Fall Quilt Market 2018: Booth #616
Nov
2
to Nov 5

Fall Quilt Market 2018: Booth #616

Stop by Booth 616 when you’re in Houston this Fall and say “HI!” I’ll have Shop Kits and patterns for the Birthstone Series at special prices, info about my new teacher certification program called Gem Affiliates, sneak peaks into new projects, and examples of FACETS - the new Northcott fabric line inspired by my diamond art quilts.

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Quilt Market Schoolhouse: Sneak Peak of My New Fabric Line, FACETS (by Northcott)
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Quilt Market Schoolhouse: Sneak Peak of My New Fabric Line, FACETS (by Northcott)

Get a first-hand look at Northcott’s new fabric line inspired by my diamond quilts. FACETS By MJ Kinman includes a 41” diameter brilliant-cut solitaire in lavender and green, a panel of 15 mini-gems, and blenders that sparkle. Taking their cue from “Lila”, a gem from my Angle of Repose Series, Deborah Edwards and Nina Djuric created a line that is truly inspiring.

Stay tuned for times and locations for this Schoolhouse event….

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Quilt Festival 2018: Booth #616
Nov
8
to Nov 11

Quilt Festival 2018: Booth #616

Stop by Booth 616 when you’re in Houston this Fall and say “HI!” I’ll have Birthstone patterns for sale at special prices, info about my new teacher certification program called Gem Affiliates, sneak peaks into new projects, and examples of FACETS - the new Northcott fabric line inspired by my diamond art quilts.

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Splashing About in Wild Color: Open Studio #1 @ Quilt Festival
Nov
8
12:00 PM12:00

Splashing About in Wild Color: Open Studio #1 @ Quilt Festival

Stop by my Open Studio sessions during Quilt Festival (Houston, TX) and let’s talk about wild color! I’ll demonstrate how I use Jacquard Products’ Dye-Na-Flow fabric paint to illuminate my diamond quilts with glowing light and color. You might even want to tie on an apron and join me!

Open Studio sessions will be held on the show floor for 2-hour periods. See you there!

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 Splashing About in Wild Color: Open Studio #2 @ Quilt Festival
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Splashing About in Wild Color: Open Studio #2 @ Quilt Festival

Stop by my Open Studio sessions during Quilt Festival (Houston, TX) and let’s talk about wild color! I’ll demonstrate how I use Jacquard Products’ Dye-Na-Flow fabric paint to illuminate my diamond quilts with glowing light and color. You might even want to tie on an apron and join me!

Open Studio sessions will be held on the show floor for 2-hour periods. See you there!

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Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend: Open Studio #1 @ Quilt Festival
Nov
10
12:30 PM12:30

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend: Open Studio #1 @ Quilt Festival

Stop by my Open Studio sessions during Quilt Festival (Houston, TX) and let’s talk about Diamonds and Gemstones! I’ll demonstrate the freezer paper piecing techniques I’ve used to create my giant gem portraits over the past 20 years. We’ll talk about the Diamond Divas & Drama Queens I use as inspiration for my work, the process of charting the composition on freezer paper, and how to put together the final quilt.

Open Studio sessions will be held on the show floor for 2-hour periods. See you there!

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Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend: Open Studio #2 @ Quilt Festival
Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend: Open Studio #2 @ Quilt Festival

Stop by my Open Studio sessions during Quilt Festival (Houston, TX) and let’s talk about Diamonds and Gemstones! I’ll demonstrate the freezer paper piecing techniques I’ve used to create my giant gem portraits over the past 20 years. We’ll talk about the Diamond Divas & Drama Queens I use as inspiration for my work, the process of charting the composition on freezer paper, and how to put together the final quilt.

Open Studio sessions will be held on the show floor for 2-hour periods. See you there!

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Gem Affiliate Retreat
Dec
6
to Dec 9

Gem Affiliate Retreat

Gem Affiliates are independent quilt shops and quilt teachers who have been certified to teach in-person classes based on my gemstone patterns. The Gem Affiliate program is a respectful, mutually-beneficial collaboration between your business and my brand with the ultimate goal to expand both. Gem Affiliates can significantly expand the menu of classes they offer to shops, guilds, and groups, as well as at retreats, conventions, and shows, by teaching patterns such as The Birthstone Series (a collection of 12 blocks representing the traditional birthstone gems) and new patterns and products scheduled for release in the coming months and years.

Our very first Gem Affiliate retreat is scheduled December 6 - 9 near my home in Louisville, KY. To find out more about this exciting new adventure, click here.

