of 2016. I was creating some fun paintings for a painting party for the holidays when I was asked to host a Christmas paint party. It was so much fun to watch this family with their friends have such a great time! At the end everyone took home a mini masterpiece for their own home!As I looked across all the tables of Santa heads I thought about how unique and special each one was and I thought "What a cute Quilt that would be!"I started designing that next week, figuring out how I would translate the painting into fabric. Once I had the Santa head designed and put up onto my design wall it felt like it needed something else. So I started to design a body, then boots. It was a process of making, putting them up, taking them down etc. At the beginning I had tons of Santa heads and decided that it was too much. I wanted some white areas to keep the quilt feeling light and fun so I added white blocks.               Oh I forgot to mention that I had Randy busy digitizing right behind me so we could make these in the hoop on the embroidery machine also! It was lots of stitching and perfecting. As you can see in the photo, I decided to add the element of faux fur. This is really unconventional and although I love it I didn't know how it would go over at the quilt stores etc. Plus there is the added issue of washing  the quilt. Who knows if the faux fur will stand up to washing. I may dry clean. But it is about the look for me and I also suggest chenille or just regular fabric. There are other things that could work. I will say that everyone who comes by the quilt has to touch it and pet Santa's mustache. After Christmas the progress slowed.  I had other commitments, fabric, shows, embroidery, patterns and so Santa just sat. I decided that maybe I could have him ready for Spring Market in May. The time came and went and I wasn't able to make it happen.  There was also the problem I was having making the quilt make sense. Did he need a body, boots? Should I do less or more and why would anyone want a Santa quilt?? The time kept ticking away and my mind just continued to ponder the quilt, to figure out how I could get it could come together. As Fall market approached I felt pressure to finish this quilt and get the pattern written or give it up for good.  I decided to add the white blocks together with the Santa heads and bodies to see it would help. As I sat there looking at it I thought to myself, those look like pieces of paper!                       Lightbulb moment!!!! LETTERS TO SANTA!!  I got on the phone and asked my kids to have my grandkids write their letters to Santa for this year. It was early and they weren't really thinking about Santa yet but they did it!I digitized their letters and stitched 3 of them into the quilt. I now had a family heirloom! A quilt with my grandkids letters to Santa 2017. It captured their misspelled words, their handwriting, their hopes and dreams for Christmas. It was perfect! We added some snowflakes for quilting and it was ready to be written. Unquilted but togetherI used the snowflakes randomly throughout the quilt as the quilting and decided to do wonky lines to represent paper around the kids lettersMegan's even has a cupcake. She drew it to show Santa what she would cook in her new cook set.Rachel's was the most organized and ready for digitizing. Each letter had its own clean up issues.Designing, testing, writing and making sure every detail is perfect is a tough job, its complex and so now we settled into the testing and writing phase. Taking[...]

Create your own Improv Quilts- Modern Quilting with No Rules and No Rulers by Rayna Gillman Book Review


CREATE YOUR OWN IMPROV QUILTS: MODERN QUILTS WITH NO RULES ; NO RULERS – RAYNA GILLMANCreate Your Own Improv Quilts: Modern Quilts with No Rules & No RulersRayna Gillman C&T Publishing: 96 pages, softcoverPrint version, $27.95; e-book: $22.99Rayna Gillman just released her newest book called "Create your Own Improv Quilts: Modern Quilts with No Rules & No Rulers by C&T Publishing. I had the wonderful opportunity to be able to catch up with her at The International Quilt Market in Houston this year and get a hold of one of the books! I have been drooling over it ever since.    If you don't know Rayna yet she is the queen of Improvisational Quilting or quilting by the seat of your pants. I love how she states in her new book that "you wont find patterns here, you will find possibilities!"I have long been an admirer of Rayna's free style approach to quilting and her encouraging and confident teaching style. It wasn't until 2015 that I was fortunate enough to get the chance to work with her on my online project, The Fiber Art Connection. Rayna jumped in to teach her first online class to a bunch of excited students.  I was drawn to Rayna immediately and we became fast friends. Being a part of that online class was so much fun! I couldn't help but play along with Rayna as she helped everyone overcome their own self doubts and jump into creating blocks with her no ruler, no rules method. In her newest book, Create your own Improv Quilts, Rayna steps the reader through the fear of not following a pattern but learning to trust their own intuition and creativity. She does a wonderful job of walking us through the mystery of both Modern Quilting and Improv Quilting.  Rayna encourages each quilter to start by taking small steps and then helps us step into more complicated and complex designs by asking them to push the limits. She encourages us to cut, turn, move and be willing to look at our designs with a new and fresh eye. Tilting at Windmills by Rayna GillmanGoing through the book makes you feel like you are creating with a friend, being able to ask questions, use your stash and explore new direction for your quilt design. She continually provides us little nuggets of knowledge  throughout the book in the form of Tips! I love reading the tips throughout the book! Rayna is always encouraging us to dig into our stash and use what we have available! With her guidance and wonderful examples of fabric, shapes, color, value, alternative assembly techniques etc your efforts will be rewarded. It takes a good teacher to make us feel comfortable in the design process. Allowing us to fail and redo until we get it right. She shares her successes as well as some less successful pieces to teach us as she helps us grow and stretch our designer eye. Learning how to evaluate your designs just moves you to becoming a better quilter. With Rayna's skills as a teacher and her guidance you will be able to create endless quilts using her techniques in this book. Its a must have for every quilters library.  Win a copy for your Quilting Library!You have a chance to win a e-copy of Rayna’s book (e-book). Simply share in comments on this post about your favorite quilt style, do you prefer traditional quilts, modern quilts, art quilts, paper piecing, foundation piecing etc, and how might this method book help you improve your quilts? We’ll choose a winner on Sunday, Nov. 26 so make sure you leave a good way to get a hold of you!Be sure to visit our friends on the tour:Nov. 10—C&T PublishingNov. 13—Cindy GrisdelaNov. 15—Teri Lucas at Generation QNov. 21—Desiree Habicht at The ClotheslineNov. 22 – Angie WilsonNov. 28—Victoria Findlay WolfeNov. 30—Trisch Price at Hadley Street QuiltsDec. 5—Melissa Shields at The Quilting Room with MelDec. 7—Patty Altier at Patty the Quilt LadyBe Happy, Design, Create, QuiltDesiree (fine art and fiber art site) (quilt pattern[...]

