by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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PQ6:3 Orpan Blocks…for Bear

February 7th, 2015 | Posted by Emma in All | Challenges | Quilting - (4 Comments)
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Project Quilting Challenge 6:2 went by while I was going crazy trying to get my oldest son’s birthday quilt done. Now I’m so close to finishing it, I surely have time for a little break! Anyway, the challenge this week was “Orphan Blocks” and I had a cute little basket of happiness calling my name! Can you believe all these cute little quilt pieces were in homeless until now?! (more…)

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Hi!! Did you think I stopped blogging? Well, I sort of did, but I think I’m back…for the time being anyway! I was quilting less over the summer, and what I was working on, I didn’t think I had anything to say about. But here goes…

The Modern Quilt Guild Challenges just keep coming…and I’m glad they do!!! I love that they give me a great starting point to get my creativity flowing!

The most recent challenge that ended July 25, was to use a cute assortment of Michael Miller fabrics…Petal Pinwheels and Tile Pile, etc. (more…)

Messenger Bags

October 13th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (3 Comments)
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Spurred on by a Modern Quilt Guild Tote Bag Swap, I made a new product for my Etsy shop….Messenger Bags! (None of these are for my swap partner though, that reveal hasn’t happened yet, so I’m not posting that bag yet!) (more…)

Machine Quilting

October 8th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (2 Comments)
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Have you taken any Craftsy classes yet? I just wanted to tell you about Angela Walters’ Quilting Negative Space class, because I LOOOOOVE it! She has great advice about sketching and practicing AND she is mezmerizing to watch quilting AND her designs are so fun and simple to do, but look stunning on a quilt! I know you’ve seen these designs before… they are not all new and only her designs, but the way she puts them all together and fits them into spaces is just amazing! (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…)

A Quilt for Brennan

January 31st, 2013 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (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…)

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…)

Christmas Gift Round-up

January 6th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in Crafts | Inspiration | Quilting | Uncategorized - (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…)

Baby Quilt for Jenna

August 1st, 2012 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (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…)

An Irish Nursery Set

June 30th, 2012 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (1 Comments)
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Ok, I guess I have writers block…because I can’t think of anything to say, but I wanted to show you this project! So here are some photos! It’s a custom order nursery set of quilties. (more…)