05/13/16

New Fabric Collection – Ruby’s Treasures

Just released! Vintage 30s – Ruby’s Treasures by Barbara J. Eikmeier for Paintbrush Studio. It’s my new fabric collection!

Vintage 30s - Ruby's Treasures by Barbara J. Eikmeier for Paintbrush Studio

Vintage 30s – Ruby’s Treasures by Barbara J. Eikmeier for Paintbrush Studio

If you like reproduction thirties prints or are just looking for a bright, clear collection for a special project ask for Ruby’s Treasures at your local quilt store. It’s Made in the USA and is shipping to stores now. I’ll be going to International Quilt Market next week and will have more to share soon!

In the meantime, Ruby’s Treasures is featured in a blog post over at Inspired by Fabric. Click over to find out about some of the “inspiration” (no pun intended) behind the collection!

I’ve been busy sewing up a storm so come back over the next few weeks for show and tell!

05/2/16
Left block

License Plate Quilt – free pattern

It’s almost summer and with summer comes the Row by Row Experience. If you collect license plates as you travel from quilt shop to quilt shop and are looking for a project to use them in consider my License Plate Quilt. I designed it using a package of tone on tone 2 1/2″ pre-cut strips and 30 license plates collected from hither and yon.

License Plate quilt

License Plate quilt  by Barbara J. Eikmeier

To make the quilt you may download the pattern for free here.License Plate Quilt PDF

04/29/16
Blog Hop blocks by Carol M.

And the Winner is …

Thanks to those of you who joined the Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints blog hop, we designers had a great time hopping around with you! The winners have been selected and are posted at Inspired by Fabric. Click here to see the full list of winners. Each designer will be contacting their winners.

Congratulations to all the winners! Here’s who won at Barb’s Favorites:

Fat Quarter Bundle: Susan M

Marti Michell Template Set B and Encyclopedia of Patchwork Patterns Volume 1: Sandy A

Craftsy Class: Connecting the Blocks: Jen B

And I have one more winner to announce – the viewer’s choice goes to the block with the Dark Star Points with 56 votes.

First place with 56 votes

First place with 56 votes.

The Light Star Points came in second (!) with a respectable tally of 36 votes.

Second Place with 36 votes.

Second Place with 36 votes.

Thank you to all of you who voted. There were a number of “I like both!” votes too!

And now, to inspire you to make your own blocks, take a look at what Carol M. made in a weekend! Great job Carol.

Blog Hop blocks by Carol M.

Blog Hop blocks by Carol M.

This concludes the Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints Blog Hop. If you missed the hop you can still see all the tutorials. Click here to go to the beginning. If you didn’t win my Crafsty Class: Connecting the Blocks use this link to get the class for half price.5346_728x90 Connecting the blocks

04/22/16

Final Day of the Blog Hop

All fun must end and today is the final stop of this blog hop. Last, but certainly not least, we welcome Theresa Ward to the fun. Drawing for the prizes will take place next week – and there are lots of goodies: We have Fat Quarter Bundles of Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints – enough to make all the blocks on the hop in both color ways, plus there are books, online classes, patterns, and tools.

I met Theresa when I moved back to Kansas in 2008 – the year my husband retired from the military. One of the first things I learned about Theresa is that she is a great machine quilter. Check this out to see what I’m talking about:

Detail of Theresa Ward's amazing feathers.

Detail of Theresa Ward’s amazing feathers.

When I got a contract with a very short deadline for my book, Back Basting Applique Step by Step, Theresa bailed me out by machine quilting most of the samples in the book. I might still be in debt to her on that one but maybe not because she wrote her first quilting book recently and needed my help! Theresa is a talented designer. She, along with Sharon Lorfing, host a mystery quilt lock-in each spring with a new original design every year (I made the blue quilt pictured above during the lock-in a few years ago) Be sure to check out Theresa’s book when you’re on her blog.

Theresa Ward at her booth at the Heartland Quilt Network Meeting. I'm not in the picture because I took it!

Theresa Ward at her booth at the Heartland Quilt Network Meeting. I’m not in the picture because I took it!

But my very favorite thing about Theresa is that she is a school bus driver. She takes her big yellow bus home every day during the school year which makes it easy to find her house in the country when I’m dropping off and picking up quilts. And, in case you are wondering, she can parallel park a school bus – on a busy side street  – with a line of traffic.

I hope you have had as much fun as I have with our blog hop. If we do this again with my next fabric collection (coming soon!) would you like to see blocks again or projects?

We’ll be announcing the winners next week. Until then, happy stitching!

One last time, here are the links to all the other stops on the blog hop.

Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints Blog Hop Schedule:

Thursday 4/14: Blog Hop Introduction
Friday 4/15: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites
Monday 4/18: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter
Tuesday 4/19: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter
Wednesday 4/20: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns
Thursday 4/21: Sally Schneider @SallySchneider
 Friday 4/22: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts
04/21/16

Blog Hop Day Five

We are having fun on the Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints Blog Hop! It’s time to welcome Sally Schneider, scrap quilting legend! The blog hop is hosted by Inspired by Fabric Blog. Each designer is using my Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints fabric collection and sharing a block tutorial showing their block in two colorways. There are prizes at every stop (drawings will be next week) so join the fun. The complete schedule is at the end of this post.

Sally Schneider is a distinguished guest on this blog hop for many reasons, mainly because she retired last year and I begged her out of retirement to join the blog hop.

I  really wanted Sally to participate because she is one of my longest quilting friends. We met in Hawaii in 1987 in a Katie Pasquini workshop. I went on to take quilting classes from Sally at her dining room table where she taught me how to use a rotary cutter. We carpooled to the Hawaii Quilters Guild meetings and when she wrote her first book, Scrap Happy, I provided what she calls “persistent encouragement”. Later, when she was an acquisitions editor at That Patchwork Place/Martingale & Co she helped get my first book, Kids Can Quilt, published. Eventually we wrote a book together, Traditional Quilts with Painless Borders.

Sally Schneider and Barb - it's been 20 years since we wrote that book!

Sally Schneider and Barb – it’s been 20 years since we wrote that book!

But my favorite thing about Sally, and it’s hard to choose just one, is that when I was pregnant with my second child she’d shop for quilting fabric in the maternity clothes I’d made for myself. There was one particular turquoise and purple print dress that I gave her all the scraps which she put in nearly every quilt in one of her books! I was flattered and rewarded her by naming my baby after her!

For years Sally traveled the country teaching her scrap quilting methods and now she travels and camps  for pleasure which you may notice based on the posts on her blog. Today she is going to show you how to make one of her all time favorite blocks. And it’s more than a block tutorial, you’re going to get darn near a whole class from Sally! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Sally Schneider. Hop on!

Tomorrow stop in and read a bit about our final designer, Theresa Ward. Thanks for hopping with us!

Here are the links to the other stops just in case you need them!

Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints Blog Hop Schedule:

Thursday 4/14: Blog Hop Introduction

Friday 4/15: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 4/18: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 4/19: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

Wednesday 4/20: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Thursday 4/21: Sally Schneider @SallySchneider

Friday 4/22: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

04/20/16

Blog Hop – Day Four!

It’s Blog Hop Day Four – let’s welcome Reeze Hanson to the hop. Each quilter on the hop is sharing a block tutorial using my Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints collection for Paintbrush Studio. Hosted by Inspired by Fabric Blog there are great prizes at each stop and it isn’t too late to enter at stops 1, 2, and 3! See the schedule at the bottom of the page.

I met Reeze Hanson in an Electric Quilt (EQ) software class. I was the student, she the teacher. Reeze can talk me into things like being the Vice President of the Heartland Quilt Network because she is a very helpful friend – and she can sort out my EQ problems via email. (And I have had many!) A talented designer, Reeze loves bright colors and high contrast, and she loves vintage fabrics and solids, she enjoys applique and 60 degree shapes and she LOVES orange!! My favorite thing about Reeze, other than knowing I can depend on her to get me out of an EQ mess, is when I heard her color confidence lecture and learned that beige is actually light orange. You will never look at beige the same!

Reeze Hanson - notice she's wearing orange! Or is that dark beige?

Reeze Hanson – notice she’s wearing orange! Or is that dark beige?

I don’t have any pictures of Reeze and me together (Reeze – we should fix that) so I’m sharing a picture of a quilt. It’s the closest I will ever come to making an orange quilt.090Hop over to Morning Glory Quilt Designs to see what Reeze has in store for you. I’ve been over there already and you’re gonna love it!

Here’s the rest of the schedule so you can catch up if you’ve missed any stops. Come back tomorrow to see what I have to share about Sally!

Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints Blog Hop Schedule:

Thursday 4/14: Blog Hop Introduction

Friday 4/15: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 4/18: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 4/19: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

Wednesday 4/20: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Thursday 4/21: Sally Schneider @SallySchneider

Friday 4/22: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

04/19/16

The Blog Hop Continues – Day Three

It’s day 3 of the blog hop and we welcome Kelly Ashton! There are lots of prizes (all drawings will be done at the end so it’s not too late to enter at the other two stops.) See the schedule at the end of this post.

Kelly Ashton, aka Kelly Quilter is addicted to hexagons, 60 degree shapes, and set it seams. I know, crazy isn’t it? Someone who adores set in seams! And she can paint walls and lay tile too – last fall she opened The Creative Place, a retreat center in Spring Hill, KS. (I call it the happy place and dream of sewing with Kelly in her second floor studio!)  But my favorite thing about Kelly is that she exudes confidence – I mean look at those accessories!