Houston International Quilt Market and Festival


We are back from the International Quilt Market and Festival, it was a long trip, but the energy in Houston was almost palatable. It was so good to actually be there and to see how well the whole area is doing as they continue to recover from Harvey. We were unsure of what to expect as we drove into the city. As vendors at the show we had heard that many had decided not to come, that people were worried about services etc. We didn't know how the show might turn out but for us, and most of the other vendors and teachers, we were in for the long haul. Management did their best to reassure us things would be fine and they were right. It was an amazing show and the people who did show up were supportive and excited to be there. Add to all of that the thousands of people who came in for the World Series happening a stones throw from us and it culminated into a fun party every night after we left the center. People out on the streets celebrating, sitting in the restaurants and bars watching the game. Visiting with old friends and new ones helped to make this trip a great experience. For those of you who could not attend I wanted to share some of the highlights I experienced. I didn't get to see them all since I worked the show but the ones I did see were breathtaking. I hope you enjoy and can join us next year!!First I will start with our booth and newest pattern release! Letters to Santa stole the show for us. It is available as both a regular applique pattern as well as an embroidery CD where it will sew it in the hoop for you. To read more about it check out my website. This is available as a downloadable file also.I actually digitized my grandkids letters to Santa and added them to the quilt. If you don't have this capability I offer you alternative ways to personalize your quilt with letters, recipes etc.During Market which is the wholesale side of this show and is held before Quilt Festival a lot is going on as vendors are there for the shops. This is Sample Spree, I am sure you have all heard the stories of hundreds of women waiting in line to get a sneak peek of new fabrics and products for their shops. It also allows them to buy things before anyone else so they can make samples etc. It was a great Sample Spree!My booth CandySome of my favorite people came by to say HI!Chloe was dressed up for HalloweenThis was a hanging light fixture/art piece hanging in the convention center, it was fabulous!! One night as we were leaving the show and very tired I noticed women looking up from the second floor and wondered what they were look at. This was it, the amazing shadows and colors that were playing on the ceiling at night was so beautiful!! The picture doesn't do it justice. I was able to have dinner with MJ, my coaching client who was able to attend Market this year and really took Houston by surprise, she is a definite rising star, and Rayna Gillman, an amazing teacher and fiber artist!! Rayna was there supporting her new book release!! I will be doing a blog hop in the next week where you can win her free ebook! Look for that on November 21st.Below are a few of the beautiful art pieces at the show, these are just a small sampling of what was there. The Cherrywood Fabrics Van Gogh show was wonderful and here is the video, sorry its so jumpy, it was so hard to walk and film, I need a stabilizer for my phone. allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />White Knight by Patt BlairJake by Carol MorrisseyHippolyte Hunting by Marilyn Belford and Jamie WallenAbyss by Danny Amazonas[...]

I would love to live in a world where........


The challenge was to list ways you would finish this sentence. I would love to live in a world where......,    my list is ongoing. I started this last year and never posted it, but I still think it is still true. Now how can I make my world that place?!

I would love to live in a world where people felt safe enough to share their gifts without judgements.

I would love to live in a world where our gifts didn't make others feel inadequate since they are secure in their own gifts

I would love to live in a world where being an artists didn't come with a preconceive idea of what you look like.

I would love to live in a world where painting teddy bears was as important as painting landscapes.

I would love to live in a world where you and I could just love each other's differences and quirks.

I would love to live in a world that wasn't so busy they forgot why they were here in the first place.

I would love to live in a world  where people first thought about who needed a hug before they hugged themselves.

I would love to live in a world where the day started with giving thanks 

I would love to live in a world where being a friend was more than a Facebook term

I would love to live in a world full of flowers 

I would love to live in a world where church was what God intended.

I would love to live in a world where art wasn't about the medium as much as it was about the message

I would love to live in a world where people didn't get sick and there was no such thing as cancer.

I would love to live in a world where women felt free to share their thoughts and be heard

I would love to live in a world where adults didn't hurt children

I would love to live in a world where we could all be free to create like a child

I would love to live in a world where there were cleaning fairies

I would love to live in a world where people were not hungry

I would love to live in a world where families got along all year and not just on the holidays

I would love to live in a world where people thought through a thought, edited and then opened their mouths.

A Giveaway!!! I am so excited, I hope you win!


I am so excited about my newest fabric line that I decided it warranted a giveaway. Patchwork Farms is on it way to your favorite quilt shop this month and to celebrate I will be giving away a bundle of fabric and a matching coffee cup!! There are a few ways to enter so check out the rules below. Sorry but this is just for the USA, I will think of something else for international.Here is the whole line! So many fun coordinatesA little video showing the mug!Lots of fun Farm AnimalsWho doesn't love hexies?Lots of new projects for this new fabric lineWe have also created Patchwork Farms Embroidery CD! It is perfect for so many projectsFabric BundleEnter through my blog by;*Following me, leave a comment and tag at least 3 quilter friends.*Share my post on your blog and link it back to meEnter through Instagram:*Follow DesireeHabicht*#desireesdesignsgiveaway*Repost and tag a min of 3 quilting friends*Like this post-No private acctsEnter through FaceBook:*Like and follow my page, Desiree's Designs Studios or Desiree Habicht*Share and tag at least 3 quilting friends* #desireesdesignsgiveawayThe giveaway will end on Sept 23 at midnight and the winner will be announced on IG and FB on Sept 24. Leave a way for me to contact you, if no one responds to the posts I will redraw on Sept 28th.[...]

Painting Akitas to raise money!


