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Bite Sized Gems with MJ Kinman

Aloha Sewing and Vacuum
7550 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123


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.

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 two different colors

1 hour for lunch, not included in cost of workshop

Earlier Event: March 2
March Open Sew Day
Later Event: March 21
March Meeting