MJ Kinman Bite Sized Gems
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MJ Kinman Bite Sized Gems

Bite-Size Gems -- Create a Small Faceted Quilt (with 45 minute Lunch & Learn session featuring Treasure Hunting presentation and demo)

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 Time: 9 AM – 4 PM; with one hour lunch break (during which MJ will present a Lunch & Learn) 

Bite-Size Gems -- In this fast-paced workshop, participants will create their own singularly beautiful work of faceted light using the same single-foundation piecing techniques I use to create my own “diamond quilts”. Participants will choose from one of several pre-selected abstract gem designs based on their skill level. They will then learn how to chart the design onto freezer paper; code each piece for color, location, and adjacency; position template pieces onto fabric to achieve the desired light effects; and ultimately create their own unique study in faceted color. Participants will leave the class with a small top that can later be hand- or machine-quilted at home.

Treasure Hunting Lunch & Learn – In this 45-minute presentation offered during the lunch hour, I’ll demonstrate how to find dramatic, abstract designs hidden inside gorgeous gemstones. However, these concepts and techniques can be used with images of any subject matter. After briefly discussing the concepts of abstraction, I’ll dive deep into some of the most gorgeous gems I’ve found to date to locate amazing vistas that could then be translated into exciting designs. We’ll talk about image editing techniques that can be done physically or with the help of online editing tools. I’ll demonstrate features of a free, online editing app that students themselves can use at home. In addition, I’ll talk about pointers students can use to translate their hidden vista into an actual design that could be used for a quilt, mosaic, painting, or stained glass piece.

Supply List
Please bring your own lunch and beverage.
Participants to supply their own fabric for the class. The fabrics best suited to this project are commercially-produced fabrics that are solid, read as solid or gradients; hand-dyed fabrics with asymmetrical washes of color; or hand-painted fabric with asymmetrical washes of color. It’s best to limit color choices to two or three hues, with a few values of each. White and black fabric is also helpful in adding sparkle to the piece. To help participants with their color choices, they may want to search online for images of their favorite gemstone (ruby, sapphire, amethyst, etc) and select fabrics that coordinate with the colors in the image.

Supply List:

• 36 inch length of freezer paper (standard 18” width); parchment paper or tracing paper will not work with this technique

• Colored pencils in the colors of the gem they want to create. However, don’t limit yourself! You may want to make a gemstone reflecting a wide variety of hues and values.

• Erasable pencils

• Ball point pen in blue or black

• Eraser (preferably a gum eraser, rather than using the top of the pencil. These remove marks much better.)

• 18” ruler

• Small ruler with a 1⁄4” measurement

• Domestic sewing machine and thread assortment (neutrals or colors that match your fabrics)

• Scissors and rotary cutting tools (cutting mats supplied in classroom)

• Iron and ironing pad (or board, available in classroom, but you may bring your own)

• Fabric ** -- Assortment of skinny 8ths (half of a fat quarter) of cotton fabric in white, black, and up to four values of at least two different colors.


Supplies will be available for purchase at TRTI. 

Instructor: MJ Kinman
Instructor Bio: I like to tell people I make the biggest diamonds in the world. The adventure started 22 years ago when I discovered an image of a gorgeous gem. With only a basic understanding of quiltmaking, I was unsure how to transform that image into a quilt. I spent the next few years searching for the right techniques and, seven years later, I made my first gem. My latest series, entitled "Bourbon Diamonds" celebrates Kentucky's favorite spirit. As a certified Executive Bourbon Steward, I am pleased to offer bourbon tastings in addition to classes. My current series is based on the National Gem Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. My work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and national competitions, and has been featured in Quilting Arts Magazine and on Quilting Arts TV. My gems are also included in private and corporate collections, including Maker's Mark Distillery. Website: www.MJKinman.com Facebook: www.Facebook.com/mjkinmantextileartist Instagram: www.Instagram.com/mjkinman709

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.