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MJ Kinman – “Gems & Joy” Lecture – Tuesday, March 28, 2023

3500 Byron Center, Wyoming, MI 49509 3500 Byron Cente, Wyoming, MI

During my presentation, I will talk about the techniques of creating and assembling 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. I will also share the importance of choosing joy and saying “no” to fear as I made the leap from the Corporate Life to the Creative Life.

Mini Gems Workshop with MJ Kinman, Wed. March 29, 2023, 9am – 4pm

3500 Byron Center, Wyoming, MI 49509 3500 Byron Cente, Wyoming, MI

This is a fast-paced workshop where participants will create their own singularly beautiful work of a faceted gem using the single-foundation piecing technique I used to create my own “diamond quilts”. Participants choose one of several pre-selected abstract gem designs based on their skill level. They learn how to chart on freezer paper, code pieces for color, location and position template pieces onto fabric to achieve the desired light effects. Participants leave the class with a small top that can later be quilted as a pillow, table topper, art picture or added on to for a full quilt. Class size is 25 participants. Reminder on

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Phyllis Fay Lecture – Introduction to the Fundamental Studio 180 Design Tools

3500 Byron Center, Wyoming, MI 49509 3500 Byron Cente, Wyoming, MI

Learn how to improve the precision of making basic units for any pattern by using the Studio 180 Design tools by Deb Tucker. The concept is to make the basic unit slightly oversized so that you can trim it to the exact measurements you need without losing any points. You will want to use these techniques on any pattern you purchase. As you progress into the advanced tools, you will quickly find yourself designing your own blocks and improving your piecing.

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