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Treasure Hunting at Sparrow Quilt Company (Edmonton, Alberta CANADA)
Feb
8
to Feb 9

Treasure Hunting at Sparrow Quilt Company (Edmonton, Alberta CANADA)

Join me in February at Sparrow Quilt Company when we’ll take a new look at familiar subjects using the magic of online image editing tools, as well as physical manipulation of images. Zoom into the heart of a diamond to find hidden landscapes. Spin them around to find different perspectives. Set them on fire or cool them down with color management controls. Or mash several images together with combination tools. Then take your dramatic interior landscape and create a stunning mini-quilt, a study of light and color.

To register, click here to go to Sparrow Quilt Company’s website to register. See you there!

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Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light
Mar
15
9:00 AM09:00

Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light

Join me at the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild! Using the design and piecing techniques I rely on to create my diamond portraits, students will create their own singularly beautiful work of faceted light. After choosing from one of several pre-selected images based on their skill level, students will learn how to code each piece for color, location, and adjacency; position template pieces onto hand-painted fabric to achieve the desired light effects; and ultimately create their own unique study in faceted color. Students will leave the class with a small top that can later be hand- or machine-quilted at home. Student supply list will be provided at time of booking.

Check back for information about registering!

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Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light (with Treasure Hunting Lunch & Learn)
Mar
30
9:00 AM09:00

Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light (with Treasure Hunting Lunch & Learn)

Join me at Threads Run Through It quilt shop in Rustburg, Virginia, where we’ll create Bite-Sized 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 — Using the design and piecing techniques I rely on to create my diamond portraits, students will create their own singularly beautiful work of faceted light. After choosing from one of several pre-selected images based on their skill level, students will learn how to code each piece for color, location, and adjacency; position template pieces onto hand-painted fabric to achieve the desired light effects; and ultimately create their own unique study in faceted color. Students will leave the class with a small top that can later be hand- or machine-quilted at home. Student supply list will be provided at time of booking.

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Treasure Hunting at eQuilter (Boulder, CO)
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Treasure Hunting at eQuilter (Boulder, CO)

Join me the first weekend in October at eQuilter's fabulous new classroom space in Boulder, Colorado, for some "Treasure Hunting"! During this fun and fast-paced two-day class, students will experiment with different techniques to find amazing abstract compositions within familiar images and transform those compositions into a 18” quilt square using freezer paper piecing techniques.

To register for "Treasure Hunting", click here! And here's a video I created to describe the fun that we're going to have over these two days. Click here to view the video on YouTube.

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Wild-Motion Machine Quilting
Sep
14
8:30 PM20:30

Wild-Motion Machine Quilting

Join me at Fall Quilt Week in Paducah, KY where I'll be teaching two classes. On Friday, I'll conduct a session of my "Wild Motion Machine Quilting" class. Students will learn how to create several lovely, random, non-directional patterns that won't detract from the main focal point of their work: the piecing design.

I created a short video describing the class. Click here to view!

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Details:
Roosevelt I Room
Schroeder Expo Center • 415 Park Street, Paducah, KY 42001

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Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color &Light
Sep
12
5:30 PM17:30

Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color &Light

Join me at Fall Quilt Week in Paducah, KY where I'll be teaching two classes. The first is "Bite-Size Gems: Piecing Color & Light." This fast-paced class will provide students with a powerful technique they can use to create their own sparkling compositions, regardless of subject matter. 

For a short description of the class, I made a video describing the content. Click here to view

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Details:
Roosevelt II Room
Schroeder Expo Center • 415 Park Street, Paducah, KY 42001

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Bourbon in the Bluegrass: The Diamond Quilts of MJ Kinman
Sep
12
to Sep 15

Bourbon in the Bluegrass: The Diamond Quilts of MJ Kinman

  • American Quilters Society (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Bourbon Diamonds will be on display this September at the Fall Quilt Week in Paducah! Work will include "Between River & Sky", "Fire & Ice", "Old Fashioned New", "Kentucky Honey", "Char #4", "Copper Queen", reproductions of the Maker's Mark Distillery commission titled "Maker's Flame", and others.

The quilts will be exhibited at the Schroeder Expo Center in Paducah. You'll find them just to the left of the entrance inside the quilt exhibit area. See you there!

