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The Elizabeth Diamond

As seen in Quilting Arts Magazine, the gem series by MJ Kinman!

This sparkling princess-cut diamond is the perfect end for our Birthstone Series! 48" square and 70" point to point diagonally, this large diamond is sure to stun. Choose from three different colorways - pink, blue, or neutral! Using freezer paper piecing techniques, join Terry Birdsell, official Gem Affiliate, at Studio BERNINA as she guides you through this new piecing technique! Join a room of quilters and bring a little BLING into your life!

This weekend long retreat includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday, provided by Studio BERNINA.

Your $120 Kit includes the pattern and the nearly 9 yards of fabric to create your diamond!


Studio BERNINA is excited to announce that MJ Kinman, the designer of these stunning gemstones, will be joining virtually during the retreat! After completing the birthstone series at Studio BERNINA in February, we are so happy to be rounding out this series at the beginning of the summer by having MJ meet our brilliant quilters! Below is the picture and bio for her.

I like to tell people I make the biggest diamonds in the world. The adventure started 22 years ago when an image of a gorgeous gem captured my imagination. As a new quiltmaker, I was unsure how to transform that image into a quilt, but knew there had to be a way. I began searching for the right techniques and, seven years later, made my first gem.  

My latest series, entitled “Bourbon Diamonds” celebrates Kentucky’s favorite spirit. My current series is based on the National Gem Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. 

My work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and national competitions. The National Quilt Museum (Paducah, KY) is planning an exhibit of my work in 2020. My gems have been featured in print and online publications such as Quiltfolk, Quilting Arts Magazine, France Patchwork, McCall’s Quilting, Make Modern Magazine, and Online Quilting Magazine.

 I have appeared on Quilting Arts TV and The Quilt with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. My gems are included in private and corporate collections, including Maker’s Mark Distillery.

My first pattern series, The Birthstone Series, is a collection of 12 blocks representing the traditional birthstone gems. My latest series is the Diamond Divas Series featuring large diamond quilt patterns inspired by women. I’m also delighted to work with Northcott to create fabric for quiltmakers. My second collection with Northcott, unique gradations and a panel of birthstones, will be available in shops early 2020. 

I am also delighted to have been invited by BERNINA to become a BERNINA Brand Ambassador. For more information, please visit my website and social media sites below:


Skill Level:
Skill Details:
Freezer paper piecing is not like usual paper piecing. Join us in class to learn how!
Materials Included:
Your $120 Kit includes the pattern and the nearly 9 yards of fabric to create your diamond!
Instructor Name:
Terry Birdsell
Instructor Bio:
Terry Birdsell is an official Gem Affiliate!

The Elizabeth Diamond

$ 150.00
Your $120 Kit includes the pattern and the nearly 9 yards of fabric to create your diamond!
Sat, Jun 6, 2020 at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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