MJ works with fabric and paint to create larger-than-life portraits of colored gemstones. Inspired by the image of an actual stone, she studies the gem to understand its particular personality -- the play of color and light across its facets. Her goal is to capture the luminosity of these "divas" and "drama queens."
For more about MJ Kinman, her lecture, and her workshops, see the Programs page.
The most beautiful gemstone captures light and reflects it back to us with unique brilliance, revealing its fiery personality. These are the divas and the drama queens of the gem world. Every one of them has a story to tell...just like people. This slide lecture and trunk show chronicle MJ's story – her 20-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world in cloth.
The "Treasure Hunting" class was designed for quilt makers who are excited about designing their own quilts using the fun and powerful technique that MJ has been using for the past 20 years to create her giant gem portraits. Using images of gemstones, students will create their own stunning abstract designs of faceted light.
Using the design and piecing techniques MJ relies on to create her diamond portraits, students will create their own singularly beautiful work of faceted light.
If you would like to be more involved in the guild, now is the time to consider volunteering for a position on the nominating committee or on the board. The current nominating committee includes Carol Long, Terri Mendelow, Julie Schaefer, and Jeanne Vogel.
The nominating committee needs one more member and two alternate members. Duties of the nominating committee are listed on page 10 of the Standing Rules, available on the Documents page of the website (Members tab).
The board positions currently available are
Activities has some exciting news! In an effort to offer you more sewing and friendship fun, we will be having not only three-day retreats, but one- and two-day retreats as well! Here are the upcoming dates so you can put them on your calendar:
For details, see the Day Retreats page.
Blocks 11, 12 & 13
Instructions for Blocks 1 through 13 are now available.
Introducing our newest challenge, the Quiltmakers Block of the Month! This challenge features 13 blocks over 6 months (in case you want to set your blocks on point) and is a study in color value and its importance in creating a successful quilt! At each meeting, we will be revealing two blocks, with the last three being revealed at the March meeting. For instructions, patterns, and fabric requirements, head on over to the Challenge page.
NEW on the Challenge page - See two sample layouts along with fabric requirements for each setting. These are just two of many possibilities - be creative!
The guild has several open small groups that welcome new members. For more information, see the Small Groups page.
Hunters Glen Baptist Church collects food items for the Lovepacs program to feed hungry children. For a list of suggested items to donate, and more information about Lovepacs, see the Community Service page.
Monthly meetings of the Quilters Guild of Plano include a short business discussion, announcements of future events, special projects, show and tell, and various entertaining activities with door prize drawings.
Other QGP activities include an annual donation quilt, mini-quilt silent auction and Quilt Show in August, workshops from local and national speakers, retreats, quilting small groups and various community services activities.
Join us at a guild meeting, and our membership team will have a membership form for you to fill out. Or, download the Membership Form now and fill it out, then bring it to the guild meeting with check or cash for dues, or mail with a check to the address on the form.
The Quilters Guild of Plano meets on the second Thursday of each month at
Hunters Glen Baptist Church
4001 Custer Rd.
(on the west side of Custer, between Spring Creek and Parker)
Social time 6:15-6:45pm
Meeting starts at 6:45pm
We meet in the Fellowship Hall at the church (downstairs). Park in the south parking lot and enter through the South Entrance. Our meeting room is on the right, near the entrance.