MJ
Kinman

Quilting Classes & Events

Schedule of Upcoming Classes & Events

I’m thrilled to be back out on the road teaching IN-PERSON classes! I’m now booking classes and trunk shows through 2024.
To check if I’ll be at a guild or show near you, CLICK HERE for a listing of scheduled classes.

To learn more about the classes I’m currently teaching and the new classes planned for 2023 and beyond, keep reading!

Description of Classes

I’m delighted to announce a new line-up of classes and lectures for 2022. In-person and online classes are available to guilds. Individual quiltmakers can register for my new online course “Spring Bling” through Creative Spark (C&T Publishing’s new online teaching platform).

Take a peek at the 3-minute video all about my classes & events available in 2022, then check out the listing below. (Quick note: I’ve extended my Color Play class from a half-day to a full-day class.

I look forward to seeing you soon!


Trunk Shows/Lectures

Logo GemsJoyTrunkShow

Gems & Joy

In-person & Zoom presentations available for guilds and other organizations.

My “Gems & Joy” slide lecture and trunk show chronicle my 25-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world using fabric.

During my presentation, I’ll talk about the techniques to create and assemble 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. And, as so often happens with any artist’s decades-long journey, I’ll share what I’ve learned about the importance of choosing joy and saying “no” to fear as I made the leap from the Corporate Life to the Creative Life.

Length of Presentation: 60 minutes

Skill Level: All

Lecture Fee: $450 ($400 when a class is also scheduled)



Logo Smithsonian Series

National Treasures Trunk Show

In-person & Zoom presentations available for guilds and other organizations after July 2022.

My “Smithsonian Series” slide lecture and trunk show introduce you to the artwork inspired by the most beautiful gems in the world. Learn about the gems and their amazing stories, including the amazing people who were caught up in their orbits.

Length of Presentation: 60 minutes

Skill Level: All

Lecture Fee: $450 ($400 when a class is also scheduled)


Playing With Pixels

Playing With Pixels

In-person & Zoom presentations available for guilds and other organizations.

When I’m searching for inspiration for a new piece or perhaps the seed of a new series, I love to play with images of gemstones in photo-editing apps like Photoscape.

These apps allow you to manipulate images in a myriad of ways, transforming them into intriguing sources of inspiration for new work.

Length of Presentation: 60 minutes

Skill Level: All

Lecture Fee: $250 ($200 when a class is also scheduled)


Classes

Logo Color Play 2 1

Color Play: Beyond Color Theory (Full-Day)

This class is best taught in person.

Over the course of the last 25 years, I’ve learned a few things about how to make quilts sparkle and glow. Join me and learn how to use value and saturation contrast bring sparkle and drama to your work, regardless of your inspiration.

This is a class filled with time to experiment and build on lessons learned. By the end of class, students will have enough blocks to create a quilt top in the style of the legendary art instructor Josef Albers series Homage to the Square.

Length of Workshop: 6 hours

Skill Level: All

Workshop Fee: $750

Maximum Students: 25


Logo BiteSizeGems

Bite-Size Gems (Full-Day)

In-person & Zoom presentations available for guilds and other organizations.

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.

Length of Workshop: 5-6 hours

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Workshop Fee: $750

Maximum Students: 25


Logo Dames and Diamonds

Dames & Diamonds (Full-Day)

In-person & Zoom presentations available for guilds and other organizations.

I’m delighted to introduce students to the technique I use to create all my gem patterns: traditional piecing using freezer paper as a template. I’ve designed three patterns inspired by some of the world’s most beautiful gems, all of which are made available to class participants. Patterns are available as PDF downloads.

Participants will choose one of the fully-charted gem patterns to make during class. During class, we’ll not only create a quilt block of the patterns, but I’ll share all kinds of gossip about the gems and their outrageous, eccentric, and intriguing owners.  

Length of Workshop: 5-6 hours

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Workshop Fee: $750

Maximum Students: 25


Teaching at eQuilter cropped

Schedule of Classes & Events

Click on the name of the class for a full description.


