by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter
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PQ6:3 Orpan Blocks…for Bear

February 7th, 2015 | Posted by Emma in All | Challenges | Quilting - (3 Comments)
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Project Quilting Challenge 6:2 went by while I was going crazy trying to get my oldest son’s birthday quilt done. Now I’m so close to finishing it, I surely have time for a little break! Anyway, the challenge this week was “Orphan Blocks” and I had a cute little basket of happiness calling my name! Can you believe all these cute little quilt pieces were in homeless until now?! (more…)

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.

Felted Wool

October 24th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts - (0 Comments)

I’ve ventured into a new land…the land of felted wool! It’s a natural fit, as I’ve been saving and using fabric scraps from old clothing forever, but this is a new thing for me. It started with a few cute holiday projects in a craft magazine I bought at the airport! Now, I found Betz White’s book “Warm Fuzzies” and have a new respect for felted wool! Here is the project I started with:

I made a blue and red robin one for my son too, but he’s been carting it around the house so much I couldn’t find it for the photoshoot!

If you have any interest in felted wool you’ve got to check out this book! It has the cutest projects, great instructions and really inspiring photography! Usually I pick up a book to see what I could do to make the projects my own…this one, I want to make everything just like she did, they are so well done!! Check her out: www.betzwhite.com She has a blog too, I just discovered. I’m going to go read more there, it looks fun!

Oh, and I have to thank my mom for when I told her I was interested in felted wool, she brought me a bag of goodies, including the stunning little wings on this birdie! What a sweetie!