Thursday, September 29, 2016

Kimberly Einmo - Quilter, Designer, Author, Teacher

Kimberly Einmo is a national and international teacher, author of 5 books, and designer of quilts and specialty rulers.  What we didn't know about Kimberly is that she lives in Northern Virginia and last night was the program speaker for the Burke chapter of Quilters Unlimited.  Her lecture covered what to do with jelly rolls and other pre-cut fabrics that are available in today's quilt market.
She gave an informative and entertaining lecture with several tips from her quilting and teaching experience.  Having traveled with a military spouse for a number of years, she wrote her first book on creating a travel souvenir quilt.  Successive books have focused on jelly rolls & precuts, while her newest being released later this month focuses on block combinations.  Check out her website for more about her books.
Did you know that jelly rolls (2.5 inches by WOF strips) contain 40 strips of fabric?  These are a way for a fabric manufacturer to showcase a line of fabric and have become very popular.
A   "layer cake" is a set of 10" squares.
Both a jelly roll and a layer cake yield 2.5 yards of fabric.
If using a jelly roll for a quilt top and you want to add fabrics for background and borders, buy 1 1/2 yards of each.
Kimberly has several classes available on Craftsy, including a free Block of the Month class that you can enroll in on her website. See her homepage for the link.

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