by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter

Handmade Christmas Part 2

December 12th, 2010 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts - (0 Comments)

I came across a tutorial this morning that was one of those things that I had to go make right that minute….do you know what I mean?? Sometimes I come across ideas I think are clever or look fun to make and I bookmark them for later, or save a pic/pdf in a folder on my computer, and sometimes I get around to digging through those folders and bookmarks…but this one just couldn’t wait!

Paper Christmas Tree Ornament by Elsie Marley

Here’s what I did with them. I started by fusing fabrics to cardstock, because I can’t pass up a chance to use fabrics. I had a lovely selection of green, holiday prints.

Then I started assembling the cute little trees. The first one wasn’t that successful, because the tension was off for paper and it didn’t seem very sturdy the way the two tiny threads were holding the whole thing together. So then I decided to overlap the strips just a bit.

Here are some more successful ones. See the cute one on the left with the overlaps in the right direction like branches of an evergreen! I love them!

And they were so fun to make, I did several more!

I’m going to write to and from on the backs and use them as gift tags, I think. It was a great hour or so this morning, playing with these little trees anyway! Thanks Elsie!!

And just for fun, here’s a photo of the view while I was making these. Winter has finally made it here!

We went shopping for snowpants and boots this afternoon!! (Boys grow too fast, that’s all I have to say!)

Happy Winter!

Stamping and Coloring on Fabric

January 20th, 2009 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts - (0 Comments)

Yesterday I played with crayons and stamps on fabric! I have this lovely stained-glass look stamp, which I stamped with Fabrico black ink. After ironing that to set the ink, I colored in the images with fabric crayons. Look how the coloring looks rather dull and rough until I set the crayons with the iron too…It was so fun to see what the iron would do to the crayons, I tried it several times! I think I’m going to make these little images into something, so the last photo is finding the right fabric to go with them. 





What do you think I should make them into?? Pin cushions? Little quilts? Key chains? Tiny wall art? hmmmm…

More Christmas Sewing

December 15th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts - (0 Comments)

Handmade Wool Felt Santa Pillow

Originally uploaded by Quilties

This handmade wool felt santa pillow design came from Better Homes and Gardens Publication: Holiday Crafts 2008. It was on the cover and I just had to make it! I even started a whole new drawer dedicated to wool felt and launched into the world of wool because of this very project!!