by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter

Paintstik Fun

May 6th, 2009 | Posted by Emma in All - (2 Comments)

I was just going to say how fortunate I was to take a fabric painting class from Nancy Kazlauckas last week, but then, I really only got to be there for a short time (due to a plumbing disaster!) but after the sump pump got fixed, I did get to do some painting…and it was really fun!!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Nancy Kazluackas, a native of my hometown, has made a name for herself in the quilting field by making beautiful quilts with Shiva Paintstiks and also Thread Calligraphy. She gave lectures and workshops for the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild this month. The Painstiks are oil paint in solid form that are fun to use for stencilling and rubbing permanent designs unto fabric. Nancy has plastic texture plates that make beautiful designs, most notably, her leaf pattern quilt.

Here’s my progress on that project:
paintstik leaves

If you haven’t already, take a look at my tutorial on stencilling with paintstiks and the finished quilt with that technique.


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!

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.