RJR Fabrics: A Retrospective 1978-Present-Part 1
AccuQuilt is honored to present the quilts of RJR Fabrics: A Retrospective 1978 - Present. RJR Fabrics is the first fabric manufacturer to be included in our gallery exhibits. We are absolutely thrilled to be able host the beautiful quilts they are allowing us to share with you. There are quilts from Jinny Beyer, Judy Niemeyer, Lynette Jensen, Flaurie & Finch, Carolyn Murfitt, and Sarah Schraw.
Today, we are going to tell you about the quilts that RJR Fabrics designer Jinny Beyer is displaying in the exhibit.
The Quilts of Jinny Beyer
Jinny Beyer is one of the original stars of the quilting world. As a fabric designer for RJR Fabrics, Jinny was the first designer to create a line of fabric exclusively for quilters. During an era when quilters were at the mercy of stores that basically offered polyesters and dress fabrics, Jinny was responsible for setting industry standards for quality and design for quilters all over the world. Her sophisticated color style is instantly recognizable by quilters everywhere. Jinny is also a renowned quilt designer and author.
An award-winning quilter, Jinny pieces and quilts all or her pieces by hand. These are just some of the awards she has won:
- 1978 - Her quilt Ray of Light won first place out of 10,000 entries in Good Housekeeping's Great American Quilt Contest.
- 1984 - Jinny was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame.
- 1995 - Jinny received the Silver Star Award at the International Quilt Festival, given annually to living persons who have made a lasting and positive impact on quilting and textiles over their careers.
- 1996 - She received the Michael Kile Award of Achievement
- 1999- Jinny's Ray of Light quilt was chosen as one of the 100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century in 1999, published by Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.
Quilts on Display at the AccuQuilt Gallery in Jinny's Words
Stained Glass Star
"This quilt is adapted from my logo featuring a shaded star surrounded by a narrow border print stripe. I chose to float the emblem on a black background for a dramatic effect. An adaptation of a traditional Rolling Star block pattern, this quilt features fabrics from my Jinny Beyer Palette Collection and is a perfect demonstration of the subtle gradations you can achieve by simply shading light, medium and dark fabrics together." Pieced by Diane Kirkhart. Quilted by Su Gardner.
"If you know my work, you know that applique is not something I typically do. The applique in this design is inspired from the Tentmakers of Cairo. I loved both the boldness and intricacies of their designs and thought that maybe it was time that I got back to applique. Inspired by what I saw, I decided to create a design that would combine both piecing and applique. I am so very proud of how this project turned out. The broken star beautifully demonstrates my color shading technique, the glowing effects and dimension you can achieve by shading fabrics." Pieced by Diane Kirkhart. Quilted by Karen Marchetti.
"This quilt design is an homage to animal endangerment in the world today. Animals in the wilderness play a very important part in the cycle of the earth. The colorations reflect the brightly colored garments of the African Maasai tribe and the magnificent hues of the Serengeti sky at sunrise and sunset. The textured fabrics I incorporated are all inspired from animals. Draw closer, and you can see the animal depicted in each design. The double-mirrored border print I used is inspired from the legs of a giraffe. I fussy-cut two different colors of border print fabric for the center medallion, the frame around the star and the border." Pieced by Diane Kirkhart. Quilted by Sue Gardner.
These quilts and the quilts from the other RJR Fabrics designers are on display at the AccuQuilt Gallery at our World Headquarters until July 31, 2017. Please stop by and see just how jaw-dropping beautiful they are!
Mon–Thurs 10 A.M. and 1 P.M.
Friday By call ahead appointment only.
Closed weekends and major holidays
FREE Admission for all visitors