by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter

More Christmas Sewing

December 15th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts - (0 Comments)

Handmade Wool Felt Santa Pillow

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This handmade wool felt santa pillow design came from Better Homes and Gardens Publication: Holiday Crafts 2008. It was on the cover and I just had to make it! I even started a whole new drawer dedicated to wool felt and launched into the world of wool because of this very project!!

Christmas Sewing

November 22nd, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts | Quilting - (0 Comments)

I’m in the Christmas spirit with my sewing!!

Decorator Fabric Fun

November 18th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

I have had a drawer of decorator fabric swatches and scraps for many years…but haven’t paid them much attention. Now I need the drawer space for other stuff! I found a project in a BHG publication for a floor cushion and my friend Lisa brought up the idea of sensory quilts for Alzheimer’s patients…so I think I’m going to finally put those scraps to good use!!

They’re kind of ugly, and widely varied, so I hope my projects turn out ok!! Here are some photos of my table full of them! What do you think: a nice scrappy look or a mish mash?? The magazine example is a beautifully coordinated piece, that I know mine will not be, but I think it will be fun!

The floor cushion is from Better Homes and Gardens Creative Collection: Fast & Fabulous Quilting Ideas 2008, a compilation from American Patchwork & Quilting, so you may find it there too. More details on the sensory quilts when we get to that project in February.

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.


August 25th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)
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I got out paintsticks again. These were a gift from my mom for my birthday! The next two photos are going to be put together into an art quilt.

And here is another paintstick painted and pieced top. The borders are from a single piece of Japanese fabric my mom gave me quite some time ago. I had saved it for something really special and I think this was a good choice!

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.

Thistle Quilt

July 29th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

As promised, I’m sharing my completed thistle quilt. This was really just a practice piece to learn the paintstick technique, but that didn’t stop me from making it into a pretty quilt! I entered this in the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild Show in October.

See my March 2008 post for more details about the paint technique and design inspiration.

Free-motion Embroidery Art Quilt

April 18th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in Quilting - (0 Comments)

I finished a UFO from a couple years ago today. It was packed away, and when I rediscovered it, it made sense what I needed to do next!! It was a light bulb moment…and right during Brennan’s naptime. So I worked as fast and furious as I could to finish it!

This was made with free motion embroidery on my sewing machine. There are only three thread colors and one background fabric. It is a subtle geometric design, with some botanical elements. I had a lot of fun playing with filling patterns in the border. I do enjoy the traditional stipple, but this was a way to break out of that (on a small scale). Hmmm. Maybe I should try those stitches on a larger scale!


April 11th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

I finished this Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt. It turned out a perfect size for a 12″ x 12″ shadow-box style frame. I’m very pleased with the results. Usually I display quilts, even small ones, by just hanging them on the wall…but this is a lesson in the difference a frame can make!

Click the thumbnail for a photo where you can see the stitches better.

English Paper-piecing

March 27th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

November 20, 2007, Sharon Meisenheimer gave a presentation to the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild Newcomers group on the topic of English paper-piecing. She was wonderful and the quilts she showed were truly amazing! I had fun with the little project we tried and have done a few more English paper-pieced projects since.

The first project was one for the center of a larger quilt. The hexagons were 1 1/2″.


Then I tried a smaller version, which I will finish as a small framed piece, like in Quilt magazine April/May 2008 called “Nana’s Flower Patch”. These hexagons were only 3/4″, but I don’t think it was significantly faster!