by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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Bubblegum Square Dance

January 13th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (2 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…)

Project Quilting Season 4!!

January 6th, 2013 | Posted by Emma | (0 Comments)
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Just 10 minutes to the first challenge of Project Quilting Season Four! I’m giddy!

http://www.persimondreams.com/project-quilting/what-is-project-quilting

Get ready and join us!

A Quilt for Everything & Everything in a Quilt!

September 25th, 2012 | Posted by Emma | (2 Comments)
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I may just be a little nuts, but I just found another thing in my home that needed a quilt…my George Foreman Grill! I have been eating grilled sandwiches almost every day for lunch and trying to wedge it back into a high corner of my cupboard after every meal…usually causing a crash down of a few spices in the process. So I decided to keep the thing on my counter. But its just not pretty enough for that. (more…)

Zakka Style

August 23rd, 2012 | Posted by Emma | (2 Comments)
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One of my favorite parts of getting together with my small group of quilting friends is our show-and-tell! I love the inspiration from seeing their projects, in progress and finished works of art…but we also enjoy sharing our shopping finds. Someone usually brings their newest fabric purchases for us to oooh and aaah over and we pass around books and point out projects we’d like to make.

This was one of those Tricia brought, where everyone was saying “Emma that looks like something you should make”…they were so right! I had to buy the book for myself shortly after that meeting and started making things shortly after it arrived at my house! (more…)

Pinwheel Pillow

August 12th, 2012 | Posted by Emma | (0 Comments)
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And in case you didn’t know what to do with your marbled fabric, here’s what I made with some of Brennan’s! (more…)

Shaving Cream Marbling Tutorial

August 11th, 2012 | Posted by Emma | (0 Comments)
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My mom showed us a fun art project the last time she came to visit…and you’ve just got to try this. Whether you have kids to do it with or want to make some beautiful fabric to quilt with, this is a project where you will love the process as much as the result! (more…)

WIP Wednesday

August 1st, 2012 | Posted by Emma | (1 Comments)
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Ok, so it’s not really a thing that I usually do “Work-in-progress Wednesday”, but I have a few things in progress to tell you about that won’t be complete stories for quite some time, so it seems like a good idea!

1. Crane Star Pillow…

I saw this on the Patchwork Pottery Blog by Laurraine Yuyama and eagerly awaited the pattern release. I’m not a huge paper-piecing fan, although I’m getting pretty adept in it with all that Farmer’s Wife practice! But I AM a huge origami fan, so this pattern just jumped out at me as something I had to make! I love the way the paper piecing mirrors the folds in a real paper crane! (more…)

Baby Quilt for Jenna

August 1st, 2012 | Posted by Emma | (0 Comments)
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Hi! I have another baby quilt project to tell you about. This one my mom and I worked on together for our family friend, Assi, and her new baby. Assi, from Finland, lived with us as a foreign exchange student in high school, so we consider her part of the family. She calls me aunt Emma!! I really hope to meet her daughter someday. We made this in the spring, but I didn’t want to write about it until the quilt was received in Finland. Now I can gaze at the photos she sent me of her sweet baby on her quilt! (more…)

Art Gallery Exhibit

July 13th, 2012 | Posted by Emma | (0 Comments)

Thank you to all those who came to the Opening Reception!! It was a wonderful event! I so much enjoyed talking about my quilts and the genuine interest in the whole room. Teresa told a wonderful story about veterans who had enjoyed my work already and I hope there are many more stories like that in the coming nearly two months!

If you weren’t able to come, but still live near enough to go to the gallery, please do! It is best to go in the afternoon, for parking, but then you should have no trouble finding the gallery if you go in the main doors and ask at the information booth when you walk in.

I’ll post photos soon…