by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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Reiman Gardens Quilt Show 2011

August 8th, 2011 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (1 Comments)

Now an annual event, I love the Reiman Gardens Quilt Show at Iowa State University! Beautiful garden quilts, beautiful gardens & butterflies all in one afternoon!! My boys even enjoyed our trip! Here’s just a few photos for inspiration…be sure to click them to see each one bigger.

Janet Pitman “For Frieda”…spectacular coleus!

Also by Janet below, “Butterfly Garden.” She really has a way with batiks!

Sandi Petsche “Flourishes”

Conal and Brennan were fascinated with the butterflies, both in the display case and the atrium.


Then out in the gardens, we saw our favorite butterfly, the monarch!

And there was a little fun splashed in, a beetle and some giant bugs!!

Look at that blue sky! It was a gorgeous day. Too hot and muggy to stay outside long, but at least it was pretty! We went to the pool later to compensate for the sweltering heat. All around a wonderful Sunday with my boys!

Inspiration: Garden Quilts

August 26th, 2010 | Posted by Emma in All | Inspiration | Quilting - (0 Comments)

The Reiman Gardens Garden Quilt Show….We called it the best quilt show we’ve ever been to…not because it had superior quilts or more quilts than any other, but because it combined quilts, gardens, and butterflies all in one lovely afternoon my mom and I spent together August 15.

I didn’t take notes, so I won’t be able to attribute these quilts to their rightful creators or designers, so I just want to show you a little quilters’ eye candy.  This show was amazing!

This photo show the breadth of the show…it was housed in the wide atrium hallway of the entrance building. It was a sunny and beautiful place to view the quilts.

I do remember that this beauty above was by Joann Belling. I love the way the large butterfly jumps out of the edge of the quilt. Click to see the colorful details.

The back room had a collection of wonderful sun leaf prints. Above is a gorgeous quilt made with many multi-colored prints, the blue fern below one was our favorite.

We also really liked the glass bottle sculptures. My mom confessed that she had already been saving blue bottles to make a sculpture for her garden. I think she got some great inspiration from this display!

Out in the gardens we glimpsed some butterflies roaming free, and some of the cute little gnomes that were scattered throughout.

Some were hidden amongst the flowers, but this one was hard to miss!

And last, but definitely not least, we went through the butterfly atrium. It was just amazing how many beautiful butterflies surrounded us there. They were flying all around, landing on flowers, shoes or heads and posing for some great photos!

Bachelor’s Buttons Art Quilt

August 10th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

My garden grew the best batch of bachelor’s buttons this year! They grew from seeds, that I neglected to thin as seedlings. But the sight was gorgeous. I had to thin them as tall plants that were taking over. Here’s a little art quilt I made while the trimmings were in a vase on my table inspriring me.