My Story

I am inspired by bright colors and dynamic design. I enjoy projects that have a huge WOW-factor. So, of course, when I spotted the beautiful gems of MJ Kinman, Textile Artist, I was intrigued to learn more. I am honored to be a certified Gem Affiliate and share MJ’s patterns and methods with the world.


Workshops are available right now on each of the twelve Birthstone Series blocks. Blocks can be selected as individual classes or a 12 month Block-of-the-month program.  I also design custom projects incorporating multiple gem blocks into creative and unique quilts, pillows and more. I am available to travel to retreats, guilds and quilt shops in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana.

Patterns and Fabric

I provide MJ Kinman gemstone patterns and Paintbrush Studio birthstone collection fabrics for workshops. I also work with quilt shop owners who carry other lines of solid fabrics to map their colors to each project.

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Jewel Box Quilt with all 12 Birthstone Blocks