by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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I may just be a little nuts, but I just found another thing in my home that needed a quilt…my George Foreman Grill! I have been eating grilled sandwiches almost every day for lunch and trying to wedge it back into a high corner of my cupboard after every meal…usually causing a crash down of a few spices in the process. So I decided to keep the thing on my counter. But its just not pretty enough for that. (more…)

Pinwheel Pillow

August 12th, 2012 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
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And in case you didn’t know what to do with your marbled fabric, here’s what I made with some of Brennan’s! (more…)

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My mom showed us a fun art project the last time she came to visit…and you’ve just got to try this. Whether you have kids to do it with or want to make some beautiful fabric to quilt with, this is a project where you will love the process as much as the result! (more…)

WIP Wednesday

August 1st, 2012 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (1 Comments)
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Ok, so it’s not really a thing that I usually do “Work-in-progress Wednesday”, but I have a few things in progress to tell you about that won’t be complete stories for quite some time, so it seems like a good idea!

1. Crane Star Pillow…

I saw this on the Patchwork Pottery Blog by Laurraine Yuyama and eagerly awaited the pattern release. I’m not a huge paper-piecing fan, although I’m getting pretty adept in it with all that Farmer’s Wife practice! But I AM a huge origami fan, so this pattern just jumped out at me as something I had to make! I love the way the paper piecing mirrors the folds in a real paper crane! (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…)

Art Gallery Exhibit

July 13th, 2012 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Thank you to all those who came to the Opening Reception!! It was a wonderful event! I so much enjoyed talking about my quilts and the genuine interest in the whole room. Teresa told a wonderful story about veterans who had enjoyed my work already and I hope there are many more stories like that in the coming nearly two months!

If you weren’t able to come, but still live near enough to go to the gallery, please do! It is best to go in the afternoon, for parking, but then you should have no trouble finding the gallery if you go in the main doors and ask at the information booth when you walk in.

I’ll post photos soon…

Look What I Found

July 7th, 2012 | Posted by Emma in Uncategorized - (3 Comments)
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We did a major basement clean-a-thon last week…look what I found! My girl scout uniforms!! I have a couple shirts, a skirt, a cute little bow tie/collar thingy and these, the all-important badge-holders! (more…)

Baby Quilt for Jonah

June 30th, 2012 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (4 Comments)
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My small group (minus one) made a group project together (for the one) again…something we seem to do quite often for a group only a few years old. And this was one of the most fun!!  It was for Jonah, Dawn’s baby boy. We started it before he was born, but he is here now and wonderful! I got to hold him at the guild meeting last week and it was such a joy!  Anyway, we also knew that Dawn already had plans for the nursery. It is a colorful room based on the monsters quilt I made this winter (and she bought). So we looked for a colorful design for our quilt and found this by Red Pepper Quilts. (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…)

Summer Flag Tutorial

May 28th, 2012 | Posted by Emma in Inspiration | Tutorials | Uncategorized - (1 Comments)
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We’ve had a wonderful weekend! It’s been hot and sunny and feeling just like summer! The boys played in the pool, sprinkler and slip n’ slide and Dave and I trimmed the hedges, mowed the lawn and planted the last square of the square foot garden with some big healthy vegetable plants.

Brennan was so inspired by the fun he had Saturday and Sunday that today he wanted to make a quilt to celebrate it! (I so love that kid!!) Together we came up with a project so great, I thought I’d share it…. (more…)