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MJ
Kinman

Diamonds & Drama Queens
Block of the Month

Incredible Beauty Accompanied By Incredible Stories

I first fell in love with gems in 1968. Paging through a National Geographic magazine, I found a story about coronations of royalty around the world. I was mesmerized by the color and sparkle of the gems that graced their crowns, tiaras, and costumes. I was hooked. Moreover, these moments inspired my block of the month quilt patterns.

As I combined my passion of quiltmaking with my love of gems, I wanted to learn all I could about the world’s most famous gems and equally important, the people who owned them. What I’ve learned is that these awesome stones of course attracted the most intriguing, eccentric, and outrageous people. I want to share their stories with you. Consequently, my new Block of the Month club, Diamonds & Drama Queens, does just that!

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Huguette Clark inspired my quilt patterns and block of the month

Learn about shy, reclusive Huguette Clark, daughter of copper king, William Clark. She owned mansions and jewels….and cared for none of it.

Source: United States Library of Congress

Owner of the hope diamond was an inspiration for my quilt patterns and block of the month

Is it true the owner of the Hope Diamond was once spotted at the top of her grand staircase one evening before a wild party wearing the jewel….


…..and nothing else?

Source: United States Library of Congress

Join Our Year-Long Adventure with Diamonds & Drama Queens Block of the Month

Starting January 2022 I’ll send you a block every month inspired by these amazing gems and their equally amazing owners. Patterns will be available in four sizes: 6″, 9″, 12″ and 18″. Choose the size that you prefer — or make all three!

In addition, I’ll share information about the featured gem and the stories surrounding its history and the people who encountered it. Some gems celebrate deep and abiding love. Others give us a peek into outrageous and eccentric lifestyles. And some reveal stories of deep sorrow and loss.

Quilt Patterns and Videos AND Community

Not only will subscribers have access to a downloadable PDF file of the pattern that you can print onto freezer paper on your home printer*, but you’ll also receive links to a video I’ve created about each gem and its story. I’ll share images and links to further information if you want to learn more about each gem’s history.

In addition, participants will also have access to a private Facebook group page where we can showcase our creations, ask questions, and share even more stories about gems and their histories.

We’ll also come together during the month via Zoom. I’m going to schedule 2 meetings to release the pattern: one in the morning and one in the evening. I hope this helps our friends in the other hemisphere to join us. We’ll also have a mid-month meet-up to share our progress.

Freezer Paper Piecing for Block of the Month

*Note: I use a technique called freezer paper piecing. This is traditional piecing using freezer paper as your templates. Please know that this is NOT foundation paper piecing! Firstly, you won’t be sewing to paper. Secondly. you won’t be using a flip-and-sew method. And lastly, you won’t have to claw little bits of paper out of the back of your blocks. If you can sew 2 pieces of fabric together with a quarter-inch seam allowance, YOU CAN DO THIS! You can purchase freezer paper by the roll or in pre-cut sheets.

12 months of Gems and Jewels

I’m excited about this adventure! Furthermore, I hope you’ll join me for this 12-month-long romp into the wild side of gems and jewels. To subscribe to the 12-month program ($95 USD for the annual subscription January 2022 thru December 2022), click the button below. I’m so excited to have you join us!