by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter

Handmade Christmas Part 2

December 12th, 2010 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts - (0 Comments)

I came across a tutorial this morning that was one of those things that I had to go make right that minute….do you know what I mean?? Sometimes I come across ideas I think are clever or look fun to make and I bookmark them for later, or save a pic/pdf in a folder on my computer, and sometimes I get around to digging through those folders and bookmarks…but this one just couldn’t wait!

Paper Christmas Tree Ornament by Elsie Marley

Here’s what I did with them. I started by fusing fabrics to cardstock, because I can’t pass up a chance to use fabrics. I had a lovely selection of green, holiday prints.

Then I started assembling the cute little trees. The first one wasn’t that successful, because the tension was off for paper and it didn’t seem very sturdy the way the two tiny threads were holding the whole thing together. So then I decided to overlap the strips just a bit.

Here are some more successful ones. See the cute one on the left with the overlaps in the right direction like branches of an evergreen! I love them!

And they were so fun to make, I did several more!

I’m going to write to and from on the backs and use them as gift tags, I think. It was a great hour or so this morning, playing with these little trees anyway! Thanks Elsie!!

And just for fun, here’s a photo of the view while I was making these. Winter has finally made it here!

We went shopping for snowpants and boots this afternoon!! (Boys grow too fast, that’s all I have to say!)

Happy Winter!

New Quilties Products

January 7th, 2009 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (3 Comments)

Now that the holidays are over, I’m thinking up new themes for quilties…and new products!! My great idea last night was for these fabric postcards. They’re not the timtex versions from the popular book, I’ve just zigzagged my quiltie right to a paper postcard! They feel really nice and sturdy, will be easy to write on and go through the mail well!! I’m very excited about the possibilities this opens up.


The peace dove is a stamped image, made with blue and green fabric markers.

I printed a nice vintage postcard design on the back of the second one.
postcard back

So, what do you think of my new product??

Fabric Scrap Notecards

October 26th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts - (0 Comments)

Hey, do you have any fabric scraps?! Well, my scrap bin was getting too full…so I made a few notecards yesterday. I don’t think I made a dent in the scrap pile, but I did have a blast! Maybe I’ll make a little tutorial on this, it was a really fun and easy project. And aren’t they pretty?!