by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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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…)

Rainbow Picnic Blanket

February 25th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (2 Comments)
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I’ve been quilting like crazy lately!  You wouldn’t be able to tell it from my blog though, so I hope to post a few of my recent projects over the next week. Since I can’t decide what order to show them to you in, I’m going to start with the one I just busted my butt to finish today!

Upon receiving an email 10 days ago that my son’s school needed donations for the silent auction basket and our theme was “Family Fun in the Great Outdoors” I asked an innocent question, “did they have a picnic blanket yet?” It was on the list of suggested donations, so I couldn’t resist! I was thinking of a few great fabrics I had been saving for a picnic blanket (with ladybugs and watermelon…) Well, I probably should have thought that through a little more, because I really only had a week….but I managed to do it! In three days, actually! (more…)

UFO: Sashiko

February 10th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (1 Comments)
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I recently finished a long-time UFO! Yippee!  I received a pre-printed sashiko panel and supplies from my good friend Teresa for my birthday not long after I met her. It was a pleasant and unexpected surprise and I was grateful for it. I worked on the panel for a while, getting about half-way through the stitching when I set it aside in a UFO basket not to be touched again for a few years. Sad!! (more…)

Project Quilting Bonus Challenge

February 4th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (0 Comments)
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Kim from Persimmon Dreams is going to take over my blog today and tell you more about an extra challenge and a chance to win so you can participate.

Hello everyone! This is Kim from Persimon Dreams, www.PersimonDreams.com, and I’m so happy to be here sharing some exciting Project QUILTING news with you. We are currently in the midst of Season 4. The first two challenges inspired over 100 quilts to be created – so amazing! The third challenge went up on Sunday, February 3rd and I can’t wait to see what comes from it (still time for you to join in!) (more…)

Brennan’s Room

February 3rd, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (2 Comments)
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For more than a week, Brennan had a beautiful quilt…in a room that looked like a tornado had gone through it! So we had to do something about that this weekend. His room is now fit for his new quilt and so much more!

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A Quilt for Brennan

January 31st, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (0 Comments)
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I finally finished a big one!!! I started this last summer, so it was not a quick project, and I’m very proud to have finally finished Brennan’s “big boy” quilt. Not that he hasn’t been in a regular bed for a while, but this is the first bed-size quilt I’ve made for him since he has. It matches new curtains I made for his room last summer. (I know, don’t you usually make the curtains after the quilt?!) (more…)

Sneak peek

January 29th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (1 Comments)
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I worked on my “Madrona Road Challenge” for the Modern Quilt Guild last night. I doubt that I’ll finish anything by the Jan 31 national deadline, but our local guild gave us until March, so I’m going to keep at it.

Anyway, I just have to show you what I did last night…it made me squeal!

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Shamrock Medallion

January 27th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (2 Comments)
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Project Quilting Challenge Entry 4:2, the theme: “My Favorite Color,” the challenge: to use only one color and white in your project.

I fell in love with this embroidery pattern on Sunday morning and couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather spend the week working on. So I literally worked on it all week…when I was picking the boys up from school, while watching tv in the evenings and even a little in my lunch breaks. It took a bit longer than I thought it would, but I still really love the design and how it turned out! (more…)

Bubblegum Square Dance

January 13th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (1 Comments)
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My entry to Project Quilting Season Four, Challenge 1: Square in a Square…

My inspiration was the two striped fabrics with pink and brown that I had in my stash. I love how making an hourglass block with a stripe forms squares in squares in squares, so that was my only plan! (more…)

Christmas Gift Round-up

January 6th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (1 Comments)
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Hi Friends! Did you miss me? It’s been a long time since I posted anything on this blog, so I hope I haven’t lost you, my dear readers, but I just didn’t feel like blogging and didn’t see the point of making myself blog. Now I’m starting to feel like it again, so I’m going to see how long that lasts. Project Quilting just started up again and I was just sewing with my small group and we had big plans for challenges for the year to come, so hopefully I’ll find plenty to write about!

But really, I never have a lack of sewing projects to write about!! I mean come on!

I’d like to start getting back into things by telling you about the awesome Christmas I just had; full of homemade/handsewn gifts. I found lots of inspiring projects in books and magazines and online tutorials that I’d like to share with you! (more…)