About Jinny Beyer
For more than four decades, Jinny has been quilting, teaching, writing books and designing fabrics for quilters. She is world-renowned for her fabric designs (manufactured by RJR Fabrics), and especially for her border prints. Jinny has traveled world-wide to teach. She’s the author of twelve books, including The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, an encyclopedia of more than 4000 patchwork blocks that incorporates historical and drafting information — a 6-year labor of love. Jinny loves to garden and cook and she and her husband live just outside Washington, D.C. in Great Falls, Virginia. Her own quilts, as well as antique ones, adorn the beds and walls of her 260-year-old historic farm house home.
About Our Fabric
Jinny’s fabric is 100% cotton and is manufactured by RJR Fabrics. Most fabric is 42” – 45” wide.
We know: sometimes you just have to see it! We would be happy to send you up to three swatches per request. Be sure to include as much detail as possible in your request, including the style numbers of any specific fabrics you’d like to see. You can email us or send us a note via the postal service – this is particularly helpful if you’d like us to try to match a fabric. We appreciate it if you can include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
Why We Tear Our Fabric
At JINNY BEYER STUDIO, except for the smallest pieces, we generally tear fabric into the yardage you request. Yes, there are often threads on the edges, but we have a good reason for doing this.
So, why do we tear our fabric? It’s the best way to ensure that you get the fabric that is on-grain. Patches that are cut from on-grain fabric have the least stretch, are the easiest to sew and will keep their shapes best.
After the fabric is woven, it goes through several processes including printing, finishing, winding onto a huge roll and then being wound onto the bolts shipped to fabric stores.
All that processing and winding can pull a fabric off-grain. At JINNY BEYER STUDIO, all our fabrics are manufactured by the same company but some bolts are almost perfectly on grain and a few are off by inches.
The pictures below show an example. The first picture is of the edge of the fabric as it came off the bolt, cut by the manufacturer. The second picture shows the true crosswise grain of that same bolt of fabric. It’s off by inches!
Fabric tears along a crosswise thread, showing you the true crosswise grain line of the fabric. We start every bolt with a tear strip to determine the crosswise grain. If you order a yard, we measure one yard (plus a little to make up for any raggedy edges that you can’t use) from that bottom edge and tear. That way you will have one full yard of on-grain yardage to use. You can straighten the grain by gently tugging the yardage diagonally until the torn edges and the selvage edges are squared.
Use the torn edge as a guide for placing your templates and you’ll know you are maximizing the stability of your fabric patches.
If you plan to rotary cut strips from your yardage, remove the selvages as usual and align the torn edges of the fabric. Slice a fraction of an inch off to clean up the edge and you’re ready to go. Your fabric patches will have greater stability and less stretch than if they were cut without regard for the grain line.
To Pre-Wash Or Not
Some quilters pre-wash everything to avoid potential issues with shrinkage or loose dye; others prefer to work with unwashed fabric and choose not to pre-wash. Staff at JINNY BEYER STUDIO fall into both camps. Jinny’s fabrics are first-quality cottons created specifically for quilters, so we suggest that you follow your preferred approach with Jinny Beyer fabric.
The manufacturer’s care instructions are as follows:
- Pre-washing all new fabrics (yard goods or precut patches) before using them in a quilt ensures that there will be no uneven shrinkage and no transfer of colors when the quilt is laundered.
- Unfold all fabric before putting into the washing machine.
- Wash light-colored fabrics in lukewarm water with a phosphate free detergent.
- Soak dark-colored fabrics individually in cold water for at least half an hour to set the dyes and then machine wash in cold water with a phosphate-free detergent.
- Tumble fabrics almost dry, then remove from dryer and press with an iron. To avoid wrinkling, do not put more than six yards of fabric in dryer at one time.
Pre-cut samples or kit pieces should not be machine washed and dried. Being careful not to over-handle, separate these pieces into piles of same-colored patches, and preshrink them by soaking in cold water. If color bleeds, repeat until water runs clear. Place patches on toweling or white paper towels to dry. Some of our Palette Collection kits include 150 different fabric swatches. If you choose to wash them according to the manufacturer’s suggestions, you must take extra care to ensure that the fabrics stay in the original order provided in the kit.
For satisfactory results, please follow the above instructions before using these fabrics. Quilts made with both light and dark colored fabrics should only be washed in cold water.
About Our Kits
Our kits generally include a pattern plus all the fabrics needed for the quilt top, borders and binding. The kit description provides details, as well as information on backing yardage requirements and fabric suggestions.