There are some very special people in my life, those who are there for us through thick and thin. The employees and our friends at Small Animal Hospital are those people. They have been there for us and Jennifer for years. They are always more than happy to help us with Jennifers dogs and anything she needs. Jennifer once worked there and formed lifetime friendships as they all worked together at saving animals daily.  I was giving the wonderful opportunity to pay it back when they needed a painting to auction off to raise money for the Akita Foundation.Here are a few in process pictures. This is a pastel on suede mat board. I love the freedom and looseness I feel when using this substrate! I acheive a totally different feel. Layers of color, it does not blend with your finger so the color stays as applied. You end up with wonderful colors and textures. EnjoyI am hoping that this will bring a nice price at auction to save more beautiful Akitas.To see more of my fine art and fiber art visit my website at www.desireehabicht.comto inquire about a pet portrait feel free to email me at[...]

I might be a bit early but who cares!! Our Apothecary Shop!!


I am excited to be already working on things for the holidays. Going into Fall is inspiring! I just love it, the holidays are right around the corner. This year we have decided to decorate for Halloween. We don't usually do that but this year Jen and I decided to set up an Apothecary Shop on a big antique we have. So we have been collecting jars, labels, bugs etc. The creepy part is that some of these were already in Jenns room! We have an interesting design esthetic.  So yesterday we began setting up our shop. We added plastic bugs to oil in jars along with plastic bones and pictures. We have had fun a the dollar store along with digging through cupboards and Jenn's room! We are also finding free Halloween labels and ideas on Pinterest!!A side view of the displayWe still need to add some spiders in liquid and details to our set up but its coming along!This jar of caterpillars (plastic) really look real, ick! LOL loving it, oh it does have a few cockroaches thrown it also. I used old vegetable oil, not water, to float the critters.Dollar store purchases except for my Boo-licious chalkboard painting in back!One of my favorite pictures, you can see the oil in with these small black snakes that look like worms. I used my collection of old coffee and tea pots which added to the look. Under the things you can see some netting, it was called creepy cloth at the dollar store! The white ball under glass is actually a kidney stone that Jenn's horse passed many years ago. It was so amazing, and she worked for a vet, so we kept it. It adds the crazy collection. Still in progress but will post more later!! Having fun sharing ideas!What are you planning for Halloween this year? You might consider setting up a shop of your own! Share you photos![...]

A special opportunity to support Houston! We are stitching to make a difference!!


We are heart broken for our Houston friends and family. We wanted to do something more, we have given personally but I wanted my business to give back.

For the month of Sept I will be donating all the money received on any e-pattern or downloadable embroidery file to Samaritans Purse for Houston. 

In an effort to have my business help give back to Houston for all it has done for us over the past 13 years. We hope you will give what you can and if you would like to join me you can purchase an e-pattern and know that the money will go to a good cause!! If you would like to give more and are not sure how to find a reputable charity check out , it will help you find a good charity that you will feel comfortable giving too. There are many to choose from, thank you for helping

Check out all my e-patterns here

Color Me Quilts- Art Applique


I had the opportunity to teach up in Porterville CA. It was a nice drive, there is something about getting out on the road by yourself and just traveling. The first night I did a trunk show and talked about myself (I'm good at that) and then the next day I taught my Art applique class using my stitched out blocks from my Color me Quilts Embroidery CD. I stayed with Georgia the shop owner and her husband Richard, we had such a great time visiting!! We stayed up late just talking and became fast friends!  This was such a great trip, thank you for having me!I will be teaching this in Sept at the San Diego Quilt Show and again at the Moore's Sewing Center in Huntington Beach. I hope to see some of you at class. Here are some of the amazing piece that the women did while they were in class. Enjoy!Love the red sunflowersLove this sunflower that Rose is doing. It was the most popular block this class!Is this beautiful or what!! Yeah Brenda!Love the colorsThe class!!Carmen finished her tablerunner top first, yeah!!If you are interested in purchasing my embroidery CD- Color Me Quilts-Sugarhill Farms Flowers you can find it on my website with all the details.[...]

Working on some new patterns and classes!


I love the creative process, the designing, the construction, the changes, the design decisions and the completion. It is all about the journey and enjoying each step for what is has to offer. Each step in the process has something to offer and learn from. This last few months I have been working on some new designs for my Art Applique Classes. These pieces are from my sketches at Sugar Hill Farms. I originally sketched live and then Randy digitized so that we can sew them out any time and create some beautiful projects. This new CD is loaded with beautiful designs, both groups and single images.I know many of you have taken classes and purchased inks, paints, pencils etc only to have them sit in a drawer after the class is over. I wanted to create a way for you to use up some of those supplies and create some beautiful projects too! The CD is called Color Me Quilts-Sugar Hill Farms Flowers and it is available on my website. If you don't have a machine I am also offer the pre-stitched blocks so you can color them and create your own projects.You get all the stitch files plus more, single designs also for those smaller projects or blocks on the CD. If you don't have an embroidery machine I also sell the pre-stitched blocks for you to buy and create your own project!I am teaching the colored pencil technique in my online class, learn how to make your own templates and use colored pencils to color and even make them permanent for washing!table runner or wall hangingafter details of quilting(not included on the CD)I will be teaching this year at the San Diego Quilt Show, we will be coloring these flowers and having a ton fun, I hope you can join me! Follow the link and look for my two half day classes called Art Applique![...]

The Tea Party!!


I can't say it was the best timing, 3 days before we fly out for a trade show, a million things still left to be done but it just had to happen on this day. To celebrate Mother's Day, my daughters, my friends, my students. It was a day to celebrate. I needed a soul day, a day to just do something that brings me pure joy no matter the timing.I sewed up to the last minute and then began the clean up process and shopping. Jenn helped me decide where the tables would be, where the tea pots would be, the flowers etc. It was a fun, crazy time together picking recipes and scrambling. But as soon as we began it seemed to be here. We had sent or weather order straight to heaven and God obliged with the most beautiful day, 75 degrees. The wind was calm and the guests started to arrive. First to arrive are the close friends and family who always help with any last minute things and seem to help me pull it all together.The doorbell continues to ring, more people now mingling around and we find our way to the well thought out tables where the party begins. The tables are full of food, flowers and tea cups. I made sure the Rose Petal Tea was hot and the Rose Petal Jam was on warm biscuits. We all start to share some of our Mothers Day memories!After we were full and relaxing in the shade I passed out watercolor paper, water brushes and assorted art supplies to encourage everyone to create something. Some had their own sketchbooks, some had sewing, knitting and thats how the last few hours were spent. Chatting and creating beautiful things in my garden.It was just what I needed, a dose of friends and family there celebrating our Moms! It was a gift to them as much as to myself. I hope all of you have an amazing Mother's Day and that you take the time to make a mom feel special![...]