Logo Smithsonian Series

December 13, 2022

Royal City Guelph Quilt Guild (Ontario, Canada)

ZOOM

National Treasures Trunk Show — 7 PM Eastern

Contact: Rebecca Fiedler; [email protected]


Gems Joy Logo Revised Jun 2021 resized 250

January 10, 2023

Huron Perth Quilters Guild (Ontario, Canada)

ZOOM

Gems & Joy Trunk Show — 10 AM Eastern

Contact: Keary Fulton-Wallace; [email protected]


Gems Joy Logo Revised Jun 2021 resized 250

January 17, 2023

Quilt Guild of Greater Houston (Houston, Texas)

ZOOM

Gems & Joy Trunk Show — 7 PM Central

Contact: Karen Benson; [email protected]


Gems Joy Logo Revised Jun 2021 resized 250

January 19, 2023

Oakville Quilters Guild (Ontario, Canada)

ZOOM

Gems & Joy Trunk Show — 7 PM Eastern

Contact: Carol Stanley; [email protected]


Logo Smithsonian Series resized 250
Logo Dames and Diamonds resized 250p

February 10 & 11, 2023

Westside Quilters (Los Angeles, California)

ZOOM

National Treasures Trunk Show — Feb, 10, 11 AM Pacific

Dames & Diamonds Class — Feb. 11, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Pacific

Contact: Pat Karasick, [email protected]
or Del Walker, [email protected]


Logo Smithsonian Series resized 250
Logo Dames and Diamonds resized 250p

February 16 & 17, 2023

Santa Rosa Quilt Guild (Santa Rosa, California)

ZOOM

National Treasures Trunk Show — Feb, 16, 10 AM Pacific

Dames & Diamonds Class — Feb. 17, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM Pacific

Contact: Trina Jahnson, [email protected]


Gems Joy Logo Revised Jun 2021 resized 250
Logo Dames and Diamonds resized 250p

February 27 & 28, 2023

Santa Clara Valley Quilt Guild (Santa Clara, California)

ZOOM

Gems & Joy Trunk Show — Feb, 27, 7 PM Pacific

Dames & Diamonds Class — Feb. 28, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Pacific

Contact: Patty Hair; [email protected]


Screenshot 622 1

March 18 – 19, 2023

Fanfare of Quilts 2023: Bits ‘N’ Pieces Quilt Guild Annual Show

IN-PERSON

I’m delighted to announce that my gem quilts will be featured at the “Fanfare of Quilts 2023” in Ballwin, Missouri. I’ll also have a booth and will be offering patterns, fabric, and gifts for sale. Join me!

Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Road, Ballwin, MO

CLICK HERE for more information.


Gems Joy Logo Revised Jun 2021 resized 250
Bite Size Gems Logo Jun 2021 resized 250

March 28 & 29, 2023

West Michigan Quilters (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

IN-PERSON

Gems & Joy Trunk Show — March 28, 6:00 PM Eastern

Bite-Size Gem Class — March 29, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Eastern

Contact: Norma Shaarda; [email protected]


Cherry Logo.2108 1
Catherine Chart Rubellite resized
Catherine Colorway Class (2-Day)
Logo Dames and Diamonds
Color Play Logo Beyond Color Theory2 resized 300p
Bourbon Tasting 2
Bourbon Tasting

April 25 – 29, 2023

Featured Instructor for Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics (Paducah, Kentucky)

IN-PERSON

I’ve been invited to teach at the Cherrywood pop-up shop during Quilt Week in Paducah! In addition to teaching 3 classes, I’m going to host a bourbon tasting at a downtown Paducah restaurant one evening. Join us!

Catherine Colorway Class (Tuesday & Wednesday, April 25 – 26, 2023) — We’ll spend 2 full days creating a sparkling, glowing brilliant-cut gemstone of your own colorway!

Color Play: Beyond Color Theory (Thursday, April 27, 2023) — Learn to add sparkle, glow, and translucency to your quilt designs by playing with value contrast and saturation contrast.

Dames & Diamonds (Friday, April 28, 2023) — Select from one of 4 patterns inspired by some of the world’s most famous gemstones. As we’re creating it together, I’ll dish on the gem, its history, and the wild, eccentric people who came into contact with them.

Bourbon Tasting & Dinner (Thursday, April 27, 2023) — I’ll share the story of Kentucky Bourbon as we taste 3 iconic bourbons and 1 bourbon liqueur: Buffalo Trace, Maker’s Mark, Angel’s Envy & American Honey Liqueur (by Wild Turkey).

Stay tuned for more information about location and registration information.


