36 – Interview with Kimberly Einmo, Author, Teacher and Creator of several rulers; plus a Giveaway!!



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On a lovely Wednesday in February I took the day off from work to accomplish two things: travel to the other side of the county for Basil’s vet appointment and interview Kimberly Einmo! She was kind enough to let me have a few hours of her afternoon for an interview and we spent some time sewing and chatting together afterwards.

You can follow Kimberly on her blog, order her books and rulers thorough her store, see where she’s at on her event calendar and reference ruler instructions that she saves in case you need it!

Kimberly is the author of three books (click the photo to learn more and order):

And several rulers:

Some photos of her quilts featured in Jelly Roll Magic (click to make larger):


Kimberly’s blog post – “Are You a Thread Snob?” – learn some great reasons why thread is just as important is good fabric.  We both love Aurifil 50 wt Mako thread for piecing and quilting. (I get mine from The Quilt Bear or one of my LQS).

Two longarm quilters that Kimberly uses for her quilts:

Giveaway Information:

Kimberly is happy to sponsor a giveaway for her latest book Jelly Roll Magic and her EZ Jelly Roll Ruler.  She will even sign the book for the winner!   Just leave a comment on this post by Friday, February 24th, midnight EST and you are entered to win!
 Some photos of her studio and fabric storage:


This is the view into her kitchenette area. Kimberly has converted part of an in-law suite for her sewing studio.
Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

A new precut project that she is working on using Robert Kaufman Batik strips!Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Her Christmas gift to herself – a complete set of Aurifil 50 wt threads!Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Kimberly’s travel sewing project – she makes yoyos and has a whole basket full of them.  She hopes to one day sew all of them together and make some sort of quilt out of them.Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

View of her sewing area from the kitchenette.  She has her main sewing machine in the white cabinet, her laptop behind her and her ironing board to her right. Divot, her faithful canine companion, sleeps on a quilt in the white office chair while she works.Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

It was a beautiful day outside so she opened her studio up to the screened in patio room where the cats love to lay in the sun and chase lizards.  I had to keep from laughing several times while recording because I’d look over and see Snickers stalking prey!Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Artwork from one of her sons that she framed and hung up in her studio.Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

This is a travel quilt she completed on a class she taught during an Alaskan cruise.  The ladies pieced one of these small quilt tops, used Pigma Paintstiks to decorate it and collected pins from the various ports they visited as a souvenir quilt.  I think it is so cute! I love the paw prints.
Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Her trunk show quilts in storage.  Safe away from light and folded up off the floor.
Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Fabrics she collected in Europe and some of her other trips and below those are her 30’s fabrics that she plans to use.
Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Yardage separated by color.
Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Her batiks!
Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour
Her cutting area!  She said these cabinets came from a Goodwill in Germany and they’ve followed her around ever since.  They are the perfect cutting height for her and provide lots of storage space. Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Tuffy sleeping in the sun!  He was on the table the entire time sleeping in the sun patch. Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Miss Divot also enjoying the nice weather on a patio chair!Kimberly Einmo Studio Tour

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!  Thanks so much to Kimberly for letting me spend the afternoon with her. I think this podcast episode has more laughing in it than any other one!


  1. Thanks for sharing… the pictures are great…

  2. Thanks for the interview. Tuffy’s got it made!

  3. Tami in Denver says:

    Hi Katie, It looks from this post that she does amazing things with Jellyrolls. I’m looking forward to listening to the podcast. Please enter me into the drawing.

  4. Look at all that fabric! Wow!!!

  5. Where to start? So tidy, so bright, so much delicious fabric. When can I move in?

  6. Love the look of all that bright fabric – and so neatly stored.
    Would love a copy of the book – thanks for the opportunity.

  7. Wow, what a great place to sew and create. Thx for the great giveaway!

  8. Brenda Hulsey says:

    I would love to have some of your books! I have about a million noodles and jelly rows that I would like to have some use for. Your studio is incredable. i thought I had my fabrics all through the house but you definately have me beat!

  9. Wow, what a dream of a sewing room. One day maybe I’ll have something like that and all that incredible fabric. I would love to win the book.
    Thanks for the chance.

  10. I enjoyed looking at the studio pictures, a great use of space. Thanks for a chance.

  11. Becky Greene says:

    WOW – amazing studio space. I really want to make a jelly roll quilt, so I have my fingers crossed for this giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Jelly Roll Magic has been on my wish list for some time. Great quilting space, lots of room to work and plenty of storage. ::sighs:: Perhaps one day I can have a wonderful space like this!

  13. Newbie Quilter says:

    Love the view from your quilting room! I thourougly enjoyed the quilt you created on your cruise. Thank you for giving us this great opportunity.

