by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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Rainbow Picnic Blanket

February 25th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (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…)

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…)

UFOs and Yo Yos

July 4th, 2011 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I’ve been working on two fun projects the last few days. One is an old UFO, I think the oldest one I have, a “Double Irish Chain.” I want to show you some in progress shots, because I think it will be quite a while before I finish either of these two projects.

The second project is yo yos! I’ve been making them whenever I sit outside watching the boys play in the pool, or ride bikes in the cul de sac, at my garage sale, and even a little bit of tv watching. One of the most recent issues of American Patchwork & Quilting has a great pattern I plan to make, where yo yos are appliqued to strips of solid fabric to make a full yo yo quilt. And it looks so cute and like so much fun!I don’t have a background color chosen yet. (The sample is a snappy turquoise, which I might try!) But I’m already up to 110+ yo yos, well on my way to the 409 I will need!

Here’s a peek…

Both of these projects use fabrics that have been in my stash forever, just a little neglected even, the cute and flowery calicoes. They’re a little old fashion and some of them even really clash when they get side-by-side, but I love the scrappy look they have when they get together!