Barbara J. Eikmeier

Barb Eikmeier

Barbara J. Eikmeier learned to sew at a young age in 4-H. She has been a quilter for over 30 years and a quilting teacher since 1990. Married to a career army officer, quilting became her portable career as they moved around the country and to South Korea. Her classes at those military assignments were popular among both American and International students. She has written four books, published by Martingale & Co, including, Back Basting Appliqué Step by Step. She is a fabric designer for Paintbrush Studios and travels presenting lectures and workshops to quilt groups. Barb lives in Lansing, Kansas with her husband Dale, and their two dogs. Follow her on Facebook at Barbara J. Eikmeier Quilter, or visit her blog at

Designing Fabric, Designing Quilts Trunk Show
Wednesday, June 12 12:00 – 1:30 pm


Location:  Overland Park Convention Center Courtyard 7

Cost:  $25

Barb Eikmeier presents, Designing Fabrics/Designing Quilts. As a fabric designer for Kansas City based Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, a division of Fabri-quilt, Barb designs reproduction fabric collections. Learn about the process from concept to completed fabric and enjoy a trunk show of the quilts Barb has designed to showcase her collections. Barb’s 6th collection will release Fall 2018.

Back Basting Applique
Thursday, June 13 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Location:  Marriott/Sheraton Redbud

Workshop Cost: $50

Hand Technique

Learn how to needle turn applique using the Back Basting technique. Students will begin the Flower Cross block while learning curvy curves, pointed points. layered pieces, stacked pieces, and skinny stems.
14” block of light colored background fabric (please cut prior to class)
6 ½” x 6 ½” square for large center flower
5” x 5” and (4) 4” x 4” squares for buds and small center flower
(5) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares for yellow bud centers and center circle
(4) 2 ½” x 6 ½” rectangles for leaves
1” x 9” strip for stems
Applique’ thread to match fabrics.
-Pencil that shows up well on the wrong side of the background fabric. (I like a #2 pencil better than a mechanical pencil.)
-Hand quilting thread
-Fabric scissors
-Embroidery needle (size #8 is good)
-Straw or milliner needle (size #10 or 11)
-Small sharp scissors for cutting thread
-Straight pins
-Small ruler
-Black Sharpie marker
Optional: Book, Back Basting Applique’ Step by Step

Straight Stitch Machine Embroidery
Saturday, June 15 3:00 – 7:00

Location:  Overland Park Convention Center Courtyard 7

Workshop Cost: $65

Domestic Sewing Machine —
Mimic the look of vintage redwork embroidery in a fraction of the time with Straight Stitch Machine Embroidery. In this class we will start with a preprinted embroidery panel and use the basic straight stitch on a sewing machine.
Class Objectives:
By the end of the class the student should be comfortable with the straight stitch technique, and know how to end their thread tails. Most students will finish one or two blocks in class.
Kits will be provided by the instructor for $10 each.
The kit includes:
preprinted embroidery block (Ruby’s Flower Garden)
12 weight Sulky machine embroidery thread in the traditional redwork color: turkey red.
(If you do not want red, please bring a spool of your color choice. Note: Sulky Blendables are not recommended for this technique)
Sulky tear away lightweight interfacing.
Embroidery needle for tying off ends
You will also need:
Regular weight thread for the bobbin.
Please bring one bobbin already wound with red thread (or if you are choosing your own color, wind a bobbin to match with regular thread.)
Glue stick
Small scissors or thread snips