Coming Soon: Vintage Sampler

As soon as I knew I was going to be creating a fabric collection I wanted to design a Block of the Month program that used every fabric in the collection. Here it is, “Vintage Sampler”

Vintage Sampler by Barbara J. Eikmeier

Vintage Sampler 82″ x 89″ by Barbara J. Eikmeier, machine quilted by Maria Pate

I’m a big fan of quilt shops – I’ve not only shopped in my fair share of them but I also teach at quilt shops and have worked the retail side in a few as well. As I designed “Vintage Sampler” I thought about the quilt shop marketing the program, their staff cutting the kits, and, of course, I thought about the quilter who would be sewing the blocks. I, along with my editorial team, have been working for several months, striving to produce the pattern in the most economical way possible. As an added bonus I wrote the cutting charts with three different cutting methods – regular rotary cutting, using Marti Michell’s templates (my favorite method), and using a die cutting system – mine is Sizzix but we used finished sizes with a shaded shape so you can easily translate to a different system.

Paintbrush Studios will be showing the Vintage Sampler quilt in their booth #2318 at International Quilt Market, Spring 2015 in Minneapolis, MN. You can see a blog post with detailed photos and more about the quilt by hopping over to Inspired by Fabric.

Shops are receiving information now and the program will be starting in late fall or early next year depending on how each individual shop schedules it. If you are a shop owner and will be at Spring Market, and would like to learn more, stop by Fabri-Quilt’s booth and plan to attend my Schoolhouse on Thurs at 530 pm.

I have more stories about the fabric collection and the sampler quilt still to come. I’ll announce new stories on my Facebook page.