It's Time for Tea and a Party with Rose Petal Jam!


I am having my Mother's Day Tea Party for friends, students, fellow artists etc. It is a wonderful time to just enjoy my garden with friends and sketch and paint while we all visit. I just happened to be reading the book "The Zoo Keepers Wife" and she mentions in the book about living in Poland and loving Rose Petal Jam. I was intrigued as I always love to make jam but have never even heard of using Roses!! I guess in Europe this is nothing new and much loved. These homespun activities are rarer and rarer here in the states since we are all so busy but I still love to do them. I have an old spirit, I am a homespun homebody, and I can't help it. So that peeked my interest and I started Googling Rose Petal Jam. Subsequently, this year,  I am making Rose Petal Jam for my Tea Party!! Everything seemed to come together for us to work on the jam. We had just ended a long tour and needed some R&R. Jennifer and I needed a day together, enjoying the outdoors whether painting, gardening or just hanging out always invigorates us. Her and I made this together and we had a blast!! I thought I would share our adventure with you and the recipes we used, yes we used several and changed them a bit.Jennifer helped me collect the most fragrant roses!Randy made us a bouquet to enjoy while we worked.We selected roses by fragrance and by color, then wewashed and sorted. The jam will be the color of yourroses.Here is our pinks and we also had reds. Then at the end wemade a mixed batch with all the left overs. I then had Jennifer sort through the petals to assure that there were no bad petals etc. This is her doing her choosen roses, Judy Garland. This is how her roses looked when they were put into jars.After she was finished sorting and cleaning we measured out our roses and Jenn bruised the petals with sugar to bring out more of their fragrance.I then started to cook them                                                                  Once they were done cooking I filled the jars and then inverted them to sterilize the tops. The jars had been sterilized earlier and were just waiting for the boiling mixture.This was Chloe, sunbathing as we cooked our Rose mixture! Everyone was enjoying the sunshine. Randy was busy working in the yard, pruning roses and mowing the lawn!    We tried several recipes that I found on the internet for Rose Petal Jam. We changed up each batch to see which one we liked the best, which one set up the best etc. Depending on how long you cook each batch you will determine the thickness of the jam. I don't think we followed any of the recipes to the letter, we are like that, rebel canners. It is very sweet but so fragrant! Jennifer's jam was our first batch, we cooked it the least and it is the loosest but it is a golden, fragrant syrup that will be perfect for ice cream, cheese cake and pancakes! The next batches ranged from pink to red and since we experimented with pectin and cooking time the pink jam is far more set up than the others. It was a fun way to try several recipes. I loved the sun coming through the jars, they looked like jewels. At the end of the day we had lots of beautiful jars of Rose Petal Jam to serve at my Tea Party and give as Mother's Day Gifts. Below are links to several recipes I found. I hope you try one. So far we have tried it on toast and now last night for dessert we put it over our ice cream. I o[...]

April Fools Day!! Whats the best April Fools Joke you pulled off?


I love April 1st, its the beginning of a favorite month, it is a fun day to try to pull a fast one and its my GF's birthday! Happy Birthday Dawn.

The best joke I almost pulled off, well maybe, was with Jen in therapy. We had been going to Kathy for Jenns therapy for years and years. She knew we were very well versed on all the latest treatment plans and controversial and experimental more holistic options.  So on this particular day (April 1)we were in therapy and we were talking to her about stem cell research and cell rejuvenation. I then told her of a doctor we were seeing that had developed a cream that was regrowing limbs and tissue for amputees. Jenn confirmed everything since we had planned this on our trip to our appointment. I was so excited inside, trying not to smile or sound unsure, I remember thinking I couldn't mess this up, it was too good. It took so much restraint to not laugh but I continued.

Yes, its really amazing!! So its a lot like stem cell treatments as this cream actually causes skin and tissue regeneration. So it obviously won't grow a new limb with bone but it will add tissue so that you could add bone or get a better fit for prosthetics or adaptive limbs. I told her that we had just started the treatment and to let us know if she noticed a difference. Jenn would chime in with some added info to keep her wondering if it was possible. Well I got to about there and her face was so shocked as she tried to process it all I couldn't keep from laughing but it was so good while I had her going!!

Now you all might not find prosthetic humor funny but we were laughing so hard, medical stuff is always so serious. We deserved a good laugh.

So that is ours, tell me yours!! Oh and Happy April!!

I am going to try to join in on the World Watercolor Groups daily painting challenge and post everyday... if I don't make it at least I have an out..April Fools.