Gems Joy Logo Revised Jun 2021 resized 250

May 13, 2023

Empire Quilt Guild (New York, NY)

ZOOM

Gems & Joy Trunk Show — 1 PM Eastern

Contact: Louise Naples; [email protected]


Gems Joy Logo Revised Jun 2021 resized 250
Logo Dames and Diamonds resized 250p

May 16 – 17, 2023

Village Quilters of Lake Bluff/Lake Forest (Near Chicago, Illinois)

IN-PERSON

Gems & Joy Trunk Show — May 16, 7 PM Central

Dames & Diamonds Class — May 17, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Central

Contact: Cheryl Mercy; [email protected]


Gems Joy Logo Revised Jun 2021 resized 250
Dames Diamonds The HOPE and Evelyn Walsh McLean

May 20, 2023

Wiltwyck Quilters Guild

ZOOM

Gems & Joy Trunk Show — May 20, 10 AM Eastern

Special Dames & Diamonds Class featuring Evalyn Walsh McLean and the Hope Diamond
May 20, 12:30 AM – 3:30 PM Eastern

Contact: Carolyn Boice; [email protected]


Logo Smithsonian Series resized 250
Logo Dames and Diamonds resized 250p

May 25 & 26, 2023

Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild (Lee’s Summit, Missouri)

IN-PERSON

National Treasures Trunk Show — May 25, 6:30- 7:30 pm Central

Dames & Diamonds Class — May 26, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Central

Contact: Michelle Lowdewegen; [email protected]


Gems Joy Logo Revised Jun 2021 resized 250
Logo Dames and Diamonds resized 300p 2

September 17, 2023

Courthouse Quilters (Flemington, NJ)

IN-PERSON

Gems & Joy Trunk Show — Sept. 17, 6:30 PM Eastern

Dames & Diamonds — Sept. 17, 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM Eastern

Contact: Anne Oswald, [email protected]


Gems Joy Logo Revised Jun 2021 resized 250
Bite Size Gems Logo Jun 2021 resized 250
Logo Dames and Diamonds resized 300p 2
Color Play Logo Beyond Color Theory2 resized 300p

October 10 – 14, 2023

“Sew Many Stars” — Utah Quilt Guild Quilt Fest 2023 (Layton, Utah)

IN-PERSON

Gems & Joy Trunk Show

Bite-Size Gems Class

Dames & Diamonds Class

Color Play: Beyond Color Theory

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Screenshot 628

Gems Joy Logo Revised Jun 2021 resized 250
Logo Dames and Diamonds resized 250p

October 24 & 25, 2023

Bits ‘N’ Pieces Quilt Guild (Ballwin, Missouri)

IN-PERSON

Gems & Joy Trunk Show — October 24, 7 PM Central

Dames & Diamonds Class — October 25, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Central

Contact: Candyce Grisham; [email protected]


Gems Joy Logo Revised Jun 2021 resized 250
Bite Size Gems Logo Jun 2021 resized 250

March 12 & 13, 2024

Folsom Quilt & Fiber Guild (Folsom, California)

IN-PERSON

Gems & Joy Trunk Show — March 12, 7 PM Pacific

Bite-Size Gems Class — March 13, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Pacific

Contact: Laura Werner; [email protected]


pacificgrove
Treasure Hunting Class Logo 5 day

April 14 – 19, 2024

Empty Spools Seminars — Treasure Hunting: A 5-Day Adventure in Design with MJ Kinman

IN-PERSON

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been invited to return to Asilomar Conference Center to teach a week-long class for Empty Spools Seminars. This immersive class is for anyone who has an idea of a quilt in mind in which every piece is a different shape, size, or color. Piecing with freezer paper is a powerful technique that quiltmakers of all skill levels can master. While my inspiration is gemstones, yours might be landscapes, florals, even abstracts. No matter the subject matter, I’ll help you bring your design to life.

Along the way, we’ll talk extensively about how to make your designs sparkle and glow, as well as how to add translucency to your quilt, all through the specific use of value contrast and saturation contrast. We’ll also talk about how fabric selection impacts the “clarity” of your design. And finally, I’ll introduce you to some of the most beautiful and well-known gems in the world and the outrageous, eccentric people who crossed paths with them.

Join me for a marvelous week of joyful creativity at the beach!

More information will be available in early May 2023.