by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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Pneumonia really kicked my butt last week, let me tell you. But by Saturday I was not ready to give up on the last challenge of Project Quilting Season 5. So….I decided to just think up something small and easy to finish in a lazy Saturday. Still totally enamored of Lisa Congdon’s Line Drawing class, I had been doing some doodling like this…. (more…)

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…)

Project Quilting: Strings Challenge

January 12th, 2014 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (1 Comments)
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Thank goodness for Project Quilting (and Kim Lapacek), my excuse to get back to blogging! I almost skipped this challenge, because I’m knee-deep in the creative process of the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge, but I really wanted to get started on the first challenge of the season. Participation is such a great motivator!  So I decided to go for a quick and straightforward project yesterday. I started and finished two bed pillows to coordinate with the new quilt I made for my husband for Christmas. (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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Project Quilting Bonus Challenge

February 4th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (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…)

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…)

Bubblegum Square Dance

January 13th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Design | Quilting - (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…)

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The last challenge of season three was to play with zig zags. I had seen zig zags made with half square triangles and thought it looked pretty fun. I also just got a hand-me-down charm pack (Thank you, Veronica!) so I decided to use it for this challenge.  Lastly, I had seen this video from Missouri Star Quilt Company about how to make half-square triangles from charms….that’s how it all started. (more…)

Project Quilting 3:4 Barn Quilt

February 26th, 2012 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (4 Comments)
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The theme for Project Quilting Challenge 4 of Season 3 is Barn Quilts. I did some research and found some beautiful barn quilt images from Iowa.

Luchsinger/Butler Barn, Dike Iowa

Bernie & Elaine Schnell, Parkersburg Iowa

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So my concept started with a red barn sewing machine cover. I recently read that you should cover your machine to keep out dust. I’ve only ever thought of the dust that accumulates while I’m sewing, but I suppose there is just dust that will get in by sitting out too, so now I will keep it covered more while I’m not using it. I only had one good red fabric, so instead of piecing it together, I just quilted the lines for the slats of the barn wood, horizontal for most of it, vertical for the door. I added white windows and trim, like the Luchsinger barn and so many others. And I just happened to have a nice gray shingle-looking fabric for the roof. I constructed it in three pieces, the middle and two sides. The roof has a peltex stiff interfacing inside it that is pretty stiff. That way, the top is straight like a roof and the sides drape down nicely. Otherwise, I think it would have been lumpy and look more like my sewing machine than a barn.

Here are some photos.

Most barn quilts are painted onto plywood and hung as signs on the barns, so that’s how I did my barn quilts too, sort of! I painted white fabric, then sandwiched it into a little quilt and hung that on the side of the barn with some whipstitching. I like how they stand out a little from the barn. The painting was a little tricky and impossible to get totally smooth lines and pointy points. I taped it down, but it was still painting on fabric. But not as tricky as if I had tried to piece a three inch block that complicated!

Overall, I’m very happy with my new sewing machine cover! And I’m proud to have it done before the Sunday morning deadline!