by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter

Quilt Show Weekend!

October 4th, 2011 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

I just had the best time at AQS Quilt Show – Des Moines and the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild Annual Show! It was last Wednesday through Saturday. I took lots of photos, which I am really enjoying looking through, now that my feet aren’t sore! I’m sorry I can’t show them all to you though, AQS doesn’t allow the sharing of photos from their shows on the internet.

You can view the winning quilts of the AQS Show here. Hint: if you click on the name of the first quilt (Ambrosia), you can essentially see a slideshow of the best of show quilts by clicking the next arrow!

Instead, I can show you the ones I entered in the Guild show. I had six, five were judged and I won two ribbons!

This is my best, I won second place for this teacups quilt. I made it with the beautiful fat quarters that members of my guild gave me as thank you gifts for designing the newsletter for two years. They were so pretty in a big stack, but I love them even more in this quilt!

You’ll recognize all the others if you’ve been reading my blog…but here they are at the show.

I love quilt shows!!! I feel so lucky that we have one of the big AQS shows right here in our own town! They really do a wonderful job! Don’t forget to go look at the AQS show winners!


Winter Wonderland Quilt

December 4th, 2010 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

Today was the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild December Tea. It’s our end of the year celebration where we eat lots of treats, have a big meeting and show off the quilts made for the President’s Challenge. I did finish my challenge in the nick of time! This was a very fun project, I’m so happy I got back into tatting for it!!

And here are some close ups and in progress photos you might like. Each snowflake is different! But sewing on those snowflakes took almost as long and tatting them!

This biggest snowflake is the only one that I didn’t tat especially for this quilt. It’s from when I was first into tatting and had been sadly sitting in a box for years. I’m glad it is now being appreciated in a good place.

Please click on the full quilt photo or the second one to see larger and notice what a beautiful fabric that background blue is. I wrote a paragraph about this quilt for the challenge entry and explained that the nautical theme of the fabric was very fitting in my mind because sometimes the blustery winds of an Iowa winter make me feel like a ship tossed about at sea. The quilting is done in swirls that could be both waves or wind. The bottom border is symbolic of waves and/or snow drifts.

I designed the paper-pieced top borders to reflect the compass that is seen in that nautical print background. I found great scraps to coordinate with blues and metallic silvers, for a subtle feel, not to detract from the snowflakes, but still feel rich and beautiful. I’m thinking I could provide you with the pattern and instructions for that star, since I designed it, would anyone be interested?

Now, I thought I would show you some of the other entries from the guild’s president’s challenge. But maybe I’ll wait until I know whose is whose and get permission. We vote on them at the tea, because the top 8 are selected to be entered in AQS’s National Guild Challenge as a group project. We vote without knowing the makers, then find out later. I think that’s a little sad, because I would like to talk with people about their own quilts while we’re all standing around looking at them. But oh well! That’s how it’s always been done.

Keep warm everyone and happy quilting! Off to do some Christmas sewing!