Photo booth glamour

Photo booth glamour

The photo booth image was from the Craftsy Instructor Summit in Jan 2016.

Hop on over to see what Kelly Ashton is teaching in her block tutorial. I’ve already been  there and can tell you, don’t worry, there are no set in seams!

Here’s another photo of Kelly and me along with Donna Lynn Thomas -taken as we traveled to the Craftsy Instructor Summit (meet Donna on blog hop Day Two).

We break for pie! Kelly Ashton, Barb E. and Donna Lynn Thomas

We break for pie! Kelly Ashton, Barb E. and Donna Lynn Thomas

Come back tomorrow – I’ll be sharing a little something about Reeze Hanson.

Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints Blog Hop Schedule:

Thursday 4/14: Blog Hop Introduction

Friday 4/15: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 4/18: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 4/19: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

Wednesday 4/20: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Thursday 4/21: Sally Schneider @SallySchneider

Friday 4/22: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

04/18/16
Barb's first sewing machine, Singer Genie circa 1974

Blog Hop – Second Stop

Help me welcome quilting teacher Donna Lynn Thomas to our blog hop. Collect a different quilt block tutorial each day. The hop is hosted by Inspired by Fabric blog – each quilter is using my Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints fabric collection from Paintbrush Studio and showing their block in two colorways. There are prizes at each stop so see the schedule at the bottom of this post so you don’t miss out on a chance to win! If you missed my Ohio Star tutorial on 4/15 see it here.

Now, a little something about Donna! Donna and I knew about each other for many years before we actually met. Our mutual friend, Sally Schneider (who has Thursday’s tutorial), kept saying we should meet. We’ve discovered lots of kindred spirit similarities but my personal favorite (Barb’s Favorite!!) is that we both started quilting in the 1970s on the exact same brand and make of sewing machine – a Singer Genie.

I have met one other person (shout out to Glenda Beasley!) who also had a Genie. It had very “modern” flowers splashed across the front and came in  two colorways – orange and yellow, or a blue flower version but yellow was so fashionable in the 70s – I had to have yellow, Donna did too.

Barb's first sewing machine, Singer Genie circa 1974

Barb’s first sewing machine, Singer Genie circa 1974

Donna is a wonderful precision piecer – by hand and machine, and she’s super good at math. I tell her she will always be my friend because she can fix my quilting math messes! I’ll share a quick picture of the two of us then let you get on to Donna’s block tutorial – I’m going with you because I know I’ll learn something new from Donna’s tutorial! Just scroll down and click on the link next to her name in the schedule. But before you go I want to know, did you also quilt on a yellow Singer Genie in the 70s?

Donna Lynn Thomas and Barb Eikmeier summer 2014

Donna Lynn Thomas and Barb Eikmeier summer 2014

Each day this week I will be posting a little something about one of the quilters on the blog hop. Come back tomorrow to find out about Kelly quilter!

Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints Blog Hop Schedule:

Thursday 4/14: Blog Hop Introduction

Friday 4/15: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 4/18: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 4/19: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

Wednesday 4/20: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Thursday 4/21: Sally Schneider @SallySchneider

Friday 4/22: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

04/15/16
First place with 56 votes

It’s Blog Hop Time!

It’s Blog Hop time! Collect tutorials to make 6 blocks, each block will be shown in two colorways featuring my fabric collection: Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints for Paintbrush Studio.vintage shirting blog hop button

Meet five of my quilting friends as you hop from blog to blog. Each will be showcasing the fabrics in 12” (finished size) blocks. Learn tips from quilting pros (I hang out with a very talented bunch!) Collect all 6 patterns, make all of them in both colorways and you’ll end up with a set of 12 blocks.  You could win my Craftsy Class “Connecting the Blocks” where you can learn all sorts of sashing ideas to put your blocks together in a spectacular quilt! There will be other prizes along the way too so head on over to Inspired by Fabric to check in and get ready for some fun!

Ohio Star Block Tutorial – Let the Blog Hop Begin!tutorial 18

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The Ohio Star is a classic quilt block that looks great in reproduction fabrics. It’s the pattern I used when sewing the samples for my Craftsy Class, Connecting the Blocks so I thought it would be a good choice for a blog hop that will end with Barb’s Favorites offering a chance to win the online class (among other prizes).

Not only will I show the block in two colorways but I’ll also show two ways to cut out the pieces. Let’s start with regular rotary cutting.

