by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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Zakka Style

August 23rd, 2012 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (2 Comments)
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One of my favorite parts of getting together with my small group of quilting friends is our show-and-tell! I love the inspiration from seeing their projects, in progress and finished works of art…but we also enjoy sharing our shopping finds. Someone usually brings their newest fabric purchases for us to oooh and aaah over and we pass around books and point out projects we’d like to make.

This was one of those Tricia brought, where everyone was saying “Emma that looks like something you should make”…they were so right! I had to buy the book for myself shortly after that meeting and started making things shortly after it arrived at my house! (more…)

Felted Wool

October 24th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts - (0 Comments)

I’ve ventured into a new land…the land of felted wool! It’s a natural fit, as I’ve been saving and using fabric scraps from old clothing forever, but this is a new thing for me. It started with a few cute holiday projects in a craft magazine I bought at the airport! Now, I found Betz White’s book “Warm Fuzzies” and have a new respect for felted wool! Here is the project I started with:

I made a blue and red robin one for my son too, but he’s been carting it around the house so much I couldn’t find it for the photoshoot!

If you have any interest in felted wool you’ve got to check out this book! It has the cutest projects, great instructions and really inspiring photography! Usually I pick up a book to see what I could do to make the projects my own…this one, I want to make everything just like she did, they are so well done!! Check her out: www.betzwhite.com She has a blog too, I just discovered. I’m going to go read more there, it looks fun!

Oh, and I have to thank my mom for when I told her I was interested in felted wool, she brought me a bag of goodies, including the stunning little wings on this birdie! What a sweetie!

Floral Hand Embroidery

April 18th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in Crafts - (0 Comments)

I like to do hand work when I’d rather be out in the living room with the rest of the family than in my studio. So, this is my latest little project.

I just purchased the book “The Embroiderer’s Floral” by Janet Haigh. It is a beautiful book, full of examples, patterns and ideas for projects. It’s my kind of book, too, lots of inspiration and little space devoted to instructions that I don’t need. I made a little list of projects that came to mind when paging through the book. It was tough to limit the list to the top 10!!
So, I have to decide what to do with this little treasure now.