by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter

Christmas Quilties

December 30th, 2011 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I had a special custom order this holiday season, for a good friend of mine who wanted ornaments for her family. I was given suggestions as to the interest of each family member and came up with a little embroidery design for each. With a printed greeting on the back, I made mini quilt blocks for the front and back and turned them all into Christmas tree ornaments.

I didn’t make new ornaments for my shop this year, so this project filled that void…but I was very tempted to make more. Next year I hope to have more orders for ornaments like these, they were very fun! I think the customization made them even more special. I’m not sure if the photos do them justice, it is pretty fun to hold these tiny quilts!

Christmas Crafts

December 26th, 2011 | Posted by Emma in Crafts | Inspiration | Quilting | Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

Ok, before I tell you about my marathon of Christmas gifts, I have to say that I was still crafting today after making no less than 16 unique gifts this season! I just wanted to be back in my studio making stuff, so that’s what I did.

That and my friend Sherri’s suggestion to check out Pinterest was a good one. I had this inspiring pin board to get me crafting!

So I went to this tutorial at Retro Mama and made these little houses with Christmas fabrics. I have to say I like her fabric choices a lot better, but I started them with my Christmas bin of fabrics and they just turned out.

For Conal:

For Brennan:

For Dave (with Woodstock in the window):

And for me (yes, I wanted one too!):

They were really addicting and easy to make multiples of. I had to stop myself from sewing more of them and go play with my boys a bit!

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Here’s another quickie project I did…by watching a video. They are just 4-strand braids in a ball, I’m going to add ribbons and make them into ornaments.

It’s still Christmas and the boys are happily playing with their new toys, I think I’ll go back to the studio! (Maybe I should clean up rather than making something this time, though!)