Bite-Size Gem Quilts Class

July 26, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Mississippi State Assembly Room
601 Marquette Road
Brandon, MS 39042

Bite-Size Gem Quilts: Creating a Small Faceted Quilt

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019     Time: 9 AM – 4 PM; with one-hour lunch break 

Location:  601 Marquette Rd., Brandon, MS 39042

Bite-Size Gems -- 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.

Skill Level: Confident Beginner to Intermediate

Please list any other expenses: Participants to supply their own fabric for the class. The fabrics best suited to this project are commercially-produced fabrics that are either solid OR feature color gradients; hand-dyed fabrics with asymmetrical washes of color; or hand-painted fabric with asymmetrical washes of color. It’s best to limit color choices to two or three hues, with a few values of each. And be sure to bring white and black fabric to add sparkle to the piece.


Supply List:

  • 36 inch length of freezer paper (standard 18” width); parchment paper or tracing paper will not work with this technique
  • Colored pencils in the colors of the gem they want to create. However, don’t limit yourself! You may want to make a gemstone reflecting a wide variety of hues and values.
  • Erasable pencils
  • Ball point pen in blue or black
  • Eraser (preferably a gum eraser, rather than using the top of the pencil. These remove marks much better.)
  • 18” ruler
  • Small ruler with a ¼” measurement
  • Bic Wite Out Correction Tape (available at any office supply store)
  • Domestic sewing machine and thread assortment (neutrals or colors that match your fabrics)
  • Scissors and rotary cutting tools (cutter and mat)
  • Iron and ironing pad (or board)
  • Fabric ** -- Assortment of skinny 8ths (half of a fat quarter) of cotton fabric in white, black, and up to four values of at least two different colors. (Example from first sample below: Yellow-Green fabric in pale, light, medium, bright, and dark; Lavender in pale, light medium, dark; Orange Melon in pale, light, medium, and dark)


You can register and pay on-line or 

Make check payable to GSQA for $55 ($75 non-member) and mail to

Therese Springer

8338 Kahala Dr.

Diamondhead, MS 39525-4023


NAME ________________________________________________________

GSQA MEMBER # _______________________

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$55.00 Bite-Size Gem Quilts Class - Member

$75.00 Bite-Size Gem Quilts Class - Non Member