Fabrics in the kit are usually provided in the Fabric Number order specified in the pattern. So although we know you want to take the fabrics out right away, it’s best not to disturb the fabric order until you’re reviewed the pattern!
Fabric yardage for the kits is generous, allowing for the occasional cutting error. Pay attention to any cutting order or layout specified in the pattern to ensure you have sufficient fabric for longer or large pieces. Please note that Jinny prefers her borders to be seam-free whenever possible, so the fabric for borders in our kits is usually provided in lengthwise cuts so no piecing is required.
We often get requests to make up a Jinny Beyer quilt kit in a special colorway or size. Although some patterns are more challenging than others to change, we will consider most requests. Custom kitting fees generally range from $20 to $50 depending on the complexity of kit. In addition, we require additional time to prepare a custom kit order so plan ahead! If you’d like to discuss a custom kit, please contact Customer Service.
About Our Patterns & Designs
Copying Patterns/Copyright Protection
All our patterns are copyright-protected with copyrights owned either by Jinny Beyer or by RJR Fabrics. Jinny personally asks you to respect her intellectual property and her rights as a designer. If the following information isn’t clear or if you have additional questions, please contact Customer Service.
Patterns that you purchase are for personal use only. They cannot be copied or distributed (for free or for profit). Patchwork templates or foundation patterns included in a pattern may be copied as necessary to create your personal quilt.
We are often asked whether a quilting guild can copy a pattern for use in a class or in the production of a raffle quilt. The answer remains the same: a purchased pattern is protected by copyright laws and cannot be copied or distributed in any way. If multiple copies are required, they must each be purchased. Patterns that are free downloads may be freely copied and distributed.
If you choose to show a quilt made from a Jinny Beyer pattern or adapted from one of her designs, you must credit Jinny Beyer as the designer.
We work hard to ensure that our patterns have been appropriately tested and are clearly written. However, errors can and do slip by us. We assume no liability for any errors. Corrections to patterns are posted herewhen available.
If the pattern is a free download, we will post a corrected version on our website as we become aware of the error.
Downloading Free Patterns
Jinny makes many of her patterns available as free downloadable PDFs. To view and print the patterns, you need to have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. If you do not have Acrobat Reader installed, you can get it at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
We aim for perfection, but sometimes we fall short.
When we discover an error in a pattern, we correct the pattern for future printing and post a correction on the website page for that pattern. Look for a Pattern Correction tab below the project image; if there is no tab, there are no corrections to the pattern.
Corrections to patterns that we no longer offer will be listed here.
The original pattern included an incorrect cutting layout for Fabrics 1, 4, 7 and 10 on page 7. The correct layout is provided below. The fabric yardage indicated in the pattern is sufficient to cut the required number of patches when they are layed out as shown in the revised layout. Colorplay Pattern – Revised Cutting Layout
In addition, the Block B image in Step 4 and the quilt images have been refined to better reflect how the fabric points come together in the center of the block. Colorplay Revised Images
The following correction should be made to some earlier versions of the pattern:
- Diagram 5: The label “B” on the leftmost block in the fourth row down should be an upside-down “B”. The block image is accurate; it is the label on the block which should be rotated.
Solstice (2013 BOM)
Early versions of the pattern should be corrected as follows:
- On page 1 of the Consolidated Cutting Instructions (available with the purchased version of the pattern only), there is an error for Fabric 1 – Alternate Block. The cutting instructions for All Methods should read(24) 1½” x 6½”, not 16½”.
- Block 1: Step 2 on page 1 should read Foundations, not Both Methods. If you are making the blocks using templates only, follow the instructions and illustrations on the following page in the section labeled Templates.
- The Block 1 foundations are mislabeled on early versions of the pattern so the completed foundations don’t match the pattern illustrations. Foundation 1-2 has a slight angle on the short side.
- Block 9: In Step 3, the first small triangles are labeled 9-C; they should be 9-E. The instructions for that step should also refer to 9-E. (Corrected in downloadable version 09/10/2013.)
- Block 12: The steps “Making the Block” are Step 3. The text references to 12-A should be to 12-C. The illustrations are correct.
Summer Lily Diamond Table Runner
Some earlier versions of the Summer Lily Diamond Table Runner Colorway Guide should be corrected as follows:
- The instructions for Unit C should read:
- Unit C: Make 2 using 10? strips. (Only two units are required.)
