Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Gwinnett Quilters' Guild, McDonough, Georgia)
Sep
17
8:30 AM08:30

Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Gwinnett Quilters' Guild, McDonough, Georgia)

The most beautiful gemstones capture light and reflect it back to us with unique brilliance, revealing fiery personalities. These are the divas and the drama queens of the gem world. Every one of them has a story to tell…just like people. This slide lecture and trunk show of my gem quilts chronicle my story -- my 20-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world in cloth.

During my presentation, I’ll discuss the techniques I use to create and assemble the hundreds of pieces in each diamond, materials I use to create the wash of color and light across a gem’s surface, and the quilting techniques that enhance a gem’s facets.

And as so often happens with any artist’s decades-long journey, I’ll share what I’ve learned from my leap from the Corporate life into the Creative life.

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Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Gwinnett Quilters' Guild (McDonough, Georgia)
Sep
18
9:00 AM09:00

Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Gwinnett Quilters' Guild (McDonough, Georgia)

Join me and members of the Gwinnett Quilters’ Guild as we create our own “Bite-Sized Gems”! 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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Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Quilters Guild of Plano (Plano, Texas)
Jun
15
9:00 AM09:00

Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Quilters Guild of Plano (Plano, Texas)

Join me and members of the Quilters’ Guild of Plano as we create our own “Bite-Sized Gems”! 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.

For more information about location of the event, click here.

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Treasure Hunting at the Quilters Guild of Plano (Plano, Texas)
Jun
14
9:00 AM09:00

Treasure Hunting at the Quilters Guild of Plano (Plano, Texas)

Join me in June at the Quilters Guild of Plano (Plano, TX) 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 for more info. See you there!

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Diamond Divas and Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Quilters Guild of Plano, Texas)
Jun
13
6:45 PM18:45

Diamond Divas and Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Quilters Guild of Plano, Texas)

The most beautiful gemstones capture light and reflect it back to us with unique brilliance, revealing fiery personalities. These are the divas and the drama queens of the gem world. Every one of them has a story to tell…just like people. This slide lecture and trunk show of my gem quilts chronicle my story -- my 20-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world in cloth.

During my presentation, I’ll discuss the techniques I use to create and assemble the hundreds of pieces in each diamond, materials I use to create the wash of color and light across a gem’s surface, and the quilting techniques that enhance a gem’s facets.

And as so often happens with any artist’s decades-long journey, I’ll share what I’ve learned from my leap from the Corporate life into the Creative life.

For information about location of the event, click here.

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Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Stringtown Quilters Guild (Burlington, KY)
Apr
19
9:00 AM09:00

Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Stringtown Quilters Guild (Burlington, KY)

Join me and members of the Stringtown Quilters Guild as we create quilts full of color and light in my “Bite-Sized Gems” class! 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 closer to the time of the class.

For more information, visit http://stringtownquilters.com.

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Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Stringtown Quilters Guild, Burlington, KY)
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Stringtown Quilters Guild, Burlington, KY)

The most beautiful gemstones capture light and reflect it back to us with unique brilliance, revealing fiery personalities. These are the divas and the drama queens of the gem world. Every one of them has a story to tell…just like people. This slide lecture and trunk show of my gem quilts chronicle my story -- my 20-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world in cloth.

During my presentation, I’ll discuss the techniques I use to create and assemble the hundreds of pieces in each diamond, materials I use to create the wash of color and light across a gem’s surface, and the quilting techniques that enhance a gem’s facets.

And as so often happens with any artist’s decades-long journey, I’ll share what I’ve learned from my leap from the Corporate life into the Creative life.

For more information, visit http://stringtownquilters.com.

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Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light @ Threads Run Thru It Quilt Shop (Rustburg, Virginia)
Mar
30
9:00 AM09:00

Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light @ Threads Run Thru It Quilt Shop (Rustburg, Virginia)

Join me at Threads Run Thru 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.

Click HERE for more information!

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Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with Quilters Unlimited (McLean, Virginia)
Mar
27
10:00 AM10:00

Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with Quilters Unlimited (McLean, Virginia)

Join me and members of Quilters Unlimited (McLean, Virginia) talking about “Bite-Sized Gems”! 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 closer to the date of our workshop.

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Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Quilters Unlimited, McLean, Virginia)
Mar
26
7:30 PM19:30

Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Quilters Unlimited, McLean, Virginia)

The most beautiful gemstones capture light and reflect it back to us with unique brilliance, revealing fiery personalities. These are the divas and the drama queens of the gem world. Every one of them has a story to tell…just like people. This slide lecture and trunk show of my gem quilts chronicle my story -- my 20-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world in cloth.

During my presentation, I’ll discuss the techniques I use to create and assemble the hundreds of pieces in each diamond, materials I use to create the wash of color and light across a gem’s surface, and the quilting techniques that enhance a gem’s facets.

