by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter

Quilting Designs

October 2nd, 2009 | Posted by Emma in All - (1 Comments)

I’m finishing up my entries for the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild Quilt Show, which is fast approaching! (October 28, see here for details) And most of what I have left to do is quilting. So, I thought I would share a trick that helps me figure out my quilting designs. quiltdrawIt’s a dry-erase board. Practicing the design I want to do gets it into my hands and I’m more ready to do it on the sewing machine. It also helps visualize the results, of course. Thanks, Lisa for sharing this technique with me. She’ll have to fill me in on who taught it to her!

I also just discovered a blog you should check out, all about machine quilting filler designs. ONE EVERY DAY FOR A YEAR!! Can you believe it?!

Go here to check it out!


Every Embroiderer should CQ

September 26th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

That is everyone who loves embroidery should start a crazy quilt and work on it often and slowly over time. It’s an amazing creative outlet! It’s so fun to try out new stitches and come up with new ideas. With so much going on in each crazy quilt block, each little bit of work will not make or break your piece. Make it your own and have fun!

Here are some of my blocks. I have about 8 in progress…and none of them are “complete”!! I just keep adding to them. Each time I dig them out, I see something new. If one isn’t working out, I just set it aside, because chances are the next time I dig it out I will see what needs to be done to fix it!

I don’t know if I’ll ever finish this into a quilt, but this is one project that I don’t ever look forward to finishing it more than I look forward to just working on it more. So it’s worth my time!