by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter

I love Pincushions

January 2nd, 2011 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts | Quilting - (1 Comments)

That’s right, pin cushions are not only practical, they’re a lot of fun to have around and fun to make too. This treasury by Kim Lapacek got me started thinking about how much I love pin cushions…

And if you like making them, like I do, here’s a round-up of some pretty nice tutorials I found online.

Wrist Pincusion By Planet June

Best Babyfood Jar Pincushion by Craft Pudding

Anna Marie Horner’s Wild Flower Pincushion at

Wow, this one is really cool…an oldie but goodie from Monkeyroom

Yo Yo pincushion by Craftypod…gotta love this one!

Hmmm, I have too many projects to get into making more pincushions. But small projects like this are easy to sneak in when you need a break from the big ones, so go ahead!

Here are the pincushions I use on a daily basis…the stacked pin cushions I made from an American Patchwork and Quilting pattern a few years ago, the cake shaped pin cushion that was a gift from my friend Doris and the little knit one I found at a garage sale for 10 cents.

Happy Sewing!

On the Tenth Day of Quiltsy

December 9th, 2010 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

I’m going to get to twelve, really I am! Tenth day is bed quilts, the show-piece of your bedroom. Everyone deserves a beautiful quilt for their bed! And if you just want some inspiration for the next big quilt to make, search Quiltsy on Etsy and you’ll be inspired.

On the Seventh Day of Christmas

December 6th, 2010 | Posted by Emma in All - (0 Comments)

My true love gave to me…

Seven Pillow Covers. Quiltsy makes some pretty ones!! And you can never have too many throw pillows on your couch, chair or bed!

Sew Sweet

June 22nd, 2010 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

HomespunIreland just made a beautiful treasury of all things pink and sew-y. I think you’ll love it, so go take a look!

Keeping This

January 30th, 2010 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

I got all excited about two weeks ago when I thought up a new product (A Quiltie Pillowcover) and the first one turned out great! But wait, there are no pillowcovers in my shop?! Well, it turned out too great! I’m keeping this.

My rationale is that I got that brown flowered fabric as a Christmas gift from my mom. And I love it! I have two other quilties in the works using other fabrics from that bundle, but I don’t want to give them ALL away! So, I think I’m going to be making more pillowcovers. It’s a great idea, practical-minded and just as easy to make as a quiltie (frankly, easier!), so I’m excited to have come up with a new product. I’m just not ready to roll it out yet.