Details:

September 12–15, 2018 • Wed.–Fri., 9am–6pm, Sat., 9am–4pm
Schroeder Expo Center • 415 Park Street, Paducah, KY 42001

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A Taste of Kentucky (Bourbon Tasting) at Quiltique (Las Vegas, NV)
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

A Taste of Kentucky (Bourbon Tasting) at Quiltique (Las Vegas, NV)

Celebrate Kentucky's great bourbon with me during this fun and informative tasting event. Whether you're new to bourbon or have been sipping it for years, this event is for you. We'll take a tour of the bourbons that have inspired my diamond quilts, including Maker's Mark, Jim Beam, Old Forrester, and Angel's Envy (subject to availability in your area). You'll learn about the history of bourbon, how it's made, and what to pay attention to as you take in bourbon's marvelous color, aroma, and taste. As a certified Executive Bourbon Steward with The Stave & Thief Society, I'm delighted to share this unique aspect of Kentucky history with you!

(Note: All participants must be 21 and be willing to sign a statement indicating so, which includes a liability waiver. Venue must allow alcoholic beverages to be served. Host group to purchase the bourbon and tasting cups, based on the number of participants and the availability of the bourbon at the venue or in the area.)

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Treasure Hunting Special 2-Day Class at Quiltique (Las Vegas, NV)
Jul
27
to Jul 28

Treasure Hunting Special 2-Day Class at Quiltique (Las Vegas, NV)

This special 2-day class allows participants to explore principles of design and learn a powerful new technique that they can add to their quiltmaking skill set: single-foundation piecing.

My approach to this class is as an exercise in exploration, a constant asking of the question “What if?” By introducing new ideas as possibilities – not as absolutes – participants are apt to approach them with less resistance, playing with an idea in terms of their own experience. The exercise in exploration pertains to both participants’ artistic and personal landscapes.

The first day is devoted to sharing examples of how I find exquisite designs deep within faceted gemstones, giving participants the tools and images to do the same, and providing time to play and experiment. By the end of the first day, participants will have created a design to work with on Day Two.

Day Two is devoted to learning techniques to chart and piece their faceted landscape -- the same techniques I use to create my giant gem portraits.

Contact Quiltique at:
Phone: (702) 563-8600  
Email: Stori@quiltique.com

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2018 International Quilt Market/Spring (Booth #938)
May
18
to May 21

2018 International Quilt Market/Spring (Booth #938)

  • Oregon Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

If you're planning to attend Spring Quilt Market, be sure to stop by my booth (#938) and say "Hi!" I'm excited about releasing my Birthstone Series this month. The Block of the Month Shop Kit will be available at the show at a special show-only rate of $99 (regularly $130). In addition, I'll be taking orders for complete sets of all 12 birthstone patterns, too. Regularly $108 per set, they'll be available for order only at the show for $96 per set when you order 6 or more sets.

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Sample SPREE at International Quilt Market Spring!
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Sample SPREE at International Quilt Market Spring!

  • Oregon Convention Center (Ballroom 201-204) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Visit us at Table #44 in the Oregon Ballroom 201-204 on Thursday evening, May 17, during the crazy, crazy Sample SPREE! Birthstone Block of the Month Shop Kits will be available at the special Quilt Market rate of $99. (Then swing by the next day and pre-order your Birthstone block sets for the special show rate of $96 per set when 6 or more are purchased. Regular price: $108)

See you there!

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Schoolhouse at the International Quilt Market/Spring: Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
May
17
11:30 AM11:30

Schoolhouse at the International Quilt Market/Spring: Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

  • Oregon Convention Center (Room A109) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join me at Quilt Market this Spring on Thursday, May 17, at 11:30 to learn how your customers can make the most beautiful gems in the world with my Birthstone Block of the Month. I'll give away an entire set of birthstone blocks throughout the half-hour presentation. Be sure to remember to pay for Schoolhouse when you register for Market.

Here are the details: 
Title: Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend
Room No: A109
Session Time: 11:00 - 11:30 AM

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Diamond Divas & Drama Queens Trunk Show (Ohio Valley Quilters Guild)
Feb
1
6:30 PM18:30

Diamond Divas & Drama Queens Trunk Show (Ohio Valley Quilters Guild)

Join me on Thursday, February 1st, when I share the stories and inspiration behind the diamonds. I'll have diamonds from both the "Angle of Repose" and "Bourbon Diamonds" series. Raffle's Blue Ash Banquet Center, 11330 Williamson Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241

The event will start following the OVQG's monthly guild meeting. Approx. 6:30 PM (Eastern). Call Rita at 513-240-1276 for more information.

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