Visit the Studio
JINNY BEYER STUDIO is located in the picturesque town green of historic Great Falls, Virginia. The shop is just 20 minutes west of Washington, D.C., but the surrounding area is anything but “big city”. In fact, Great Falls National Park is just minutes away.
The STUDIO is a two-story, wood-framed building with big porches, exposed beams and glowing wooden floors. The first floor houses Jinny’s fabrics, quilts and books, as well as a unique selection of ever-changing gifts and accessories for the quilter and non-quilter alike. We’ve also got a terrific selection of handmade silver thimbles, chatelaines, and other sewing tools made by TJ Lane.
The top floor boasts a large, light-filled classroom, as well as the bustling work area for our kit-making and customer service staff.
We are excited to participate in two different shop hops in 2018. Click on the images below for details!
Meet the Staff
JINNY BEYER STUDIO is staffed by a small group of avid quilters with very diverse backgrounds. Most of us work something less than full time so we still have time to sew! On any one day, you’ll find some combination of us cutting fabric for you, making kits, packaging orders, or hunting for some good fabrics to coordinate with a swatch you sent us. One thing you can count on: 3:00 is Cookie Time! (One of the “elves” bakes a new batch every week.)
Jinny is our “big boss”. Although she does most of her work at home, she lives nearby so you’ll find her here often helping out when we’re overwhelmed with orders or by a tour bus of quilters! She is always happy to sign a book, kit or pattern for you.
Rebecca is our Shop Manager, responsible for making sure that the shop and mailorder are humming smoothly. We give her all the hard stuff.
Dana does most of her work behind the scenes, making sure the website is up-to-date, brainstorming creative web specials, and working on our newsletter and blog posts.
As part of the marketing team, Nancy helps Jinny with the newsletter and blog and keeps you posted with shop happenings on Facebook. She also manages the Studio’s classes and gets to corral all of the excited quilters on our Quilters’ Quest Bus trip each fall.
Diane is our “Notions Queen!” She is always hunting for new and exciting gadgets and is responsible for keeping your favorite supplies in the shop.
Elaine writes the Studio’s patterns, maintains the website, and comes up with creative things to add to Jinny’s “to-do” list!
Open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
We are closed New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We close early at 2 pm on New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving Eve, and Christmas Eve.
JINNY BEYER STUDIO
776 F Walker Road
Great Falls, VA 22066
The shipping estimate provided when you place your order is just that – an estimate based on the expected weight and destination of the items ordered. The shipping price may be adjusted up or down to reflect the final shipping cost when your order is processed.
We try to ship your items as cost-effectively as possible using the delivery service you select. Bulky or oversized items, or those requiring special packaging, may incur additional charges.
When there is a significant discrepancy in the estimated versus final shipping charge (this happens rarely, but more often with international delivery addresses), we will try to contact you via email prior to shipping.
We use a variety of shipping options from the US Postal Service and UPS. We use USPS exclusively for orders delivered to non-continental U.S. addresses. Expedited Shipping: Please note that the shipping time must be added to typical order fulfillment timeframes. If you require a package to be delivered by a particular deadline, please call us at 866.759.7373 during Customer Service hours to discuss options.
We ship international orders via the US Postal Service, generally in International Priority Mail Flat Rate packaging. We can pack up to seven yards of fabric in a flat-rate envelope, up to twelve yards in a medium flat-rate box, and up to twenty-two yards in a large flat-rate box. Hard-cover books must be shipped in flat-rate boxes. If your order is too large for flat rate packaging, shipping charges are based on weight and destination. International packages are insured by the US Postal Service up to certain limits, depending upon packaging. Customs, taxes, and brokerage fees may apply to international orders. The Customer is responsible for all fees of this nature. Packages will be marked to accurately reflect contents; we cannot mark packages as “gifts”.
Returns & Exchanges
You can return most items within two weeks of the date of delivery for store credit. Cut fabric and kits incur a 15% re-stocking fee. Shipping charges are not refundable. Items must be returned in re-sellable condition. Sale items, books, patterns, CDs, gift certificates, and autographed items cannot be returned.
Returns must be accompanied with a copy of the Order Receipt/Invoice. We need the purchaser’s name, phone number, billing address and email address to ensure proper credit. Unless we have made the error, you are responsible for shipping charges. Please address returns to:
JINNY BEYER STUDIO – RETURNS
776F Walker Road
Great Falls, VA 22066