by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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Trying Something New

June 29th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (1 Comments)

I don’t know what came over me, except maybe nostalgia for those hippie craft books I grew up pouring over…but I just got the itch to try something new, micro-macramé! I ran across this website. knotjustmacrame.com, if you have a few minutes click that link now, you won’t be disappointed. She does amazing things with thread and beads! (more…)

Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild Show

June 26th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (1 Comments)
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The artists’ reception for the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild Gallery Show this Sunday was a real treat! I walked in on the tail-end of all the quilters standing in a line in front of an audience and was immediately asked to speak about my quilt…yikes! But really, it was impressive that there was such a nice audience who all seemed genuinely interested in quilting, modern quilts and the pieces we had in the show. We had some nice conversations with the audience and each other! And I really have to say there were some lovely quilts in the show!! (more…)

Writer’s Block WIP

June 10th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (1 Comments)
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Work-in-progress photos, because I have writer’s block bad! I have three posts in draft stage…one is literally just a title! So this post is just photos of what I’m working on. I’ll write later…promise. (more…)

Modern Guild Challenge: Madrona Road

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (0 Comments)
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I didn’t finish it in time for the national Modern Guild Challenge deadline, but I did participate in my local Modern Guild chapter’s “Madrona Road Challenge”. The challenge was to use the fabrics we were given, fat eighths from the Madrona Road line of fabrics, and only add solids to make a completed modern quilt. I put together the top rather quickly, but decided to let this one take more than a week and quilted it like crazy. It’s a largish wall-hanging. (more…)

Crafty Morning

March 31st, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (2 Comments)
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Brennan frequently wants to go into the studio and make a project…regardless of the time of day. Before I even had my coffee finished this morning he wanted to start! I guess it’s my fault for making our bedtime reading a Family Fun magazine full of craft projects!

Oh but spring projects are soooo fun!!
Do you want to see what we made? (more…)

Project Quilting 4:6 Spring!

March 29th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (0 Comments)
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So sad that this is the last challenge of Project Quilting Season 4. I had a busy week in store, including a trip to Minnesota, so I went for a smallish project, something I knew I could get finished in time for the deadline. I based my inspiration on this piece, which just sold from my etsy shop. (I was sad to see it go!) The challenge was simple, “Spring”! (more…)

Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!

March 16th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (0 Comments)
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Happy Worldwide Quilting Day! I’ve been celebrating it with my friends in the Quiltsy Team of Etsy. They decided to make and sell items made with the “Sawtooth Star” quilt block. So I made this little mug rug this morning. I now have a nice little stash of bright/pastels with white in geometric patterns and they all go so well together, I want to just keep making scrappy projects with the same little stash! It’s a great way to simplify things and just get right to sewing, actually! (more…)

Cat Tent

March 11th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (1 Comments)
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I made a project a while back that I should show you! It’s super cute, not as useful as I hoped, but super cute!

It’s a Cat Tent! (more…)

Project Quilting 4:5 Good Bug

March 9th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (0 Comments)
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I finished my Project Quilting Challenge Quilt early this week!! It’s not due ’til tomorrow! But there’s not a single thing I want to change on it, so here it is…The challenge: take a printed magazine publication, turn to page 28 and make a quilt inspired by it. Cool! I chose National Geographic, my favorite magazine for pulling out fabulous photography. (My dad started me on my inability to throw away Nationals G’s just in case I could cut out a good picture from one and make a collage or other art project!) Well, that impulse served me well in this case.

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Star Block

February 25th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (2 Comments)
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I didn’t finish this beauty in time for the Project Quilting Challenge that I started it for, but I am still really proud of it. I found the tutorial online here, by Leisl Made. (more…)