3 Things you can do to Start Living your Amazingly Creative, Wonderful Life


Isn't it wonderful when you wake up with an anticipation in the air. It pulls you out of bed early and beckons to you to come be with me. It makes your heart jump, your pulse race, you just know it is going to be good. Maybe it is more than one thing, maybe a few things that have you more than excited to get up today. This is how life is meant to be experienced. Each and everyday is a completely new opportunity to paint a new canvas in your life. To reach out and grab that golden ring, what are you waiting for? What? You don't feel like that? To help you start each day of the rest of your life with enthusiasm here are 3 tips to start using today.1. Start by finding things to be grateful for, I know you have heard this before but it really works. What you dwell on comes to pass. So if you have a tendency to dwell on the negative side of life try finding something good to focus on as you start your day. For some of you this will take some practice but thats okay! Start small and trust me it will get easier. When you can change your thinking habits from finding the bad to seeing the good the glass does end up being 1/2 full instead of 1/2 empty.2. Learn to turn down those negative voices in your head. You know the ones I mean. The ones that are constantly telling you how you can't do it, that you aren't talented enough, or that you don't look good enough, aren't thin enough. The voices from our childhood that always were "looking out for our best interest" by stepping on our dreams. Learn to recognize that voice when it first appears and have a positive response. Here are some examples of the negative voice and then your retort.You are too old to start now, you will surely fail. No one is too old to get excited about life and step into their dream.You aren't talented enough, there are so many other people more talented than you. No one can say it or paint it like I can, it is uniquely my voice and my story to be told and I am the only one who can do that well.You are too busy, you don't have time with all your other obligations. I deserve to make time for me and my dreams now. I have something to say creatively and I am going to make this happen.You are to fearful of failing, and you probably will. Then people will make fun of you and ridicule you.  That is a lie, everyone has the same fears and when I start to tell my story creatively I know that others will be thrilled at my courage and talents. 3. Listen to that inner creative voice that is crying out to be heard. Have you always dreamed of writing a book or learning to paint or draw, playing an instrument or learning to sing? What is crying out to be heard? Start to listen and act on this inner creative voice. You have spent all this time keeping it quiet as life got in the way, today its the beginning of a new way of life. Now take an action to start exploring your dreams. When each day begins with the promise of exploring your dreams you can't wait to begin.So I ask you, what got you out of bed this morning? Do you approach each day with a zest for living. Knowing in your heart that something amazing is going to happen today just for you! Do you plan your day around the anticipation of it arriving or do you drag out of bed without a plan or goal? After all these years I still can't wait to get up and start something new and exciting. I don't take one minute for granted, its a gift and I will use my time to the best of my abilities.This is your life, live it fully, start today by doing something you have been just dreaming about doing. Make it happen for yourself today! [...]



Happy Valentines Day!! I have a gift for you to help you spread the LOVE!!With everything happening today I think its a perfect opportunity to spread some love, to remind the special people in our lives what they mean to us. The comfort a stressed friend, reach out to a neighbor, touch someone around you in a positive way!   I would love for you to spread some love and so I am giving you this embroidery heart to use as you please but I am also going to draw a name on February 10 to get one of my Valentine bags with some goodies, it could be filled with fabric, patterns, candy, thread???? I am not telling but I want you to get it by Valentines Day so this is only good until the 10th and for people in the states. Hurry and share so you can get your name in the Bag!Several ways to play, This is what you have to do:1.  Share on FB how you are going to spread the LOVE this Valentines day with your heart, make sure you use the hashtag #desireesdesignsisspreadingthelove so I can add you to the drawing or Leave a comment on my post on FB or Instagram2. If you make a bag and share it on your page ,tag me I will put your name in the drawing again. For those not on social media reply to this email and I will add your name. Remember to let me know how to contact you incase you win! I will announce the winner on FB, Instagram on February 10th.3.For people who own my pattern or CD find my Fabulous Folded Bag Page on FB  join in for another chance to win. In this group we will be sharing new ideas,have free give aways, images, and new embroidery and applique designs too. I think we need our own group so we can share what awesome bags everyone is making!!4. I would love it if you would share the link for people to purchase the pattern but that's up to you. Fabulous Folded Bags no pressure, this is about spreading love and giving you a gift.**If you are a shop, share your location and that you carry the pattern! I will include all shops in the drawing too!I also am giving you an digitized embroidery image of a heart for your Valentines Bags. When I tell people about Fabulous Folded Bags at the shows I always tell everyone how I assembly line make them at the Holidays and I do! I love to fill them with goodies and send them to special people in my life!That is you!! Randy digitized us a heart for the bag! Its all ready for your machine with the special placement line with the directions for placement on the bag are included in the FFB embroidery CD.I am filling mine with cards and goodies for my mom and grandkids! But there is a special bag for the giveaway!If you don't have the bag pattern you can get it here, if you are interested in the Embroidery CD you can get it here! This is our best selling pattern since it makes so many bags!! We have sold thousands. We also left the center of the heart blank so you can add text, names, XOXO, anything you want. Most embroidery machines let you do that now. We also didn't pick special thread colors as you will want to do what makes you happy! We Love Sulky Thread and used the Rayon thread to stitch these bags. Find your format and download you heart to share with someone. You are free to use the embroidery for anything you like.I hope you win the Valentines Bag and Enjoy your gift while you spread some Love!! Make sure you sign up for my Newsletter to get all the News early![...]

Our Crazy trip to Houston


This years trip to Houston was one of the most challenging years of all......My 60th birthday party was on Oct 17th and Randy surprised me with a party of family and friends. It was an amazing evening and I loved it! But, we think it was this outing that caused us all to come down with a really bad cold before we left. We could feel it coming on and with the crazy hours, lack of sleep, stress we knew we couldn't avoid this bullet! I got it first then Jennifer and finally Randy. The weather didn't help and right before our trip we were hit with a thunder storm that blew out our refrigerator in the garage. With a few days to go I now had to clean that out and try and save our food, but we were too late. We continued to push ourselves to finish in time but it was getting almost impossible to keep our eyes open at night. I was cutting fabric in the garage on my cutting table and noticed a stream of water coming from the water heater. I thought, OH NO!! What now! I originally thought it was a sign the water heater was going out but we came to find that we had developed an under the slab leak and the plumber suggested us rerouting our plumbing!!! WHAT?? NO, we are going to HOUSTON! So for the final few days before our trip we played the game of turning off and on our water as needed. We would deal with this when we got home I still had to sew! On the final day we started our day at 8am, packing, packaging, cleaning the pool, watering plants, shopping, washing clothes, sewing and finally finished at 1:30 am, Randy was still burning the last of the CD's at that time. We had packed the van that day, filling it to the brim with boxes and product. The roof was also loaded with tables and pattern racks. Finally at 2am we loaded up Jennifer, the dog and then packed in the last of the items all around Jennifer and began our crazy journey. As we rounded the corner we began our check list, did you turn off the water? Yes, "Did you turn on the lights?", Yes, " Did you remember the paperwork and our name tags? Yes.  Jenn did we get all your meds? Yes, Did someone bring phone chargers? I did! What about Chloe's costume? This constant stream of questioning continued for several minutes until I felt we had totally exhausted all the possibilities and that we had not forgotten anything. Anything we were supposed to bring, anything we were supposed to do to button up the house, people to call, etc. And so we settled in to our long drive. By this time I was really feeling terrible, the long hours and constant work had drained my system and now the cold was zapping the last bit of energy I had. The van was packed so tightly I felt like a sardine and I was surrounded by pillows and food and next to me was a stack of quilts that I was supposed to sew on my drive into Houston. I had brought everything I needed to sew on the binding and as I began the trip I didn't see how I could manage anything else. Chloe's little bit of space in the van as we traveled! She is such a good girl!Miracles do happen! And Randy managed to drive all night and until about 2pm the next day so that we could reach our first destination in our trip. He had calculated out how many hours he needed to drive each day so that we would arrive on time. He had a schedule and he was going to make sure we made it. I slept, or tried to but there was no getting comfortable in that seat and Jennifer and I managed to sleep off and on until daylight. We needed to stop and rearrange boxes so we could tilt Jennifers wheelchair back so she could get some sleep, that helped and we were on the road again. Her chair has been broken for months and getting it fixed is an[...]