  14. Patricia A Swatzell says:

    What an awesome studio and your fabrics are unreal. But I love your rainbow colors of Aurifil thread. I already own your Quilt A Travel Sovenir

  15. I now have a serious case of sewing space/stash/organizational skills envy! Cant’ wait to hear the podcast!

  16. Oh my goodness, my heart was skipping beats looking at all those fabric photos. I wish those were my cabinets! 😉

  17. Thanks for the great interview. That’s an incredible sewing studio. I love looking at all of that Aurifil thread.

  18. Thanks for the interview and the visit to Kimberly’s studio. My sewing room is ten times smaller.

  19. What a wonderful giveaway. I am anxious to see her next project, I love batiks. Thanks

  20. Jenny Faasavalu says:

    What a fabric selection! What awesome pictures! Thanks for the great podcasts!

  21. Lisa Marie says:

    Kimberly’s studio is to die for! She does beautiful work so it only makes sense that she has a beautiful place in which to do it.

  22. do you think she might adopt me if I’m a good quilter?

  23. Those stacks of neatly folded fabric makes my mouth water! LOVE it. Thanks for all the pics and giveaway chance!

  24. Wow! I can’t imagine having so much fabric, holy smokes! Thanks for the chance!!

  25. What a great interview! Kimberly sounds like a fun person. Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. Oh my gosh!! All those fabrics and what a fabulous sewing space! Loved seeing this – thanks!

  27. Gwen Windham says:

    What a beautiful studio!! Quite an inspiration! 🙂 thank you so much for the chance to win your awesome prize!!

  28. I am ever so envious of her studio! I would love to have her book & ruler. I love jelly rolls. Thanks Katie…can’t wait to hear the interview!!

  29. I really enjoyed your interview! I have been listening to you on stitcher for many months now. I am a fairly new quilter and certainly younger than many of my guild friends. We have many similarities… I recieved a Topaz 30 as a Christmas gift from my husband! I have also been going to classes, learning how to use my machine. I’m currently hung up on free motion stuff. You sounded very happy and carefree in this interview. (I can relate to your issues with your guild!) I have a jelly roll that would be perfect for Kimberly’s Broken Lone Star pattern. I am going to have to go get her book! Thanks Katie!

  30. Katie – One of your best podcasts. You do a great job with interviews!

  31. Good interview! Since I’m new to this I like the tip about buying the yardage along with the pre-cuts. I hadn’t thought about that.

  32. Thanks for the interview..I loves her sewing space…I loves her books too… 🙂

  33. Awesome interview – absolutely inspiring! I am totally envious of Kimberly’s sewing space. I guess if it were my business instead of just a hobby I would be able to justify such a nice setup. Did fabric and thread really take over her kitchen?

    • That’s actually an in-law suite that was semi-converted into her studio. She said it isn’t ideal with the sink and stuff but she does like the fridge that is in there.

  34. Enjoyed the interview. Listened twice…missed some due to the roar of my sewing,haha. The pics of her studio are great. Oh what a stash. I laughed when it was mentioned some quilters have jelly rolls unused… that’s me, and she is so creative with them. I am inspired. Also, Katie you where a great interviewer.:-)

  35. Brittnye Farley says:

    Oh my! That is one nice sewing studio! Loved the photos and wow at all the precuts and other fabric! I can not listen to the interview at work but I will be sure to come back and do it tonight!

  36. Wow , i dream of having a studio, and all that beautiful fabric… for now will have to make do with the dining table!!

  37. Great pictures and I loved the interview. You both sounded like you were having so much fun. I know what pictures to show my husband when he tells me I have too much fabric!

  38. Kim Johnson says:

    Great interview.

  39. Katie, I love your corner. You do a great job with your podcasts too!
    This one was inspiring too. I love that you discussed the books.
    I’m just setting up my sewing room, and I came away with some great
    ideas….just in time. Or maybe I can just move in with Kimberly instead…
    I don’t take up much space….I can be quiet as a mouse…and I could
    entertain Snickers… hmmmm

  40. Enjoyed the interview, and all the pics of her wonderful sewing space. Thanks!

  41. Wow–I want a fabric stash like hers!! I think I would love that set of aurifl thread too!! I love to sew with jelly rolls. The more I sew, the more I find myself buying them and using them. Easy, fun and beautiful—a great combination!!

  42. Quiltin Gammie says:

    Just love the studio!! It would be awesome to work in a place like that!

