About Jinny Beyer

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.

Fabric Samples

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

What's Included

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.

Custom Kits

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.

Pattern Corrections/Updates

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/.

Pattern Errata

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

Navajo Winter

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.)