Join me for a free webinar! Tips and strategies to take the craze out of the holidaze!


I have been so busy getting ready for the big quilt show in October since we are creating all new products. Its been both exciting and crazy all at the same time. Even with all the new things happening here at Desiree's Designs I still have my normal, everyday type of things just like you that I need to get done. I don't seem to have those cleaning and cooking fairies that come in and clean up for me during the night. To fit it all in and still love what I do without going crazy I need to have a plan! I often am asked how I manage to get so much stuff done in the same 24 hours that we all have. I wouldn't be able to do half of what I do in my business if I didn't have things written down and scheduled. I can almost hear you now..

What!! A list?? A Calendar?
Yes, and it's more than just that, it's actually writing it all down and scheduling when you are going to DO it, not when its due. So I thought I would help you get started with a webinar to get you excited about being organized for the holidays, you will appreciate me later in the year! (I hope)

This will be a fun filled hour where you will take the time to actually write it all down. You know there is power in words and in the written word. Just by setting the intention and committing to getting it done things begin to happen. Won't you join me, its FREE!

My Believe Box, I write it down an put it inside! I believe we can do this!

I would also love it if you share you tips with me here! I will compile them and put it together as a download for everyone at the webinar. I love organizational tips and I am sure we can all glean from each other! I hope to see you on OCT 1, at 5pm PST. Sign up here!

Blog Hop Giveaway for the Fiber Art Connection- Day 1- Desiree Habicht


Hi everyone, its Desiree Habicht and I am so excited to share some exciting news with you! I have been working on a dream of mine! A place where fiber artists could come together to create a community and learn from some of the best. A safe place to post work and get help. A place to feel connected to other like minded artists while building a tool box full of techniques to help take your art to the next level. A place where everyone is welcome, a place where circumstances wont keep you from being your creative self! That place is called The Fiber Art Connection.I have gathered 8 of the best Fiber Art Instructors from around the world to teach you some amazing techniques and connect with you so you can learn right from your home! This week all 8 of us are having a blog hop to share a little bit about ourselves and the special class we are teaching in Session One. Make sure you check out the site and save your seat! Registration CLOSES on March 15, 2016Each Artist has contributed some awesome prizes for our Artist Goody Basket, filled with items that will be useful in our classes that one lucky person will win!This is how it will work;To Enter the giveaway and have multiple chances to win you can:Register for Session OneLeaving a comment on each blog by answering the artists questionSharing each blog post via social media (FB, Twitter, Instagram)Signing up for our Newsletter at http://www.fiberartconnection 3/1: Desiree Habicht (You are here)3/2: Candy Glendening 3/3: Liz Kettle3/4: Roxane Lessa3/7: Ruth Chandler3/8: Cecile Whatman3/9: Deborah Babin3/10: Rayna GillmanYou can enter at each stop along the tour until midnight your local time on 3/14, the day before Session 1 starts. We will then use to choose a winner. The Artists Goodies will ship the next day to the luck winner.Today it all about ME!!! Yeah. My name is Desiree Habicht and in Session One I will be teaching you how to use colored pencils, my favorite being Inktense pencils to create a beautiful small art quilt. I will also be showing you some techniques for textures, resists and other ways you can use these pencils in your fiber art!!I hope you will join us at www.fiberartconnection.comGet to know me a bit better! I have been asked some questions I hope you enjoy! Look for my question to you and answer in the comments!What draws you to the fiber arts? Why do you work the way you do?           I think it comes down to, I love art in a touchable format. I love the tactile part of fiber art. Most of the time Art is something you look at only but with fiber art there is a totally different element. It is a touchable art form.  I work the way I do because I can't help it! I love to tell my stories through my fiber art. Most every piece I do tells a story, something best told with fiber.     2.  Tell us about your studio! Where in the world is it? Is it clean or messy? is it hidden away or out in the open?         My studio is a converted bedroom in my home but I also have other work areas around the house. For instance, part of the garage is a cutting room, part of my bedroom is a sketching and painting place, my closet hold much of my fabric lines and the guest room is full of art! LOL My husband says the house is really my studio! My actual studio room is usually in a bit of a mess. Since its a bedroom I can close it off from viewing and leave things out as I work. This way if I can work for a short time it is ready for me to pop in and create!    3.   What is your favorite color and wh[...]

The Fiber Art Connection is open for Registration!!!


I am so excited to finally reveal something that I have been working on for almost a year. It has had its ups and downs but today it is really happening and I am so excited!! I couldn't wait to share it with all of you! 
The Fiber Art Connection is Here!!

Today the official registration opens and classes start on March 15th! This is a program so dear to my heart, a way to connect teachers and students that might not have the opportunity to travel for classes. I was one of those, many years ago, struggling to build my art quilting tool box and I had no one I could ask for help. Due to a family tragedy I was unable to travel and so wanted to have some connection with other  artists and creatives. It was my hearts desire to never let others be left out, we now have a place to connect, to learn, to ask questions, to get the answers and help from those who are leading our industry! I also had a dream of artists working together to create a unique artist community, working together in each session.

