The Victoria-Transvaal Diamond: A 20th Century Dazzler

The first piece in my art quilt series honoring the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection was always going to be the Victoria-Transvaal. Why not start with the Hope Diamond? A few reasons actually. The National Gem Collection consists of approximately 10,000 gems, the largest collection of its kind in the world. The gems are stunning in …

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Making Diamonds For Maker’s Mark

Rob Samuels was standing in front of my Bourbon Diamonds display at the Bourbon Women Association’s “Sip-osium” in 2017 when he said, “You know, we have dozens of artists who exhibit their artwork at our distillery.” I knew this was going to be an interesting conversation. Rob is the COO of Maker’s Mark  Distillery (Loretto, KY), the next generation to …

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Talking Quilts On TV

On September 13, I had the most amazing experience…. When Susan Brubaker Knapp, host of Quilting Arts TV, invited me to share how I create my diamond quilts with viewers, I was absolutely on Cloud 9. What an honor! After I submitted a few ideas, we agreed on three segments — Treasure Hunting, Bite-Sized Gems, and Wild-Motion Machine …

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