by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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I’m going to be the presenter at the next Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild Meeting!! The meeting is this Thursday at the West Des Moines Public Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. I would love it if you would join me!

We’ll be folding fabric into three-dimensional flowers for quilts, using the techniques in Rebecca Wat’s book “Fantastic Fabric Folding.” I’ll show some of my projects made with folded fabrics and we’ll get to try them out too. Here’s the supply list in case you can come.

Supplies to bring:
• Four (or more) 6″ squares of fabric – good choices include tone-on-tone, nearly solid batiks and solids. Starch the squares if you have time (no need to starch batiks).
• Regular sewing needle and thread to match your fabric
• Small scissors
• A few pins

I’ll be teaching you to make something like this…

then turn into this…

 

Violet Sashiko Round Quilt

July 31st, 2011 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Looks like I took July off from blogging! I didn’t mean too, but I guess it got away from me. Isn’t that how summer goes?!

But I’ve had a fun summer so far. We just got done with Grandma Ginny’s second visit of the summer. Here’s a photo of her with the boys, in front of a lovely fairy tale quilt she made for Brennan a while back. We didn’t get much time to sew together this visit, but we did have a good time.

On my sewing table right now is a small group/guild project, a quilt for a veteran. Here is a not very flattering photo of the work in progress. Each of my small group members made a set of blocks, now I am sewing those into the rows and adding borders.

I’m also making yo yos in any spare moments I’m sitting down with my hands free…so here’s a basket with my progress. I’m half done with the count I need for my yo yo quilt!!  I saw a blogger with a  yo yo sew-along that I considered joining, but hers calls for more than 1,000 yo yos!! I’m thinking 409 is plenty for me for one project. I’m already itching to get stitching them unto a background. But then I have to decide which color the background will be and buy the yardage! I’m a little afraid of making that decision!

Now for the project I previewed in my last post…the Violet Sashiko Round Quilt. I need a good name for it still, obviously. But I designed this fun little circle quilt for my small group’s “Solids Challenge” to use solid fabrics in a project. I broke the rules with the binding…but I think you’ll agree, it was worth it. The binding has a purple and white dotty design that shows off the sashiko stitches fabulously!

I really wish I had a cute little round table to put this on!

The flowers are the Folded Rose from Rebecca Wat’s Book “Fantastic Fabric Folding.

Well, that’s all I have to show you for now, have a great summer Sunday!

 

 

Violets

July 9th, 2011 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

My violets are constantly multiplying…a chore when they start filling up their pots and need to be divided…

A really messy job Tiny pot from a garage sale Pot that I painted
Pot that Brennan painted! Another pot I painted Beautiful violets!

All those violets were an inspiration to my next art quilt/challenge project. The challenge is from my small group to use exclusively solid colored fabrics in a project. A tough one for all of us, since we love our prints so much! I keep getting tempted to look for some bridging floral print, but I’m resisting the urge and keeping this one simple. I hope it will be elegant in its simplicity…not boring!

I do love the way the solids show off the folding technique!

This was just a sneak peek, finished project yet to come!