In The Fiber Art Connection Artists work together to provide students a session that has a full series of classes to offer everyone. There are 8 Artists, 10 weeks filled with creative joy! Come over and meet the artists, learn about their classes! It is that community feel I want for The Fiber Art Connection not just a static classroom environment! I want a feeling of family, community as we all work together to share talents, strengths and our expertise with others out their that desire the same. A place where Fiber Artists can learn how to move their art forward into shows, a business, or just for fun. I hope you will take a moment and check out the website and see if this is the perfect fit for you! This is Session 1 and we are all so excited to share stitching, painting, collage, layering, colored pencils, design and composition, how to enter shows and more. This is a whole new experience, a new vision for Fiber Art.  Share this with your friends and join us in this special place filled with talent, friendship and community.
See you there!

Making my "BELIEVE" Box- a fun repurposing tutorial with a box and painted canvas!


When I choose my word each year I like to somehow turn it into art, either a painting, a quilt, a something special that I can have in my studio to remind me of my intention for the year. This year, as you all know, my word is "BELIEVE"!  As I was pondering what to put my word on I was straightening up from the holidays and was putting all the tea away from a gift I received. It was a gift box of different teas and when the boxes were put away I still had a wooden box that just couldn't be thrown away!!I have been creating these wonderful pieces of painted canvas. I buy rolls of primed canvas and then I paint them with friends, with my grandkids, as classes and then they sit in an almost finished state, rolled up until I decide to use them to create something magical. I love them so much that half of the battle is cutting them up. I think I would like to wall paper my studio in them because they make me feel happy! They are bold, bright and wildly designed. All intuitive and nothing ever planned. This seemed like the perfect project for one of my pieces. I choose one that my grandkids helped me paint!I set the box onto the fabric piece and marked it, my plan was to wrap it from the bottom up the sides and then piece the inside. Never having done this before it seemed to make sense but the fact that I was going to cut this up was a bit nerve racking. None the less, nothing ventured nothing gained and I pushed through and made my marks and cut out the corner sections and trimmed off the excess canvas. I used Mod Podge to attach to box, painting both canvas and box with itNext I set the box onto my marked square and began to roll the sides up the sides of the box. I rubbed and burnished all the canvas to make sure there were no air bubbles and that my canvas was tight to the surface. I then started to audition pieces or the inside, saving one for the bottom of the inside that was my favorite. I also had to add other strips from other canvases to make the sides work without piecing them. After I wrapped the sides and burnished them down I took a razor knife and trimmed off the excess on top of the sides. Being careful to keep my fingers out of the way so as to avoid all injuries and blood on my project!I next added some of the inside wall pieces and then added the one inside bottom piece that I would have also wrap up two of the inside walls as well as the bottom. Carefully trimming again.Next I painted the Mod Podge over the corners and edges to make sure everything stays down. Next I spent some time with Acrylic paint pens and gel pens finishing up the details and writing things on my canvas that makes it personal to me. This part of the project is so special and also adds so much detail to the painted shapes which gives it a finished feeling. I also painted the top edge black. After I was done I then sealed it with Mod Podge over the entire box.The inside of my box before sealing** Word of Wisdom, sadly I didn't give my gel pens time to cure, I think they probably needed a few days and so the white smeared and had to be reapplied when the Mod Podge was dry. I still love it but suggest some drying time before sealing or use a spray sealer. Enjoy!I love my box and I will use it to hold things I believe in for the New Year, I can also set it on my book shelves as inspiration. [...]

2016, a year of possibilities!


I took some time to be with family over the holidays and it was wonderful. Like everyone's family ours is not with out its issues but it seems like during the holidays everyone can come together and enjoy just being a family, well most everyone. I took some time to reflect over the past year, the struggles, the triumphs, the losses and the new things that came to pass in 2015. Change is a constant yet it never becomes easier. When I become so busy I often quickly forget the accomplishment since I am on to the next thing. Taking the time to slow down and look back on all the things I have done is critical in feeling like I am moving forward, accomplishing my goals and doing the things I want to do with my time and life. I enjoyed every moment of my time of reflection and family this year. One of the other things I loved looking back on were the amazing people I was able to meet traveling around teaching and at the trade shows. What a blessing! I want to thank each of you for your support each year.  Now for this year! Every year I choose a word of intention for the next year, this year my word is BELIEVE.Setting Intentions for 2016 with a word.I Love to choose a word for each year, words can be powerful and positive. I like the idea of not setting myself up for disappointment with resolutions but instead I set myself up for all things possible. This year my word is Believe:1. To have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully. If you would like to find your word feel free to join Christine Kane and do her worksheet to find your own word for 2016!Tradeshows- We did 4 trade shows this last year and had a wonderfultime showing new patterns and fabric to shops and lovely quilters all overthe west coast. Traveling to do these shows is always challenging butHouston was amazing, check out my blog post! Thank you for stoppingby our booth!! We are so excited to tell you that we will be at Road toCalifornia in the tent this year so I hope you get a chance to come byand say HI! It is January 21-24.2. New Fabric Lines- I released 3 new lines this year!! Owlin the Family was released at Spring Market and has been a bestseller! Lazy Little Ladybugs was released in the Fall and is nowhitting the retail shops. Kaleidoscope is shipping in February andis a mixed media line with wonderful coordinating fabrics. It wasso much fun creating exciting projects and patterns for each line.Check out my website for free downloads and fabric and patterns.Each designs is special and has a place in my heart as do all the projects I create. Thank you for purchasing my patterns and fabric!I love to hear how excited you are when you bring my designs intoyour sewing room.Lazy Little Ladybugs available nowOwl Pillow pattern is now available on my websiteCreating designs that you love is the best reward as a designer and artist!3. Travel- I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Ohio anddo 3 tapings for Quilting Arts TV!! They can be seen on series1600 along with writing 3 articles that have been showing upin the Quilting Arts Magazine! Thank you Quilting Arts for awonderful experience and I want to Thank all of you who watchand buy the magazines and DVD's! I am so excited to be a partof the Quilting scene both in print and on TV!4. Designs- I started designing stencils for StencilGirl Products this year!&[...]