And as so often happens with any artist’s decades-long journey, I’ll share what I’ve learned from my leap from the Corporate life into the Creative life.

Click HERE for more info!

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Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild (Gordonville, PA)
Mar
23
12:30 PM12:30

Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild (Gordonville, PA)

Join me and members of the Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild as we talk about creating quilts full of color and light in my “Bite-Sized Gems” class! 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. Click HERE for information about registering!

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Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild, Gordonville, PA)
Mar
23
10:30 AM10:30

Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild, Gordonville, PA)

The most beautiful gemstones capture light and reflect it back to us with unique brilliance, revealing fiery personalities. These are the divas and the drama queens of the gem world. Every one of them has a story to tell…just like people. This slide lecture and trunk show of my gem quilts chronicle my story -- my 20-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world in cloth.

During my presentation, I’ll discuss the techniques I use to create and assemble the hundreds of pieces in each diamond, materials I use to create the wash of color and light across a gem’s surface, and the quilting techniques that enhance a gem’s facets.

And as so often happens with any artist’s decades-long journey, I’ll share what I’ve learned from my leap from the Corporate life into the Creative life.

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Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Portland Modern Quilt Guild (Oregon)Click
Mar
18
9:00 AM09:00

Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Portland Modern Quilt Guild (Oregon)Click

Join me at the Portland Modern Quilt Guild in Portland, Oregon! 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.

Click HERE for information about registering!

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Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild (Roeland Park, KS)
Mar
15
9:00 AM09:00

Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild (Roeland Park, KS)

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.

Click here for more information about registering!

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Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (with the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild)
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (with the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild)

Join me and members of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild in March! The most beautiful gemstones capture light and reflect it back to us with unique brilliance, revealing fiery personalities. These are the divas and the drama queens of the gem world. Every one of them has a story to tell…just like people. This slide lecture and trunk show of my gem quilts chronicle my story -- my 20-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world in cloth.

During my presentation, I’ll discuss the techniques I use to create and assemble the hundreds of pieces in each diamond, materials I use to create the wash of color and light across a gem’s surface, and the quilting techniques that enhance a gem’s facets.

And as so often happens with any artist’s decades-long journey, I’ll share what I’ve learned from my leap from the Corporate life into the Creative life.

Click here to learn more about the event on the KC MQG Facebook page.

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Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light at Bow Bench Retreat Center (near Carseland, Alberta, CANADA)
Feb
14
9:30 AM09:30

Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light at Bow Bench Retreat Center (near Carseland, Alberta, CANADA)

Join me at Bow Bench Retreat Center in Carseland, Alberta for a class full of color, light, and “bling” — “Bite-Sized Gems”! 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 closer to the time of the class.

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Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Bow Bench Retreat Center near Carseland, Alberta, CANADA)
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Bow Bench Retreat Center near Carseland, Alberta, CANADA)

The most beautiful gemstones capture light and reflect it back to us with unique brilliance, revealing fiery personalities. These are the divas and the drama queens of the gem world. Every one of them has a story to tell…just like people. This slide lecture and trunk show of my gem quilts chronicle my story -- my 20-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world in cloth.

During my presentation, I’ll discuss the techniques I use to create and assemble the hundreds of pieces in each diamond, materials I use to create the wash of color and light across a gem’s surface, and the quilting techniques that enhance a gem’s facets.

And as so often happens with any artist’s decades-long journey, I’ll share what I’ve learned from my leap from the Corporate life into the Creative life.

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Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts (Calgary, Alberta, CANADA)
Feb
12
9:00 AM09:00

Bite-Sized Gems: Piecing Color & Light with the Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts (Calgary, Alberta, CANADA)

Join me in Calgary, Alberta when I spend time with the great quiltmakers of the Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts talking about “Bite-Sized Gems”!

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.

For registration information, click here to the website for The Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts

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Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts, Calgary, Alberta CANADA)
Feb
11
10:00 AM10:00

Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show (Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts, Calgary, Alberta CANADA)

The most beautiful gemstones capture light and reflect it back to us with unique brilliance, revealing fiery personalities. These are the divas and the drama queens of the gem world. Every one of them has a story to tell…just like people. This slide lecture and trunk show of my gem quilts chronicle my story -- my 20-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world in cloth.

During my presentation, I’ll discuss the techniques I use to create and assemble the hundreds of pieces in each diamond, materials I use to create the wash of color and light across a gem’s surface, and the quilting techniques that enhance a gem’s facets.

And as so often happens with any artist’s decades-long journey, I’ll share what I’ve learned from my leap from the Corporate life into the Creative life.

Following the trunk show, I will present a Lunch & Learn session on finding inspiration deep inside images of gems in my Treasure Hunting “Lunch & Learn” presentation.

For registration information, click here to the website for The Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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