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MJ Kinman | Textile Artist
Cindy has lived and traveled across the US and abroad. She has been sewing and crafting for over 33 years, and has been following her passion for quilting for 9 years. Cindy lives in East Tennessee and is willing to travel throughout the Southeastern United States. Cindy is one of the first Gem Affiliates in the world certified to teach this technique by MJ Kinman, Textile Artist.
As a previous sales trainer, manager, and retail store owner, she loves working with people and helping them to succeed by transferring her knowledge and enthusiasm. Now she teaches in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, and soon in North Carolina. She also continues to make consignment quilts for customers, to include very soft T-shirt memory quilts. Cindy quilts her creations using her 26" Innova longarm machine and she also provides quilting services to customers.
Cindy has a teacher’s heart and engages others with humor and grace. She is scheduling Gemstone workshops, Jewel Box BOM, and MJ Kinman’s "The Elizabeth" a 48"x48" diamond pattern in four seperate brillant colors. Let’s work together to increase your sales and customer base with MJ Kinman’s beautiful artistry and Confident Beginner patterns, making every one of your customers feel like the Gem that they are!
MJ Kinman | Textile Artist
MJ Kinman "Jewel Box" is a 12-block progression. Each block has a unique challenge. This challenge is perfect for the confident beginner to learn new skills with a fun and forgiving pattern, as well as a never boring construction for the advanced level.
Once all the 12 blocks are mastered the student will have the knowledge needed to create their own unique gem quilts. To see more of MJ's creations please visit,
I love teaching ladies how to make all of these great gems, let it be Birthstones or "The Elizabeth" Princess cut Diamond series. As one of the first Gem Affiliates, I want you to have the opportunity to experience the fun in making these gems. This is NOT paper-piecing, it’s freezer-paper. This technique is much more forgiving and enjoyable to watch your fabric turn-in a gemstone!
(COVID-19 POSTPONED) Twisted Sister's Quilt Shop B.O.M. The ladies brought in their emerald blocks, and they looked GREAT! This class showed the skills these talented women have learned and continue to impress. Only 3 more blocks to complete in the "Jewel Box". Next class will be TBD.
The “Jewel Box” Block-of-the-month does not need to be presented in the birth month order. It can be started at any time. April’s Diamond Heart is the most difficult of the Gems and is the last block to be made. The patterns build skills progressively. We save the best for last.
If choosing the BOM the first class will be the longest lasting 5-6 hours. If the student does not complete the block in class, they will have a good enough understanding to be able to finish on their own. Each class thereafter will be approximately 3-4 hours.
This program is fun for everyone! There will be a birthday party for every student participating in their birth month. Everyone likes a party, and everyone likes to feel special.
Please contact me if you are interested.
A “mini B.O.M.” is another option to make a 4 block wall art quilt. This is a great Mother’s Day quilt with the birthstones of family, a wedding gift, or just your favorite gems. These are personal and gorgeous.
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Who wants to get out to quilt and be bored? Not this woman! These workshops are made to bring different experiences, fabric, thread, and "power tools" to make brilliant works of art.
Birthstone Wall Art & Single Block Classes
These classes can be another option to build a four block wall hanging quilt with your favorite gems or a great opportunity to show off your family birthstones as a gift or for yourself. Please keep in mind for Mother's Day, weddings, anniversaries, Christmas or birthdays.
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This class is available to make one 17’x17” gem, the perfect size for a stunning pillow or mini wall hanging. The single class is best as a 5-6 hour day class. Please keep in mind that each gemstone has it's own unique skill set challenge that builds your confidences to be able to tackle the more demanding stones like the diamond. When it comes to these patterns it's fun, forgiving, and, stunning.