by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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More Christmas Gifts to Share

January 4th, 2012 | Posted by Emma in Crafts | Quilting | Uncategorized - (3 Comments)
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Ok, so I had a very productive holiday season of homemade gift-giving! Here are a few more I wanted to show you before moving on… (oh and stay tuned for a wrap-up of the gifts my husband made this year, with a little help from his wife!)

This is a package of three little gifts I gave to my small group secret santa, Veronica. Using a fabric line I knew she’d love, I made a button bag zipper tote, a pin cushion and a fancy twisted drawstring pouch.

Then I made a big quilted tote bag for my sister in law who loves to knit. It’s big enough to put a lot of yarn and a sweater in, I’m sure! I used a charm pack called “Cherish Nature”, that I totally love! I was actually starting to think I should keep the bag halfway through, because I loved those fabrics so much. But my generosity won out because it was Christmas and I wanted Jennifer’s gift to be great!

I loved the quilting on this! I used my favorite free motion pattern and it really looked nice…look at those beautiful fabrics!

Two big pockets inside and one on the outside, along with really big, sturdy handles, make this a really useful bag!

And this might have been the most fun project for me, because I truly love making stuffed toys…and I don’t have many girly gifts to give in my family!

Doesn’t look like much yet, but open it up…

it’s a dolly slumber party!

Here’s my hand holding a dolly, so you can see the fun little size they are.

The pattern came from one of my favorite stuffed toy books “Wee Wonderfuls” by Hilary Lang.

Composition Book Covers

January 3rd, 2012 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (2 Comments)
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I love this for a quick quilting project that looks amazing! Here’s the tutorial I used, from the Bloomin’ Workshop. It worked so well, I made three this holiday season, and if I had had more time, I would have made more. So, next school supply season, stock up on the plain composition books with the black and white covers! (I got mine for 10 cents each on school supply clearance!)

These first two were teacher gifts for the great women who teach Brennan at preschool…

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The inside flap, a good place to show off your quilting and tuck a little note or card.
I made this one first, for my niece, Amaria. She enjoys writing, so I knew she would love it. I also made her a matching zip pouch and filled it with fancy pens and pencils (but I forgot to take a picture of that!)

Bookmark that tutorial, it’s a great project for practicing your quilting and using your scraps.