  43. Those batiks need to move in with me. What a yummy and well-organized stash, I am jealous! 🙂 The interview was wonderful as well 🙂

  44. her studio is amazing! and all that fabric, especially the batiks! I am swooning right now. Great interview by the way – I may have to break down and buy some aurilfill thread and jelly rolls:)

  45. This was a great podcast! Would love to try some of her patterns!

  46. That was one of the best interviews I have heard! Congrats to you Katie, very polished. Kimberly’s style reminded me of Annie Smith. I want to run out and buy one of her books but I’ll wait just in case 🙂

  47. Fantastic podcast interview! I’m very inspired.

  48. Great interview! I learned a lot and the tips are all great! I can’t wait to try the twin needle technique. What a great idea! I made a couple quilts from jelly rolls, but I think I’m on my way to make more from jelly rolls and try some other pre cuts! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  49. Katie,
    Great Interview. Very Personable. I loved listening to the conversation and really enjoyed looking at the photos. What an awesome work space. Now I have my eye on the lookout for Kimberly’s books.
    Thank you both for sharing.

  50. My Bernina loves aurifil and so do I. Love your sewing space and your great stash.

  51. I was finally able to listen. I enjoyed this very much. I was particularly interested in the discussion about thread. I shall have to try the aurifil. I had often wondered, myself, abou how to get a better 1/4″ seam and the thickness of the thread. Thank you.

  52. Looking forward to listening to the podcast. Lover her studio. Looks like it was a fun way to spend a day off!

  53. Katie,
    You did a great job on the interview. You were very professional! Kimberly sounds like a great person and was very articulate. She gave some great advice and I love the tip about lint rolling your jelly rolls. GREAT idea. That lint from Jelly Rolls is terrible!

  54. Jenny Faasavalu says:

    Loved the interview! What a sweet lady. She sounds like the kind of friend who would give you a big hug!

  55. Katie, this was my favorite podcast ever! I just loved everything about it and now I can’t wait to learn more about Kimberly, check out her blog, and her rulers. What a charming person and I loved all the pics. Thank you so much for doing this!!

  56. What a fun podcast! I am a new listener and have only recently become interested in listening to quilting podcasts, thanks to Susan @thehistoryquilter.com. I really enjoyed hearing Kimberly’s adventure in quilting, and her entry into publishing and designing rulers. I’d love to try some of her products, and because of this I’m going to have to go out and buy some Aurifil thread, lol. Thank you : )

  57. I love your podcast,the interview was fantastic and inspiring,since listening to your podcast I have gotten back into quilting and make me want to attack my dormant but beautiful stash. Kimberly Einmo’s book’s look and sound amazing!,keep up the great work/podcasts.

  58. wow,her studio and stash is just awesome!

  59. Great inspirational studio photos! Thanks for sharing all of these ideas.

  60. Wow! what a sewing space, it is amazing and really creative way of using the space available. I must admit that I wasn’t that familiar with Kimberleys work, but will definitly be checking her books out now. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Quilting.

  61. Wow! Look at that beautiful, organized stash! Jelly rolls are my favorite pre-cuts! Please please… Mr. Random… here I am…

  62. Great podcast. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

  63. I loved this interview and it made me want to take a class from Kimberly. Thanks for posting all of the photos of her studio, quilts (amazing), fabrics and pets.

  64. Thanks for the giveaway – I’d love to win the book & ruler. And somebody has very cute pets! 😉

  65. that was a great interview, I never heard of Kimberly before, but I’m very new to the quilting world! but after listening to the podcast i want to go out and buy all her stuff, the rulers sound amazing!:)

  66. I really enjoyed your podcast interview with Kimberly. She is a new designer for me. I was glad to hear about the lint roller on the jelly roll–good tip. I’m one of those people who stockpile jelly rolls. I really need to start using some of them. I would love to win her book.

  67. I wish my sewing room looked like yours – so pretty.

  68. Beautiful studio! She has so much pretty fabric and a space that any quilter would drool over.

  69. What a wonderful space in which to be creative and quilty. At least in the daytime, it seems quite bright and, of course, the fabric stash is amazing. Katie I really enjoyed your questions and the wonderful responds they bought to your interview. You definitely kept me company on my long mornng commute in a Colorado blizzard.

  70. Oh. My. Gosh. Look at how organized her stash is! If only mine coud get that way!!

  71. I love Kimberly’s studio — so neat and organized — is it like that all the time? I would love to have a studio like that — what a great space and it has great storage and light!

  72. I seriously thought I had posted here already! Thanks for reminding us! I really enjoyed listening to the interview. It sounded like you were having so much fun. We should all have such amazing sewing spaces.

  73. Thanks for the great interview. it sounded like a great afternoon visit with a friend.

  74. No offense to the other podcasters, but I just listened to Podcast 36 and this is the best quilting podcast interview I’ve heard! You and your guest seemed very natural, you asked great questions that I actually wanted to know the anwer to, you made enough personal comments that you appeared to be listening to her instead of just waiting for the time you could ask your next question but not so many that it seemed like the interview was about YOU, and you and your guest were both prepared. LOVED it!

    • Deborah – thank you so much for your sweet compliment! I really appreciate it and I’m so happy you enjoyed it that much.


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