by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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An Irish Nursery Set

June 30th, 2012 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (1 Comments)
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Ok, I guess I have writers block…because I can’t think of anything to say, but I wanted to show you this project! So here are some photos! It’s a custom order nursery set of quilties. (more…)

A Bowl of Keychains

September 30th, 2011 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts | Quilting - (3 Comments)

I finished up those keychains you got to see a peek of last post…

I wish you could hold these, because they are really so cute in person! They’re just like little baby quilts that make you want to hug ’em!

After I had this great stack of them, I thought I should have a good way for Red Barn Retreats to display them. So I got out my trusty old book “Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Bowls” and made a nice display bowl! Really, I love making these bowls!! If you haven’t tried them yet, you really should. (Clicking that link will take you to the book on sale for a super bargain!) You won’t be able to make just one! I have made several, one is my fabric fruit bowl for my kitchen counter. But I really have to make an updated one soon, as it no longer matches my kitchen.

Anway, here’s a photo of the keychains in the bowl.

I really hope the quilters on retreat at Red Barn want to take one home as a keepsake from what I’m sure is a wonderful quilting retreat…I mean what quilting retreat isn’t time to be savored?!

Just the bowl.

Quilties on Display!

April 24th, 2011 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts | Quilting - (0 Comments)

Happy Easter!!!

For those who weren’t able to make it, I want to show you my Quilties booth at the Earth Day in the Junction event. It was a big success!! (The weather, not so much, but the display was my first ever and it turned out better even than I imagined!)

I have to thank my husband, Dave, for his handy help building my clothesline stand and setting up on the morning of the show. It was such a great day!

Let me tell you a little bit about the display…

I used a quilt for the table cloth. That was actually Dave’s idea; I was fretting about how to get a tablecloth and he just plainly asked “don’t you have a quilt you can use?” ….duh! I had the perfect one! It even matches my sign and business cards!

Then I raised up the back with some cat litter pans underneath the table cloth for a back level. I used baskets to hold all the little bears, bunnies and zip pouches. I just laid out some of the tote bags. I didn’t come up with a great display for them, but it worked fine. The green, plastic, floral box held quilties in sleeves with cardboard backings so visitors could page through them.

But the best part was the clothesline. The tent sort of obscured it in the harsh morning sun, but I think it drew people in. They were looking behind me at them all day! I knew if I laid quilties out on the table that I would quickly run out of space, so the clothesline was the perfect way to set out more so that those too timid to start leafing through the box would still get to see some of my work. I’m sure it’s not a new idea, but I think my husband did a great job of building it and I was really pleased with how it looked!

I hope I get to do another show or craft sale soon and I hope you can come to it!

Sewing Room Decor

January 9th, 2009 | Posted by Emma in All - (0 Comments)

I love sewing room decor! I used to have a framed photo that was just a scissors, but I loved it. Now my sewing room has a series of quilt pictures framed that were just pages from a calendar. I’ll have to take a picture of it for you when the sun is out. I also have a bulletin board full of quilt clippings…anyway, my latest quiltie celebrates my love of sewing decor!

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The photo is a little deceiving, because it’s there laying on my table. I think it would be so cute on the wall behind my sewing machine! Too bad there are only windows surrounding my sewing machine. (But I can’t complain about that!)

Bird Quiltie

December 19th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

I had originally drawn this little birdie for a holiday quiltie! Don’t ask me why, because only one setting I’ve put him in has turned out very holiday…the rest are, well, not. Like this one! Don’t let the evergreen bow fool you!




And there’s another light blue one that will definitely have to wait for spring for it’s debut!

Here’s the holiday version.

So, is there one right setting for this bird?! I guess he’s an all-weather friend!

I Love My Home

October 14th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)


I love my home. I spend a lot of time here and I’ve decided, I love it!

I hope I’ve made a home for my boys that they will love the way I do. I truly love my parents home too, the one I grew up in, and enjoy those memories and every visit back there.

Cheesy, but this little quilt was supposed to be a simple, honest expression of these sentiments.