by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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Modern Quilt Guild Challenge

February 21st, 2014 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (1 Comments)
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In addition to Project Quilting, I participated in the Modern Quilt Guild’s most recent fabric challenge. The challenge started last fall, when we were given a set of fat eighths of Riley Blake fabrics. The only requirements were that we could use any Riley Blake fabrics including any (but not all) of the ones we were given and any solids to make any kind of quilted project. I could only find a few other Riley Blake fabrics locally to fill out the palette, but here’s what I came up with.

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Project Quilting 5:3 Candy

February 9th, 2014 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)
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This week’s Project Quilting Challenge: Candy!! I have a sweet tooth, yes I do, but for this challenge the first thing that came to my head wasn’t actually candy…it was the game “Candy Crush Saga!” I totally love playing that game on my ipad or iphone whenever I’m waiting in the carpool lane or otherwise away from my studio and need chill time. So I decided to make this project a bag that could carry my stuff AND my ipad when I go out. (more…)

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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…)

Project Quilting 4:6 Spring!

March 29th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (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…)

Project Quilting 4:5 Good Bug

March 9th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (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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Sneak peek

January 29th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (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 in Quilting | Uncategorized - (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…)

Project Quilting 3:3 Tools

February 12th, 2012 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)
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For the Project Quilting Challenge theme of “Tools”, I chose pie-making tools as my subject. Pies are a big deal in my family; my mom is an expert pie-maker. We all love to eat pies on holidays. I have been making them for years and I’m fine at it, but it’s never quite as good as my mom’s pie. This year for Christmas she gave me a few tools of the trade, so maybe someday my pies will come close to the quality of hers!

I also enjoy making pies because it seems like such an old-fashioned homemaker-thing to do, so I made this quilt a little old-fashioned too with hand-quilting and a little primitive style. Because of all the hand-stitching I planned to do (and to give it a more kitcheny heritage) the quilt sandwich is made with kitchen-towel woven cotton for the batting. That made it a breeze to stitch through, but gave it a nice quilt weight too.

This mini quilt is 16″ x 19″

I gave it some three-dimensional details, such as the braid for the pie crust….I wish I could make pretty fluted crust edges like my mom can do!! The pastry blender has real wires. They are plastic-coated wires so they won’t rust on my quilt! The rolling pin is stuffed to be slightly rounded. The rolling cloth is the same kitchen towel fabric that is inside the quilt. I hemmed it before sewing on the appliqué to make it look more like a kitchen cloth.

One of my favorite features is the bottom border fabric. It is a leftover from the first curtain I made from my very first kitchen!

I hung it in my dining room recently because I had to wash my other cafe curtain. Look at that cute patchwork! It’s so fun to see old fabric like that be put to another good use. I love my new PIE quilt!

See the other Project Quilting entries at www.KimsCraftyApple.blogspot.com or The Project Quilting Flikr Group.

Oh, and I think you should see my mom, Ginny, the master pie-maker that inspired me to make this quilt. Here she is with her grandson. I’m pretty sure there was a pie in the oven when this photo was taken!

Off Season Challenge Coincidence

April 25th, 2011 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

Project Quilting and my “Seams Sew Easy” small group have collided this month by issuing the same challenge!!!

So I’m thinking about color names and my initials…ELTM (project quilting doesn’t allow 5 initials, though I have them!) The only difference in the two challenges is that my small group specified I find the color names on paint chips! So I’m not using Lavender, I’m going to find something exotic like “Elite Wisteria” or “Little Pond.” (those are actual names I just found using Behr.com’s ColorSmart tool! This is going to be fun.

Here’s the link to the Project Quilting Off-season Challenge if you’d like to join me. You never have to commit to the whole season to join Project Quilting, but this is even more low-key…so if you’ve been waiting to join in, now’s the time!!

p.s. I hope my Seams Sew Easy friends post their projects on the Project Quilting group!

 

Winter Wonderland Quilt

December 4th, 2010 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

Today was the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild December Tea. It’s our end of the year celebration where we eat lots of treats, have a big meeting and show off the quilts made for the President’s Challenge. I did finish my challenge in the nick of time! This was a very fun project, I’m so happy I got back into tatting for it!!

And here are some close ups and in progress photos you might like. Each snowflake is different! But sewing on those snowflakes took almost as long and tatting them!

This biggest snowflake is the only one that I didn’t tat especially for this quilt. It’s from when I was first into tatting and had been sadly sitting in a box for years. I’m glad it is now being appreciated in a good place.

Please click on the full quilt photo or the second one to see larger and notice what a beautiful fabric that background blue is. I wrote a paragraph about this quilt for the challenge entry and explained that the nautical theme of the fabric was very fitting in my mind because sometimes the blustery winds of an Iowa winter make me feel like a ship tossed about at sea. The quilting is done in swirls that could be both waves or wind. The bottom border is symbolic of waves and/or snow drifts.

I designed the paper-pieced top borders to reflect the compass that is seen in that nautical print background. I found great scraps to coordinate with blues and metallic silvers, for a subtle feel, not to detract from the snowflakes, but still feel rich and beautiful. I’m thinking I could provide you with the pattern and instructions for that star, since I designed it, would anyone be interested?

Now, I thought I would show you some of the other entries from the guild’s president’s challenge. But maybe I’ll wait until I know whose is whose and get permission. We vote on them at the tea, because the top 8 are selected to be entered in AQS’s National Guild Challenge as a group project. We vote without knowing the makers, then find out later. I think that’s a little sad, because I would like to talk with people about their own quilts while we’re all standing around looking at them. But oh well! That’s how it’s always been done.

Keep warm everyone and happy quilting! Off to do some Christmas sewing!