After visiting with a friend last weekend, I realized that I had neglected to share a wonderful quilting adventure on my blog. A couple years ago, I had the incredible opportunity to not only visit Jinny Beyer’s Studio, but to actually meet her in person.
I accompanied my husband, Marv, to Washington, D.C. and while he was at his P.A. conference, I had a full week of exploring Washington D.C. and was privileged to share some very special experiences, which I will write about separately. In a nutshell, I visited Arlington Cemetery on Veteran’s Day, which was a real privilege; I touched a piece of the moon, visited the Smithsonian castle and several other National museums, toured the White House, waved at the Presidential Motorcade as it passed by… needless to say, it was quite a week and I gave my walking shoes a good workout!
Towards the end of the week, however, I planned a visit to Jinny Beyer’s Studio.
Her website aptly describes 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.”
When we arrived at the studio, we found out that we were in luck because they were having an Open House that day and Jinny was in the studio. Since Jinny is a world renowned quilter, designer and teacher, she is not always in the shop. We were so pleased to get to meet her and she welcomed us and showed us around her studio.
Imagine having your own quilt shop that is entirely filled with beautiful fabrics that you have designed.
Everywhere you looked, there were beautiful quilts from Jinny’s patterns and fabric. The studio is one of those places that you have to spend some time exploring because there is so much to see.
The more you looked… the more you saw. It really was a very special shop!
The fabrics were beautifully displayed and it was easy to find coordinating colors for borders, binding, etc.
Of course, we could not leave without purchasing a kit or two. We all purchased a kit for the Woven Ribbons quilt in this photo. Jinny overheard us talking about changing the border and opened the kit and said – choose your new border and I’ll cut it for you. We didn’t expect that and were very impressed.
The staff were all very knowledgeable and friendly and interested in where everyone was from – it was a lot of fun to visit with them. We were wishing that we had even more time to take a class and hang out with them.
It was fun to see the reversible purse pattern that I teach as a class at Quilt Crossing, along with a number of kits for the outside cover from Jinny’s fabrics.
Everywhere you looked there were beautiful examples of Jinny’s designs and fabrics. It was very impressive!
In no time at all, we had filled our lovely red bags from the studio with a beautiful collection of kits and fabrics and other little treasures. We were all so excited to think about where and when we would stitch them together to enjoy!
We had also worked up quite an appetite from all that intense shopping and decided to get recharged at a charming Irish Pub next door before we returned back to D.C.
We had a delightful lunch at The Old Brogue next door and planned our return to D.C. via Uber, which, in itself, turned out to be delightful. Our driver was retired and loved to provide a bit of a tour of the area as we worked our way back to the Merriott.
It was a wonderful trip and I smile as I write this thinking back on such a fun day.
A very special thanks to Jinny and her staff for making our visit one we will always remember fondly.
Thanks also to Carol for the reminder that I had not shared this very special trip to Jinny ‘s Studio. If you are ever in D.C., it is well worth a trip to this amazing studio!