The Long Road Home


Its been a crazy few months with trade shows, classes and then Quilt Market in Houston. Market, as its known, is the wholesale side of Quilt Festival. Basically this is where the shops come to look for new goodies for you and their shops. It is also a venue where the fabric companies can show their newest lines of fabric etc. We try and go every year, we have been doing this for about 12 years. Its just so exciting and we get to go in and look at all the amazing quilts before the public has access and its very crowded.This year market was a bit more exciting with the tail end of Patricia, the hurricane that hit Mexico, making its way through downtown Houston. Everyone was ordered off the streets and there was lots of flooding since 24" of rain fell in 24 hours! We had the luxury of just watching it all from the comfort of our room. Luckily the hotel has a enclosed walkway to the hotel so we could get Jenn across without having to deal with the wheelchair in the rain. But taking Chloe out to go potty was a bit different. Randy braved the elements and always returned soaked, no umbrella works when the rain and wind drive in horizontally.Our little table at Sample Spree!My new fabric Lazy Little Lady Bugs displayed at Quilting Treasures BoothI had a booth next to Quilting Treasures which is my fabric company. It was great for everyone to be together. Here are some of the pictures from my amazing time at market and with some of the artists that will be involved in The Fiber Art Connection! A new online Fiber Art Community that connects the best of the best to students from around the world. Check it out at www.fiberartconnection.comMe and Cheryl SlebodaMe and LesleyRileyMe and Liz KettleMe, Rayna Gilman, Jamie FingalMe, Lyric Montgomery Kinard and Sue Bleiweiss a big winner this year with her new book out and a winning quilt at Houston!Leslie Jenison, Lyric Kinard, Jamie Fingal, Deborah Boschert, Me, Kathy York (another winner) and Sue BleiweissYeah Morna GolletzVictoria Wolfe and moreWe are all coming together to bring you a totally new and exciting online learning experience!! Check it out at www.[...]

What an exciting couple of weeks!!!


We are getting into our busy time! Shows, new fabrics, new patterns, tours, classes. It becomes a whirlwind of activity and craziness around our house. I am so thankful for Randy's help and Jennifer's patience as I try to juggle it all. We were at the San Diego Quilt show where we had a booth and I taught two classes! It was amazing! What a great bunch of women, we had a blast!!Some beautiful things were happening in my Art Applique class!More here, look how creative.Amazing!Daniella and Mom!My booth with my excellent helper, Dawn!Wow! Love this one too!Everyone had fun!!Teaching techniques to the studentsDaniella Stout and meLuba won too!!! Congrats Luba, such a beautiful quilt!Then it was back home to grab some more patterns and take a shower for the  tour! LOL 6 stores and two lectures each day kept us hopping!  It was an amazing time meeting and talking with all of the women in the Sew Fun Club at the Moore's Sewing Centers in Southern California. I did two lectures each day at each store and then sold my patterns and more! What a fun bunch of women, and so creative! I am also inspired by them every time I do this tour! Here are just a few of the stores we visited!CoronaVictorville A funny thing happened at the Moore's store in Orange. I had helped Jennifer in the bathroom get to the sink a left her and Chloe to wash her hands and then told her to come back out. Some time had passed and I heard her telling Chloe, No, not that and I called to her and asked her if she was alright. I walked back to find Jennifer covered in toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls. She had dropped my purse off of the back of her wheelchair and was asking Chloe to pick it up. In an effort to please, Chloe made the decision to not pick up the giant, heavy purse but instead to bring her everything else that she could reach. So if you happen to be visiting the Moore's store in Orange and you notice bite marks in all the rolls of toilet paper now you know what happened!!Thank you ladies for sharing this week with me I really enjoyed it! Now I need to get ready for Palm springs!![...]

7 Tips to Reigniting your Creative Mojo! Stenciling Away!!! Tip #6


Incorporating a new element into your art is a great way to just explore some new possibilities. Stencils are a wonderful addition to any fiber art pieces.
 I wanted to share some exciting news!! I am the newest designer to be added to the StencilGirl Family!! Today my new stencils were released and I am having so much fun playing with them! I have been working on a larger fiber piece  and I am adding elements from my stencils to help add some texture and detail. I have a blog post on the StencilGirl blog, and on Facebook! I hope you will take a minute to go over and check it out!!
I even used them on some ceramic plates!

7 Tips to Reignite your Creative Mojo- Tip #5-Visit a friends studio!


As artists we have a tendency to work alone, lost in our own world of the art we create. Often that is enough and being in the zone fills that special part of our soul that cries out to be heard. But being alone also has it draw backs. Sometimes whats needed is a fresh set of eyes, a friendly voice, someone else's point of view, a new set of cluttered walls and messy tables to absorb visually.

I don't know why it is that seeing someone else's messes and art supplies excites me right to my core but it does. I have also found that artists often don't get to share what they are working on much outside of social media which is static and still a bit disconnected.  So when you go and visit another artist and ask them to "Show you what their working on" it can be a wild ride through another artists mind and eyes. I love it, an "e" ticket when you might be feeling you had only an "A" ticket in your studio lately. (I am showing my age here) But dare to jump in and just enjoy the ride!

 I guarantee you will be inspired and motivated to go home and create again. I don't even want them to straighten up their studio first ( although most of them do). I like seeing the mess, the clutter, the paints and pencils, fabrics and gesso. The trail of thought that is left behind that also tells a story.
Recently I visited a new friend in her studio, Libby Williamson. I had such fun just walking around and taking in all of the paintings and projects that lined the tables and walls of her studio. It was a visual smorgasbord of artist eye candy and it was so exciting. I loved hearing about her latest adventures and projects, her classes and her challenges as an artist too. Here is a quick video of my visit, I was picking up a flag wall hanging for myself, I love to support other artists too!
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Libby Williamson's Studio from Desiree Habicht on Vimeo.

I love the creative process and the journey that takes place when creating a piece of art, don't you? I would love to hear your story about a visit you have had to one of your artist friends studio.