From cream shirting print (background)

Cut (4) 4 ½” x 4 ½” squares

And cut (1) 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” square

From light blue (accent triangles)

Cut (1) 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” square

From black print (star points and center square)

Cut (2) 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” squares

And cut (1) 4 ½” x 4 ½” square

Cut all of the 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” squares in half twice diagonally to create four triangles with the straight grain of the fabric along the long side of the triangle. Here is an example of the light blue square already cut.  Do the same with the two 5 ¼” black squares and the 5 1/4″ square of background fabric.tutorial 6

Arrange the triangles so they look like this.tutorial 2

Sew like this. Press toward the black print.tutorial 10

Then match the center and sew into quarter square triangles that look like this. Trim the dog ears off the corners.tutorial 11Make fourtutorial 8

Sew a 4 ½” background square on either side of a quarter square triangle. Make two. Press the seam toward the background square.tutorial 9

Join the remaining two quarter square triangles on either side of the 4 ½” black square. Press the seams toward the black square.tutorial 15

Join the three rows. Press the seams away from the center row.

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The block should measure 12 ½” x 12 ½” at this point – we call that the “unfinished size”. The extra ½” is the seam allowance on the outside edges.

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Let’s make the block again, this time, instead of cutting a 5 ¼” square for quarter square triangle units I’ll show you how to cut them from a 2 ½” strip using Marti Michell’s Perfect Patchwork Templates.

There are only two templates required to make this block. From Marti’s Set B select templates B-8 and B-11.tutorial 14

To get started cut a 4 ½” x 20” strip of background – I’m using the light blue as the background this time. Using template B-8 cut four squares.

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In the same fashion cut one B-8 from the cream fabric for the center. (Not pictured.)

The quarter square triangles are cut with template B-11 (it’s one of my favorite templates!)

Start by cutting 2 1/2″ strips.

Cut one 2 ½” x 15″ strip of medium blue for the accent

Cut one 2 ½” x 15″ strip of background (light blue)

Cut two 2 ½” x 15″  strip of cream (star points)

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Make a stack of the 2 ½” strips – you will have one accent (medium blue), one background (light blue) and two cream (which will be the star points), neatly stack them one on top of another into one pile.

Use template B-11 and position it on the stack of strips as pictured. Cut on either side of the template cutting through the whole stack of fabric. Trim the corners off using the corner angle of template as a guide. tutorial24

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Rotate the template as pictured and cut another layer of triangles. Continue rotating and cutting until you have four sets of triangles.tutorial 28jpg

This is what all the pieces will look like:tutorial 25

As in the first example sew the quarter square triangle units. Press the seams away from the cream fabric. Notice there are no dog ears to trim away – that’s one of the pleasures of using Marti’s templates!tutorial 26

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Make four.

tutorial 21

Sew a background light blue B-8 on either side of a quarter square triangle unit. Make two.  Sew a quarter square triangle unit to either side of the cream B-8. Press the seam toward the squares.tutorial 20

 Connect the three rows and give it a good pressing and there you have it! A lovely Ohio Star block!tutorial star 2

Now, about those prizes – Marti Michell has donated a Perfect Patchwork Template Set B and her book, “Encyclopedia of Blocks Volume One”. And Paintbrush Studio is giving away fat quarter bundles of Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints. And I have a free Craftsy Class to give away. So many great prizes!

Here’s how to enter: Click here to go to Inspired by Fabric and sign up to follow the Inspired by Fabric blog, either by email or blog reader, then come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you are signed up to follow. In your comment tell me which block you like better – Dark star points or light star points? And be sure and leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!

Here’s the schedule for the other stops on this Blog Hop:

Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints Blog Hop Schedule:

Thursday 4/14: Blog Hop Introduction

Friday 4/15: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 4/18: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 4/19: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

Wednesday 4/20: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Thursday 4/21: Sally Schneider @SallySchneider

Friday 4/22: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

And be sure to visit Barb’s Favorites each day too – I’ll be sharing stories about each of these friends (they have no idea what I’m going to say!) Don’t forget – sign up to follow Inspired by Fabric blog, leave a comment here (with your contact info please) and get ready to hop!

04/14/16

Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints Blog Hop

Join the fun and collect a different block pattern every day. Starting tomorrow, April 15, 2016, and continuing each day next week a different quilter will feature my Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints fabric collection in a 12″ block tutorial. Hosted by Inspired by Fabric you’ll find the schedule on their blog. Click here. FQ Vintage

If you are making the Vintage Sampler Block of the Month quilt through your local quilt shop save the leftovers and make a 12 block sampler quilt with the patterns my friends will be sharing in the blog hop.

Come back tomorrow when I’ll be kicking things off with the Ohio Star Block. It’s the pattern I used in the samples for my Craftsy Class Connecting the Blocks. In fact, at the end of the blog hop I’ll be doing a drawing and someone will win my Craftsy Class. Check out the class here.

Barb's Craftsy Class: Connecting the Blocks

Barb’s Craftsy Class: Connecting the Blocks