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

  • Bow Bench Retreat Center Carseland, AB Canada (map)

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.