by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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Pneumonia really kicked my butt last week, let me tell you. But by Saturday I was not ready to give up on the last challenge of Project Quilting Season 5. So….I decided to just think up something small and easy to finish in a lazy Saturday. Still totally enamored of Lisa Congdon’s Line Drawing class, I had been doing some doodling like this…. (more…)

Project Quilting 5:5 Grocery Store

March 9th, 2014 | Posted by Emma in All | Design | Quilting - (6 Comments)
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Not sure how long to make this story…Our town got a new grocery store last summer, a big fancy HyVee. Its not my usual grocery store, but it does have the best produce section I’ve ever seen. Really! You can buy starfruit and dragon fruit and seven varieties of onion any day of the year! So this was my inspiration. I chose to stick with the less exotic, everyday veggies and look at the nice forms to sketch. Another part of the story is that I was watching Lisa Congdon‘s Creativebug course on Line Drawing. Fabulous, fabulous course!! I might not have needed any teaching about drawing, having a BA in art, but I still thoroughly enjoyed her first video lesson and it is a series and I can’t wait for the next installment! I learned a lot already! One thing I took away is that even when drawing from life, she just did her own thing. Looking at the thing she was drawing and then making her drawing how she wanted was her style. I love that!! I now have a stack of more than 20 doodley drawings and I just can’t stop! (more…)

Machine Quilting

October 8th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (2 Comments)
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Have you taken any Craftsy classes yet? I just wanted to tell you about Angela Walters’ Quilting Negative Space class, because I LOOOOOVE it! She has great advice about sketching and practicing AND she is mezmerizing to watch quilting AND her designs are so fun and simple to do, but look stunning on a quilt! I know you’ve seen these designs before… they are not all new and only her designs, but the way she puts them all together and fits them into spaces is just amazing! (more…)

Happy Anniversary to Us

December 13th, 2011 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (2 Comments)
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Sunday was my twelfth wedding anniversary! I love you, Dave!

I made this pillow for my husband. I used Tonya Ricucci’s method of improvisational piecing to make the letters in colors that look great with our couch and other couch cushions. It’s a standard size pillow, but I still made it like a quilted pillow sham, not just a standard floppy pillow case.

The close up shows the quilting. I chose to use one of Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilting Designs, called “Heart Ripples.” It’s ok to be cheesy on your Anniversary! Dave loved his gift!!

He got me the sweetest gift yet, a “new” clarinet! I’ve had a broken down old clarinet since I stopped playing after college, but would keep trying to get back into music over the years with no luck because it was so broken. Now, I have a perfectly working clarinet and I can play music again. It’s fun to play with my fifth grade son who is learning the trombone!

…and here’s the photo of Brennan with my creation! Like I said before, he sees the camera and wants to be in the picture! Gotta love it, I know many a kid who would rather hide or make goofy faces, so I love Brennan for his smiles!

Tiger Quilt

June 30th, 2011 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (5 Comments)

Just before Father’s Day, I watched the latest episode of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims and was immediately struck by a great project to make for my husband’s gift! Here’s a preview of the episode (#812, June 6, 2011)…

and here’s the project that I just couldn’t resist…the tiger behind him. My husband is a teacher at a school with high school spirit standards and a tiger for a mascot! I knew this would be perfect for him to hang in his large classroom and get a lot of attention!

Photos above by Gregory Case

I ordered the pattern at RobAppell.com and therefore supported the Endangered Species Quilt Project! The pattern came really quickly, so I was able to get started just a few days later!

I wanted to show your work-in-progress shots but it went together so quickly, I didn’t take many photos, I just kept working! It’s raw-edge fusible applique. The designs came full-sized, ready to trace onto fusible web, fuse to fabric and cut out. It was a lot of pieces, but that part was really fun. The most difficult part was laying out all those pieces. There was a numbered diagram to follow, but it felt a lot like drawing, seeing where everything aligned by eye.

Ok, I can’t type any more, I just can’t wait to put in the finished photo RIGHT NOW!!!
Be sure to click it to see a larger view!

Notice that I didn’t follow Rob’s quilting suggestions. I looked at photos of tigers online and free-motion quilted lines to indicate tiger fur and give it dimension and a little realism. It was really fun to do, but did take quite a bit of time!

The main thing is that Dave LOVES it! But it was also fun to bring it to my guild meeting last night and get lots of compliments! I love having a guild meeting as an incentive to getting projects finished. I was binding in front of my computer yesterday, but I got it finished. Without the guild meeting to keep me going, I might not have finished it until September!

If I can get permission from the owner, I’ll enter it in the Iowa State Fair! He will be out of town during the fair anyway, so maybe he won’t mind. That would sure be fun!

Thanks for looking and please leave me a comment if you like it.