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MJ Kinman Bite Sized Gem Workshop

February 14, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Create a Small Faceted Quilt

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.

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 PM with one-hour lunch break
Location: Bow Bench Retreat
Class Fee: $75, does not include lunch or supplies

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 ¼” measurement

  • Bic Wite Out Correction Tape (available at any office supply store)

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

  • Scissors and rotary cutting tools (cutter and mat)

  • Iron and ironing pad (or board)

  • Fabric — Assortment of skinny 8ths (half of a fat quarter) of cotton fabric in white, black, and up to four values of at least three different colors.  Participants to supply their own fabric for the class. The fabrics best suited to this project are commercially-produced fabrics that are either solid OR feature color gradients; And be sure to bring white and black fabric to add sparkle to the piece.


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February 14, 2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Bow Bench Retreat
Range Road 260
Carseland, Alberta T0J 0M0 Canada
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