MJ Kinman - March 2019
When people ask me what I do, I like to tell them I make the biggest diamonds in the world. But instead of working with the hardest substances on earth, I work with the softest .... cloth. The idea to create giant gem portraits took hold of my soul 20 years ago and has grown into a passion that has enriched my life.
The adventure started years ago when, as a novice quiltmaker, I discovered an image of a gorgeous gem. With only a basic understanding of quilting techniques -- and no knowledge whatsoever of gemology -- I was unsure how to transform that image into a pieced work of art. However, I was convinced there had to be a way. And I was determined to find it. After several years of research and experimentation, I made my first gem portrait.
It's my pleasure to share with you my passion for light and color.
About the Workshop
Bite-Size Gems -- Create a Small Faceted Quilt
March 18, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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.
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.
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.)
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